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Get Private forum threads indexed by google

Discussion in 'vBulletin' started by thefunstarts, Nov 12, 2012.

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    About 30K posts on my forum are in private buy/sell areas. We have it set so certain usergroups don't have access to the forum including unregistered users, which bots would fall into.
    SEMrush
    I am wondering is there anyway to get bots to index these pages, i.e show title and description. Then when a user clicks, tell them they don't have access, and to register. I think this would help boost registrations. I thought I remembered there was a way to assign a login to spiders, but I don't know how to do this with vbulletin.

    Please help.

    Thanks.
     
    thefunstarts, Nov 12, 2012 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Austech

    Austech Member

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    Is the forum visible on the forum home page ?
     
    Austech, Nov 12, 2012 IP
  3. thefunstarts

    thefunstarts Active Member

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    Yes but the thread and post counts show "private"
     
    thefunstarts, Nov 13, 2012 IP
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    Brandon Sheley Illustrious Member

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    That would be called cloaking, showing info to bots that guest can't see, and will get you penalized if google catches on.
     
    Brandon Sheley, Nov 15, 2012 IP