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vB Version: 4.2.2 Rating: (3 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 11
Released: 09 Dec 2014 Last Update: 12 Dec 2014 Downloads: 62
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This add-on hides posts from threads and nags the users to register/login if they are guest and/or have landed on your site from a search engine. A simple way to boost your membership count

There are a few options like:
- Choose which forums this will work on
- Guests or only visitors from search engine
- Two styles to choose from (see screenshots)

This add-on requires no file edits and you can edit the visuals easily from template and CSS.

Add-on Sponsor: Diabetes Daily

Screenshots: http://imgur.com/a/gByEc

Change Log:
  • v 1.1.0
    • Added option to control how this add-on will treat search engines.
    • Added option to only apply for threads with last post older than X days.
  • v 1.0,0
    • Initial release.

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Old 09 Dec 2014, 16:58
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This is the second add-on Diabetes Daily has funded for the vBulletin community. Our first was vBSSO for single-signon across a variety of platforms. Thank you very much to all those who have contributed to the addon community - it feels great to be able to share back when we can!
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Old 09 Dec 2014, 20:45
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How does this handle search bots?
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Old 09 Dec 2014, 22:47
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It goes by referrer. So the search bots should see the same thing that search visitors use. To do it any other way would put you at risk for being delisted from Google. The plugin is probably a tradeoff between search engine ranking (less content on the page, though still one post) and conversion rates. If you value the communication/longterm engagement more than the pageviews, then it may be worthwhile. If not, then it's probably a net negative.

In our first day of testing, our conversion rate is up 5x and our bounce rate is down 5%. We will be monitoring the long-term impact on our search rankings. You could always test it on a subset of forums for a few months and see how it works for you and what impact it has on your search traffic.
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Old 09 Dec 2014, 22:49
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Wait, you say they will see the same thin search visitors see, but don't they see the message as well?
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Old 09 Dec 2014, 22:52
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Yes, they see the first post and then this message.
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Old 09 Dec 2014, 22:54
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Well, then that is not good, the search engines should be able to see anything, that is not in a private forum. If they see that message, I would think your rankings are going to drop, as there is no content for them to view.
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Old 09 Dec 2014, 23:05
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You are correct. Instead of seeing 10 posts on the page, they now see one post. (We have many longer posts, so it still meets Google's guidelines of having at least 300 words of unique content per page.)

So there is definitely less content to index, so I would assume we would see a reduction in search traffic. The vast majority of our search traffic comes to our blog, so this is not really an issue for us. I'd rather have 5x less traffic to forums with a 20x increase in conversion rate. Other forum managers would look at that formula and say it doesn't make sense to them. It all depends upon your model.

I wouldn't recommend this for most people unless you have a specific reason. Sites that do or have done something like this are Quora and many media sites using gating like the Wall Street Journal. You could also theoretically only gate older posts behind a login.
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Old 09 Dec 2014, 23:11
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As many site don't have blogs or use them then this plugin is not good. I want more coming to my site not less
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Old 09 Dec 2014, 23:52
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Cutting off Google to most of your content is definitely not a good idea.
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Originally Posted by RichieBoy67 View Post
How does this handle search bots?
Originally Posted by ozzy47 View Post
Wait, you say they will see the same thin search visitors see, but don't they see the message as well?
You can control this behavior in the latest version.

Originally Posted by ozzy47 View Post
Well, then that is not good, the search engines should be able to see anything, that is not in a private forum. If they see that message, I would think your rankings are going to drop, as there is no content for them to view.
Originally Posted by RichieBoy67 View Post
Cutting off Google to most of your content is definitely not a good idea.
That's not true. Not all sites depends on SE indexing every reply-posts. Usually initial post contains enough materials that are related to the topic anyways.

Also, you are forgetting that it is just an option. Plenty of sites has contents that they don't wanna show in public (for whatever reason) without registering. This add-on acts nicely as snippet and drive conversation rates. Sites like Quora/WSJ works in a similar way and still get SE traffic just fine.

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Old 12 Dec 2014, 12:20
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I do not agree.

On a site with user generated content, stopping most of that content from being crawled is not good. If you have a long standing thread on a good topic with 700 posts and only 20 of them get crawled you are losing.

Yes I know that forums have tons of worthless content and usually the main post is the most important but still.

And yes I do agree that it will increase conversion rates. I am just not sure if it is worth the loss of indexed content. We could be talking about many, many thousands of pages not being indexed on some sites.

On sites that do not rely heavily on search engine traffic this mod would be great.
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Old 12 Dec 2014, 18:30
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Originally Posted by RichieBoy67 View Post
I do not agree.

On a site with user generated content, stopping most of that content from being crawled is not good. If you have a long standing thread on a good topic with 700 posts and only 20 of them get crawled you are losing.

Yes I know that forums have tons of worthless content and usually the main post is the most important but still.

And yes I do agree that it will increase conversion rates. I am just not sure if it is worth the loss of indexed content. We could be talking about many, many thousands of pages not being indexed on some sites.

On sites that do not rely heavily on search engine traffic this mod would be great.
I don't see why you are so worked up about this. This add-on has been developed for Diabetes Daily and it is working GREAT. It has been shared on vb.org for free so others can benefit from it if they need it. Simple as that.
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Old 12 Dec 2014, 19:51
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I am not worked up. lol We are just discussing this and I disagreed with you. Calm down. Someone can disagree without being worked up or angry.

I am not saying I do not appreciate your work or that this mod does not have a purpose. As I mentioned in my previous post it does. I said this "On sites that do not rely heavily on search engine traffic this mod would be great."
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Old 14 Dec 2014, 14:12
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That's not true. Not all sites depends on SE indexing every reply-posts. Usually initial post contains enough materials that are related to the topic anyways.
For a site like mine - this is very true.

Installed and rated! Thanks for sharing it.
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