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vbArchive - Search Engine Indexer for vBulletin
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vB Version: 2.2.x Rating: (11 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 177
Released: 13 Jan 2003 Last Update: Never Downloads: 26
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vbArchive v1.3 Released
240,000 Google pages (and counting...) indexed so far. Congratulations to all users!

WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 1.3:
I added the number of threads and posts for each forum.
The problem with a static page like the main archive page (as well the category ones) was that it never changed.
Now, every time a crawler visit the page, it will see new elements changed, since the number of threads and posts will always change.
Take a look at my archive, until FireFly updates the vBulletin.org one.

I also added a new meta tag for crawlers:
<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">

To upgrade from 1.2, simply upload the new archive.txt and forumdisplay.txt files.
Then REVERT to original all templates and run the NEW installer script to un-install/install the templates.

IMPORTANT
If you already installed version 1.3, check the "archive_forumtitle" template and see if you have there a variable called "$archiveurl".
If you do, clean your browser temp files and redownload the package, it was a mistake I made in the code.
The file is now updated with the new code.

Not convinced this is a good script? A picture and it's Google results is worth 1000 words (thanks xiphoid).
Is funny that few people rated 1 my script, we wonder who they might be?


DEMO WEB SITE: vBulletin.org Archive (Google Results for TeckWizards.com Archive)
ESTIMATED INSTALL TIME:
2 minutes

Script Information
IF YOU WANT TO READ fastforward's EVALUATION ABOUT THE TECHNIQUE USED, READ MORE HERE.


This script will install the Search Engine Indexer Add-On for vBulletin.
Is the little brother of vbHome (lite) Archive Add-On.

NOTE
The script uses Apache's ForceType directive. Most of Apache servers have it installed by default.
Check with your host to make sure the module is installed.
If you use another server then Apache, the script will NOT work.
The only solution I found for IIS is the ISAPI Rewrite module.

The script uses only 6-12 queries, depending on what page you view, and it works with any 2.2.x vBulletin version.

Some of it's cool features are:
- vBulletin 3 style
- listings based on forum/thread permissions
- forums architecture followed [example]
- classic .html extension usage
- dynamic meta tags (unique for each forum/thread/post, extremely important for good indexing)
- no broken links while using no_permission functions
- navigation bar
- multiple pages (200 threads or 100 posts per page) [example]
- template based, so you can edit it's look easy
- installer included

You will ask: So what the script does?
It makes all your forum URL's as search engine friendly, so they can be easy indexed by all search engines.
For example, the URL:
forum/forumdisplay.php?forumid=9&daysprune=365&sortorder=&sortfield=lastpost&perpage=2 5&pagenumber=2
will look like:
forum/forumdisplay/f-9-p-2.html
That will allow any search engine to index properly all your forum contents, in no time.

IMPORTANT
Do NOT get "creative" and start adding crazy stuff (popups, etc.) and links to the actual templates.
The most 2 important things for your pages are:
1. good meta tags
2. clean html code that won't upset the crawlers

The script was optimized to perform at it's best the way it is now, so crawlers gravitate only onto the archives files, not outside.
You can edit the archive_homekeytag to enter your web site key words.

The link to forums page is needed (image logo), because some search engines might consider this as URL cloacking, if you don't link it back to your actual forums. Don't worry about the rest, if you performed the first 3 steps in Forums Optimizations (listed below), they will go back and forward to the archives, without any problems.
Also, follow the readmefirst.htm instructions carefully.

Upgrade from previous version (lower then 1.2)
Estimated time for uninstall-install process: 5 minutes
Follow these steps (clear your browser temporary files before you download the new file):
1. Revert to original all archive templates.
2. Run the OLD Installer script and un-install the script components.
3. Follow the NEW instructions in the readmefirst file, included in v1.2 package.
NOTE: Overwrite the OLD code with the NEW one, in functions.php file.

Other similar scripts
Those scripts are alternatives to my code. Have your pick for the one it suit better your taste or forum performance.
SkuZZy's vB Easy Archive - another script coded by Xenon
fastforward's Spider Friendly URL's - it uses the mod_rewrite

Forums Optimizations
You MUST perform also some the mods listed below if you want your forums optimized properly for search engines indexing.
Steps 1 to 3 are vital, the rest is optional.

1. TO STRIP THE sessionhash FROM TEMPLATES (ONLY FOR CRAWLERS), READ MORE HERE.
2. TO BLOCK CRAWLERS GO TO CERTAIN PAGES, READ MORE HERE.
3. TO LINK EACH FORUM/THREAD DIRECTLY TO ARCHIVE FILES, READ MORE HERE.
4. TO DISPLAY NICE LOCATIONS, THE FIX FOR online.php FILE IS HERE.
5. TO DISPLAY CRAWLER NAME INSTEAD OF GUEST ON FRONTPAGE AND ONLINE PAGE, READ MORE HERE. (mod by Inphinity and xiphoid)
6. TO DISPLAY CRAWLER NAME INSTEAD OF GUEST ON ONLINE PAGE only, READ MORE HERE.
7. IF YOU WANT THE MAIN ARCHIVE FILE TO HAVE A .php EXTENSION, READ MORE HERE.
8. TO CHANGE THE threads/posts per page NUMERIC VALUES, READ MORE HERE.
9. TO DISPLAY THE SMILIES AS image parsed, READ MORE HERE (mod by Logician).

IMPORTANT
Kill crawler918.com! READ MORE HERE.


Other Users Demo's
Feel free to post your archive link, so I can display it here.

TeckWizards.com Archive
eva2000's Anime Boards archive
overgrow's Edge Forums archive
glenvw's Yes-Its-Free archive
codeweb's Code Webs archive
xiphoid's Open Forum archive
Hwulex's Xaprief archive
BiggieSwolls' Steroidology archive
GearedUp's FitnessGeared archive
saint_seiya's VG City archive

Search Engine Submission
You should follow these guidelines to get listed in every major search engine:
(also visit those forums for more information)

DO NOT CHEAT
- do not use URL cloaking
- do not use automatic search engine submitters, do it manually
- do not use 1 pixel images to link your archive file
- do not make invisible your link text, by masking it with the same background color
- do not use 1-4 pixels text at the top of your page, to display the site contents
- do not link your archives file to an image without using the alt="" tag

GOOGLE INDEX STATUS
To see how your site is doing, related to links, go to Google Web Site and type:
site:yourwebsite.com archive

GOOGLE FACTS
1. Google uses a crawler named Googlebot which crawls the web approximately every thirty days.
2. It is not necessary to submit any page to Google. If you do submit, submit only your most important page to this search engine.
3. Googlebot is a deep crawler and should crawl all of your pages.
4. Google supplies ranking results for placement in Netscape Search, the ODP, Anzwers, Yahoo! and Ilor.
5. Google can crawl pages in ASP, JSP, CFM, PHP, Excel, Microsoft Word, newsgroups, PDF and PostScript files, Power Point and Rich Text formats.
6. Google loves sites with a high number of legitimate, relevant incoming links.
7. Google hates spam.

GOOGLE TECH SUPPORT E-MAIL [LINKS ARE "DROPPED"? NO]
If your site is new, or hasn't shown up in Google for long, it may because our "fresh crawl" (which runs each day) was finding your site instead of our main crawl (which runs about once a month). Our "fresh crawl" is a newer feature, and we're still experimenting with which pages to crawl, how deeply to crawl, etc. We even reserve the right to (gasp!) not do a fresh crawl on some days because we're doing tests or reviewing new code. Someone wrote in recently and said "my site got in Google three weeks ago, and you've dropped me four times!" Nope, it's just that we don't always crawl the same pages in our fresh crawl, and we don't always crawl to the same depth. As we do a full crawl of the web, we find most of the sites from our fresh crawl and put them in our regular index. My advice on our fresh crawl is to view it as a nice "bonus" on top of Google's deep index. Users can always search our full index, but sometimes we can serve up even fresher pages as an extra nicety.

What does this mean for the average webmaster? In the word of the great Hitchhiker's Guide, "Don't Panic."
Just do the normal things you should do:
1. Create a great site.
2. Submit your site to Google on our "add url" form.
3. Get a link from the Open Directory Project or other directories (Yahoo, etc.).
4. Don't panic if your site takes a little while to show up in Google. Be patient, and start to look around the web--there's lots of great advice about improving your site for users and search engines.

Hope this helps,
xxxxxxxxxx

RECOMMENDED SEARCH ENGINES
1. Google - The largest and best index at the time.
Submit your link here.

2. Inktomi - This is the database that feeds iWon, 4anything, AOL Search, HotBot, GoTo, ICQ, LookSmart, MSN Search & Snap.
Submit your link here and here.

3. Fast / AllTheWeb - This Norwegian index is almost as good as Google.
Submit your link here.

4. AltaVista - Still one of the big guns, despite its temperamental ranking system.
Submit your link here.

5. Walhello - Mysterious new index with great results. Get listed, it is on its way up.
Submit your link here.

6. Non-English Indexes - The people of these countries use their own search engines. It helps if your site is in their language, because they will be searching for keywords in their own language.
Caloweb France - Submit your link here.
Caloweb Germany - Submit your link here.
Caloweb Spain - Submit your link here.

DEAD ENGINES
There is no point trying to submit to these search engines:
Excite - dead, now uses pay-per-click results
Direct Hit - will be retired shortly
Northern Light - no longer available to the general public
Lycos - now use AlltheWeb's index

Once you done all this, watch the incoming traffic that will arrive to your site.
Good luck.


Copyright Permissions
1. You ARE NOT allowed to REMOVE or MODIFY the copyright text at the bottom of the page.

The copyright MUST be in a distinctive color and easy readable by visitors.
2. You ARE NOT allowed to ALTER in any way the URL links listed in the copyright text.
The Search Engine Indexer link pointing to TeckWizards.com MUST stay intact.
You can remove ONLY the vBulletin version or replace the direct link to vBulletin site with your referral link.
3. You ARE NOT allowed to DISTRIBUTE the contents of downloaded .zip file.
4. You ARE NOT allowed to COPY ANY PARTS of the code and use it for distribution.

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Old 13 Jan 2003, 06:50
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A little note, this was tested on normal URL's:
http://www.yoursite.com/forum

If you use an URL like:
http://forum.yoursite.com/
you will have to hack yourself the files, since I don't provide support for the script.
If you want a working version no matter how it is the forum URL, then use vbHome (lite) and it's Archive Add-On.
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 06:58
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Beautiful.
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 07:17
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I did an extensive research to compile all this information for you guys...
I hope you will enjoy it.
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 07:41
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Hehe, well I've been checking it out on your forums and it's great. vB3 includes this as default?
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 09:23
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Nice work nakkid,

I noticed that each page archived has this in their meta tags

<meta name="keywords" content="vbhome,indexer,search,submit,portal,news,frontpage,teckwizards,vbulleti n,forum,bbs,discussion">
<meta name="description" content="Search Engine Indexer will create friendly URL's for vBulletin software. To visit the author's website, go to http://www.teckwizards.com/ .">

And I have also removed the Powered by Search Engine Indexer part from the <img> tag that is in front of the navbar. I see no reason why it is there - it replaces the original vbulletin part, which I have replaced with my own title.

I kind of dislike that since they are not words I would like to use and they are not part of the copyright. I removed those and replaced with my own, doubt you mind this.

It was easy to install, and done in a matter of minutes. There are a few things that I noticed - the templates are put in their own group, and there were only a few little file changes. Nice job.

For anybody who wants to see another live-demo:
http://www.creations.nl/ and click on the 'Archives' link in the bottom menu. Or go directly to http://www.creations.nl/forum/archives.php

If you want to see differences between styles, you can also goto creations main site and click on 'Click here to load the new mozilla style' and then goto the archives link.

And I have just submitted the url http://www.creations.nl/forum/archives.php to all the above search engines.
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 09:33
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Originally posted by xiphoid
Nice work nakkid,

1. I noticed that each page archived has this in their meta tags

2. It was easy to install, and done in a matter of minutes. There are a few things that I noticed - the templates are put in their own group, and there were only a few little file changes. Nice job.
1. You can edit them the way you like in the archive template, in fact you are supposed to do this, in order to match your site content.
2. Thanks. I'm glad you like it. The idea was to release something that is performant, code efficient and very easy to install.
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 10:04
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Floris, don't use the sessionhash link onto your forum home page.
Use instead this link:
$bburl/archives.php

Look at VB3 the way they link it, is search engine friendly.

Hmm I noticed also you made a mistake: do not link at the top your graphics logo to the main page.
That will make the crawler go nut, in circles. Leave the template the way I made it, it was designed especially this way, except for the metatags and other minor cosmetics things you like to change (like the vbulletin bullet).

As long as the copyright stays intact at the bottom, you can change anything you like, onto your templates.
However, the code is optimized based on my research related to crawlers.
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 10:07
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Originally posted by TECK
Floris, don't use the sessionhash link onto your forum home page.
Use instead this link:
$bburl/archives.php

Look at VB3 the way they link it, is search engine friendly.
Force of nature :banana:

But they have index.php/ so index.php is a directory - rather then a file. Dir's are better archived.

I will make the link $bburl/archives.php/
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To fast for me, heh... check the added text above, in my previous post...
But they have index.php/ so index.php is a directory - rather then a file. Dir's are better archived.
Not really true, check the Google facts, they aply for all search engines I listed in the first post.
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 10:17
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Originally posted by TECK
To fast for me, heh... check the added text above, in my previous post...

Not really true, check the Google facts, they aply for all search engines I listed in the first post.
Well, I just updated, and the / at the end works.

I will update the top image to not link

Nag: Does the link in the footer to your site make the bot crawl your site too?
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 10:22
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No, because the crawler looks at the first think on the page always. In your case, it was the logo, with a link.
So here it is the way a crawler does the job:
It goes to the very first link and goes through it's roots all the way to the end, then it grabs the next available link and go to it's roots, etc.

So basically, the last links the crawler will visit are the copyright ones, but not before the hole forums will be indexed, due to it's root scanning.
If you have the same link at the top, in every page spidered by the crawler, it will get it confused... you get the idea.
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 10:58
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hi, i think this is a great hack and was really easy to install, however i am in fact using a forums.mydomain.com

When i try to click a link in archive.php it gets 404. Although it says the url is pointing to forums.mydomain.com/forumdisplay/f-1 which is exactly like how it shows on Xiphoid's site.

I realize that the redirect must be screwed up somewhere, is there any way you could point me in the right direction to start looking for the fix?

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Old 13 Jan 2003, 11:09
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A nice addition to your hack would be the update for who is currently online.

Unknown Location: /forum/archives.php/ ...
Unknown Location: /forum/forumdisplay/ ...
etc
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Old 13 Jan 2003, 11:13
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Elem, set the $bburl (vBulletin forum URL) to a normal URL type. (best way)

OR

Try setting in each file (above eval( 'dooutput) and each function (below function archive...) this code:
$cleanurl = 'http://www.yoursite.com/forum';

where the clean URL listed above is the un-redirected one.

Then replace in all script files and templates $bburl with $cleanurl

I don't offer support for this issue, so hack it at your own risk, since I will never use this type of redirection who creates only problems with cookies and many other issues.
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