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forum website - best way to setup forum structure?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Roundhouse, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Roundhouse

    Roundhouse Regular Member

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    Hello,

    I currently run a forum for the past 10 years. Since the beginning I have had it setup as the following structure,

    hxxp://www.domainname.com/forum

    with a PHP redirect from www.domainname.com to www.domainname.com/forum

    Both URL's have always had a PR of 0, always. All the backlinking I have done over the years is directly to the www.domainname.com which will then php redirect to domainname.com/forum

    so two questions here.
    1) What could be the cause of never receiving any PR? The PHP 301 Redirect? Would a .htaccess 301 redirect provide more of a benefit?
    2) Would my site benefit more if I changed the forum to reside in the home dir domainname.com (just like how bhw forums are setup) instead of domainname.com/forum?

    Thanks
     
  2. Whitegold

    Whitegold Junior Member

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    From the information you have supplied, it is difficult to determine the cause of your PR .. not that PR is of huge relevance as such ...

    more importantly is where your forum ranks in the serps ... is it doing ok for your selected niche?

    As regards backlinking, where are those backlinks coming from? . .are they low value inner directory links, from other similar foums to yours? etc. etc..

    Without the additional information and a 'look-see' at the inner structure then it would be difficult to ascertain ...

    As for the redirect itself, then google (for instance) would know exactly where that re-direct is landing and would pass any relevant PR . .but as I said . .it's really not all about PR .. it's structure and relevance that does the most good, so to speak .. it's always been that way and it will continue for some time as I see it ...

    If you need any further assistance .. gimme a shout

    Respect, Goldie...