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07-29-2011, 03:38 AM
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Was just browsing a few old articles and found a link to a TF thread - http://talkfreelance.com/thread14348.html

Maybe the thread no longer exists or the link structure has changed; either way it would be sensible to get a custom 404 page up to at least return the visitor to the TF homepage. Other options might be to have a page showing the top 10 current threads or maybe keyword related threads if the dead link has any keywords in it. The 404 can be a surprisingly significant part of incoming traffic.

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Those are due to software the forum used to use, apparently the legacy links don't transfer over. It would be better to mod_rewrite the following:
^thread([0-9]+).html$ showthread.php?t=$1 [R=301,L]

That will redirect the user and tell search engines that the address has been permanently moved. This is a pretty big deal, thanks for pointing that out.

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It would be good to get those redirecting to the relevant thread. The 404 error is present for any links that don't resolve as far as I can see so it would make sense to chuck in a homepage redirect for those. Example: http://talkfreelance.com/anything

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Google "talkfreelance" -I like how Google now ignores spammy titles.

Having "Webmaster Forum - Web Design, Programming and SEO forums" on every page does not help differentiate pages. Probably looks like one big cluster crap to Google.

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I suspect the title is derived from the XML sitemap submitted to Google. Nonetheless I think page titles are certainly becoming less powerful in SEO. It's only a matter of time until someone discovers the next weak link in the Google search algorithm and exploits that.

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Spent 5 minutes looking at the code and this sums up my thoughts:
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<td class="logo" onclick="parent.location.href='index.php'"><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
It's so disappointing to see nothing has changed. :/


It's only a matter of time until someone discovers the next weak link in the Google search algorithm and exploits that.
There is an exploit in Google Webmaster that lets you claim any website as you own. See it's traffic, keyphrases etc. and even let you redirect it to another website.

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Originally Posted by Village Genius View Post
Those are due to software the forum used to use, apparently the legacy links don't transfer over. It would be better to mod_rewrite the following:
^thread([0-9]+).html$ showthread.php?t=$1 [R=301,L]

That will redirect the user and tell search engines that the address has been permanently moved. This is a pretty big deal, thanks for pointing that out.
That's already in .htaccess

I think there's something screwed up with either the domain or the htacess. Subdomains don't work, either

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Looks professional,maybe a good choice for us.Great and hope you keep it up.

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