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MyBB SEO Guide – Make a MyBB SEO Friendly Forum

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marcus_avrelius Offline referral

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Hi everyone thanks for tuning in.

As we all know SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is very important for search engines like Google and Bing, Search Engine Optimization helps search engines better index and include your site’s content in their SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages).

MyBB is a great forum script however it is not entirely SEO friendly so we as webmasters have to do something about it because what is the point of heaving a forum site when it's not getting organic traffic from search engine right?

META TAGS
Meta tags and title are crucial to search engine because they allow search engine to determine what your site is about unfortunately MYBB doesn't have any meta tags only the title so we need to add our own meta tags code, but don't get scared we only need to add meta tags to the home or index page, so to do that go to:
ACP>>Templates & Style>>Templates>>Your Template>>Index Page Templates>>Index
Inside Index template find {$headerinclude} and add you meta tags just after it!
Code:
<meta name="description" content="YOUR DESCRIPTION" />
<meta name="keywords" content="YOUR KEYWORDS" />

Or you can use this Meta Tags Generator tool.

So this concludes the first part in the second part we will talk about how to create sitemap.xml, search engine friendly link and meta tags for all the pages except the home page because we have already done it!

GOOGLE SEO PLUGIN
Now we need to do some serious stuff this requires us to install a plugin that will create sitemap.xml I mean it will add all the threads, replies and misc.php URLs to sitemap.xml automatically also it will create search engine friendly URL, instead of default MyBB URL:
Code:
thread-1.html
the URL will be the same as thread's title!

How to install Google SEO plugin?
1. You need to install PluginLibrary plugin you can download it here:
http://mods.mybb.com/view/pluginlibrary

2. Now that you have PluginLibrary installed we need actually to install Google SEO plugin you can download it here:
http://mods.mybb.com/view/google-seo

3. Once installed copy the code that shows under the Google SEO plugin in your ACP>>Plugins paste it into notepad save it as
.htaccess then upload it to your MyBB main directory!

The code will look similar to this one!
Code:
RewriteEngine on
    
    # Some hosts require RewriteBase to make RewriteRules work.
RewriteBase /

# Google SEO workaround for search.php highlights:
# Make this rule the first rewrite rule in your .htaccess!
RewriteRule ^([^&]*)&(.*)$ http://localhost/$1?$2 [L,QSA,R=301]


# Google SEO Sitemap:
RewriteRule ^sitemap\-([^./]+)\.xml$ misc.php?google_seo_sitemap=$1 [L,QSA,NC]

# Google SEO URL Forums:
RewriteRule ^Forum\-([^./]+)$ forumdisplay.php?google_seo_forum=$1 [L,QSA,NC]

# Google SEO URL Threads:
RewriteRule ^Thread\-([^./]+)$ showthread.php?google_seo_thread=$1 [L,QSA,NC]

# Google SEO URL Announcements:
RewriteRule ^Announcement\-([^./]+)$ announcements.php?google_seo_announcement=$1 [L,QSA,NC]

# Google SEO URL Users:
RewriteRule ^User\-([^./]+)$ member.php?action=profile&google_seo_user=$1 [L,QSA,NC]

# Google SEO URL Calendars:
RewriteRule ^Calendar\-([^./]+)$ calendar.php?google_seo_calendar=$1 [L,QSA,NC]

# Google SEO URL Events:
RewriteRule ^Event\-([^./]+)$ calendar.php?action=event&google_seo_event=$1 [L,QSA,NC]

4. Now under the Google SEO plugin in you ACP>>Plugins click on "Click to Apply changes to core files" that is it now you have it all set-up.

If you have any question regarding MYBB SEO don't hesitate to post!
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Good tutorial thanks for sharing Marcus
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Thanks Marcus, hopefully this will finally help people to install Google SEO plugin many are so much struggling with.
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Why do you need this Google SEO plugin what exactly it does and how exactly is it good for SEO?
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Mybb is a great forum software/script which is build to be fast and secure not SEO friendly because the task to make it SEO friendly ultimately rests on the webmaster! SEO Plugin automatically creates sitemap, optimizes forum and thread URL and much more!
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Where do I find this .htaccess file on the server?
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(02-05-2014 08:59 PM)letsplay Wrote:  Where do I find this .htaccess file on the server?

.htaccess file is not there by default you have to create it if you need it!
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.htaccess is only used by Apache server!
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Apache is the mostly used web server!
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"MYBB meta tags" is pretty need tutorial many beginners are looking for it thanks
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Thanks man I hope many will take full advantage of these tutorials and make their forum rank very high on Google
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Really need guide very appreciate. I was looking for a way to add meta tags and thanks to this amazing tutorial a was able do do it and learned a lot upon how to make MYBB more search engine friendly.
Thanks
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Great tutorial Marcus. I have only one question. Since this is about MYBB 1.6 I need to now if this will also work on MYBB 1.8 version.001_wub





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