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Offline ceekay

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« on: June 07, 2017, 05:32:10 am »
Hi guys,

So my forum is up and running nicely now, got a few members and promoting on FB and Twitter, but how do I get search engines to notice and list me? Or will they have done that already. Sometimes I see like 20 to 30 guests all viewing the boards, but when I check the IP a lot of them state Google Cloud, are these bots crawling my site?

Is there any other way to promote interest?

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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2017, 05:41:05 am »
You can submit a sitemap to google and bing
http://ceekaysvapeshack.smfnew2.com/index.php?action=sitemap;xml
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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017, 05:43:00 am »
Is that my site map? lol
I had no idea I could get that!

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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2017, 05:43:58 am »
Yup it is
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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2017, 05:45:53 am »
How would I find that then?
Oh and thank you ;)

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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2017, 05:48:05 am »
I hit a problem, just tested it in google and its telling me Error 403 (Forbidden) :(

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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2017, 05:58:40 am »
Hmm not seeing that when I tested the url
http://www.dnsqueries.com/en/googlebot_simulator.php
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Re: Forum promotion
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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2017, 06:05:43 am »
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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2017, 06:06:05 am »
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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2017, 06:07:51 am »
Ooops!! Blonde moment! Apologies, I'll try again, lol

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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2017, 06:10:29 am »
Ok done it, lol. Thanks for your patience ;)
Will submit to bing a little later when I have more time.
Thanks for the help @SMFNew

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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2017, 02:32:25 pm »
Hi again, so I went to check my sitemap in google, and its giving me that 403 error again. Any idea's why?


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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2017, 05:26:34 pm »
You put the wrong url in
Place just
index.php?action=sitemap;xml

Because your url on that google page starts with /
And already has your domain there.
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Re: Forum promotion
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2017, 05:40:36 pm »
Oh for goodness sake!! This isn't as easy as I remember when I had my own site 12 years ago!
Thank you again SMFNew, you are quickly becoming my saviour!
Strangely enough I seem to have got it correct in Bing.
Fingers crossed now.