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Hi all,

I own a vbulletin forum, from what i hear the archive that comes withvbulletin isn't great when it comes to SEO. What i have done is created a second archive for my forum that follows SEO procedures. I could have created the whole thing dynamically but i decided to make it as pure HTML insted. I also tried to let it comply with XHTML standards as well.

Here is the code:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html>
<head><title>Young Computer Programmers Forum</title>
<meta name="keywords" content="forum, programming, visual basic, c++, php, mysql, kids, young" />
<meta name="description" content="Forum aimed at young people that are interested in computer programming" />
<link title="Young Computer Programmers Forum RSS Feed" href="http://www.youngcoders.com/external.php?type=php" type="application/rss+xml" rel="alternate" />
</head>
<body><center>
<h1>Young Computer Programmers Forum</h1><br />
<h2><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/">Main Site</a></h2><br />
<h3><b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/archive/index.php/">VB Archive</a></b></h3>
</center>
<br />
YoungCoders is a forum aimed at helping younger people that are interested in computer programming.<br /><br />
<h3><b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum22.html">Anouncements</a></b></h3><br />
<p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum23.html">Anouncements</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum24.html">News</a></b><br />
<p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum41.html">Scientific Discoveries</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum38.html">Gaming News</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum42.html">Politics</a></b><br />
</p>
</p><br /><br />
YoungCoders provides HTML help, as well as support and tutorials for other programming languages such as PHP, ASP and JavaScript.<br /><br />
<h3><b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum10.html">Web Programming</a></b></h3><br />
<p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum11.html">PHP Programming</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum14.html">ASP Programming</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum15.html">HTML/CSS Programming</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum16.html">JavaScript Programming</a></b><br />
</p><br /><br />
Learning to program is simple with the help of others! YoungCoders provides a warm community where everybody can help each other and share knowledge.<br /><br />
<h3><b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum17.html">Software Programming</a></b></h3><br />
<p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum18.html">C Programming</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum19.html">Visual Basic Programming</a></b><br />
</p><br /><br />
There are also sections that deal with Graphic design, as graphic design can proove essential in program construction, especially in web based applications.<br /><br />
<h3><b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum43.html">Graphic Design</a></b></h3><br />
<p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum29.html">General Graphic Design</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum44.html">Web Design</a></b><br />
</p><br /><br />
You get the chance to read a range of diffrent tutorials in diffrent subjects, including the use of photoshop, you may also buy and sell in the marketplace, advertise in the Ad Rack, and even win competitions in the contest section.<br /><br />
<h3><b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum3.html">Other</a></b></h3><br />
<p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum4.html">General discussion</a></b><br />
<p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum37.html">Suggestions</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum49.html">Gmail</a></b><br />
</p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum27.html">New Member Introductions</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum47.html">Computer Security</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum28.html">Site Reviews</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum26.html">Contests</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum6.html">Tutorials</a></b><br />
<p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum46.html">HTML</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum48.html">Javascript</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum25.html">PHP</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum45.html">Photoshop</a></b><br />
</p>
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum7.html">MarketPlace</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum8.html">Ad Rack</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum9.html">Employment area</a></b><br />
<b><a href="http://www.youngcoders.com/forum21.html">Junkyard</a></b><br />
</p>
</body>
</html>

You can see it here.

Basically i would like to know if that is good SEO-wise, suggestions for improvements are appreciated as i would like to be crawled to infinity :cheesy:

I also placed a link to it in the normal vbulletin archive called "Turbo Archive". Would it be best if i completely replaced the normal archive with it? Or should i just leave it as a link?

Thanks in advance,

YoungCoder

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Last Post by Dani
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First thing is your demo gives a 404 error. I don't think it would be too hard to write a dynamic PHP script that grabs all your forums and forum descriptions and creates that page dynamically, though. As for vB's built in archive, I think the only thing bad about it is that the directory actually has a dot in it (i.e. /index.php/) which sorta gives the impression that it's dynamic anyways. Certain older spiders might even get tripped up on that.

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