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Improve forum SEO by viewing topics in child forums in one view

Improving SEO with your community is a hot topic with community managers. Many minor tweaks can move the needle in the right direction, but the most significant changes come with increasing crawl efficiency.

I recently wrote about changes we made to Invision Community to improve crawl efficiency. By removing thin content pages and being laser-focused on what you want to be crawled, you present a more efficient site ready for crawling.

Crawl depth is another metric that impacts crawl efficiency. The more 'clicks' Google and other search engines have to make to get to your content; the less efficient your site is for crawling. With a community, this can present problems because using forums and child forums segments content and places it an extra click or two away from the home page. Segmenting is ideal when your community has defined content boundaries, but it can mean Google has to work harder to find your content.

We introduced a "fluid view" in a past release, which streams all of your community's topics into a single filterable view. This streamed view works well when you have a small number of forums, but it is less valuable when you have a more significant number.

Wouldn't it be perfect if you could have a fluid view per forum or category so you can stream the forum's topics with any child forum's topics in a single view?

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With our latest release, you can do just that! In this example, I have a forum called "Ideation", and there are two child forums. The new feature enabled on a per-forum basis in the AdminCP allows the topics from all three forums to be streamed in a single view. As with the global fluid view mode, your members can toggle the filters to refine which forums you want the stream to include.

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Showing the topics from multiple forums in a single unified stream is not only helpful for search engines as it reduces the crawl depth, but it also reduces helps your members find valuable content faster.

This feature is available with Invision Community April 2022 (4.6.12). I'd love to hear your thoughts below!


 

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Hey there!

Would this also works with forum categories? So if I get into a form category, instead of showing the list of forums inside this category, may it show the topic from all forums inside this category in this way? This could also be very interesting!

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I'd love to hear your thoughts below!

I am in love with the fluid view. What I dislike about it:

The button Start new topic on the front page wants me to select one from one. 😞 To encourage guests to submit I do allow only one forum for them to post topics/questions. Do not overwhelm the user with the large lists of categories, forums and sub-forums where they are not allowed to post in.

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You speak of SEO to reduce clicks, what about user-friendly reduction of clicks? 😉 

The second wish: to encourage registrations, I would like to see the topics from the forums set to Users without read permission can open forum? in the fluid list. This way I can promote a forum, where registered users only can read. The guests can see a topic teaser in fluid view. When they click on the topic, they see Custom No Permission Error. If they would like to read and participate, they have to register. 

Currently, those forums are just not visible in the fluid view. 😞 Hence, the guests do not even know the forum exists.

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23 hours ago, Ibai said:

Hey there!

Would this also works with forum categories? So if I get into a form category, instead of showing the list of forums inside this category, may it show the topic from all forums inside this category in this way? This could also be very interesting!

Good news: it already works for categories. 😀

23 hours ago, Sonya* said:

I am in love with the fluid view. What I dislike about it:

The button Start new topic on the front page wants me to select one from one. 😞 To encourage guests to submit I do allow only one forum for them to post topics/questions. Do not overwhelm the user with the large lists of categories, forums and sub-forums where they are not allowed to post in.

image.png.7eaf3204a358306d6bcd00bf3d5060eb.png

You speak of SEO to reduce clicks, what about user-friendly reduction of clicks? 😉 

The second wish: to encourage registrations, I would like to see the topics from the forums set to Users without read permission can open forum? in the fluid list. This way I can promote a forum, where registered users only can read. The guests can see a topic teaser in fluid view. When they click on the topic, they see Custom No Permission Error. If they would like to read and participate, they have to register. 

Currently, those forums are just not visible in the fluid view. 😞 Hence, the guests do not even know the forum exists.

Good ideas, I'll make a note.

23 hours ago, Jimi Wikman said:

Any plans, this could also see its way into Pages in the future?

Maaaaaybe.

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Does it respect the forum permissions? For example, while a category or forum may be accessed by everyone, maybe a subforum inside is restricted to some user groups?

In that case I suppose that people will only see topics they are allowed to see, correct?

 

And what happens with this block when you have many subforums? Does it get to a point when you have to expand it?

In you example you only have two subforums there:

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But imagine having dozens or more like I do, will that block keep expanding downwards beyond a certain point, or after a fixed number you have to expand it to keep viewing? And is it optional to have it there at all? (I mean a widget you put there or not)

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Hi @Matt!

I enabled this feature, great job!

One question... In the first view, when I'm in a category listing all topic list, there's no a "Start new topic" button.  Is it because it's a category and not a forum? I think it should appear with this mode enabled and the button should let you choose between it's forums.

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Be careful using the copy settings function. I enabled all and it also turned it on for forums that do not have a sub forum, leaving the current forum in the sidebar selector (weird). Then I tried to copy settings to off and it will not work. Had to shut off one by one. 

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Now that you've done this, can we get the ability to set a specific sub-forum to a larger amount of topics shown per page? I've got one sub-forum where I'd like to have say, 50 on one page, because the current number I often go just over it, and I'd rather have everything on one page than almost all of it on one, then a couple on the next.

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