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  1. 2 things could be happening... You added the css in the wrong stylesheet. Or, something is overwriting it. Try using... font-size:48px !important;
  2. Short and to the point - sharing it (without the emojis)!
  3. Follow the above instructions. Be aware that SendGrid has different options.
  4. The more I look at this it's likely IPS decided to not breadcrumb the landing pages (makes sense)... but, the "forums" breadcrumb does show for the Forums landing page. (We should follow one or the other. Either have it on landing page or not.) The breadcrumb for category pages are really screwed up on Google. It shows the page slug instead of the category title. Maybe this is something with Google and not really IPS?? Or, maybe it's the lack of info in the structured markup ??
  5. I'm not sure if this is an oversight, a bug, or "working as designed"... But a complete BreadcrumbList does not show in category pages. Take for example... The BreadcrumbList (html source) for https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/forum/307-community-led-resources/ is <script type='application/ld+json'> { "@context": "http://schema.org", "@type": "BreadcrumbList", "itemListElement": [ { "@type": "ListItem", "position": 1, "item": { "@id": "https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/", "name": "Forums" } } ] } </script> Shouldn't it be 2 levels deep? Like... <script type='application/ld+json'> { "@context": "http://schema.org", "@type": "BreadcrumbList", "itemListElement": [ { "@type": "ListItem", "position": 1, "item": { "@id": "https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/", "name": "Forums" } }, { "@type": "ListItem", "position": 2, "item": { "@id": "https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/forum/307-community-led-resources/", "name": "Community Led Resources" } } ] } </script> Anyway, this causes the following problems in Google SERPs... The first result goes to https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/forum/307-community-led-resources/ The second result goes to https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/forum/503-customization-resources/
  6. I do the same but I try to keep the same URL if possible. I limit words used on FURLS to 5 words max which allows me to make changes without changing the URL. But, there are times you just have to change the whole title. Other things I do to improve SEO... Merge similar topics (especially if old and not driving too much traffic; especially, those that have some value) Format content so that it's easier to scan. Improve content that drives traffic. (Evergreen content) Delete/Archive old poor quality content. Delete old accounts with 0 content. None of this is easy but it's worth it. I recommend starting with your most popular topics (high Views count). I'm against auto-tagging. I just don't see any value to it. My team have instructions to tag only "high-quality" content. We use tagging for the Similar Content block because it gives us some control. We have control over what keywords are used. We have control over what topics are tagged. We have control over what topics are found in Similar Content block (and tag pages). The easier it is to find these "quality pages" the more value they gain. (eg. More traffic, shares, word of mouth, etc) BACKGROUND... Years ago I used tagging like you do. Enabled auto-tagging, allowed all members to tag, etc ... we literally had hundreds of thousands of tags (perhaps over 1 million) - many were similar, typos, poor quality, etc. (VBULLETIN BIG BOARD SITE) I found myself working constantly in cleaning the mess. The ROI just wasn't there when compared to other things I could be doing. So I dropped it altogether with no regrets. TAKE CONTROL I'm sure you have heard of User Generated Content (UGC). If you run a forum site you are dependent on your members to produce content. About a decade or so ago, most forum admins peaked in terms of traffic. Since then traffic likely plateaued or dropped (more likely the latter). Heck, back then you would see many forums selling for over $1 million dollars. Not these days. The biggest problem we have with a UGC business model is that we have very little control over what members post. Technology and Google are changing rapidly it's time to start taking some control back. The above is just one way of doing just that. Joel R's Community Management tips is another great way to take back some control. A good community manager redirects focus where it should go. So let's get back to these Growth Hacks. I'm sure @Joel R would appreciate it. 😉
  7. oh, yeah ... this is custom under first post BUT only when a tag is present (tags are added by Staff or whatever group) JFYI: Automatic tagging or using tags made by members is NOT recommended.
  8. I agree... returning users are more likely to read to the bottom of the page. That's a certain segment that we must focus on. But... If you look at your traffic you will likely see that most of your users are guests. At least for large sites, this is always the case. In my experience, it NEVER hurt to place a Similar Content block directly under the first post. It ALWAYS helped. With today's SEO changes, this along with other changes help improve traffic. (The Similar Content block has the most impact when it is fast and topics are all quality content. Similar topics should be helpful.)
  9. Many readers don't even go to the bottom of the page. (There are many studies online that prove this.) The closer it is to the first post the bigger the impact. (I do love the new sidebar hide options. Very smart and NEEDED in this mobile age.)
  10. GREAT TIPS @Joel R!! I love it when I see members tagging other members. That in itself is evidence that it's an effective feature! Oftentimes, members didn't even know that it existed until someone tags them. (You see the numbers grow after each use.) If you don't have a Similar Content block directly after your first topic than you are missing out on a BIG opportunity!!! Similar Content Improves Engagement. Improves Bounce Rate Improves Conversion Rate Improves SEO. (Related content helps Google and other bots better understand your content. It also helps with internal links.) NOTES: The closer the block is to the main content the more effective it is. Sidebar block doesn't help much since GOOGLE and your users are now focused on mobile. I find you win BIG when you use Similar Content with controlled tags. What I mean by this is that only a certain group of people (eg. staff) are allowed to tag topics. This keeps the crap out.
  11. Appreciate the update/walk-through! Love the Photos (dog images). Here's my little pups (shih-poo and lhasa-poo)...
  12. There are times we change our logo for Holidays, special events, etc. Each time we upload a new logo it overwrites the previous. This causes errors with site "logo" on previously indexed pages. This affects our chances of getting into Google Search rich results. You'll can find these errors in Google Search Console > Enhancements > Logos section. For Big Board, medium, or small sites, this could hurt traffic if not aware of it. I'm suggesting a bypass overwrite option when uploading a new logo. Basically, the UI should list any previously uploaded logo with option to delete at any time (manually). (logo is found in Organization structured markup)
  13. I would also add Background Color and Text Color but only for Marketplace content. This will help authors highlight certain features, etc. I know I'm asking for a lot but I'd be happy just to get H2 and H3.
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