Gone Supplemental – Joomlahacks
January 10th, 2007
Heard recently on the google webmasters forum about a guy who had been putting heaps and heaps of effort into a nice SMF forum at www.jaisaben.com – problem is he used JOOMLAHACKS Joomla-SMF bridge, and now all his content in Google has gone supplemental. Supplemental, as we all know, means no-one can find content when searching in google – it is put into a supplimental index which is where google puts content it thinks is duplicate, or for some other magical reason which us mere mortals will never know, is innapropriate. It’s like the kiss of death for anyone running a content site and hoping to generate income through adsense or similar advertising. Others in forums I have read have suggested that CMS systems like wordpress and joomla actually cause the problem because most of the headers are the same or similar between pages, and still another idea is that the RSS feed causes the problem because it, in essence, contains duplicate content. What a huge bummer. I think I’ve worked out why this happened to him though – the joomlahacks smf bridge leaves your original SMF board wherever you put it, and rewrites all url’s to a new form – that means DUPLICATE CONTENT guys and girls – what a waste of time and effort for the poor guy. Now I find myself wondering – how can he get this content out of the supplemental index… I thought about moving the SMF board to a subdomain of another URL, but that doesn’t get around the original problem – I’m guessing it would just be reindexed as suppemental or duplicate content. This raises a number of questions:-
- How much do you have to rework original content to make it appear to Google as not duplicate content.
- Why in the heck didn’t Joomlahacks think of this problem?
- Is there any benefit for SMF purposes in aggregating content into subdomains?
- Could he have got around this problem if he had restricted google from crawling his /forum subdirectory using robots.txt?
- What do you think about the idea that CMS systems in themselves may lead to supplemental problems?