Come on. The nonsense in these forums could easily be why I don't bother here any more. If the great dictator of web content, Google, is reading the regular stream of Hub Pages forum crap and applying it to the overall quality of this site, then someone here is playing games with a lot of people who think that writing here is worth it.
The only time I really come to the forums is when someone who I've followed and admire (like you!) makes a post here that doesn't have an obnoxious title or isn't something I think that is primarily designed to get people's hackles up. I'm staying away from the Questions thinger, too, for the most part. Does Google really crawl the forums? I hope not, or the site as a whole might end up with a rotten reputation because of a handful of whack jobs that troll here.
I checked the source for this page and did not find a "noindex" tag, so it appears that Google is free to roam the forums.
Plus I did a Google search for the forum post by Paul Edmonson from two weeks ago, New Qualification Test for Rating Hubs, and it shows in Google.
So, indeed Google is popping in and reading as well as indexing the forum here.
The OP raises a very valid concern. One that I had not thought of.
I would suggest the HP implement the "noindex" for the forums.
For me, the forums provide a decent source of traffic. As a matter of fact my profile page is my second highest source. Most of those have come through the forums. I would guess. Each post does provide a link?
https://www.google.com/search?q=Is+Goog … p;ie=UTF-8
I'd decided to stay away from the forums until recently, when I made a couple of comments to discussions about hub quality and traffic decreases. However, I no longer allow myself to get pulled into argumentative forums (political in nature) where the only motive--particularly by one member who rarely writes hubs but only starts and continues forums designed for no other reason than to provoke people. It isn't worth it. She CERTAINLY isn't worth it and is best ignored. I wish everyone would ignore her, and maybe she would go away and wreak her havoc on another site.
I submit that Google couldn't care less about what goes on in the forums. The crawlers can't read and the humans have better things to do with their time.
The forums are public. That has no real implications for Panda.
There are rarely ads on forums, so what would be the point in Google crawling them.
Maybe I am mistaken, but I thought the whole point of the forums was to check out PDS´s graphics. I read the forums to smile--if you are reading to make a comment to Google I think you are in the wrong place. Try sending an email.
Thanks, Dale, Georgie and MightyMom... it appears the great Google has lost its mojo. For some reason the latest change has researchers being misdirected again. I search on a topic and end up at pages that have nothing to do with the topic. I searched on one topic and got a Plastics firm's website! This happens a lot!
Meanwhile, Google has killed so many sites and given B.S. excuses while Panda takes us researchers down the same bad path that was the problem in the beginning.
I'm going with the idea that Google snoops these forums and all the comments on hubs and blogs.
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