Quick Tip : Mingle Forum SEO

I’m kicking off our Quick Tip category with a quick Mingle Forum SEO tip.

If you’re using Mingle Forum to power your community discussion, you would like the topics to be indexed like your posts, quickly and correctly. Now the quick part is already handled by the Mingle Forum Sitemap. The “correctly” part can seem a bit harder, because Mingle Forum doesn’t use custom post types, you won’t have separate “posts” for each topic which you can SEO manually via your SEO plugin per post option. What you can do however is actually very simple, and please let me know if you feel there’s a better way.

How?

Mingle Forum runs in one page, which means each “post” is generated dynamically and inherits the options of that page. So if you set the SEO options for that page as Title: “Great Forum” and Description : “This is my really great Forum”, then that will be the SEO settings for all posts.

Now how do you fix this? Simple! Set your SEO plugin to automatically generate post and description meta titles, leave your Forum Page SEO details blank and let the plugin then populate those field automatically on a per post basis. You can see these settings in action by visiting our forum. (You can also use it).

I’ve had some questions regarding the indexing of Mingle Forum topics and issues of duplicate content due to canonical URLs. As far as I know submitting the Mingle Forum sitemap will sort out any indexing problems as topics will be listed according to title and their unique URL. If you know better, please let us know. You can check for duplicate content here.

Do you think there’s a better option?

Update (Somehwere 2012) : I’ve switched to the latest version of bbPress as the development of Mingle Forum has stalled. I think Cartpauj is busy working on a completely new forum, but until then I will use the greatly improved bbPress. It also plays very nicely with Genesis, so that’s a plus.

Update (12/11/2013) : I’m testing Mingle Forum again on some of my new projects as I’ve just noticed Cartpauj is working on a new version (1.10) of Mingle Forum, which will have several much needed upgrades and new features. Not sure what will happen with SEO, but I might just bring out a new Mingle SEO plugin in the next week. If you would like to contribute please comment here.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi, Ive got a problem with his topic at http://www.stadtklasch.com/forum
    The sitemap of mingle forum is registered at google webmaster tools, but the URLs do not get indexed.
    The single threats have all the same titles.
    I use ‘Yoast SEO’ and emptied all the SEO-Fields for the forum-page.
    The titles are still all the same. Are there any settings, that have to be done in Yoast-SEO-Backend?
    Please help me,
    Sascha

  2. says

    Does this enable all the forum posts and pages to be indexable pages? Because that is what I am looking for. None of the 3300 posts in our forum are indexed in search engines, and I think it’s because Google’s treating it like ‘forum’ is a single page.

  3. says

    Reply to @Sascha and @Minecraft

    Mingle Forum also includes a sitemap here : .htttp://yoursite.com/wp-content/plugins/mingle-forum/sitemap.php (Replace “yoursite” with your site ;-) )

    You can include that sitemap in Google Webmaster tools, which should index all your different forum posts.

  4. says

    Thanks a lot, and also, ironic that you should switch to bbPress, as that’s exactly the one I’ve been looking at. If you have any blog posts on SEO tips for bbPress, please point me towards them. Thanks again.

    • says

      I’m going to give the new bbPress a test run for the next few weeks and will most likely put up a post then. Definitely a good topic. But I can say out-of-the-box bbPress is much better in terms on SEO if compared to software like Mingle Forum. It uses custom post types, so if your SEO plugin is configured correctly is should generate meta titles, descriptions and tags automagically.

      I’m opening up a new topic in the new forum.. feel free to join if you get a chance.

  5. says

    I am desperate for some help also, I have tried including http://compretweet.co.uk/wp-content/plugins/mingle-forum/sitemap.php in Google Webmaster tools, Google has tested & accepted the sitemap ok, but will not index, it has been weeks as still no luck~!!

    Incidentaly I am using XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress 3.2.7 and included http://www.compretweet.co.uk/forum-page/ but still no joy.

    I have tried removing the canonical links from my site and disabled SEO plugins. As suggested by Craig Harris, I have also tried adding the following code to my functions.php file: remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘rel_canonical’). No matter what it will not index…. If anyone could give some advice on how to correct this life consuming problem, it is much appreciated!!

    • says

      I wish I could offer you some more advice, but I’ve moved all my forums to bbPress. That’s probably the best option currently available with all the new updates. If you would like to go the bbPress route head on over to http://www.bbconverter.com/ and find out if they can help you convert your forum to bbPress.

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