- Dec 3, 2012
Selling bmx-forum.com with over 2.6 million posts. Traffic is very low after switching from huddler to xenforo.
Totally true what mysiteguy says. He worked a wee bit of a miracle on a project I was lead on - in which a very large board migrated from vBulletin to Xenforo. The rewrites he put in place absolutely saved the google ranking for the most part. But yeah... I imagine if you didn't have any redirects in place when you migrated from the Hudler platform - then Google treats the forum basically as if it's practically brandnew and takes a long time to re-index content. Thus (perhaps?) the drastic drop in traffic when you migrated to XF. With the .htaccess redirects that Tracy mentioned in place - the amount of visitors you get from search engines would not drop at all. Users will be redirected to the new XF install thread/post/ect urls which contain actual content. I imagine some "old" huddler links simply redirects to your homepage with the error message "Content not found..." or some such..Before you leap into selling your BMX site, I know exactly why traffic is low - and it can be easily repaired.
I checked in archive.org for your site, and found the format of the old pages before Xenforo. Google dropped most of your pages from its search index because you are not properly redirecting old URLs to their corresponding URLs in Xenforo. And by dropping those pages you've lost all pagerank from any sites linking to them.
This can be repaired with a combination of .htaccess rules and redirection script. Google never forgets old URLs, I've seen them recrawl pages that were dropped 15+ years ago after proper redirection has been put in place. If you have a Google Search Console account (used to be called Google Webmaster Tools), after putting in place the redirects you can have Google recrawl the site and within a week or so you'll start seeing all those old links to the site come back, increase your page rank and traffic start recovering. If you don't have such an account, you can create one (it is free from Google), wait a couple of days and it starts filling it in with data so you can resubmit.
I tried to contact you via conversation, but it's not enabled for your account.
The nice thing about archive.org, as you know, is it can also be used to recover any important content that might have been deleted rather than simply moved.Yeah, I did the same yesterday and found that many content types they had in past years are now no longer available. Reviews, Articles, Classifieds system, etc.