think about it for a moment. How do you get to a thread in IPB? the answer is through the forum index page where the thread is posted. that is 1 link to the topic only. But in each page of the thread in question there is going to be link to the tags associated with the thread. If the thread has 5 pages then that is 5 links to the tags. Hence google would think that the tag page is more important because it has 5 links
Thank you for your input, although that is not correct. We have tested tags with WordPress for years, and the results have never really surpassed the content before, although we have fixed the tag issue, by simply not using them anymore.
while the best place to get answers to these questions would be google webmaster forum.
With all due respect, that made me laugh. No, Google webmaster forums is full of Google fanboys who have never run a real website business in their lives, but love the sound of their own voices, because it makes them feel self-important. 99% have zero experience out there in 'the field'.
I mentioned earlier, that we run many websites, and have done for years, multiple companies, blue-chip clients, etc. etc. All based around ranking websites, and we have also runs forums for over 10 years, with other software providers, VB, phbb, etc. So when I come to a thread like this, today, it is for a specific reason. That reason being, that something is wrong with the software. Unless your business model is directly related to search engines positions (and if not, why not, because all business is about traffic, retail foot-flow, or internet traffic), then most people may be unaware of the problems.
I deal in results, and not passive activity, which is why the testing I have done, found that the results were out of the ordinary, hence the reason I asked the question here. The search engines are confused with the results our forum is sending them during crawling of the site, and as a result, our efforts are being wasted.
The problem now, is that we are being told the issue is 'because we made simple modifications to a standard template', which confuses us even more. There is a problem, and I hoped to find the answer. Like I stated 2 times already. I am not moaning, but hoped to find a solution, and I also thank the people that have made suggestions. Advice Appreciated as always.