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The Value of Facebook Advertising for a Forum

Tweet I was just checking the metrics for one of the forums I run and was surprised to see that Facebook was second to Google as the referring site. Given the recent Panda update that Google did that did affect traffic to a large number of sites, the need to diversify traffic sources is important […]

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How to get traffic to your forum

Tweet As part of the 90 9 1 principle of forum participation, getting traffic to the site is of prime importance to build up the 90, so the 9 builds up and then the 1 (ignore that actual numbers, as it’s the principle or framework that counts). You have got your forum up and running, […]

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Converting the visitor into a member

Tweet As part of the 90 9 1 principle or theory of forum participation, one of the strategies is to convert the visitor to the site into a member (ie convert them to the 90). Getting the visitor by a variety of promotional means is one thing, converting them is another. What can be put […]

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The 90-9-1 Principle Applied to Forums

Tweet Essentially, the 90-9-1 rule states that in a social community, 90% are lurkers, 9% contribute a bit and 1% contribute a lot. Jake McKee is a strong proponent of the theory and has a whole site devoted to it. Some community managers, such as Angela Connor support the concept, whereas other such as Richard […]

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Yahoo! Answers as a Source of Traffic and Members

Tweet Participating in Yahoo! Answers not only contributes to the community and helps people, it is also a potential source of traffic to your forum and a potential source of new members. Do a search for the keyword(s) related to your forum and look for questions that need to be answered. Answer them. Add a […]

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Twitter being used by Google and Bing

Tweet Both Google and Bing this week (23 October, 2009) announced that they have agreements with Twitter to include Twitter updates in their SERPs. Bing have launched their Twitter search (only accessible by those in the USA at the moment). Google’s announcement is that they will soon have theirs. The importance of this to forum […]

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Forum Directory List

Tweet Building backlinks are an important part of forum promotion for traffic and search engine ranking. Submitting to key web directories is important and submitting to a wider range of directories will also help a site somewhat. It is also probably important to submit your forum to the niche forum directories. Here is a list […]

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Article Directory Submission

Tweet Submitting articles to article directories is another one of the link building strategies that can be used to build links for a forum. There are 100’s of article directories available and most are not worth it, as the search engines tend not to index a lot of the articles, so they pass no backlink […]

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Submitting to Web Directories

Tweet Submitting to directories is one way of building backlinks to a site that are needed to rank well in the search engines. Is submitting to web directories worth it? Not a day goes by in which many people in SEO forums express an opinion on if it is worth it or not (also, not […]

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The importance of the Long Tail search phrases

Tweet The so called Long Tail is an important concept in understanding the keyword phrases that can bring in traffic to a website. The Long Tail is probably more important to forum’s traffic than a regular website. Here is a video clip from Rand Fishkin from SEOMoz that explains this concept and its importance: In […]

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How to get a forum listed in DMOZ

Tweet The Open Directory Project or DMOZ is the largest web directory on the internet and is generally considered a directory that is worth getting a site listed in. It is run by a large army of volunteers and is owned by AOL. There is more than a fair share of DMOZ bashers on the […]

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Getting the search engines to index all of your threads

Tweet I recall reading somewhere that something like 20% of the searches in Google are for phrases that have never been searched for before. It is one thing to target and SEO a forum (or any website) for one or a few popular keywords, it is another to get your site in a position to […]

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Using member profiles as a source of traffic.

Tweet Have you considered that member profiles may be a sources of traffic? If your forum is the sort of forum where many use their real name (especially the case in some specialist niche or industry specific forums) or a name that they are well known by, then this is a potential source of traffic. […]

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How to get Twitter followers, so you get forum traffic?

Tweet Other posts have discussed the Twitter basics and how to put for forum RSS feed onto Twitter. Once you have it on Twitter, you need to get followers so they can see the new threads in your tweets and come to the site. A quick search of the search engines shows up a whole […]

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Send your forum RSS feed to Twitter

Tweet The easiest way to get your message across on Twitter is to use Twitterfeed. It simply posts your new threads via your RSS feed on to Twitter. Set up a username with your main keyword, so anyone searching for it will find your tweets. See this example for what it looks like. Within a day of setting […]

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