Archive | September, 2009

Would you delete a user on request?

Tweet Alongside the issue of who owns forum posts, is the issue of what do you do if a member wants to have all their posts and their account deleted.  More and more people are increasing their consciousness of their internet footprint and want more control of it, especially anything that might be seen of […]

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Who owns Twitter posts?

Tweet Twitter have updated their terms of service to make it clear that whoever posts the tweet owns it. This is timely as I just wrote about who owns forum posts. See the Twitter announcement here. Apparently the reason for clarifying the issues for Twitter has been the publication of books that are a compilation […]

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Link exchanges are not worth it

Tweet We all know the importance of link building to get a site indexed in the search engines; to have the search engines crawl deep into a site (especially a forum) to index most of the site; and to have the site rank well in the search engines. One way of building links is to […]

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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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Dates of Google PR updates

Tweet Google periodically exports the internal PR data that they update internally on a daily basis to the Google Toolbar for us to look at. The most recent dates of the export were approximately: 6 December 2013 5 February 2013 7 November 2012 2 August 2012 3 May 2012 6 February 2012 7 November 2011 […]

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What is your favorite Youtube clip? (off topic thread idea)

Tweet How is this for an idea for an off-topic thread at your forum? Install a plugin or mod to insert YouTube clips into posts. Start a thread asking member to contribute their favorite YouTube clip. See this example. Make it a sticky thread so it never ends. Here is the simplest way to do […]

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Google’s link: operator

Tweet Ignore it….nuff said. For those that want a more detailed explanation: Google allow webmasters to search for sites that link to a web page (not a ‘site’) by the use of the link: operator (ie the backlinks). See this search for links to Forum Doc. Many complain how inaccurate that this operator is. It […]

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What is the Google Dance?

Tweet The Google Dance goes back to the good old days of search engine optimization. Google used to update PageRank (PR) and the search engine rankings (SERPs) on a monthly basis. It was a big event as the updates would roll out. The SEO Forums would always be awash with long threads as webmasters announced […]

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Use Google alerts to find ideas for new threads

Tweet Sign up for Google alerts for several keywords or phrases related to your forums niche or industry and get a daily email of news, blog posts and web information related to that niche or industry. The alerts monitors activity for the keyword or phrase. Mine the links for ideas to start threads or post […]

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Best and funniest read in a while

Tweet Twitter Witt is a book I just finished reading in one sitting! I have not enjoyed reading a book lately as much as I did this one. The editorial description says: Twitter Wit is the first ever compilation of Twitter aphorisms and witticisms, celebrating a medium that has enabled millions of users to broadcast […]

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Linkvana as a forum thread link building tool

Tweet Building links (getting backlinks) is one of the more important ways to get a site indexed and ranked in the search engines. Directory and social bookmark submission is one of the ways to get some lower value links. I use Linkvana for another component to my link building strategy, probably the most important. Whenever, […]

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Treat each thread like a baby or like gold

Tweet Nurture each thread into being a great resource on the topic of the thread, so when visitors come to the site, they are impressed; they stay and look around; they join as a member; they contribute; they happy; they click on the advertisements on your site! How do you do that? Consider doing some […]

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How important is a good Alexa ranking?

Tweet Basically an Alexa ranking is not important. Having a high or low Alexa ranking does not help a site one bit, unless you want to use it to impress people who are impressed by this sort of thing, but do not understand it. Alexa have a toolbar that can be installed in web browsers. […]

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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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