Archive | October, 2009

Keeping on top of ideas for new threads

Tweet Visitors keep coming back if the latest information for your niche is on your site. If they like what they see, they will join as a member. What methods can be used to find content and to get the breaking news first? Try these: Use Google alerts to monitor blogs, web search and news […]

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Watch out for these SEO Scams

Tweet If you decide to engage a SEO’er (Search Engine Optimizer) to help with the SEO on your forum, how do you tell which ones to stay away from; which are the ones running a scam?; which are the ones that are pretending to be an SEO (ie a SEO Kiddie), but do not really […]

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Ban these members from your forum

Tweet As well as getting rid of fluff posters, get rid of these members if you have them. They have either posted spam messages; or they are joining forums just to link drop a signature link in their profiles; or they used some sneaky trick. I am only including those that get through all the […]

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All forums should nofollow external links

Tweet The spam and fluff posting is getting out of hand on many forums. Too many messages get posted for promotional purposes and to link drop signatures because of advice from SEO Kiddies that this is a good way to build backlinks to a site (its not). These kinds of posts add nothing of value […]

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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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Getting through the Admin tasks a bit quicker

Tweet Isn’t it frustrating getting through some of the Administrative and Moderation tasks that need to be done in the background. Isn’t it more fun being involved in the forum and promoting it and building it? One tip I got a while ago was to make use of the multiple tabs in Firefox as your […]

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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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Sneaky tricks used by the spam link droppers

Tweet I have a low tolerance threshold for fluff posters with links in their signature, let alone in the message posted – I just delete them and ban them as they NEVER become useful members. A number of silly new tricks are being used by spammers and SEO Kiddies to keep under the radar scope. […]

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Intelligent use of the tags

Tweet Most forum admins activate the tags but do not really pay much more attention to them than that. I pay a lot of attention to them. Here is what I do with them: 1. I have a predetermined list of thread tags that we prefer to use on each forum (even though thread starters […]

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How not to get a site listed in DMOZ

Tweet I have already covered How to get a forum listed in DMOZ, now this is how to go about not getting a site listed: 1. Do not submit a site under construction or a forum with not many members and activity. It will be rejected. 2. Do not submit it more than once. Submitting […]

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Bing’s Page Score

Tweet Everyone is familiar with Google’s PageRank or PR score for a website based on Google’s analysis of links to a page. Not many are familiar with Bing’s (formally MSN Search and Live Search), Page Score. You can see your score for your pages and domain in Bing’s Webmaster Tools. Is this Microsoft’s answer to […]

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Does Your Forum Target a Specific Geographic Region?

Tweet If it does, you want it to show up in the search engines for that country. All the search engines use geotargeting and the search results are different from country to country (and even from city to city) (more on geotargeted search results). They do this as they want to deliver the most relevant […]

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Submitting a forum to search engines

Tweet Do not waste your time on this. The need to submit a site to a search engine, such as Google, Yahoo or Bing using their add url page went out of fashion last century and has not made a difference to a site, either positive or negative since then. Search engines find sites by […]

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Forum Advertising Software

Tweet There are many options for software to serve up advertisements on forums. The simplest way to do this is to not use any software and to just insert the code for the advertisement (eg Google Adsense) into the template. It is fairly easy to do this and for many forums this may be all […]

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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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