What is DMOZ? Understanding DMOZ

Tweet DMOZ or the ODP (Open Directory Project) is a web directory that so many want to get their websites (or in our case, our forums) listed in to build a backlink to their sites from a site that the search engines may consider an authority site. We could get into the silly allegations about […]

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Redirect the non-www to the www url?

Tweet Should you redirect the non-www url to the www url for your site? For example http://www.forumdr.com tends to be treated as a different site to http://forumdr.com by the search engines. This sort of handling of domains by the search engines may mean different rankings between the two versions and it may be treated as […]

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Consider editing the ‘instant email notification of new post’ email

Tweet I always make sure that the Default Thread Subscription Mode is set to Instant email notification (this is the vBulletin terminology, but the principle is the same for other forum software). This means that when a reply is made in a thread that the member has either posted in or has subscribed too, they […]

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Let me Google that for you…

Tweet Ever get frustrated when a thread is started on the simplest or dumbest question that a quick Google (or another search engine) search would provide the answer? I do…but I am also torn between the frustration and the principle of the 90 10 1 and how to convert the poster of that question into […]

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Are links from .edu & .gov sites worth more?

Tweet The simple answer is NO. There are many SEO myths out there and this is one of them. There is a popular belief that backlinks from .gov and .edu sites carry more weight than other top level domains. Google have made it clear that they do not (see this interview; and this video – […]

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Optimize the welcome message for the visitor and the search engine

Tweet It is always a good idea to optimize a site primarily for a few main keywords that you are targeted for a search engine ranking, but at the same time implement strategies to get all your threads indexed so you can bring traffic to a forum through long tail searches. There are a number […]

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Monetize your forum with Amazon

Tweet Amazon.com offers an associate (affiliate) program that can be used by forum owners to monetize their forum. Reports I have read from forum owners on this are mixed. It will work on some forums and not on others. In some niches, people are more likely to buy books or the types of products that […]

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Beware of the dog!

Tweet In my RSS reader this morning was a blog post:  My “Beware Of Dog” Don’t Spam Me Sign from Danny Sullivan. He was getting frustrated about the idiocy of the spam attempts on his blog. It struck a chord with me as I have had my views on forum spam. This is an ongoing […]

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Twitter Analytics

Tweet For those who use Twitter to promote your forum might be interested in a new service from Ad.ly who provide some metrics data on your twitter account and your followers. Some data is free. More comprehensive data can be purchased. They let you log into your Twitter account to determine how many of your […]

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Who wants what from web directories

Tweet Is the web directory industry out of control? (many commentators think it has been for a while). Just look at all the new directories being announced by the SEO Kiddies at webmaster forums like Digitalpoint and on sites like Directory Critic. For example, every man and his dog is buying expired domains with Google […]

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Should a visitor always need to register to post on a forum?

Tweet Is it always desirable that you have to be a registered member of a forum to post a message? In most circumstances we want visitors to join as members (see converting the visitor into a member); we want them to engage with the site. BUT, what if your forum is on the sort of […]

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Bounce Rates and Forums

Tweet The bounce rate is one metric that can be used to analyze what is happening on your forum. It is defined as the percentage of visits to a single page on your site and they leave your site from that page without clicking on another link – they only see one page and leave. […]

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Books as a competition prize and revenue generator

Tweet Do you run competitions on your forum? (its all part of the convert members to posters plan). What do you offer as a prize? Try this as an idea: Keep an eye out for any new books that are published relevant to your niche. Use that as a prize for some sort of competition. You […]

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The curse of the profile spammer

Tweet Spam and fluff posting on forums are as old as forums. What is getting worse lately is profile spam, mainly because the SEO Kiddies think that forums links are worth it. This is done by those who join forums or social network sites just to create a profile so that they can add a profile […]

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mozRank and mozTrust

Tweet Google’s Page Rank is updated on a daily basis internally and a snapshot is exported to the Google Toolbar for us to see on a somewhat irregular scale (see the dates). What we get in the toolbar is a historical representation. It is not the true PR that is used by Google in the […]

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