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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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Do forum signature links help a sites ranking?

Tweet Listening to the SEO kiddies on some SEO forums, you can’t help but notice how they heavily promote posting in forums to link drop signatures and profile spam as a way to help build backlinks to a web site to improve its rankings. This kind of advice has significantly increased the fluff posting, nonsense […]

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A SEO book that is NOT out of date!

Tweet I have never been a big fan of books on SEO (search engine optimization) as there can be a very long time lag between when a book is written by the author, the editors do all their work on it and the book gets printed and goes on sale. In an industry like SEO, […]

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What is an “Authority Site”?

Tweet An ‘Authority site‘ is a site that seems to get an extra ranking boost from the search engines. Somehow, in their analysis of the site and its backlinks profile, the search engine algorithm recognizes a site as being an ‘Authority’. Getting backlinks from sites that are seen by the search engines as an authority […]

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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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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 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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What is Link Juice?

Tweet Getting backlinks to a site is an important part of the search engine optimization (SEO) process and helping a site get all its pages indexed in the search engines and ranking well in them. Link Juice is the term used for how much benefit a link passes on, as not all links are equal. […]

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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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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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What is PageRank?

Tweet PageRank (PR) is the term that is trademarked and an algorithm patented by Google. PageRank is the link analysis algorithm named after one of the founders of Google, Larry Page. The algorithm assigns a numerical value to each page on the web based on the number of links to that page. The algorithm was […]

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How I pretend search engines rank sites

Tweet I like to think of the ranking of a site in search engines to be a conceptual formula. This is not how search engines actually rank a site or page, but pretending it does it this way helps understand what needs to be done: Ranking = relevance x importance +/- quality A number of […]

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The SEO Kiddies

Tweet If you hang out at SEO forums long enough you get to recognize the SEO Kiddies. They are the ones that: 1. Always want to know when the next Google PR update is and expect their sites ranking to change when it does (they don’t get it that Google update PR internally on a […]

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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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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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