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    SEO for a forum

    Very short question.

    What SEO techniques are successful when dealing with forum sites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blain View Post
    Very short question.

    What SEO techniques are successful when dealing with forum sites?
    The SEO improvement technique of learning from your peers is very successful on this forum.

    That what you meant?
    It's 530 people, but do you really get it?
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    I presume the question relates to optimizing a forum for the search engines?

    In which case, I wouldn't approach it any differently. It's a website just like any other and just because it's a forum doesn't mean that Google will treat it differently.

    Ensure that pages make use of the title, headings are used for each forum topic and good anchor text is used.

    The only thing that can't be controlled is the content but if the forum has members who contribute useful, on topic posts then this hopefully should be something that takes care of itself as long as you ensure that the foundations are in place.

    Hope that helps?

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    I agree with csswiz. Treat the forum like any other site and try to get links from other fourms and websites.

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    Yep. The format isn't important. The same rules apply whether it is a forum, blog, article, etc.

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    Actually, there is a huge difference with the format. With forums, for example, you generally have any member contributing content and if you should put some effort into making sure the title of threads are keyword rich. This is quite different from a blog or article site where the author/editor will be in full control over the article title. Additionally, forum software is not naturally SEO-friendly as blog software is for example. Most forum software will have your meta description tags and the title tags nearly the same or even exactly the same. Certainly not what we'd call optimized. Generally, though, forums are excellent for SEO because of the way content is generated and because it's easy to get people to link to a good active forum.


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