A friend of mine once said that the SEO forum is a myth. He even wrote a topic about it in another forum and the topic became quite big. So I started really researching what works in terms of forum SEO and what does not work. It is important to keep in mind that forums are a community of users, unlike a blog where you are writing most of the content. Members of your forum are not thinking about search engine optimization when they are creating new themes or responding to current ones. And who are we to try to force them to have a more SEO mentality, right? No, that will only make them fear to be active in your forum and do more harm than good, because of that.
Therefore, we must focus on the search engine optimization tactics that really work for the forums.
Keywords … great content that sticks … links love in the form of anchored text … relevant backlinks … optimization of social networks …
SEO forum and keywords
Keywords are still important in terms of the correct search engine optimization. I use them every day on my blog and I see the successful results of their use. So with a forum, you as the main contributor of content (or at least it should be) should focus on the keywords of your topics. Start with the title of your new topic, think of a good keyword or string of keywords and place them at the beginning of the topic title as much as you can. Then use headings in your topic and paste the keywords in them as well. Finally, be sure to put the keywords here and there also in the content of your topic. Remember not to fill in the topic with keywords, you should still write more for humans than you would with search robots.
SEO Forum and Content
Content is king … How many times have we heard our brain hit? If I had a penny for every time someone told me that phrase, I would retire from the forums because I would be rich. Not really, I love the forums! So, being a king is a reality … But you can not simply publish any type of content and give it a crown. The best content rule is the content that sticks, sticks in your brain! If the members of your forum are not taking anything away (knowledge, education, a good laugh, etc.) after reading your topics, then your content is not royalty material, peasant! So you should focus on the kind of content that people dream of seeing and then you will have your throne in the niche world.
SEO Forum and Links
Google does not visit your forum just to see what you have to say! Google is quite social and after a couple of drinks, well, that's another story … Google wants to see more content than it is speaking in the form of statements from other people and websites. So feel free to add some external links here and there in your topics. Just use anchor text! That's where you make the link in a set of selectable words. And you should turn it into a series of words instead of a single word. For example, I can write in my administration forum something like, ah! I went to this promotion forum and I'm still just the administrator of the forum, I was expecting an increase and a new title (do you understand, Vern?). The good thing about these links is that you can add as many as you want!
SEO and Backlinks Forum
Backlinks are also important in terms of forum SEO tactics that really work. Now you want to focus on relevant backlinks. Google and other search engines are not looking to find your forum on fish cloning on a website about Kentucky Fried Chicken made at home. Your link should be linked in another forum or website about the cloning of fish or even about fish in general (no chicken !!!). So work on getting relevant back links. It also helps if the site owner is connecting the link to your forum instead of just adding it to a Blogroll or whatever. Google wants to see others gossip about your forum in a good way!
SEO Forum and SMO Forum
Too much something, something O! But it is true; This is a social age in which we live. And as the owner of a forum, we know that this is true. Social media will either make you or break you. You have to decide! If you decide to use social network optimization (that is, the new SEO, just wait and see!), Then you and your forum will be better. The trick is to treat your social assets as you would with your forum. So it will be like running two websites … your forum … and your social page or pending pages about which networks you choose to explore. Social networks will demand as much attention as their forum and that is where many of the owners of the forums fail, they simply create a page and hope for the best, while their competition does the opposite and succeeds on them.
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