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|GUIDE: The main rules to increase your traffic|
Make sure you have already read the tutorail "How to improve your SEO" before reading the following one. Here's the 7 best ways to increase your forum traffic:
1. Search engines
If you want to rank your forum on search engines, you have to follow some important rules. First of all, register your forum on the main search engines : Google, Yahoo!, Bing…
Add your forum on Google and Bing webmaster tools. Thus, you will be able to check your forum evolution, submit a sitemap in order to help search engines to visit your forum and verify indexing of your pages.
Let search engines access to your forum contents!
The content of your forum (messages, articles...) is very important for your SEO. Indeed, search engines regularly come to read your contents. This action (robot or crawler), allow them to define the subject of your forum and to make some statistics.
2. Banners and links exchanges
Links exchanges: Traffic coming from websites with which you exchange link (your forum url). Thus, you can make some partnership to exchange your forum with another website. Publishing your forum link to another website (with the same thematic) can: interest users that will visit the website and we increase your traffic.
Banners exchanges: Traffic coming from websites with which you exchange banner.
3- Gather your friends, family and colleagues thanks to social networks
4- Choose the category in our directory close to your forum contents
Founders can find this step on this administrative panel. It helps your forum to have a better Google rank. Indeed, Forumotion board directory has two advantages:
only best active forums are displayed and thousands of users browse it daily.
Once this step is over, you have to register to the top 10 web directory. First, you can select generalist directories then specialized directories. You will generate more traffic on your website by selecting a specialized directory, on which users are looking for the same content than your forum.
Avoid choosing a directory that requires banner or link of your forum in return. That is obsolete, technics and Google will penalize your forum for that.
5- Last advices to avoid classic errors
Prefer contents visible to visitors so that search engines access your forum. Those contents will also be visible on search engines results.
Avoid automatic referencers, by placing their link or banner on your forum you promote their websites and not yours.
Avoid SEO base on the acquisition of optimized links. Your forum risks to be penalized and you will lose more traffic. It is better to get natural links thanks to a relevant and targeted content.
Avoid all directories that require a banner or link in exchange. You will promote their brand but you won't get back any benefit.
Avoid to add music or graphical effects on your forum. That strongly degrades your site, and leads visitors to desert it! If they want to listen to music you can do it via their computer. Graphical effects won't impresses no one and will distinguish the lettering!
Avoid duplicate contents already available on the net. Search engines tackle duplicate topic and it is against copyright law. Your topic can be deleted and your forum penalized!
Never use providers of free domain name like ".tk, .sc.cz, .tart ". Search engines penalize a lot those kinds of domain name and you won't appear on search.
Add keywords on your content (title, messages, subject...). But don't exaggerate, otherwise you can have the opposite effect!
6- To extend and deepen knowledge of SEO
How to add keywords on your forum?
Analyze your forum traffic with Google Analytics
Improve your SEO
7- Last Forumotion advice
Ask your moderators and members to promote your forum.
If you use social networks, don't hesitate to share your forum, create a group or create a Facebook page. That will generate a lot of traffic on your forum!
|This tutorial was written by the Forumotion Team|
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