Forums Articles

Blogs Moving To The Front Pew

Two surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, indicate that, “by the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of online culture”.

Forums – Why You Might Want One and How to Get One…

Several people have asked me about setting up a forum on their website recently, so I thought it might be helpful to cover this topic for the benefit of all my readers.

Are Blogs Becoming More Popular than Forums, Newsletters and E-zines?

Blogging is hot, and seems to be becoming hotter each month. Although blogging originally was dismissed, by many successful publishers and other online “gurus”, the truth is that now, a few years after the “blogging trend” began, there are actually more blogs and more bloggers online than ever before. Blogging, obviously, is “here to stay”!

Email, Instant Messaging, Blogs, RSS, Forums and Listservs: What’s Next

How do we keep Internet communication simple? Let’s start by taking a look at the different methods used to communicate on the web. It is important to understand the nuances and benefits of the different forms.

Search Engine Devoted to Listing Forums and News Services

At a Launch Event Hosted by the Local Chamber of Commerce on October 1st, a New Search Engine, That is Expected to be the ‘New Google’ From Upper Austria, Went Online.

Did Google Unleash Additional Googlebots?
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Apparently, Google has begun using another spider in their scanning and indexing of web sites. News of a second Googlebot was discovered by a number of site owners who, while studying their site logs, noticed two Google spiders; with different IP address ranges; visited and scanned their respective sites.

DMOZ Isnt Open After All

Directories can be quite beneficial for those trying to increase the number of backlinks. If PageRank is important, directory listings can help improve your score. Perhaps the most popular directory is DMOZ, an open directory project that employs human editors for the submission/approval procedure.

Ebay Marketing: Pros and Cons
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Some people who are eager to enter the online store industry have considered using an eBay store to hawk their wares. For a quick refresher, eBay stores allow sellers to feature their entire inventory, while giving members a limited opportunity to feature their store brand. Although, some have questioned if people have had “success marketing their goods or services through eBay?”

Is Tell-A-Friend Marketing Still Viable?

Word-of-mouth popularity, properly referred to as viral marketing, is one of the more effective ways of promoting a business, thought, or product. For websites, one of the most successful methods of viral marketing is the use of Tell-A-Friend emails. These allow visitors to email a page and its contents to friends and family, or someone else who maybe interested.

Proving Your Traffic

You’ve made all the right SEO moves and your SERP position reflects that. Your PPC campaign is converting nicely, which results in a steady customer base. To supplement your budding revenue, you’d also like to sell web real estate for ad purposes, but you have to prove the amount of traffic you receive is what you say it is. How do you go about this?

5 reasons why Participating in Forums can Benefit your Business?

Did you know that by simply participating in various forums and posting your various views and ideas, can potentially bring new growth and life to your online business?

8 Tips for Starting and Maintaining a Successful Online Forum

Nothing promotes a business online better than staying in touch with prospects. The more interactive the continued contact, the more of a relationship that is built with a potential client.

Traffic-Power: High Rankings or SEO Nightmare?

“Something wicked this way comes”

Traffic-Power, a search engine placement program, provides customers with keywords, meta tags, advertising pages, directory submission, link building strategies, online tracking and free customer support with the promise of higher search engine placement. Recent customer complaints, however, hint that Traffic-Power is nothing more than an SEO dark carnival.

Get Your RSS Feed Listed Within Hours at Yahoo in 5 Simple Steps
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Let’s be honest. There’s three types of people in the world.

Googles Text Only Cached Pages Raises Issues With Alt Text
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There have been many discussions in the SEO world over the usefulness of alt tags that accompany images. It is generally accepted that Google primarily indexes alt tags as long as the images have a link. If there is no link on the image, the alt text is ignored.

Citing Search Result Counts Is Not News
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Fox News reporter John Gibson argued that the BBC had displayed “a frothing-at-the-mouth” anti-American bias. In response to some complaints about this coverage Fox News said searching for the phrase “BBC anti-american” in the Google internet search engine resulted in 47,200 hits.

Ranking Well In Non-US Searches

Yes, we supposedly work on the World Wide Web, but localization and micromarketing (a term I learned from a Stuart Elliot column describing a marketing pitch by Sharper Image to one area of Soho in New York) increasingly segment and complicate results, especially across foreign search portals. So here are some suggestions – from the Search Engine Watch forums – for reaching potential clients who live in countries other than yours.

Yahoo Busting Up 301 Redirects

Barry Schwarz of SEORoundTable (and now moderator of the SearchEngineWatch forums – congrats!) brought to my attention the troubles webmasters have had with 301 redirects in Yahoo. Yahoo SiteMatch reps even recommended creating doorway pages rather than using 301 redirects, and I’ve read that they will treat 301s as duplicate content.

SearchEngineWatch Forums Launch

One of the more comprehensive search engine news sites, SearchEngineWatch.com, has launched a forum for users to discuss any manner of topics related the search engine industry. With the popularity of all things search, it’s almost a sure bet that these forums will soon be heavily populated.

The Value of Forums – Finding Forums
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There are literally thousands of online forums that cover a wide range of topics. Forums provide individuals, who share a common interest, with a meeting place for open discussion, and a great gathering spot for “water cooler” talk. When used properly forums can be an excellent business tool and resource. By providing well thought out, helpful responses posters can develop a reputation as an industry expert. Establishing a reputation within forums will eventually lead to solid business contacts and relationships.

BoardReader Searches Internet Forums And Message Boards

With more and more information turning up in message boards, having a search engine that concentrates its search on forums seems like a no-brainer. The stated goal of BoardReader is to “allow our users to search the ‘human to human’ discussions that exist on the Internet.”