21st Century Renaissance Man

Jul 26, 2013

Forums: Back on the Rise?

It has come down the grapevine here at Side2 that in certain cases forums are coming back in to SEO relevancy. There are reports of people coming in 5th, 7th, 10th in the SERPs, where the top four or eight results are forum posts dating from as far back as 4 years ago. It appears that for certain search terms relating to lists or answers, Google is starting to value user-collated content more, and that means forums and pages like Yahoo! Answers and Stack Exchange. Even a recent blog post with Google Authorship and a high page rank may come out below forum topics in these sorts of searches. Does that mean everyone needs a forum for a successful website? Surely not, but if you plan on building a community, a forum certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Here are some (free!) forum software to get you started:
*Vanilla is free software, but hosting and support costs money. Luckily you can get one without the other!

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