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    New Forum for Articles, Press Releases & other "Link Generating" Content.


    Over past months we have seen a huge increase in the number of threads about articles and press releases.

    Typically, many of these threads are posted in the "Google Optimization" Forum & most are then (since they are not specific to Google) moved to "SEO Chat General" or the "SE Promotion" Forums... which makes searching for article/Press Release related posts a little tedious...

    We have discussed the idea of creating a new forum sprecifically for these topics; the concensus is that it will be done if it is likely to get attention - hence the poll!
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    Clicky, I think, just like so many other fads, its time has come and gone.

    I am going to make a few more attempts and follow the results carefully. I have a feeling I'll stay as disappointed as I am now.

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    Sound like a good idea but the thing is this... EGOL suggest this cool idea of the analitics section where people can make questions and post their thoughs about the analitic part of their websites but they dont really use it the way they should, i still see people postinf things related to the analitics part all over the forum, and for some people its faster to post on the google main forum because they got more activity than the other ones. I personally will like this article section but it will not make a huge difference in fact what it will do is delay the time for response and thats what people dont like...
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    I'm seeing large drops on my press releases; sure, it's an observation I've done on my sites only. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I don't see any good effect with those anymore - so I really don't use it for some time.

    Thanks ClickyB, but I think press reseases are long gone.

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    Don't get me wrong, but I don't care (anymore) which forum posts are posted in (unless I start a thread myself which I rarely do LOL).

    I go by the titles - on the new posts list. People will keep posting stuff in Google Optimisation anyway. There's just no teaching a monkey to tango - when all it needs to get the message across is a simple butt-wiggling.

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    To develop and introduce a sub-forum is fine. But, keep in mind when you start slicing the cake too fine... there is no room for a candle. How many threads do we get on the subject per month right nosw? Does that thread volume warrant its own forurm? We have a lot of almost dormant sub-forums right now. Want another?

    Note: You did not include a "Maybe use" so I did not vote.
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    Originally Posted by SEO_AM
    To develop and introduce a sub-forum is fine. But, keep in mind when you start slicing the cake too fine... there is no room for a candle. How many threads do we get on the subject per month right nosw? Does that thread volume warrant its own forurm? We have a lot of almost dormant sub-forums right now. Want another?

    Note: You did not include a "Maybe use" so I did not vote.
    While they are "worthy topics"... I agree - asking questions isn't enough. It's the invest of time that knowledgeable people must dedicate to - to keep it from being 'deleted'... you "just can't wait for the questions to appear - you got to spawn them... with volumes of threads each day... and that is best left to forums dedicated to topic.
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    If SEO Chat had a sub-forum guru for each sub-forum maybe, just maybe, an interest level in some could be maintained because that subject guru would be chartered to develop the subject matter and discussions. I wonder how much that would pay?

    Who among us search for the exact thin slice of a topic to place a discovery/discussion thread or to pose a question? The same is true with other forums I frequent. The thinner the subject slice... the thinner the traffic.
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    Searchguild does just that. Mods/gurus for every subforum.
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    Originally Posted by SEO_AM
    If SEO Chat had a sub-forum guru for each sub-forum maybe, just maybe, an interest level in some could be maintained because that subject guru would be chartered to develop the subject matter and discussions. I wonder how much that would pay?

    Who among us search for the exact thin slice of a topic to place a discovery/discussion thread or to pose a question? The same is true with other forums I frequent. The thinner the subject slice... the thinner the traffic.
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    Frankly I don't have any specific vested interest, except that - as a moderator - I am constantly moving posts to their relevant forums and I have moved a whole lot of posts about articles - in the dim AND recent past... so I know it's a busy subject (particularly if you add "press releases" & "other content").
    These are also subjects which don't fit readily into any existing forum.

    So the choices are that they stay smattered around between "general chat" and "SE promotion" (and Google optimisation - if we miss them - lol) or that they have a home of their own!

    I didn't add a "maybe" because either we do - or we don't -

    In the spirit of good housekeeping my next suggestions for forums are going to be:
    1. "When is the next PR update" posts.
    2. "Why doesn't Google show all my backlinks" posts.
    (Maybe we could combine these and call it "The Bin")

    ...come to think of it, maybe we should move all those to the SEO CHAT FAQS Forum
    Last edited by ClickyB; Aug 16th, 2006 at 08:53 PM.

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