There are a number of ways and strategies to create SEO content in your forums today. For example, there are a lot of services right now in the internet industry that aggressively sells back links and directory listings directly to owners of forum sites in specific niche markets. Still, most forum owners realize that these strategies can only take you so far. In this article, you will learn the 3 crucial SEO strategies that you should use in your forums today.
Encourage users to post video links or embed videos
It is important to remember that the major search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo! love forum threads that include videos in them. In addition to videos, you can also encourage users to post relevant images within the specified topic in the forum thread. Also keep in mind that by encouraging users to post video links or embed videos (and images), you are making the discussion and the engagement of the community very interesting and lively as compared when it is only composed of text discussions.
One of the reasons why forum owners shy away from encouraging the posting of video links or embedding of videos is that this strategy may make the web page load slow. If their web page loading speed is slow, their search engine ranking in Google will suffer. This argument is not without basis. However, what you can do in order to prevent this problem is to make sure that the video links or embedded video are limited only to the two major video hosting companies in the world – Video and YouTube. As such, simply avoid other video hosting sites as they will really impede your page load speed.
Carefully study forum management
Once you have a steady following within your forum threads, you should consider learning Web mastery techniques. This will give you up-to-date technical knowledge and know-how that you can readily apply in your forum threads. In this way, you will be able to master every aspect of managing forums. At the end of the day, it is your forum that will benefit from your newfound knowledge and skills. Of course at the start, applying these new techniques will be difficult and time consuming. After some time of applying them to your forum threads, you will notice that using the techniques becomes easier and becomes faster to execute. These Web mastery strategies and techniques you should consider learning includes (but are not limited to) the following:
1. Standard links
2. ‘nofollow’ links
3. Page redirects and their proper kinds that are applicable to your forum threads
4. How to deal with a web page becomes missing (‘404 error not found’ message)
Create easy-to-link pages mechanism in your forums
The relevant and related links that are found within forum threads are a great way to improve your forum users experience and enrich their knowledge and skills. In addition, links within forum threads are also found to slightly bump your rankings in the major search engines. For example, you can add a ‘Related Pages’ application or widget in your forum threads in order to encourage your posters to add links. Also, make sure that your SEO posts have unique, timeless and valuable titles so that your users will have an easier time in looking at and reading it. In addition, one technique you can do right now is to improve the internal search functionality of your forum threads so that users can easily find the topics that they like to engage in. After some time, you will be amazed that your forum threads users naturally add links to the discussion which makes the engagement of the community more engaging than ever.