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How is Google treating your forum?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Gregory Lynn, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Gregory Lynn

    Gregory Lynn Active Member

    Google started to send me decent traffic and now I am lucky if it sends a single search a day. I didn't change anything and I don't get what went wrong. How is Google treating your forum?

  2. Arty

    Arty Well-Known Member

    I don't see any change in traffic on 2 forums that I administrate. Traffic from Google accounts for 48% of all traffic on one forum, 30% on other forum.

    Probably something has happened to your rank. Maybe links to your forum were removed from major website? Or you've overdone SEO and got punished for it?
  3. Parminder Singh Chahal

    Parminder Singh Chahal Active Member

    I have started a few new forums using xenforo just to see how Google treats them. I havent converted any forums with traffic to xenforo yet.

    My experience has been entirely different from yours and every single thread I create is beating the you know what out of competetion on Google serps. I have only used newly registered domains so far and the experience has been good.

    I am in the process of converting a vbulletin forum that has some good traffic to xenforo in a day or two so I am hoping that with all redirects in place it will be a smooth transition and hopefully rank better then before.
  4. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Google doesn't punish good software, good site performance and good discussion. Everything outside of that, well... is up for debate and is what often hinders your site in Google.
  5. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Hi Greg,

    If it's your Downriver Today! site you might want to think about putting something different in your site description meta tag (it's just a bunch of keywords at the moment - not sure if this is intentional?):

    <meta name="description" content="Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron Charter Township, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven, Wyandotte, Downriver, Michigan, Community, Forum" />

    Also, can you quantify what your previous decent traffic was - how many visits per day? (That would give us an idea of the size of the drop in traffic).

    Shaun :D
  6. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    After running a popular website for over 7 years and being through ups and downs, I can tell you this -

    "Google is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
    - The Big K

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