I have a forum which has an articles section. The section is split into several categories. I would post there my content, and in the past using Vbadvanced I would display it at the front of my site. The website had menus on the sides, using columns to help users navigate to the sections.
I have always wanted a proper CMS for the articles. Wordpress is a proven blogging platform, with great SEO and ease of use. Recently I have been testing xenscripts bridge with Wordpress. It is not well maintained, and I never liked the idea of being dependent on a bridge, alas, I did not have many alternatives.
I have articles in the forum, those have good backlinks, and many comments, often 100s of comments. I was wondering if it was Ok to copy them over into separate Wordpress articles? The purpose of which is to keep the relevant content neatly together. Should I delete them, or leave them?
Is there a way to make certain threads canonical and some not? So that the search engine favours one over the other? I guess if the WP article is canonical and the "matching" one in the forum is not, the search engine will understand what to take. The WP plugin can makes copies of the articles and put them in the forum, or just excerpts with comments copied over.
As is the nature of forums, a lot of the content is copy and pasted from around the web. Members are often enthusiastic to share articles from various places, i.e news sites, other blogs etc. 10% of our content is like so. I believe I was "hit" a bit by the Panda updates due to this, although my traffic is recovering. I have also kept Wordpress blog, I noticed that google favours wordpress over other CMS. Perhaps the SEO is good, but I have a small voice in my head that tells me there is some few lines of code inside their algorithm which does check what type of platform the content is on, giving less ranking favour to forums. (might be wrong). Is it harder for a forum to gain search engine "trust."
In an ideal world, I would just want to go through the forum, Copy and Paste - articles into relevant WP categories! And also let users add content they would usually place in the forum into WP.. - with the plugin making a copy into the forum for comments. Is this a bad idea?
I plan also on buying the RM in the future, how good is the SEO on that? I was thinking to make blog posts about any new RM item also (using different descriptive text), with a link to the item in the RM. It increases content circulation, as with WP we have greater ability to "sex up" content. i.e. adding photos, videos etc, and making items featured. (something we can not do easily in a forum)