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Actual really missing forum topics this time.
Not just wishful thinking like all the other forum topic suggestions.

 2:25 am on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

Maybe I don't get out enough into the other areas of this site - but I'm here pretty much exclusively for SEO.

So how come there's no SEO specific forum? I know there's a link dev forum, and for me that's most of SEO anyway, but still....seems kind of like an odd oversight, no?



 3:26 am on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

That would be this one, it's just not called that.


The way I see it, the forum title (and description) just leave some leeway for a little broadening of the scope.


 12:45 pm on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

SEO is such a broad topic. If you want to discuss SEO for a specific search engine, we have a specific forum for each. Similarly, we have a research forum [webmasterworld.com] where SEO topics can be discussed in-depth.
We have a New to Web Development [webmasterworld.com] which will cover beginners, and Webmaster General [webmasterworld.com] forum where the topic doesn't relate to an existing forum.

With those alone, I'd like to think we have SEO covered.


 3:27 pm on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm not suggesting it's not covered. I'm suggesting if someone does a drive by of the forum looking for a section on SEO, they don't see one :).


 6:29 pm on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

A lot of people that stumble upon WebmasterWorld do so through a SE. If SEO is what they were looking for they are going to get caught up in reading a bunch of threads on the topic. :)


 4:19 pm on Nov 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Remember a few years ago when Google demonized the "SEO" word? You look throught docs on G's site and it makes all sorts of references to SEO as a bad thing. Also, Google Spokesman Matt Cutts recently accused SEO's of being criminals - both in his presentation at PubCon and in video interviews [videos.webpronews.com] done by Mike McDonald over at WebProNews.

In that environment, why would we use "seo" on a forum? Why expose our members to that kind risk or negative sphere? We want to be a positive force in the community and leadership on simple things like this is where we can best do that. SEO is just a step in the greater scheme of website marketing and promotion. WebmasterWorld is about the holistic approach to website building, marketing, and maintenance.

[edited by: encyclo at 12:44 pm (utc) on Nov. 29, 2008]
[edit reason] typo [/edit]


 6:59 pm on Nov 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Fair enough - that's actually quite a sane reason for not having an SEO forum. Particularly since I seem to be getting more tinfoil hat as I get older, and am completely on board with the idea that eventually any sniff of SEO of any type is going to be seen as bad by the SE's.

Robert Charlton

 7:30 pm on Nov 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

...holistic approach...

I've always considered all of WebmasterWorld to be about SEO, with all the subforums simply components of it. The holistic approach makes so much sense to me that I don't know how you could meaningfully separate out "SEO" into an individual forum... unless we had, say, a button-pushing forum, where each post might automatically incorporate the seeds of its own destruction. ;)

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