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This will be a forum-only site, nothing more. I know these are more difficult to market when starting off, but does anyone have any tips on how to do link development, search engine optimization, etc for a brand new forum?
Is it a good idea to create a blog or something for content and link the forum to it?
Thanks for any tips!
As to how to let folks know the forum exists it sounds like you already know what needs be done.
forget seo, your forum would need to target more key phrases than you could ever handle. rarely every will people enter the site having used the same search phrase. as already mentioned, you need members, active and enthusiastic members that post a lot. what really helps is if you have another site, on the same topic and having good traffic, that can divert some traffic and future members to you. as has already been mentioned, create several member profiles (10, 20 or maybe even 30) and use those to post fake posts, giving the impression of a forum that is alive. then post a few posts every day by those fake members, and keep it going until you get some real members. even with another site diverting traffic to you you may have to continue like this for many weeks. in case of no other supporting site, months...
from the begining one website that had 30000 alexa rank inserted my forum
on its site (as iframe)I think thefirst members came from there and coming
also as yet.
Direct address / Bookmarks :3.4%
Links from an Internet Search Engine :4.1%
Links from an external page (other web sites except search engines) :92.3 %
it was too hard...maybe 18 hours a day i spent time for many years