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Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen:
My forum has been around about 6 years. Only 2-3 years of it on the current domain and IP.
If I search for any of the multitude of topic titles ( we are a very general discussion forum ) I usually see my forum on the first page of results, most commonly as the first result even.

I've done NOTHING to improve SEO. Nothing at all. I use Google webmaster tools / analytics to track traffic, and similar general data, but that's it.

Paracelsus:

--- Quote from: reefforum on November 30, 2011, 04:48:21 PM ---40k online excluded.  Lets see some other "proofs" 

You are actually a marketing coordinator for SMF?  If so, I understand you believe in SMF and as I mentioned I like SMF and just spend months learning it and am very comfortable with it.  I just like to see more large and popular forums that are powered by SMF. 

I dont think many people even know what "swooping hark exarch" is. Maybe 40konline is one of few places that term is mentioned. 

Lets try some more common searches:

Toyota forum
Honda forum
Pet forum
Bird forum
Fish forum
Body building forum
Fashion forum

There is no room for argument.  There are simply no results on the first page that are powered by SMF.



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Ok, try googling: sporting forum and then compare with the one on my signature. ;)

Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen:

--- Quote from: reefforum on November 30, 2011, 04:48:21 PM ---Lets try some more common searches:

Toyota forum
Honda forum
Pet forum
Bird forum
Fish forum
Body building forum
Fashion forum

There is no room for argument.  There are simply no results on the first page that are powered by SMF.

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"Common" is exactly the problem in your searches. First of all, try to do searches without adding "forum" in them.
Second, a "Fashion forum" is a very general term, and may not refer to a discussion forum at all - but still be used in a wide range of sites.

What you should do if you really want to see how well google treats SMF, is get a specific search - like "Forum SEO is a myth", and see that whoops - this site is the first to come up. Or "New private beta download policy" and, surprise surprise, this forum is the first result, even though those words are probably very very used around the web.

Some more examples "Want to start a topic here?", "Sub Forum Cover", "How to change the upper bg color of topics?", "BBCode pre-parsing" --> All give me results from simplemachines.org on the first page of Google.

K@:
I just searched for my forum...

TOP ENTRY!!!

NO SEO, at all.

MtnDon:
I did a Google using general terms that would describe our forum. We came up on twice in returned results in the first ten results. Been using SMF since Nov 2007

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