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Thread: Do forums still have any SEO value?

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    Question Do forums still have any SEO value?

    We're thinking of adding a forum to our website in an attempt to create a community among our customers.

    Can anyone recommend any forum software that is cheap and can be installed on our BP domain (as opposed to hosted somewhere else on a different domain)?

    Also, do forums still have any SEO benefits (lots of fresh unique and relevant content)...? Or is it so insignificant as to not be worth the bother?

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    The only forum software BP used to allow to be installed on their servers was vBulletin, which they use to run this forum. You buy the licence from vBulletin and then pay BP a fee to install it for you. However, you would need to check with BP first to see if they still offer this service. The only BP site running a forum I knew ceased trading a long time ago.

    In terms of SEO who knows as there is so much conflicting advice out there. Could be useful for your customers to discuss things but moderating it could be a real pain in the backside and spammers love forums as well so it would need locking down tight but then that might put off potential / existing customers from contributing.

    Personally I think its too much work for very little reward in terms of SEO and the money could be spent better elsewhere.
    Regards,

    Dave

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    People prefer facebook groups to forums these days.
    Regards

    Neil.

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    Unfortunately, we do not allow any third-party software, including forums, to be install on our servers now.
    Moderator :: Bluepark Solutions

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    Hi Nerf,

    I can't answer your question regarding the BP software, however from an SEO point of view, there are plenty of things to think about.

    I recently contacted Power SEO to ask them the same thing (if forums have any SEO value) and they provided me with a lengthy response.

    Here's a snippet of what they said:

    "…forums can be beneficial if you have a lot of questions/topics that you can cover and you have the time to update the forum.
    You can’t necessarily rely on your client base to post topics all the time, so it might mean that you have to come up with fresh ideas on a regular basis to ensure the forum is kept up to date.
    You’ll also need to think about how you will drive traffic to the forum, get people to sign up and ensure users are posting regularly to answer questions/post their own topics.

    Forums can be highly beneficial to SEO if you are providing value to the user with relevant content. The key word here is ‘relevant’. The content on the forum must be relevant to what the forum is about and the type of audience you are targeting.
    More content on your website is never a bad thing, but bear in mind that it will need to be moderated for spam and quality checked to ensure the right type of questions are being asked on the forum…"

    The reply itself came from a guy name Dave, who also works as an SEO Account Manager at Design365. He was really helpful and helped me to understand SEO a little bit more, especially when it comes to forums!!

    Hope this helps!

    Lisa Briggs

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    One of the best examples of forum link building I have seen...genuinely impressed

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