What is Forum SEO? Well it’s just like any other SEO except you are focusing it on your forum. Search Engine Optimization is improving the quality of traffic from search engines i.e google to your forum. In this blog post I am going to name a few plug-ins for various forum software’s to help improve your forum’s SEO.
VBulletin – vBSEO
vBSEO is the best plug-in for vBulletin’s software. The amount of work this plug-in does is extraordinary. It does all the SEO work for you. From meta description’s to keyword urls it does the works. A post created by Darren Rowse talks about how much vBSEO improved his quality of traffic and how it increased traffic in general to his forum. This is a great plug-in and should be bought by all vBulletin software owners. You all must be thinking where is the catch, well it comes at $195 a pop. Very expensive but still a must have for any vBulletin owners
If you don’t have that kind of money to splash out on your forum then make sure you have a site map created and submitted to google. Also turn on SEO friendly urls. That should increase your SEO.
MyBB – Google SEO
The best forum SEO plug-in for MyBB I have found, which is part of my must have plug-ins for MyBB is Google SEO. This plug-in takes care of url’s, sitemaps, redirections, custom404′s and meta descriptions. A must have plug-in for MyBB users. This will improve your forum SEO dramatically. MyBB users will be happy to know that this plug-in is free.
PHPBB3 – PHPBB SEO
The best PHPBB3 forum SEO mod I found was PHPBB-SEO. This mod does everything related to forum SEO for a PHPBB3 forum. From descriptions to SEO friendly urls, you name it. A great mod for all PHPBB3 users.
SMF – Pretty URL’s
The best SMF forum SEO mod I found was Pretty Link’s. Unfortunately it only creates SEO friendly urls which will improve SEO just a bit. But hey, some is better than none. I am not a SMF user so I’m not so much up to date with the mods/plug-ins available to SMF users, if there is a better SMF plug-in I would love to hear about it.
Wrapping It Up
Search Engine Optimization is an importing part of running a forum. I gets you free natural targeted traffic from search engines which in turn could turn into more membership for your forum as these people have not stumbled across your site accidental. They have came because you have search engine optimized your forum.
Do you use different plug-ins SEO plug-ins for your forum? Do you use different methods to improve the SEO of your forum? Post a comment I would love to hear from you.