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Anyone know how to improve the google search results, so that it actually displays this forum when you do a search on "infinitif fx forum"?

I would love to see this site continue to grow.

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God, I hope not. The low profile is the only thing keeping this site from being picked up and blocked by the filtering crap they use at work. This is the only forum I can access from there.
 

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The low profile is the only thing keeping this site from being picked up
I Agree, become a supporting member and keep banners and pop-ups away.

Make a Donation today :D
 

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Yes, BUT the more members that are here, the more donations are possible.

I know SEO (search engine optimization) and have experience bringing auto enthusiast sites to the top of Google, Yahoo, and others. I work in web development/marketing for a living and have several (revenue-producing) auto community sites of my own.

Dallace can PM me if he wants my help, (donated help of course).
 

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MustGoFastR said:
God, I hope not. The low profile is the only thing keeping this site from being picked up and blocked by the filtering crap they use at work. This is the only forum I can access from there.
Ditto here...no FA at work...
 

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FA is HUGE, a multiple-automobile forum site with tens of thousands of users. Your work's LAN security guys block sites based on employee visit popularity and site content... not search engine results.
 

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FA is HUGE, a multiple-automobile forum site with tens of thousands of users. Your work's LAN security guys block sites based on employee visit popularity and site content... not search engine results.
Actually, here they use Websense and filter the forum/BB category. I don't know how Websense pics up on the sites, but it doesn't catch InfinitiFX.org and this is the only forum I can get on (of those I frequent) here at work.
 

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Actually, here they use Websense and filter the forum/BB category.
Right, and that falls under a content category; nothing to do with search engine results.
 

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Right, but how do site's get identified as being in a particular category?
 

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Back in the "good ole days" all you had to do was add some meta tags (keywords that describe your site) to the top of your html page(s) and you'd be picked up by the major search engines. It appears this site has none. Regardless, it seems that isn't good enough anymore and you won't be noticed unless your daily traffic is very high. I think you can buy placement but I have no idea if it's worth it.

I agree with the others that support keeping this site lower profile. Let the newbies with all their redundant questions go to FA. The serious enthusiasts will migrate here. It's inevitable. :D
 

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MustGoFastR said:
Right, but how do site's get identified as being in a particular category?
This topic is about search engines and this site's popularity. Maybe we could start a "workplace filtering" topic. In the meantime, you can learn about WebSense's techniques at their site http://www.websense.com .

particlefx- you've got a good point about migration, but why not welcome people with open arms from the start? All you gotta do is have a 'Newbie' category and some FAQ topics, and the newbies stay contained. You were a newbie once too! Otherwise, we'd be kinda elitist, no?
 

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MustGoFastR said:
Right, but how do site's get identified as being in a particular category?
This topic is about search engines and this site's popularity. Maybe we could start a "workplace filtering" topic. In the meantime, you can learn about WebSense's techniques at their site http://www.websense.com .
Seems to me there is room to discuss both topics.

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particlefx- you've got a good point about migration, but why not welcome people with open arms from the start? All you gotta do is have a 'Newbie' category and some FAQ topics, and the newbies stay contained. You were a newbie once too! Otherwise, we'd be kinda elitist, no?
I think we already welcome new owners with open arms. Giving newbies their own category and believing they will be contained is highly optimistic IMO. Besides, we already have that: it's called FA. :lol: An FAQ won't work either because no one will read it -- in the same way that most questions can be answered by searching the site first (but few do it). I don't think this has anything to do with elitism, but rather more to do with utilizing the tools in front of you. I may have started out as a newbie, but I never asked a newbie question. :evil:
 

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MGFR:

Start with the easiest fix. Put these phrases in your meta tag:

Infiniti FX User Group
Infiniti FX User Forum


Then use one of those same phrases in your page title and in the PHPBB board's subhead, under "InfinitiFX.org."

Currently, if I'm searching for a user group and I enter "Infinity FX User Group" or "Infinity FX User Forum" (with quotation marks) into Google, I get no hits at all. Which suggests that this site could show up first (and probably alone) if a user searches for either of those specific terms.

Of course, they would have to search for those exact terms, and you would not likely be found on more general FX searches. But I don't think that's a bad thing. You'll reach FX owners looking specifically for a user forum, and your site won't be overrun.


Just my two cents.


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You're talking to the worng person, Devon. I don't have anything to do with this site (as much as I'm here, you'd think I did, though), other than being a vessel of vast FX knowledge that very few people in the world (luckily most of whom are here) appreciate.

FA is a business and is run as such. This site is not; it's simply a forum that one dedicated owner decided to create for others. The majority of the "heavy hitters" here, myself included started on FA and migrated here in large part to avoid the corporate kiss-butt moderators and the repetitive newbie questions. None of us have a problem welcoming in new members, but we still don't like to have to spend our time holding their hands. FA is a good place to start and is a good archive for the basic stuff that we are all well beyond. Several of us still keep an eye on things over there and refer people to this site when they don't seem to find what they are looking for or want to get a little deeper.

Anyway, this has all been discussed here before. As far as what the dynamics are of making this site higher profile or whether or not the author of this site is interested in doing so, I have no say. I just don't want the site blocked from me at work, as all other forums have been. If going higher profile will result in the site being picked up by the filters they use at work, then I'm against it. That's just my own selfish opinion, though.
 

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I'm a "newbie" and try not to chime in too much because I come to this forum to learn. I started on FA and I found my way here through a link that was posted on FA.

It isn't hard to find FA when you're a new owner or, like I was at the time, some one seriously researching the FX. And if some one is even remotely serious about the FX it doesn't take long before they uncover a link to a thread on this forum.

Not that my opinion really matters in this but I feel it's best kept this way. It works.
 

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I like it hear cuz it is like a group of close friends with the same interests.

:grouphuuug:


Another great part of being here, is being able to attach pics, which is very helpful.
 

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This is a great site, everybody is so interactive and friendly, glad to have found it.

Jim
 

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Hey guys/gals,

What was said ^^ up there is correct. The main reason I created this forum was

1) FA was pissing me off because of the commercialism
2) Because I have an "always on" server and I could

I have had a couple people approach me about ads etc, however so far I haven't decided to do anything.

Of course I'd love to make a killing on Ads/Sticker however I also don't want to turn this place into a "ad-run" place like I feel FA is.

I have not made any effort to advertise this site yet either. Being busy with "life" this has been sort of on the back burner. I'll throw up a few meta tags in the next week or so and that should help some. Google and other spyders hit my site often so it shouldn't take long for it to start showing up on search engines.

I'm glad everyone likes it here!! That's the most important part.
 

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I guess I have to send it back to the mechanics to figure it out.

Jim :cry:
 
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