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What to do after building your blog/forum

What to do after building your blog/forum

So after building your website or forum, or blog.  What is the next step?

Here is a list of some things that you can do to improve your site.

This is what search engines use to understand your pages, too many is not a good idea, and is as bad as not enough, they should be relative to your genre or niche, you should also try to make as many keywords relate to your forum/blog name too.

Robots txt:
This is basically, the opposite to a sitemap, this tells bots where NOT to go on your site, it’s a must have for any forum or blog, say you have a particular part of the site that you don’t want indexed, and generally, every site will need this.  There are always bits to the site that we don’t want google to index.

Sitemap :
A sitemap will help bots to crawl your site, you can use a sitemap generator on the internet, or get a plugin to do this, or if your website has very little pages, you can make it yourself, a sitemap tells bots where to go, and will speed up your indexing time.

Search Engines:
Some search engines might start indexing themselves, however you may want to submit your site to search engines, such as google, bing and yahoo, and use other free sites to submit your site to a few more.


RSS Submit:

If your site has a feed, you can submit it to rss aggregators, and blog aggregators, use sites such as bulkping, pingomatic.  There are plenty of sites that will let you submit your rss feed to content aggregation sites.  This will mean that any posts that appear on your site will show up on other sites, and usually include a link back to your site.

<meta tags>
Some say use them, some say don’t, Well, it’s much better to be more organised, and descriptive then to not.  The meta tags help bots, and spiders to understand what your web pages are about.  They also help the user too, as your description is what they see on the search engine. Included in your meta tags should be your site name, and a short description of what it’s about, roughly 150 characters.

So, it is very important to have lot’s of content on your website, but not always to have it straight away, Google prefers web development to be natural, and to see a steady stream of content, it is also best to try and be consistent with your articles, otherwise you may start to drop in rankings, if Google and other search engines keep being fed with new content, they will most likely start to increase your rankings.

However just because you have lot’s of content, does not always benefit you.  Google prefers unique content, try to refrain from copying text from other sites and re-wording them.  Google has a very sophisticated system for detecting things like this, so even if it means you have less content it is still much better to have less high quality content instead of lots of low quality content.

Build Quality Backlinks

Look for some

1.  Forums

2.  Blogs

3.  Social Bookmarking Sites

Once you have a couple of posts, a press release or something that you can promote, head out in search of some places to gain a link back to your site.  If you give a helpful/relevant comment and place a link back to your site, from sites that are in the same niche as you.  Then you have a good chance of it being approved/not being removed.  If you make spammy comments, that are not relevant, or do not contribute to the conversation then you may find the opposite.  You can gain a backlink from your forum signature, your forum profile, from a blog comment, from web directories and social bookmarking sites.  Try to find sites that are high PR (you can use alexa toolbar for this)  The higher the PR 1-10, the better quality link it is.  You can also view the page source, after/before you have placed a link, and search for “Nofollow”, if that appears next to an outgoing link, then spiders will not follow the link to your site, and give you less value from it.

You can use sites such as find dofollow blogs to comment on.  Make sure to try and put your desired anchor text under the name field. If not your name and then your keyword.  Here is a list of dofollow forums (signature only)  Some forums are not dofollow ion the actual content field, just the signature space.

These are just some tips to get you started after building your forum/blog.  Try some out.


Written by OIiver

Oliver is a 20 year old web-enthusiast and entrepreneur from the UK. He enjoys Marketing, SEO, Technology and Business.

  • Scott

    Good article, much useful advice, I hope to make my own website soon and this will help me lots :-)

  • hissae2

    This will be very helpful to me when I create a site. Thank you! :)