Why forums' traffic are decreasing

by yestyle Banned
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According to my analytics then traffic on forums (DP, WJ, DP, WF and other forums) are decreasing, it was affected by Google recently updated any algorithms? or any other reasons?
#decreasing #forums #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author vmloya
    Forums were the Social Media back in the day. I'm thinking forums are being replaced by Facebook, LinkedIn etc and other platforms.
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    • Profile picture of the author dana67
      Originally Posted by vmloya View Post

      Forums were the Social Media back in the day. I'm thinking forums are being replaced by Facebook, LinkedIn etc and other platforms.
      I absolutely agree. As the number of social media members increased, the number of forum members decreased.
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    • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
      Originally Posted by vmloya View Post

      Forums were the Social Media back in the day. I'm thinking forums are being replaced by Facebook, LinkedIn etc and other platforms.
      I agree with the reply here.

      More people are just using Social Networks a lot more and maybe they are forgetting about forums now.

      But who knows what is really going on!
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by vmloya View Post

      Forums were the Social Media back in the day. I'm thinking forums are being replaced by Facebook, LinkedIn etc and other platforms.
      This may be true but this hyper FRAGMENTATION is actually quite bad for individuals looking to get info from as wide a group of sources as possible.
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      • Profile picture of the author kuma1234
        I suppose we could blame everything else, be it Hackers or Social Media...

        But I reckon it really boils down to what is being frequently offered as an answer to every newbie who pops in here asking for help.....

        Offer value in your content and the traffic will keep coming back, hungry for more. ):
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    They are minor fluctuations from what I have seen. I am sure Google cracked down on them a bit though just like with article marketing. But honestly WF, DP etc have a solid user base and affiliate type programs which I think will let them stand the test of time and not really be to effected by whatever Google throws their way.
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    • Profile picture of the author shaunybb
      Social media could be a reason but the problem on here (the WF) sometimes is that people don't want to engage or stay long or come on everyday because of the quality of some posts and the attitude of some people.


      I bet five years ago people would LOVE TO COME ON HERE EVERYDAY!!! Even lately I have seen some experienced and long time members leaving because of the above reasons!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    Maybe because:
    1. Global economic crisis,
    2. which causes too many scammers rise,
    3. and people really hard and not believe again to earn money online today.
    IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    • Profile picture of the author TheGMa
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Sometimes when I'm alone, I like to roll around on the floor and pretend I'm a rooster.
      Lord have mercy, Yukon... Poor baby.
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    • Profile picture of the author yestyle
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      Originally Posted by shaunybb View Post

      Social media could be a reason but the problem on here (the WF) sometimes is that people don't want to engage or stay long or come on everyday because of the quality of some posts and the attitude of some people.

      I bet five years ago people would LOVE TO COME ON HERE EVERYDAY!!! Even lately I have seen some experienced and long time members leaving because of the above reasons!!!
      well said!...could consider this as a main reason beside other reasons.

      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Sometimes when I'm alone, I like to roll around on the floor and pretend I'm a rooster.
      This could affect to traffics of forums really.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Here we go:

    http://www.similarweb.com/website/warriorforum.com

    August, 2015: 6,700,000
    October, 2015: 4,300,000

    Not wishing to pull a "Jack Nicholson said this was going to happen," I did mention to WF Admin, and quite some time back, that the virtually unchecked forum spam was going to hurt their search rankings. A platform like WF has a great deal of Google juice. New threads are often indexed in minutes. What happens when spam threads are created in minutes, and sometimes by the hundred? They're indexed, often in minutes. Google, as we all should know, are somewhat fastidious about keeping their SERPs clean. A lot of indexed spam? Call it the equivalent of someone walkzing around in dirty undies. Not entirely desirable. Weekends are worse on WF, where a diminushed level of moderation, or none at all, allow the spamming to go unchecked. Question is, how long before Google takes action, assuming it hasn't already? Put it this way: if you owned Google and you knew about the problem, would you sit idly by? Exactly.

    Anyway, those are the broad strokes. I could go into more detail, however - Saturday morning!

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  • Profile picture of the author Alex65
    hi
    Someone wonders if it is the responsibility of the great success of Facebook, or the fact that many forums have seen deleted entire sections, illegal, or fault "of the animals that inhabit the forest"?
    * many prefer social networks because they are faster and more immediate, quickly chatting with your anyone at the same time and other things.
    By contrast, however, often we see little content, distracting!
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    • Profile picture of the author chaotic squid
      Originally Posted by Alex65 View Post

      many prefer social networks because they are faster and more immediate, quickly chatting with your anyone at the same time and other things.
      By contrast, however, often we see little content, distracting!
      Yea, I agree. I think there's a segment that prefer to have casual conversations or chats on social media. So maybe the decreased traffic is just a shift of people who prefer that medium, while others who prefer deeper conversations and discussions remain on forums.

      Another reason why I think forums have seen decreased traffic is that many forums really haven't changed much over the last several years and use outdated software/scripts. Many of the layouts/designs are ugly, have poor social media integration, the UI can be awkward to use, and some are still not mobile responsive (WF just recently became mobile responsive for instance).

      New forum platforms have started coming out such as Flarum or Discourse which are more modern than some of the older technology like phpBB or vBulletin which power most of the older forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author DrForum
    Originally Posted by yestyle View Post

    According to my analytics then traffic on forums (DP, WJ, DP, WF and other forums) are decreasing, it was affected by Google recently updated any algorithms? or any other reasons?
    It may be due to the fact that the forums have violated the new rules and regulations in place from Google, a company responsible for the ranking of webpages. that however can not only be the reason. Today, very many forums are coming up and have a specified niche which makes it easier for the users to engage in live discussions. I suspect that when you come across a platform that is well better than where you were before, you will not have the pressure to go back.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by yestyle View Post

    Why forums' traffic are decreasing
    Doesn't matter. How does this question increase my bottom line from WarriorForum traffic?
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  • Profile picture of the author EelKat
    Originally Posted by yestyle View Post

    According to my analytics then traffic on forums (DP, WJ, DP, WF and other forums) are decreasing, it was affected by Google recently updated any algorithms? or any other reasons?
    I don't know how wide spread it was, but in October 2014 at least 300 forums were hacked (I know because I had accounts on each of them and, yes, that does mean I had three hundred accounts hacked). Most of the forums were fairly small and aimed at authors/writers/self-publishers, and it appeared that it was one single hacker hacking all of the forums.

    At first I had thought it was just someone pulling a prank on me personally and hacking all my accounts, but a few weeks later, I discovered that on KB's Writer's Cafe alone, there were at least 700 other authors whose accounts had also been hacked that same week as mine I've since found out that by March 2015, some 2,000 members left KB as a result of their accounts also being hacked.

    And that was just one forum - whoever did this hacked into 300+ forums, and members (fellow authors) were all leaving all of the forums, not just those forums which were hacked, but EVERY forum thy visited, fearing the hacker troll who did this had more hacking plans up their sleeve.

    In the months since March 2015, I have talked to hundreds more forum members who also said, due to the nature of HOW the hacker had attacked them on those forums they too were leaving ALL forums.

    So I can account for at least 3,000 formerly active forum members (many who also had WF accounts and also left WF when they left KB and the others) whom I personally knew for many years (I've been on forums since 1997) (and many I actually meet offline)... and those are just the people whom I knew - it is logical to assume that these 3,000 were only a small fraction of the people whose accounts were hacked between August 2014 and April 2015 (when the hack took place) and that the 300 forums I knew about, were likewise only a small fraction of the forums that got hacked. It is also likely that MOST of the people who were effected, simply stopped using forums without telling anyone they left.

    So that's ONE reason for a mass leaving of a lot of users on a lot of forums.

    Sure, that's only a small amount of members leaving a small amount of forums, but when you combine events like this, to increases in social media use, and Google cracking down on forums, and any one of several other reasons, it starts to add up to A LOT of people leaving A LOT of forums, all around the same time, but not necessarily all for a single reason, but rather many smaller reasons which just happened to all happen around the same time.
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