What is best forum software for SEO?

by yestyle Banned
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Hello,

According to you, What is best forum software for SEO?

Easy to do SEO and easy to get high rankings...

Comments would be appreciated!!
#forum #seo #software
  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Most forums use phpBB, MYBB or vBulletin. They're so widely used that Google must have special classifiers for extracting info from them. So I doubt much SEO is actually needed, lest it appears the forum is over-optimised.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lokahi
    Xenforo has some nice built in SEO optimization features. Not to mention how Xenforo style forums usually rank very highly in Google search for almost any keyword phrase targeted. Though maybe you could get even a freebie forum done on SMF to rank if you backlinked or had enough good content.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    This forum is using vBulletin software. Most threads of this forum got ranked at the top spot of Google for keyphrases which related to internet marketing niche.

    I vote vBulletin as best forum software.
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  • Profile picture of the author zack10
    Originally Posted by yestyle View Post

    Hello,

    According to you, What is best forum software for SEO?

    Easy to do SEO and easy to get high rankings...

    Comments would be appreciated!!
    I used to use vbulletin 4 script because it's easy to handle and also it's SEO friendly also as you can see this forum is also using vbulletin script.

    anyway,i still have that script and if you were interested.
    PM me.
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  • Profile picture of the author linux7802
    Basically Forum selection is depend on your use, features you required to run your own forum, if you are long time investor than Vbulletin is good else you can go for phpBB
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Sheley
    Well.. Really any forum can be "SEO'd" if you want to spend enough time on it, but if you're asking for an out of the box forum with modern code then my answer would be xenforo.
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  • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
    If you want to focus on seo, i suggest vBulletin and after it, you can use IPB. but i myself prefer vBulletin.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    vBulletin is top choice cause it also has too many plugins available that are great for seo.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanusense
    vBulletin and myBB are the best among all softwares out there. But at the end they ain't gonna help you being a Business Tycoon itself, SEO matters a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author kbclickbank
    Hi, In my mind these are the leading players at this moment.
    -vBulletin
    -IP.Board
    -UBB.threads
    -SMF
    -XenForo
    vbSEO is great for the long-term. Your traffic will, in the long run, rise.
    The real test with a vbulletin forum is trying to keep the old threads, that may be buried deep down on maybe page 100 of forum display, indexed and not supplemental. That is a whole new level of SEO in itself. Thank you. Have a nice day
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  • Profile picture of the author rtailor
    VBulletion is the one mostly being used for forums and is SEO friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author xenter
    Do SEOMoz. Top guys from the industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunlounger10004
    If you want to take the software rout then go with VBulletin, however if you got the time or the workers to outsource to do it manually. Seriously much better results, more targetted, etc..
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    • Profile picture of the author Bimmer
      Yestyle, I'm also looking to start a forum for the first time, so this is an interesting question!

      i heard that vBulletin has been going downhill ever since the release of vB.5. Most vB customers either downgraded back to vB.4 or some migrated to IP Board. Does anyone know of any major forums that use IP Board? Someone above also mentioned that vB.4 is no longer being updated, is this true?
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  • Profile picture of the author arindamroy
    Hi,
    I think vBulletin is the best forum software for making a forum.
    Few advantages:
    • It's very easy to customizable.
    • Familiar with CSS and HTML.
    • Outstanding customer service and technical support.
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  • Profile picture of the author imranbutt
    I would vote for MyBB in terms of SEO
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    • Profile picture of the author robsonrachid
      ixi ... I'm doing in SMF ... It's in the beginning ... will I lost time? rss
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicole G
    I have a close friend who has run a forum with vbulletin for years and years. It has "vbseO", too. Has tens of thousands of users, and about a half million posts, but she got a lot of those users with expensive paid traffic. It doesn't rank too well without hiring on people on sites like this without SEO wizards doing their thing to make it rank.

    I don't think Vbulletin ranks nearly as anymore. I was just reading up on this. VBSEO and a lot of other plugins for vbulletin have disappeared. There's lots of complaints on Vbulletin.com and The Admin Zone on what a pain in the butt it can be to get traffic these days.

    Not that it was ever a magical solution. It seems to be active SEO efforts that make it rank more than the software itself. Many good threads on unique topics never get well ranked at all. From what I've seen with my own eyes, Vbulletin isn't not search engine candy like a good Wordpress is. You really gotta work it if you want good traffic and participation.

    Maybe XenForo, which was started by ex-vbulletin guys, fixes this. If you're a newbie I'd look more in that direction. Vbulletin is still kinda cool now for people who already have one, but it doesn't look it has much of a long term future anymore.

    Speaking of vbulletin SEO, though, if anyone here is an expert at getting Vbulletin's well ranked, please shoot me a pm.

    Not all vbulletin's rank well, but wow Warrior forum sure does! My friend's forum is completely noncompetitive. Not marketing or business related at all. Ideally I'd love to talk to the same people who help do the SEO for sites like this. I just don't have the SEO expertise to help as much as I'd like, but she does have decent budget. Just needs to know the right people who specifically know how to make the wide multitude of threads rank. SEO for forums seems like a specialty, and she's grown tired of hiring people who don't understand this speciality.

    I figure if I'll find a vbulletin SEO expert anywhere these days, I'll find them here.
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  • Profile picture of the author The SEO
    Vbulletin is 100 times better for forums because of his amazing features.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nicole G
      Originally Posted by The SEO View Post

      Vbulletin is 100 times better for forums because of his amazing features.
      What's really so amazing about now-a-days, though, unless you hack it extensively?

      Out of the box, doesn't look much different than free forums to me. The new version even feels kinda ... well, old. Very few mods for it, too.

      A quick peek at vbulletin forums show that the company that bought vbulletin doesn't seem to really care about it. The famous vbseo mod going away also really puts people in a jam who want to use it for search engine traffic.

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      I agree that Warrior Forum is an exceptional one, but it seems to be because it's so well modded and maintained.

      Vanillaforums.org, XenForo, phpBB seem nicer "out of the box" in many ways.

      I would feel terrible recommending vBulletin to a newbie at this point, when it seems just a few years off from complete EOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mollywhite
    vBulletin and myBB are nice for forum SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesse Kemper
    +1 On VBulletin(Although I'm sure I'm overkilling it with my vote, but don't want to feel left out! =p )
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