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Old 02-20-2013, 04:20 PM
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Question Is the word "forum" important to have in the url for forum SEO?
Hi, if I want to rank high for the keywords "something forum",

should I have

1. http://somethingforum.com

or

2. http://something.com/forum

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3. http://xxxxxx.com/somethingforum

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4. http://xxxxx.com/something-forum

Which one is the best for ranking high in SERP for the keywords "something forum"?
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I don't think it's that important, unless you're (maybe) in a hyper competitive niche. If "forum" appears on the page, it'll still match. The bigger question is how often people are really searching for keyword combinations with "forum". I think you'd expect to be more long tail dominated versus "keyword1 keyword2 forum" type searches.
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Another thing to think about...

A few years ago I started a forum with forum in the domain name. I've since wanted to branch out into more of a static type site with the forum just playing a part. But because forum is in the domain it doesn't really make sense to be a non-forum.
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It makes no difference at all. Search engines look at the titles of pages and the content within them. The URl is irrelevant to them.

Only people take note of URL names and the general rule of thumb is that tvshowforums.com wont hold as much weight as tvshow.com/forums. The latter sounds more official and indicates that there is a whole site of information of which the forums is only part. The tvshowforums.com indicates that it's only a forum.

Also Nut makes a good point about wanting to expand your site content at a later point.
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I think it depends on what kind of forum is yours.
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It makes no difference at all. Search engines look at the titles of pages and the content within them. The URl is irrelevant to them.
What a load of rubbish! Anyone who knows anything about SEO knows that EMD's with good content rank brilliantly.

If you're going to start dishing out advice - and doing it with such confidence - at least make sure you know what you're talking about!
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What a load of rubbish! Anyone who knows anything about SEO knows that EMD's with good content rank brilliantly.

If you're going to start dishing out advice - and doing it with such confidence - at least make sure you know what you're talking about!
Well said Eddie, I was about to post the same.

If you want to be ranked for the term 'something forum' then somethingforum.com is a logical choice. It is also acceptable to have xyz.com/somethingforum - there isn't a world of difference in SEO terms between the two.

For sure, a forum will be ranked well by content without any relevancy in the domain names or folders, but the names will sure help.

One reason we bought the domain dysonforums.com..........
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Definitely in my experience keywords in the domain has much more impact than keywords in a folder name.
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My personal preferred search string for any money making (hence over-advertised) niche is "keyword inurl:forum".

On every other topic, I just use "keyword".
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If you want to get the best results for a forum only, have a forum in the name. Why? Because any human who sees your domain name anywhere - search engine or not - will go to your forum if going to a forum is the optimal solution.
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Using domain names filled with keywords is old technique and it doesn't work any more. Have done it 6-7 years back and got results, but these days google simply don't care or if you overdo it with - etc, will hate it. Better use something people will remember and not have trouble typing in.
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Why not try having actual content that people want to search for, rather than this endless game of trying to trick search engines? Just a thought.
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What a load of rubbish! Anyone who knows anything about SEO knows that EMD's with good content rank brilliantly.

If you're going to start dishing out advice - and doing it with such confidence - at least make sure you know what you're talking about!
Perhaps you could explain why IMDB ranks so high in search results when their URL's have no relation to the content then? And why I see so many search results which have irreverent URLs but lots of exact matching content?

You might also like to note that Google made changes to their algorithm back in Sept 2012 so it cares less about the domain name and more about the content.

This page talks about the declining importance of EMDs.
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You might also like to note that Google made changes to their algorithm back in Sept 2012 so it cares less about the domain name and more about the content.

This page talks about the declining importance of EMDs.
There are other search engines other than google.
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I think if someone is looking for a discussion forum, having the word "forum" in the URL will be able to attract those users easier.
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Hi, if I want to rank high for the keywords "something forum",

should I have

1. http://somethingforum.com

or

2. http://something.com/forum

or

3. http://xxxxxx.com/somethingforum

or

4. http://xxxxx.com/something-forum

Which one is the best for ranking high in SERP for the keywords "something forum"?


We used to think twould have been better if we'd had the word forum in our title...
I think overall, if yer gonna play it out this way, better to have the content you're going to be writing about the most in it, rather than your title...unless that's your title :P

Circle everything in around your content, and spiral out from there...that'll keep you grounded and successful.



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I always wondered this myself.I find myself throwing the word forum in all my tags.
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I think its only important for the googlers to tell that here is a forum and you can talk about a topic or users have their reviews etc... but i dont think it will make much effect although i personally feel if some one is searching a keyword with "forum" in it then it will add say 5% weight to it.

I personally own a forum with forum in the name and there is not a real difference except making the name long.
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This is interesting. My site uses forum software but it actually more of a blog/ magazine site, so I've omitted the word 'forum' altogether. Hopefully it won't hurt me too much...
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