- Jan 11, 2004
I keep seeing this bandied about.. but I have yet to really see anyone with revolutionary suggestions.software that tried to revolutionnize this.
Search term forum != traffic. My sites (ranging from a few hundred to a few million monthly visitors) have NEVER had the word "forum" ranking as the highest ranking keywords. The top terms are and have always been topic keyword related terms, like "keyword help", "keyword repair", "keyword info", "keyword parts", "where to get keyword", etc. It's the same for my big board clients. The decline in "keyword forum" will continue as search engines continue get better at delivering relevant results..Look at this chart. https://www.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=forums
Notice the slide starting in 2009/2010?
Thanks, it is what I wanted to say.We all know that social sites get a lot of traffic because how they are designed. But no forum software is rewriting how forums should work its all the same as 16 years ago.
Okay, so then why does Facebook and the like keep being suggest as the ones that cause online forums to decline?doesn't mean much add term facebook and if you interpreted it your way facebook would be in decline
You have proof of this?A rather large social networking study has shown forum participation rates with Internet users has gone up, not down.
https://www.forrester.com/report/Your+Customers+Dont+Want+To+Call+You/-/E-RES131922You have proof of this?
It also creates a trail of words. Easy to look back on. Especially for higher ups who enjoy examining every bit of data when it comes to employee performance.https://www.forrester.com/report/Your+Customers+Dont+Want+To+Call+You/-/E-RES131922
Forester Research is no slouch when it comes to data. If you work for a larger company they might already be a client should you decide it's not worth the cost of the study --- many won't since it's primarily from a marketing point of view, why larger companies should embrace forums and other types of social networking.
I have a feeling that this hits the nail on the head. Most people are looking for information. They tend to not want to get involved in a discussion once they find it. It's like "Gimme my answer now dammit, and no, I don't want to talk about it".the balance between forum contributors and consumers