Mybb SEO is important to any forum startup.
Below are 10 quick tips to optimize MyBB for
search engines that you may not be aware
I find that most forum owners don’t know
that it’s crucial to study the art of SEO to have
a successful forum community.
1. Submit Sitemap
Don’t be lazy. This is a passive way to let Google
know that there is new content to index.
The more pages you get indexed, the more likely
you are to have traffic heading to your forum.
2. Create valuable content
If you own a brick and mortar store you know
that customers are king . Likewise, for the
online world, content is king . Great websites
with awesome content are more likely to
show up at the top of searches. There are
numerous ways to create content for your
forum: blogs, videos, infographics, etc.
3. Fight off spammers
Spammers will eventually find your forum.
This is guaranteed. Their main goal is to
destroy it with spammy links that promote
their web site or product. Unfortunately this
makes the forum look bad, but it also makes
you look bad in the eyes of Google. Staying
on top of spam is important to keeping your
4. Increase your pagespeed
In a previous post I wrote that pagespeed is
an important seo metric that matters. Why?
Slow web sites turn away visitors. That is a
fact. Enhancing the user experience any way
you can is a good SEO practice. What is
good for the end user is probably not a bad
5. Develop and execute link building
Open up Microsoft Word and type a simple 6
or 12 month plan to build links and execute
that plan. It’s really that simple. I would bet
that 99% of forum owners are not doing this
and the 1% that do have a link building
strategy are leading their niche.
6. Create more valuable content
Content creation cannot be stressed enough.
Without content on your site there is no
reason that search engines (or visitors for that
matter) should care about your forum.
Prioritizing content above all else, or darn
close, is something to think about. Every
week there are new blog posts on
Wapforum about MyBB, SEO, and more.
We’ve seen an uptick in the number of mybb
themes we’ve sold as a result and that’s why
I strongly suggest this tip.
7. Use Google Analytics
SEO is largely a guessing game. That is
partly why it’s so fun and addicting. Google
Analytics is a free tool that lets you know
historical data about your visitors so you can
make an educated guess on how to improve
your forum or web site. Knowing what has
or has not worked in the past is
tremendously important to increasing traffic
to your forum in the future and it’s free .
8. Build your brand
Get a cool looking logo and tag line. Then
spread the word. According to Wikipedia:
A brand is a name, term, design or
other feature that distinguishes one
seller’s product from those of others.
If you have and promote your brand, by
definition, you’re light years ahead of other
forums. Branding can boost your marketing
by giving it focus.
9. Building your off page s.e.o
Don't be lazy with this aspect, you can comment to know more about off page s.e.o
10. Connect with peers in your niche
Get involved in the industry that you’re trying
to captivate with your forum. Joining similar
forums and web sites can help you stay up-
to-date with trends, but it also can send traffic
back to your forum. It’s a good practice to
build good rapport and to not overly advertise
For example, you can findWapforum over at the official MyBB Community forums where we help forum
owners with theme issues and more. I’ve
seen, with Google Analytics, quite a bit of
referral traffic from MyBB as a result.