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SEOChat deleteing threads and banning highly respected members

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by faremax, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #21
    Was it strictly search engine traffic? I would think their existing traffic has been going down too ever since they started the "in your face" ads ~2 years ago.

    Even though this forum was primarily to support Digital Point products and tools, the only reason I added some non-support forums that interested me (SEO, Google, Programming, etc.) was because I was tired of how slow SEO Chat had become.

    He did... 4 times. heh
    SEMrush
    http://forums.digitalpoint.com/member.php?u=365
     
    digitalpoint, Nov 18, 2005 IP
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  2. toddieg

    toddieg Peon

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    #22
    phoenix thanks for the update. was wondering what all the changes were about this morning.

    i can't believe they banned me over there for stating my opinion... what a crock. anyway... glad to be back at DP where the nazis don't rule the forums.

    shawn, mike, and all my other DP homies... i'll be seeing more of you.
     
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  3. fryman

    fryman Kiss my rep

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    #23

    That is my concern also... there were just sooooooo many similar dumb threads popping up over and over and over... I hope that doesn't start to happen here now
     
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  4. GuyFromChicago

    GuyFromChicago Permanent Peon

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    #24
    I don't see the nofollow and rewriting of all URLs as things that will help with SE traffic.

    I think I would have scaled back the "takes 35 seconds per page to load" ads they have running. That alone would probably drive their traffic up 20%.

    Anyway, happy new forum hunting for all the SEO chatter's who are now homeless.
     
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  5. Gr8ted3s

    Gr8ted3s Guest

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    #25
    Wow...and they call me grumpy ;)

    The reason for the exodus wasn't exactly the signatures, it was simply the last of an ever growing pile of straws.
     
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  6. lorien1973

    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    #26
    DP needs to repost his comment earlier. *guess randfish's comment about a single voice not being heard has some merit* All the links on seochat were using the nofollow, not just sig links, but header and nav links too. That didn't make a whole lot of sense.

    But its been almost a whole week without a thread about poop or getting Nintendo laid. Apparently its not *that* crowded :p
     
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  7. nutkeis

    nutkeis Peon

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    #27
    I still maintain that alienating your existing user base is no way to build up your traffic.
     
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  8. Gr8ted3s

    Gr8ted3s Guest

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    #28

    You sure worry about strange things....thanks for the warm welcome fryman :rolleyes:
     
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  9. The Webmaster

    The Webmaster IdeasOfOne

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    #29
    He thinks that?? :confused:
    I dont know on what base he thinks that. I never felt it.
    even Dumbest thread (like one Amit_patel made) has got replies.
     
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  10. lorien1973

    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    #30
    well, I hope there isn't a million "seo chat sucks" threads as if this place didn't have anything to talk about beforehand :p
     
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  11. larysmith711

    larysmith711 Notable Member

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    #31
    I could not agree more. :) I can go there for one post then the slowness drives me crazy. I remeber that was the place to be a while back now it's just going to waste.

    [shoemoney is the best poker player ever]
     
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  12. Nintendo

    Nintendo ♬ King of da Wackos ♬

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    #32
    er....I can try to fix that!! :D:D Hi dudes, I'm still a virgin! When do you think I'll find a hot chick that doesn't stab me over and over, and still has a crush for me after seeing all my pictures??!! :D:D
     
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  13. The Webmaster

    The Webmaster IdeasOfOne

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    #33
    What pictures??:confused:
     
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  14. ferret77

    ferret77 Heretic

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    #34
    Can't you just tell by the negative reps that you are being heard?
     
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    sGroup Peon

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    #35
    I agree - much better here.
     
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  16. Phoenix

    Phoenix Active Member

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    #36
    Yes it was predominately search engine traffic. They had duplicate content issues with vbulletin and multiple urls for different purposes displaying the same content. The "new" blood (people) rushing in is what replaced the few displaced users that didn't like the ads. So it was a win, win. You don't like it, go elsewhere. Now however...that strategy is not paying off as the long tail of the experienced users are finding better places to send there time and taking mass amounts of people with them.

    They also did a lot of this: redirected www.devhardware.com/forums to forums.devhardware.com

    Google seemed to plummel some subdomains with large amounts of content during the Jagger update. So I am thinking this most RECENT update was a response to the Jagger update, and things were really starting to decline.

    I mean when you look at it though, I don't think I would be complaining. The investment of SEOchat has probably paid for itself many many times and produced a good profit with the ads. Yet, I think they are stuck on continual upward growth in numbers ($$$ and traffic) to keep things kosher.

    Another problem was that they were not adding anything extra to the forums that keep people coming back. i.e. tools, useful articles, etc.. I mean yes of course they have all the other stuff like articles, internet tv, newsletters, massive mailing list, and so on. Plus the forum hacks which were mediocre at best. But who really in there right mind wants to wade through a bazillion ads to get to the good content. Not many. A girl that works for me, said she gave up reading articles on the website long time ago because they were so laden with ads that you could barely read the article!
     
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    earlpearl Well-Known Member

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    #37
    Thanks for the insights phoenix.

    Dave
     
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    Nintendo ♬ King of da Wackos ♬

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    #38
    Oh crud!!! I just posted over there in that thread!! Save me!! Get me out of there!! And I've only made two posts there since May!!!
     
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  19. fryman

    fryman Kiss my rep

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    #39
    From their admin

    That says it all. DP is like a family to many of us.
     
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  20. larysmith711

    larysmith711 Notable Member

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    #40
    All that quote says to me is we don't care about the members.
     
    larysmith711, Nov 18, 2005 IP