Could this forum succeed where others failed? [May 2016]


#63

Me too - I’d rather like to defend myself and this site on the “Ignore List” thread, where a number of porkies have flown around - but I’m unable to.

Oh and new accounts require personal approval from the owner (you have to email him with your desired post). Extraordinary!


#64

Welcome @DevonishForester. The main aim around here is to be transparent and fair. We have a team of mods who can be summoned as if by magic when @moderators is included in a post but in general we try to moderate with as light a touch as possible. The exception is political discussion which is whisked away into Politicos, which is an opt-in group separate from the main forum. Any questions - ask away! Have a mooch around and let us know what you think.


#65

We now feature in the #2 spot for Google searches on “SE23” and “SE23 forum” - having recently risen from #3. Tantalisingly close to the top spot.

If you run a website, blog, social channel etc, you could help our forum by linking to us (https://se23.life).

Can’t wait to make the next #announcement::tag :blush:


#66

No. 1 when I search se23.

Shame its not the official forum though. :wink:


#67

Excellent to see, thanks. This is what I see, too - but only when logged into Google (it’s a result personally tailored for me by the Google hive mind).

If you log out I suspect you’ll see SE23.life at #2, which I think is what most of the public will be seeing.


#68

I get two hits for TOSS, followed by this forum. TOSS results are 1. the homepage and 2. the SE23 specific page.


#69

I get the same when I search for SE23 Forum.


#70

As a complete aside… I always chuckle when I google Amazon Fresh that this is the first listing which comes up.


#71

:tada:


#72

Pleased we’ve broken the local record among SE23 forums: SE23.life had 42K visits in the last month:

This equates to a very healthy 183K page views:


#73

Go forum!


#74

Hi Chris - credit where credit is due - you’ve done a great job with the forum and thanks to the moderators as well for keeping the place amicable -always a tricky balance.


#75

I see your closest rival is now claiming 50k visits per month…


#76

I saw that. Up 10,000 overnight, quite an increase! :smile:


#77

What are the rival sites?


#78

If you search for “SE23” in Google and scroll down past the #1 spot, you’ll see our competition :slightly_smiling_face:


#79

The algorithms are pretty mysterious and murky but as I understand it, Google is so personalised now that different people may see different top results. Factors like your location, search history etc can affect what comes up. I’m not a techie expect, just know a bit about SEO.
PS are people really still looking at TOSS?!


#80

What I find really surprising is that local businesses (eg Matoom) are being persuaded to spend £35-90 per month to advertise to the tiny audience of that forum.

Is there a local SEO / online ads company that’s in partnership with TOSS I wonder?


#81

Some probably think they are advertising here, on the forum where there has been so much discussion about new local businesses.


#82

Winkworth now include the forum in their property listings (using an excerpt from @saretap’s Metro article).

Example: https://www.winkworth.co.uk/properties/11180326/sales/st-pauls-conversion-taymount-rise-london-se23/NEW180080

Nice one! :+1: