Why has this forum declined in recent months?




 
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Boots
 
April 27th, 2005  
Red_Army
 
 

Topic: Why has this forum declined in recent months?


In 2004, this forum averaged 20-100 online users at a time. Now only a handful of users are online, maybe 2-10 the most. What has lead to this decline?
April 28th, 2005  
Sea_Cadet
 
I don't know about recent months but I was notiving last month that this place seems dead.
April 28th, 2005  
AFSteliga
 
 
I can only speculate, but I think that since many of the users are either on Active Duty or Reserves, they've got priorities and they don't include being on the forum. Others have just abandoned the forum altogether for various reasons.

As well, many people have been banned (whether it be permanent or temporary) for various reasons.

Like I said, I can only speculate but these might be some of the reasons for the decline.
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Boots
April 28th, 2005  
Chocobo_Blitzer
 
Because Flying Frog left, he brought in the hordes!

and because redleg made this the official forum song:

http://www.mcpeepants.com/sounds/320...eclowning6.mp3
April 28th, 2005  
Redleg
 
 
The explanation for that is pretty simple (and HIGHLY annoying)...

A couple of months ago I installed a script that was supposed to count the number of times Search engine spiders/robots visited the forum pr day, and how many pages they crawled..

The script seemed to work fine, and there were hundreds to thousands of visits by them every day.
But the next couple of weeks google seemed to "loose" more and more of the indexed forum pages, and the number of daily visitors and registrations started to drop.
It went so far that all of the forum pages and even the index page of the forum disappeared from the Google index, and I could not understand why.
Everything seemed to work fine, and the script still counted many hundreds of spider visits every day..

But in the beginning of this month I discovered by "accident" what had happened..
There was a major bug in the script, that made ALL pages look like this:
Quote:
phpBB : Critical Error

Could not get theme data for themes_id [1]
When SE spiders/bots visited the forum..
Every single page looked exactly the same, so they were kicked out of Yahoo/MSN/Google etc.. because of that.
But I fixed this a couple of weeks ago, and all of the search engines are spidering and indexing the forum pages like they should now.
Google is up to 9500 indexed pages, from 350, but it's still a way to go to it reaches 25,000+ again, like it was before the bug.

The number of daily visitors and registrations have gone up the last week, and I expect it to rise every week (day) from now on...

The forum is again climbing to the #1 spot in google for the search term "Military Forums" (#3 now)..
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...y+forums&meta=


April 28th, 2005  
Locke
 
 
#5 when i checked.
what can we the members do to help boost the ranking?
April 28th, 2005  
Redleg
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Locke
what can we the members do to help boost the ranking?
Links, links and more links..

April 29th, 2005  
behemoth79
 
 
its up to #4 now
April 29th, 2005  
Redleg
 
 
It jumps up and down a bit, depending on which datacenter Google decides to show you..

It looks like it's going a bit better now, I saw up to 32 visitors online at once yesterday, and we get several new members every day again now..
May 3rd, 2005  
Redleg
 
 
I see it as #3 and #4 now..
And we even had 40 visitors online at once yesterday, so things are getting better every day..