I submitted us to google back in late December, it takes 8 weeks to get the site properly registering, after that, continual activity drives rankings. I am already getting notices from google about the number of searches specifically for our site…the more this happens the higher we go. Obviously it’s because we are not high in the general rankings yet.
Goggles algorithms are quite clever, so they will realise people are looking for us. Of course, we don’t run adwords, we don’t pay to get ranking, so in the early days we will be at a disadvantage, until we have been going for a while. My old forum now inactive started to appear in the top few hits…a site has to be there for a while. This site has been open for 3 months. We also sit under the flarum domain, which doesn’t matter that much, but if we had a domain name it would probably help.
I have linked to here on all my other sites:
- Wordpress review site,
- Every Sway review
- My YouTube site (one problem is I have not done any substantive videos for absolutely ages, perhaps a year).
We just have to be active which will speed up the process a little and add links to our site on social media and any other places we are active. I’m not concerned though because we are absolutely the busiest UK coffee forum by a huge margin. Being non-commercial, it’s not super important, except for ensuring forums realise there is a vibrant community and they can do the same if/when Verticalscope or one of the other big 3 companies, buy their forum and monetise them whilst taking their material and posts and copywriting it.
P.S. I also didn’t add the UK Coffee forum tags to our description until 2 weeks ago 🤣
P.P.S. I just realised I had not added it to my meta tag submissions either, now added and it should pick it up over time.
I also realised to save freeflarum resource, I only allowed the search engines to crawl the first post of a discussion, I now allow them to crawl all the posts!! This will make a huge difference.