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Old 2nd August 2008, 09:20 AM   #1
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Is there greater SEO value to having a blog versus a forum... Is one format more search engine friendly then the other? I have installed forums in the past for several of my clients, but they were overwhelmed by the amount of time it takes just to keep the spam out. After tweaking enough to overcome most of those hurdles, they then had trouble getting the forum kicked-off. No one wants to make the first entry! Seems to me it would be much easier to kick-off a blog since you are responsible for initial entries, but if you allow comments how much spam are we talking?

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I think they both have pros and cons. On the blog, you don't have to worry about getting it started, you control the link juice, and you control the content. You could create a great list and use it for linkbait.

On a forum, it's user generated content and if it's a large forum, you will have more content than you could possibly produce on a blog. The volume of content will help with indexing and ranking. But you have to worry about spam and getting it started.

I think it depends on the time your client is willing to devote to getting it started. If they are gunho then go for the forum. If they aren't then go for the blog.

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So maybe this question has to come down to their strategic intent...If a client is just wanting a tool for communicating their expertise or looking to get outside feedback on various topics, then a blog is better suited for that. If the client is really wanting to create an open arena for discussion on a certain industry or topic(s), and no other forum is filling that space, then a forum (and the spam battle) may be completely justified.

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Thanks guys! I have a client at www.healthcostarica.com that ranks somewhere between 1 & 3 on every major search engine for almost any term associated with plastic surgery in Costa Rica. She ranks very well for general terms & specific procedures, so that is not an issue. But, mostly due to the economy, her traffic is way down. Not too many people out spending money on plastic surgery these days! My advice was that she stop focusing on ranking and instead focus on getting the word out to the general public that the option of having sugery in Costa Rica at a fraction of the cost exists. Thus the idea for a forum. Spam was a huge problem to begin with, but we added a math problem to the registration page and it has all but stopped the robots. Sounds like the forum was the best choice for her, but it does seem slow going getting it kicked off as she has to input all the original info.

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This is Really Nice idea

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And to answer your original question, there's no inherent SEO difference between the two. Whether they're spider-friendly or not depends on how the individual blog or forum is configured -- as with any other type of website, they can be made very friendly, or very unfriendly, depending on how they're laid out, configured and programmed.

So use whichever one (or both, or neither) as makes the most sense for the business, from a business standpoint.

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Thanks Torka. I really enjoy reading your posts. You always leave excellent advice/information! I have installed and customized several osCommerce stores and I think they are a lot the same - friendly url's being very important. I am setting up a blog on my site now and have run into issues with the permalink settings. Can't seem to get the friendly url's to work. I have modified the .htacess file to no avail, but I'll be looking into it further based on your post. Seems like urls are a top priority.

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