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Geoaidan
06-23-2009, 06:40 AM
Hi,

I was wondering if it's possible for tags to be added to the site so that it'd bring this site up as the #1 result on Google?

This site is GREAT, and has good people on it, but it seems that it's a small band of us guys that's keeping it going. Would be great to get more people in, so that there would be more interaction going on, on a daily basis. I remember when I first found this site, it was hard to find...


George

Cutlass
06-25-2009, 02:57 AM
Tagging is already enabled. Above the quick reply box in any thread is a Tags strip where users can add/edit tags for that thread.

Geoaidan
06-25-2009, 05:10 AM
That's cool, I just noticed that. :)

What I meant was, to add meta tags to the front page (index.html), so that it'd come up first in Google search results.

I checked out the source code of index.html and saw several tags, perhaps more tags could be added to ensure more traffic?

Geoaidan
06-25-2009, 05:20 AM
Right now, you have these following tags:

chevy, chevrolet, celebrity, oldsmobile, cutlass, ciera, pontiac, 6000, buick, century, GM, general motors, a-body, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, vbulletin,jelsoft,forum,bbs,discussion,bulletin board


I would respectfully suggest adding the following tags:

- the same tags with capitalization
- a body, A Body
- a-body, A-Body
- chat
- automotive
- repair
- modification
- fabrication
- replacement

I'm sure there are more tags that could be added.

Prospeeder
06-25-2009, 03:24 PM
whats funny is the TGP forum (turbo grand prix) if you type just TGP forum in, you get shit loads of porno, i guess TGP mean some kind of kinky erotica, LOL! Carful with that ABody stuff, you never know...

Geoaidan
06-26-2009, 05:20 AM
Carful with that ABody stuff, you never know...

LOL funny that you should mention that, when I was online earlier today, my wife walked by and said "so, what's that A-body?!" (She saw the title of the forum) LOL I had to show her that it was an automobile forum. :D

Maybe it should be changed to "A-Body Automobiles" or something like that- a name that is more memorable.

I have to say that before I found this forum, I didn't know what an A-body was. I found this forum by pure luck... It was after looking at countless pages and somebody mentioned this forum in an automotive website that I almost didn't look at.

Most people that come onto the scene with their a-body cars doesn't know what an a-body was. I mean, hell, I have owned 17+ vehicles, worked on 300+ vehicles, but didn't know what an a-body was! (I have heard the term, but didn't know what kinds of car they cover)

Having said that, it's hard to have a title "a-body forums" and have people that are specifically looking for a particular car like a Pontiac 6000, Buick Century, Olds Ciera, and etc to find this and know what they have found.

white89euro
07-02-2009, 12:47 AM
I'm thinking we need a wiki or wikipedia style format as part of this web site. That would allow us to have a section for everything A to Z on the A-body cars.

What do you guys think?

George

Cutlass
07-02-2009, 06:15 PM
I don't place much emphasis on meta tags because search engines penalize sites that depend heavily on them - spammers and fraudulent sites tend to load up on meta tags and distort the search engine results. So nowadays Google looks at the actual site content above meta tags. As such, recent search engine optimization techniques place much more emphasis on site content rather than tags. In a forum where much of the content is beyond the webmaster's control, I can do little things like improve the forum names and descriptions to accurately portray what we do here in a way that will make us accessible to the average search engine user.

Geoaidan
07-03-2009, 08:59 AM
George,

I think that's a great idea! With something like that, we all could work collectively to have a nice knowledge base with more information on how to do a particular thing.


Joe,

Sounds great. I wonder if it'd be much easier for the site to get good results if there was a HTML front page with a link to the forum, a link to knowledge base, and etc? Would that make a difference? That way, there'd be more "content" available to move this forum closer to the top of Google's list?

Maybe this HTML front page could also have some extras such as "the car of the week" (one of our cars featured on a weekly basis) with some small highlights about that car? A photo gallery for each A-body car, showing each car's available factory colors, pictures of the engine, pictures of this and that... Like special factory options that you only see on a few cars, and etc.

Also, maybe even have a "history" page- copy/pasted/modified from Wikipedia or a link to wikipedia a-body page? What about a page full of resources such as a-body junkyards, a-body stores, clubs, organizations and etc that caters to a-body cars? That way, more content, more traffic.

Right now, this is strictly just a forum. I am sure that more people would join if it had a "club" feel. Just an idea. :)




George

Cutlass
07-05-2009, 05:56 AM
Absolutely. The more words on an actual page we have, the better. A home page doesn't necessarily have to be HTML - there are content management options available that are integrated with vbulletin and can be edited by any staff member, whereas an HTML file could only be edited by me.

From the beginning, I wanted the board to have more of a website feel so that information can be easily located by some folks who may be intimidated by the forum structure. The Knowledge Base and easily accessible search interface stems from that.

I also would be open to a Wiki site.


George,

I think that's a great idea! With something like that, we all could work collectively to have a nice knowledge base with more information on how to do a particular thing.


Joe,

Sounds great. I wonder if it'd be much easier for the site to get good results if there was a HTML front page with a link to the forum, a link to knowledge base, and etc? Would that make a difference? That way, there'd be more "content" available to move this forum closer to the top of Google's list?

Maybe this HTML front page could also have some extras such as "the car of the week" (one of our cars featured on a weekly basis) with some small highlights about that car? A photo gallery for each A-body car, showing each car's available factory colors, pictures of the engine, pictures of this and that... Like special factory options that you only see on a few cars, and etc.

Also, maybe even have a "history" page- copy/pasted/modified from Wikipedia or a link to wikipedia a-body page? What about a page full of resources such as a-body junkyards, a-body stores, clubs, organizations and etc that caters to a-body cars? That way, more content, more traffic.

Right now, this is strictly just a forum. I am sure that more people would join if it had a "club" feel. Just an idea. :)




George

Geoaidan
07-05-2009, 09:57 AM
content management options available that are integrated with vbulletin and can be edited by any staff member, whereas an HTML file could only be edited by me.


Are there other people 'on staff' helping you with the site, or are you doing it all by yourself? Just wondering...

I'd be happy to go through all the forums and copy/paste & condense it into useful information for the wiki page-- if that would be helpful, to "get it started"...

If you're interested, you could create a temporary "invisible" Wiki and I can condense everything and have it ready say, within a week or two? Then if it's to your satisification, you could turn it on to the public and then everyone can add new stuff to it after knowing what's already there (from cleaned up & condensed posts in the past)

Let me know if you'd like that kind of help, or if I could help you in another way.

Cheers,
George

Cutlass
07-16-2009, 04:09 PM
It's mostly me, but I'll be adding some staff in the near future. I'll work on setting up a wiki page.

Geoaidan
09-24-2009, 06:35 AM
Just wondering how's that wiki page going? :)