The Best SEO Forum Threads at One Spot

Originally when Threadwatch was created NickW was going to track forums, but quickly found them to be a bit too repetitive & later switched to finding other news sources.

A friend of mine by the name Chris Ridings created a site called Resource Rate, which aimed to use a variety of editors to track SEO forums. It seemed to have quickly faded in popularity.

Another one of my friends, named Eaden, recently lauched SEO Bytes. It is a concept similar to Resource Rate, with a few exceptions:

  • No central editors: instead of having central editors the threads are ranked by freshness, number of replies, and recent activity.
  • Adjustible scoring: you can chose to place more weight on freshness or recent activity to get the newest threads first. You also can rate up good forums place less weighting on forums you do not like as much.

I believe SEO Bytes stores your settings in a cookie, but some SEO's travel a good bit. A few features I would like to see:

  • allow people to log in so their settings work on different computers
  • allow me to block all sub forums from a specific forum
  • add a few more forums to the list of forums
  • if he really wants to put a ton of effort into it ;) allow users to place more weight on thread ratings from friends and allow friends to submit threads for their friends to see

I am fairly certain Eaden will read this post, so please post what you like and what you would like to see at SEO Bytes.

In many industries it is likely that tools such as SEO Bytes will spring up. Sometimes they will have the best value as public research tools, and often if left private they can help some webmasters get the scoops.

Published: October 30, 2005 by Aaron Wall in seo tools


October 30, 2005 - 11:50pm

Don't I look for the best seo forum threads?

October 31, 2005 - 1:52am

Yeah ;) I visit your site often too...

I was just going to post on the new tool, but at the last second thought I would do a bit of background of the recent evolution / attempts at doing it in other ways...I guess I sorta forgot to mention SE Roundtable because you are still doing it and your site has been around for quite a while

October 31, 2005 - 2:32am

I wonder if an RSS feed on the SEObytes site is in planning..

October 31, 2005 - 2:42am

The rss feed is already there :)

Though there is no link, but it shows up as an icon in firefox.

October 31, 2005 - 9:09am

I would re-work the presentation, looks a bit confusing and clumsy. Would also open links in a new window less people leave and forget to come back..

Like the concept though :)

October 31, 2005 - 11:20am

No, DON'T make the links open in a new window. If someone clicks an external link they have made a choice to leave your site - why should you interfere with that?

Anyway, if I'm on a good site I always open external links in a new tab *by choice* if I want to stay on the site as well - I expect many people do this.

I do however concur with the point about reworking the presentation. It looks pretty ugly at the moment.

Also, when I change the settings, nothing appears to happen. I know it probably does, but there should be a 'Go!' button so you can see something happening after you change the sliders. Plus, I would have thought searching forums by subject would be a sensible addition to this service.

- Adam

November 2, 2005 - 10:33pm

How could you forget SEroundtable ... seriously ! :)

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