A friend of mine, John Britsios (widely known as Webnauts), contacted me a couple of weeks ago, and asked if I’d be willing to be moderator on his new forum at SEO Workers. Having done this for several years, on various forums (a couple of which were even start-ups, which is no picnic – getting a forum off the ground these days is a challenge), I was hesitant.
But I soon found out that this situation was different. First, his “new” forum was a follow up to his “old” forum, that had around 1,500 members*. So his “new” forum wasn’t a start-up, it was a clean start.
Second, he’s a very prominent member of the international SEO community. That he’d even ask me was flattering enough, but that he’d give me the opportunity to participate in a relatively unique venture such as this, made it even more attractive. And he’s well enough known, that seeking like-minded members should be no challenge for him at all.
What’s unique about another forum, in 2010, you might ask?
First of all, this is to be a no-nonsense, high-level professional community, with a membership of the who’s-who in SEO, web design and development, internet marketing and copywriting. These are the pros, that in many instances, have long since given up on forums as a waste of their valuable time. This community is designed and managed to re-spark their interest in an on-line community, as a resource. It’s someplace to bounce new ideas off other professionals, discuss recent developments and seek second opinions. It’s a meeting ground, where they can find others that are capable of talking code or optimization at the same advanced level. And it’s someplace to be able to do so without the “Thanks for the great info!” and “Me, too!” posts that always seem to be found on so many forums. Spammers will have a half-life measured in nanoseconds, and link-droppers will quickly find themselves on the outside, looking in. We will show zero-tolerance for nonsense and spam.
My marching orders are to be brutal, if necessary, in enforcing the high standards of the community. We hope to see our ranks graced with some of the finest minds in their fields, people that are household names in the internet community. But in order for a forum to achieve the credibility necessary to attract folks like that, it has to be worth their time and effort. This community is for the people, after all, that lead the industry, not follow it.
A lofty goal? Perhaps. But I think John has the right idea, and his gameplan looks solid. His forum is not monetized, so there are no annoying ads. It’s not designed to attract link-droppers… quite the contrary. Less than two weeks after its inauguration, we’re already seeing some pretty nifty solutions to issues that have plagued many SEO pros for some time. There are a lot of new challenges facing SEO specialists these days, and a group of masterminds can help each other meet those challenges head-on, by sharing ideas, information and analyses. Our members are proving that already.
If you consider yourself to be an internet professional, accustomed to working at an advanced, cutting-edge level, then you should check out the SEO Workers community.
We intend to prove that an activity that is often a waste of time, can sometimes be turned into a great time-saver.
*My apologies! My original post incorrectly stated 30,000 members, In reality, membership was around 1,500, a great many of whom had to be eliminated for spamming.