scottlpool2003 wrote:Search Engine Optimization is a MUST for website owners. This can consist of 2 types. On page SEO is general and includes making sure your hyperlinks have titles. META tags should be correct to the page title as Google will pick these up. Image titles are a must too. SEO will improve your ranking in Google.
Well, I wouldn't say that SEO is required in order to have a good-running board.
META tags for example aren't used by Google anymore for the ranking of websites. They have been abused too much in the past. Take a look at phpBB.com for example, this board hasn't made any SEO changes, is just running a plain phpBB3 installation with a custom style and still all new posts made on this board are indexed within minutes.
Read this blogpost
, it shows the actual situation of phpBB in SEO.
scottlpool2003 wrote:Find forums with your niche and direct users to your niche website, again, don't spam as this will just get your post removed. If users do not know of your website they are unlikely to find it!
I agree with you on this one. One of the tricks you can do on your just started board is get some of your friends up who are interested and start some discussion. Then, on some other board, find a related discussion and participate in it. You might be able to drop in a link to your board so people can find the points your users have brought up and some people might stick on your board further replying to the topic and starting other discussions, this is an easy way to get activity on your board without the need to spam your board on all forums under the sun, as that is something that is generally not appreciated, and just generates bad promotion for your board.
The best promotion is to have people who like your board and participate in discussions to tell their friends about your board and those friends come in and post too. This will create a nice community of people discussing different topics with each other and it's free advertisement for your board.