30 Sep 11 1:47 pm
@Margene, keyword optimizing the posts and building links other than inhouse links will help get the rankings up. You might look up sites and social communities covering US historical events and doccuments to try and get guest posts.
Create some engaging content. the site is very well written technically, but it puts me to sleep. don't have to start over, just liven up the content a little. Just the other day, I was showing my brother how simple formatting can really liven up the engagement on a particular post. Its not just the words you use, but how you use line breaks, headings, italics, and all those cool tricks that grab someone's attention.
Add some articles to theblog ( so far I only see 1.) and try to build up some good content. You have a forum but no posts in the forum. Honestly, I would focus on building up the blog, and getting a following started, then add the forum in once you have a community of people coming to the site regularly. I think you are trying to do too many different things right from the start (all this is my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt.. :) )
Create some blog posts that are more geared to starting a discussion rather than just giving information. Loads of history buffs would probably like the kind of information you are sharing, but you have to get the ball rolling. people don't want to start it off, and if you don't have any kind of engagement, you won't get people sharing your site just because it exists.
@EAsyRider, I have always said that you will get more SEO benefit from direct traffic than from building links. The more direct traffic you get through your links, the less links you need to get higher rankings. PR doesn't really matter.
I have pages ranking high with less than 20 links to them, because those links bring a lot of direct traffic to my site. Also, some of this might be the Google dance. Sometimes my pages will jump up in the rankings following some blog commenting where I get direct traffic, but then it will fall away again after a couple of weeks.
focus on that direct traffic, and having engaging content on your site. When you do, people will begin sharing your content (if its good enough), and the more people you have sharing your site for you, the more sticky it will be in search rankings, without having to pay loads of money to SEO services that are just spamming low quality sites for backlinks.
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