I'm not sure proboards offers any SEO/SEA options to user forums, especially ones hosted for free... It can't hurt to check though, and it would be cool if we did better on google, so I'll see if there's anything we can do.
Yeah RKC does pop up. One problem with Whiskerwick though is that only members can view it. People are a lot less likely to join a site if they can't see what it's all about. I know this was done to stop guest poster spam but can't it be done like the RKC where guests can view but not post?
RKC probably scores well because the entire forum is public, whereas a huge part of WW is private. Which means less content search engines can present to end users.
To be fair it was a good while ago we had issues with spamming guests, but I was under the impression a lot of people also liked the privacy haha.
It looks like there isn't much we can do other than to keep going (as search results partially depend on activity, relevant content, incoming/outgoing links, etc. which mostly depend on the users), but I'm on it.
I'm not too worried about this though, the petz community is pretty small so I think everyone who stumbles onto petz will also hear about WW soon enough. New people are signing up to WW on a regular basis anyway, even if not all of them take up actively posting.
Oh maybe I'm just a strange one who doesn't like joining stuff they can't see. XD Whiskerwick was still public when I joined, it took me two years to finally sign up for Milk and I'm still not a PKC member...
Like I said though I'm pretty sure you can make the forum public without allowing guest posts. That way everyone can see it and there will be no spam. However if everyone likes the fact that it's private then by all means keep it that way. ˆˆ
milk is all private for guests but it still shows up on google - but i think maybe that's just cause it's the only babyz forum. i have been thinking of unprivating most of the areas actually. back in the day we used to have issues with theft/people claiming babyz as their own using other people's graphics but this isn't 2005 anymore so we probably don't have to worry about that now xD
in terms of whiskerwick though (and any forum i go on tbh) i am all for the more "personal" areas still being private though, like the offtopic/personal life chat areas. i feel like a lot of that stuff is nobody's business unless they're members.
i haven't thought of people stealing graphics/pets although i don't think that is as much as a issue as it would be back in the day as you said aha, i think i'd proberly prefer it to be private but prehaps throw in a petz somewhere in the web address/title so it shows up? i know that the rkc url has 'petz' in it which is most likley the reason for it being top of the search results
i suppose it might be due to my own browsing and visiting habits - but i use google search and whiskerwick is the third result for 'petz forum'. not to mention - i think the biggest thing going for RKC is that it's URL is literally petzforum; of course it would be the first thing to show up when you search those exact words! we do have 'petz' in our title text, so i'm not sure where else pinto and arie could add it to push it up in the results. it's also gonna depend on which search you use (some people still use yahoo, or... -shudders- bing). results will vary.
that being said, i like the forum being private. as lacey said, i really doubt there is going to be much in the way of theft as there was back in the day (due to a combination of less newbies, older players who know better, and a reasonably active but not insanely so community that can theoretically track down any thieves within a couple days).
but as someone who has had things stolen from me on forums for years (usually roleplay forums, nothing to do with petz), i'm hesitant to make things viewable to everyone. let alone post-able, please NEVER enable that, unless it's like on RKC where you have a heavily mod trafficked board just for guests. i like the privacy. also, as lacey said, there are parts of this forum i don't think are for anyone but our members.
Thor: Woo new theme! How do you know what the default theme is?
Sept 16, 2020 17:20:19 GMT
Arie: New season, new forum theme!! (Now feat. in-style Scottie)
Sept 15, 2020 14:38:22 GMT
gumdrop: I've gone ages w/out accepting donations before...it's kinda fun, like when u had paper paychecks and you'd find one you forgot to deposit and suddenly you have a lot more money than you realized. (Just me?)
Aug 11, 2020 22:22:34 GMT
Thor: I just realized that I have never accepted a donation before....... I'm.... I'm dumb.
Aug 9, 2020 15:04:25 GMT
turmoil: yep ;; literally tried everything to get it to launch it just refuses
Jul 31, 2020 21:40:34 GMT
Laura: You're probably tried already and I'm suggesting the obvious, but have you tried launching it with different compatability settings and/or as admin?
Jul 31, 2020 15:58:22 GMT
turmoil: I used to play it on disc, but the same thing happened with the disc on my old laptop. So I got this version off the web and it's still messing up
Jul 30, 2020 18:41:18 GMT
turmoil: Arie it doesn't ! Maybe im doing something wrong?
Jul 30, 2020 18:40:58 GMT
Arie: That's weird! Does it show up in task manager after double clicking?
Jul 30, 2020 18:34:58 GMT
turmoil: I'm dying to play petz 5 again, but i can not for the life of me get it to run. Double clicking the icon does nothing? Is there anywhere specific i could get help for this?
Jul 30, 2020 11:06:45 GMT
Laura: Pigz are pink, bunnies are white, I stayed up too late playing petz last night (but it was worth it )
Jul 29, 2020 11:33:53 GMT
Ryder ☆: anyone know where i can get the nursery download for petz 5 please pm me it
Jun 23, 2020 1:41:13 GMT
Meer: Coons and Alleys do make wonderful mixies! But then I'm crazy for any kind of Alley mixie!
Jun 22, 2020 0:38:48 GMT
Iolite Dragoness: I think I've finally found my passion: Maine Coon/Alley Cat mixes!
Jun 19, 2020 6:47:51 GMT
Arie: Hey everyone! Not sure if this is happening to anyone else, but I have been getting ads on here that auto-redirect you to shady sites. If this happens to you, please report the ad to ProBoards!
Jun 8, 2020 9:27:30 GMT
cheshire: Hey, everyone. Hope you don't mind me lurking in the corner. Thought I'd drop back in for a bit, since I finally don't have anything important to do.
May 12, 2020 17:31:40 GMT
Kel: Awww that Windows 95 theme is cute! Wouldn't have noticed it for a long time if I hadn't checked the shoutbox lol.
May 6, 2020 22:27:22 GMT
Arie: That would be me! Glad you like it.
May 4, 2020 18:28:11 GMT
CoffieDog: Just found out about the "Windows 95" board theme! I love it, who made it and when?!
May 4, 2020 0:52:52 GMT
Arie: Moved some old threads to the landfill - as always, give me a shout if you're missing anything!
May 2, 2020 11:07:14 GMT