SeoBytes.com Launched - SEO Forum Timesaver

7 comments

In Web 2.0 Speak: SeoBytes.com is a SEO forum aggregator with social thread ranking via AJAX, also viewable in an RSS feed.

Geek Speak: It fetches the most recent threads from various SEO forums and allows users to adjust the ranking formula.

Seobytes.com is new, so any feedback is welcomed and will be listened to :)

Comments

Decent Enough

Nice concept but the experience level of the raters is pretty apparent when you look at the low level threads being ranked. If I want a site to aggregate the best high level analysis in this environment, it's still Threadwatch by a country mile.

Agreed!

But I think at this stage most people are just trying it out. You can set it to ignore the user's ratings, and just rank threads based on how fresh and popular they are, and only from your favorite forums if you wish - it's not just for popular votes :)

Does anyone remember the

Does anyone remember the SearchGuild one? Sheeesh, Gurtie even reminded me of it's name the other day, but people lost interest in it very quickly and chris and gurtie just stopped maintaining it in the end.

I dont view this as "competition" for TW, the truth is that apart from very major things we really don't cover the seo forums very much these days, mostly becuase almost all of them bore the arse off me, but if this system works, and it can get a little more traction than the SG one then good luck with it.

If it has an rss feed for the top ranked items, i'll probably subcribe....

Dunno

To me it looks just like another SEO mob site with a twist. Choosing to read a site/forum for me comes down to trust & respect of the other posters. For that reason, Threadwatch will probably be my site of choice for a long time. Its small enough to know who is posting, free enough to have your ass handed to you if you are wrong, and kind enough to share the spot light.

ResourceRate :)

Worked a bit differently as was based on the number of views of nominated threads by contributors - so we didn't vote for good ones apart from by whether we actually went back to read them. It was fun to play with but it comes down to three things -

you have to trust the majority of the people finding the threads (otherwise you'll have to go read the forums anyway) so it works when its small and it works when its huge because things even out but it doesn't work at any point in the middle.

if the major contributors get busy then the whole thing takes a dive

It is work for people, and as with forums there needs to be some type of payback (ResourceRate allowed people to add their adsense details for a profit share) otherwise they'll end up not bothering after the novelty wears off.

I still think its a great idea in principal though - and if someone's got the time to get it to critical mass it could be great. Good luck Eadz!

Rating forum threads turns

Rating forum threads turns out to be a difficult thing to do. Hence, RR essentially fizzled out. As Gurtie says it depends on a kind of critical mass to get the RR system to work. I have something different in mind but no time.

SEO Bytes is certainly interesting. My suggestion:

Use proper AJAX, it's ideal for this situation. Where it says "The colored slider scales influence the ranking and order of the forum threads. After changing these, you need to refresh the page.". If you use AJAX I shouldn't actually need to refresh the page, it should just adjust.

Thanks

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Couple of things;

Does anyone remember the SearchGuild one? Sheeesh, Gurtie even reminded me of it's name the other day, but people lost interest in it very quickly and chris and gurtie just stopped maintaining it in the end.

The idea with seobytes is it will still work if no one rates the threads. The thread rating is just one of 5 varibles that can be used for sorting. The main aim is to be able to see the hot/new forum threads of the day at a glance.

The whole idea is to save time, and i don't think people have time to rate the threads, but it's there just in case.

Use proper AJAX..... If you use AJAX I shouldn't actually need to refresh the page, it should just adjust.

I did consider that, but it has to send a request back to the database when you change a slider and you might want to adjust more than one slider at a time. The sql query is quite massive, and I just want to make it a bit more scaleable by saving any unnecessary db queries. Could still happen in the future though.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.