SEO came up the last time stats were discussed and I suggested some
changes. These are based on my real world experiences running 6d6 and
other sites, and they include really simple things such as tiding up
your meta-tags and getting some static content then mentions your
At the moment, the vast majority of the site (from Google's point of
view) is temporary, constantly changing content. This makes it hard for
Google to associate the site with keywords. The way round this is to
pick three or for keywords (or key phases) and ensure they are repeated
several times on the page - in META tags, in text and in headings.
My original message is below.
P.s. I support the idea of five simple categories. If you choose the
category names well, they can help in the SEO.
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Thanks for posting these guys! It is a shame that other well known
networks don't do the same.
Looking at the stats, the site seems to attract very little in the way
of new traffic via Google searches. Over the last month, most of those
are for the "RPG BA" or "RPGBA" and a scattering of random stuff.
I think this can be improved to attract people searching for role
playing blogs and other generic, RPG terms.
The main problem with the page from an SEO point of view is that there
is too little consistent text relating to the keywords you want. I
suggest the following changes:
In your HTML:
* Change the Description META tag to "RPG Bloggers Alliance"
* Change the Keywords META tag to "RPG Blog, role playing site"
Next add a section of text to the page about the RPGBA that contains the
desired keywords. This should be about 200 - 400 words long and contain
the keywords once every paragraph. I would place the text at the bottom
of the left hand column, under the donate tag. Remember this text is for
the search engines, not humans, so it doesn't have to be exciting text,
just valid English.
Here is my quick attempt at some text. Please use / edit / discard as
you see fit:
[H1]The Home of RPG Blogs[/H1]
The RPG Bloggers Alliances is the home of role playing blogs. Run by
bloggers for bloggers, our mission is simple - to provide the one-stop
place where role player's can find a wealth of news, views and reviews
about old and new role playing games. Whatever tabletop RPG you are
interested in, from the greats like D&D to kids role playing games to
the latest hot indie game - you will find a role playing site for your
needs in the Alliance.
[H2]Over 100 Role Playing Sites[H2]
Founded by some of the leading RPG blogs, the alliance is supported by
bloggers old and new. It has given new bloggers an easy way to find a
readership and allowed more established RPG sites to reach a new
audience. The RPGBA's open admission policy ensures that it carries the
widest possible range of role playing sites, all focused on tabletop
games. With thousands of visitors every month looking for the newest and
latest in role playing games, it has helped create a social and lively
community of gamers.
[H2]Adventures In Role Playing[H2]
With such a range of role playing sites, there is a non-stop variety of
content. There are reviews of the latest role playing books, discussions
on rules, homebrew modification for existing games, angry rants about
certain big-name publishers, thoughtful insights about what makes us
gamers, self-published adventures, free RPGs and so much more. Everyday
sees nearly 100 new RPG blog posts all about tabletop RPG games.
[H2]Drink Your Fill of RPG Blogs[H2]
Take advantage of the RPGBA's RSS feed to drink from the fire hose of
RPG blogs. Or make the Blogger's Alliance your home page for a constant
stream of role playing news. Of course, all the blogs featured on RPGBA
have their own RSS feeds. No matter what RPG you play and no matter how
you get online, there is always a role-playing site for you on the RPG
I've tried to focus on the keywords "RPG blog" and "role playing site",
which according to Google, are reasonably popular search terms and
pertinent to the RPGBA. I've thrown in some other keywords in as well.
The RPGBA home page doesn't seem to use much in the way of header tags.
I recommend you do for the text above because Google treats properly
headlines and text as more significant that untitled text. Of course you
can format them to an appropriate style, Google doesn't have a problem
I hope this is of use.
On 21/03/2012 04:14, Jeff wrote:
> I have to say you have hit on one of the biggest issues overall that we
> have. SEO isn't as easy as it sounds. It is as you point out the one
> area that the RPGBN has over us. Some of that I will contribute to
> simply being older than we are. Having not been first so to speak, we
> have a bigger mountain to climb. Some of it is simply not knowing how to
> get better SEO. We done the basics, but the basics only take you so far.
> As always, I'm open to ideas. Although, I can't say that we will be
> able to try them all.
> On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 19:44, Geek Related <geek.rela...@gmail.com
> <mailto:geek.rela...@gmail.com>> wrote:
> My biggest desire for the site - better SEO and syndication.
> I still get 10x the amount of traffic from the RPGBN as I do from
> the RPGBA, which tells me it's more findable and it's getting my
> blog in front of more people... Everything else is gravy, that's the
> meat of a network like this.
> At 12:06 PM 3/20/2012, Bonemaster wrote:
> Greetings Fellow Members,
> It's been roughly about one year since the RPG Blog Alliance was
> started. I happy to report that we have seen a lot of new
> members, as of this writing, we have 369 active site feeds. I
> have to admit that's more than I ever thought we would have. As
> many of you may know, when I started it, I thought we would have
> maybe 100 or so sites. So, it makes me happy to see so many.