Site Talk forum: Searching for online garden forums

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Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Feb 18, 2015 3:22 PM CST
When i decided to leave DG, i was searching for forums on-line. I already new about ATP but wanted to know what else was out there. I googled "online garden forums". The first 5 pages of forums listed did not include ATP. I have been meaning to mention this to someone here. I thought it was very strange. I tried the same search with google just now thinking i might have missed ATP the first time, but ATP still does not show up on the first 5 pages of "online garden forums". Is there something that can be done about this?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 18, 2015 3:59 PM CST
I would assume the search is probably linked to the revenue that the sites provide, and being this site is not totally revenue driven that might explain the situation.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 18, 2015 4:03 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Many sites are heavily (or entirely) forum based but ATP really is more centered on the plants database. So I don't think it's seen as a "forum" website, per se.

The more people link to your website, the higher you will be in the google search. We're always getting more sites linking to us, thankfully, and each one of those helps us get higher in our google ranking. Smiling
Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
Butterflies Organic Gardener Tropicals Native Plants and Wildflowers Seed Starter
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vitrsna
Feb 18, 2015 4:16 PM CST
Okay, thanks, but the number of hits a site gets in a day doesn't help? As in the more members, the more hits, the higher the ranking?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 18, 2015 4:23 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I don't think that affects Google's rankings. It's more about popularity between other sites and yours which is judged almost entirely by how many other sites link to you.
Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
Butterflies Organic Gardener Tropicals Native Plants and Wildflowers Seed Starter
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vitrsna
Feb 18, 2015 4:45 PM CST
That's good to know...do you think i should shut down the thread?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 18, 2015 4:57 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I don't see why you should.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 18, 2015 5:04 PM CST
Nor do I. Seems like this thread might prompt people to encourage other sites to link to us. Smiling
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 18, 2015 5:38 PM CST
Can we even close a thread?
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Region: United States of America Region: Michigan
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Weedwhacker
Feb 18, 2015 5:40 PM CST
Seedfork said:Can we even close a thread?


Not that I know of, either -- except maybe in "Ask a Question"
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Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Feb 18, 2015 5:54 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing o well, that takes care of my question. I did see somewhere "do you want to close or finish this thread?"...or something similar that made me think it is an option. Most likely it was on an ID forum. I just didn't see the potential for much conversation to be generated, but once again i may have underestimated the ATPers, so we'll see where this takes us...

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