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How much of a SERP Penalty would I face if...?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Toz, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. Toz

    Toz Elite Member

    Oct 24, 2011
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    New England
    I have a Wordpress Site that's not been updated since March 2014, but it's still ranking on the first 3 Google results pages for several (roughly 220) keywords. I recently had an idea to use forums as my primary source of distributing information, as well as having an active community that also contributes, rather than exclusively through me, via blogposts. I'd like to focus my efforts on either blogging OR forum posting, but not both. I simply don't have time for it.

    I'm torn with a decision I must make. First, allow me to provide you with my options...

    Option 1:
    I could keep WP site, purchase and allow WP Robot to post for me, and every so often, I'd add my own post, while keeping the forum maintained.

    Option 2:
    Ditch the WP site, and have my domain's index open straight to the forum, which I will grow. However, all my content and link-building will be all for naught. Plus, I'd imagine the search engines will not like a crapload of dead links, and so I expect to be punished for it, in the short-term..

    Option 3:
    Forget about the forum idea, and just get back to working on my WP site.

    I believe Option 1 will allow me to grow my list at a somewhat rapid pace, as more and more people learn about my forum.
    So back to my question...

    How much of a SERP Penalty would I face if I decide to go with Option 2?

    What do you guys think?
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014
  2. SEO Power

    SEO Power Elite Member

    Jul 14, 2014
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    Self employed
    Houston, TX
    Option 1 would get your site penalised because all the content published would be duplicate content.

    Option 2 is a good one, and you can redirect the pages of your blog that have backlinks to the index page of the forum, so all the link building you did won't go to waste.

    Option 3 isn't bad as well.

    I'll give you option 4.

    - Keep the blog running and build a forum at the same time. You can update the blog once a week while you focus on the forum for the rest of the week. It's practicable.