I have found a local forum niche. There is a competitor but the forum looks dead (no posts since 8/23/13) but it has around 8000 back links. The site also has a very shitty design. It looks like an early 1998-2000 design (seriously). Will this still be hard to outrank? I know very little about seo. Can someone provide me with link to free page rank checkers, etc. Just the general stuff I need to know. Sorry if that's asking too much. This will be my first serious website.