4 pointsDue to health issues and other reasons, I'll be first to admit that I've let the forum go to pot in the past 3 years or so, which as admin, is a terrible thing to admit. I pretty much left The Pom Queen and the moderators to run the front end of the site and I did the bare minimum of work on it behind the scenes. Unfortunately, during that time, the site took a whole series of hits in Google's Search Engine Rankings which I did nothing about, to the point where traffic had dropped to almost nothing from mid December until mid March. Along with some other reasons, we were penalised for the site not being mobile friendly, the site not being served via https / SSL secured and the final nail in the coffin occurred while I was overseas in December and a site add-on (vbseo) was compromised causing visitors to the site to be redirected elsewhere. (I must stress that member data wasn't compromised in any way, this was purely a redirection type exploit). Unsurprisingly, this and fact that I'd to hastily remove the add on which also resulted in every forum URL changing, caused a massive hit in Google. In March I upgraded the forum software, it's now mobile friendly, SSL secured (but unfortunately, all the forum URL's changed again) so our presence in Google is/was at rock bottom. Then of course, with numerous monolithic social networks available, it's difficult to attract people to forums, some of the Australian Visa changes haven't helped and neither has the woeful GBP/AUD exchange rate for people wanting to move to Australia. All in all, a perfect storm. Suffice to say, the last couple of months has been a bit of a shock to the system. However, it has rejuvenated my enthusiasm for the forum again. I'm working hard behind the scenes to improve the forum for the members, and to increase it's search engine presence to bring new members to the forum. Again, not the easiest of tasks when one of the sites in the same niche as PIO is owned by a huge company running over 600 websites and has multiple offices in different countries (I can only imagine what marketing budget they have). Anyway, a huge thanks to The Pom Queen, the moderators and to all the members who have stayed with the forum over the past few years, without you, there really would be no pomsinoz site. Although any recovery will probably be medium to long term, there are some early signs of improvement already, so fingers crossed, we can 'MAKE PIO GREAT AGAIN'
1 pointCurrently working through the forum categories & main threads on the forum giving them proper META titles & descriptions. I expect there's a good few hours (days work) there. Also fixing broken links from when we migrated from the old forum software and a few other bits and pieces.
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