After looking around the internet I have noticed you get blackhat forums, which to be honest just seem to turn into filesharing forums and people boasting/claiming they have just brought a new house with the money they have earnt from a single blast of xrumer when promoting some crappy product. On the other hand you get webmaster forums which only promote using whitehat methods of search engine optimization or marketing. I myself find this boring very boring!
A friend asked me to help him out with a SEO forum, The forum is pretty simple and just using simplemachineforum software(smf) but might upgrade to vbulletin in the near future when the member and post counts get alot higher. We do aim for the forum to be slightly different where SEO and marketers new and old can learn from each other, without having that crappy “IM A EXPERT” response.
Using forums to promote a website or blog can do magic for your traffic, as long as you dont it to death and get yourself banned.
We have decided not to really have any rules, except the normal stuff….No porn, drugs blah blah or blatent spamming. I find getting post counts up and good karma/respect gets people to want to vist your website and maybe link to it, its better to have ten people looking at your site for a few minutes rather than 100 just clicking off after a second.
The forum also has a market place so you can trade and also be able to leave feedback, we dont have a post count or citeria that you need to hit before posting in the market place but this may change once the forum gets bigger.
Anyway have a look and join up and join the SEO community and either learn or teach others, doesnt matter what “hat” you decide to wear your always welcome.