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One year online! (well 1 year 3 months)

 
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Tonyboi
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Joined: 19 Feb 2007
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Location: Cardiff, Wales

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 4:53 pm    Post subject: One year online! (well 1 year 3 months) Reply with quote

The BSF as been online for well over a year, in that time (till when this post is being writed) we've had 1838 posts in 201 threads, 127 registered users join, many guests browsing, some repeat lurkers, reached 1337 status http://beadsprites.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=167&highlight=1337 and made the interwebs a shinnier place to mindlessly browse.

Its wonderful so many people enjoy making or just staring at our reconsructive pixel art, ive always enjoyed looking at what other people have done, awing at the bigger wonderful items, secretly chuckling at lesser creations ;P but in all glad creating such a persific interests forum could go so well, although not amazingly high numbers, still higer than i would of predicted, and the numbers always growing.

We've had a very comfy time, with zero kinda of attacks or something similar, and only 2 bans. One because of advertising a product we dont even use, and the other for advertising his uncreated beadsite and admitting hes never going to post in this forum.

Anyways, thank you all so much for being appart of this forum, it's always been great to share an interest and have somwhere to go for it, so thank you for choosing here :3[/list][/code]
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DoctorOctoroc
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Joined: 01 Jan 2008
Posts: 712
Location: Philly

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet! A new look. I see [Welsh-Wuff] has also done a little SEO for the site, very nice.

And I did notice the incredible fact that there has been no bickering or fighting...most forums are rife with that sort of stuff. I say congrats to everyone for making this such a friendly and inviting place.

Let's make sure it continues Very Happy
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dick01
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Joined: 23 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree with doc

this is a really great forum with great people. i have to admit i dont post very much. but when i hit the net, BSF is always the first i check. i always look forward to seeing everyones new sprites.
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Logicaly
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Joined: 02 May 2008
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

May I make a few suggestions? I love the site the way it is, but some of the things hurting you as far as SEO goes, and generating more traffic. You should really look into purchasing a domain, and perhaps even moving to your own hosting. I could probably even host you for a very low price of just a couple of bucks a month if you wanted.

Aside from that, its a great forum, and I love it here, ive been lurking for awhile and just recently decided to become active. I am looking forward to being a part of the community here as it grows.
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Tonyboi
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Location: Cardiff, Wales

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i do wanna give this place a better domain name... but the single problem is the money to keep it up.... tell you what, I'll try setting up a Paypal Donation thing, and anything we collect from that goes towards changing to a better domain name... i wouldnt expect anything huge, just something to scratch by, im finding sites offering something like £8-9 a year odd for a .com address ($16-$18ish) which is hardly asking anything via donation for a yearly cost...

I'll make this a new thread questionair asking what you want the new site name to be (if we can pull it off)
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DoctorOctoroc
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I haven't actually dissected the html for the site but if I'm not mistaken, our #1 keywords (bead sprite, beadsprites, etc) are used in the titles and headers, which don't hurt SEO purposes.

Whether its hosted here or elsewhere, that keyword is also in the URL and not to mention used in every other post on this forum. I know I try to use it whenever I can, alternating between two words (bead sprite) and one word (beadsprite).

What would be great is getting the forum to show up near the top for keywords like video game art, bead, beads, sprites, etc. Right now, though, the combination of bead and sprite, as well as searches for pretty much any member on this forum, return BSF in the top three. However, competing for the more generic keywords is pointless unless someone is shelling out money for press releases, articles, paid links and blog posts. Also, all that work would be pretty much in vain unless coupled with a Pay Per Click campaign.

Right now we'll have to stick to keyword relevance and inlinks from various bloggers like Faith who write about the BSF. It also wouldn't hurt to put a link to BSF from Myspace, Facebook, etc. The only problem with sites like that is they generally use no follow links, but for exposure purposes, it can't hurt.
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pinkdramon
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the new way the forum looks it's pretty sophisticated.
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Waterelem
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aww, I missed the milestone...

I must say though, the site looks great now ^_^
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AmiiROARR



Joined: 17 Nov 2008
Posts: 6
Location: Liverpool UK =]

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations

& Happy Birthday +3months =]]

I really like this site.
people are friendly and always willing to help
thats great
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LHDS13
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Joined: 04 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

right on! i figured you guys were up longer than that. i really enjoy this site, especially all the insane projects people do( doc I'm staring at you) all the help topics do just that, and people are more than willing to give advice. hope to be a part of the community for a long time. thanks for everything!
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