SEO experts and especially Google SEO experts will always suggest working on off-page optimization factors more than on-page optimization for better organic ranking.
C Programming Forum was something I never had the time to work on for quite some time until recently in the first week of September I started working on it. Upgraded vBulletin, then gave a whole new look, Installed vBSEO and other relevant plugins.
After the new look I started with my marketing efforts and soon I saw traffic picking up.
I thought the traffic was because of marketing efforts but to my surprise it was not only marketing that has worked in my favour. It was Google Organic Traffic that has tripled.
As you can see from the screenshot I installed vBSEO on 5th September 2010 and hours after installation my traffic from Google organic started to rise. Remember this is was one of those low traffic forums and yet I started to see results.
Now let us see a day to day to comparison of Google Organic traffic keeping 5th of September as the pivot.
You can clearly see the effect of vBSEO.
According to me vBSEO is one of the best plugin for vBulletin which makes your forum more search engine friendly. It has some handsome lists of features but my personal favourite features are user friendly url's (Read SEO Friendly url's 🙂 ) and guest enhancements features that lightens HTML code by removing some not so used features by guests. Features like forum jump dropdown, member DHTML menus and many others...
So after looking at the charts finally my question is - Is "Google SEO" Only Off-Page Optimization? Share your views in comments below.