WebmasterWorld (also referred to as WMW) is one of the earliest forums to talk about search engine optimization (SEO) and site owner issues. Back in 2001 or so, there were 3-4 main public SEO forums, including WMW, JimWorld (now found at searchengineforums.com), and Doug Heil’s forum. Each of those sites continues to discuss exciting SEO-related issues, and over time a number of newer forums have sprung up as well.
Sometimes when I point out a thread at WebmasterWorld to someone, they come back and say “It looks like you have to pay to join?” Here’s how to register for a free account at WMW. When you click into an actual thread of discussion, you’ll see a screen like this:
See that “need to register?” link that I’ve circled in red? That’s where you should click. You’ll get to a “Please agree not to do these 27 things, most of which consist of not being a jerk” page. Click the button to signify that you agree not to be a jerk. That will take you to the sign-up page, where you can pick your name on the forum:
I believe that’s pretty much it. In a Web 2.0+ world, many people believe that all the action is in blogs, RSS, etc. It’s true that a lot of good discussion happens on blogs, but there’s also gems to be found from reading SEO forums. Now I have a post to point people to if they can’t figure out how to register for WMW.