ForumRank is a website I came across a few days ago. They are basically a forum ranking directory – you submit your forum, their site sends a crawler to your forum and then ranks your forum based on their own algorithm.
They do not go into much detail about what factors are considered in their algorithm, however they do state that they do not consider size alone. Therefore a huge forum which is now by all means and purposes dead will not rank as well as a smaller forum which is seeing a large number of new members and posts each day.
I know that a lot of forum owners aspire to break into the prestigious Big-Boards however the sheer number of posts and members required makes this out of reach for most forum owners so ForumRank may be a reasonable alternative to focus on in the meantime.
I thought I would give this a try and submitted the Just Chat message boards to the website. Since I submitted, our message boards have been hovering at around the 130 mark. I am pretty convinced our rank could be higher were it not for the fact I regularly prune non-posting and non-activated members, along with all those spam accounts you invariably see these days.
I think the site should divulge a little more about how its algorithm works – it is not explained particularly clearly on the website, and a quick visit to the forums sees evidence of the confusion it is causing.
Overall though, I would suggest it is well worth submitting your forum site to ForumRank – if nothing else, you at least get another valuable link back to your site!
*Please note this was an unsolicited, and unpaid review of ForumRank – I simply reviewed it due to its relevance to the promotional aspect of community building.*