by Martin Reed on 15 March 2007 in Snippets

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.*

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Thorn June 3, 2007 at 7:02 pm

Interesting link. My first thought was that the design looks a little outdated (or “un-Web-2.0-ish”), like the type that used to be all over the web five years ago. Appearances can be deceiving, I suppose, but it seems like someone else could do it better.

Even so, I may submit a forum at some point. :)

Martin Reed June 3, 2007 at 10:07 pm

Hi Thorn – thanks for your comment. I think ForumRank was recently sold; I am not sure if the new owner has any intention of changing the design or algorithm.

It’s an interesting concept nonetheless – let me know if you submit a forum; it would be interesting to see how you get ranked!

Eric Martindale October 8, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Bah, this is taking way too long to get a review.

Martin Reed - Blog Author October 8, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Eric – How long have you been waiting? I know the site was sold a few months back – I am not sure if it is still being actively developed by the new owner.

abbigliamento October 27, 2007 at 5:54 pm

great idea, i’ll check it!

Martin Reed - Blog Author October 29, 2007 at 9:28 pm

abbigliamento – Let me know how you get on!

ForumRank November 11, 2007 at 1:11 pm


Just to let you know that the site *is* being developed and a new version will launch as soon as possible – including a completely new ranking algorithm.

We’ve been working away behind the scenes to build a platform that can track the metrics of a forum (not easy when you consider that it entails spidering millions of posts and the many variations of forum software/html etc.) and that also can be developed to include analysis tools for forum owners (semantic analysis for topics / entity recognition etc).

Hopefully, the first phase of this (new ranking system) will be live within November!

Peter (ForumRank owner).

Martin Reed - Blog Author November 12, 2007 at 6:07 pm

Peter – I can only imagine how difficult it would be to design a scalable algorithm! I am glad to hear the site is still being actively developed and hope you give me a shout when the next phase is ready.

Frank March 31, 2009 at 9:43 am

It’s a shame this service is not a bit more comprehensive… why hasn’t someone replicated this yet?