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We love the small, google ad free forum that we have here. This community has some very intelligent individuals here and we need help to expand our forum. We would like to create a more active area that will help to raise or content level so we can help more people.

If you can, tell other people you know about Green Tractor Talk. Right now 95% of all people find us through people talking. We are not large enough to make it big in the search engines.

If you get the opportunity and its not against any rules, post a link back to us here. It will help us with search engines and maybe direct in some new friends.

If you have ideas on how to grow the site, post them up. We are open to any discussion on this.

Thank you for your support. :good2:
 

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Been doing my best, I'm on over a dozen forums, everything from forestry to plowing. Send an email every time I come across a user who has, or wants a Deere!

We love the small, google ad free forum that we have here. This community has some very intelligent individuals here and we need help to expand our forum. We would like to create a more active area that will help to raise or content level so we can help more people.

If you can, tell other people you know about Deere Talk. Right now 95% of all people find us through people talking. We are not large enough to make it big in the search engines.

If you get the opportunity and its not against any rules, post a link back to us here. It will help us with search engines and maybe direct in some new friends.

If you have ideas on how to grow the site, post them up. We are open to any discussion on this.

Thank you for your support. :good2:
 

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Has anyone approach a Deere dealer about having a business card like presence at the parts counter. I see a lot of local events and auctions listed there. Could be a pile of cards, could be a single card under glass.

If there was a way to see how a dealer would react to this, perhaps little DeereTalk cards could be printed and sent to members to put at their dealers?

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dellwas told me about DeereTalk.com, I'll be glad to help encourage people to come here. :thumbup1gif:
 

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We are not large enough to make it big in the search engines
Well,I don't know about that Brian.
In Google,if you search plain old tractor forums,no it doesn't hit,but if you search JD forums,DeereTalk is a hit.:thumbup1gif:

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If it helps, Brian, I found out about this great site by typing in "John Deere Forums" in Google, and it appeared in the first 4-5 responses, so it's getting out there somehow:thumbup1gif:
 

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When I first starter sweettractors.com, I took out the smallest classified ads I could in Progressive Farmer, Farm Journal, Mother Earth News, etc. I would put in a very basic (cheap) ad "New or used Farm equipment visit www.sweettractors.com." No phone # no business name. Just driving traffic to the website. We put our website URL on every outgoing piece of mail in the return address area. Put in all ads in local papers. Put URL on the side of the business trucks. Put free ads in all the free directory's. This was 12 years ago and it took 2-3 years to get search engine placement like we wanted it. We never paid anyone anything and still come up # 1 or 2 in every product that we want to feature. Hits currently run about 1000 per day. Never exchanged links with anyone. When I get a website visitor, I want to keep them there as long as possible (avg length of visit is currently about 3 minutes). I do not want to show him a link to jump to and then forgot how to get back to me. The Google people call me 1 or 2 times a year about placement of ads with them and the website optimizers call about every week. Don't need any of that stuff. I used common sense and optimized the website myself. Just my 2 cents. Ken Sweet
 

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Will do what I can, I love this site.

When I first starter sweettractors.com, I took out the smallest classified ads I could in Progressive Farmer, Farm Journal, Mother Earth News, etc. I would put in a very basic (cheap) ad "New or used Farm equipment visit www.sweettractors.com." No phone # no business name. Just driving traffic to the website. We put our website URL on every outgoing piece of mail in the return address area. Put in all ads in local papers. Put URL on the side of the business trucks. Put free ads in all the free directory's. This was 12 years ago and it took 2-3 years to get search engine placement like we wanted it. We never paid anyone anything and still come up # 1 or 2 in every product that we want to feature. Hits currently run about 1000 per day. Never exchanged links with anyone. When I get a website visitor, I want to keep them there as long as possible (avg length of visit is currently about 3 minutes). I do not want to show him a link to jump to and then forgot how to get back to me. The Google people call me 1 or 2 times a year about placement of ads with them and the website optimizers call about every week. Don't need any of that stuff. I used common sense and optimized the website myself. Just my 2 cents. Ken Sweet
I know this guy is a vendor, but he needs to get off his high horse. This is a forum, not an equipment sales place. Not everyone has money to throw at advertising. Starting my own business was hard, but you do a good job and word of mouth will get you far. My suggestion to you Ken, stop being a Jack.
 

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I know this guy is a vendor, but he needs to get off his high horse. This is a forum, not an equipment sales place. Not everyone has money to throw at advertising. Starting my own business was hard, but you do a good job and word of mouth will get you far. My suggestion to you Ken, stop being a Jack.
So far, I have not sold 1 piece of equipment to a Deeretalk member, however, that does not stop me from trying to help ad some content to help with relevance and search engine placement. The "getting started" post I made above was the exact same advice that I gave my oldest Son last fall when he started his website. It is working great for him. I send people to DeereTalk everyday and My other Son joined sometime ago. You may have misinterpreted my previous post, my emphasis is against spending lots of money. Ken Sweet
 

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Ok, I don't know where this mess came from, but we all have our hearts in the same place here. Lets work on what is important and all of us do what we can to help make this place our home.

Thank you to everyone for helping us get where we are today! :thumbup1gif:
 

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Just wanted to bump this thread to ask for anyones help.

I want to reach out to each of our members and vendors and ask them to do whatever they might be able to do to help get the word out about our site. We are slowly becoming one of the few non-corporate tractor forums on the web. We are also one that everyone here is family. We take care of each other.

If you have facebook, share our link, if you have a website, please post our link on it. If you know people that might be interested in our site, email them or give them a call. We can grow this family together!

Thank You!
 

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I want to bring this back up again as we are at that point with the new domain name that we will be battling to get to the top. If there is any way you can help us to get our name out and possibly link to us if it fits in the rules, it would help a lot!

Thank you for your support!
 

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While I was doing some Googling (Is that a word?!) yesterday, I found several answers that still referenced Deeretalk.com. I don't know if ther is any way to get the search engines to fix it?

I have to say, this is about the smoothest major change for any forum that I've ever experienced as a member. Everything I have clicked on has just simply worked, the first time. Good job!!

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Is there a reason you guys did not do a redirect on the old deeretalk.com domain so wouldn't lose what you already had indexed in the search engines?

I am a web developer and my primary interest is in SEO. Normally we would forward a URL until the new domain is rolling.

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Is there a reason you guys did not do a redirect on the old deeretalk.com domain so wouldn't lose what you already had indexed in the search engines?

I am a web developer and my primary interest is in SEO. Normally we would forward a URL until the new domain is rolling.

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At the same time we made the change to GTT, DT also made a server change. We do have a redirect at DT, but the DNS has been slow to populate. Google is picking up the redirect and so have others I have talked with, but some are not. Not sure if its all dns or some cache and cookies also.
 

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At the same time we made the change to GTT, DT also made a server change. We do have a redirect at DT, but the DNS has been slow to populate. Google is picking up the redirect and so have others I have talked with, but some are not. Not sure if its all dns or some cache and cookies also.
I am not getting the redirect at all. Its not cache and cookies on my end. I even swapped out a couple DNS servers and still not getting it.

Did you do a redirect at the server or at the domain record?

Most my DNS updates I do (about 10 a week) are happening in 8 hours or less. The old 24-48 hours is gone for me.

If there is anything I can do to help beyond what you have mentioned in this thread, please let me know.

Another thing I will add is Google has a patent on some social media applications which will change search engine results as we know them. So anyone that has a Google or Youtube account and is logged in can help the site buy using the "+1" button. Search for Green Tractor Talk in Google and when the results come up you should see the +1 button. Click that. Will help the site with the upcoming changes Google as made.
 

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I am not getting the redirect at all. Its not cache and cookies on my end. I even swapped out a couple DNS servers and still not getting it.

Did you do a redirect at the server or at the domain record?

Most my DNS updates I do (about 10 a week) are happening in 8 hours or less. The old 24-48 hours is gone for me.

If there is anything I can do to help beyond what you have mentioned in this thread, please let me know.

Another thing I will add is Google has a patent on some social media applications which will change search engine results as we know them. So anyone that has a Google or Youtube account and is logged in can help the site buy using the "+1" button. Search for Green Tractor Talk in Google and when the results come up you should see the +1 button. Click that. Will help the site with the upcoming changes Google as made.
PM sent and working with ^

If you could also +1 us on google that would be great also.

Thank you for the support!
 

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I have linked to this site a few times on wfm and there are a couple of other members who have also.

This brings me to a sticking point with me. I don't know who can remember, but there was a site years ago called Garden Web (it may still be there, don't know) and it had a large membership base on it's garden tractor forum. But the owner didn't want anyone linking to other sites so he would suspend their account or ban them. The site lost a lot of members, some which formed the TF (tractor forum) site who also had a parting of the ways and some members of that site started MTF (my tractor forum). Now it (MTF) is under new ownership and I received a couple of pms stating I couldn't link to other sites, first in my signature, then in my post, then both, and then...... I decided it was enough and hadn't been back in several months to a year. Now I'm a member of another site that doesn't want you linking directly to a site. On wfm, we allow members to link to other sites. If a site has to try and harness it's members to keep them, then the site isn't a very strong one. I have linked to this site a few times on wfm and, in all honestly, it was a link from wfm from another member there that made me come to see this site. I liked it and joined. And I'm still a very active member of wfm and will remain so.

Time to get off my soapbox.:soapbox:
 

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I have linked to this site a few times on wfm and there are a couple of other members who have also.

This brings me to a sticking point with me. I don't know who can remember, but there was a site years ago called Garden Web (it may still be there, don't know) and it had a large membership base on it's garden tractor forum. But the owner didn't want anyone linking to other sites so he would suspend their account or ban them. The site lost a lot of members, some which formed the TF (tractor forum) site who also had a parting of the ways and some members of that site started MTF (my tractor forum). Now it (MTF) is under new ownership and I received a couple of pms stating I couldn't link to other sites, first in my signature, then in my post, then both, and then...... I decided it was enough and hadn't been back in several months to a year. Now I'm a member of another site that doesn't want you linking directly to a site. On wfm, we allow members to link to other sites. If a site has to try and harness it's members to keep them, then the site isn't a very strong one. I have linked to this site a few times on wfm and, in all honestly, it was a link from wfm from another member there that made me come to see this site. I liked it and joined. And I'm still a very active member of wfm and will remain so.

Time to get off my soapbox.:soapbox:
Thank you for the suport. I understand what you are saying and I want to ask that no one get in trouble, or risk any account they have just to throw up a link to us. We will always be an open forum as our goal here is to help people. We cannot do that by disallowing people to link or hang at other sites. This is the internet and information, good information, is everywhere.

I throw links in my signatures on the forums I hang out at that allow it. Jeep, RZR, VB, and a Diesel Forum. It helps us with search engines, does not tick anyone off as I am not stealing members, and I know I will not get banned for it.

So PLEASE, don't get in trouble for posting links.
 
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