Thank you, @HairSite! I was just worried that the search engines are not driving enough people to the HM forum - it seems when a random search is done of HairSite or HM, visitors are guided to essentially obsolete links showing the old forum:
This is what shows up for Google’s results for “Hairsite”, under the heading “Hair Loss Forum”:
That is the combined forum (all topics) in the old format.
This is what shows up in the Google results under the category “Hair Multiplication and Stem Cell Forum”:
That is basically the old forum in the old format, with very old posts featured at the top.
For “Hair Multiplication”, the correct page shows up, but it doesn’t take users directly to the HM forum, but to an HM landing page -
On that landing page, a new user would have to be familiar with the layout of the site, and the differences between the old page format and the new one, to know enough to click on the HM forum link at the right.
We already know HairSite is by far the best hair loss forum on the internet. Other sites which were being hyped a few years ago, like “stopaga”, have completely stagnated, and now are complete dead zones. Spencer Kobren’s site is not of big interest anymore because he has shifted his focus entirely to HT and no longer discusses new research (such as stem cells and drugs) on his radio show.
Participation on HairSite’s HM forum has decreased since the format change, but I for one have adjusted to the format change and now I like it. But, I think traffic and posts are still not what they should be, because Google and the other search engines are directing traffic to pages that don’t actually show the new HM forum with one click, therefore forum and new user participation remains quite low, even at a time when there’s more promising research underway than ever before.