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How to Quickly Access the Electricians Arms

The Electricians Arms is a private area on ElectriciansForums.net that only those who have proven they are an electrician, with lots of experience (and polite manor) can gain access to.

There used to be quite a long URL for the 'Arms (our pub that allows lock-ins and will cut a get specifically for each member, so they can lockup if they're last in) but now I've just shortened it for us all.

If you're visiting the forum homepage (so the web address you're on is electriciansforums.net ) you now just need to add forward slash "arms".

So the URL will be electriciansforums.net/arms

Makes it all a bit easier.

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UK Tiling Forum | UK Tilers Forum - UK Tiles Forums

Been playing around with a fair few blogs for a while related to this topic. UK Tiling Forum that is.

UK Tiling Forum - The Tiling Forum for the UK, but also overseas too. Hmmmmm​

UK Tiling Forum News Site

We started our UK tiling forum back in 2006, April 2nd I think it was. So nearly coming up to 15 whole years being the tiling forum for the UK. Literally.

Our forum, like this Electrical Forum (now posting electrical news from any source by the way!), was the first to be online, and the first to gain traction. And generally when a forum does that, it works ongoing.

We have tried to setup forums for various other topics, I own a lot of automotive-related forums that do well, and 10 times that which don't do well. Likewise in the construction industry we have the three main forums doing well, and then a dozen not doing anything at all.

The first UK Tiling Forum, or UK Anything Forum, will always be THE forum for that said topic​


Providing the forum keeps the members in the loop with a main aim, and they all agree, the forum moves with the industry and it stays current and valid and reputable and on-topic.

How do people who run forums stop them from being 'spammed from the inside'?​


This is hard. So spam which we can categories in many ways, is basically posts that aren't wanted. So some examples might be (not saying they're always spam in our case, but as an owner of many forums I am member of many forum-management forums and we see this as a constant battle):-

Obvious ones that member spot
  • Viagra spam
  • Buy a lady from Vietnam spam
  • Gambling spam
  • Spam aimed at our obvious user base
So mainly male-aimed fake automated user accounts being created using scripts that then hammer a forum with new threads, posts in reply to threads they've worked out are ranking well, or even post on-topic (in our case electrical related, on the UK tiling forum, tiling-related), and then edit their profiles to include links to their sites they're promoting.

Reasons for spam / types of spam, might be:-
  • To physically get a member to click a link - so targeted topics aimed at what they assume is a lonely bloke
  • Some spam is just to get a link in a thread on an established forum - this will be things like 'visit our website to buy cheap bitcoin' and then the wording cheap bitcoin is a link. They're trying to increase a genuine bitcoin sites (sometimes) own ranking in Google, so they get some genuine natural traffic.
All of those are clocked quickly, if not automatically by our forum software, my coding, or actual regular members too! (thanks guys and gals), but also some outside help from the hacker industry, believe it or not there are some "white hat hackers" who just test for vulnerabilities in software to force the makers of the software to up their game, often getting bounty payments for doing so, and run consultancy businesses advising banks and the likes in their spare time!)

What's the worst type of 'unwanted posts' (or spam) on a UK Tiling Forum then?​


UK Tilers Forum

Well, the ones where brands or suppliers are giving away free tools and / or products in return for false-positive feedback on the forum, or in threads.

So false feedback is feedback that is fake. Positive feedback is feedback that will provide positive reviews online. False-positives are the two combined.

This happens in Google reviews, Tripadvisor reviews, it happens massively in Trusted Tradesmen related websites (quick backlink to our own site that's sitting dormant for now by the way, that's not a fake link added or something added by mistake) such as MyBuilder, CheckaTrade etc. By the way, CheckaTrade when you sign up to a new profile, encourage you to email all your "past customers" to leave positive reviews for your new account and profile. Time and time again my own research (including just asking members in our Tilers Arms sections on our forums etc) shows that the profile owner will without a doubt create 5+ gmail addresses the day they have their email from CheckaTrade saying email their customers, to leave their own false-positive reviews.

When does it become a problem for a UK Tiling Forum?​


When regular long-standing members start to say they are regular long standing members of a UK tiling forum and if said company sends them a free tile cutter worth £500, they will share it with their local tiler mate, and get them both leave false-positive reviews, along with pictures of it being used in jobs etc in return.

How do they get clocked by the UK Tiling Forum?​


The company supplying said product(s) get cocky and PM or email a few other regular members and ask them to do the same thing.

Awks Position For The Owner Now Then?​


---- no. I removed all their content, removed the company in question, and ----ed off a lot of regular members as I couldn't explain (due to data protection etc) what's really gone on.

So they start a forum of their own.

The company they plugged "sponsors" them. And they end up creating a new UK Tiling Forum that's littered with false-positives.

Not only that, they start coming back to our forums under new names as their own forum is so quiet and they're so used to expressing their views online that they aren't getting enough threads on their own forum to nurture their feels.

Protection or Retaliation? - Probably both​


I bought some domain names, and rank higher than they do for their own domain. And then some. I've created this article mainly to rank along side my blogs and sites I've made. But also to show you how we protect you and your advice.

We don't want false fake advice on our forums. And spam isn't always viagra spam. Sometimes it can be paid-for under-the-radar 'spam' (unwanted posts). And sometimes it can be the members who think they run the forum and can do anything on it, that lose the most when it happens.

Because our forums certainly don't lose traffic.

And I certainly don't let competitors off easy. That's my job. Stay number one. :)

UK Tiling Forum

So here are some links I need to post to this article. Check them out, they're not the best sites or blogs, but they rank where I need them to rank. And that's good enough for me. What took them 4 months to make one wordpress-based site, I made 6 wordpress sites in a day and every one ranks above theirs for different terms.

Cheers for reading this far. You didn't need to. I just needed a lot of words in this post. :)

You can help by replying to it with a few words and a question, so I can reply to that again with a question, and we make this 'article' a dozen or so posts long. That'd do it some good.

UK Tiling Forum Websites and Blogs and Things:-



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Electrical News | Electricians News - News and Articles for the Electrical Industry ***WANTED***

Electrical News | Electricians News - News and Articles for the Electrical Industry

News and Articles for the Electrical Industry - Electrical News / Electricians News and Information Wanted

Here are ElectriciansForums.net (formerly ElectriciansForums.co.uk) we've tried a few times to get some kind of workable article system linked in with the forum software we use. We use the worlds best forum software, and opted for the worlds best 'blogging' (news) software, WordPress.

We cleverly managed to hook up the two so that members of the forum could reply to articles we posted to the WordPress blog (electricians news site) - although it was clunky and cumbersome. And to be frank, people could tell it wasn't a forum thread and opted to see it as news separate to the actual forum and generally the traffic once it had fell off the 'What's New' page was very little from the forum (though, as it was the best news software going, it did rank well and bring a lot of unregistered traffic to us via Google and the likes).


Great news now though, the software we use for the forum have created an article system and built it direct into the software!


Thank god. The coding was getting annoying and time consuming.

We now have an Electrical News section right here so Electricians News can be read using the very same software we're already used to.


Here are some screen shots of the article system, if you're a regular you have probably seen this, but please do read on, as I've created some new features and wiggled some settings advertisement-wise. ;)

The Electrical News System Pictures​


I have tried to get these all in line, at least for laptops / PC's, or Tablets in landscape view, they'll perhaps look like clickable content on mobiles as they're pictures of the actual forum. So note that please. :)

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WE HAVE REMOVED ALL ADVERTISING, WHETHER GOOGLE OR OTHERWISE, FROM THE ELECTRICAL NEWS AREA!​


Yes, you read that right. We will not be showing any advertising at all in the Electricians News area of the forum for quite some time.

We want ANY electrical company, electrical manufacturer, electrical wholesaler, electrical supplier, trade or otherwise, to come and post their electrical news to the forum themselves for free. Forever.​


This content we do NOT want to create revenue from at all. We want all companies to have a place to go where they advertise their new products, their new smoking policy at their offices, their new supplier they've just got deals with, their new whatever.

We should be this kind of hub, and aspire to be that. But we just get carried away waffling on about electrical stuff. And I just keep nipping over here straightening things out, fixing bugs, then send some invoices out for sponsorship, keep the bills paid, and we've done this for years and it has worked.

But we really are something else now. In the league of forums as a whole, like ALL FORUMS all types all categories all topics, we are well up there with the best of them with this forum. Our traffic is mental. Millions of new pairs of eyes every month, and we just see all the regular same ones chatting, and that's cool, but we, or I rather, need to step it up a gear.

The advertising around articles would put some companies off from posting. So I think they need to go. And should be gone now. The Google ads are mental full stop right now, but it's keeping our bills paid. You're welcome to subscribe and that removes them, or just use an ad-blocker, that's fine with me. But they should start being dialled back a lot soon as shops start opening up again and whatnot so bidding for the spots starts getting better again etc.

Anyway, thought I'd plug this, I'll send an email out about it.

Please spread the news - we want all news to be posted here.

I'll come up with some basic rules to stop articles being spammy. And we'll still need to not allow said companies to just post in the forums with their news and push products etc in reply to threads. Sponsors only for that. But the electrical news area here needs using well. And by all.

Hope you're all staying safe.

Electricians Forums Now Using AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) for Small Screen Devices

- Get even faster Electrical Advice using Electricians Forums and 'Accelerated Mobile Pages' or AMP
  • Uses less data when you're out and about but still need electrical advice
  • Can access the greatest database of electrical advice quickly and easily


Find Electrical Advice using Google AMP

Google your electrical problems and you should eventually once we're indexed right find our AMP pages listed at the top of the search results as a box with the thread title in it, and some of the posts, and you scroll to the right to see more similar threads, choose the one that sounds right, and hit the box you think seems right for you and it'll load the pages as follows:-

Electrical Advice using AMPSo this one shows you the header (top) of the page with the 'burger' (three lines) menu button which when you click pops out with the main menu bits in it.

There's an image at the bottom of this post with the menu popped out.

Then there's the threads which get slimmed right down so that they're able to be processed instantly on your mobile devices. No page flicking around on AMP.

You can see that you can click a page number to get to any page of that thread.



Find Electrical Advice FasterThis next one shows you further down the thread. It strips the username area of all its goodies we're used to. But it's meant to do that. Its only focus is to load really fast.

We get displayed differently in Google rankings when we have AMP pages to show electrical advice threads in. So you'll search for a term, find our massive box at the top of page one of Google, which will then allow you to scroll across to the right and see various threads and posts containing what you've searched for so you can easily select the one most related to what you want.

At this point when you're on the electrical advice thread you want, you can click to switch to full page if you want, or just read the thread super fast to see where it is actually the one you wanted, if not, click back, pick another.


Electricians Advice Forums Menu System

This is the menu system. Similar to our mobile view already.

We so far only have around 200 threads converted to AMP. And then Google will need to index them, it should start doing that as it finds more threads that are AMP-ready. So it'll be a while until we see the full benefits of this faster electrical advice finding system. But it's a good 'un for sure.

CLICK HERE TO SEE AN ACTUAL AMP PAGE IN ACTION.

I'll list a few others as I clock them.

Electrical Videos; Please add all the videos you have to the forum

We've had our Electrical Videos section running for a while now and we proudly host a massive 4 videos. Whaaaat? Only 4?!?!​

Apparently so. Just the 4 then. The rest being embedded.

Electrical Videos | Electricians Forums Videos

Uploaded media: 4
Embedded media: 116
Comments: 62

Wondering if we can all give this a bit of a nudge and add all and any electrical videos you have on your devices. Perhaps you have already added them to YouTube or some other media site and can simply quickly embed them to our forum so our members can comment on them without needing to be registered to the existing host etc.

Also, the new forum software has an awesome layout for the videos and comments. The developers are really working hard on this area of the forums as every single device that's viewing forums these days is also a video camera.

Electricians Forums Videos

How to add an electrical video to the forum​

To add an electrical video to the forum simple visit the Video area, and click "Add Media".

Electrician's Videos | Electrical Videos and How-To Guide Vlogs - https://www.electriciansforums.net/media/

Hoping we can double our 4 videos this month lol :D

Will see eh?

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