Regular readers know that I’m a psychiatrist and addiction doc – not a computer guy. When I started writing about Suboxone and buprenorphine twelve years ago, there were few other people writing about the medication. Of course heroin addiction was just taking off, and fentanyl was confined to operating rooms.
I put together a couple sites that skyrocketed in readers. The most-used was SuboxForum, where we discussed controversial issues like ‘is Suboxone a drug for a drug’, and ‘do the films hurt your teeth?’
I did not work on SEO stuff, because (in case I didn’t say) I’m a psychiatrist. I watched my sites fall below sites that had almost no content, that only advertised spa-like treatment programs that have been proven not to work for treating opioid addiction. Many web sites ‘scraped’ my posts and content, or took feeds from the forum, and posted them as content on their own sites – that scored above the native sites.
Google always says ‘don’t worry about SEO; just have good content and we’ll find you!’ I can attest that in this corner of the internet, they don’t do a good job of separating the posers and scammers from real content.
There are a couple other forums out there that were big in the past, and now sit dormant or dead. They still rank for questions about buprenorphine. I’ve decided that I need a hobby, so I’m going to try to get the numbers up at SuboxForum. If you haven’t been there for a while, stop by! We are still at the same place, with some software upgrades… but we have many of the same people you knew years ago. Our main mission, of course, is to help the newcomer learn about an important medication… so if you’re wondering how the medication works or other questions, stop by.
I’m a psychiatrist (if I didn’t say that before). So I don’t collect info and sell it to spammers. The software needs you to give your email to sign up, but get a free anonymous one and use that.
Hope to see you there.