Search Engine Watch Forums Now Offline

Feb 11, 2014 • 8:16 am | comments (15) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEO & SEM Forum News

Last night, I stopped by the old Search Engine Watch Forums, which launched just under ten years ago and I noticed it was offline.

Here is what I saw:

Search Engine Watch Forums Now Offline

I thought maybe it was a hiccup and I'd try back in the morning. But it still seems to be offline.

The forums launched in June 2004 under the original leadership of Danny Sullivan and the Search Engine Watch team. Slowly over the years, the forum has died out. Forums in general are competing against social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and others. So for forums to survive these days, it takes a lot of effort.

It still might be a hiccup as to why the forums are offline but I suspect it was a conscious decision to take them down.

Forum discussion at Google+.

Update: About 24 hours later, the site is back online.

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Melissa Mackey

02/11/2014 01:30 pm

The end of an era. I got my start in search from reading forums, first at Doug Heil's Ihelpyou and then at SEW. Sad to see it go but I have to admit, I haven't been to the forums in years. All the action is happening in social: FB, Twitter, LI, etc.

Stuart David

02/11/2014 01:31 pm

Strange one, as does same here, but if you force a 404 brings up a page instead of the not avail message


02/11/2014 02:38 pm

More signs of death in the seo industry.

Adam Heaton

02/11/2014 04:37 pm



02/11/2014 05:12 pm

As usual...all of the SEO is Dead people really don't get it. :) SEO is not dead, it's just changing. Those who keep up with the changes will thrive...those who can't...well...

Adam Heaton

02/11/2014 05:18 pm

But clearly SEO is dead, right? I mean, this clearly shows that SEO is dead! ;)


02/11/2014 05:53 pm

Hahaha @disqus_LqEPq9CXvv:disqus ... yeah...sure! Perhaps ;)


02/11/2014 05:53 pm

Hahaha Adam...yeah...sure...perhaps ;)

Nick Ker

02/11/2014 08:22 pm

The phrase "SEO is Dead" appears 4 times on this page so it MUST be true!

Linda Buquet

02/11/2014 08:35 pm

I was a mod there years ago. But I have not been there for a couple years and never see posts from there show up anywhere, so I didn't even think it was still alive.

Adam Heaton

02/12/2014 09:02 am

If you say it 3 times it'll happen, so 4 times we are definitely in big trouble!

Patti Paz

02/12/2014 12:53 pm

IF SEO is dead, what happens to all those former SEO experts that got most of the websites in the trouble they find themselves in with Google?

ashutosh rajput

02/12/2014 12:57 pm

Soon Google will Die...........i am waiting for that day

Nick Ker

02/12/2014 01:03 pm



02/12/2014 07:38 pm

Jill Whalen left SEO and now everything is dying! It's about time we had some turnover.

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