I relaunched the BrewPoll Home Brewing and Craft Beer News site after a major overhaul of the site this week. BrewPoll is a social media site for beer fans where you can share your favorite sites and stories about home brewing, craft beer, and general beer brewing news. The upgraded site is running a new generation of software and has a much cleaner look, and a lot less spam. I hope the new site will attract beer and brewing fans who enjoy learning the latest in beer and home brewing news.
BrewPoll is a “digg-like” social site where you can submit you own stories or bookmarks to your favorite web sites and resources. It is intended for beer lovers as well as home brewers to share news, stories, tips, and useful resources.
New stories initially go to the “upcoming news” page where they are voted on. Once a story gets a few votes, it is promoted to the “published news” page where it appears on the front page and in our RSS feed. You don’t need an account to vote on the site – just click on the vote buttons. To submit a story, you do need to create an account, but that can easily be done by clicking on the “Register” button in the top right of the site.
Good News For Bloggers and Website Owners
While it may take some time to build up traffic again for BrewPoll, the site does offer some advantages if you own a beer or brewing website. In addition to the direct traffic from BrewPoll visitors, BrewPoll itself is a page-rank 3 website with what is called “do-follow” links. So if your story gets published on the front page, you get a page-rank 3 link back to your site or story, which will help you with search engine optimization and web site authority for sites like Google. Google loves backlinks.
Some blogs also republish our RSS feed on their site or sidebar, so your stories may be featured there as well.
Why The Changes?
I launched BrewPoll two years ago, and while it did well at first, I had major problems with spamming particularly in the last year. Because BrewPoll does draw a moderate amount of traffic and is a page-rank 3 site in Google, it became a popular site for spammers creating backlinks for various unseemly products. Unfortunately, it reached a point where I was unable to keep up with a number of automated bots attacking the site, particularly on the upcoming page.
So this Fall I took the site down for several weeks so I could delete as much of the spam as possible, upgrade the software to integrate multiple layers of protection and then relaunch the site. Most importantly, I put in a manual moderation system so all stories are moderated before they appear in the “upcoming stories” page.
Submit and Vote on Your Favorite Story, Tip or Web Site Here
Visit BrewPoll.com – and don’t forget to vote on the Upcoming News as well as your favorite Published stories to push them to the top. I welcome your submissions as well as long as they are related to beer or brewing.
Thank you for visiting the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog – Have a great brewing week!
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