I've spent 7 years and 13,000 post to build a forum in the niche market of foot and ankle care. The forum is a wonderful resource for patients who who have either sustained injuries or who are contemplating surgery.
Problem is, many of my pages are in the sandbox. Sure, many of them are indexed (according to Google) but try searching for them and they'll invariably have poor returns on SERP.
Ah, but put a simple post on the same topic on a Wordpress blog and you'll have virtually instant recognition on the first page of SERP's.
Any suggestions on how to bolster the search results for forums? One thing I've tried that may be suggestive of a gateway page is to write about a condition in our blog and hyperlink to it in our forum. So if I get a good post in the forum, I link to it from the blog. But that just seems like it's defeating the intent of organic search.
Any suggestions on how to optimize forums to stay out of the sandbox?