Matt Cutts, Google SEO: Remove Link Anchor Text In Forum Signatures

by sparkah 29 replies
Guys... it took me a while to remember to post this.

About a month ago, I saw a Google Webmaster video where matt cutts said he would penalize or filter out forum links if they had keyword anchor text.

If anyone else saw that video, I'd love a link to it. I couldn't find it again. Anyways... FYI...
#search engine optimization #anchor #cutts #forum #google #link #matt #remove #seo #signatures #text
  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Rigley
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    I didn't see it myself, but if it's true, my response is "meh". I don't care much about my SEO. I post in forums to attract real people, not search bots.
  • Profile picture of the author sparkah
    yeah... you DO practice what you preach... your anchor text is "click here" =D
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  • Profile picture of the author John Collins
    Is this what you're looking for? How do I know which links to remove when I get an "unnatural links" message?
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    [sarcastically paraphrasing Matt Cutts] "Over time, we are trying to 'exhaust' every link that is not beneficial to our mass marketing platform... so, it boils down to this; we can't quite tell you 'which of your links' are bad... but we can tell you; that we are on a mission to eradicate any and or all potential threats to our monopolization and systematical detraction of what is? and what is not? acceptable for you, the webmaster to be privileged to do in our information universe." [...end of paraphrasing sarcasm]

    I gave up on trying to please 'G' in terms of SEO, for it's almost like dealing with a bi-polar drunk on a Saturday night at the Irish Pub! - Makes me a wee bit angry, it does, it does, lol.

    However, the video basically confirms; they want webmasters to 'earn' relative backlinks, as opposed to purchasing or manipulating the SERP's... and at times it makes sense... let the best, most relevant content rank higher than those who fudge a bunch of backlinks, like was so with article directories.

    *Not sure that video fits the description of 'signature links' (?) - either way, I had fun with it.

    And with that I bid thee Goodnight!
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    • Profile picture of the author AlphaWarrior
      Originally Posted by art72 View Post

      I gave up on trying to please 'G' in terms of SEO, for it's almost like dealing with a bi-polar drunk on a Saturday night at the Irish Pub! - Makes me a wee bit angry, it does, it does, lol.
      Lots & lots of LOL! But it is really true.
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      Originally Posted by superman1231 View Post

      LOL google dumb dumbs.... and this is why seo with google is so easy.... RUN BY MORONS. Good to know they waste time on stupid videos than actually doing work.
      Last I heard, those "morons" were making billions of dollars.

      How's your business going?
  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    This thread is only going to get more views than replies.

    Stop worrying about Matt and focus on building a sustainable business model.

    I'm sure this dude also own an Internet business that relies on SEO since he knows the ins and outs. Scaring you away leaves him with virtually no rival.
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Originally Posted by jacksarlo View Post

    He will check every forum post one by one for all forums on the web?? or new algorithm will ignore backlinks from forums?

    You should provide link to video so this is clear.
    It wouldn't be too difficult to figure out a forum web page, a large percentage of forums use either vBulletin or phpBB, both leave a huge footprint. Personally I could care less what they do with forums/SEO, I use niche forums for direct niche traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    Meh, I don't use forum Sigs for SEO, I use them to drive traffic to my offers.

    Google should change their tampon
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  • Profile picture of the author TrustedSEO
    Great post topic.. I don't think Google is really focusing on this right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by TrustedSEO View Post

      Great post topic.. I don't think Google is really focusing on this right now.
      Then how on earth is it a great post topic?

      People mix up what cutts says, and what official google statements say, then
      put it in a bowl, mix, and a new revelation from some seo guru comes
      out that has people on their knees praying. Why not just ignore
      the stuff and do some research for the REAL thing? No, that would
      be too hard.

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  • Profile picture of the author sparkah
    yeah... i'll look for that specific quote... he DIRECTLY mentioned forum signature links with anchor keyword text
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