Does signature link in forums has any worth?

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Hi,

I like to ask if we use signature links in forums with relevant discussion will the signature link have any worth?

Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    It will have worth for forum users who are interested in your product/service.

    If you're talking about SEO, they are no-follow links, so they will have little to no backlink value for SEO.
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    • Profile picture of the author entf007
      Where do I set this signature...I subscribed for the Use Signatures option...But I don't; see an option to set the signature anywhere.
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      • Profile picture of the author Artkantos
        Originally Posted by entf007 View Post

        Where do I set this signature...I subscribed for the Use Signatures option...But I don't; see an option to set the signature anywhere.
        Have you tried in your control panel?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    As with most things, a few people get great results with forum signature links, a few more people get some degree of results, and the majority of people trying to do it will get little or no results.

    If you want results, do lots of research about people who are succeeding with this, learn from them and keep testing.

    One idea for an alternative approach to something similar . . . build your own community . . . if you leverage yourself as leader and influencer, you can get great results relatively quickly, and, if you understand how to do this really well, you can almost guarantee results with this approach.

    For example, I know of someone making over a million dollars a month from a single FaceBook Group . . . if you invest a few hundred dollars effectively in initially building the group, it can then grow organically, and all you need to do is occasionally post something the members really need (the group is for people who have a specific strong need), and you can get great results.

    A mini-group can also work really well . . . building a group for a specific training series (such as a 5 day video training), then closing it down shortly afterwards. What you do is give a lot of good free training, then promote a paid course at the end of the training to help people get better results, and a lot of the members will buy the course. Each day of the training you can tell members to post about what they valued most from that days training, to keep the group busy and buzzing.

    One expert I know makes between $1 million and $2 million a year from a private group. What he does is give valuable free training each week, then just once or twice a year he posts about a paid course, and he makes a fortune when he does that.

    So consider various different approaches to leveraging the power of groups and communities.

    Keep exploring, learning and testing!

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author kilgore
      Originally Posted by Abdul Azeem Shah View Post

      Hi,

      I like to ask if we use signature links in forums with relevant discussion will the signature link have any worth?

      Thank you
      I'd respectfully suggest that you're asking the wrong question. The measly $5 investment in a forum signature is immaterial. The question is whether it's worth it to invest the time in forum marketing, something that is (or should be) worth a lot more than $5. Moreover, if you're so unsure of your way forward that a $5 expense is worth writing a forum post about, you probably need to spend more time thinking about your business strategy. You've already used more than $5 worth of your time to write the post, wait for, and read through all the answers.

      A good business should be experimental -- in a very literal way. So if you have an idea (like using forum marketing to acquire traffic) you treat it as a hypothesis, formulating a way to test it and then evaluate that test. Of course, not every hypothesis is worth testing (more on forum marketing specifically below), but $5 shouldn't be the deciding factor in whether or not a hypothesis is worth testing.

      All that said...

      Personally, I think forum marketing isn't a particularly good investment of time, though I admit I'm biased: I have nothing to do with MMO (either as a seller or a buyer). The short story is that it's not really a scalable activity. For instance, over time you should hopefully be able to grow your website traffic, your social media presence and your email lists. So maybe today when you send an email 25 people see it. But in 5 years, maybe that's 25,000. And in 10 maybe it's 250,000. (Note that growth is not linear!) With a forum post, on the other hand, you'll still only reach however many people happen to see what you've written, a number that won't likely change significantly from year one to year ten.

      You might sell me on forum marketing in the very, very early stages of a business -- when literally nobody knows who you are and you're trying to get that first handful of followers/customers so that you can generate some great word-of-mouth recommendations. But even here I think there are better uses of your time (such as leveraging your business, social and family networks or even just buying ads). Regardless, as a long run strategy, it's too time intensive to be an effective use of your energy.

      Originally Posted by Chris- View Post

      For example, I know of someone making over a million dollars a month from a single FaceBook Group . . .
      No, you don't actually know someone who makes over $1 million/month from a single Facebook Group. Mark Zuckerberg isn't paying him/her a seven-figure salary to run that group, so your friend is doing more than just running that group. Probably a lot more.

      Whether your friend is creating products, soliciting donations, affiliate marketing or whatever, there is undoubtedly a deeper, more involved business model at play here than simply running a Facebook Group. Which isn't to say that I think you're wrong that building your own community is likely to be more effective than trying to bottom-feed off of someone else's (see above), but a community is only one piece of a business model. It can be an important -- or in certain cases even critical -- piece, but it's just part of the picture. And the real question the OP needs to answer is what pieces he needs for his own business to succeed -- and of course, how those pieces will fit together.

      I get that you probably know all this and you didn't really mean that running a Facebook Group was all your friend does. But because beginners don't have this sort of knowledge and experience, I fear they see things like "$12 million/year running a Facebook Group" and focus narrowly on that, instead of trying to understand how a Facebook Group might (or might not) advance their own business goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdFlex
    Forum signatures are essential because you can have links to your products or websites. Some forums do not allow links in the threads or posts, there you can use links in your signature to have others click on them and get to your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author sumitnirala
      Of course not. Forum links ain't be essential. Forum links are just for telling other Forum members about your service/product if they are interested in it.
      Some years back the forum links have SEO value and were used for link building.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jadadad
    Yes, as long as someone needs it, he will click, even if no one clicks you have nothing to lose. You'd better add a description to your signature link.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by Jadadad View Post

      Yes, as long as someone needs it, he will click, even if no one clicks you have nothing to lose.
      Other than credibility. The comments in posts should be congruent with the service or product being promoted in the sig. Or at least not be counter productive.

      All too often we see posts that show members don't really have a grasp of the topic that according to their sig they're supposedly expert in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Artkantos
    Originally Posted by Abdul Azeem Shah View Post

    Hi,

    I like to ask if we use signature links in forums with relevant discussion will the signature link have any worth?

    Thank you
    For 5$ if it gives you some extra exposure, why not? Seems like a good deal to me, it depends on your strategy if it's more or less effective
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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    Originally Posted by Abdul Azeem Shah View Post

    Hi,
    I like to ask if we use signature links in forums with relevant discussion will the signature link have any worth?
    Thank you
    The Warrior Forum is a marketplace. You could spend a lot of money here, buying WSO and even War Room (I quit it)...and placing ads in different sections.

    But hands down, a 5 buck signature file here is the BEST bargain they offer. Even if you only use it once in awhile, like I do, it has, over the years been worth thousands of dollars in lifetime values of customers, and even more valuable in getting lists made.

    So, yea, get one...IF, you have either something to contribute, or are offering something of value to a segment of Warriors.

    GordonJ
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Well it works but you need to come with value and dont just post to increase your post and shorter post . You need to come with value and help people and then they will check your offer .Also your offer needs to be relevant to the interest of people
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSEO
    Depends on the financial status of the board visitors and your signature. I mean if you sell a real good thing, so you may expect some sales...
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Forum Signature links are nofollow mostly. It does not have any SEO value as the links in signature won't pass the link juice. However, it is a good way to drive some referral traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    Forum signatures work if you are active in a forum that is relevant to your niche AND you are leaving QUALITY comments. As others mentioned, the SEO value is NIL, but you will get some clicks if your signature is catchy and relevant to the readers.

    I wouldn't use it as a primary or my only marketing strategy, but leaving a few comments per week CONSISTENTLY, week in and week out, will definitely send you some traffic.
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