How to get around forum signature links?

by TroyCo
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Hi guys, I have read case studies before where people removed their forum signature links and immediately started to rank better and get more traffic from search.

Has anybody here noticed something similar? If so, how do you get around the negative effect on your SEO?

I have considered using a throwaway domain with links to my blog posts or using something like a blogger blog for the same thing. Just curious what you've seen about signature links and what you've done to still get the benefits of a forum without using a direct link in your sig.

Thanks!
#forum #links #signature
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    First off, most forum signature links are nofollow, so they would have no effect on SEO, positive or negative.

    There probably are a few forums left out there with followed link profiles. It is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that removing them is going to help you link better. Google places little to no value on any link you can place yourself, such as forum signature links (or any forum links, for that matter). Of course, they won't help you rank, either. If you have a manual penalty message in your Search Console, then maybe eliminating them would help (you'd have to have a ton of them and a link profile made up mostly of those and other easy to place links to get penalized for them, though).

    I'd sure like to see those "case studies". I can't imagine they are from a reputable place. Either that, or you are totally misinterpreting the study.

    The benefit of a forum is not any SEO value of a link. It is becoming a respected member of that forum and then having some people purchase from your site because of your reputation - not because of any rankings boost the link gave your site (which is none).
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  • Profile picture of the author KylieSweet
    Most of the forum members overlooked one of the most important benefits in joining forums which is to gain knowledge and experience from your favorite field.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    You didn't rank with forum sigs so you didn't lose rank because of forum sigs.

    Avoid whoever made the case studies.
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  • Profile picture of the author webcrest123
    Forum links are useful for SEO & It can create a trail of links for people to follow your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Blakers1
    Honestly, if you want to test this and do your own case study, just remove the links under your forum settings, do a Fetch as Google, and wait a few weeks to see what happens.

    As others have already pointed out, I'm fairly certain you won't see any significant change at all. The only SEO metrics that this is going to have any chance of influencing are your anchor text ratios and follow versus nofollow ratio.

    Backlinks from forum signatures do not pass SEO value.
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