Forum Profile Backlinks... Are they really all that?

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Hey Guys,

I've noticed many of the people I've outsourced recently when asked to create forum backlinks (assuming they would be posting in threads) have instead created forum "profile" backlinks instead of actual forum posts that include the link in a sig box. (I've since learned to be more specific in my job posts)

Now my question is what are your opinions of this backlinking strategy? Is it safer/better than forum posting in threads with links? Considering the links are essentially hidden this way and there's less risk of the account being removed due to a subpar post (especially outsourced forum posting where English issues may be very common )

To me it still seems like a subpar strategy and I'm surprised to see it being used as much as it is, as I figure the real juice is in a post on a page that carries the PR, posting a backlink in a hidden forum profile means its never going to really go anywhere in terms of PR. Even if its on a high PR domain in my understanding page PR is everything.

Am I wrong in thinking this way?

I'm very interested to hear what you guys have to say on all of this. Am I still better off continuing to focus on having posts created on forums or is this worth doing/outsourcing?


My apologies as well if this has been discussed to death already, I'm still a little wet behind the ears here and the search function didn't bring up any relevant discussions on this that I could find. If there are any I'd happily accept a link to the thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaktimaan
    Originally Posted by Palaecro View Post

    Now my question is what are your opinions of this backlinking strategy? Is it safer/better than forum posting in threads with links? Considering the links are essentially hidden this way and there's less risk of the account being removed due to a subpar post (especially outsourced forum posting where English issues may be very common )
    If it is a relevant forum then you can drop the link directly in thread. If it is irrelevant then do not drop links in threads, Moderator will delete your account.

    Originally Posted by Palaecro View Post

    To me it still seems like a subpar strategy and I'm surprised to see it being used as much as it is, as I figure the real juice is in a post on a page that carries the PR, posting a backlink in a hidden forum profile means its never going to really go anywhere in terms of PR. Even if its on a high PR domain in my understanding page PR is everything.

    Am I wrong in thinking this way?
    Read this blog post, Backlink Myth 1: Pagerank Mass Confusion.
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  • Profile picture of the author ppcIcon
    Profile backlinks are faster to setup in bulk with some tools, and if the forum owner doesnt purge inactive accounts they may well stay live for some time. But this method is all about quantity not quantity for sure. It's an attempt to stay "under the radar".
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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    I actually used this method to get some very high ranking profile links and got some awesome results with it. I would say that it probably won't last forever but it sure as heck won't hurt.
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    • Profile picture of the author jaysteven84
      profile backlinks is still very powerful. it doesn't matter if exact profile page have no PR, if domain has like PR7 your links will be indexed within 24H. I have used these on brand new sites and got very good results
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