Forum backlinks - worth it?

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I read here many uses forum to build backlinks. While the main page of the forum has PR 5 rank, the individual threads/posts as well as the profile page where we create our profiles does not have any ranks.

So is it worth to create a profile in a page that does not have any PR ranking? Also most can only accommodate only an url and don't have the place for an anchor text

I see Paula and angela list is popular here. Just would like to know member's success with fourms
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  • Profile picture of the author cheaterscode
    of course forums posting is still effective. What is not good for me about paul and angela packet is that many link builder will use the list and make a link out it and for me this will be a red flag for Google
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    • Profile picture of the author madhav
      Originally Posted by cheaterscode View Post

      of course forums posting is still effective. What is not good for me about paul and angela packet is that many link builder will use the list and make a link out it and for me this will be a red flag for Google


      No, this is an effective method for backlinks from profile creation but not very popular. Profiles on good trusted sites also counts as a backlinks. If your profle is not counted as a backlinks atleast all the readers recognize you from your profile.
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  • Profile picture of the author we_got_tops
    Are you talking about backlinks in your user profile? I don't think that even counts as a link and this isn't what people are talking about. It's all about the signature links.
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  • Profile picture of the author ambalaldarji
    Forum posting is very effective method in SEO. Of course you can get huge benefit by participating forums.
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    • Profile picture of the author seopackages
      About a week ago or so with a heritage forum Mr. In fact some of the test that was only a forum for links to specific pages, the page will not be indexed by Google after the index is more than three weeks. I found my anchor text to fall dramatically last week and I know it was a signal forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author VladWorks
    Even better is to seek and find your own links like Paul and Angela...Its not really hard at all. If you find untapped forums and networks you can get even more link juice then using paul and angelas like everyone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author coolgirl
    Forum signature tags is the best way to build backlinks through forum posting. Forums allow you to have signatures that display at the bottom of every post.

    By placing a little bit of information about your website in your signature with a hyperlink you are developing backlinks on every post. If your posts in the forum catch the interest of someone there is a chance they will click on the hyperlink in your signature and you have effectively created traffic to your site.


    Of course, the key to this strategy is that you are a regular member in forums on the internet. If you are already a regular poster on a forum you can begin to implement this strategy to begin building traffic to your site. However, if you are not a member of any forums, find one that interests you and relates to your website and join. Then you too can also use the forum posting backlink method.

    Most forums will allow you to create a signature tag line to your posts, and you can find this in their member's area and you will have the ability to add and edit forum signatures in this section. So what should you place in your signature? Your signature should have your real name, a hyperlink URL to your website, and a brief description of the service or product you are offer.
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    • Profile picture of the author rinor81
      OK,
      Let's say we have links to our sites in our signature. Still, it's a NO-Follow link, so we don't really get any juice, therefore besides maybe traffic (which is the most important thing in IM) I don't think we get link juice from signature links in forum - just like here
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      • Profile picture of the author SEOlover
        Originally Posted by rinor81 View Post

        OK,
        Let's say we have links to our sites in our signature. Still, it's a NO-Follow link, so we don't really get any juice, therefore besides maybe traffic (which is the most important thing in IM) I don't think we get link juice from signature links in forum - just like here
        Do you want to say it's not the best way of web site promoting?
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      • Profile picture of the author danifae
        I keep on reading about Angela's links. Who is Angela? Where can I find her? I tried with the search but I couldn't find out. Thanks for your help!
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      • Profile picture of the author Neil K
        Originally Posted by rinor81 View Post

        OK,
        Let's say we have links to our sites in our signature. Still, it's a NO-Follow link, so we don't really get any juice, therefore besides maybe traffic (which is the most important thing in IM) I don't think we get link juice from signature links in forum - just like here
        I don't think Warrior Forum is a nofollow signature link site. I just checked the page source and saw there was no nofollow tag on signature links. ( I may be wrong, feel free to correct me if I am)

        So how about identifying other forums that are not no-follow in sigs?
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    • Profile picture of the author stumpy
      If you sign up as a new member of a forum and make a few posts with links in your signature it seems like you usually get your account deleted. You need to be a regular long time member of the forum first. But, if you want to get links from hundreds of different forums that will not work as you only have time to participate in a very few.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tools
    Forum posting is without doubt still very effective. And it does not matter if the page on which your link appears has a PR 0. Think about it in this way.Google still values highly an article on ezinearticles.com which comes from a PR 0.
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    Even more important...forums are a source of semi-targeted traffic if you are in one that relates to your niche. It is all about whether or not your sig link directly relates to the wants or needs of the forum members.

    I'll take targeted traffic above all else.
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  • Profile picture of the author tobby22
    Forum posting still helps,there are a lot of forums for each niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author awanthika
    Getting backlinks from forum posting is one of the mot effective methods, because of the exposure forums usually get.
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  • Profile picture of the author hectoth
    would it effective for mobile site as well you guys reckon? or do you think mobile ad network like mobgold, admob, etc work better ?
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    • Profile picture of the author caseydon
      Originally Posted by hectoth View Post

      would it effective for mobile site as well you guys reckon? or do you think mobile ad network like mobgold, admob, etc work better ?
      unles the forum is available for mobile i'd guess why not it is effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author Myheavens
    Yes, forums links works but you also need some other ways to build backlinks too as it will look natural..
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  • Profile picture of the author Dani P
    Yes forum posting works well and the links show up quickly.
    I have registered on one forums that I havent posted in and it does link to your profile page, so you get one link from your profile page and the others are from your posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Colvin
    Yes backlinks from forum profiles do work and work well.
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  • Profile picture of the author sam236
    Forum backlinks is worth it and it also help to increase your rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimkirk1943
    One thing to remember about posting on a forum with your backlink as the signature is that the page you are posting on is ALREADY indexed by google so your link could be adding juice to your site in hours.

    But profile backlinks like Paul & Angelas you are creating a new page a `profile` page about yourself and this page is NOT indexed and it could and mostly will take along time for google to find this page sometimes it never will be found and of course if google hasn`t indexed it your backlink wont count.
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  • Profile picture of the author 0b1
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    Originally Posted by Love_Money View Post

    I read here many uses forum to build backlinks. While the main page of the forum has PR 5 rank, the individual threads/posts as well as the profile page where we create our profiles does not have any ranks.

    So is it worth to create a profile in a page that does not have any PR ranking? Also most can only accommodate only an url and don't have the place for an anchor text

    I see Paula and angela list is popular here. Just would like to know member's success with fourms
    Hi,
    I just recently begun using Forum Profile links and they are great. I have a page i wanted to rank so badly, not move up the search engine despite the constant backlinks using UAW (unique Article Wizard). Its true the forum profile pages often have no ranks in them but believe me for some reason they work very well.

    also once you've inserted your links in your Profile pages you need to help get the that url Indexed for the backlink to count. Some backlinks can take days if not weeks. But there are many tools available to do just that.

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    • Profile picture of the author arttse
      Originally Posted by 0b1 View Post



      Its crucial to get them indexed to count

      -Brandon Sean
      that statement isnt true at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author 0b1
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        Originally Posted by arttse View Post

        that statement isnt true at all.
        Hi,

        I wished it was not true myself :p, but I've seen through experience for several linking campaigns, I use scrapebox to check indexation, if the % of links indexed are high the affects can be seen very fast VS campaigns with low % of links indexed.

        Though I have read in some articles that contrary to the amount of tools helping get your backlinks indexed, that you only need to get them spidered.

        But I think to really confirm we should start a small experiment to see if it matters. I think i will start doing it myself soon .

        -Brandon Sean
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      • Profile picture of the author jimkirk1943
        Originally Posted by arttse View Post

        that statement isnt true at all.
        Can you explain why you feel that its not important to have the profile page indexed ?
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    • Profile picture of the author razorhound
      Originally Posted by 0b1 View Post

      Hi,
      I just recently begun using Forum Profile links and they are great. I have a page i wanted to rank so badly, not move up the search engine despite the constant backlinks using UAW (unique Article Wizard). Its true the forum profile pages often have no ranks in them but believe me for some reason they work very well.

      also once you've inserted your links in your Profile pages you need to help get the that url Indexed for the backlink to count. Some backlinks can take days if not weeks. But there are many tools available to do just that.

      backlink booster - Mthly subscription
      backlink index Express - WP plugin $47 ( one time payment)
      Backlink Energizer (i use this one) - WP plugin $ 37-47 (one time payment)

      Its crucial to get them indexed to count

      -Brandon Sean
      Hey I just checked I thought backlink booster is $67 one time fee?

      Cheers,
      Bryan
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      • Profile picture of the author 0b1
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        Originally Posted by razorhound View Post

        Hey I just checked I thought backlink booster is $67 one time fee?

        Cheers,
        Bryan
        Hi Bryan,

        yeap your right I made a mistake there

        -Brandon Sean
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  • Profile picture of the author biggame5
    That a good question you have me wondering now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Love_Money
    Thanks everyone for educating me. I am learning a lot about forum links
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  • Profile picture of the author diggs11
    use dofollow forums for quick backlinks its very popular ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Computers
    With me backlinks from forum posting is one of the mot effective methods. Almost my visitor come from link on some forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author threenine
    I had always wondered whether it was worth the time. It's good to get some clear advice, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author jhonsean
    Its the signature links that will count in gaining quality backlinks from your good informative and appreciated comments in forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mozzyweb
    Actually I have noticed that posting hyperlinks in the signature helps to increase LP mass to your new site. This builds trust in Google eyes. But avoid using anchors! This might lead to a penalty. Or at least you should use diluted anchors.
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    • Profile picture of the author threenine
      Originally Posted by Mozzyweb View Post

      Actually I have noticed that posting hyperlinks in the signature helps to increase LP mass to your new site. This builds trust in Google eyes. But avoid using anchors! This might lead to a penalty. Or at least you should use diluted anchors.
      What is LP mass & anchors?
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  • Even though the pageranks for the actual threads/posts might not be high, when I check my referral link actually says warriorforum.com I believe google tracks it from the actual URL and not the actual post/thread. I've already got 2 referral links from WF today thanks all!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Yes forum links are still worth it. Just make sure that going forward you mix your links. Theres no point in getting stuck with only one kind of link. As your presence grows and you have repeat visitors then you will want to have many kinds of links some of which will be natural because your content/user experience is good (or should be).

      Unfortunately people tend not to concentrate on quality in their site and no one wants to return. This is NOT the way forward. Sure if you rank number one for a term that has say 5,000 searches you will get a few thousand visits per month. Lets say 3,000 but if you build something that people want to come back to then its

      3,000 next month plus say 200 returning visitors
      3,000 the next month and 300 returning visitors
      etc.

      As your site grows you will find yourself eventually with more traffic returning than new visitors. So even for traffic you should be thinking about having a user experience with content that gets natural links and grows your traffic not just relying on profile links.
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  • Profile picture of the author BenDin77
    Any backlinks are good...but try to go for contextual backlinks..

    Seeing very good results with these kind of backlinks
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    • Profile picture of the author affone
      Is there an advantage to using a text link vs. a url link in a signature?
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  • Profile picture of the author JermeyBrown
    My personal experience with forums is very good, they helps in improving SERP, also some good PR forum links have great value.
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  • Profile picture of the author thomarv29
    I manage an off-shore team who builds backlinks for me. I have 16 Full time off-shore employees all building backlinks for me and my clients. Its very easy to get ranked if you have 20,000 high PR rated backlinks to youre blog, website, youtube video, PDF file, and or anything else you want to get ranked.
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  • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
    In my opinion only making profiles through forums or other websites which allows it, can't help you at all. These pages will not be indexed in many cases. And if they become indexed, they can't help your website to get a better ranking. Its my idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jryan774
      Originally Posted by socialbookmark View Post

      In my opinion only making profiles through forums or other websites which allows it, can't help you at all. These pages will not be indexed in many cases. And if they become indexed, they can't help your website to get a better ranking. Its my idea.
      TOTALLY DISAGREE - this method is probably 80% of my SEO work and using this method I have several websites all ranking no1 on google for various and quite competitive search terms. So IT DOES WORK!
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Ignite
    dont do it from an SEO point of view..most are nowadays no follow links anyways so they dont count..even if you post on other ones where there are no "no follow" tags the links are quite weak so the question is whether they will pass on any link juice if any...however from a publicity point of view it can make more sense..hope that helps..
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  • Profile picture of the author Abhinandangarg
    forum posting is great method for increasing incoming links
    the quality of forum posting is depend on forum reputation .
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  • Profile picture of the author RR111
    Forum back links will help for generate traffic to web site... where search engine wise there is no worth for back links.. those are "nofollow" links. where search engines not give any weightage for this type links..
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    • Profile picture of the author sulabh
      I do say forum posting is of worth or i can any process of SEO worth when you are doing in a proper way as in Forum Posting if you are not posting the reply to the relevant thread then it would not be of any worth and admin can banned you for that.Similar in Commenting etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author BunnyMamee
    No matter what your forum BL has PR or not. I think that you could get authority link juice if you got the BL from Authority Website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maheshpandit
    Forum backlinks are more important nowadays. We can get indexed quickly and also we are getting backlinks. But it depends on our posting. Better posting better ranking. One line response will not help to get better ranking.
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    • Profile picture of the author nedox
      Personally, I found them very useful for seo. first I am getting backlinks and second, I get some direct traffic as well.

      Some forums gets crawled faster,some slower but eventually you will get your backlinks from posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    FWIW, the sig links in this forum are do-follow and do pass link juice. The problem is that individual threads do not have any link juice to pass on. However, they do help you get indexed and are great for advertising...that's about it.
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  • In regards to thomarv29, you mentioned it's easy when you have 20,000 backlinks. I'm surprised google doesn't consider that many links as spam, unless of course they are legit high pr sites. That's an impressive stat.
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  • Profile picture of the author dirtyroger
    Most of my backlinks are currently from forum posting and they are all contextual!
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  • Profile picture of the author shulink
    It is worth it, at least for the traffic that you get from forum posting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Billy Rey
    yes, it is worth it.

    You get traffic which is a bonus....usually they are buyers as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author designerjack
    Forum profiles are good to use.. but you also would need to consider replying to popular discussions inside the forum. Look for pages that have page rank and start with a valuable reply, which will help you get a PR point for your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlo_sim
    Hi,

    it still works and my sites benefit from them every time =) Also, i don't usually ping them and let google find them naturally =)

    Gian Sim
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    • Profile picture of the author Neil K
      Just a quick update on my little experiment:

      We hit a lot of forums after reading this thread, we were careful to post about 10-15 posts in each forum before we even added the sig link, but eventually just realized that we were falling back on the rankings. I only just noticed now that some of the forums have actually deleted the account, in spite of having so many "valuable" and "honest contributions" on those sites.

      So definitely, out of experience now I would say it does not make sense to completely build backlinks only using forums. I think its best to have an assorted set of backlinks so that your rankings are not held to blackmail by any single forum/blog owner at any point of time. And probably also to scale up on the number of backlinks even after the ranking has been achieved, just in case.

      Any thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author CatalinIcs
    It depends very much by niche. If the competition is not very high, the links from forums can help you. If the competition is high, you must obtain good links from other places.
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  • Profile picture of the author GrowTallerNiche
    Forum posts are insane for targeted traffic. If you're frustrated with Google, go forum marketing. If you run out of forums then try vertical niche forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justinpage
    Forum posting is good when it comes to getting backlinks if it is done properly. What I mean is posting spammy replies or crappy messages will only cost nothing. So it's better to leave helpful posts or replies.
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    • Profile picture of the author iWebProfits
      I totally agree, but we will see.
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