Forum signature backlinks: are they worth it?

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Ok - I've read everywhere that dropping links to your website in your forum signature is a great way to get backlinks. But how do I find a forum that allows signature links? Every forum I go to either:
A. Doesn't allow signatures links, period.
B. Allows signature links, but they must be NON-SPAMMY (must either sell/promote nothing OR promote your own product or service only. This means NO affiliate marketers. I wouldn't say my site is "spammy" - it provides lots of helpful info, but I do have affiliate links (I'm an affiliate marketer after all).

So,
#1. Is it worth my time to try and find a forum I can post my link in? Will the back links I create help increase my traffic?
#2. Where can I find these forums that allow all sig links?


Thanks in advance for your input! I've been confused about this for a very long time....
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  • Profile picture of the author FrankRumbauskas
    The new "Panda" algorithm at Google has really de-valued backlinks and now content is truly king. Build lots of content into your domains whether it's via an in-domain blog or however you want to do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dalyinx
      Originally Posted by FrankRumbauskas View Post

      The new "Panda" algorithm at Google has really de-valued backlinks and now content is truly king. Build lots of content into your domains whether it's via an in-domain blog or however you want to do it.
      What are you talking about?

      Backlinks are still worth plenty. Forum signature backlinks are especially useful. I'd suggest utilizing them, but make sure you have 100+ quality posts before stopping any campaign like that. You'll also get a nice amount of referral traffic from them.
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    • Profile picture of the author LinkClub
      Originally Posted by FrankRumbauskas View Post

      The new "Panda" algorithm at Google has really de-valued backlinks and now content is truly king. Build lots of content into your domains whether it's via an in-domain blog or however you want to do it.
      Links off all kinds are definitely still valued by Google...some more than others. True many Forum and Blog post links are from "no follow" pages. It's up to you to use a browser plugin to know before you get involved with a no follow page what that page is all about.

      But to say that links are no longer relevant is...well not correct. Google rocketed to fame due to its reliance on links and the indication links provide as to which content is relevant and valuable. Links are here to stay as long as Google is at the top of the pile....
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    Nope...they're pretty much useless...
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  • Profile picture of the author greatar4
    The problem is your plan is to just drop a link in your signature. Forums' owner like people who want to become a contributing member in their forums because that's what going to determine how successful a particular forum will be. Most forums that I know allow people to have a signature, they simply want you to have the required number of posts before you can be allowed to have a signature.

    #1. Is it worth my time to try and find a forum I can post my link in? Will the back links I create help increase my traffic?
    #2. Where can I find these forums that allow all sig links?
    Yes, it's worth your time to try to find forum that you can post your link, if you are willing to contribute in those forums in a helpful manner. Forum back-links don't usually convert into traffic except if that forum is related to your site.

    Here is a list of forums in which you can have signatures.

    Tycoon Talk by Freelancer.com :: Be a Big Fish! Pr0
    Webicy Webmaster Forum Pr0
    Artist Forum - Discuss painting, drawing, photography, graphic design and more Pr2
    All Webmasters Forum Pr2
    Seo/Webmasters Forum - Index Pr2
    Webmaster & Web Development Forum Pr3
    Affiliate Programs Directory - Many Affiliate Marketing Programs Listed Pr4
    Psychology & Mental Health Forums and Blogs Pr4
    Page Not Found - Debate Politics Forums Pr4
    http://www.warriorforum.com Pr5
    DevHunters Webmaster Forum Pr5
    Webmaster Forum Pr5
    SEO Forums - Webconfs.com Pr5
    WebProWorld :: Index Pr6
    Experience Advertising - Affiliate Program Management and Recruiting Company Pr4
    HostSearch Forums Pr5
    SitePoint ยป Web Design, Web Development, Freelancing, Tech News and more Pr6
    allcoolforum.com Pr3
    Kahuki Webmaster Forum and Discussion Community
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  • Profile picture of the author Look4VGames
    Originally Posted by bobrittany View Post

    Ok - I've read everywhere that dropping links to your website in your forum signature is a great way to get backlinks. But how do I find a forum that allows signature links? Every forum I go to either:
    A. Doesn't allow signatures links, period.
    B. Allows signature links, but they must be NON-SPAMMY (must either sell/promote nothing OR promote your own product or service only. This means NO affiliate marketers. I wouldn't say my site is "spammy" - it provides lots of helpful info, but I do have affiliate links (I'm an affiliate marketer after all).

    So,
    #1. Is it worth my time to try and find a forum I can post my link in? Will the back links I create help increase my traffic?
    #2. Where can I find these forums that allow all sig links?


    Thanks in advance for your input! I've been confused about this for a very long time....
    It is not worth your time to search for forum backlinks by using a signature, but if you happen to use a forum, there is no reason to not try to get your link in your signature. such as the warrior forum i suggest you add a link to your sig, because it can help out in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kiril S
    I would say they're worth it, especially on high PR forums. Dropping a
    link in your signature and posting useful posts is sure effective. The forum doesn't need to be related to your keyword, just post on forums you have interest in, you'll kill two birds with one stone. However, if you find a related forum which you have no interest in, you can always make one useful post and let it be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    If you plan on using your WF signature just for SEO related purposes, I can
    tell you right now that'll be a waste of time. You need to diversify your links.
    And due to the fact that profile links aren't what they use to be, its much different.
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  • Profile picture of the author amiramin
    i dont know about anybody else but the low qulity links (like profiles, signature etc) are helping me, in medium level competition. This is my personal experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author glennforum
    Forum profiles and signatures does help in your link building effort, i believe that link building was not devalued with the Google Panda Algorithm, instead the Panda Algorithm highlighted the type of content that we all should be placing in our website these are quality and unique contents.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kikos
      I believe you should not invest in forum links because, unless you are a contributing member, which most of the time you are not (as you just go for links), the forum owners will sooner or later delete the account which removes all links and posts = work wasted.

      Actually I stay away from anything where a moderator - figure has the power to delete the entire account with all posts / links.
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  • Profile picture of the author gtk29
    Yes signature backlinks are good but after Panda update, do not rely too much on just building backlinks. Instead concentrate on the content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Delarox
    No harm in having a sig link but as far as seo is concerned, i wouldnt spend time on it...should be good for indexing at least
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  • Profile picture of the author Roberto L
    Surely they are of some value, like the forum here, not only you can add your links in the signature but also you will find many useful SEO resources, like what 'Greatar4' wrote above.
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  • Profile picture of the author evi
    hi, could you recommend me some great backlinks services that provide the forum signature? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author curtainsandblind
    Yew it is very useful. it is part of SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author summerfranken
    Relevancy must be there.
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  • Profile picture of the author bestrevenueshare
    Yes, why not. You can start it from here, the site allow do follow links and it is a page rank 5 site. So try it. There are many forums allow the same but only restriction is that, they offer signature after a certain number of posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author bruceetz
    I haven't heard anything that says that they'll hurt you but it has been documented that you should vary your anchor text to be more natural. Too many links of the same text do hurt today.

    Sidenote: Is everyone looking at everyones signature in this forum topic? I am and can see the affiliate marketers pretty easily. I think it's safe to say we agree that we hope signature links stay important.
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  • Signature backlinks are definitely still worth it, especially if they're dofollow and originate from domains that have a PR of 5 or higher.
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  • Profile picture of the author edegreeusa
    Exactly! Now only content is the king and so building content based backlinks like backlinks from blog posts and other relevant posts ill work. Try to focus on creativity and relevancy and I assure you to fix permanent position soon in Google SERP.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarvyDery
    it really works. it depends on the forums PR and whether you are just there to spam them with your links. be active and make useful comments.
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  • Profile picture of the author JKflipflop
    Forum signature backlinks, if done without automation and spam, can actually be valid traffic drivers. From the SEO perspective, the focus has now shifted more to quality content. That's what the general perception is.
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  • Profile picture of the author kochtgr
    Links on forums are great for traffic if you add value to the threads and make people trust you and want to learn more from you but they are pretty much useless for SEO...
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  • Profile picture of the author simona86
    It is the right place where you will get relevant information related to your needs. Many of the websites receive a very high amount of traffic and are a huge opportunity for whatever niche your site may fall into. By making an effective signature link for each your posts, you can see an drastic increase in your backlinks and also traffic. This traffic is often highly targeted.The web forums can be used successfully to generate traffic to your website or blog which in turn can help to promote your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    yes they are still worth, because sig. links are best way to get targeted traffic. only interested people will click on your link. so that means this traffic is more worth than any other paid traffic ways.
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  • Profile picture of the author asifmushtaq38
    thanks dear for sharing it
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  • Profile picture of the author JoshuaReen
    yes, the signature backlinks are userful, but in recent days, the content is the king, so you first concentrate upon content, keywords research and finally at backlinks. if you create signature backlinks just for SEO purposes and don't want to participate in forums with interest, then it's useless. if you want to participate in forums with interest by providing them high quality posts, comments, the signature backlinks will work well. also remember that too many backlinks with the same anchored text everywhere also hurts the SEO results, so, always post less posts but high quality content.
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  • Profile picture of the author realseowarrior
    Some of the worst replies to the thread and some of them are hilarious! lol


    Originally Posted by bobrittany View Post

    dropping links to your website in your forum signature is a great way to get backlinks.
    Originally Posted by Look4VGames View Post

    such as the warrior forum i suggest you add a link to your sig, because it can help out in the long run.
    Originally Posted by amiramin View Post

    the low qulity links (like profiles, signature etc) are helping me, in medium level competition
    This one is best. lol!

    Originally Posted by Dalyinx View Post

    I'd suggest utilizing them, but make sure you have 100+ quality posts before stopping any campaign like that.
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    • Profile picture of the author retsek
      Originally Posted by realseowarrior View Post

      Some of the worst replies to the thread and some of them are hilarious! lol

      This one is best. lol!
      It would be funny ..if it wasn't so sad.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by realseowarrior View Post

      Some of the worst replies to the thread and some of them are hilarious! lol
      Just keep reading other threads

      In reality, some sig links are golden. Trouble is, people equate all forums
      equally. They're not. Not even close. People also equate spamming
      forums with backlinking. Sig links on digitalpoint, WF, are pretty good,
      in comparison.

      Idiots, though, will post a list of useless forums, the non-existent dofollow,
      and tell people to spam them.

      Joining a decent forum, having a sig, becoming a very active member
      takes work and thinking. So much easier to just auto-spam 500 nonsense
      meaningless forums.

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    • Profile picture of the author JoshuaReen
      Originally Posted by realseowarrior View Post

      Some of the worst replies to the thread and some of them are hilarious! lol








      This one is best. lol!
      Please explain, why are these replies worst?
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      • Profile picture of the author Boricua
        Forum links good for traffic. I usually get a few sales by just posting, it just works depending your product or service. For targeted traffic it's excellent, for SEO it should be part of your linking strategy.

        As long as the forum posts are do-follow, you'll get link strength credit. Consistency is your key here bud. However, me in your shoes, focus more on adding content to your website if you're into Adsense and long term passive income websites. Google turned old school for good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    Signature links on forum such as this will give you targeted traffic. Google has changed regarding backlinks. They only want relevant backlinks. Some people were just getting backlinks from any sites they could and they were not relevant to the content on their site.
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  • Profile picture of the author walkin
    Back links from forums are treated as good back links in search engine optimization process. But you can try to build more back links using with other link building methods like social bookmarking, article submission, blog commenting etc..
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  • Profile picture of the author Lena Williams
    Forum signatures are still a working form of backlinks as far as I know. You can get direct traffic from them as well as your signature link can be indexed as a backlink by the search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author perfect
    Forum worth it, whichever forum you join just be making important contribution you will be just fine.
    Check my signature and join a forum, also want to let you know that most of forums out there allow signature.
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  • Profile picture of the author sparior
    They are still a valuable source for getting a decent amount of traffic. Some forums still accept signatures and a few offer "dofollow" links in their signature area. You just have to find them.

    I think google's latest update has had an impact on it but google doesn't totally devalue forum signatures.
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  • Profile picture of the author intergen
    Don't have a sig file for SEO - have a sig file for the traffic it can create. But as others have stated here - be sure to add value to the forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author ird986
    Content and relevancy is kind; a link building campaign must be strong from both angles.
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