Do forums backlinks work?

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I have tried a number of backlink strategies and posting on a small number of forums does seem to work. Does anyone else use this strategy?
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  • Profile picture of the author comb10
    Depends what forums you choose and how you build your backlinks-I mean how and which anchor text you use.
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    • Profile picture of the author mcfur
      Originally Posted by comb10 View Post

      Depends what forums you choose and how you build your backlinks-I mean how and which anchor text you use.
      Yes... comb10 is right.
      You need to select the right forum's niche that match with your blog/site, and place the right anchor text of your keywords.
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    • Profile picture of the author alwanstud
      Originally Posted by comb10 View Post

      Depends what forums you choose and how you build your backlinks-I mean how and which anchor text you use.
      I strictly agree with this
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  • Profile picture of the author spicybizz
    have to agree - depends on the forum, trusted, highly moderated forums still bring more value. Search for authority forums, put your link in the signature and get your side trusted to.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Forum profiles have become a huge waste of time and resource since the old panda updates.

    While forum post is good and still valuable but there are a number of factors that make it worthwhile such as:

    > are the forums high pr

    > are they do follow

    > the quantity of quality post you make is important. You need a huge amount of back links to get good impact.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    The question is very general, as other people have pointed out. Another thing to note is that most forums these days are not do-follow and so they are not of as much benefit as many people think.

    That is not to say that all forum links are useless. If they are non-spammy links, they will definitely bring you benefit. I prefer to use forums to get leads and generate interest in my products and websites rather than for SEO related purposes. This is a great way to attract relevant, interested traffic from non-search engine sources.
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  • Profile picture of the author MidlandsMarketer
    IMO, less and less effectively.

    I agree with the point made in this article by Pat over at smartpassive income- that forum profile backlinks will be the next point of attack by Google against off-site SEO.

    Also, the volume you need to submit in order to get a) enough to stick and b) any amount of value from them makes the effort and resources needed not worth it as far as I'm concerned.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by nmb View Post

    I have tried a number of backlink strategies and posting on a small number of forums does seem to work. Does anyone else use this strategy?
    Yes.

    "On-the-board" forum backlinks in relevant forums appear to have SEO value. (For targeted traffic, as well as for SEO, if your posts genuinely add value - just as with blog commenting, in other words).

    Forum profile backlinks typically have no value at all, and these days mass forum profile links are much more likely to do harm than good, I think: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6021235

    To me, page-ranks and no/do-follow are completely irrelevant: I don't even check them.

    We can all see for ourselves the regularity with which lower-PR pages with far fewer (but relevant!) incoming backlinks outrank higher-PR pages with far more incoming backlinks in Google's SERP's.

    Link-juice is all about relevance and quality, these days - exactly as Google said it would be.

    I know from my own little bits of keyword research, when I'm "assessing the SEO-quality of the competition" by checking out the backlinks of the first few sites in Google's SERP's that if I find one with something like 100 backlinks all from decent-looking relevant sites, and almost nothing else, that may be a pretty tall order for me to beat, whereas I can typically overtake sites with "obvious automated, mass-backlinking" (of the "forum profile"/"article directory" type of backlinks) very quickly indeed, even if they have tens of thousands of backlinks.

    I've stopped looking at page ranks altogether.

    For me, they're a complete waste of time.

    It seems to me that the only people who think otherwise are those with either a financial or an emotional attachment to them.

    I also don't now check any more whether or not they're no-follow, because I get great benefits from "no-follow" backlinks anyway.

    Many search engines seem to ignore "NoDoFollow".

    Many people believe that Google doesn't discount "no-follow" nearly as much as it sometimes claims: it's ambiguous at best.

    People who have already decided that "no-follow" backlinks are no good for SEO won't be interested, but those like yourself who are a little more open-minded will find many threads here explaining/discussing interesting things about no-follow links: this one might start you off, and then there's more here, here, here, here, here, and so on.
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    • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      We can all see for ourselves the regularity with which lower-PR pages with far fewer (but relevant!) incoming backlinks outrank higher-PR pages with far more incoming backlinks in Google's SERP's.

      Link-juice is all about relevance and quality, these days - exactly as Google said it would be.


      This is very true. I've outranked some authority sites like Amazon on particular products with only 5 backlinks.
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    • Profile picture of the author WikiWarrior
      Yes they definitely work but moreso to generate interest for relevant products and services among the forum members than as part of any seo campaign. For purely seo purposes and time investment, you'd be better off creating 100 useful comments on 100 different relevant websites than going crazy in one forum.

      As one part of a comprehensive marketing strategy I'm sure forum comments and sig links will continue to work. It all comes back to adding value to the marketplace.
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  • Profile picture of the author ketset
    Depends on the forums you are building links on. If you choose good quality forums which allow signature do follow links, you can create signatures linking back to you website and place GENUINE suggestions.

    Make sure to put relevant postings helping other people out. If you don't do that you run the risk of being removed from the forum, and you are less likely to be visited from any of the other members.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    As just about everyone else has said- don't focus on forums.

    They can still help, but not nearly as much as they used to.
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    • If you sign up on well established forums with high page rank, you will get quality backlinks. Forum posting can help you get targeted traffic, improve your website visibility, and increase brand awareness. If you post helpful comments on a regular basis, you will earn recognition and make people trust you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sohel Parvez
    Actually I think it will be wrong if you use forum only for backlinks building. You have to actively use forum for help others & also for learn from others.

    most of the low quality forum are dead but forum those really help people find their answer raises popularity like Google Support Forum, forums.cnet.com, seochat.com, wordpress.org/support, http://warriorforum.com & few others.

    check out this article that explained "Backlinks that valued by Google after Panda 3.3 update"
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    I agree with Yasiryar. Forums are a great way to get opt-ins, sell products, or drive traffic. For SEO purposes you need to post so many times that it is almost a waste of time. You can find software to easily automate this process or post on higher PR sites (which is better for SEO anyways).

    Make sure to check if they have dofollow though or else your backlink means nothing. Also, put the link your signature not in the comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author WPBounce
    Agree with everyone on quality of links. Even .edu or .gov links lose their value if they are beaten down with spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author dwooding
    Originally Posted by nmb View Post

    I have tried a number of backlink strategies and posting on a small number of forums does seem to work. Does anyone else use this strategy?
    Kind of depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

    If you are posting links on forums for SEO backlinking purposes, maybe not the most effective way to do so.

    If you are doing so to introduce potential customers to your service, then sure.

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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    Do you want to use forums just for backlink purpose or do you want visitors as well, if you are looking for backlink purpose only than you have to find relevant forum for what you are promoting like warrior forum, if you are promoting any online business product or method than geting backlinks from warrior and digitalpoint forum is worth because they are relevant..

    I don't look for PR or no-follow, I look for relevant and that's what quality involves, in my Google webmaster account no-follows are also showing in my account as well, so if I am targeting only Google to get ranked and it is showing in my google webmaster account than now you can understand no-follow is not so important.. Important is quality, relevant and consistency backlink.. I hope this helps..
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  • Profile picture of the author askhakwani
    Originally Posted by nmb View Post

    I have tried a number of backlink strategies and posting on a small number of forums does seem to work. Does anyone else use this strategy?
    Forum commenting is helpful if you are doing niche related and high traffic forum
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  • Profile picture of the author patco
    It depends on the quality of the forum. If you choose for example WF, it is one of the best forums online that will help you rank great for your website. By the way it is better also to use related forums to your niche (the niche of the website you want to rank for!)
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  • Profile picture of the author fiberoptic
    Forums with a high PR and that are in your niche are good to market your products and services. People will search Google and see your forum thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author chukcha
    Originally Posted by nmb View Post

    I have tried a number of backlink strategies and posting on a small number of forums does seem to work. Does anyone else use this strategy?
    Yes if you are after negative SEO
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    • Profile picture of the author bkgroup
      Be careful while choosing forum to build backlinks.
      It must be similar with your blog Niche.
      If you build Dofollow backlinks, it will more useful.
      High PR blog will pull up your blog's pagerank quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author webinventaekhlas
    Obviously, if it's dofollow and high pr
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    I find it funny how coclced up some people think, a forum is a community to share with like minded people on a topic as it's basis of being, yet reading 99% of the posts here the very first concern is what can I take, where is my link, what's my juice power.

    Non of it is even related to the purpose of the forum and if people's only intention is me, me and more me then its best that they move on and do not join the forum in the first place, leading to a good and solid community's that are not filled full of useless junk posts where it's purpose is just to spam links.
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    • Profile picture of the author Openxcell Inc
      That's right. Forums backlinks are really work for increasing the traffics and backlinks for your website. You can sell your service also through the Forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author Watch Store
    forum baklinks used to work much better but google is clamping down on spammy forum links and it van cause your website to be penalised so be careful
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  • Profile picture of the author uoftenwinny
    Sure, forums attract people.
    And people like to discuss something on forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author jackshane
    Forum profiles have become a huge waste of time and resource since the old panda updates.

    While forum post is good and still valuable but there are a number of factors that make it worthwhile such as:

    1. are the forums high pr

    2. are they do follow
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  • Profile picture of the author Juliasam
    Well yes posting on Do follow forums will help you to generate traffic and good thing about them is that they give Good quality of back links.And it also helps in increasing PR.
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  • Profile picture of the author diyakapoor
    If you post on some high quality forums where posts are easily indexed then this will surely be helpful in your SEO. Also build links from other SEO sources to get fast and better results
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  • Profile picture of the author chetankm
    do follow forums are useful but it depend on many factors like page rank of the forum, domain and page authority of forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author jnthnsllvn919
    For forum backlinks to be effective you should post or comment with quality and not spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author bilal9999
    Do follow and high pr forums rally helps....

    and also your comment is relevant to the topic,,,,
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  • Profile picture of the author juanlawry1
    Originally Posted by nmb View Post

    I have tried a number of backlink strategies and posting on a small number of forums does seem to work. Does anyone else use this strategy?
    use backlinksindexer for quality backlink. as i use this and no need to waste your time by doing yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author clarajames
    Yes forums backlinks count but you have to choose a good forum for this purpose.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcook2003
    Forum posting with signature link help you to increase the visibility of your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author webinventaekhlas
    It will work if that forum is related with your service and trusted.
    How to find out they are trusted?
    Ans: They are on the web for so long. You can check their domain registration date also.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinJ
    Do follow forum links from high PR relevant forums are no doubt help in improving SERP.but forum profile links are useless just creating link, which may or may not get index.
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  • Profile picture of the author ozsubasi
    Finding active niche forums is easier said than done. I've only found a few in my field but am also on a number of SEO forums as there are more of them. For me it a good diversion from my daily tasks and if I get a link as well that's great. Most of the well moderated forums are nofollow but that has never been a consideration for me anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author pinoyfreelancer
    So I was searching for "Forum backlinks" on Google and I got here. Here's my case:

    I got three new minisites now live. I've started making backlinks for the first site mainly from article submissions. I have around 15 indexed backlinks, one half of these are from AMR submissions.

    Now, I am planning on taking a new set of backlinks from related forums. I have around a 100 of related forums and I have located the thread posts with PR. So I have myself now specific forum threads/pages that have the ff:

    1. Relevancy to my site
    2. PR 1+ (since my sites are still new so I'm happy of getting PR 1)
    3. DoFollow

    Do you think this is a good idea for minisites? The first site was just launched last March and I am putting the signature links this week to about a 50 since I made some quality comments last week. The basics of signature links they said is to make a comment, quality comment, then leave it for 7 days. After 7 days has passed, inject the signature links so the moderators will not flagged your account.

    So is this method good enough for new minisites or should I focus more on quality article submissions and web 2.0 sites? What's the catch here?

    TIA
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  • Profile picture of the author MarvyDery
    they do work if the forum has a high pr and the backlinks are dofollow
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  • Profile picture of the author roady
    Forum links do work but ugh, most of them are discounted. Don't bother wasting time on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author antony05
    Surely Do-follow backlinks will increase traffic..
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  • Profile picture of the author akazzz
    Forum backlinks brings minimal link juice to your site. No point spamming the forum with useless junk replies and hoping to rank high in the search engines.
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