Value of signature links

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I know that forum posting is a good way of link building but how important are signature links? How much value they have ?
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  • Yes, using the right signature can be very important, and you can gain sales or information
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  • Profile picture of the author Weedy92
    I use them, but they aren't the most powerful links.. Still you have to consider you're building links plus there's going to be traffic from users visiting those links to your site!
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  • Profile picture of the author fanta81
    They aren't much powerful but can drive good quantity of organic traffic to your website/blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author chiwawa
    They are used to obtain backlinks, they help to attract traffic and also increase page rank. It has been proven to be one of the best methods to improve website marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Acharyaa
    Originally Posted by vikassharma3000 View Post

    I know that forum posting is a good way of link building but how important are signature links? How much value they have ?
    It could be more powerful if you search a forum related to your niche, event staffing or any management related niche and post there rather than a seo forum. that way that way you'll be in contact with those who might really be in need of your kind of service. and backlink? i've heard google discounts some link juice if you post in a irrevelant forum. but thats our secret dont tell anyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author themesplice
    They are good for traffic (AGREED), but I don't think they have an SEO value, but that's just my way of thinking!
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  • Profile picture of the author albgenius
    They are important for link-building and can make sales only if they are targeted to the forum's audience.
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  • Profile picture of the author ljennifer012
    Forum Posting is one of way of building your reputation online. Well, at least leave a signature for backlinks and possible customer
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  • Profile picture of the author rihsatnum
    signature link with relevant forum has value but if don't continue with relevant it will be bad in eyes of Google and if you do it so much your all link will be count as a spam and your site will fall.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart william
    Forum signature helps a lot in getting back links. If you are using relevant forums then you can get traffic and leads.
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  • Profile picture of the author sampaulino
    forum sigs are good source of organic back links, as stuart said, posting in relevant forums can get you traffic and maybe a possible client for your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author awj888
    do follow links from forums is a great way to link build, in terms of how powerful that link is, well, its not a big impact by itself, but you can benefit both from the link but more from the content you produce on the forums, getting clicks from your signature is a great way to generate some extra traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    If you are using forum signatures for SEO purposes then you aren't using them efficiently.

    As backlinks, forum sigs are very low value.

    However, they can be a good source of targeted traffic, so think wisely about how you use them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bryan Zazz
      Originally Posted by UMS View Post

      If you are using forum signatures for SEO purposes then you aren't using them efficiently.

      As backlinks, forum sigs are very low value.

      However, they can be a good source of targeted traffic, so think wisely about how you use them.
      Well, UMS, I believe your signature is a great example of what "good signature" should look like.
      So the consensus so far seems to be that there is little value in signature links for general SEO purposes. But I tend to agree that its a great way of promoting yourself and/or your wares on very targeted traffic, like the WarriorForum is. Plus being FREE can't be bad.

      But here's a question I was wandering about lately:
      I believe I saw someplace (forgot the page address, sorry) that you can put a graphic as signature. So I forgot how much that costs, but was curious if that "paid" click is much more valuable that the FREE signature, and "how much more valuable"? Anyone has some comparative data on this? Allen, anyone?

      cheers,
      bryan
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  • Signature links are something now that are mostly can be marked as spam. It is not much effective now after the penguin update.
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  • Profile picture of the author jayruggs
    From my experience signature links are not as important for SEO as they are for getting traffic from others who visit the sites where you left your signature link. If you leave a comment that makes the reader want to know more about you, you can quickly gain some attention and traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author rahmanpaidar
    Keep in mind that easily obtainable methods in competive fields like ranking
    in serp, are not much worth to consider even if they are actually the
    whole soul of the ranking system. Others will use that method too and ruin the
    competition. Gold is gold not because it's valuable but because it's rare in nature
    and hard to obtain and takes millions of years to be made again.

    There's no such thing as easily obtainable method in competive fields in nature.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Hmm, lets see.

    Im in an seo forum, and I offer an seo training product.

    Seems pretty valuable to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      Hmm, lets see.

      Im in an seo forum, and I offer an seo training product.

      Seems pretty valuable to me.

      But your targeting direct traffic, most of these yahoos are dropping irrelevant links because they read an ebook dated from 2003.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by yukon View Post

        But your targeting direct traffic, most of these yahoos are dropping irrelevant links because they read an ebook dated from 2003.
        Sorry Yukon, I was using common sense.

        It wont happen again.
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  • Profile picture of the author andishm
    Signature links are weak links but can help you get more targeted customers if you post in niche related forum as others saying.
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  • Profile picture of the author eonejames
    Thanks to share such a valuable information about signature but if you not reply proper way then not getting any visit from you link where posted as a signature.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhushan@rancor
    Forum commenting is good way for link building but I am sure that it can give you more sales and traffics too.
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  • Profile picture of the author naveenkumarseo
    Sig link is good for traffic purpose but not for seo.
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    • Profile picture of the author GapConsulting
      Originally Posted by naveenkumarseo View Post

      Sig link is good for traffic purpose but not for seo.
      Traffic purpose and link building, which help on SEO improvement
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesnixon487
    Forum posting have good impact in getting ranking. Not only the signature links but active threads and quality content and link obtained from those threads is really help in getting higher rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author CourtTuttle
    Signature links are going to be REALLY weak links in terms of SEO. Are they better than no links? Yes.

    If you really want to get some strong links though, you need to get in-content links from a variety of sites in your niche.

    Signature links can cause problems post-penguin so you have to be careful with them. You definitely don't want to use a bunch of keyword-anchored signature links post-penguin.

    I run a bunch of sites and based on what I've seen, if you're going to get a bunch of links from similar sources (like signature links), you don't want them to be keyword anchored. Using your brand name, URL, or even "click here for (site description here)' is WAY better and less risky.
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