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Hiding signature links
Keeping forum links from backlink records

 6:48 pm on Apr 22, 2009 (gmt 0)


(I don't know if this is the correct place to post this topic.)

It is not really 'hiding' your signature link.

I would like to place a link to my website in the signature area of forums I visit but I do not want these links to show up in the results like:


I really don't want somebody to learn what forums I visit.

Is this possible?

Can I forward the links to a dummy domain and then have it redirected to my real domain?




 12:58 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Its hard, as while you can do some things to stop it showing up in link:www.mydomain.com searches, for example: making it a non-clickable link, just text version of the site. While adding rel=nofollow will stop Google, it will not stop Yahoo from listing the site in link:www.mydomain.com search.

Now both those things fail on users who just search for your site, as since the text is on the page it gets indexed and could show up in the results for search of your domain.

I think your best bet is a combo of the above and your last idea, use a dummy domain on the profile, in text, this way no links are indexed and you real domain is never indexed along with the pages of the forum.


 5:41 am on May 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

You could tinyurl it. Probably best to use different tinyurl links on every forum so someone can't simply search for one URL when they get lucky and catch one.

No matter what you do though, people will eventually find bits and pieces of it at a time.


 7:44 am on May 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

The problem with having your cake and eat it too is crumbs end up on the tablecloth.

To sig or not to sig, that is the question.

Answer: use two different accounts... one you want published, one you do not.

Oh! Wait! You want to publish... so you get found anyway... that's what search engines do. Parse TEXT.


 9:47 am on May 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

*** I would like to place a link to my website in the signature area of forums I visit but I do not want these links to show up in the results like. ***

This sounds like something the owners of those forums would not want you to be doing, no?


 5:49 pm on May 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

I know a fellow who created a single page listing his primary websites, and he links to that page from places like social network profiles, forums etc.

Anyone who wanted could locate his sites or follow the link trail, but the forum and social links are not showing directly in his backlink profiles.

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