| 1:39 pm on Feb 14, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Do you have a sig with your site or your site in the comments?
| 2:37 pm on Feb 14, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Forum links don't do much for the PR of my blog but they bring in a steady stream of genuine, interested, visitors in their own right.
| 8:55 am on Feb 16, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Yes, I've been using signatures, and, as it is directed traffic specifc to our interests, I have bene able to offer 'recommendations' based on our sites products.
However, my current goal is to raise PR, so I'm not sure how effective a strategy it is.
| 5:10 am on Feb 17, 2009 (gmt 0)|
It can bring traffic, sure.
But increasing a PR? I don't think so.
Bots know that anyone can drop links in a forum and it doesn't mean that the owner of the forum promotes the site link to it.
| 5:24 am on Feb 17, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Increasing PR should never be a goal. Your strategy will probably be enhanced if it focused on increasing goodwill and awareness, something forums can excel at. Links can grow independent of your efforts afterward. Take a read through this thread about link building via forums [webmasterworld.com].
| 3:01 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Sure forum links can be a piece of your link building strategy. Posting in forums related to your site and providing a signature will bring you a bit of traffic and won't hurt anything.
Just don't make it your main link building strategy and spam 1,000s of forums just for those sig links. Keep it natural.
| 3:09 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Thanks, that's the best piece of advice thus far :)
I have been making sure the sites are super relevant to us.
Looking at some of our competitors backlinks in Google, I noticed a lot of the ones displayign are from forums. I've commented on a few (I've been very strict not to be spammy) but they just don't seem to be indexing....any ideas?
What do you think are the key link building strategies?
| 4:02 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Use a wide range of strategies:
Build a widget/plugin for something and give it away.
Create a one of a kind great article that people write posts about.
Ask a few friends with sites to link to you.
Post in forums.
Get social bookmarks
Add site to a few good directories
Comment in dofollow blogs.
Write and article a week and submit it to the top 3 article sites.
Buy some relevant links
The list goes on.
| 4:09 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Great, thankyou for your help.
I've been slowing doing all of the above, it's just good to know I'm on the right track!