| 12:38 pm on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)|
It's my believe that all types of links may be beneficial to you, but it's generally considered more worthwhile to get niche links from pages that are more closely related to your site/content.
You didn't mention Nofollow. You may or may not be aware that some forums have been set up to Nofollow all member links - a way of coding links to tell search engines not to pass PageRank through them. Generally, those forums which have nofollowed member links are not going to be as worthwhile for the purpose of local search rankings.
| 11:27 pm on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I agree with silvery...
generally its "better than nothing" but if this is your whole link building strategy your not going to see awesome results.
| 9:11 am on Aug 27, 2010 (gmt 0)|
i don't think it's worth bothering with myself, but if you're really going to do it then i would put the links in the actual posts themselves, rather than in your signature. at least that way you can write about furniture polish and have the surrounding text related to your subject.
| 9:31 am on Aug 27, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Unless you are making meaningful on-topic posts the forum owner will quickly identify you as a spammer and ban you.
| 12:50 pm on Aug 27, 2010 (gmt 0)|
I don't even allow links in signatures on my sites. Draws too many spammers.
| 8:50 pm on Aug 29, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Don't bother with forums that you have intention on being a productive member of. As piatkow mentioned you will be banned for spamming. Even if you are on thread topic but only post on the forum only once you will likely be banned as well. The only caveat is if it happens to be a wood working forum and you truly make a quality post.
In my experience users who sign up just to drop their link into a forum thread are not quality posters. It reads like spam and only takes a few minutes to be reported as spam by members if the mods don't cache it first.
| 9:28 am on Sep 1, 2010 (gmt 0)|
|...users who sign up just to drop their link into a forum thread are not quality posters. It reads like spam and only takes a few minutes to be reported as spam by members if the mods don't cache it first. |
That's true. Any forum worth participating in is going to have a moderation team ready to remove posts that are merely pretexts for dropping a link. The only forums left are the ones not worth dropping a link at.
RE the scenario you mentioned, a Googler said at an SES conference in San Jose, about 2004, that Google didn't pass all the PageRank from irrelevant links.
Taking into account that forum mods will remove the link and that Google will discount any remaining links from posts that every day are further and further away from the main page on forums that aren't worth droping a link on to begin with, it becomes apparent that dropping links on forums may not be the best solution for a client.
It may be a viable solution for someone who intends to be a quality member in the long run, with hundreds or thousands of posts, it is not really a solution for someone who is tasked with obtaining links for a client.