willybfriendly - 6:47 pm on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
In the example I posted, it was about branding and initial exposure traffic from forum signature links. In this case retention of visitors and gaining a permanent audience would be critical as both direct traffic and SEO benefits would be low.
Actually, I have found forums to be a very good source of traffic - primarily from sig and/or profile links. I discovered Martinibuster's blog (which sadly seems to have died the death of apathy) via WebmasterWorld, as well as a couple of others that I visit occassionally.
I don't mess with that nofollow. Tried it once based on suggestions here and then removed it. That one just didn't feel right to me and I spoke up about many moons ago - about a year ago.
Agreed. Nofollow was created by SE's to counter the commoditization of links caused by SE's. Fair enough, at that point, but when the big G started expanding the use to cover things like paid links I refused to play the game. I have seen no ill effects, and I administer sites that have more than a few "paid" links on them.
But, what is a paid link? Does that link from the Chamber of Commerce site constitute a paid link?
I'll leave it for the link arbiters, uh, SE's to sort all that out...