Planet13 - 7:59 pm on Jun 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
Getting a few links by submitting to directories on including a link in your signature on forums that cover your niche in some way is probably a good thing
Could I just ask if it is sometimes a BAD thing to post links to your site in forums, especially if the forums are not directly related to your products / services?
I realized that there is a I.T. related forum that I have about 800 posts on with links to my sites (which are about clothing and fashion, not info technology).
I have heard that by including links to your site from forum signatures can "dilute" the value of all links to your site. It's as if google cares more about the PERCENTAGE of links that are from relevant sites, than the sheer number of links to a site.
However, that would contradict with statements from google's Matt Cutts and John Mu (can't remember his full last name) that inbound links won't hurt you, even if they are from poor quality sites (this was to avoid competitors linking to your site from krappy sites).
thanks in advance for any suggestions / clarifications.