fathom - 1:26 pm on May 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
Been reading google guidelines for unnatural links,
and it says this about signing comments in forums with a link:
"Forum comments with optimized links in the post or signature, for example:
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I have in 2 forum my sites url in the signature but without anchorwords, and after many years posting they are quite some.
I just took away the signature, but I wonder if that is necesarry as it is not optimized as google says, its only the url to the index page.
Fix the problem you change the outcome.
Re-tool the signature code so that the link on the member's profile page is the only external link and their massive internal forum contributions that built value for you over time (compelling content) is rewarded by providing their profile solid link juice.
Now instead of having thousands of worthless external links the user has a powerful profile link based on their own worth to your website and that changes Google's impression of your domain.
1. Solves user's problem
2. Solves your problem and
3. Solves Google's problem.