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My another question is does participating in the forum like this helps, as some of this discussion pages will be cached by Google who will ultimately reach to profile page and link to home page.
Make sure the article, as it appears on your site, is rewritten sufficiently to avoid any duplicate content penalty.
I have no idea what to tell you an answer to your second question, but I would not rely on your profile here to give you any search engine boosts in ranking.
In the above post you've already got some answer about the duplicate content. I'll try to answer your second question anyway and I guess it has to be "Probably no". From my experience I think (and I am almost sure) Google is not going that deep, i.e. Google doesn't link to the home page.
Writing good informative articles and submitting them into many article submission directory is always recommended.
However submitting your article to selected sites can be extremely effective. Look for high quality sites connected with your sector and call or email the site owner. Ask if they would be willing to publish an article on your chosen topic and offer to send them a sample. It doesnít matter if they donít have any articles on their site already just point out the advantages.
For example I wouldn't recommend it because it is a complete waste of time.
I completely disagree. There are about 15 really good article directories, and, if your article is decent, it will be picked up and published by other web owners, many with one way links back to your site. Even so, I believe there is much to be gained over time by going wide and deep with article submissions. The process needs to be automated.
If you want to approach individual site owners, be my guest. I consider emails with such proposals to be spam and they immediately get deleted. I get a lot of them.
To each his own.
I completely disagree. There are about 15 really good article directories
True, but only 15 out of hundreds. It doesn't count so much whether article directories are a waste of time or a golden mine - you need to spot out these, let's say, 15 article directories and make them work in your benefit. A common mistake here - most webmasters start their promotion with a "fierce" submission campaign that turns out to work against them.
No, I don't think that content is king, and if you make it a king it won't get published.
Make it a Kong as in King Kong. That's how you are gonna get your content published. How are you going to do that?....
Well, you have all the time to figure that out. Start by reading. Reading on the web I mean.