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Can spam links in a forum hurt its ranking?

2:35 am on May 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am creating a forum in my website. there are a lot of spamming url as well as site with bad pr posted. would that hurt my site ranking?

Thanks for any input.

3:41 am on May 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yes. You need to show that you are in control of your web pages and keep the spam out.
4:35 am on May 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If it's a phpbb forum there are numerous modifications to prevent the spam from getting there in the first place. I've no doubt that most forum software is going to have spam preventive mods.

If you're running phpbb look for the one that asks a question in the registration form, this has eliminated all spam registrations on my forum.

8:46 am on May 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There are many reasons for keeping spam out (and removing the spam that's there); you've mentioned one of the key reasons.

Another is that spam lowers the reader value of your forum, and so puts off current and prospective readers.

many forums have loads of lurkers, who will never sign up to an 'untidy' forum.

1. Tighten up security

2. Consider nofollow

3. Moderate more tightly; the quicker you delete spam, the better (in some cases, spammers will give up, though many never even look, they just keep spamming).

Good Luck!

10:43 am on May 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This is one of the areas where "nofollow" is relevant.

It will also discourage members who are only interested in trying to increase their backlink count by posting their URL in as many forums as possible (without adding anything to the forum).