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Backlinks made on forums not picked up by Google

9:19 am on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have been working hard to comment in relevant forums as one part of my SEO strategy. However, these comments are not showing up as backlinks when I search using link:mywebsite.

My problem is that they are sites where some of our competitors have comments that are beign discovered by Google.

Is it just a waiting game until it is indexed? Or is it something else?

9:35 am on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Rule #1: Search engines are not SEO tools. What they tell you IS or IS NOT a backlink is not necessarily what is influencing the ranking. The only surefire way to know is to check your rankings.

Beyond that, it may be useful to reconsider forums as a way to help your rankings and instead think of them as a way to increase mindshare [webmasterworld.com].

9:39 am on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks - it's a really useful response :)

Do I need to check my rankings for each of my keywords then instead to measure the effectiveness of my techniques?

Do you know any good tools for doing this?

11:47 am on Feb 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Use yahoo to check your backlinks,which will make more sense than entering"link:yoursite.com"in google.

check backlinks to your domain:
linkdomain:yourdomain.com -site:yourdomain.com(exclude internal links)
check backlinks to any url:
link:your url

Also SE still get technical problem to index dynamic url well in some forums.