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Forum profile Links worth anything in serps

   
1:50 am on Dec 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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When you sign up to site like this one or other forums they let you place a link to your website on your member profile, is this link hold any value to google and other SE's?
Note, the links would be on a forum profile pages "no follow" tags are not visible when i checked html. Forum profile pages comes up in SE's .
thanks for your input.
11:38 am on Dec 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I look at it this way...if the mainstream (Joe Q. Public) thinks it's useful it's usually a sign it has little if any benefit. In other words, the party is over.
5:54 pm on Dec 18, 2009 (gmt 0)



I tried with a non-commercial site, very odd term and traffic tripled over 2-3 months. I only submitted it to 3 directories and as far as I can no other site has linked to it.
6:06 pm on Dec 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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walkman you said "submitted it to 3 directories" did you mean Forums? This post i was asking about adding a website link to a Forum profile page...
6:20 pm on Dec 18, 2009 (gmt 0)



Stinky, no. It was a foreign site /service so lets say, I submitted it to 3 Guatemala directories.

I added it to my signature with about 100 postings I meant to say. Sorry

And take a shower :)

3:27 pm on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You should check in your Google webmaster tools to see if they come up as links. If they do I would say that they give off some benefit. On the other hand if you are active in the forum that link could generate some really targeted visitors.
5:42 pm on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)



That shows even nofollows so it's not 100% true.

You should check in your Google webmaster tools to see if they come up as links. If they do I would say that they give off some benefit. On the other hand if you are active in the forum that link could generate some really targeted visitors.
8:42 pm on Dec 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I don't think the link in forum profile page has any values for SEs.Even it'd not be counted as a back link.
9:34 pm on Dec 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I debated this in another forum not to long ago...

In yet another (niche related) forum I changed the anchor text in my sig line from 'widgets' to 'widget' (approximately 1500 posts).

My G rankings promptly inverted in line with the anchor text change. Where I had been top 5 for 'widgets' I was suddenly at the top of page two, and for 'widget' I moved from page two to the top 5.

That said, I have to think that there exists some filtering method. Too easy to spam otherwise.

9:59 pm on Dec 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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willybfriendly was this a 1 word keyword or longer 2 to 3 word?

just as a note, i am note even talking about posting in the forum just simply signing up as a member and placing link to your site in your profile page that is cached by se's.

10:07 am on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Personally I regard a link in a forum profile or signature as a way to promote the site in question to a specialist audience. SEO is a bonus.
3:09 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Depends on the niche. In some niches a lot of forums allow followed links in post and in sigs and profiles. They help.

In other niches that are more open to SEOs and where the topic of threads and the links posted in them varies greatly, from what I've seen they don't help much if at all.

10:16 pm on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I had done the same experiment as willybfriendly. Only about 100 posts in the forum, but by changing the anchor text I was able to make it from page 2 into the top 5.

It was a 2 word keyword that isn't too competitive, but either way, it shows that forum links and anchor text are taken into account.

10:48 pm on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)



Surfer101, it works, but for non-competitive ones. I wonder if Google can take them into account as spammy /bad link profile? For a few dollars you can 'rent' one for a month
7:39 pm on Dec 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Also, be aware that all forums do not treat profile links equally. We only reveal profile links for users beyond 'new members'. All other offsite links run through non-indexable redirects. aka, the only place pr flows off the site is via profile links of junior members or better. There are a couple of pr7 profile pages here. There was even a pr8 profile page here not long ago...
11:38 pm on Dec 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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willybfriendly was this a 1 word keyword or longer 2 to 3 word?

Sorry it took so long to get back to this.

Single word, ala 'widget', but in a tag line.

Went from a two word tag line ("Namebrand Widgets') to a longer tag line ('Widget, the promise fulfilled'). Those are obviously made up tag lines.

The entire tag line was used as anchor text.

Currently rank #3 for the trailing text of the tagline and #7 for the single keyword (assuming any look at rankings can be trusted since the implementation of 'personal search') which is interesting since more results are returned for the 3 word trailing text - including businesses containing the phrase in their name - than for the single keyword.

9:57 am on Jan 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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willybfriendly is discussing sig links, not forum profile links. There is a difference between the two. Additionally, WBF qualifies their results with the fact that the signature links consist of 1,500 posts.