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Can you bypass forum spam filters by hiding backlinks in old forum posts?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by DPatel304, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. DPatel304

    DPatel304 Regular Member

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    This is probably a noob question, so forgive me. But couldn't you join a super popular, highly ranked forum, and make a few regular posts in a big thread or something. Once you do that, go back a little while later and edit one of those posts, and stick your backlinks there. Seems like the chances of it being flagged are greatly reduced, since the post should be in a big thread that should now have numerous posts after it so people won't really pay attention to yours. Not like mods/users actively go through all old posts.
     
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    Abstroose Elite Member

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    Yeah, you can do that. I've actually done it a couple of times on forums relevant to my niche.
     
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    Thank you, didn't think of this yet.
     
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    Oukast Senior Member

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    Depending on the forum, you could also just update your signature, thus updating every single post of yours. Not all forums update signatures retroactively, and not all accept links, but just test it out - would save you a whole lot of time.
     
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  6. DPatel304

    DPatel304 Regular Member

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    That would work as long as you don't plan to make any new posts. If you continue posting, your new signature would show up and it would show up as a flag.

    But yeah, I guess if you had 50 old posts, or something, this would be great. Good suggestion.
     
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    migrashin Registered Member

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    Interesting, I would have thought that they would check edited post as well.
     
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    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    It depends on the forum, if they notice you editing really old posts regularly or they see you bumping age old threads they'll likely take note. However, for less moderated forums you could easily slip in unnoticed.
     
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    My first instinct was to say "no, what a ridiculous idea" and then I realised what you were saying. Unless they have software that specifically scans old posts for edits containing backlinks (and they won't) then this is actually an excellent idea. I also like the idea of putting a link in your signature as someone else posted, but you'd need to be careful that this was on a forum you no longer frequented.