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Forum Links count as backlinks? (Not sig links)

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by freezeice04, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. freezeice04

    freezeice04 Power Member

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    You know when you join a forum, you get to enter your website, and it appears on every post you make? It's not a siggy link, here's an example:

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/social-networking-sites/543141-addmefast-going-under.html

    If you click on the OP's name, a box appears saying stuff like 'View Profile' and 'Private Message.' It also says 'Visit Homepage' and links to the person's website. Would this count as a backlink? It shows up when I view html so I assume it works, but I just wanted to make sure.

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  2. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Freezeice,

    Any link from one site to another is a backlink. The impact that a link will have on the site where it is inbound will vary based on where the link is placed on the outbound site, what anchor text is used, the presence or absence of a no-follow attribute, the overall authority of the outbound site, and the placement of the link on the page of the outbound site. So what you describe is a backlink however whether or not it's a good one will depend on the forum and how they have outbound links in profiles configured as well as the other elements I mentioned.

    I have heard that in general, links in signatures carry little to no weight in terms of authority however they are still links that people follow to websites. Not sure about profiles.

    Here are some other opinions on that,

    http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense...435-forum-signature-backlinks-they-worth.html

    Hope that helps,

    Shawn
     
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