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Why social profiles and forum profiles should work as backlinks?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by gvncerri, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. gvncerri

    gvncerri Regular Member

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    For Google, the more a website is popular and important the more it should rank in the search results.
    So if a website has a lot of backlinks and good quality backlinks, it will rank high because many people are "voting" for it.

    But if the backlinks are contained in social profiles or forum profiles in the field which says "YOUR WEBSITE", It's evident for Google that these backlinks have been created by the owner of the website himself.

    In other words it's the owner of the website that is "voting" for his own website in multiple profiles and Google knows that.

    Please can someone with more SEO experience explain why it should help the rankings anyway?
     
  2. soundsdelicious

    soundsdelicious Junior Member

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    The forum field isn't always "your website", but just "website".
    I used a run a site that was naturally popular and I noticed people would add my link in their profiles.
     
  3. Johnuma

    Johnuma Regular Member

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  4. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Senior Member

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    Whats the big deal if one keeps his website in the profile? It is 100% ok unless it is done on a scale that is 100% obvious spam.
     
  5. gvncerri

    gvncerri Regular Member

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    Of course they are not spam, but they are not a popularity sign either
     
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    Your participation in reputable social networks is indeed a sign of popularity by you simply being there and having that one single profile link. As social signals are tested in future algorithmic changes, I'm sure you will want to have those links. While the link may be proportionally devalued because it is in the "your website" field, I would rather have the devalued link then no link at all.
     
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    Th3T3chGuy Senior Member

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    I don't agree with this.
     
  8. assphuck

    assphuck Senior Member

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    No link that provides 0% link juice is better than a link that provides 50% link juice? I see no logic in this. Especially as the link ages its SEO value will increase, even if it is contained in a profile.

    Maybe my use of "devalued" threw you off as profile links still are worthwhile, especially when they reside on popular social networking websites.