I am pretty new to all of this but I am going in head first trying to get up on google searches without paying serious bucks that I don't have so I am trying to learn the art of SEO. Anyways, what I have been doing is using forums for back linking, and after reading a lot on here I got the idea of quoting posts that have links in them, but changing their link to mine and using their link as the anchor text. When you look at the post the quote looks normal except that my link is behind theirs. Does anyone use this method with success? I used to use links in smilies, but I figure that google might have caught on to that by now. Does anyone know what effect the anchor text has? Does it really need to be something related topic wise to your site or is it ok if it is kind of random?