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Forum Backlinks – Do They Count for Anything

First things first, I have to clarify here that when I say forum backlinks, I am talking about the backlinks you get from forum profile pages and not the backlinks you get from signatures when posting on forums. Although, some of the tips here will be about signature backlinks too, so pay attention;-).

Understanding Forum Backlinks

In short, this article is going to be about how to properly make profiles on forums (so you don’t waste your time for anything), how these backlinks benefit your SERP, and what can be done to get the most out of them.

How Useful are These Backlinks?

Well if you know anything about SEO you will know by now that these backlinks don’t have much weight on their own. This is about the QUANTITY we’re talking about and not the quality of your backlinks. Truth is, the quantity of backlinks is also an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PART OF SEO, especially if they are ONE WAY backlinks like the ones you can get from forum profile, so don’t neglect it by any means. You already know that Google sees the links to your sites as votes right? Well, Google and especially Yahoo and Bing, like to see that you are getting these “votes” from various domains, give your site an overall authority boost, and eventually, it makes it easier for your site to be ranked on the first page on Google for the keywords you choose.

What many tend to forget here is that to get the most or anything at all from forum profile pages, those pages need to be indexed. And naturally, to get them indexed you have to give search engines a reason to do so. This is where many failed and never really got the chance to find out how beneficial forum profile backlinks can be.

Making a Profile Page and Customizing it

This is the main reason why I am making this article. What people usually do is to just leave their links (sometimes not even anchored), and they think that is enough. The fact is, they couldn’t be more wrong. Think about it, what have you provided to the search engines? An empty page with one or two anchored keywords? Is that how posts on your blogs look like? Is that how your articles look like when you submit them to article directories? Is that how you make a URL for your pages/articles? Of course not, otherwise your blog wouldn’t even get indexed most of the time. Don’t think its any different with profile pages.

“Content is king”? – Put some content on your profile page then.”Url is very important for SERP”? – So why don’t you put some keyword(s) as your username, so the URL ends with them?

Ok, so let’s get started now when we have analyzed the main problems with poor profile pages.

1. Pick Your Username Carefully

It’s always a good thing for SERPs that your URL has some connection with your content because then your content (and your anchored backlink) will gain some more weight. Be careful though not to put something overly spammy as forum owners may delete it. For example, if your name is ” tom hanks” don’t make the mistake to put that name in your URL. I will use “Stephen hanks” as a username here for this example as changing the name to something obligatory like “this_is_the_url_of_my_profile” will link pointing to my web profile page spammy. Even if the profile page has a high page rank, I would occasionally remove “my_name” from the URL to add a word that is related to my content. For example, ” profile.php?id= aggregation ”

2. Don’t Put Your Network Together

This one is very Important! You should never put your network together. It’s best to keep it small. Many people experience the worst effects when they put too many people together on the same network. When you expose too many people, search engines place less trust in your site. You can make a reasonable proposition that you are getting low-quality links when lots of bad people are linking to your site.

3. Don’t link to someone that has nothing to offer you

Do not link to a site that is nothing but a bunch of links (sometimes it is not). Even if the site points to your site with the text ” buy our products ” and you have no idea about that, search engines will not see this as a quality link. Keep your links relevant. Many people like to put the word “uously” on their links to try to make themselves look important. However, links with genuine content are of the utmost value and will increase your search engine ranks.

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