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Old 18th April 2008, 02:56 AM   #21
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The concept of LSI wasn't what I was referring to with my comment about engines looking at the text around the link.

It's generally believed that link popularity has 4 parts - link quantity, link quality, anchor text and link relevance.

Search engines read the text around the link and establish a connection between the words and the anchor, this helps them classify where your site belongs and the topic of the page. Remember, anchor text is also content as well as a query indicator.

For example, verbiage about apple orchards and growing cycles would help a search bot understand it's apple the food and not the computer being discussed. That verbiage is relevant to the anchor text and the page.

It's doubtful your sig file here adds a tremendous amount to your link popularity, but it does add something. As much as if it were in a content area on a parent site? Probably not.

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So to sum Debra's post up.... it can't hurt but it shouldn't be why you post.

Or am I putting words into your mouth?

I must admit I've read a couple of SEO ebooks which make a bit issue of siglinks: some social networking sites use this as part of their marketing. (In fact, Thomas Power, of Ecademy goes so far as to say "Ecademy is Google")

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(In fact, Thomas Power, of Ecademy goes so far as to say "Ecademy is Google")
LOL - well if Mr. Power is serious and saying that in a true business context then I think Mr. Power is on crack. That's like me saying I'm Heidi Klum.

(I wish but not even close. )

Signature links don't hurt and go a ways in establishing a professional presence behind the human posting. But that's about it IMO.

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Hi Debra - sorry but it's true.... worrying, isn't it!

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Old 21st April 2008, 09:42 AM   #25
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I admire anyone with hutzpah and those with vision, it's how small goes big. I also understand making outlandish statements can be viewed as "link bait" and hopefully draw attention or at least a look to a website.

But - sometimes saying crazy stuff brands you as just that especially if you don't have the goods to back it up.

Bringing this back to what we were talking about - the effectiveness of signature links, if I had a signature saying

"Debra Mastaler
A more effective link builder than Google"

I had better have something to back that up. Never mind the SEO benefits of the signature, if I can't prove that out of the box, I'm sunk.

Look at your signature as a way to attract positive credible attention to your website and don't focus so much on the link pop it may or may not give you.



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I agree Debra. I think it is important to emphasize that those that do attract positive credible attention are much more likely to also benefit from the potential link popularity versus those who do not. as with other link building methods, it isn't about the signature link "working or not" (like the blanket statements made with recip links) but the quality behind it and its significance within the overall mix of other links also going to the site. I think often overlooked is the overall positive credible attention not only by the individual member, but in a macro sense also the community as a whole - since the link popularity of the forum comes from others linking to the forum/site.

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Er, they probably work better if you correctly spell the words in the sig (see your sig modazzle)...
Unless of course the keyword tracker tells you that mis-spelling it will get you more clicks.

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Hang on a minute. Ignoring my puerile post above.

So if I am understaning correctly my own signature is building recognition between people searching for the words "coming soon" and my new web site?

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It's tough to know for sure, but in general the link text is considered to be very important and probably the text near a link and on that page also plays a role.

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Now that's a new thing for me - that the text around the link plays some role. I thought that it is the contect of the page as a whole that counts.

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