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Old 22nd March 2017, 09:20 AM   #1
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In have been pondering and researching this question for some time, given the fact that Google are stripping links down to their basics with their updates.

How do Google view forums and backlinks, I am a member of many forums and the rules with most of them are, make X amount of posts and then you can add your signature link, to avoid spammers which makes complete sense, however, if you have to say make 50 posts on a particular forum, wouldn't this look spammy to a Google bot when your link comes online, as boom you get 50 backlinks which is unnatural in the eyes of Google - how are these links now viewed - good or bad for SEO?

I can understand in the terms of a real live person it works and at the end of the day we are all trying to survive in the world after algorithm updates.

Google can spot a vbulletin board platform and know whether something is a forum or a website and differentiate between the two, so how are they now treating our backlinks from them?

Should we now add "nofollow" to our forum signature links or not, do we care or should we make changes?

Let me know your thoughts, will help get this circle of questions out of my head!

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Old 30th March 2017, 03:03 AM   #2
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First, Forums has nothing to do with SEO and it is true that most of the reputable forum sites today are strict with their signature links to avoid spammers. They have recommended number of post for the new members before they will be benefited with the signature links. However treat forum sites as our active online communities for the improvement in our relate field.

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Old 30th March 2017, 09:03 PM   #3
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So you are telling there is no benefits on forum posting? But I have seen still many guys are doing forum posting for their seo purpose. But one thing they always prefer that is website authority.

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Old 19th April 2017, 02:11 AM   #4
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I think that forum links are still somewhat relevant and can be effective if done right.

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Old 20th September 2017, 04:43 AM   #5
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First, Forums has nothing to do with SEO and it is true that most of the reputable forum sites today are strict with their signature links to avoid spammers. They have recommended number of post for the new members before they will be benefited with the signature links. However treat forum sites as our active online communities for the improvement in our relate field.

Yes, I completely agree with you.

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Ok, Got It, But I want to know more about it.

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Every link provides value to SEO as it should be done in a good manner not spam. Avoid spam make relevant links that's what Google likes.

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For the answer to this question... everyone knows that Google can spot out spamming links. I also assume that most forums these days have implemented nofollow links into most of the content; therefore, except for traffic these forum links provide no value to SEO. However, I do believe there are still some forums out there which allow dofollow links.

It really depends on the forum and if you are providing value with your link. Otherwise, posting on forums allows you to market yourself, but I would not use this as a way to enhance SEO performance.

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If your website matches the forum of the topic you post in then there are bound to be referrals who come across and take a look at what you offer. I don't, however, think there is much if any SEO benefit.

Google, for example, reduces the incremental value of links from the same URL so once you have passed maybe 10 posts with a signature link then the value is already reduced down to negligible levels.

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