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Thread: Forum backlinks are worthless for SEO and here's why

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    Default Forum backlinks are worthless for SEO and here's why

    As a forum admin I can obviously see every new user registration and every detail about where they come from. It's normal for a forum to get a ton of registrations for accounts that are never used, but the person has taken the time to create backlinks to whatever their thing is.

    Some of these are individuals are still running on 2005 strategies, and some are SEO "professionals" who think that is a successful strategy for their clients, and in rare cases its an automated script.

    The reason these are futile SEO tactics is because all the tricks are old and I or the other admins are going to delete your account, block your IP, and put you in a blacklist database and a few other things . Hardly worth the effort to keep changing IP addresses, identities, and emails to keep employing a strategy that does not work.

    Also, Google doesn't give forum backlinks the weight they used to. Actually, they pretty much don't give them any. The old days of self manipulation are over.
    Forum signatures are helpful for letting members get to know each other, promote their businesses, and maybe reach out for contact when you want to investigate doing business with someone.

    But as an SEO strategy, that was over 5 years ago.

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    If the backlink is related to the forum site it will considered as a source to the members so it will pass reputation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    If the backlink is related to the forum site it will considered as a source to the members so it will pass reputation.
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    I agree forum backlinks for SEO purposes are a waste of time.


    BUT, being active in a forum can absolutely yield qualified leads and interested prospects for your service.

    Forums are where a group of people interested in a specific topic congregate.

    Like auto enthusiasts, Flower lovers, internet marketers, etc...


    Buy engaging with the group who is most likely to buy from you.... well this is the best way to promote your company, products or services.


    So if you are on forums just for an SEO link, then yes you are wasting your time.

    But using forums to offer valuable advice and engage with your target audience is a top level strategy for gaining new customers.... In my humble opinion.

    In this case a link is just a way for people to learn more about you.
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    do you recommend any other alternative to forum back link

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    This depends if you want to do SEO or social media marketing. Both take tremendous amount of time.
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    I have to admit i was one of those idiots as you will see by my signature no doubt, i spent a lot of time going across forums, i did always try add to the convo, I never got that major rank boost that i was hunting for but man did i end up learning a lot of stuff from the people i spoke to. I would be proud to say I even taught a few people some things. What i realised and how i think google got smart with backlinks is yes relevenacy is important, yes its important where its placed but the traffic a link that brings no traffic no matter where it is forums, org domains whatever is a worthless link to google and thus I doubt many of these forum links have actual traffic to them ( well atleast the way i've seen them used and the way i used them below )

    Go look at your google search console and see how many of the forum backlinks are actually indexed it wont be most of them so I do agree waste of time unless you can learn something or teach something on the forum or make contacts.

    I would even go as far as calling out domain authority as rubbish. Ive seen site with few links with low DA rank high on google and sites with a ton of high da link rank low. Same age relatively same content but the one significant difference I found was the traffic from those few links was quite a bit more than the ones from the high DA sites and i think thus google sees the link as more real.
    Last edited by gimli; 06-17-2020 at 12:01 PM.

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    But, Google values good quality backlinks over the irrelevant ones. I feel forum posting works...

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