AllanGardyne wrote:The newbie may also be trying to get a little PageRank boost (if the forum hasn't nofollowed the signature links). Considering how simple it is to get such links, if you were a search engine engineer, would you place much importance on such links? I wouldn't.
I've wondered about this. It seems the current fad in link building is blog commenting and forum posting, with signature link.
If you do it right, actually contribute real content, on blogs/forums you are actually interested in, it can be a fun way to build links. You know, something productive to do when you're too tired for real work.
But, all these kind of links are a form of the poster "voting for themselves" in search engine terms, so one wonders when the "comment links are dead" backlash will begin. Or has it already, and I missed it?
Here's a pretty decent site on link building: linkbuildingbible.com
I don't know enough about SEO to evaluate the various techniques offered in any detail, and often wonder who really can.
I've been working on blog/forum posting recently, and have been tracking the clicks from each domain I've posted on.
Tracking the clicks tells me which domains merit the most time investment.
My conclusion so far is that you get enough direct traffic from blog/forum postings (setting aside SEO issues) that it qualifies as a productive hobby.
I thought initially that the traffic would die off immediately once a thread sank off the top of the page, but have been pleasantly surprised to see it continue.
I'm guessing anyone could get their traffic up to 100 visitors a day by direct traffic clicks alone, if they patiently chipped away at it over time.
The key to that would seem to be to have fun, so you'll keep at ut, and make sure you're adding something of value to the blogs/forums you visit.