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Are Links In Discussion Forums Helpful?
Posted 04 November 2005 - 11:00 AM
I was just curious if search engines weigh the difference between a link in a discussion thread equally, less, or not at all, compared to links on a regular web page.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 11:42 AM
Generally, forum links are somewhat buried as new topics are posted, so it's doubtful that they count for much.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 12:00 PM
MSN counts one of my sites as having well over 500 links, and I know that I don't have near that many if you don't count forum participation.
Another good thing about forums though, is inevitably you will get visits to your site because of your link in the signature.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 01:07 PM
I think a lot of people fail to consider the fact that their active posting helps boost the link popularity for their profile pages.
I'm not as careful these days to put links into my profiles, but I would certainly recommend doing so for anyone who wants people in the forums they join to know about those sites. As you become more active, people tend to look at your profile.
Do it for that reason only. Don't worry about whether search engines will see the link and follow it. Traffic is traffic, and visitors can get you more links (in a natural way).
Edited by Michael Martinez, 04 November 2005 - 04:10 PM.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 03:13 PM
Thanks ADACProgramming, especailly for the NSN example.
Thanks Michael, the profile was something I did not think of. Great idea.
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Posted 06 November 2005 - 03:24 PM
Highrankings, like all the popular SEO forums, would be spammed to death if people knew they could use it to build their link popularity. That said, Google at least knows my profile exists because it does crawl the discussion threads.
Some day, that uncrawled link may rank well for my name.
Time will tell.
But, again, I only recommend that people put information into their profiles for the benefit of forum users and visitors, regardless of what particular forum they are joining.
Posted 06 November 2005 - 10:14 PM
That would be really dumb of a search engine to rank excluded pages for things they *think* they should rank for, since their owners obviously don't want them to rank (or show up) for anything.
Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:59 AM
Sure. Inbound link anchor text can push an uncrawled link to the top of search results. You won't see that uncrawled link if you have SafeSearch Mode turned on. It's only visible when SafeSearch is turned off.
They're only search engines. After all, we have "George W. Bush", "Bill Clinton", and "Michael Moore" jockeying for top position on "miserable failure" solely because of hateful inbound link anchor text.
In any event, I don't expect anyone to find my forum profile pages on Google. If they do find them, they won't learn much about me, as I put minimal information in those profiles. I may include a link to one of my domains (usually just my official site now).
Posted 07 November 2005 - 12:28 PM
Yes, but they have not excluded their pages from getting indexed.
That would actually be an interesting test. Google bomb a page, and then exclude it via robots.txt and see how long (if ever) it stopped showing up for the bombed phrase.
Hmm...anyone, want to try it?
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