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Forum Posting For Back Links - Am I Doing It Wrong?


Best Answer Michael Martinez , 21 March 2013 - 09:51 AM

If the forums have dedicated marketing/classifieds sections then using them is an acceptable practice in itself (especially if they nofollow the links or block crawlers from the marketing sections, which many do these days).

 

But copying the same ad to each and every forum is generally frowned upon (I would not like that in my own forums although I know it happens from time to time).

 

These kinds of advertising sections work best for actual, productive, active, long-term forum members.  The other members of the community know your history and are more likely to trust you.

 

As far as "link building" goes, that is a path fraught with peril.  Yes, everyone in the SEO world says you need to build links (opinions vary on how many, how, and for how long, etc.).  Nonetheless, link building leads to a huge majority of the penalties and downgrades that Websites suffer in the search indexes.

 

It's better to write about your business, products, and services on a public blog that is quickly indexed by the search engines so that people find your site organically.  By building up visitors to your site gradually over time you earn their trust and from their feedback you learn how to publish the kinds of articles that they will share for you.

 

You can compensate for a lack of organic traffic through pay-per-click advertising (although if you need a lot of traffic right away it's better  to hire a professional to help you manage your campaigns than try to do it all yourself).

 

There are tons of ideas for attracting links published across the Web (most of them very bad ideas).  You should first read through the Google and Bing Webmaster guidelines so that you understand what is basically permitted; then begin experimenting on a small scale with simple ideas for attracting links and gradually improve your knowledge and skill.

 

Rapid link acquisition is your worst enemy.  Don't let anxiety about your competitors' "progress" drive your business plan.

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#1 MikeBanawa

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:45 PM

Alright, I have an ecommerce website and I joined in about 10 forums with the intention of using their classifieds section to post my products. What I'm doing is to create one AD Template for the day.

 

Here's an example (not my real product):

 

Hello Forumers!

 

ecommercesite.com is currently selling fresh stocks of iphone5

 

[insert picture here]

 

We are also offering this 50% off voucher for the first 10 buyers:

buyiphone5

Just type that in the voucher box in the checkout menu and we'll slash 50% off!

 

[insert anchor text here]

 

Thanks!

ecommercesite.com

 

and i copy that template paste it on all 10 Forums so I get 10 backlinks and potential inbound traffic from all 10 forums. My concern now is that I am using the same words in 10 forums. Will this be considered duplicate content? I have been doing this for a long time now and I just realized that this might hurt my rankings.

 

I really need your inputs guys.

 

Thanks!

MikeBanawa

 



#2 Michael Martinez

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:51 AM   Best Answer

If the forums have dedicated marketing/classifieds sections then using them is an acceptable practice in itself (especially if they nofollow the links or block crawlers from the marketing sections, which many do these days).

 

But copying the same ad to each and every forum is generally frowned upon (I would not like that in my own forums although I know it happens from time to time).

 

These kinds of advertising sections work best for actual, productive, active, long-term forum members.  The other members of the community know your history and are more likely to trust you.

 

As far as "link building" goes, that is a path fraught with peril.  Yes, everyone in the SEO world says you need to build links (opinions vary on how many, how, and for how long, etc.).  Nonetheless, link building leads to a huge majority of the penalties and downgrades that Websites suffer in the search indexes.

 

It's better to write about your business, products, and services on a public blog that is quickly indexed by the search engines so that people find your site organically.  By building up visitors to your site gradually over time you earn their trust and from their feedback you learn how to publish the kinds of articles that they will share for you.

 

You can compensate for a lack of organic traffic through pay-per-click advertising (although if you need a lot of traffic right away it's better  to hire a professional to help you manage your campaigns than try to do it all yourself).

 

There are tons of ideas for attracting links published across the Web (most of them very bad ideas).  You should first read through the Google and Bing Webmaster guidelines so that you understand what is basically permitted; then begin experimenting on a small scale with simple ideas for attracting links and gradually improve your knowledge and skill.

 

Rapid link acquisition is your worst enemy.  Don't let anxiety about your competitors' "progress" drive your business plan.


Edited by Michael Martinez, 21 March 2013 - 09:52 AM.

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#3 qwerty

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:46 PM

If, as Michael suggests, these forums nofollow links or block search engine spiders from these pages, then this isn't link building at all. It's just advertising, and it's up to you to figure out the best way to advertise to the people who are likely to see your posts (if anyone is likely to see them).



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:36 AM

Thanks man! I really appreciate that awesome lengthy comment. Yes I do get hundreds of inbound traffic from these forums because I have a very specific niche that they need. I was just hoping to get a bit of link juice from my Ads but I guess it did not have any benefits at all for Google search results. I guess I need to up my game more with this. I don't think I need any professional assistance though. My niche is too small that I can easily beat my competition I never get out of first page even without too much seo efforts. I think I'll try public blogs next and see if I get any improvements.

 

Thanks again!



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:55 AM

Forum Posting For Back Links - Am I Doing It Wrong?


 
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#6 Michael Martinez

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

By "public blog" I did not mean "leave comments on blogs".  That is spam.

 

A "public blog" is one that YOU write and which is crawled by search engines.  You should only need one, really.



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 08:53 PM

By "public blog" I did not mean "leave comments on blogs".  That is spam.

 

A "public blog" is one that YOU write and which is crawled by search engines.  You should only need one, really.

I totally understand. What I was thinking was creating a number of blogs (by hiring someone to do it) then point them to my site, and Guest blogging to gain even more attention. But I need to make sure everything has high quality content and done by heart. A bit lengthy though.



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:54 PM

I totally understand. What I was thinking was creating a number of blogs (by hiring someone to do it) then point them to my site, and Guest blogging to gain even more attention. 

 

That's also web spam. 



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:13 AM

 

That's also web spam. 

Isn't it a gray area? I got the advise from one of Pat Flynn's articles in [Removed]. It works well for him though. Please let me know if I should still pursue with this. :)


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:23 AM

Isn't it a gray area?

 

Gray areas are generally web spam that one hopes doesn't get detected. 

 

You can pursue whatever methods you want. It all depends on whether you care or not about trying to trick search engines or not.



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:38 PM

Hi folks,

 

I'm hoping you can clear up something for me.  My shop sells skis online.  On occasion I'll go to a couple of forums devoted to skiing when we have a particularly attractive deal and I'll post a link to the specific model.  I had heard that we're better off from an SEO standpoint of directing potential customers to a less specfic landing page.  For example:  "Race Skis" instead of "Atomic D2 Redster GS Ski".  Obviously I'd like to direct buyers to the specific product but don't want to harm our SEO efforts.  Thanks in advance for your guidance.



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:04 AM

I had heard that we're better off from an SEO standpoint of directing potential customers to a less specfic landing page

 

What you heard was incorrect. 



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:57 AM

Thanks!  I greatly appreciate the guidance. 






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