I've just had a professional link analysis done on my website due to a slow but consistant drop in rankings. It has flagged up a potential issue which is that I have hundreds of links coming to a page on my site with the anchor text of "visit homepage".
Basically, I have been posting on a vBulletin forum for several years and in my profile I put in a link to my site. It seems this link to my site is visable on every post I make - when you hover over my username a drop down appears with various links like view my forum profile and the said "visit homepage" which links to my site.
This link is easily removed if it is a problem but as it equates to a huge amount of backlinks to my site (albeit from the one domain) and people from the forum do use it to get in contact with me so I'm not keen to remove it unless it is 100% causing an issue to my rankings.
Removing it would take months to clear due to the number of pages Google would have to recrawl before it shows all the links as gone - some of these are really old thread posts so could be even longer than that! If I'm wrong and have to reverse the process, this would also take a similiar length of time.
I know the link(s) by itself is probably of no issue but it is when you look at my entire link profile and this one forum is making my main incoming anchor text as "visit homepage" instead of my preferred keywords it does look a bit strange.
Any help/suggestions much appreciated.