Forum signature link in Google eyes!

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  1. altcom

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    #1 altcom, Jan 22, 2013
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  2. rudradhar

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    This an OLD news. I think every SEO expert should know this. Now Google is going to take action against short replies on forum threads like, Thank you, Great info, Thanks for information, etc

    Also the URL which you had given is about no-follow links.

    This is the correct URL http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66356
     
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    I already knew about it and so do everyone else. But thank you so much that this will help those who don't know about it.
     
  4. altcom

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    Sorry sorry, I post the wrong link. Thanks for correction.
     
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    As a forum owner, I'm happy to see that Google are recognising poor quality forum posts made just to get a signature link. This will make it less attractive for people to post spam on forums and hence, hopefully reduce the level of poor quality content we have to deal with.
     
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    That was always implemented, just no action was taken. This is a brilliant thing. Less spam.
     
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    I've made a discussion to my partner yesterday about forum signature links. Well, I'm not really sure how Google treats those kinds of links. However, I've made a conclusion based on their example that they are still recognizing forum links as part of ranking factors based on the quality of the post.

    You will notice that they gave an example of a one liner response with a bunch of signature links in anchor texts. I thought somehow that Google is still filtering the quality of the post made by a user in a forum and give weight to it. Again, I am not sure about that because I don't know how they can determine the quality of every post from millions of legit and spammers in all forums around the globe. But It's not impossible though, they were able to detect and turn down some what we think "unstoppable" spam activities over the years.

    But there's one clear bottom line from this, reputation counts. And we should aim for that.
     
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    But we don't have to wait for Google to detect the spam forum post or comments. As a member of a forum, we are also entitled to report any "spam" comments we might encounter on viewing threads and posts/reply.
    If you think that the answer or reply to a post is not related and even leave a link to its own personal website, we have to report that also. We can contribute on cleaning the forum to stay reputable and family-friendly. WE should help each other members, the moderators, the forum for we all benefit on it. We can do business on this forum without playing dirty tricks.

    Always think before you post. Ayt?

    Hope that helps. :)
     
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    I think it is a disservice to the community to barely participate in the forum just to try to get some weird Google juice that may not work anyway. I don't like playing the Google dance. I'd rather meet and connect with people in the community than be here solely for the backlinks.
     
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    Some people use short comments like "thank you" and "great info" just to increase number of posts in forums to activate signature and to get backlinks from forums and blogs..but what if someone genuinely want to thank blogger or the person who gives reply ?
     
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    Does it mean that if we start posting with around two sentences maybe 250 words , google will eventually like our signature links?
     
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    I didn't know this ..good and great news for me..it will include active participation of the people on forums..another rule and added advantage for SEO.....
     
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    It's absolutely brilliant the irony of how many members with anchor text optimised links in their signature have replied to this thread. The exact tactic Google warns against in their guidelines!

    If you're going to forum post have generic text such as click here, more info, free gift etc as the anchor or a naked anchor (your site's url).
     
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    Pete, if you read the article again you'll notice it's talking about low quality posts.
    The replies here are on topic and thus should not be penalized. That said, if I put a link to my blog about sobriety, it may be penalized because it has nothing to do with business or tech.

    I think this is mostly about improving quality but also only counting on topic links.
     
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    You can get penalized easily even if you are leaving good quality long posts and if the links are pointing to a similar topic website. I have had it happen personally. According to my tests, it is the anchor text that matters.
     
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    Here on BAF we have a "thanks" link that can be used to thank an individual member. For blogs or forums that do not have such a system, or even here where we do, The person giving the thanks should give more details about why they are thanking the person and how the information they are thanking them for was helpful.

    It is not the quantity of words that is important, but what the words say. Long ago, when this was first pointed out, before this thread was even started, I asked Google if a ink was related to the content of the post, would that be considered a valid link - I never got an answer.
     
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    So I guess people should get used to not including ther signature in certain posts?
     
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    I actually started doing that some time ago. On posts that are related to what I do, I include my signature. This way, even if they don't help my rankings in Google, people interested in my services can click on the links, so I get targeted traffic. On posts that are not related to what I do, I do not include my signature. Of course, if you are providing SEO services, and include a client's link in your signature, there is no longer a reason to do so, if there ever really was, so including your signature anywhere is useless.
     
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    Thats what they do. Leaving SEOs hanging.
     
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    Yeah Google should take care of spam post. So, things don't get messed up while searching for a particular thing.
     

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