View Full Version : Are forum signatures any value at all for search engines referral links, etc?
07-20-2006, 05:52 PM
Links from the internal pages of forums are heavily discounted by the major search engines. For ranking purposes link quality is an important factor and a few high quality inbound links are worth more than hundreds of signature links.
However signature links can sometimes provide targeted traffic if they are appropriate to the forum.
07-21-2006, 03:04 PM
Links from the internal pages of forums are heavily discounted by the major search engines. For ranking purposes link quality is an important factor and a few high quality inbound links are worth more than hundreds of signature links. Somehow my so-called web site has managed to stay near the top for "randall blank (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22randall+blank%22&btnG=Google+Search)" in Google. It's even been known to grab the #1 spot from time to time -- as it is right now at MSN (http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=%22randall+blank%22&FORM=QBHP) -- but as far as I know there's only one link to it outside these forums. And it's not even in my sig, though I do wonder if my archived email at Gmail has anything to do with it. I don't link to the site (why would I?), but the domain name is there.
Postings like this one may give me a boost for a while, but it's still self-referential gobbledygook. :confuz:
On the other hand, Google only shows 573 hits (even less at MSN), so the competition isn't all that fierce...
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