Are forums good ?

Well i believe a lot of people are using forums.

Some are looking for news, updates, things to sell etc. But most people don’t realize the benefits they could be achieving whilst using forum links.

Forum links unlike blog links or social bookmarking ones don’t tend to have the “rel=no follow” so basically when you link from a forum to your site you will be able to influence the search engines.

Of course in order to have a good result people should look for niche or topic related content and of course a good (1+) PageRank rating.

Known problems:

1. Forum moderators are very vigilent so when they see a 2 year old topic “jumping” on top of others they tend to be suspicious. Posting something like : “I agree, thumbs up” won’t do a lot and you will most likely be banned.

2. Posting on forums require skills. A person who wants to post on a forum should know the basic html <a href >syntax and [url] (phpbb) related one too. When you register you must keep an eye out for html and bbcode availability, registering on a forum that doesn’t have either will get you with an account at the most.

Try using the Signature : Your links will probably look a little less spammy rather than stuffing them like :” I was wondering if you could help me with my site because i am having problems all day long .” I tend to use quotes or known phrases … keep that in mind and you will have links there waiting even after a month.

3. Don’t get fooled about forum urls, once you posted a link double check if the topic you posted in has a PR > 0. For example a link like http://www.forums.cats.com/viewtopic?=something ?message= will most likely show a 0 PR. This is because the “?message=” part automatically shows a PR of 0 rather than it’s current value. Go back on your browser reload the page using the CTRL + F5 combo and see the actual results.

All these things could be a bit demoralizing if you are new to backlinks but take your time not everyone is an expert so try reading first, experiment after and let me know if your results are satisfactory.

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