Is having site URLs in ones forum signature a good SEO move ?

Discussion in 'SEO, PPC and Online Marketing' started by Justin Smith, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Justin Smith

    Justin Smith UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    Is having site URLs in ones forum signature a good SEO move ?

    Simple question, but possibly not a simple answer.....

    I was always under the impression having as many links to ones site as possible is a good thing. But does Google have a SPAM filter as it were, and actually ignoring, or even worse downgrading, sites with loads of links (all the same) from another site ?

    It may just be coincidence (there are a few other things happening on my site at the moment, like swapping from HTTP to HTTPS, though that was about three weeks before) but Google seemed to stop crawling my site at about the time I started using URLs in my signature for two forums I use (this being one).
    I`m using the "cached" function on specimen pages brought up by Google to check when last crawled, is that the way to do it because the Google search console (in Webmaster tools) seems to be reporting that loads of my pages are being crawled ? ! ?
     
    Posted: Apr 19, 2019 By: Justin Smith Member since: Jun 6, 2012
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  2. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Google warned against forum signatures for SEO some years back.

    Follow the general rule that the easier a link is to obtain the lower the value of that link. It’s not the number of links, it’s the relevance of the link to the target page that matters.

    And Google applies different penalties in all sorts of ways.
     
    Posted: Apr 19, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  3. StephenSumner

    StephenSumner UKBF Regular Full Member

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    As above ^

    I don't link to my own domain for this reason, just 3rd party sites I have a presence on.
     
    Posted: Apr 19, 2019 By: StephenSumner Member since: Oct 15, 2016
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  4. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Regular Free Member

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    In a couple of posts people have asked you for advice about aerials & related equipment. Posting a link to a relevant page on your site as part of your answer would be a reasonable and safe way of doing it.

    There isn't proof either way that I know of regarding signature links but common sense suggests they are even given no weight or, when done excessively, a slight negative.
     
    Posted: Apr 20, 2019 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  5. Justin Smith

    Justin Smith UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    Do I take it that because you have links in your signature you think, on balance, they`re worthwhile ?
     
    Posted: Apr 20, 2019 By: Justin Smith Member since: Jun 6, 2012
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  6. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    I have links because I use them for marketing not SEO. Google has been ignoring them for years.
     
    Posted: Apr 20, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  7. justinaldridge

    justinaldridge UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    There's absolutely no problem these days linking to your site from a forum signature, even more so on a site like this where footer links are nofollowed, which means that they don't count as links that benefit your website.

    Even if they were followed, it wouldn't be a problem. Google knows which links to give credit to and which not to these days. You don't need to worry about it.
     
    Posted: Apr 24, 2019 By: justinaldridge Member since: Sep 26, 2013
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  8. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Did people check this out before handing over their membership fee, I wonder?
     
    Posted: Apr 24, 2019 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  9. debora32

    debora32 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    It seems to me that a lot of relatively intelligent and otherwise worldly SEOs are making a particularly unwise move in posting their URLs and targeted kws for the world to see. I'd urge anyone who is to reconsider - forum signatures should target the forum readers; link popularity is not the goal.
     
    Posted: Apr 24, 2019 By: debora32 Member since: Feb 11, 2019
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  10. Ian J

    Ian J Factoring Specialist Full Member - Verified Business

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    As fisicx has implied, many of us aren't fussed about the SEO benefits of a forum signature as we deem it useful for marketing
     
    Posted: Apr 24, 2019 By: Ian J Member since: Nov 6, 2004
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  11. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Regular Free Member

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    This may be true in your case Ian, but I suspect not so in others?
     
    Posted: Apr 24, 2019 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  12. justinaldridge

    justinaldridge UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    The links are followed in the directory so there is probably some benefit to members from there.
     
    Posted: Apr 24, 2019 By: justinaldridge Member since: Sep 26, 2013
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  13. jackanderson

    jackanderson UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    If you are using links for SEO purpose then Google will definitely consider it spam. Moreover, Google working on according to this quote. :D "Excess of everything is bad".
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2019 By: jackanderson Member since: Apr 1, 2019
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  14. Justin Smith

    Justin Smith UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    When you say Google consider it SPAM, do they actually mark the site down for it, or just ignore it ? That`s pretty crucial, because if they defn mark a site down for it then why would most people have links in their signatures ?
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2019 By: Justin Smith Member since: Jun 6, 2012
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  15. justinaldridge

    justinaldridge UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    This is a very general and sweeping statement and you shouldn't be making it.

    Google is against you BUYING links. That's different to actively marketing your business to get or attract links.
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2019 By: justinaldridge Member since: Sep 26, 2013
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  16. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Regular Free Member

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    If you want a quote from Google, this is it:
    John Mueller 2014 [https://www.seroundtable.com/google-forum-link-dropping-18609.html]

    Our friend John , again, 2018 [https://www.reddit.com/r/SEO/comments/8pjot1/are_reddit_comments_dofollow/]

    That said, my opinion on stuff John says has been illustrated elsewhere.

    Also bear in mind, as other Justin pointed out, the signature links here are nofollowed anyway.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2019
    Posted: Apr 29, 2019 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  17. justinaldridge

    justinaldridge UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    But there's a big difference in spamming forums for links to just having a legitimate signature link to your business.

    People often get too paranoid about links....just do what you feel is right without pushing limits.
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2019 By: justinaldridge Member since: Sep 26, 2013
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  18. Cube Digital

    Cube Digital UKBF Contributor Full Member

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    As said these forum links are no follow, so they are grand. I always use my company name, I never want a load of links with exact match keywords that are followed. That is a certain way to Google hell.
     
    Posted: May 21, 2019 By: Cube Digital Member since: Aug 9, 2018
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  19. Justin Smith

    Justin Smith UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    But if the links are no follow why does it matter if the keywords are linked ?
     
    Posted: May 21, 2019 By: Justin Smith Member since: Jun 6, 2012
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  20. xoxoseo

    xoxoseo UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Agree with posters above. Nowadays quality of a link is more important, that quantity.
     
    Posted: May 26, 2019 By: xoxoseo Member since: Apr 2, 2018
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