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Forum signature link count as backlink?

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by Jannatin Nayem Sourav, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. #1
    Does signature link works as a backlink?
    SEMrush
     
    Jannatin Nayem Sourav, Jan 27, 2019 IP
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  2. MilesWeb

    MilesWeb Well-Known Member

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    Google doesn't consider the backlink from forum signature. You can use it for getting direct traffic but it won't have much effect on SEO.
     
    MilesWeb, Jan 28, 2019 IP
  3. Jannatin Nayem Sourav

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    Dose google consider forum profile's website link as backlink?
     
    Jannatin Nayem Sourav, Jan 28, 2019 IP
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    Joshuathompson Greenhorn

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    As a nofollow-link. Only for the natural appearance of your external-link-website-profile.
    Usually, such links can bring traffic if your profile is really good, has a high level of trust, thousands of subscribers and forum-likes.
     
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  5. ATMD

    ATMD Member

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    Definitely, in general, forum signatures are counted and can be seen in Google Search Console.
     
    ATMD, Jan 29, 2019 IP
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    allout Prominent Member

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    If the links are do follow (some forums still are). The most weight comes from forums related to your niche.
    The ones here at DP are no follow links. They are great for traffic if you have an active poster.
     
    allout, Jan 29, 2019 IP
  7. Usama Azam

    Usama Azam Greenhorn

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    100% correct...
     
    Usama Azam, Jan 31, 2019 IP
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    sigen Greenhorn

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    Even if it's counted as another backlink, it will not have much benefit even not being nofollowed.
     
    sigen, Jan 31, 2019 IP
  9. ATMD

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    Double negative :p

    "even being do-follow" lol
     
    ATMD, Jan 31, 2019 IP
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  10. sigen

    sigen Greenhorn

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    Double 'even', I might have been drunk :)
     
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    ATMD Member

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    LOL That's true, even I didn't even notice that XD
     
    ATMD, Feb 1, 2019 IP
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    chinemeremz Well-Known Member

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    The truth here is that with the excessive abuse of links even in your bio- nofollow or dofollow, the whole thing boils down to relevancy. SEO is quite an rowdy and unstable thing these days and Google and the rest are constantly changing their algorithm to suite the times. What I believe here is in the link's relevancy to the topic, inasmuch as your contributions are in tandem with what your bio link is all about, I believe the backlink will bring your more traffic and clicks (is this not what the whole thing is about in the first place?).
     
    chinemeremz, Feb 1, 2019 IP
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  13. ATMD

    ATMD Member

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    In an ideal world, a backlink should only be a referral to an information/content source that is relevant and useful to the topic at hand. However Google has made it a big part of their algorithm, using backlinks as a major ranking factor for SERPs, this changed everything.

    Imagine if Google didn't make backlinks a ranking factor. In such a scenario, the websites that rank the highest would be the ones that have the highest "dwell time", the lowest bounce rates, and the highest on-site user experience ratings. The world would also have no spam backlinks, for there would be no use for them in SERPs. Black Hat SEO would be non-existent.
     
    ATMD, Feb 1, 2019 IP
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    mrb1129 Well-Known Member

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    Most forums provide no-follow links so that's a no help. And even if they do provide do-follow links those links passes no link juice whatsoever because from a single forum page hundreds of links can be outgoing.
     
    mrb1129, Feb 1, 2019 IP
  15. dcristo

    dcristo Illustrious Member

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    #15
    A good rule of thumb is the easier it is to get a backlink the less impact it will have with your SEO efforts. Forum signature links can be good for targeted traffic but won't help much for boosting rankings.
     
    dcristo, Feb 2, 2019 IP
  16. Prasseo

    Prasseo Active Member

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    Hi,
    ForumSignature is account as single link and support as increase in Traffic... I hope...
     
    Prasseo, Feb 7, 2019 IP
  17. MayurKawale

    MayurKawale Well-Known Member

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    Not every link counted by Google whether it is shown by Google or not. The only natural dofollow link will be counted in Google and that is important in terms of ranking.
     
    MayurKawale, Feb 9, 2019 IP
  18. ATMD

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    I'm not sure what this word "counts" refers to in this context.

    Does Google know whether I've got a backlink from a particular no-follow forum? Yes it does, the proof is in my Google Search Console report.

    Does it know how many no-follow backlinks I've got from a particular source? Yes it does, the GSC shows me exactly many no-follow links I've got from a particular forum or blog. So it does "count" my backlinks.

    However, since they are no-follow links, the backlink juice and authority are not passed to my site. That said, having no-follow backlinks is absolutely essential to a healthy backlink profile. It would look rightly unnatural to Google if most of my links are do-follow links. This might raise a red flag, and none of us wants that flag raised ;)
     
    ATMD, Feb 9, 2019 IP