They help and they dont help. I know I started the thread though I do know quite a bit, just always worried im doing something wrong but then again patience is a virtue, lol.
Signature Links in most cases do not help as many well known forums put a nofollow on them, nofollow links are worthless in the sense of backlinks though they do help in other ways “continue reading”.
If it is a follow it will give you a little juice though Google is getting smarter with this sort of thing.
There is however an upside on using signatures, it gets your website out there, it gets people to click to your website it builds upon branding, alexa rank and can help your seo campaigns by having visitors to your site. “Still Need Content and Backlinks!”
If you are seen as an expert in a community you may even land possible jobs with experts in the field and customers looking for an expert.
Not necessarily true. I say ‘necessarily’ because there is reason to suspect that sig links can have an effect. I believe they do, I’ve seen ranking behaviour that supports my belief but the evidence has been questioned by others who believe that I might be reading more into it than it actually supports.
So, the jury is out right now but you can’t categorically say that they don’t help, they well might.
In fact, I might have a way to test it. I wonder if I picked relatively competitive phrase and made it the sig link in all the forums I post in, got the page ranked, then nerfed all the links to see what happened, that might prove it one way or the other. It would certainly constitute reason for further study if the ranking appeared and vanished along with the links. Or, if a number of us did it simultaneously…
Signature links in Sitepoint, and the vast majority of other reputable forums, will do nothing at all for search engines. Sitepoint has all links from user-generated content as “nofollow”, which means that search engines completely ignore them. So while you might get some direct traffic if your signature links look relevant and interesting to other people reading the forum, they won’t make a dime of difference to Google.
Forums do allow signature links like here at sitepoint. Providing that you do not spam the site with meaningless comments. Start by creating a signature link here at sitepoint, by going into your profile page
Google ranks each page individually - while there is some element of site-wide ranking, it can easily cope with a single site that has even completely disparate areas, let alone related areas. If your site is well written and the navigation is put together properly, Google will have no trouble at all figuring out how the sections relate to each other and whether to send visitors to the site home page or a section home page or to a content page.
Is this true? In order to rank for say “How to care for dogs”
You don’t need to have those specific words in the backlink text. Yes, an exact match can help, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. Google is very good at working out what your content is about. It has good natural language algorithms, and it knows synonyms and related terms, so as long as the link text is relevant, you’ll be fine.
How do you go about getting backlinks? Forums dont allow them and neither do blog comments most of the time these days.
The first thing to do is to make your site worth reading. If you’ve got a good site, people will start to link to it. To get more good quality links, you need to find other sites where a link to yours would be relevant, and ask them for links. But bear in mind that most webmasters won’t just give out links to anyone who asks (and those that do won’t be worth much) unless your site really is worth linking to.
If you want to rank high for a certain keyword you first have to optimize the whole website for that keyword, or the page you want to rank…and then to deal with offpage seo…meaning to leave links like the ones described by zactive on as many similar pages with high pr you can find…
Yes - but they will most likely rank for different search queries. E.g., the cats page is not likely to rank for “dogs”.
you would need to have backlinks that say:
<a href=” http://www.dogs.com/caring_for_dogs ”> how to care for dogs </a> [/QUOTE]
Yup - thats certainly one way to do it - it doesn’t have to be an exact match tho. You can find the adobe reader page by searching for “click here”.
There are various tools available, most require subscription to get the full insight.
Write/publish content that is good enough, interesting enough, helpful enough that warrants other people linking to it. Simple