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11 Mar 11 2:34 am
Hi, you could use a combination of search strings and plug ins such as SEO Quake like Michelle mentioned. Here's an example:
1. Use a search string like this in Google => KEYWORD/NICHE “powered by phpbb” inurl:/forum
(Note: I find niche instead of keyword works better because its more general)
Example: dog training “powered by phpbb” inurl:/forum
2. Using SEO Quake, sort by PR so you get the highest ranking forums at the top (worthwhile to check a few pages because they aren't always on the first page)
3. Click on forums you want and have a browse to see whether the links are do-follow. One way I like to do this is to check out the member profiles. With SEO Quake, no-follow links will be marked with a strike-through.
I use this method sparingly though and do it for the sake of diversifying my links. It's not super effective in boosting your rankings significantly (not for my sites anyway) unless its done in bulk (which is quite time consuming if you do it yourself). Also, this practice is sort of gray hat if you only plan on creating forum accounts to put links to your site (which will probably just get your account deleted by moderators).
It's a different story if you plan on participating in the forums though. ;) In fact, doing so probably benefits you more in the long run as you get an opportunity to have your link on popular threads and build relationships with people in your niche as well.
Hope that helps,