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mindybenkert
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Link Building Through Blogs And Forums

I was hoping for a little clarification on link building using forums and blogs.

With forums, I read that it's recommended to just use the forum signature to link back to your site. So how does this help with building actual links to different pages in your site since you can only link to one page in your signature?

When you comment on a blog, they want you to enter your name and website address. So the anchor text for the links is your name? How is this helpful for SEO and ranking higher for certain keywords?

What is the best way to get backlinks that include your keywords linking back to different pages in your website? Preferably free ways?

Mindy
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cecille.l
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Hi Mindy,

Yes, most forums, like the Affilorama Forums, allow members to post links to their site only on the signature or profile section. This is to limit spam within the forums. Some forums, including the Affilorama Forums, allow members to put external links on posts, as long as these links are not affiliate links and are relevant to the topic in discussion. If you find a forum that allows external links, then you can link back to your site using the appropriate anchor text. However, keep in mind that this can be done only when the page on your site you're referring to is relevant to the topic.

It's the same with blogs. You can only place your name and your link to your website. Please refrain from using your name as anchor text. This is will not help you rank for your target keywords. I suggest you write your name and on the website field, you can either place the link to a specific page on your site or the homepage. If your response requires you to link back or refer to a post within your site, then do so. But otherwise, refrain from referring to your site on each and every comment. This may be mistaken for spam and might get you blocked.

Forum and blog commenting are great way to become part of the community/niche your site is in. It's a great link building method, but first and foremost, it is a way of building relationships with your target market.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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tankctrlr
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Matt Cutts talked about this I think he said to use your name not your website name (Car Insurance) because you'll be deemed a spammer rather than a reader leaving a comment.

But then the SEO people chimed in and said this isn't anything new, you just need to Diversify Your Link Profile, meaning don't get links from just one place and don't use one achor-text; get links from all over and change up your anchors because if google sees that a big percentage of your links come from one method (comments) then it will flag it as a "link scheme" and filter those links out.

In other words, randomize the heck out of everything lol.
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marketing29
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Going for guest blogging is even a good idea for getting backlinks for your websites.
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cecille.l
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In other words, randomize the heck out of everything lol.


LOL. Diversify and randomize your links and your link building methods. Don't be stuck in just one. Keep in mind that its about relevance so having a variety of links made through different link building methods would look more "natural" than having backlinks from a just one source (only blogs and forums, or only from Facebook,etc).

Have a great weekend!
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mbeelow
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You know, building links via forum and blogs comments used to be a very effective SEO technique. However, the world of SEO has changed a lot, and now this technique doesn't work as it used to (and potentially can be harmful, if you leave tons of irrelevant spammy comment with your links).

But it doesn't mean that you shouldn't use a link to your site in your signature on forums or mention it somewhere in blog comments.

Search engines, in fact, read those links and take them into account. Even despite the fact that most of blogs/forums are NoFollow these days (which at least in theory means that they carry no link value) you can benefit from them!

These links will be used as a meas of building relationships. Every time you leave a comment, a blog owner or a forum visitor takes notice of you. This is especially true for repeat visitors, so it is worth returning to the same blogs/forums over and over. If you write really worthy relevant comments, people will definitely visit your website and perhaps (if they like it) they put a link to it.

So I would say that forum/blog commenting is an effective means of attracting good quality links to your website and help with your overall SEO efforts.
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daljeet.kaur
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Forums and blog commenting are very effective in making a good back links. You just take care that never do discussions and commenting only for the promotion of your website and signature.
If you give effective and good reply and make a good discussion the there are lot of chances to converts a user into a visitor through your profile.
Keep yourself active on forum discussions with relevant answers.
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burkhardt5
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Just a quick comment.
The anchor text on a blog comment should not be spam but you can still make it a call to action. Blog owners don't seem to mind you using text like "Paul's Fitness Blog" or "Paul's Dating Blog" this will still encourage people to click on your link without it appearing too spammy as long as you mix it up a lot.

Also I think that links in your signature should be just the raw url because that should not hurt you as far as link building in the future and you will tend to get the referral clicks anyway.

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rajnish1
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Yes forums are the best way to get the information on anything we want , just visit the relevant section and post your query, you get the maximum responses from the experts. So from my point of view Blog and forums are the best sources.
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brad9
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"Randomize the heck out of everything!"

I agree! Be sure that you have many links to a variety of pages that hold relevant content to what you're commenting on. Also, I don't think it's been mentioned, but some forums/blogs allow you to use bit.ly links and some do not, so check that out before you link.

Good luck with this endeavor!
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mark schaaf
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One important thing about your name becoming the keyword link to your site is your name will become known as an expert in that field, it is great to have lets say dog food as your keyword to your dog site but if your are writing articles and posting them elsewhere your name is listed as the author and the search engines remember this. Also a trick I use when looking for places to post is just look at the post from others. click on there name and most often you will go to there site where you can copy there url and plug it into a site checker and see what there page rank is and if it is high enough for you to want to post on there site then you will have one more site that has a link to yours.
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