I’ve written before and discussed how important backlinks are. Without them you will never stand a chance against your competitors, even though you’ve spent hours optimizing your site.
One of the most popular methods to build backlinks the last few years have been link exchanges and forums. Even though forums have been used a lot less recently there’s still plenty of bloggers promoting this method.
When trying to build backlinks through forums it’s important to understand that spam will never work since forums are more often than not allergic to spam and your thread will probably be removed within a few minutes, depending on how popular the site is.
How to build backlinks through forums
- Find relevant forums
- Pick the best forums and join them
- Set up your signature
Find relevant forums
Finding relevant forums becomes an easy task thanks to Google. Just search for “niche + forum” and you’ll most certainly get a few different alternatives.
Picking the best forums
Picking the best forums may be a bit more difficult. Check age of the forum, if it’s active, if it’s SEO-optimized, etc. Just make sure that it’s easy to find new threads to participate in without spamming.
Set up your signature
Here you’ll be using bbcode, so make sure that this particularly forum has it before spending time registering. This is how you should style your link:
Learn how to find a [url=http://domain.com/]title to optimize[/url] today!
Remember to use a catchy phrase without making it sound to much like spam. With this method you can receive both backlinks and visitors, so make sure other members want to visit your site.
Every post you write will contain your link in the signature, so there’s no need to write spamlike and link to your site in every post. On the other hand it might be a good idea when you’ve written a post on the particularly subject.
Try to write informative and interesting posts. If you help a member on a forum they will most certainly visit the site in your signature, giving you more than just a backlink again.
Why this is a bad method
This method have been a bad idea for several years now even if it’s still popular to promote it. On every forumpage there are hundreds of links to different pages. You’ll only receive a small amount of link power which makes several other methods more useful.
Since Google change about nofollow this method became even more useless and I doubt that anyone will promote it within a few months.
If you’re already active on a forum within your niche, add your signature. If you’re not active and is thinking about using this method only to receive backlinks, stay tune for a better method!