Thursday, 23 May 2024
Link Building

Is forum link building still efficient for SEO?

If you are wondering that forum link building is still worthy in SEO? The answer is Yes

Forums or discussion boards are online communities for like-minded people to hang out and discuss various topics and issues about a common interest. Forums are generally free and open for everyone to join.

Forum links come in 3 types

  1. Profile link
  2. Post link
  3. Signature link

To be clear: not all forum discussion links are bad.

If a link is coming from a good quality site, an established user, and the link itself is not manipulative or spammy, you probably will want to keep it.

However, if you have thousands of links coming in from foreign discussion forums, they are all low-quality spammy links, and they continue to come in, you may want to disavow them.

Forum and comment spam doesn’t necessarily have a strict definition, but spam is largely considered anything that doesn’t ask a relevant question or provide any appropriate information. It’s easy for bloggers and site owners to try and promote their sites with spam in forum threads to get some free links, but the practice isn’t a good one. Firstly, it won’t provide particularly valuable links for your profile, and secondly, it’s disruptive to the forums you’re spamming on. Stopping comment spam is a top priority for many forum moderators, and any links you do make are likely to be removed.

forum link building in SEO

How do I build Forum Comment links the right way?

You don’t. This is not to say you there are not valid reasons for linking in forums and discussion boards. Links within comment posts do play a significant role in helping those within your online community and it’s for this reason why the majority of forums and boards these days nofollow such links.

Before you submit a link within any post, consider the value it will bring to your community; is the link just self-serving or is it something you feel others will genuinely benefit from? Forums and discussion boards are a great way to build trust within your community, use it wisely and it will benefit you greatly in the long-term.

The Process of Getting a Forum Backlink

  1. For this you need to follow these simple steps:
  2. Register on forum and fill in all necessary user information
  3. Read rules and terms&conditions of a forum
  4. Start posting messages each day to make moderator believe you are not a spammer
  5. Your messages should completely fit the discussion topic and bring value to readers
  6. After having posted X number of messages (number can vary from 2 up to 20 and even more, depends on specific forum) you may try to post a link
  7. After having built a link, wait for a couple of days and re-check if your link is live
  8. Track your traffic and conversions to understand which forums produce results

This is a good thing, on the whole. But let me ask you a question: do you think that a genuinely natural backlink profile consists of only followed, editorial links from high DR websites?

Of course not. That’s why it’s important to build links from other sources too.

Forums, message boards, Reddit, Quora, etc—these are all good places to market your website and, in the process, build some relevant links to diversify your backlink profile.

Related post: How many backlinks created a day to get to top Google ranking


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