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    Is forum posting still beneficial?

    I have observed that some of the forums have lost much more traffic since Google has updated penguin. Do you think that it is due to the changing in algos?

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    I doubt that big forums, niche forums, good to great forums...are losing any traffic due to google!

    Look at the warrior forum, digital point, and quite a few others.
    Traffic is always good.

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    I dont think it ever was as beneficial as the average sig spammer thought. A sig is a good way to share your site with fellow forum members... but the guys that post only for the purpose of spamming their sig and make multiple IDs to post drivel are absolutely no loss if they leave. Forums would be better off and a helluvalot better resources without 'em.
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    I have to agree with Rob. Forum signatures are next to worthless, from a Pagerank standpoint. By the time any juice on a page is divvied up between all the outbound links on a forum page, there's typically not enough left to choke a flea. The benefit in forums lies in the opportunity to learn and to build credibility by sharing. If you're looking for more than that, a forum isn't the place to look.
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    True on the pagerank and forum sigs.
    It's funny to me, DP switched to no follow sigs (unless you pony up the hostage money Shawn wants).
    And everyone disses that switch still.
    Saying all kinds of stuff that in reality they have not a clue about.
    For just having your sig file in front of thousands of members every hour, who cares if do follow or no follow.

    Now all those spammers?
    Keep after them and after a bit they will go away.
    Even spammers hate to spend time for nothing gained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    I doubt that big forums, niche forums, good to great forums...are losing any traffic due to google!

    Look at the warrior forum, digital point, and quite a few others.
    Traffic is always good.
    The big forums get a lot of traffic from repeat visitors, their members and many also have newsletters. Some of the bigger webmaster forums have even played with the idea of blocking Google from crawling the forum.

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    Forum signatures are next to worthless, from a Pagerank standpoint. By the time any juice on a page is divvied up between all the outbound links on a forum page, there's typically not enough left to choke a flea. The benefit in forums lies in the opportunity to learn and to build credibility by sharing. If you're looking for more than that, a forum isn't the place to look.
    I agree with this as well. It's a big waste of time to build a bunch thousands of links on forums that aren't related to your niche.

    I have a feeling that there's some benefit from signatures on forums that are in the same niche. This may help build 'authority' and like you say at the very least you are in the right place to develop professionally.

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    I am agreed with all of you but i have seen many times that some people came to the forums that are not related to their niches and most of the time a person having signatures like Iphone tones, shoes and just like that stuff are participating in the web design and seo forums. I was just wondering that does this practice will give strength to their seo campaigns or they are just wasting their time and if they do not get any advantage by participating in such forums then why they came across such boards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pentawebexperts View Post
    I am agreed with all of you but i have seen many times that some people came to the forums that are not related to their niches and most of the time a person having signatures like Iphone tones, shoes and just like that stuff are participating in the web design and seo forums. I was just wondering that does this practice will give strength to their seo campaigns or they are just wasting their time and if they do not get any advantage by participating in such forums then why they came across such boards?
    At one time, we were told by Google that inbound links couldn't harm a site. Then it became 'almost impossible'. Then, their statement has been modified to say 'we do all we can to ensure that they can't harm a site.

    Most recently, it appears that inbound links from questionable sources are not just dampened in value... they seem to actually be able to convey the effects of a "penalty" to the receiving site. Testing isn't yet conclusive, and it's quite possible that the use of "penalty" is inaccurate, but the effect feels the same, when you suddenly find your client's site gone from page one, and appearing on page twenty-seven.

    Ongoing tests also point strongly to comments from niche-specific blogs and links from niche-specific forums and directories being much less likely to cause such a slap. Bottom line: it behooves everyone to be much more careful about their link-building practices, as well as to be sure that their link profile is as diverse as they can make it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pentawebexperts View Post
    I am agreed with all of you but i have seen many times that some people came to the forums that are not related to their niches and most of the time a person having signatures like Iphone tones, shoes and just like that stuff are participating in the web design and seo forums. I was just wondering that does this practice will give strength to their seo campaigns or they are just wasting their time and if they do not get any advantage by participating in such forums then why they came across such boards?
    I have mentioned this several times before. A few years ago we ran a test of the value of forum links. The only links that we found that had any value at all were links from forums focused on the same niche as the receiving site. After Penguin, I suspect that those links have also been de-valued.

    If people think they are really boosting their SEO efforts by spamming forums with signature links, they may find that it will have the opposite effect, either post-Penguin or in a future update. Spammers, take note of this. Too many of any type of link that looks unnatural can be a problem.
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    I guess I don't understand the title of this thread, beneficial to who?
    If you're talking about paid post then yes, admins are still and will always be looking for content on their sites.
    I offer vBulletin Services (5+ years experience & over 600+ documented clients)
    I help run a successful Admin Forum and play around on a vBulletin Connect setup.

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