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    Quote Originally Posted by 5starpix View Post
    Are you saying having one link is just the same as having 1000's from the same site?
    Possibly, but I think it is more likely than Google accounts for multiple links from the same domain in their algo.

    I.e. Link 1 may have a value of 5, LInk 2, 0.05 etc, so its worth 1% of the value of the original link.

    I am of course speculating, but it seems like a logical approach to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5starpix View Post
    Are you saying having one link is just the same as having 1000's from the same site?
    Possibly. That theory has been around for more than five years. Prior to 2004, Google counted every link. It was not uncommon for a site with a #1 rank position to have 50,000 or more backlinks. At that time, the shear number of backlinks was a major factor in determining rank positions.

    In a 2004 algorithm update, sitewide links were discounted in value and most sites that held #1 positions based upon massive numbers of sitewide links found that their sites dropped several pages in Google's search results. Most have never recovered their top rank positions. Think about it. Sitewide links are clearly artificial links, which all major search engines frown upon.

    The situation with the value of forum links is unclear. Forum links are not sitewide links. They tend to be scattered throughout pages in a forum site. I tend to think that they have value with Google if the site they are pointed to is related to the forum theme. Links in a popular forum are also good for kick-starting a new web site, because it makes it easy for spiders to find the new site.

    You will never find all of your backlinks listed in either Google or Yahoo. Both tend to show a random sampling of the links they have found. Yahoo displays many more links that Google, but that does not mean that Google is unaware of all of your backlinks. Also, finding backlinks in Google or Yahoo does not mean that they count all of those links. Links with the nofollow attribute can still show up in Yahoo and Google Webmaster Tools.
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    In my opinion, not only having one link is just ~ the same as having 1000's from the same forum but they are very low quality links. Forum signatures and blog comments are poor's man backlinks, but i feel poor enough to use them, the big players buy links, blog posts and advertise on forums, create services to make the users write about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Szise View Post
    In my opinion, not only having one link is just ~ the same as having 1000's from the same forum but they are very low quality links. Forum signatures and blog comments are poor's man backlinks, but i feel poor enough to use them, the big players buy links, blog posts and advertise on forums, create services to make the users write about them.
    Agree. Using forum signatures for linkbuilding isn't what I'm doing. The only reason I put my own websites in my signatures are for traffic purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Szise View Post
    In my opinion, not only having one link is just ~ the same as having 1000's from the same forum but they are very low quality links. Forum signatures and blog comments are poor's man backlinks, but i feel poor enough to use them, the big players buy links, blog posts and advertise on forums, create services to make the users write about them.
    Don't forget that forum threads get organic serach traffic. Each signature link can potentialy provide a click through to your site. So 10,000 signature links can potentially drive some traffic to your site.

    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I tend to think that they have value with Google if the site they are pointed to is related to the forum theme.
    I have this thought also. One thing that always has to be considered is that the algo is constantly tweaked. So you really never know whether some positive benifits may come your way.

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