It also depends on the search engine... Google seems to know where the signature starts, perhaps since it is not unique and the same signature is used on the other pages... I doubt google would know if you would have a slightly different signature in every post. However, forum signatures do appear in the links on yahoo...
Seems that people nowadays mean google by saying "search engines". :) They are all different. I have a website with hundreds od thothands of pages that get a lot of traffic from yahoo but none from google. It has hundreds of thousands of pages, but since the content has a lot of youtube videos that are not really unique, google only has 400 pages indexed, while yahoo indexes most of them...
So yeah, if you are trying to focus on google, signature links don't matter much. :) I just post as I normally would even without the signature links, so it doesnt matter to me much. BTW, google also knows if the link is a blog comment in most of the cases.
I believe that they all do have a little weight though, even if they don't show in "link:sitename.com"... ;)
regarding title matching,
Originally Posted by elbandelero
what I meant was, If the title of the page you are linking from and the title of your page you are linking to should match or be relavent. Titles should be of same topic. Hope you got it.
Regarding sig links, your niche forum links will give you link juice as well as targetted traffic.
say you have a site about cars. signature links from 3-4 car forums will help greatly, just make sure you go for the best related forums with pr4+. Start posting only in the new threads with incontent links pointing to your site( here also you can match the titles) (do not post in old threads).
I am not good at explaining,
One question here - why pr4+ forums? :) Even if the main wwww.someforum.com url PR4+, the thread wwww.someforum.com/somethread is still PR0 most of the time and most likely will remain PR0 lifetime... ( I had to place wwww. since someforum.com substitutes the title to some porn forum, lol) :)
Originally Posted by gmail
I don't think PageRank of the forum matters much since you are not likely to be on the index page anyway... However, maybe you are right, that is just my own opinion...
Definitely in content, but sig links can give you a nice additional boost.