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  1. Question What is better? Signature Links OR In content blog posts links

    What is better... 300-400 signature links (say of DP) having the same anchor text and pointing to the same URL?

    OR

    5 to 6 links having different anchor text pointing to the same URL. These links are in-content blog posts link and not site wide. (I am not talking about high PR(5+) blogs here)

    Inviting opinions? [Anything for that matter, feel free to thrash the comparison if you like ]

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    It's a good comparison because what you describe is an easy way for most new webmasters to get some backlinks.

    One of my sites only has forum backlinks and a few blog backlinks, and in Google Webmaster Tools all of the links are displayed, but I've noticed that DP sig links seem to have almost no value at all. A single new link from a relevant blog is able to boost my SERP several notches, whereas even 500 backlinks from forums counts for virtually nothing.

    Here's a tip though, don't go for sig links, instead start new threads asking for a review or something like that, they seem to do more good, maybe as much as an incontent link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbandelero View Post
    It's a good comparison because what you describe is an easy way for most new webmasters to get some backlinks.

    One of my sites only has forum backlinks and a few blog backlinks, and in Google Webmaster Tools all of the links are displayed, but I've noticed that DP sig links seem to have almost no value at all. A single new link from a relevant blog is able to boost my SERP several notches, whereas even 500 backlinks from forums counts for virtually nothing.

    Here's a tip though, don't go for sig links, instead start new threads asking for a review or something like that, they seem to do more good, maybe as much as an incontent link.
    Does anyone think google has devalued sig links or at least sig links for particular sites? Fingerprinting the popular forum apps to discern sig links wouldn't be hard, but would google want to? I think they probably would. Anyone know of any experiments?

  4. Quote Originally Posted by LogicFlux View Post
    Does anyone think google has devalued sig links or at least sig links for particular sites? Fingerprinting the popular forum apps to discern sig links wouldn't be hard, but would google want to? I think they probably would. Anyone know of any experiments?
    I ran an experiment a bunch of years ago; you could run a similar test now.

    • Register a fresh domain and don't link to it outside of this test.
    • Put up a hidden page on that domain which contains a unique string.
    • Create posts in a number of web forums which link to that hidden page.

    You might even run two tests, one for message body links and one for signature links.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    I ran an experiment a bunch of years ago; you could run a similar test now.

    • Register a fresh domain and don't link to it outside of this test.
    • Put up a hidden page on that domain which contains a unique string.
    • Create posts in a number of web forums which link to that hidden page.

    You might even run two tests, one for message body links and one for signature links.
    I've already noticed, although not tested it, that links in the first post of a thread seem to appear in search results and consequently get some search engine traffic.

    Signature links appear in Google alerts but I've yet to notice anything from search traffic for sig links.

    On some forums, especially small niche forums, and where the thread is filled with great posts (not 'me too' type posts) I'm noticing that links will appear in search results, but usually sites like DP don't for my sites. Suggests to me that not all forums are created equal, although Google have probably discounted most of DP for lack of quality and relevance.

    My experiences aren't tested, and I really don't know how to test them but maybe someone else would like to see if they can come to the same conclusion.

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    I usually prefer in-context txt link. Unless the sig link is high pr follow link

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    In-content links are waaaaaaaay better than forum signature links for improving rankings

    Signature links are good enough for bringing SEs to site for proper indexing.
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    In content any day - signature links are OK, but don't even stress about them. (Stress too much on signature links and you will become an Anthony Cea wacko )

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    Make sure the site giving you in-content links is related to yours, has unique content, and has backlinks. In-content links from spammy sites won't help your site in any way
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    If your work is still pending, I'll soon get in touch.

  10. Thanks everyone.
    I can relate to what elban explained. It may sound bizzare but one of my sites got a PR2 with a single in-post link from DP. it was just a month old when update took place.

    Here is a follow up Q. Say you are targeting a deep link in your site. The page is just a day (or a week) old. What is your "link building" strategy for such a page?
    If you are going to buy some incontent links from related blogs how many links would you buy at a time (per day or per week or per month!)

    Assuming that the site is placed in a medium competitive niche.

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