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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then again they can earn commission / generate business
In another forum I have several links in my sig which are the products I use as part of my "Article Marketing Toolkit". Presumably because I'm a sufficiently trusted forum member, somone clicked on a link & I earned an affiliate commission.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but a no follow does not always mean that it doesnt show in the search engines.

and of course when i am looking for it i can't find an example but i noticed them in the past.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK. Feedback time.

I included the link (CanadaMan.com) in my sig here on Aardvark for about 6 months. According to the automated valuation tools (which I referred to earlier as being "toys") the site is now worth $1k+. I'm not sure of its PR as I'm getting different results from different tools - some say PR0 others say PR1.

In any case, the site still only gets a handful of visitors per day, so overall I'd say I've not really gained much from having that link in my sig here.

I think it will be more useful to link to something else instead now. Perhaps something that might be of more interest to Aardvark members. That way I would be attempting to build traffic rather than increasing backlinks or other SEO type of stuff.

Let's see what happens next. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Automated valuation tools don't really mean too much, and I think you should leave your link in your sig it does help, search for your link on google and see what comes up, if AB comes up with your forum posts then you're doing great.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mostly try to make my sig relate in some way to the forum I'm posting on. It's not always possible, but I think it's common sense to do so where you can - not just for the search engines but also for the audience that's likely to be reading.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right Paul, I post on many forums and only because I'm interested in them. I only really have the one site and I leave it in my sig although I don't get much out of it, it's better than nothing.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adigaskell wrote:
If you're a member of seoMoz you could use their trustrank score to measure the changes.


Would WebCEO be a another option?, especially as there is a free version.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could be. I've never used it myself so couldn't tell you if its any use.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kay wrote:
I agree that PR is pretty worthless.


Absolutely. I worked for a long time increasing my site's PR from 4 to 5, and was thrilled to achieve this. It recently dropped from 5 to 4, but my hits from organic search results went up!

There are much more important things to concentrate on.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:42 am    Post subject: Am I missing the point? Reply with quote

It's just a thought but if you create a special page on your website and linked to it from Forums ( I cannot link yet) and then used the Google analytics code, this would supply most of the data you need.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Local do follow forums business specific with good pr forums makes huge difference. Through this you can get quality of backlinks and unique visitors also.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:04 am    Post subject: Why I use the Forum Reply with quote

There are people that spend all their time trying to get noticed on Forums. I do the minimum, because most of my efforts are working for smaller companies that have no time or in-house resources. One of my customers is 1 and 1 in all the major search engines.

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