Originally Posted by marylandseo
Chris, How do you know it works? Let's hear the parameters of your "tests." I only ask because I've seen claims that links in forums work for years, but rarely are the links truly responsible for the rankings.
I will say that this is possible for link signatures in forums do have some power to them. This does of course depend on the authority. I recently ran a test on a very popular forum. Where I used my "target keyword" as the anchor text in my sig link. Within 3 days I went from 2nd page of google for that term and then changed it to a different more competitive keyword anchor link and within a week or I dropped down in the rankings. Naturally I put it back to the regular keyword phrase and slowly crawled back to the first page of google.
The common denominator was that I wasnt doing any backlinks within this time and really didnt have more than 20 backlinks before this. Also I wasnt adding any new content to the site during this time. No I was told this was do to the major authority of the forum itself.
Now, Im not saying things like this will happen everytime my target keyword really didnt have much competition other than the 3 sites above me. So dont expect miracles, but from what I have seen it can help.
Just one last point. Your more likely to have someone click your sig if you are helpful and active to the community than just spamming and looking for exposure. So please sigs are good but dont abuse them, help others and they will help you.
Quote I heard the other day that I really became stuck to recently "The harder I work the luckier I get"