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  1. #1
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    Default Black hat SEO ?????

    Doing some research to improve my own SEO. If I am reading what I found right https://productforums.google.com/for...rs/UZPh0EPOXcE, putting a link to your website in a forum post signature is considered "Black Hat" by Google and may in fact hurt your ranking.
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    Default Re: Black hat SEO ?????

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob R View Post
    Doing some research to improve my own SEO. If I am reading what I found right https://productforums.google.com/for...rs/UZPh0EPOXcE, putting a link to your website in a forum post signature is considered "Black Hat" by Google and may in fact hurt your ranking.
    Any comments?
    Bob,

    I cannot say for sure, since I am not a geek/nerd, but I think backlinks are in the response text rather than a signature. Take a look at this IN post (that was a backlink, by the way) by Matthew Howard. It seems like the only reason for his response was to put in a link to his website. I looked-up "backlink" and that seems to be what it refers to.

    I wonder if Google can differentiate between a link in a profile/signature and one in-line in a forum or message board.

    This is where I read about backlinks: https://www.seomark.co.uk/backlinks/

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    Default Re: Black hat SEO ?????

    It might depend on whether the content in the link is relevant. This is a site discussing home inspection topics. If the link in a signature leads to a site with similar content, it shouldn't hurt. But if it directs to something different, that may be recognized as misleading.


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    Default Re: Black hat SEO ?????

    I'm not literate with SEO, links, etc. But I have gotten many consumers that have been to this site and have contacted me concerning specific questions. So I figure my signature here is relevant and helpful to people. Not sure if the robots like it or not.

    Jim Luttrall
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    Plano, Texas

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