If you are into digital marketing automation systems and search engine optimization (SEO), in particular, you have probably encountered link-building practices such as forum posting. The question now is, in light of Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird updates, is it still effective and how?
Let us explore the answers:
You want to target forums that enable you to include a link because this offers you an opportunity to make money online.
Create a complete profile
Once you find a forum that interests you, create an account filling in your details, and writing your user profile so that it matches your interests, and of course do not forget your signature line as this is where your link will go.
Optimize the signature line
If the forum does not allow a sales pitch, which many do not, you can get your signature line out there by reply to thread posts. Of course, you should only post if you have something legitimate to add to it, giving your posts legitimacy and getting you the link that is your goal.
Share experience and expertise
Be always ready to share your knowledge, while promoting yourself in the signature line. Make sure your posts make sense. This will build you credibility and a following. Do not attack others, and always be ready to apologize when wrong in a discussion.
The bottom-line is, using a forum for SEO gives you tons of flexibility and tons of opportunities. This brings us to the conclusion that it is still effective if you know how to use it. So what are you waiting for?