To start off this article, let me briefly explain what forum profile backlinks are. Backlinks in itself are links to your website that can be used to help your search engine rankings. Forum profile backlinks are a specific type of backlink that are created on profiles that you create on various forums. Being that this is a specific type of backlink, it has it’s own sets of pro’s and con’s. Let’s look at the pro’s with this type of backlink.
To start, it has been my experience that the majority of forum profiles will allow dofollow backlinks. The dofollow attribute is very important to backlinks for seo some people when they create backlinks. There is a common belief that only dofollow backlinks will actually count towards your search engine rankings. I’m not sure I completely believe this, but maybe it is true. With that said, if you believe that only dofollow backlinks count, then this is a big positive for using forum profile backlinks.
Another positive with forum backlinks is that a lot of forums will encourage them. You may notice on some forums that when you create a profile, there will actually be a box for your web URL. The website is actually encouraging you to leave your backlink there! This is definitely a big positive, and it can lead to links that stick around for many years.
Now, what about the con’s? Well, the one major downside I can think of is that because you are creating new profiles, the links will appear on new pages. This means that Google has to first find these profiles, before they can index your link. To some, this is a problem because it could take anywhere from a few hours to a few months just to have your backlink counted. Other’s consider this a positive though, because they don’t want all of their backlinks being found at once. Instead of having them all found in one day, they can have their backlinks found gradually over a few weeks/months. So when it comes to forum backlinks, the big disadvantage is in fact an advantage depending on who you ask.