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Forum Signatures bad for SEO?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Jeffin, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

    Are forum signatures bad from SEO point of view. Do you allow them to be seen by guests?
     
  2. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Removing them from public view does reduce your valid content -vs- noise ratio. And of course it helps that you have less duplicate content (as a signature could repeat hundreds of times).

    XenForo has a default option to allow you to hide sigs from guest view.

    In addition, there is even an add-on that limits sigs to only 1x per thread (per user)
    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/signature-once.179/

    In my opinion it does help not to display sigs publicly (or excessively). Not just for SEO, but as a spam deterrent
     
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  3. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

    Hi Adam, thank you for your reply.

    Hiding sigs could deter spam? I thought of the exact same thing too. I mean if spammers could see that we allow signature link promotions they would want to target our site even more.

    I've allowed guests to see signatures because there is one member on my forum who relies on signature to index all his posts. If the benefits for hiding signatures were so compelling then I'll disable it but he will not be happy with that.

    It's this video below by Matt Cutts which made me think about forum signatures.

     
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  4. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    Hiding signatures for guests does have some SEO value actually because of how PageRank works. Every nofollow link that the search engine spider sees, the less PageRank you have flowing to your normal links (nofollow links more or less devalue the worth of "dofollow" links on the same page).

    http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/pagerank-sculpting/
    On my site, the only signatures that show to guests are the signatures of premium members (they are still nofollow of course).
     
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  5. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    It may be good for SEO, but how can you attract new users or repeat users? People like graphics, people like eye candy.
     
  6. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    When was the list time you didn't use a forum that you would have used if it had better looking signatures?
     
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  7. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    It's not me. It's other people - take a look at comparing between here and here.

    To me, the second one is more bland than the first one.
     
  8. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    It's just a matter of opinion I guess... Second one would be the one I would want to use between the two.
     

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