This is a simple enough method, and can be done fairly quickly and easily.

You register on a forum, go to your user control panel, and then enter just two backlinks in your sig (signature) section.  You DON’T need to make a post, just register and add your backlinks in your sig using either HTML or bbcode depending on the forum.

The next time that search engines hit the site and crawl it, your backlinks will be found via the members directory.

Easy huh?  And you can leave it at that if you want to.

You may be thinking that this is spam, but well… it’s borderline and I think it’s okay as nobody ever has to see the links, just the search engines.

However…

If you want to go a little further, and leave a couple of USEFUL comments too (I can’t stress this enough) on an existing post, then that’s fine.  But for goodness sake, don’t make it a “me too” post.  Make sure your comment actually adds to the thread and is helpful in some way, and is at least a couple of paragraphs.  (The same goes for blog commenting.)

It won’t get deleted, and you help someone.  The universe is happy with the trade and so is the forum owner.

The benefit is that there are some threads on posts that can end up getting decent PR (if you’re worried about such things), and the idea is your backlinks will carry more weight.  But if you do decide to do this, you do have to take a little bit more care.

It’s usually a good idea to register, make your comments, wait a week, and then log back in and add your sig in the control panel. Most forum software will then auto-add the sig to all your posts.

It’s a good way of getting backlinks and is used by all marketers in the know.

But registering with forums can take a little time to fill in all the fields.  Even if it only takes you a minute or two, wouldn’t it be better if you could shave that down to seconds?  That’s where Roboform comes in.

Roboform will remember all your passwords and details against different identities you create, and then auto-fill fields in forms for you.

Click-click-done.

It takes seconds instead of minutes.

As I write this they’re currently having a “St. Patrick’s Day special” until the 17th and have knocked 20% off the regular price.

This is on top of another discount they’re currently running which expires TODAY and means you can get Roboform for $23.95 and also second and even third licences at an extra $7.95 each.  You can also get a Roboform2Go licence for $15.95 instead of $39.95 which will work with a USB drive so you can carry it around with you.  VERY useful.

It’s something I’ve been meaning to buy myself for ages, but never got around to.  I’ve instead been relying on my browser to remember my passwords where security isn’t an issue, and keeping the rest in my head or in an encrypted text document for reference when I need it.

Yeah daft in a way I know, but you get into these habits and they tend to stick.

So when I spotted this discount, I jumped in and grabbed myself a copy of Roboform, a couple of additional licences for staff, and also a copy of the USB memory stick version.

Now at last with Roboform I won’t have to worry again about passwords, registering on web sites, etc as all the fields will be retained and filled in for me.

I hope this has all been useful for you.

You can get Roboform from here:-

http://www.roboform.com/

-Frank Haywood