How Do I Get a Forum Backlink? (120+ High DA Site List)

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Last Updated on May 16, 2021 by Arif Chowdhury

If you are seeking backlinks for your site then you may ask, how do I get a forum backlink? 

Forum is an ancient way to collaborate with similar minded people. A web-based forum started in 1994. Since then it has become highly popular among internet users. However, upon the arrival of social media like Facebook, it’s popularity slowly reduced. Though, even after that nowadays there are millions of users still using forums for their personal or business purpose. The USA alone has more than 550 million active forum users.

In this article, I will talk about forum backlinks & will give you a massive forum list. But, the question is, what can you do with “forum backlinks”. Well, before we begin, keep in mind that forum backlink is not “do-follow”. This means it will not pass any link juice to your targeted website.

However, a link is a link. That is – you are supposed to get thousands to millions of targeted referral traffic from it. It doesn’t matter whether it is no-follow, if you can place a link in the right forum & among the targeted audience, then you will get a stream of visitors. Yes, this is it. Your target is referral traffic, not a do-follow backlink. If you are okay with it, then let’s continue.

How Should You Use Forums to Get Massive Backlinks?

This is a tricky part. You cannot just visit a forum & suddenly post a link from your site. If you do, it will count as a spam thread or comment & most probably forum admin will remove that link as well as ban you from the forum temporarily or permanently.

Well, if this is the case, then how are you supposed to do it? Simple, you have to familiarize yourself with that forum rules & regulation. First, open an account by reading their terms & conditions. It will take some time, but do it. They will send you an email confirmation, upon activating it, your account will be fully activated.

To get a forum backlink first read forum rules before posting anything.

Now, visit every section & read how they communicate with each other. Every section has its own rules. You will find it at the top of every section. Read it thoroughly. Most of the time you cannot post a link at your first thread or comment. You may have to post at least 30-50 comments before you are eligible to do that. However, even after that, without any reason, you may not post a link.

Read all forum rules to familiarize yourself before posting.

Golden Rule: When trying to build forum backlinks do not chase for high domain authority (DA) as you are not going to get any link-juice from forum backlinks. Thus, check how many visitors a forum is getting, as you are targeting the high amount of referral traffic.

My advice is – try to start a conversation & then when people ask, post your link. It will be better & looks natural. Also, search other conversations & see how other people are posting links on the forum thread. It will help you to understand their way of acting.

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120+ High DA Forum List (Verified)

List Forum Name DA Monthly Traffic Link
1 Microsoft Answers 99 1.10 Billion
2 Google Webmaster Community 99 92 Billion
3 Cpanel 94 2 Million
4 Oracle Communities 93 30 Million
5 Shopify 93 62 Million
6 Stack Overflow 93 274 Million
7 Cprogramming 61 979K
8 OVH 93 125K
9 Parallels 92 2 Million
10 MySQL 93 5 Million
11 000Webhost 93 2.4 Million
12 Republic of Gamers (Asus) 93 104 Million
13 The Verge 93 56 Million
14 The Guru of 3D 80 4.7 Million
15 Hawk Host 47 613K
16 Mac OS X Hints 86 3.4 Million
17 AMD 91 19.4 Million
18 Ubuntu 79 1.1 Million
19 Gentoo 77 627K
20 Skyscraper City 86 8.4 Million
21 Host Gator 91 4.8 Million
22 Dynamic Drive 69 120K
23 ASP Net 84 2.1 Million
24 Caspio 58 625K
25 Web Developer 56 81K
26 Webmaster World 82 152K
27 Video Lan 90 7.3 Million
28 Mozilla Zine 74 371K
29 Digital Point 74 205K
30 Web Hosting Talk 67 266K
31 Sitepoint 87 4.1 Million
32 Ultimate Guitar 89 62 Million
33 Utorrent 91 28.7 Million
34 XDA 92 22.8 Million
35 World of Warcraft 91 29 Million
36 Kaspersky 91 11 Million
37 Stat Counter 88 3.4 Million
38 Warrior Forum 68 333K
39 Wicked Fire 50 42K
40 Black Hat World 59 2 Million
41 Audacity Team 83 3.2 Million
42 Techsmith 79 2.7 Million
43 Moz Q&A 91 3 Million
44 BitDefender 87 6.1 Million
45 Foxit Software 85 3.5 Million
46 Whatismyip 84 3.9 Million
47 AVS 76 3.4 Million
48 MikroTik 80 2.7 Million
49 Apache Friends 91 1.3 Million
50 Pagalguy 53 1.1 Million
51 Filezilla 87 1.5 Million
52 Notebook Review 82 866K
53 Daniweb 70 814K
54 Daemon Tools 76 1.3 Million
55 Mtbr 68 2.5 Million
56 Adblockplus 88 76 Million
57 Blenderartists 64 1.4 Million
58 Hockeydb 66 1.7 Million
59 VB Forum 56 663K
60 Superherohype 80 1.3 Million
61 Thai Visa 76 2.3 Million
62 Purseblog 71 2 Million
63 Tech Support 67 284K
64 XAT 85 1.3 Million
65 RPG 68 845K
66 After Dawn 74 1.1 Million
67 Core77 82 1.2 Million
68 Maxthon 77 482K
69 Omnigroup 78 330K
70 Lawnsite 46 495K
71 Vtiger 57 308K
72 Caspio 58 625K
73 Quora 93 544 Million
74 Forex Factory 60 8.9 Million
75 Delphi Forum 61 1.1 Million
76 CBR Community 87 46 Million
77 Garden Web 67 514K
78 Media Monkey 70 335K
79 Sanparks 71 279K
80 Luminous Landscape 68 198K
81 Ummah 54 230K
82 Free Website Templates 50 46K
83 Axis History 57 249K
84 Wilders Security 68 510K
85 Kirupa 57 174K
86 Ask About Money 39 238K
87 Wysiwyg Web Builder 57 125K
88 Chef Talk 53 299K
89 Devx 73 57K
90 UK Business Forums 59 167K
91 vBulletin 79 75K
92 Discourse 76 268K
93 phpbb 89 317K
94 Simple Machines 74 143K
95 Xenforo 83 346K
96 Mybb 60 279K
97 Flarum 47 68K
98 Invision Community 67 148K
99 Tech Republic 88 7.5 Million
100 Patient Info 75 7.6 Million
101 Health 24 90 21 Million
102 eHealth 60 76K
103 Medhelp 65 564K
104 Growth Hackers 65 219K
105 Affiliate Fix 37 71K
106 Afflift 35 105K
107 Affilorama 51 68K
108 Dream Team Money 41 70K
109 SEO Forum 57 213K
110 dbPoweramp 67 144K
111 Forumosa 47 167K
112 Dpreview 88 8.9 Million
113 Photography Talk 54 329K
114 Flickr 91 56 Million
115 Fredmiranda 58 703K
116 Talk Photography 44 181K
117 Amateur Photographer 66 213K
118 The Photo Forum 49 84K
119 Photo 82 605K
120 Discuss Cooking 45 145K
121 ChowHound 79 3.3 Million
122 eGullet 60 303K

The Difference between Blog & Forum Backlinks?

Unlike other backlink generating methods i.e. guest posting, broken link building, link swap, etc. you will not get any do-follow backlinks from forums. And also search engines like Google give little value to backlinks from forums. However, you will get at least 500% more traffic than any other backlink generating methods.

Do you know why? Because in the forum people are highly engaging in conversation. Thus, posting a relevant link at the right moment will give you an instant boost in referral traffic. Which is kind of impossible in a blog or website.

For example, let’s say you have a backlink from a blog post from the website. This website has high organic traffic, let’s say over 1 million. Now let’s say that blog post where you have a backlink gets around 100K visitors per month. The possibility of getting traffic from this backlink is a maximum of 500-1,000 per month. Or even less.

Don’t believe me? Use a tracker in your blog post link then test this out. You will be surprised by how much less traffic you are getting from links. This is because people are not likely to read the entire article/blog post. Most of the time they will simply skim your article for specific information. When they get it, they will simply leave.

According to research, 55% of your visitors spend less than 15 secs on your page. Another research tells us that only 20% of your visitors read the entire article while 80% of them simply pass it by reading only the headlines.

Quick Note: If you are looking for referral traffic then build a strong forum backlink profile for your site. Or, if you want to get organic traffic then build a strong backlink profile from different blogs & websites.

As you can see, the truth is – you are not supposed to get lots of traffic from blog or website backlinks. Then what you are supposed to get? Well, backlinks from relevant blogs or websites will increase your website authority which will allow you to rank higher on search engine result pages (SERP). Therefore, getting backlinks from those places will give you a permanent boost in ranking & you are supposed to get lots of organic traffic from search engines.

Now the opposite things are going to happen when you are getting backlinks from forums. As you are not going to rank in search engines, however, you are supposed to get lots of referral traffic instantly.

Why Forum Backlinks Are Cheap & Effective?

I guess you already understand the difference between forum & blog/website backlinks. Now, let me tell you why forum backlinks are much cheaper & effective than blogs/websites.

When you want to generate backlinks from a blog/website you have to be ready for lots of patience. If you have started your backlink generating campaign, then perhaps you already know about it. Most of the time you have to wait for days to months to get a single backlink from a high authority website. If you send an email to 1,000 people only 50-60 of them will reply. Still, there is no guarantee that they will give you a backlink. Some of them might ask you to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars to get a backlink.

How do I get a forum backlink? Use forum signature it is very effective way to showcase your link without breaking any rules.
Forum signature is very effective way to showcase your link

It is a frustrating & long waiting task. However, getting a backlink from a forum is rather easier & cheaper. All you have to do is – open an account & post your link at the right time. If they have some requirements for a new account i.e. at least 50 threads must have to post. Then upon completing this task you are free to start your backlink campaign.

Let me recap what you have learned here:

How to get backlinks from a forum?

  • Open an account using email
  • Read forum requirement before posting anything
  • Read other threads & comments to familiarize yourself
  • Start a conversation before posting your link
  • When someone asks only then post your link (safest way)
  • Use signature to showcase your link in every comments & thread

What should you expect from forum backlinks?

  • Mostly no-follow backlinks
  • Even if some forum gives you a do-follow backlink, it won’t pass link juice
  • Much easier & cheaper to get backlinks (instant)
  • You will not get rank in search engines from forum backlinks
  • You will get lots of referral traffic (instant)
  • Irrelevant link posting will cause your account temporary or permanent ban from the forum

Hope I am able to teach you something useful. The difference between blog & forum backlinks. Why is it cheaper & effective? Why should you use it? When you should use it? And what you should expect from it.

Executive Summary

I tried to educate you with everything I know about forum backlink. Hope you get the answer to your question: how do I get a forum backlink?

Most of the time people are wrong about forum link building. Some people think it will give them lots of backlinks that will increase their website authority. Others think it will give them nothing instead it will jeopardize their overall authority ranking.

All of them are wrong. Forum backlinks once used to get rank higher in SERP. And that’s why search engines implemented no-follow backlinks in the forum to prevent it. And that’s why you are not supposed to rank higher in authority. Even if some forums provide you do-follow, it doesn’t matter.

Therefore, your task is to use forum backlinks to receive thousands to millions of referral traffic. The good news is – it is rather easier & cheaper than general blog & website backlinks. However, if you want long-term growth in search engines by increasing your rank then do not waste time in forum link building.

Further reading on Cliobra: I assume you want to grow your site authority by using link building technique. In that case, do not forget to check my other guides about link building strategies “Why Should You Focus on Link Building?” and also “Keyword Optimization Insight & Why It’s Important?