What is your standard method for dropping a link on another website ? Let us hope you do not say " spamming ".
What else have you got ?
In a forum, adding the url in profile field will do the trick and if it allows signature link then drop a link.
Jason adding the url in profile field will do the trick
Now that is called a genius. A very safe and non-spamming method to leave a backlink. Most webmasters allow it too. Either on forums or on blog comments.
This and signature links are the best way to leave permanent back-links, even if they are marked nofollow. But Google has got smart now. A genuine link inside the blog post or a thread matters more.
I heard even internal links need to be seeded like the external links within a website. Saw it in a lot of blog posts.
I am trying to add my link in profile field and in signature as much as i can. But very few sites allow it and i don't want to take risks.
Discourse and Flarum does not have a signature section by default.
Jason i don't want to take risks.
Getting banned ?
Abhi Yes getting banned or warned. I did a poor mistake of P.Ming a user with URL and it got me banned. So anything related to advertisement i am scared as of now.
I am ok with signature links. It encourages real users to post. As long as it does not hurt our SEO, what is the harm in others gaining some traction ?
That says you are a decent person. Not taking advantage of loop holes. That is a good quality in my opinion.
No one likes to be insulted. Most spammers are paid to bear it. You learn to ignore it when it is your bread and butter.
That is when they come back. Most spammers get in, leave the link and move on.
Ha ha. You have no idea how thick skinned some people are.
There are some software available which allow us leave back-links automatically. Most of them are called bots.
If you need to get an effective back-link, it is best to do it the human way.