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Suppose a user operates their own separate website, say, a photography website. And suppose they include links to it in their stackexchange.com profile. Is there then Search Engine Optimization motivation to post questions here? Why am I asking? I'm baffled by the utter lack of detail in many questions.

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    Questions often lack detail, because folks simply don't know what relevant details to include. A good portion of question askers are extreme beginners when it comes to DIY, so they often don't know proper terms or how pieces of complex systems fit together. – Tester101 Jul 2 '13 at 13:49
  • nearly all questions posted here do lack pertinent details, but in many there is an utter lack. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utter – mike Jul 2 '13 at 15:54
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Links in people's profiles always have a "nofollow" attribute applied.

The only link that has the "nofollow" removed is that specified in your "Website" field and then only after you earn 2,000 reputation.

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The reason links are marked "nofollow" in posts is to avoid Google thinking that Stack Exchange is a link farm.

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So, to answer your specific question - there is no SEO motive for posting links in your profile.

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