Well, it is not 18, 000 so far.
This total amount is just the sum of all search engine results listed, so many links are found by more than one search engine.
and as you see, Google is far from taking all of them into account.
For the amount, I do have more waiting, but I don't want to post them all at once. It's pretty useful to be active in many communities
Then, I do help people to Search Engine Optimize their website here, with proven results, the deal is a link back, which I find a very Good deal for all of us.
phpBB SEO is as well providing Backlinks to it's users, signatures, www image link and two directories, allowing you to obtain backlinks from several domains.
I don't think anybody regrets the use of our methods here, and we all want these tools and solutions to be updated and developed further, thus this site to survive