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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 4:45 am    Post subject: Advertising books and products in forums Reply with quote

I hear email spam continues to be a problem in years to come, because email spammers do not stop spamming and they continue to come up with new ways to spam; this is because, from what I hear, email spam actually works(while it makes tens of millions of computer uses unhappy).

How about posting books and other products ads in forums? If there are those who continue to attempt to fill out forums with those "I found such and such great product" posts, then I have to wonder if it actually works. Does it? (I certainly don't intend to do anything like that, but I'm just curious)
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Advertising books and products in forums Reply with quote

foundThroughAdminSig wrote:
How about posting books and other products ads in forums? If there are those who continue to attempt to fill out forums with those "I found such and such great product" posts, then I have to wonder if it actually works.

Arrow I think advertising through forums is acceptable -- and creates a positive response to your promotion -- only if it's within the rules of the forum. Otherwise, spam is extremely annoying to the community. In fact, post spam is arguably more annoying than email spam.

For example, my email spam software automatically and pretty reliably marks spam for deletion. I don't have to open the spam email and my time isn't wasted. On the other hand, I visit forums (such as this one) to read meaningful posts. It's very annoying to me when my time is wasted on loading post spam. I have to read the darn thing just to see that it's spam.

(Of course, Aaron is very good about locking spam posts. But the good aardvark's on UK time and I'm on US time, so many spam posts slip through the time zone difference for a while.)

Arrow On the other hand, it's almost always perfectly acceptable to reference a particular product or service if it's strongly relevant to the main point of your post. But there is a fine line between gratuitous posts for the sake of slipping your service in there... and sincerely wanting to give some good advice.

If you're not careful, you'll quickly ruin your business reputation... replacing a professional image with a spammy image.
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd imagine some e-mail spam does work partly by sheer volume and partly because of what it's selling.

For example, if you mail a porn site to 10 million people and say 0.1% of those take up a well publicised 7 day trial for $3.99 thats about $39,000 you've just earned for what has essentially not really cost you a vast amount.

Another example would be selling body enlargement products. Say you mail the same 10 million people, I'd guess only 0.01% of the people are going to buy it and at $20 a shot thats still $20,000.

I was actually expecting that last one to come out much lower, but well it looks like spam really can pay money - new site, AardvarkBodyEnhancements.net ? Wink


With regards the forum spammers, I would imagine you'd get a bit of traffic from those links but most popular forums are moderated therefore such things are going to get removed pretty quickly. If you have a red hot forum then you might get a certain amount of traffic, but personally I'd say theres much more money to be made from e-mail spam.

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