I'm sort of floored by the posts I see people making in response to the WSOs. I realize most people here are not earning a living online but many are, and it's mind-boggling how people can make some of these posts and even think they're remotely close to "ok".
I KNOW: PART OF FORUM MARKETING IS ACCEPTING THIS SORT OF THING. THE GOOD DEFINITELY OUTWEIGHS THE BAD I JUST THOUGHT IT WOULD MAKE A GOOD DISCUSSION.
A few recent examples, made generic to avoid pointing fingers.
I saw a WSO for a killer software application. It was priced at just $47 - retail value $67. First reply post read:
"Yeah but at such a high price do we get resell rights with it?"
I saw a WSO a while back (I think actually in the old forum) offering a very nice ecover design package. A reply was made with something like "Hey that's nice but so-and-so (hyperlink to competitors' site) is offering that for x dollars cheaper." Following were a handful of posts discussing the friggin' competitor's design service!
I'm being serious!
Recently in one of my WSO posts a fellow dropped a complete link in for a free, competing product.
Again I'm 100% serious.
Now I know already what the less experienced people (who aren't making money online) will say. "If you can't handle honest feedback don't post a WSO!"
It's easy to have this kind of "high standard" when nothing is on the line, in other words when you aren't making sales in the first place why worry about things that could knock a few off the bottom line? And I'm not talking about "feedback" I'm talking about questions and comments that are flat out harmful.
It's one thing if you get ripped off to go back in and post comments to help other buyers. But come on... I would never post something in another member's WSO that could possibly detract from their ability to make sales. This is what the PM function is for!
I think it is sooo rude and frankly ameteurish to barge into a thread where another marketer is running a paid promotion and start handing out links to the competition, complaining about the price, etc.
This is not part of the actual rule re: casugin harm. I honestly don't think a lot of these people are trying to bust up a WSO; it's just a matter of (IMO) being inconsiderate.
Maybe nobody agrees with me. But I feel really strongly about this and would just love to know what other Warriors of various experience levels think.
Either way I'll keep using the WSO feature weekly. It adds a good chunk of money to my weekly/monthly cash flow and I'm glad we have access to it!