Why do people use multiple forum IDs when the name of the game is building credibility?

by mmurtha 40 replies
I have a question that is puzzling the heck out of me because I see no valid reason for it.

Unless I'm missing something??

But then again, I've been known to miss the boat every once in a while in my life. It's not offen, but it does happen.

Why do people use multiple usernames when the name of the game is building credibility?

To me, it's about branding - letting people know who you are - credibility - etc ...

Is it that people think or believe they can pull the wool over people's eyes, and cheat them?

Or is there more to it then that?

I do know that people will invent other IDs when they want to promote someone, or something. They also do so when they want to scam people out of their hard earned money.

But seriously, do people that do this type of thing honestly think they are fooling other people?

The worse part about is that the majority of the people that use Multiple IDs uaually either have a current WSO going, or one n the making.

I know the WF members put up with a lot of things, but why on earth do we keep the door open so the wolves can get in?

It seems obvious to me who some of these characters are. They are like watching a puppet show, hoping to build some kind of audience. When the one man show doesn't come off the way they want it to, they bring in their buddy puppets.

I think it's hilarious to watch myself, but want to know your opinion about it.

Why do you think people create multiple forum IDs?


Mary
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  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    IF... and only if, I decided to use a different username for something - it would be to seperate my new "persona" from my main business model.

    Example:

    I do graphics - people know me for that...

    So, it's possible to build a NEW brand for something else, and the new brand becomes synonymous with the new revenue stream.

    If people asked, I'd tell them it was me...
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  • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
    Hi Karl,

    True, that would be one good reason.

    I'm glad you brought that up because all I can come up with are the negative aspects.

    I know I've never found a reason to do this sort of thing, so it helps to know why others might do it.


    Mary
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Mary, I'd love to know who the puppets are so I could call them out on it.

      I'm not very good at recognizing these things. I don't pay much attention
      to writing style so quite honestly, if you were to use another username here,
      I'd never know it.

      I always wondered how people are so good at figuring this stuff out.
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      • Profile picture of the author Brad Gile
        Hey mmurtha,

        First I didn't know you were able to create multiple names. But I can see your concern. I can also see some people that hold higher roles using different names. For example, guru's might use a different user name that way they won't receive special treatment.

        I have had a guru use my service through a different user name before. I had no idea who he was until we started to talk more through email. I'm pretty sure he did it just so when he bought from someone they wouldn't know exactly who he is.

        That's just my 2 cents.

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      • Profile picture of the author IMChick
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Mary, I'd love to know who the puppets are so I could call them out on it.

        I'm not very good at recognizing these things. I don't pay much attention
        to writing style so quite honestly, if you were to use another username here,
        I'd never know it.

        I always wondered how people are so good at figuring this stuff out.

        HAH! I think Steve is one. LOL.
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      • Profile picture of the author IMChick
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Mary, I'd love to know who the puppets are so I could call them out on it.

        I'm not very good at recognizing these things. I don't pay much attention
        to writing style so quite honestly, if you were to use another username here,
        I'd never know it.

        I always wondered how people are so good at figuring this stuff out.

        HAH! I think that Steve is one--look how he is trying to throw us off his track! LOL.
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    maybe some people want to keep their niche a secret.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Mary,
    I use two different names,but I don't think mine relate to your question.
    I have 2 email addreses. One is my main one,and one is the one I use to sign up on all the "free" offers. which 99% of the time I instantly unsubscribe.
    As far as more than one username on forums such as the warrior forum, it's my opinion that if you a person of integrity there is no need to use more than one, and most forums have a rule against it.
    Back in the early days, everyone had usernames aka nicks with personal meaning, Here, at ebw, TonyB's forum and others, I was Majik, ,yet if I put out a product everyone knew my real name.
    If some here would like to shed the light on any real legit reasons to have more than one username then like Mary, I'd like to hear them.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Karl,
    I agree with Mary that might be one legtimate reason,but isn't most of our goals to build a solid reputation, and would you use the alternate username in the event that your other endeaver fails?
    Example:Karl does awesome graphics. That new guy (insert otherusername) is terrible at sound recording.
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    • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      Example:Karl does awesome graphics. That new guy (insert otherusername) is terrible at sound recording.
      Bad example, I'm working with an old friend of mine (a recording artist) on bringing audio services into a new business model.

      But I know what you mean... that's why I used "IF"...

      The example you, and I used falls within "creative" and as such, would form a perfect synergy for one username.

      It's when you're a specialist in something, and want to build credibility at being a specialist at something else while not diluting your other brand that it could become useful
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Another reason to use multiple usernames on a forum, especially one like this with a commerce section (WSOs), is to follow the Proctor & Gamble strategy.

        If you take a look at the tiny print on the laundry soap boxes from various brands at the supermarket, you'll find that many of the top brands are made by P&G. The only difference is the packaging and the color of the 'magic sprinkles' inside.

        With some diligence, a person or company could dominate a relatively small marketplace like the WSO forum by using a handful of names. For example, they could offer everything from low-priced PLR to ghostwriting services to copywriting without diluting the brand for each.
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        Originally Posted by KarlWarren View Post

        Bad example, I'm working with an old friend of mine (a recording artist) on bringing audio services into a new business model.

        But I know what you mean... that's why I used "IF"...

        The example you, and I used falls within "creative" and as such, would form a perfect synergy for one username.

        It's when you're a specialist in something, and want to build credibility at being a specialist at something else while not diluting your other brand that it could become useful
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  • Profile picture of the author joblythe
    Mary

    I am sure there are lots of people who use different ID's in an improper way, but, like Karl, I tend to hope that genuine people would use a "pen name" for different niches, for example.

    A famous example which springs to mind is George Eliot the famous English novelist (AKA Mary Ann Evans) - SHE may not have become so famous or even been taken seriously in her era (being a lady) if SHE hadn't used a male pen name.

    Apart from that, I cannot really think of another valid reason for multiple usernames.

    Just my thoughts . . .
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    Steve, you don't have to worry about me, I'm too blunt and honest to pull that off.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      Steve, you don't have to worry about me, I'm too blunt and honest to pull that off.
      Kim, you're the last person I'd worry about. And me? I'm too close to 10,000
      posts to waste any on a puppet.
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  • Profile picture of the author patJ
    On the internet you can have as many personas as you want which is rather alluring. However, i think the majority of the people using several IDs are dishonest in some way.
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    • Profile picture of the author Maureen Oliver
      I get that you may want to use different persona's in different niches, but I don't understand the need for different usernames on a forum.

      I could see how a "guru" might want to use a different username to test a product in order to see if it was viable even when it wasn't attached to their name. Stephen King wrote under the pen name Richard Bachman in order to see if his books would be just as popular if no-one knew it was him.

      Even though I understand the above idea...I would still feel deceived and used if someone I had come to trust did this on a forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn Newsome
    Mary,
    I can see the reason you believe multiple usernames are for shady purposes and you are probably right at least 90% of the time.

    How about this example:
    People using a different name in order to answer a question or statement on a forum. They want to give their REAL opinion about something or blast someone or something without revealing their true identity. Example: someone giving their opinion about their job or boss. (we have all read about current or potential employers searching and finding tidbits about employees and it resulting in bad things), from myspace, google,etc.

    There was a recent post in which the op stated basically he was bugged and even harassed into helping with a launch of someones product. He was promised return help on his launch and was denied.
    Most, if not all response was to take the high road and just forget about it.
    Now, if what the op was saying was true and a couple other factors were taken into consideration, then I would have not taken the high road and would have blasted away at the guy who he helped.
    I did not post at the time because I felt more thought was needed.
    If I would have had another username--maybe I would have given my immediate response. I was already hitting the reply button--but decided differently.
    I personally felt the guy needed a good raking over the coals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
    I don't see any point in using more than one name on the Warrior Forum. But when article marketing, hellz yeah I use multiple user names. Frankly, if i have a good converting clickbank product, I don't want anyone else to know!
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      • Profile picture of the author TLCarroll
        Not everyone is interested in building thier real name into a brand. Not everyone wants to be famous.

        There are some who would prefer to provide quality, make money quietly and not cheat anyone, but be able to keep thier private lives private.

        Not everyone wants to be a celebrity.
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        • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
          I'm seeing a lot of "bubblewrap mentality" recently...

          I'm not going to share my opinion on it, but I am going to ask a question:

          When protecting people from being potentially scammed... Where is the line drawn?

          What some people see as shady...
          Others see as being smart...
          Others see as being illegal etc.

          Sometimes people really do have to learn the hard way.

          I've been scammed... out of more than $1000 and I was NOT happy - especially as it was money I couldn't afford to lose at the time.

          It taught me some very powerful lessons.

          Consider this:

          The world is a big, bad and scary place - if we transpose this protection mentality onto our family lives - does that mean that we won't let our kids out of the house to play with their friends just in case they fall and scrape their knee?

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          • Profile picture of the author Flyingpig7
            Hello Mary,

            Well I'm sorry you feel that way. It had not occured to me when I joined this forum that my hiding behind my nickname would be viewed in a negative way. For starters I have never sold anything here (a WSO) nor do I plan to do so.
            I am a very private person and really am a little wary about having my real name or photo anywhere on the internet a fact that disconcerted me a little that a lot of people here seem to be comfortable revealing themselves so readily. Security is a very big issue on the Internet today so I would have to be pretty convinced that this forum or any other is a save place to trust you with my personal details.
            I take the point that you all wish to brand yourselves within the IM community. Secondly I am a little new to this industry so am learning a lot. I had thought that when setting up multple websites that separate identies would be useful for individual niches that is the main advantage that I can see. Lastly I am not interested in becoming famous or as you infer infamous either neither am I out to con you. I am interested in building a long term business and would much rather do so quietly in the background without the hype or OTT that I do see is fairly common in the IM business.

            I hope you realise that not everyone is perhaps as open as you but is not a villian. I promise you I am a very ordinary person who enjoys reading the forum and learning from the ebooks (WSO's)etc.. In the future I would like to contribute more when I have acheived some experience myself.

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            • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
              My other personalities come out on various days..

              I have no control over the little blighters... it's like some kind of issue

              If I happen to type in Spanish at some point... you'll know they got hold of my WF password

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              p.s. I can honestly say I just dunno how you notice this stuff... I wouldn't have a clue.. unless it was waggerz cos you could hear the violin playing in two areas of the forum
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              • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
                Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

                My other personalities come out on various days..

                I have no control over the little blighters... it's like some kind of issue

                If I happen to type in Spanish at some point... you'll know they got hold of my WF password

                Peace

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                p.s. I can honestly say I just dunno how you notice this stuff... I wouldn't have a clue.. unless it was waggerz cos you could hear the violin playing in two areas of the forum
                Hey, I sold my violin.

                Got top dollar for it too. I made an OTO that the guy just couldn't turn
                down, plus I have him a 1 year guarantee on it and double the money
                back.

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            • Profile picture of the author IMChick
              Originally Posted by Flyingpig7 View Post

              Hello Mary,

              Well I'm sorry you feel that way. It had not occured to me when I joined this forum that my hiding behind my nickname would be viewed in a negative way. For starters I have never sold anything here (a WSO) nor do I plan to do so.
              I am a very private person and really am a little wary about having my real name or photo anywhere on the internet a fact that disconcerted me a little that a lot of people here seem to be comfortable revealing themselves so readily. Security is a very big issue on the Internet today so I would have to be pretty convinced that this forum or any other is a save place to trust you with my personal details.
              I take the point that you all wish to brand yourselves within the IM community. Secondly I am a little new to this industry so am learning a lot. I had thought that when setting up multple websites that separate identies would be useful for individual niches that is the main advantage that I can see. Lastly I am not interested in becoming famous or as you infer infamous either neither am I out to con you. I am interested in building a long term business and would much rather do so quietly in the background without the hype or OTT that I do see is fairly common in the IM business.

              I hope you realise that not everyone is perhaps as open as you but is not a villian. I promise you I am a very ordinary person who enjoys reading the forum and learning from the ebooks (WSO's)etc.. In the future I would like to contribute more when I have acheived some experience myself.

              Keren

              Exactly! Well said, Keren.

              Also, this choice of name is a necessary separation for those of us maintaining off-line professions where we do business under our own name.

              My many non-related niches are more valuable if they are able to be stand-alone and sold as brandable businesses, not as extensions of someone's own name. (Betty Crocker, for example, as a huge brand vs. Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray as a personal brand).

              I'm not sure that the OP was specifically targeting anyone with a forum name, or was mentioning just the ones noted with multiple names that seem to be up to no good, but I'm not comfortable with letting it all hang out for one very good reason--someone once actually found me after a seminar. Several years ago, when I was lecturing at a seminar in NYC under a hobby related topic but using my own name, I gave a few non-specific details on my daily life to make the content a bit more 'personal'. Well, two days after the seminar, my phone rings in the office and the switchboard connects me to someone who'se been looking for me for two days from the seminar to ask questions. This took some effort for them to find me in the non internet days. Apparently my business card with the mail drop address and voice mail wasn't good enough for them. I was cordial, but got off the phone fast by saying that I would get 'in trouble' for non-work related phone calls. Creepy, frightening, and lesson learned.

              So, there are many reasons.
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          • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
            Originally Posted by KarlWarren View Post

            I'm seeing a lot of "bubblewrap mentality" recently...

            I'm not going to share my opinion on it, but I am going to ask a question:

            When protecting people from being potentially scammed... Where is the line drawn?

            What some people see as shady...
            Others see as being smart...
            Others see as being illegal etc.

            Sometimes people really do have to learn the hard way.

            I've been scammed... out of more than $1000 and I was NOT happy - especially as it was money I couldn't afford to lose at the time.

            It taught me some very powerful lessons.

            Consider this:

            The world is a big, bad and scary place - if we transpose this protection mentality onto our family lives - does that mean that we won't let our kids out of the house to play with their friends just in case they fall and scrape their knee?

            Just my Sunday ramblings...
            Hey Karl,

            You are right. It's like hype, some see it one way, while others see it in a whole different perspective.


            I also think you can keep people back from experiencing what they need to, to learn how to survive and grow.

            Good thoughts man.


            Mary
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            • Profile picture of the author Kay King
              There is no one reason why people play games with forum names. The one constant is they have something to hide. There's nothing wrong with remaining anonymous here as a member - unless you are also selling to members here.

              Some create a name and try to appear to be something they are not - they try through posts to create believability and it's a hard act to keep up. If you have presented yourself as an expert - what happens when you need to ask a newbie question? If you have claimed great success - what do you do when you need to ask "why am I not making money with this"?

              Others have alternate names to try to give their main forum name credibility. They run a WSO or post an opinion - and the alternate identities jump in to post "this is great". They start a thread and the alternate ID's jump in to defend them when others argue over it.

              The main reason for multiple forum ID's is to be able to disappear without a trace. These people see a "Market" they can manipulate and profit from rather than a community to join. They will create a forum name, post just enough to seem credible - then run multiple WSO's until the complaints of non-delivery or no refunds slow down sales. Then they are gone - and back again with a new forum name...and a new story.

              There may be valid reasons to have an alternate forum ID (Hillbilly Marketer comes to mind) but most doing it are intent on squeezing as much out of the WF as possible. There's nothing wrong with being anonymous on the forum - until you start selling to members here.

              It's unfortunate - but it happens. Do your due diligence before buying into a method or a WSO. If the little guy on your shoulder is whispering "too good to be true' - he may be right.

              As Mary said, these people give usually give themselves away - they aren't as anonymous as they would like to be nor as smart as they think they are.


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              • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
                I'm with Dana on this. The only place I use multiple ID's
                is for article writing.

                (Is that a new pic?)

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                • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
                  I thought it was against the rules.

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  • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for your responses. I really appreciated the creativity, and positive reasons why people would possibly use more than 1 forum ID.

    On a side not ...

    I understand that a lot of people use different names on the Internet for many reasons. I have no problem with that. I've used a few names myself on various occassions in some special niches.

    My concern however is right here in the WF forum, and others. I was mainly talking about forum IDs, not pennames and such. There is a big difference between using different pennames and diffierent forum IDs.

    And yes, I do realise I may not have communicated that in my OP ... apologies if I didn't.

    I know a number of people stated something about how I know these things, or recognize them.

    The truth is, sometimes I catch them red handed because of specific info that is related to their IDs, and sometimes it's a lack of information too. I also share information with the people I network with, and them with me, about particular usernames. So it realy depends.

    If everyone did their due diligence, they'd be able to spot them too. It's all in the posts. Maybe if we did this most people wouldn't get scammed as much.

    Sure, there will always be those who fall thru the cracks, but I think the majory of them would be called out for it, and disappear.

    Btw, I don't agree that it's okay to create another forum ID just to blast someone so they don't know who is doing the blasting. To me that doesn't wash.

    I personally think that if people have something to say to someone in a forum like this, they should be man or woman enough to stand up and own it. If not, they are still hiding. What's the point in hiding behind another ID blasting one.

    That's like being the bully on the block and getting your buddies to do the dirty work for you. Bt then again, most bullies are cowards aren't they?

    Anyway, thanks again, and all the best ...


    Mary


    Btw Jay, let's hope you don't start speaking spanish lol. I won't know who you are then.
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    • Profile picture of the author Glenn Newsome
      Originally Posted by mmurtha View Post

      Hi Guys,

      Btw, I don't agree that it's okay to create another forum ID just to blast someone so they don't know who is doing the blasting. To me that doesn't wash.

      I personally think that if people have something to say to someone in a forum like this, they should be man or woman enough to stand up and own it. If not, they are still hiding. What's the point in hiding behind another ID blasting one.

      That's like being the bully on the block and getting your buddies to do the dirty work for you. Bt then again, most bullies are cowards aren't they?

      Anyway, thanks again, and all the best ...


      Mary
      Mary,
      I think I was the only one above using the word blast. Just for verification, I was saying that the op in another posting should blast his friend (both of them know each other). Apparently, his friend did him wrong.
      I held off posting because I thought there had to be some missing info. If the op was stating all true facts--then I would have told him to blast the guy (in person if needed).

      I have no problem at all blasting someone here using my name. Just wanted to clarify that.

      I don't think using another name for blasting someone in a forum is ok either. I do feel different user names are ok for other things mentioned here and in my post.
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      • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
        Originally Posted by Glenn Newsome View Post

        Mary,
        I think I was the only one above using the word blast. Just for verification, I was saying that the op in another posting should blast his friend (both of them know each other). Apparently, his friend did him wrong.
        I held off posting because I thought there had to be some missing info. If the op was stating all true facts--then I would have told him to blast the guy (in person if needed).

        I have no problem at all blasting someone here using my name. Just wanted to clarify that.

        I don't think using another name for blasting someone in a forum is ok either. I do feel different user names are ok for other things mentioned here and in my post.
        Hi Glenn,

        Na, you're alright.

        I understood you completely about that other thread, and the OP and his buddy.

        I was simply stating a point ...err ... my opinion about the matter.


        Hey Hillbilly,

        Lol you trying to get me in massive trouble around here? Sheesh ...

        The main ones I'd go in on you with is that hairy guys with the pet hamsters, and that Rod Cortez.

        Hmm ... they look mighty suspisious to me.


        Kevin,

        You mean Karl done that to you???

        Sweet inocent Karl?

        Just when you think you really know someone ...



        Okay feelas, back on topic.


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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Hi Mary,

    Allen Says gives some reasons why some would use different forum names in one of his eBooks. I can't remember which one right now. His reasons made sense to me at the time but I won't try to remember them as it was quite some time ago.

    My point is there is nothing wrong with having multiple names as long as you are not doing it to scam anyone. Many of us know A Warrior or two who has two names. In the old forum I had two names. George Wright and GeorgeWright

    A safeguard that we should keep in mind is that even if someone has more than one name, Admin and the mods know who it they are.

    George Wright P.S. If Allen has since changed his mind on this subject or if my memory is playing tricks on me I'll stand corrected.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    I think we all like to pen a few names for various reasons, at some point in our lives, hopefully for the right reasons...
    List of pen names - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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    Most use one ID with their name to build their cred,
    and another ID or 2 for junk posting to get a sig file seen.
    There's one in action at this moment if you look carefully.
    Just do a whois of the domain in their sig file.
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  • Profile picture of the author Linda Miller
    I notice the same thing and I believe it comes from fear and a lack of understanding.

    The fear is because they are afraid they will be harmed in some way if someone knows who they really are, etc.

    The lack of understanding is simply that they have not yet learned the value of branding yourself.

    Personally, I have been being ME - lindamiller - for about 8 of the 10 years I have been marketing online, always including my personal contact information and. During the first two years I was trying to be cute or trying to have a different ID for every area of interest.

    Now I'm just me... lol.. and always available to help those who are looking to grow.

    Thanks for the subject. It is an important one for serious marketers to understand.

    Many blessings.
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    Who is using more than 1 id here and how do you know?

    I think people would want to know. I don't know why someone would have more than 1 id here. Surely not to post a wso, b/c the more known someone is, the better. Maybe they are trying to make their wso more well known by posting a fake review? Otherwise I don't know why.
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    • Profile picture of the author George Wright
      Hi,

      Good point, however the mods catch this and there has been a LOT N/Aed due to false WSO testimonials. You can tell when this happens.

      George Wright

      Originally Posted by annoyedgirl View Post

      Who is using more than 1 id here and how do you know?

      I think people would want to know. I don't know why someone would have more than 1 id here. Surely not to post a wso, b/c the more known someone is, the better. Maybe they are trying to make their wso more well known by posting a fake review? Otherwise I don't know why.
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    • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
      Originally Posted by Domination View Post

      I have been on other forums where people are very strict about Multiple accounts. Are Multiple ID's allowed here?
      Strictly speaking... YES,

      there is nothing in the rules about it... but it depends on what you're using the account for.

      For example:

      The Hillbilly Marketer is Chris Sutton's second username - but it is used ONLY for fun. Nothing promotional.

      I've read the report that George Wright mentioned - I think it's the Tycoon one. And Allen did touch on the subject.

      Like ANYTHING, there are people who will abuse, and people who will not abuse.

      I don't think that multiple usernames/personalities/brands is harmful in and of itself...
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  • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
    Les,

    lgibbons wrote:
    Most use one ID with their name to build their cred,
    and another ID or 2 for junk posting to get a sig file seen.
    There's one in action at this moment if you look carefully.
    Just do a whois of the domain in their sig file.
    Exactly!

    That's my mian point.

    What's the point in doing that, and are these people trustworthy???


    Hey GW,
    George Wright wrote:
    Hi Mary,

    Allen Says gives some reasons why some would use different forum names in one of his eBooks. I can't remember which one right now. His reasons made sense to me at the time but I won't try to remember them as it was quite some time ago.

    My point is there is nothing wrong with having multiple names as long as you are not doing it to scam anyone. Many of us know A Warrior or two who has two names. In the old forum I had two names. George Wright and GeorgeWright

    A safeguard that we should keep in mind is that even if someone has more than one name, Admin and the mods know who it they are.

    George Wright P.S. If Allen has since changed his mind on this subject or if my memory is playing tricks on me I'll stand corrected.
    This is true, and I know which one your ar talking about, but I'm possitive he did not mean it in the context that some people use this tactic for. At least not what I read in that product.


    Sonora,

    It happens more then people realise!

    I've already answered how I know, and so did Les.

    There are easy ways to finding out this info. Just do some cross-checking.

    Btw, see GW's post above. He's on que.


    Karl,

    Karlwarren wrote:
    I've read the report that George Wright mentioned - I think it's the Tycoon one. And Allen did touch on the subject.

    Like ANYTHING, there are people who will abuse, and people who will not abuse.

    I don't think that multiple usernames/personalities/brands is harmful in and of itself...
    Yup! It was that product.

    And yes, this tactic does get abused like everything else ventually, hence the reason of the thread.

    They aren't harmful when used for the right purpose.


    IMChick (1st comment),

    Hmm ... what can I say lol.


    (Second comment) ...

    I wasn't talking about PENNAMES or using different names other than your own.

    I am strickly talking about having multiple forum IDs.

    As I mentioned in a previous post, I have used different names in specific niches, so I have no problems with it. People have good reasons to do so.


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    • Profile picture of the author balsimon
      I had two ids in this forum for a short while. I used to have
      the id wordmuse for quite some time, and about 120 of my
      posts were made under that name.

      After having been away for awhile, I noticed that there was
      a move of sorts to use our real names. So I created a second
      id - balsimon.

      After a few weeks of this, I asked for an assist from
      the WarriorsForum helpdesk, and they merged the two ids
      into one - balsimon. I wrote about that here:
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ual-names.html

      At some point I will likely find a business use for having a
      pen name or a persona. However, until that time, there is
      something particularly clean and satisfying about using my
      own name.

      On a more general note...

      People have been using personas for many generations, including
      women who had to write with men's names because of
      bigotry against women authors. That's extreme, but it indicates
      that there actually are very legit reasons for using alternative names.

      I also find it particularly gratifying that one of my favorite authors
      of all time, who wrote about life around the Mississippi riverboats
      used a pen name: Mark Twain. Wikipedia has a short blurb about
      how Samuel Clemens came to call himself Mark Twain:
      Mark Twain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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      • Dadgumit, Mary, I'm shore right thar with yew! Why in tarnation wud anyfolk be a wantin' to use nother name lessin' they's got sumptin to hide!

        Tell ya whut Imma a gonna dew... Imma willin' to team up wiffin yew to help yew root out some of them thar varmints. I dun gots my eyeball on a few of them thar culprits and we kin shore be exposin' them fer whut they is.

        Now, this here is whut Imma thinkin' and yew be a seein if yew is agreein, oaky dookie? Imma thinkin' we uns shud be a takin a close look at Bev Clement, Elmer Hurlstone, John Rogers, Charles H. Smith, Anna Johnson, Ken Leatherman, Alex Renz, Christy Knowlton, and Rod Cortez cause they's sum mighty sneaky folk.

        And don't yew be a thinkin i wus forgetin thut thar hairy headed, dress wearin, spandex lovin, mankini slappin, perverted hamster lovin' Kevin Riley neither! Why, thut thar boy is the worstest of em all.

        Iffin we kin jest rid the Warrior Forum of them thar creepy cryin crud crawlin cranky cussin critters... well sir, this here place wud be a tetch better fer all of us. Whut dew yew thank?
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          For my mankini niche I used to post under Sexy Mankini Dude, but ever since Karl Warren outed me I can't hide anymore.
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