Contradictory Signature Files

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Have you ever seen somebody post a question like, "How do I get more traffic?" and have a sig file link to a page that is selling a course on getting more traffic?

I see this all the time here. It makes me laugh.

I am not suggesting that you do not ask questions. That's what this forum is for! However, I am suggesting that you don't try and create or sell courses in this niche, unless you can achieve the results that you are touting.

Anybody agree?
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Agree. We all know it's a teaser to get more people to follow user siglink.

    I just hit report.
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    • Profile picture of the author fitz10
      Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

      Agree. We all know it's a teaser to get more people to follow user siglink.

      I just hit report.
      Who the heck is going to follow their user link though if we can see that they clearly have no clue what they're talking about? I would think that this would have the effect of driving away potential clickers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andre Lavell
    To speak on their defense...

    Some people just don't know any better. 'Fake it 'til you make it' seemed to be
    theme of making money online when I first got started. It's what they were
    taught to do.

    Just give 'em one of these:






    They'll learn.


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    • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
      Originally Posted by Andre Lavell View Post

      To speak on their defense...

      Some people just don't know any better. 'Fake it 'til you make it' seemed to be
      theme of making money online when I first got started. It's what they were
      taught to do.

      They'll learn.


      Andre
      I think we all tend to forget that newbies generally don't have a clue. or been given bad clues. Things that seem drop-dead obvious for many of us are not so obvious for the new guy. The internet has such a "wild west" feel that many don't stop and think that what they are doing in IM is creating a business, not just social networking for profit.

      So many things are free on the internet that people seem to think that making money online should be absolutely free and easy - shortcuts are tempting, especially when you're not aware of how they can bite you later!

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      I just added this sig so I can refer to it in my posts...

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    • Profile picture of the author petelta
      Originally Posted by Andre Lavell View Post

      Some people just don't know any better. 'Fake it 'til you make it' seemed to be
      theme of making money online when I first got started. It's what they were
      taught to do.
      That's not faking it till you make it though. That's playing the newbie part.

      If you are faking it until you make it, you don't ask those questions out loud. You research your butt off or contact people directly.

      Asking a question that your signature claims you fully know how to do is eliminating the faking part altogether.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Agreed. I see it all the time too. I recently saw someone ask how to create a video sales squeeze page and their sig file had a free course on how to create one! lmao

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  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    It's true, I see it all the time. That's why I am careful not to do that with stuff I don't know. The only stuff you'll see in my signature are reviews of others products which I think are good.
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  • Profile picture of the author theplugindude
    Yup...I have seen many people doing this!
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I agree. I realize some people do it because they took some course that told them they should "fake it til you make it" but shouldnt it be common sense that you can't show people how to make money if you don't know how yourself?

    I did IM for 5 years before I even put out free stuff on how to make money (yes, I know I'm a slow learner).

    Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author Andre Lavell
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      shouldnt it be common sense that you can't show people how to make money if you don't know how yourself?
      Yes it should. But i'm sure by now you've realized how uncommon common sense is.
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      shouldnt it be common sense that you can't show people how to make money if you don't know how yourself?
      Maybe in this strange IM world... otherwise, in real life it's not like that. Although most people like to think so

      When I used to be a theatre critic sometimes the not-so-bright actors that were heavily criticized for their less than stellar performance used to angrily provoke me: "can you perform better than I do?" - And the obvious answer is, of course not.

      Not, because it is not my job. Same goes quite often with teaching/coaching: the best coaches are not the former star players, did you notice?

      just my $0.02

      p.s. But I agree with everything about the sig files
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      • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
        How does one go about getting a signature file. What's that all about?

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
    I've noticed many times that people who are very new, or just signed up do this, and the main purpose is to promote the sig link. It's a form of spam that happens lots in the web design forum, which I guess is allowed because it cannot actually be proven, although it's quite obvious if someone were to actually look at the post, postcount and siglink?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
    Do you know somebody that can translate my stuff into Spansih? :p

    Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

    Have you ever seen somebody post a question like, "How do I get more traffic?" and have a sig file link to a page that is selling a course on getting more traffic?

    I see this all the time here. It makes me laugh.

    I am not suggesting that you do not ask questions. That's what this forum is for! However, I am suggesting that you don't try and create or sell courses in this niche, unless you can achieve the results that you are touting.

    Anybody agree?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Sober
    I would like to think that they really do know a lot about getting traffic but are looking for someone to drop a little gold nugget in the thread but the odds are they are trying to get the thread ranked in google for the question and sig exposure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kecia
    I was just thinking this the other day after someone posted here saying they couldn't make any money online...yet their signature had a link to a product that was supposed to guide you to creating your own "affiliate marketing empire." It's crazy!
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    I love those ones.

    Signature: SEO Service
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    • Profile picture of the author CheapTrafficDude
      Originally Posted by JamesGw View Post

      I love those ones.

      Signature: SEO Service
      Thread: How do I SEO my blog!?!?
      A wiseman once said: "Online, appearance is everything" - Felix Kelly

      N00bs learn from those guru type courses (even though they claim not being one) that they can appear to be an expert in anything even if you know nothing about the topic; research the topic and learn and poof you're an instant expert in the subject. This is somewhat true to a certain extent, to appear to be an expert you have to be able to give information that is nowhere else on the web. I can easily sell someone tennis rackets and I know nothing about tennis.

      About the above quote, specifically, this is a great example... That's an SEO tactic and goes as follow. Go and "target high traffic and authority websites because the question might just appear on page 1 of Google", which, if you think about it, yeah, it happens a LOT. This could also be a paid service, someone paying for SEO services so this person made an SEO related thread, if it makes #1 of Google for that question... Fight won and it's a double-double whammy! A backlink from a high PR domain, from an authority website, high traffic website and a backlink that can potentially end up on page 1 of Google. They're getting a backlink from a page that appears on page one.

      It's rather hard to tell in those cases if it was created with a tool. Usually, if the poster only created one post on that thread, chances are high that it was made with a bot. If you Google the thread's title and find multiples of the same thread, with a highly similar "post", then it was likely done with a bot. *HINT HINT* Joke's on them though, yes, they will look pretty stupid posting a question on SEO with a sig link about SEO services, we (us being smart) can then post an educated reply with our sig link. They id all the work

      Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Does anybody know where I can donate blood?

    RoD
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  • Profile picture of the author stodog77
    Not only this, but there are people selling WSOs that have no idea what they are doing, or who don't make any money online.
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