Do any of you "chat" your way into making a living online?

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I'm mostly talking about with affiliate marketing, or something closely related to it.

I'm not really talking about actively seeking people who are looking for a product or service. What I mean is, constantly being on different forums and other places where you can submit questions and threads without being too much on the lookout for people looking for a product/service.

lets say you relied on forum signatures, links inside your profile, or an occasional post which has a link to your website or something. do any of you make a living from mostly just lurking on forums / microblogs / etc and only creating videos / articles every once in a while?
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    Since you used the word CHAT, let me vent a bit: Too many shady marketers do that. They go on yahooCHAT and run software and get poor lonely schmucks to sign up to dating sites or cam sites.

    Very sleazy but apparently very effective. I guess the $10K monthly paychecks make them sleep better.

    I can't deal with that.

    As for sig bum marketing, if you post enough useful information AND your posts have an actual following, yes, it's doable. Here's a tip: post length does not automatically make your post high quality. Focus on VALUE first. Think HAIKU
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
      Originally Posted by icoachu View Post

      Since you used the word CHAT, let me vent a bit: Too many shady marketers do that. They go on yahooCHAT and run software and get poor lonely schmucks to sign up to dating sites or cam sites.

      Very sleazy but apparently very effective. I guess the $10K monthly paychecks make them sleep better.

      I can't deal with that.

      As for sig bum marketing, if you post enough useful information AND your posts have an actual following, yes, it's doable. Here's a tip: post length does not automatically make your post high quality. Focus on VALUE first. Think HAIKU
      Yuck. Yeah. I could never do that chat spam thing. It is sad that they are able to do that on those chat rooms. Are they really providing any real value?
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  • Profile picture of the author betterwtveter
    I have not been here that long and to be honest the traffic does go to your site, but don't focus on the traffic and focus on helping people and you will do ok.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    If you help enough other people get what they want, you can have anything you want. So shift the focus from yourself to others and your life will change for the better.
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    Cheers, Laurence. Writer/Editor/Proofreader.
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  • Profile picture of the author retsced
    It completely depends on what products/services you are promoting. For example. If you're promoting $27 products then you'd need a hell of a lot of forum traffic to make enough sales to make a good living. I'm not saying it can't be done, but for the majority there's no doubt it isn't being done.

    For myself. I literally only have to make 4 sales each month to earn enough to pay the bills and live comfortable enough. I do sell more though, and I've made a lot of those sales from forum posting. You can get a decent bit of traffic from forums but you have to give value. It can't be your only promotional strategy either, but it can be a good one if you have a couple of others that it adds to.

    Rather than thinking of it in a way of making sales, think of it as another avenue of traffic to pool from. How many visitors to your service/product do you need each month to make enough money? If you had 5 traffic generating strategies that brought you a combined visitor count of 20k a month to your offer, would that be enough. If not, how much more would you need?

    You also have to think of the long term value of participating in an active community. Networking with other marketers on forums can lead to big joint ventures and can result in a lot of sales too. In saying all that though, a signature link will most likely bring little overall value on its own.

    Video marketing on the other hand can definitely earn you a substantial income, but once again, you don't just rely on that for your only income stream. Sorry, I'm waffling on here
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuelCarter
    Hey

    If you can can help provide useful and valuable information, i mean real information to people, they will gain trust in you. Many people do entice people for short term gains but its not about that. If you could offer people with amazing value, people will listen and love what you have to offer
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Do any of you "chat" your way into making a living online?
      No, but I'm sure I could "chat" my way right out if it. :p

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author EasyMoneyDre
    If you build up a reputation on forums, then signatures will be very effective as people will want to hear more of what you have to say.
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    Please do not use affiliate links in signatures

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