Signature Link Creates Sales?

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I have downloaded a few freebie PDF files from the war room recently and many are promoting the success they have with offering great value to other forum members and including a signature file so if anyone loves your advice and wants to know more can click it. I can't really find any amazing success stories online about forum marketing so I thought I would make an anonymous poll here to see how many sales per day warriors get from forum marketing.

Look forward to seeing the results.

Please place your poll entry above!
#creates #link #sales #signature
  • Profile picture of the author rdpayne
    That's a really good question, and I've actually wondered the same. Curious to see what some other people have to say.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      Robert,

      Have you tried this method yet? Any success?

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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        Mikey, the data won't be conclusive since you'd need to factor in the extensiveness of the exposure too; specifically how many forums each person is advertising across as well as their rate of activity on each.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
          Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

          Mikey, the data won't be conclusive since you'd need to factor in the extensiveness of the exposure too; specifically how many forums each person is advertising across as well as their rate of activity on each.
          Hey Daniel,

          I know what you mean but it will give some indication of how many sales people get in a general sense for forum marketing.

          Cheers, Mikey
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      • Profile picture of the author rdpayne
        Originally Posted by Mikeyrooney View Post

        Robert,

        Have you tried this method yet? Any success?

        Mikey
        Mikey,

        I have not made any concentrated efforts in forum marketing, though I have been toying with the idea.
        I do have a sig with a link to my WF thread, but I have not tracked clicks or conversions. So, I can't say, definitively, whether or not it works for me.
        But, forum marketing is widely touted as a viable marketing strategy because it supposedly helps get over the know-like-trust hurdle.
        Personally, I do occasionally click on links in folks' sig, but I don't usually buy anything or opt into any lists.
        Based on that, I think forum marketing is indeed viable for generating traffic and, perhaps, sales, if the landing pages are convincing and the visitors are willing and able to take action.

        --Robert
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        • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
          Originally Posted by rdpayne View Post

          the know-like-trust hurdle.

          --Robert
          Yes Robert, this is exactly what sounds appealing about it. It's kinda like pre-sell in a different way.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillMitchell
    This works for generating traffic of course, but the sales are really dependent on your offering, the quality of your forum responses, relevance of offer, etc.

    Forum marketing is a great way to generate traffic though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      We have a super support agent who our customers love as she really loves to help them and I was thinking of setting her an account up in same niche forum and asking her to go and share and help people achieve there goals and give great value. Then use the signature link to point back to our website. I have not got time myself so i thought choosing our best customer support agent maybe a good idea for this method of traffic generation.
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      • Profile picture of the author rdpayne
        Originally Posted by Mikeyrooney View Post

        We have a super support agent who our customers love as she really loves to help them and I was thinking of setting her an account up in same niche forum and asking her to go and share and help people achieve there goals and give great value. Then use the signature link to point back to our website. I have not got time myself so i thought choosing our best customer support agent maybe a good idea for this method of traffic generation.
        There are marketers who pay VAs in the Philippines (and other places I suspect) to do exactly that. Look for posts on the WF by Content Writing 360° as an example.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomYevsikov
    The forum sig doesn't EXACTLY bring sales, it brings traffic.

    It's up to you how you monetize that traffic.

    I mean, I don't know if this one click from my signature is the one who bought the product I promoted 2 weeks later, right?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      Originally Posted by TomYevsikov View Post


      I mean, I don't know if this one click from my signature is the one who bought the product I promoted 2 weeks later, right?
      I would be tracking any sig links to know these facts. I suggest everyone do the same. This would be the best way to know where sales are coming from I think.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by TomYevsikov View Post

      The forum sig doesn't EXACTLY bring sales, it brings traffic.
      This. Exactly.

      I don't remember seeing a sig-file link directly to a payment/order page, so far.

      Sig-files don't make sales - they produce visitors to whom you can make sales, given the effectiveness of all the other things that your sales process depends on. Even if you're linking in your sig-file directly to a sales page (of which there are many examples right here in the WF), you're not going to make sales unless the sales page is good, the traffic's targeted for that offer, and so on.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Sig-files don't make sales.
        I was under the impression that the relationship developed on the forum kinda helped make the sale! You overcome the trust issue that is so lacking on the internet.

        Of course, we all need to have a good website marketing the correct products / services. I thought this went without saying.

        How about you Alexa? Do you create many sales from forums? I am sure you track all these things?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by Mikeyrooney View Post

          I was under the impression that the relationship developed on the forum kinda helped make the sale!
          Undoubtedly. Well, in commercial terms, that's "pre-selling", isn't it? It's building credibility just like an article you might have published somewhere (as a "guest blog post", or whatever) does the same, so that your recommendations carry more weight?

          Originally Posted by Mikeyrooney View Post

          How about you Alexa? Do you create many sales from forums? I am sure you track all these things?
          Yes, some ... my problem with that is that not all my niches have good forums available for conveniently doing that. But I try (and in my biggest niche I actually own a forum: that's different, though: you'd have to call that "advertising", really, I think).
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          • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            Undoubtedly. Well, in commercial terms, that's "pre-selling", isn't it? It's building credibility just like an article you might have published somewhere (as a "guest blog post", or whatever) does the same, so that your recommendations carry more weight?
            Thanks for the clarification!

            My niche is self-improvement and we have a product that helps people greatly... I think there should be many good forums where this method may work well.

            Btw Alexa: I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks for Sharin so much here. I often come across your posts and always give them extra attention.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    I have put some of my wso's in my sig previously and if i used to be active every day i used to generate anywhere from 1 sale per day to 5 sales per day

    there are a lot of variables involved though such as how good your sales page is and if you provide good info based on what your wso's are about because then some people may click through and then buy your wso

    i did this for around 5 months and just checked my stats and i made around 300 sales from just
    my wf sig and that includes some upsells as well
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      I have put some of my wso's in my sig previously and if i used to be active every day i used to generate anywhere from 1 sale per day to 5 sales per day

      there are a lot of variables involved though such as how good your sales page is and if you provide good info based on what your wso's are about because then some people may click through and then buy your wso

      i did this for around 5 months and just checked my stats and i made around 300 sales from just
      my wf sig and that includes some upsells as well
      That's very encouraging Paul! Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post


      i did this for around 5 months and just checked my stats and i made around 300 sales from just
      my wf sig and that includes some upsells as well
      Did the same method work on other forums too?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Hugall
    The question is flawed..... It is all based on where you post, what you say, and the funnel you have set-up. so if you get 10 leads a day from your sig and you are catering to fresh newbies and you are offering optimize press. You sales are going to suck. They have no need for this yet as they don't even know what a squeeze page is. You will get leads. Again based on where and what.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    I would agree with the other to replace sales with traffic.

    It may and it may not get you some traffic, if i were you I wouldn't count on it.

    If you are in a related forum to your niche, you probably will get few leads. However, you wouldn't get that much of traffic.

    A classified ad in the right place will give you way better exposure
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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    Din't place a poll because I don't know if I can count it.
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  • Profile picture of the author thetrafficguy2
    I love german shepherds. I am active in a forum there. I recommend a ebook, on how to train them with my affilate link. Its another niche, so not really knowledgeable about affialte links, so not being shutdown. I have about 5k posts there and i am making about 15-30 sales per week, but i am super active there which is 1 reason so many sales
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  • Profile picture of the author TomYevsikov
    Huh?

    15-30 sales per day from forum sig?

    damn, sounds ALMOST like it's not true..
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      Originally Posted by TomYevsikov View Post

      Huh?

      15-30 sales per day from forum sig?

      damn, sounds ALMOST like it's not true..
      The poster said per week .. I think very possible!! Congrats to your success!
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
    The forum sig file cannot be your only means of advertisement period. It is one avenue you can take and absolutely sales are made this way. No question.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    I always get this strange feeling that threads about signature links attract people who are hoping you will click on their signature link, but not people who will do the clicking. HAHA
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I get some sales per month but I can;'t say one a day even though that was what I put. I maybe average 10-15 per month
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      I get some sales per month but I can;'t say one a day even though that was what I put. I maybe average 10-15 per month
      That's really cool Laurence! Where they all from the same forum or multiple forums?
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  • Profile picture of the author wordpressdoctor
    Awesome question. I would like to see the results on this one.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    The majority were from this forum. But I also got some from other places and it is hard to tell where people ate from.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      The majority were from this forum. But I also got some from other places and it is hard to tell where people ate from.
      Laurence ... you can track all the links from different forums with a google tracking link ... this will then show up in your google analytics account when you get a conversion etc.

      This way you can see what works best and then work harder on that particular forum.

      Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley249
    Wow, surprised!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

      Done properly, Forum Marketing can lead prospects into your sales funnel regularly and consistently. Do it wrong and you'll get poor results and/or banned from the forums you're doing it in.
      Any tips on best practices to "do it the right way". Specifics would be fantastic!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    3.12% conversion rate.

    Each visitor is worth 0.28c

    Does that answer your question?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mikeyrooney
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      3.12% conversion rate.

      Each visitor is worth 0.28c

      Does that answer your question?
      Love specifics! Is that just from this forum or all forums in total?
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by Mikeyrooney View Post

        Love specifics! Is that just from this forum or all forums in total?
        Just this forum.
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    Every now and again I'll click through and find something I buy. I'm sure it happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author hirithk
    hi,
    forum marketing is good, signatures bring more traffic, the majority of the people will spend their time in forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author topgold
    Forum traffic is sign-up traffic. It's up to you to convert that traffic... =]
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    My signature links certainly bring in traffic but not sure if any of it has directly converted into sales or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author jackcarr
    Even as a beginner I can see a increase in traffic (not sales as I am not selling anything)

    But I had my blog in my sig for 1 day and it brought about 30 unique visitors yesterday. So it helps for traffic that's for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Make Money Ninja
    I don't post on here all that much, i am kind of busy running my "main business". That said, i spend a couple of hours on here every now and again.

    Today i have had 100 or so visitors through my sig. I also have a 20% opt in rate on my site. So i am getting 20 email opt-ins a day atm.

    This obviously converts in to a few sales
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  • Profile picture of the author J. Barry Mandel
    I don't know the actual break down from signature sales, but I do keep track of banner/signature CTR with Bitly.

    It DEFINITELY helps, I just don't know the actual figure but would guess in my case it's about 1% to 2%.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    I changed my sig about a month ago.

    Since then I've gotten 47 opt-ins. Only one has un-subbed.

    I've sold four OTOs and two follow up sales.

    My opt-in rate overall from three links is about 38%.
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