How far is it allowed here to link to your own website?

by nik0 Banned 16 replies
Let's say someone ask a question about how to succeed with Amazon sites or asking questions about onpage or private networks or whatever.

Is it allowed to post a link to my own site (besides the one in my signature link) when there's a post that explains it all.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #allowed #link #website
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    I'm not one of the mods, so this is based solely on observation...

    It depends, both on the specific post linked to, how that link is done, and the reputation of the one doing the linking. If you appear to be posting purely for the purpose of dropping a link, don't be surprised if the post is deleted.

    The folks I've noticed doing it successfully offer more value in their posts than a one-liner "I wrote a blog post about that here."

    Again, I'm not a mod. Nor do I control what other people report to the mods. With member moderation (see the sticky at the top of the forum), if enough people think your post is in violation and report it, the post will disappear from public view pending a review by the actual moderators.
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfe655
    You can put the link in your sig and refer them there if it would help them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kecia
      Originally Posted by wolfe655 View Post

      You can put the link in your sig and refer them there if it would help them.

      That can be just as bad as linking to your own blog within the post, especially if it's overdone. It's better just to answer the questions asked directly in the thread. If someone feels the need to click your signature, they will.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by wolfe655 View Post

      You can put the link in your sig and refer them there if it would help them.
      No; this isn't right - that's one of the things you're not normally allowed to do. (Have you seen people with sig-files reading "If you're going to make posts about your sig, this is what people will see when they read it" and similar things? Those are people who made the mistake of following your suggestion above, and had their signature changed by the moderators! ).

      Another thing this can "depend on", especially when you're starting a thread to ask for advice/comments about your site, is whether it's a site that's aimed at internet marketers. For example, if I wanted advice/comments about a site on which I promote Louboutin shoes and did a "Please review my site and tell me how I might improve it" post, I'd expect probably to get away with that, because nobody in their right mind would imagine that I'm doing it to try and sell shoes here, whereas if I had a site for which the intended traffic comprised internet marketers, and posted a "Please review this site" or anything like that, I'd expect the moderators to take that down on the grounds that it could easily be "promotional posting"/"trying to draw Warrior traffic to the site".
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      • Profile picture of the author nik0
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        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        No; this isn't right - that's one of the things you're not normally allowed to do. (Have you seen people with sig-files reading "If you're going to make posts about your sig, this is what people will see when they read it" and similar things? Those are people who made the mistake of following your suggestion above, and had their signature changed by the moderators! ).

        Another thing this can "depend on", especially when you're starting a thread to ask for advice/comments about your site, is whether it's a site that's aimed at internet marketers. For example, if I wanted advice/comments about a site on which I promote Louboutin shoes and did a "Please review my site and tell me how I might improve it" post, I'd expect probably to get away with that, because nobody in their right mind would imagine that I'm doing it to try and sell shoes here, whereas if I had a site for which the intended traffic comprised internet marketers, and posted a "Please review this site" or anything like that, I'd expect the moderators to take that down on the grounds that it could easily be "promotional posting"/"trying to draw Warrior traffic to the site".
        Banners in the signature link don't draw attention? It all seems a bit double around here.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

          Banners in the signature link don't draw attention?
          They do - and of course they're designed to. They're also a form of paid advertising. But mentioning your own signature (text or banner) in a post will still probably lead to a deletion.

          Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

          It all seems a bit double around here.
          It depends on one's perspective, perhaps? There's always a little room for interpretation, naturally enough, but it all seems pretty consistent and reasonable to me: you can perhaps imagine that in a forum with hundreds of thousands of members, the "authorities" want to be at least reasonably vigilant to prevent people from from filling the front page of the Main Marketing Forum with threads containing links to their own IM-related sites?!
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          • Profile picture of the author nik0
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            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            It depends on one's perspective, perhaps? There's always a little room for interpretation, naturally enough, but it all seems pretty consistent and reasonable to me: you can perhaps imagine that in a forum with hundreds of thousands of members, the "authorities" want to be at least reasonably vigilant to prevent people from from filling the front page of the Main Marketing Forum with threads containing links to their own IM-related sites?!
            It seems as you don't over do it you can get away with it.

            I had 1 post today that lead to my website, which seems appropriate btw and it was left untouched so I guess not overdoing it is the key.
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            • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
              Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

              It seems as you don't over do it you can get away with it.

              I had 1 post today that lead to my website, which seems appropriate btw and it was left untouched so I guess not overdoing it is the key.
              Or the mods haven't seen it yet.

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            • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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              Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

              It seems as you don't over do it you can get away with it.

              I had 1 post today that lead to my website, which seems appropriate btw and it was left untouched so I guess not overdoing it is the key.
              Depends on who sees it. I report them when I see it. If everyone were allowed to drop links to their sites, the WF would just be one big spam link farm. And, as Alexa said, it's also not allowed to do the "see my sig" thing to draw attention to your signature. That also gets reported.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

    Let's say someone ask a question about how to succeed with Amazon sites or asking questions about onpage or private networks or whatever.

    Is it allowed to post a link to my own site (besides the one in my signature link) when there's a post that explains it all.
    John summed it up pretty nicely. Remember, there are several forum-wide moderators who enforce the rules, both written and unwritten (judgment calls).

    If including a link is relevant to the discussion at hand and it does not appear to be too self-promotional, then the mods will probably be okay with it.

    You also have to bear in mind that a Warrior's repuation, history, etc. also comes into play. If a Warrior has a history of being helpful and has a good reputation, they obviously get more leeway than someone who has 3 posts, has an anonymous username, etc.

    Posting a one or two-liner and then placing a link or a link to an article will probably get zapped.

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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      John summed it up pretty nicely. Remember, there are several forum-wide moderators who enforce the rules, both written and unwritten (judgment calls).

      If including a link is relevant to the discussion at hand and it does not appear to be too self-promotional, then the mods will probably be okay with it.

      You also have to bear in mind that a Warrior's repuation, history, etc. also comes into play. If a Warrior has a history of being helpful and has a good reputation, they obviously get more leeway than someone who has 3 posts, has an anonymous username, etc.

      Posting a one or two-liner and then placing a link or a link to an article will probably get zapped.

      RoD
      My thing was, sometimes I get tired of writing lengthy post when I have it all layout on my website, but yeah I get your point of course.

      I think I'll just stick to my signature link.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      There is another alternative to answering questions here on the forum that some of the seasoned Warriors employ very effectively. They build up both their reputation and and their credibility by answering questions in a helpful, more detailed manner than most simple one- or two-liners.

      After building up a "virtual library" of answers to "frequently asked questions" they are able to link to these answers contained in their own posts found in previous WF threads.

      Warrior Alexa Smith is the very best I've seen at this strategy. Lexy makes great use of her own previous posts here at the WF and her credibility is through the roof.

      Good luck to you,

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      • Profile picture of the author nik0
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        Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

        There is another alternative to answering questions here on the forum that some of the seasoned Warriors employ very effectively. They build up both their reputation and and their credibility by answering questions in a helpful, more detailed manner than most simple one- or two-liners.

        After building up a "virtual library" of answers to "frequently asked questions" they are able to link to these answers contained in their own posts found in previous WF threads.

        Warrior Alexa Smith is the very best I've seen at this strategy. Lexy makes great use of her own previous posts here at the WF and her credibility is through the roof.

        Good luck to you,

        Steve
        Yeah I do that sometimes as well but I was about to blast some life in to my own website. Check my post count, I spend so much time writing posts here that I sometimes think, why does my own website only have 7 posts.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve B
          If you're posting here that much more than on your own web site I think something is very wrong with your thinking.

          Many Warriors set a time limit for themselves so they don't get too carried away in forums, web browsing, answering emails, and various other tasks that don't directly bring in money.

          It's great that you want to help other people with your posts, but you would get fired immediately if you worked for someone else and spent the vast majority of your time out "helping" people.

          Being in business for yourself requires an extra dose of self-discipline!

          Good luck to you,

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          • Profile picture of the author nik0
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            Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

            If you're posting here that much more than on your own web site I think something is very wrong with your thinking.

            Many Warriors set a time limit for themselves so they don't get too carried away in forums, web browsing, answering emails, and various other tasks that don't directly bring in money.

            It's great that you want to help other people with your posts, but you would get fired immediately if you worked for someone else and spent the vast majority of your time out "helping" people.

            Being in business for yourself requires an extra dose of self-discipline!

            Good luck to you,

            Steve
            Don't worry about me pal.

            Most of my tasks are pretty damn boring, setting up / maintaining network sites, sorting payments, preparing work, sending out reports.

            So the WF is a good distraction for me in between those tasks. You can imagine that after taking 50 screenshots from Serpfox I could use a break and sometimes I take, 25, then post a bit here and then the other 25.

            You could also say do something else in between but then I get out of my working rythm so I can better stick to the PC and go on for a long day.

            ps: If I would set a time limit for answering emails it would cost me money.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardworker2013
    I think it depends on your reputation on here. You are valued based upon the number and quality of your posts. Also the moderators also look at your website to see if it is a spam website or affiliate website link.
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