Self promotion grey area

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Hey warriors,

Some time ago I made 2 threads explaining in detail 2 things that most newbies would be interested in mostly:

- How to start your business step by step
- How to get free traffic in details

I covered everything as detailed as I could, gave all relevant links and gave few options for every service. I told them what's cheapest and what I personally use.

None of the links were connected to me, none of them were affiliate links.

I spent 3 hrs writing that, and it was genuinely try to help some of the guys out there.

Within an hour both were deleted and I got warning that I will be banned for self promotion...

My question is, what can I do to genuinely help someone, make problem solving thread, and not be warned for self promotion?

Is there some workaround or basically anything I do would be considered as a self promotion, and all I can do is answer the questions and make irrelevant threads?

Thanks everyone for replies...
#area #grey #promotion
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicole Sakoman
    guess no one has idea...
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by Nicole Sakoman View Post

      guess no one has idea...
      It's not really a grey area. All you have to do is find a thread with a topic that you have experience or knowledge of, and offer your viewpoint.

      Members have been doing that on this forum for years without resorting to self-promotion.
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      • Profile picture of the author Nicole Sakoman
        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        It's not really a grey area. All you have to do is find a thread with a topic that you have experience or knowledge of, and offer your viewpoint.

        Members have been doing that on this forum for years without resorting to self-promotion.
        Thanks for your response but I was thinking about starting a thread (not responding to one) that had answers for some of the most frequent asked questions here... and it has been treated as a self promotion thread.
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        • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
          Originally Posted by Nicole Sakoman View Post

          Thanks for your response but I was thinking about starting a thread (not responding to one) that had answers for some of the most frequent asked questions here... and it has been treated as a self promotion thread.
          Most likely it is the links that got it canned, l have discussed what l do, but don't put in the links, just the names, (mainly because l am too lazy) and also if l linked straight to my accounts, it would most likely get canned also, (which is against WF TOS).

          So if you DO NOT link to your accounts on XYZ sites, and only link to the site, then you should be ok.

          Or better still only mention the name?

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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
          Originally Posted by Nicole Sakoman View Post

          Thanks for your response but I was thinking about starting a thread (not responding to one) that had answers for some of the most frequent asked questions here... and it has been treated as a self promotion thread.
          Ideally, a forum is a platform for debate and discussion - not a substitute for an article directory. It's true that some posters take it upon themselves to start threads offering their own answers to commonly-asked questions, but these tend to be posted by long-standing members who've built a reputation by virtue of their previous contributions.

          A similar thread by someone new or relatively unknown will often arouse suspicion about their motives and questions about their expertise. Until members get to know the poster, that's understandable, and common to most social platforms.

          You've been a member since 2013, so I assume you've seen how the discussions work. I'd suggest you continue contributing to threads, and when you feel the urge to start one, just leave out the links and any other content that could be seen as self-serving. In time, you'll build trust with members and moderators alike.
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    So - why not just ask the mods what they objected to instead of trying to solve your problem via nothing more than rank speculation from those that are 'not in the know' as to the specifics of your perceived violation of the 'self-promotion' rules?'

    When a cop pulls you over to give you a ticket, do you ask him what the infraction was or do you ask the guy in the car in front of you, who actually witnessed nothing?

    Doesn't that make sense to you?
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    The rules here before Freelancer purchased the place use to say. Threads & Posts can get deleted at any time. Don't start posts asking why my thread was deleted. You can go ahead and recreate the thread. But leave all the links out or abc.com site in the post and it maybe fine. If you asked anybody in the post to private message you at the end it can get flagged.

    For all the time you are spending questioning why a thread was removed. You could be doing something more productive. Most of us had posts or threads deleted at one time or another. It happens just move on IMHO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Threads also get deleted:
    • If it invites to too many spam posts by others (because of the subject matter).
    • If too many links point to one source (looks like self-promotion or paid promotion).
    • If some or all of the content is taken from other websites.
    • If it's overly-formatted.so it look like a sales pitch rather than a discussion starter.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi Nicole,

    Don't share any links and make no reference to yourself or anything particular.

    Every post of yours will be approved, no issues.

    Simply expound on any link you wanted to share, explaining the concept in detail. You should be OK.

    Sounds like a link issue to me. Either way, keep posting, sharing value and in time, you will get exactly what Warriors are looking for and what mods deem to be OK.

    Ryan
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