Paying to Promote on Forums

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Thread Title:
Can I pay my way to a 100 posts???
Thread Description:

Most SEO pros frequent Threadwatch for the time saved on looking for interesting threads and methods to improve their site's popularity. Now suppose you're really (I mean really) busy, have a SEO-related site and you'd love to have a SEOChat signature to get ahead. What does it take to get a decent sig around there?

Are these forum sigs even worth the effort, let alone money? Of course, SC members have to obey the funny rule that they need a 90+ days membership and a record of 100+ posts before they are allowed a "live" signature. And whereas some members choose to avoid forums backlinks, some are either too fresh or not prolific enough to earn the right.

Shame there's no price suggestion for sigs in this thread, but it could be the same amount as any other "PR7 sitewide". Read how paying for a sig appears less and less attractive, and notice how some people are even worried about the quality quotient of their posts...

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PR vs Audience

I think PR is a secondary issue in this case.

The idea of paying to have a forum sig strikes me as a good one. It'd work great over at webmasterworld for example. Were i doing it myself though i'd not give a live link. Far to open to abuse even if you've paid for the right to that sig.

IMO it's far more valuable to be in front of the right audience. Quality posts always generate interest, even if people have to go have a look at your profile to find your website you still get great referals from that if your posts are deemed authorititive and helpful.

Couple that with keeping a very tight focus on what you respond too, and you're onto a winner I reckon. I wouldnt pay for sig over at SC because the target group is far too loose (and this site has nothing to sell anyway) but i might pay if i were linda bouquet aka. catalyst aka 5starwotsits.. her target *is* very loose.

The chap with seriously stupid avatar over there said "why not just buy some advertising" but the answer to that is all to obvious. Ads are static (or at least not very interactive) and a good conversation with someone in a forum in the context of "helping" them can bring damn good sales if your good at it.

Take seobook (aaron wall) for example. He does it superbly, nothing even remotely shady about it, he genuinely helps people and gives some excellent advice. I'll bet a lot of those people visit his sig site and buy his book

Profile.

>look at your profile to find your website

You're right there (to get traffic): whenever people post something really noteworthy, I usually check them out via their site. But some people are just craving for more well-anchored backlinks. I might be tempted (in about a month from now hehe). Not tempted to pay of course, I'm not into that.

Too little time

I post less and less on forums these days, and there are so many of them i just don’t have time. I’ll try answer unanswered posts but most posts i make these days are an attempt getting an interesting topic to continue, or i sometimes just take the opposing view to the majority to keep argument balanced :)

thanks Nick!!!

>Take seobook (aaron wall) for example. He does it superbly, nothing even remotely shady about it, he genuinely helps people and gives some excellent advice. I'll bet a lot of those people visit his sig site and buy his book

thanks nick :)

>Too little time

there are always some good places that are really worth the time though. the trick is to make sure you soak up alot at those types of places...like a half dozen blogs I go to and about a half dozen forums :)

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