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I have been researching this for a few months now here is my findings.
The more I posted a day to WebmasterWorld, the more hits I got! Sure I get traffic from other parts of the world, but the kicker is people clicking on your profile trying then going to your web site.
I have made many contacts within webmasterworld and made many trades between sites boosting my linkage and their linkage. The more I post a day the more people click on my profile then goto my webpage.
Its amazing yet stunning facts from months of research.
Ya, forum posting and profile referrals are powerful - probably the most powerful referral ever. People click on that profile link are prequalified and 'sold' in some way on _you_. It's quality - not quantity.
Those that don't have profile urls, are completely missing out on it. If you don't have a site that is 'clean' enough to put something on, then get one. I'd take one profile referral over more se referrals that you'd believe. Prequalified traffic is hard to come by.
By the same token, if you don't build your forum rep with quality postings, I think a profile referral can actually harm you in the long run.
Personalization based upon the referer... Then, the ones looking for specific pages will get the content they want right at the top...
Gotta get out these PHP references...
(edited by: Duckula at 8:31 am (utc) on Mar. 27, 2002)
joined:July 21, 2000
I completely agree. I'm sure many of us have gained business and (of course) new co-operative relationships as a result of people clicking through on the profile links. Not having one included is a missed opportunity for many.
But if this is a resume. I would like to ask for a salary of 150K. :) If you can give me that, sticky me! Then I can quit my current job and hang at WW all the time!
joined:July 3, 2001
but as i don't drink, don't suppose you'd get any business from me :)
joined:July 3, 2001
rx meds ???? you got me here
In Georgia, and many other states, if an officer stops you and determines that you are incapable of driving safely due to consumption of Rx or over-the-counter meds, you will be charged with DUI. SO BE CAREFUL.
joined:July 3, 2001
Rx = under the counter medicine ??
if not what does it mean
I really don't want to know if I am giving or getting advice from a competitor!
... thinks ... :) ... i've done some serious research and ... i've discovered some great keywords for my industry with HIGH conversion rates, just bid $$$$ on all the ppc's whisper, whisper - keyword keyword
< much later > oh sorry for the MAJOR typo, i meant keyword keyword not keyword keyword
IF keyword.keyword = "wild goose"
AND bid.strategy = "even wilder goose"
THEN ask boss for bonus
don't try this at home, its just the ramblings of someone whos been staring at a rectangular screen for too long without a break
joined:July 3, 2001
Us humans are amazing, whatever we focus are minds on we are able to make progress on. Karma, human will, whatever it is it is powerful.
>> Those that don't have profile urls, are completely missing out on it. If you don't have a site that is 'clean' enough to put something on, then get one. I'd take one profile referral over more se referrals that you'd believe. Prequalified traffic is hard to come by.
I agree but i don't have my url in my profile because i am not here to get traffic from webmasterworld. I have many clean urls i could provide. But, I want to be free to discuss borderline matters and if i am on the wrong side of the line. Also, I don't want to spam webmasterworld, by deciding to not have any forum traffic I feel more free to be objective even if i have a related page on the internet, I can answer the question without getting traffic (karma will bring the traffic in the long run) and maybe i can learn something and improve my site :):):)
I think visiting webmaster world alone may increase traffic, alittle (waiting to here from newbies). But checking the facts to make a correct post here will do wonders for your traffic. Even without that profile traffic.
I think it is useful to list your site though. There are a lot of people with wildly varying skill sets on this board. If you need some sort of help, in just about any technical field you can find it here. The profile sites can help you identify those members who have the skills you need. You never know, you could even get some business from it. Having said that, I didn't put my URL in the profile to attract WmW traffic, but its nice that SOMEONE is paying attention
Posting on a website with a bunch of HTML gurus can lead to harsh criticism. Many feel that their site isn't worth looking at in comparison to your average WebmasterWorld webmaster's.
The page is personal rather than corporate. Such as a weblog, journal, showcasing one's music/talent, or a fan site.
Generally I don't think about these things when asked for a URL because, hey... it's the internet, if you put something on it, expect it to be seen somehow.
On most boards, yes, I'd agree. That said, it'd better not happen here -it simply will not stand. The FIRST rule of WebmasterWorld is courtesy and respect towards ANY other member, regardless of their skill level.
Besides, who's to say what works and what doesn't? I have one site that is widely known to be the ugliest on the internet, and I'm crying all the way to the bank.
...so if you want to see the tuna I caught last month, click on my profile... but just so you know.... I ate it and didn't sell it:)
There are many reasons why one would refrain from posting their URL.
I'm pretty careful to make sure I don't say anything that is proprietary on WW; however, if I were to let some little competive advantage slip out, the last thing I want is a link from THAT info to my site.
I want my competitors to remain in the dark about what we're doing and how we're doing it, as much as possible.
joined:Apr 13, 2002
Nevertheless, I'm intending to put up a vanity page, just to give folks something nice to look at, etc.