Thursday, August 10, 2006

Truth in advertising

I've noticed this happening a lot lately in different forums.  Today I was reading a forum where someone had asked for ideas on different businesses that can be ran from home.  Halfway down the thread was a response from someone about the business they were doing and how great it was.  The next response was from someone else who was also in the business and mentioned that he had been seeing and hearing a lot of great things about it in forums.  The funny thing was, both of these people who were in the same business joined the forum on the same day and had the exact same number of posts.  Coincidence?  I doubt it.   Someone else besides me happened to notice this fact and questioned it.  The original person responded that yea it was funny and it must be because this was such a great forum. 
You have to know.  If you are new to the forums everyone knows this trick and everyone hates it.  All it does is discredit you and cause you to lose a lot of respect.  If you want to advertise your business in the forums become a participating member.  Help other people in the forums and give good solid advice.  Don't use the forums as just a means to advertise and don't make up pretend people.  It is always glaringingly obvious. 
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