As a regular member of several well-known forums about make money online, I sort of notice a pattern of methods that Internet marketers are using to get traffic and sales, collect emails, and etc.
1. You ask people what they think of your website. Our of curiosity, and also depends on how popular the forum is, you might get many people visiting your website and giving you genuine advice and stuff. But of course, not all comments will be constructive. some will be nasty and mean, lol.
2. You pretend that you come across some great looking website or blog (actually that is your own), and you ask fellow forum members if they know what theme that great looking blog is using. Again, some helpful members will be kind enough to visit that blog and check it out for you.
3. You post a list of “useful” sites, e.g. a list of good resource sites, or sites relevant to a specific niche, etc, and you also add your own site to the list. Some people will actually go through the list site by site, and you will receive some traffic. Or some will find your list somewhat useful, and they might save it, bookmark it, tweet it everywhere. Either way, your website will get more exposure.
4. You brag about how much money you are making everyday, your plan is to get people curious and ask you about your secret money making method. If you are patient and take it as a little project, you can start a forum thread and write your make money online journal, spread out the information over a few weeks, let people subscribe, and keep track of your progress. Or for more details and statistics, suggest people to follow your personal blog somewhere else. To make it look more realistic, you are bound to have some setbacks every now and then, don’t tell people you are making big money every day. When the time is right, when you receive enough private messages or responses asking for your secret, sell them something.
5. You find a decent money making script, clone, tool, service, or affiliate program, and plan to promote it. Instead of keeping everything till the end, you want to tell your readers right off the bat what money making tool you are using. You describe in great details how to sign up, purchase, and configure the tool. To make it sound more promising, you write down how much you have been earning for the past few months. You know that all are just numbers, your readers will never and cannot ask you for proof. You emphasize how great the tool is, it is like the moment your readers purchase the tool, they will start making money right away. Wow, you become a guru making money by telling people how you make money online! However, things are usually not what they seem. The fact is that the moment your readers purchase the product under your affiliate link, you are making money, and your readers will still need to figure out some details like how they can generate traffic, find a profitable niche, or create a content rich website…