This is a quick update from my last post.
Soon after posting my last article I went back to the helpwinmybet.com site and noticed Jim had created a forum to discuss his site. It had only been up about 15 minutes, and it had almost 2000 visits already. Hmmm…. I thought to myself, why not leech off a viral marketing campaign? I posted an article under the heading “Self Promotion” with a backlink to my site. It read:
“Seeing this site has had over 1780 visits in the last 15 minutes, I’m going to take full advantage of it and see how long my link to my website can stay up.
So here it is:
Go visit it. And congrats Jim!
Minutes later everyone was cottoning on to the idea. Backlinks and self promoters were popping up everywhere. People were loving this free form of advertising.
Everytime I clicked refresh on my site, my traffic was increasing by 10 people. Woohoo! I was clicking refresh like a mad junkie, taking hit by hit. Very sad, but true.
It was time to go home though. I turned my PC off, went home, and dreamt of webstats.
This morning when I got into work I shuffled over to the helpwinmybet.com forum, and noticed my mate, the now very famous, Jim had written me a personal little note:
“ jim note: I’m tempted to let you keep it, but I know then I’ll have millions of people just posting their links and not talking about what’s really important – threesomes “
He’d taken my link off and replaced it with a link back to his site! The traffic from his site to mine had screetched to a stop.
Another post from Jim had been written a little below:
“Actually – Mark Forrester – put your link back on. I’ll leave this thread as a shameless self-promotion thread.“
This is after another 150 or so people had posted a link to their site. Mine was now a needle at the bottom of a very big haystack.
I’m a famous, shameless self-promoter though… for all of 5 minutes.
P.S. If you found my site through Jim’s site please leave a comment!