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Monday, April 23, 2012

12 Reasons Entrepreneurial Writers Should Connect With The Warrior Forum

For those who may not know, The Warrior Forum is the world's most popular online forum for Internet marketers.

In this blog I usually highlight my own forum at I do still recommend MWC as a brilliant resource for writers, of course - but for those of an entrepreneurial bent, I highly recommend checking out The Warrior Forum as well.

Here are twelve reasons why...

1. The Warrior Forum's main board is a great place for asking questions about any aspect of online marketing, including blogging, website design, affiliate marketing, e-book publishing, article and video marketing, and so on. Such is the popularity of the site, you can expect a stream of answers to your question within an hour - often just minutes - of posting it.

2. On the Warrior Special Offers board, you can find all manner of internet marketing reports and products at discount prices. Some are better than others, obviously, but one big advantage of the forum format is that you can read reviews by members who have bought the product in question. Many WSOs are a bit rough-and-ready, but as well as being low in price they have the advantage that they are normally bang up to date. The Kindle-related WSOs from Rosa Suen (such as Kindle Hot Niche) I've reviewed on this blog recently fall into this category.

3. If you wish, you can also sign up as a WarriorPlus affiliate and promote many of the WSOs on sale on the forum, which pay commissions of up to 100 percent. There is a small fee of $3 per month for doing this, but personally I have found it well worth the money. If you're interested in affiliate marketing, the WarriorPlus affiliate program (as well as the affiliate program run by my sponsors, WCCL) is well worth signing up for.

4. If you need help with creating advertising copy, the Warrior Forum has its own dedicated copywriting board. Questions about copywriting are welcome on myWritersCircle too, of course, but MWC members are mainly interested in fiction and poetry writing. For copywriting advice from professional and semi-pro copywriters, the Warrior Forum copywriting board is a great resource.

5. If you're looking for work as a freelance writer (or programmer, designer, webmaster, SEO practitioner, and so on), you can advertise your services on the Warriors for Hire board.

6. You can check out requests for assistance from other Warrior Forum members on the Wanted board. Also on this board you will find requests for beta testers, product reviewers, and so on.

7. If you have written a report on a money-making topic, you could offer it as a WSO yourself. There is a fee for this, however, and you would normally be expected to have made some contribution to the forum first. Because of the huge audience The Warrior Forum reaches, a successful WSO can make you a lot of money in a short time. However, many people start by offering a free WSO - a short report, say - simply to build their credibility (and mailing list).

8. If you're looking for join-venture partners - as recommended in my course The 10-Day E-Book - the Warrior Forum has a Joint Ventures board too. Again, you are expected to have made some constructive contribution to the forum before you post a JV request.

9. You can post articles relevant to online marketing on the forum's Articles board, including links back to your own blog or website. Because of the forum's popularity and heavy traffic, articles posted here are usually indexed quickly by search engines and often achieve high SE rankings.

10. You can find some great, free resources - reports, e-books, videos, e-courses, and so on - on the Make Money Online board. You can also post your own free report here if you wish.

11. If you're looking for affiliate programs to promote, the Warrior Forum has an Affiliate Program Database. You can also list your own program here for a one-off fee of $100.

12. Finally, you can read reviews of current internet marketing products on the Product Reviews and Ratings Board. Reviewers are not allowed to include affiliate links, so hopefully the reviews should be unbiased.

So that's twelve reasons to check out The Warrior Forum - I could have given several more. If you're involved in any aspect of marketing online, in my view it's an incredible resource to have at your disposal.

I must, however, mention a few caveats now. One is that The Warrior Forum has a lot of rules, and some are rather confusing. It's not difficult to break a rule inadvertently and have your post deleted (at best) or account closed (at worst).

My advice therefore - as with all forums, really - to take it one step at a time. Start by 'lurking' to get a feel for how things work, and read the 'stickies' on the top of each board carefully, as they explain the rules applying to that particular board.

I'd also recommend that you start by posting on the main discussion board with any questions you may have or comments in reply to other members' posts. By doing this you will start to build your reputation and show you are not a spammer and willing to give as well as receive. It's also worth noting sometimes you will be required to have to have a minimum number of posts on the forum (e.g. 20 or 50) before applying for a particular opportunity - so it really does help to build your post count.

Finally, do bear in mind that not everything you read on The Warrior Forum is necessarily true (shock!) and not all the opportunities described are as wonderful as they are painted (horror!). This applies particularly with WSOs.

Obviously, you will have your own opinions about this, but personally I am always suspicious of programs that promise to 'automate' your use of Twitter or other social networking services. In my opinion, these are mostly just spamming tools. While they might work in the (very) short term, they will seriously damage your online reputation and probably get you banned from the services concerned.

There are many very interesting WSOs available via The Warrior Forum, and I admit it's one of the main reasons I and many others frequent it. It is, however, important to regard the claims made on the sales pages with a measure of scepticism, and read the reviews carefully before you buy (though you can always get a refund if you don't like what you receive).

If you have any comments or questions about The Warrior Forum, please leave them below and I will do my best to answer them!

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Anonymous Judith Briles said...

Thank you for the recommendation! It's good to know these additional and helpful tools for writers. I will try to check it out.

4:36 PM  

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