hosting Free For All - good or bad?
Posted on 2004-08-13
my post is about free for all sites and whilst not asking about any specific problem I have I was just hoping you experts could comment on what I've written as I'm not in the know.
I had been thinking about FFA sites as a way to get some traffic and hopefully therefore earn some money. The idea was to host my own FFA site and obviously my advertising comes from people having to read my confirmation emails. However I've been doing some surfing and was coming to the conclusion that this is a poor idea. Agree? Disagree? If you disagree and think FFA is the best thing since sliced bread then I'd be interested to hear why you think this.
Why do I think its a poor idea? All over the internet it says that posting to FFAs is realy bad so does anybody still do it? What is their motive? Surely they must know nobody will read their advert? Is the moitve to try and improve their SE ranking by having posted a link? I read a rumour that it hurts your ranking, is this true? Also if people have to check their email for the confirmation then surely they are in the frame of mind to just ignore your advert, they are not quality recipients, correct?
I don't understand the Multi Level Marketing which appears to be advertised on most of the Free For All sites where you can host your own. You know the idea, you sign up a customer they they sign up a customer etc. What are they asking you to do? Are they asking you to advertise their services on your confirmation email, telling presumably the ignorant how much more effective it would be for them to host their own FFA? Is this what they are asking you to do? If so why do they want you to do it, why don't they just do it themselves?
Presumably all they really want is your initial custom and MLM will never happen.
This reminds me of all those adult sites which very generously say they will set you up with site, material for a fee but then only want 15% of your memberhsip returns. To the ignorant this no doubt sounds like a bargain. However I'd imagine all the seller wants is your initial custom as they know in such a saturated market that your advertising costs will probably exceed your memebership revenue, and they will still take that 15% of the memberhsip revenue thank you very much.
However having said that maybe just maybe would hosting an FFA work if you are selling traffic in your confirmation email? After all that is the reason why the person was posting on your FFA in the first place to get more traffic as all websites always need more. Does this strategy work?
So your view please, especially on that last paragraph.