Self-Promotion Backfires

United States
August 6, 2010 12:18pm CST
I keep seeing it on MyLot a lot, that someone will always say, "Go to my profile, become my friend and I'll send you links to help you make money." This just bugs me because it makes me NOT want to go to their profile. I thought it was against MyLot rules to advertise referral links unless it had to do with the discussion, but it's always in the "Make Extra Money" categories that I see this. I never talk about my website even though I have one and it's my videos and I always end up getting a couple hundred hits every day, and I earn a little extra money, but I don't really promote my videos in other forums unless it has something to do with the discussion. Does it bother you that people self promote here on MyLot so often?
8 responses
@Naruto555 (173)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Yeah Ive got in those they are really annoying, but they say to visit there profile so they could make extra money all helps them.
• United States
7 Aug 10
Huge full metal alchemist its one of my favorite anime's besides Naruto.
• United States
10 Aug 10
You noticed my profile pic. Cool! nice to see another Fullmetal head here.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
7 Aug 10
no, it doesn't bother me. it just says their not interested in friendship on mylot but instead interested in making money for themselves. what their promoting i'm probably already a member of anyway,lol.
• United States
7 Aug 10
That's true, if you want to be an internet friend, you'll participate in friends' discussions every once in awhile, not just spam everyone with messages to check out their profile. Being on this forum shouldn't just be about promoting your links, there are plenty of other forums to do that in.
• United States
8 Aug 10
It's called playing the game I call" I know something you don't know" and is absolutely the worst way to get referrals, because, as you said, it turns people off by being presumptuous and intrusive. On the other hand, one of the best ways to use social sites is to find people that need help, and then help them. That way you build up a reputation of being knowledgeable, trustworthy, and honest. Now, who wouldn't want to become a referral for someone like that ?
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
If its just "go to my profile", it does not really bother me. Unless of course, the person is new here in Mylot and goes posting his links in discussions. But what really irks me are those who send friend requests and once you approve them, they go and send you a private message about joining them in some site. I hate that Have a nice day!
@aquariand (466)
7 Aug 10
It doesnt really bother me as i always choose whos profile i want to read
@tweetbird (161)
• United States
7 Aug 10
It doesn't bother me either. Someone here might actually have someone interesting to offer, a nice site to look at or something new I hadn't thought of or knew about. Part of networking is learning what other people are up to and seizing opportunities. If I notice that it's just crap or same o' same o', I simply move on but that's no reason to be mad or think the person making an offer is a spammer. Truth is, many people are trying to sell their wares. Sometimes it's fun to watch how they go about it. Some get pretty creative.
@veromar (1457)
• Argentina
7 Aug 10
Yes. It bothers me. I usually ignore those responses asking me to "check out my profile" or those telling me what wonderful opportunities their profiles share. In my experience, most of the time they are sites that I have had personal experience with and know to be subpar. For this reason, I don't have any links or banners on my profile. I have several "opportunities" that I have had success with and simply because I have had success with them, don't need to blatantly beg people to view my profile. However, I do understand the human psyche involved in it. People join a site and get pumped up about the earnings opportunities and the need to "get referrals". So, naturally, they mention it at any opportunity. What bothers me the most though, is when they simply don't follow the TOS here at myLot and attempt to put their ref links in discussions. To me, that's worse than begging me to look at their profile.
@tap0991 (2767)
• United States
6 Aug 10
yea I usually dont go to peoples profiles all the time but I do check them out at least once. I do admit I do say to go visit my profile though but I make sure its not all i say in the post. I try to answer their question before I refer them to my profile.