Why do people think they're being "helpful" when they post referral links?

United States
September 9, 2011 11:49pm CST
Why do people think they're being "helpful" when they post ref links? By posting a ref link, the person is claiming to be "helpful" when really they aren't even telling any information about a website.. just spamming their links. Not beneficial at all, in my opinion. In fact, I personally don't join through ref links that are spammed in any manner. I generally only join ref links if the person that posted the link gives me pretty extensive information about what the site is about, where the profit potential is, and in some cases I look for them to tell me about how confident they themselves are in the stability of the website. If they personally feel it's going to go bust and dont mention it.. how confident do you think that makes me feel? What's your take on this? Feel free to share, I wouldn't mind discussing it. Please pass on both points of view if you would like!
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@GardenGerty (96670)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Sep 11
Posting referral links is a violation of MyLot rules and that does not help anyone. They really think that they are helping themselves and that maybe it will stay up long enough to pull someone else in. If you ask about a site, you should be given information about it, not a link.
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• United States
18 Sep 11
Yeah, I was actually worried based on the topic I chose that certain keywords might get it flagged for deletion, or due to lack of understanding by another member might report it as me posting my referral link or something?? Apparently it's stood the "test of time" so that's good. Yeah, I have actually wrote a page and a half response to some people in the past giving them a lot of information that would help them to get more than started earning money online. A lot of the real money isn't in websites with referral links but websites where you actually have to work for your money. Not to say you can't make a pretty penny with sites that provide referral links, though! I am still waiting for the response in this discussion where someone will misunderstand it and post their referral link saying something like. "great place to make money" haha, *sigh* I wouldn't be surprised.
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@GardenGerty (96670)
• Marion, Kansas
18 Sep 11
I actually prefer sites where I earn for my own work. I have more confidence in it.
• United States
10 Sep 11
Yes most people who only apply the referral link simply do so to help themselves. Not giving full information about the site, makes it seem like the person applying the link thinks the person is desperate to the point where the poster feels they will gain from getting that referral. Not giving full details and being around to guide and help me along the way would definitely make me refrain from signing up with the person. I did do this early in my online ventures and since have learned.
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@skydancer (1862)
• United States
16 Sep 11
You're right. More often than not, they're just being like telemarketers or worse. They are probably just desperate for referrals because they see it as a fast and easy way to increase their online earnings. What they don't realize is that these mechanisms will more than likely just turn off everybody who receives their referral links. They're really not kidding when they say you need an angle!
• United States
18 Sep 11
Yeah, they definitely turn me off hence the Mylot discussion about it. Yeah, the more creative you are the better off you are. I've promoted in the past with not even "spam-worthy" areas and i've gotten hundreds of referrals on many different websites. Only problem is, they have probably been over-used in the past, or most of the people that were using the site(s) or promotional methods in the past were being fed lies of ridiculous profits from the beginning so it would kind of taint the referral supply, y'know?
• United States
18 Sep 11
I feel bad, I kind of just now made referrals sound kind of like fodder!
• United States
10 Sep 11
Like you said, they are maybe wanting to get referrals, or maybe they don't know any better and they want to help and don't know they aren't supposed to post links. I always like to give someone the benefit of the doubt before thinking the worst of them. So maybe they just don't know better. But if they stay here for long or short, they will hear of it fast.
• United States
10 Sep 11
Oh, I don't mean to speak ill of people in general that may do it. I am talking more specifically about the people that repeatedly do it and feel they're helping. Most of which that have been told by other members and I am sure by staff on more than one occasion that it's against the rules.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
10 Sep 11
Yeah. Alot of people like to post it in the discussion instead of sending it out to each person that wants it.
@viner16 (242)
• Canada
13 Sep 11
Agree, I don't know why people think we're gonna join if they write 'This site makes money easily join here' and posts there links. When I see people like this, I join the site, not via there referral links.
• United States
18 Sep 11
Speaking of this, I know this great site you should check out.. haha, kidding. Yeah, I don't join referral links if I don't feel the person gave valid enough information about the website. One sentence really doesn't cover it. Especially if in the sentence it doesn't even tell about the website.
@SillyBE (181)
• Belgium
12 Mar 12
When I make a post about a website or something like that where referral links are avaible I post always the two link and saying what a referral link is so the people have the choice to help me make more money or not
@celticeagle (117235)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Sep 11
People are not being helpful to the other person but to themselves. People no longer care about the other guy. They care about the situation they have. That is paramount to them. Very few people really care about the outcome for the other guy. Selfish and self serving is how kids are growing up and becoming.
• United States
10 Sep 11
I have noticed that as well LouieWpHs04. I usually don't join under them unless they are honest enough to tell you that it there refferal link. I know the difference either way but I still would like if they would just say "hey, join under my refferal link to help me out" instead of just putting it up to trick people into signing up under them.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
10 Sep 11
They are actually only helping themselves by hoping to gt referrals for their site. Some people like to be "helpful" and supply the link too so others do not have to look or ask for it.