Is The Warrior Forum A Pyramid Scheme?

I could be convinced.

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve stumbled across this hell hole of an Internet Marketing forum and actually posted there. Not for long admittedly. As far as messageboards go, this is the shit that George Orwell pissed his bed sheets over as a small child.

Here is a board that thrives on the principle of getting nowhere in Internet Marketing. Let me correct myself. Nowhere beyond the actual confines of The Warrior Forum.

It amazes me that this place sustains a stuttering eco-system of guys and girls who make money on the SHEER PRINCIPLE of making money. I can’t imagine they make more than the odd ebook sale – but it’s still mind boggling to understand that this shit is happening. Real time. As we speak.

Every other member has a link slinging an ebook. You know the kind? Probably hand-picked from a collection of 72,000 in a Demonoid torrent. These people strike me as the sort of hob goblins that spend 6 months researching key terms for a soon-to-be-hot niche, only to roll out an acai berry blog in 2011.

It’s plain as day that the best performers in the Warrior Forum marketplace are making their money from selling crap to…fellow Warrior Forum members.

Okay, fair dos. You get the odd smattering of urchins from Bangkok looking to send 5000 visitors to your site in 24 hours – but as far as quality services go, I can only assume that these guys have accidentally homepaged the Wayback Machine and forgotten how to close the window. A brief glance over the latest threads and you’ll see questions like “Am i being geolocated?“, “How does this blog know where I am?” and my favourite of all time, “Does posting links on Google work?

Now, I’m not trying to knock too heavily on the happy go lucky community of The Warrior Forum. I’m sure they’re all hard working mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. Christ, they better be hard working. But I’m writing this to anybody who’s new and getting started in the business. Anybody who reads some ridiculous sig link and is already on the phone to jack in his day job.

IF IT SMELLS LIKE BULLSHIT, IT PROBABLY TASTES LIKE BULLSHIT.

I spend day after day searching over new tools and systems that are allegedly going to make my life easier as an affiliate marketer. If I worked 365 days, I’d probably only stumble across something worth paying for on 5 of them.

When you get good at affiliate marketing, you become a good judge of the scam artists and the guys who are actually rolling out a quality service. I’m using the Warrior Forum as an example – I don’t hate the place – it’s just a terrible breeding ground for poor marketing. It’s like walking in to a fully immersive flog and personally, I come away from the place feeling just a little bit creeped out by the smiling avatars.

There is no magic recipe for success. And if there was one, it wouldn’t be sold on WF – or on any forum.

No successful affiliate hits the jackpot and then decides to sell it for $27.95 in an instant download. These guys seem to have established a mini circle jerk to pay the bills. I’ll buy your book, if you get three retards to buy mine. And so the madness spirals out of control.

I do a lot of work on traffic sourcing strategies that receive hardly any coverage across the many affiliate marketing blogs. Christ, most of my money is made from traffic sources that I haven’t even hinted at once during the lifetime of this blog. That’s just how it works.

You can go on Affbuzz and read to your heart’s content – you’ll get absolutely nowhere without action.

No secret worth knowing is handed to you on a plate.

Time and time again I’m getting contacted by guys who want a hint there, a nudge in the right direction here…but what can I say?

When you uncover a marketing tactic that works – you’ll appreciate the value of shit not getting saturated. If you’re new and fresh to the affiliate marketing business, you need to grow some thick skin when it comes to sales talk. The reality is that the best tool you have for this industry is Notepad and your keyboard. Time to get skeptical about everything else.

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Finch
Finch

A 29 year old high school dropout (slash academic failure) who sold his soul to make money from the Internet. This blog follows the successes, fuck-ups and ball gags of my career in affiliate marketing.

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  • Great post and Great warning. You can spend a lot of money and time wasting looking at the other sites. I have paid for and now going to stop paying for ppc-coach. I was stupid when I first started out. What do you think of ppc-coach?

  • Great post.

    When I first started out in the industry I was reading WF and quickly came to the same conclusions as you. The guys at the top are colluding to sell more of their crap “WSO” Ebooks to unsuspecting members in a vicious cycle of regurgetated ebooks and crap from 1995.

    Thanks for sharing, hopefully other newbs won’t make the same mistake I did and waste a whole week on WF before finding the gay webmaster forums.

    latros

  • Gulp. I confess, I’ve been reading stuff on WF and in the back of my mind wondering what can you take to the bank from a free ebook. Ditto the thanks for the great post and the great warning.

  • Honest and not afraid to tell it like it is even at the expense of posssibly feeling the wrath of hundreds, maybe even thousands of little warriors!

    Beautiful.

    Time to read the rest of your blog.

  • So true, so true – I spent a small fortune on stuff from Warrior Forum only to regret it years later and literally nothing to show for it. I troll a few more forums, but the second someone pushes me to buy something I’m out of there. My problem is that I over analyze everything that I do, and am a perfectionist so nothing is every ready for prime-time… sigh. While I may not be making a killing with affiliate marketing, I’m no longer falling for every e-mail that comes my way.

    As a side note – can you believe that I’ve had over 40 e-mails this week about Optin Profits?!?! Ewen Chia is pushing something that is 10 years old. Someone also sent me something about making money with digital publishing.

    I feel bad for the noobies that are going to get suckered into the slick graphics and waste their money on otherwise free stuff… oh but wait it was $997, then it dropped to $797 – $497 – $197 – $97 – $47 now. Good deal. I’ll go and buy it.

    Guh.

  • The people who are making money online are the ones telling you how to make money online.

    Warrior Forum has some useful information but I don’t read sigs or buy products from there.

    Fyi, I spent $80 out of my $100 Google Adwords coupon and made 0 sales. Livin the dream…

  • I have posted a little at the warrior forum before, however it seems they have really pissed off a lot of people. This blog is the funniest thing I have read for ages:

    www . theantiwarrior . com

    The dude who owns this site is some kind of detective or something.

    The warrior forum admins are a right a bunch of scumbags by the looks of things.

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