Forums are one of the coolest things on the Internet. No matter what the niche or topic may be, there is almost invariably going to be a number of useful forums or discussion boards available. For example, if you’re into playing guitar, then you’re probably familiar with sites like Ultimate Guitar, or Harmony Central. Perhaps you’re a fitness buff, and you frequent the Bodybuilding.com forums (and its infamous “Misc” section)
But what is the best Internet marketing forum?
Now I’m pretty sure that I can guess what you’re thinking…
Are the initials of this forum “W” and “F”? Is the answer “Warrior Forum“?
The Warrior Forum is pretty much synonymous with Internet Marketing. It’s the McDonalds of the affiliate/make money online world; a household brand with a huger number of fans (and an equally impressive group of haters)
But is it actually the best Internet marketing forum online? What are your alternatives? I’ve donned my “investigative journalism cap” to bring you the straight dope on the top forums where you can learn about Internet marketing. A word of warning before we begin; the results of this little (and very unscientific) test are going to shock you!
My Take On The Warrior Forum
I browse the Warrior Forum fairly regularly; in fact, I probably spend 30 minutes a day there at least. There are a few things you will notice about the “WF”:
1) There is an almost limitless abundance of bright-eyed newbies, all clamouring to make their first coin online
2) There is an almost limitless abundance of “experienced” marketers (I’ll cover this shortly) whose advice is treated like gold-covered stardust.
3) The moderation team are complete d-bags, and will ban anyone who even slightly questions the WF status quo.
What’s the WF Status Quo?
Basically, you need to understand how the Warrior Forum functions. It is a hierarchical system, only regular members cannot easily climb the hierarchy. Instead, the WF serves two main purposes:
1) To allow self-proclaimed “gurus” a place of mutual worship.
2) To give these gurus a place to sell products based on their reputations (the WSO/Warrior Special Offers forum)
Seriously, as harsh and conspirational as it may sound, the Warrior Forum basically involves an elite group of forum gurus selling and promoting products to the legion masses of newbies who flock to the forum. This mass promotion is based off the fact that privileged members are able to make ridiculous, hyped-up income claims
The basic process works a bit like this:
1) Johnny N. Ewbie arrives at the forum
2) He hangs around in the Main Internet Marketing Forum
3) He sees all these amazing “gurus” who’ve uncovered the secrets to making massive sums of money online (hint: this generally involves “taking serious action” or “taking mega action on a daily basis”)
4) He purchases guru recommended WSO products, 99% of which are worth nowhere near their asking prices
5) He doesn’t make as much money as promised; but never mind, because the next big thing is here (at the moment it’s offline marketing that is all the rage)
Now I’m not here to bash the Warrior Forum to the same degree as sites like Warrior Forum Sucks. I will agree that there is a lot of chicanery that goes on in the WF. For example, one member (Alexa Smith) who may or may not actually be who she claims she is always peddles the same nonsense about syndicated articles being the secret to massive riches. When was the last time you actually saw articles from Ezinearticles being republished on blogs or by big list owners WITHOUT their links and attributions first being removed? MYOB/Paul Uhl is also another nonsense Warrior Forum member who claims to make so many hundreds of millions a year from article syndication that I’m pretty sure he could buy his own African nation. What skullduggery from the Warrior Forum!
Also, the fact that the moderation team (including the very dubious Paul Myers) allow the privileged members of the forum like Alex and Paul to say whatever they want, in order to encourage newbies to spend up large on WSOs and premium memberships, is borderline evil. It’s not on to exploit newbies and innocent people who are just trying to earn some coin online!
That being said, there are some great people on the WF; they just tend to fly below the radar. Some free WSOs are also well worth the outlay as well (keep an eye out for my soon-to-be-released free WSO that will show you exactly how to make your first REAL money online using a cool platform called Slideshare)
The SEO/PPC sub-forum has a load of great information, and there is also a lot of opportunity for JV activity and list swaps in the JV section.
But the Warrior Forum simply cannot be seen as the best Internet marketing forum, primarily because of the fact that is is really a massive vacuum cleaner designed to siphon cash into the pockets of people with enough skill to declare themselves “gurus” (oh do I hate that word). However, if you look under the turds, there are often some great golden nuggets of information.
My choice for the top marketing forum would have to be Black Hat World.
I can almost hear the gasps – he isn’t talking about a Black Hat SEO forum is he? Yes I am!
Firstly, I’m not 100% opposed to black hat SEO. Considering Google think it their right to destroy honest business overnight with search algorithm changes, such as the recent Exact Match Domain massacre. I don’t really see anything wrong with using automated tools, sneaky redirects etc to game the search results and make money in the short term (even if it means you’re not going to build a lasting business). In fact, I don’t want to dissuade you from doing anything, apart from illegal and immoral practices like spamming peoples’ email inboxes.
The thing with Black Hat World is that it isn’t just black hat SEO; there are so many useful threads where members share profitable money-making strategies, great traffic and link-building tips, as well as “cutting edge” methods that are ripe for the picking. You can learn so much by browsing this forum (and even more by taking part) and the best part is nobody charges to share their knowledge. The “Downloads” section is also pretty neat, but I’ll leave that for you to discover.
In contrast, I’m positive most of the so-called experts on the Warrior Forum would scalp you if dandruff was worth money. And then they would chastise you for “not taking massive action”.
The evidence is clear; Black Hat World is the best forum for Internet marketers who are actually serious. You will learn more there in an hour than you would learn in a week on the WF, so make sure you check it out here.