Pestering members on Chat is not a professional approach

by Sherry Emma Simpson Smart Entrepreneur
I have noticed some members on Apsense who pester me on Online Chat to join their program and click their links.

I believe this is not a good idea and a professional approach in marketing your business.  A business network like Apsense is a platform where you communicate with the other members by sharing your ideas and knowledge about a subject that you are comfortable in sharing.

When you share useful information with members, naturally they would have confidence in you and your business.  Members would be eager to know what business you are involved in and if it is interesting they may join you.

Do you agree with me friends?

About Sherry Emma Simpson Committed     Smart Entrepreneur

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Joined APSense since, March 4th, 2010, From United States.

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Cheryl Baumgartner Professional   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
The spammers are going to spam every possible avenue they can find. It does not matter what you say or do because this is what they think it is all about. Shove your referral link in everyone's face and sooner or later someone will bite.

That's why I disabled the chatbox.
Sep 24th 2010 15:41   
Sherry Emma Simpson Committed   Smart Entrepreneur
@ ppl_cheryl63, Just a small tip... Showing your status online is a way to attract non-members to view your profile. These visitors come across Apsense, through search engines.

When visitors click a link directing to Apsense, they are brought to the homepage which highlights Online Members. Got an idea how to get more views? ;)
Sep 24th 2010 16:30   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
Since I work with business owners and decision makers doing employee benefits my only reasons for having chat is to stay in touch with friends and established business contacts. I tend to invite people to come here who I have personal relationships with. I really don't care about making 'money' on APsense so a huge downline is not an issue. I'm on APSense for one reason and one reason only, to build relationships. And I am not looking for 'like minded' individuals to build these relationships. I am looking for business builders, those looking at creating an established solid business presence.

That's why my chatbox is disabled. I'm more concerned with the quality of the people I am connecting with than the quantity. So I don't broadcast my presence online. Those I'm connected with can contact me those I am not connected with and don't know don't need to contact me until there is an established relationship.
Sep 24th 2010 17:12   
Cheryl Forester Freshman  
Very true, mytreasure. Attraction Marketing or leading by example by sharing knowledge is much more effective for the closing percentage than hounding people.
Sep 24th 2010 19:50   
Bronwyn Ngatai-Wilson Advanced   Online/Offline Business Consultant
I absolutely agree. If these people changed their approach they would do much better in business.
Sep 24th 2010 21:18   
Patsy j Payne Committed   konnektions konsultant
My experience was different. I had a {now declined} member pester me on chat about a relationship. He had a zero rating. I am new so it took me a couple of days to catch on. He is now on my declined list.
I haven't had any spammers, YET!
Sep 24th 2010 21:25   
Elizabeth Soedjiarto Advanced   Online Shop Consultant and Trainer
@mytreasure : The only good permalinks only owned by RevPages. Take advantage of RevPages by using keywords that level of competition a bit and have a decent search. You can read tips on my blog Apsense.

Another way is to create a press release to Apsense. It's good for SEO on your affiliate link Apsense.
Oct 1st 2010 20:01   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
So you come to a blog that talks about pestering people on chat with spam for no other reason that to drop a spam turd in the comments. and for a program anyone with any sense about computers would avoid like the plague since it allows unknown parties access to download upload access you computer without your knowledge or control.

I must say alisafa I find you as tragically comical as all the zombies running around the site. Another one promoting something that is designed to harm honest people. There is no such thing as money for nothing.
Oct 3rd 2010 09:26   
Bronwyn Ngatai-Wilson Advanced   Online/Offline Business Consultant
@ppl_cheryl63 I like your style!
Oct 5th 2010 19:56   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
Sometimes I really wonder if people even read a blog or just come to spam.
Oct 5th 2010 20:40   
Dawie Bezuidenhout Professional   Systems Engineer I.T.
@Cheryl, i agree with you 100%. I used the chat quite a bit when i started here, but mine is also disabled now.
People send me a message, "Hello how are you", and when i reply, i get "Sign up here quick".
I hate that, you know how i feel about SPAM.
So if people want to contact me now, send me a message, i will gladly reply unless it's SPAM.

@Sherry, this is a good post, and i hope it will open some eyes.
Oct 5th 2010 20:54   
Gina Jennings Advanced   
In business, they're called spammers.

In the real world, they're called stalkers.
Nov 4th 2010 01:49   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
@Gina thanks for the morning chuckle. You are right in the real world the spammers would get themselves thrown out of any networking event because everyone involved would shun them. So why people are willing to tolerate online what they won't tolerate in the real world is beyond me.
Nov 4th 2010 09:03   
Katrina O. Professional   Indiana Water Filters
@Sherry, I so agree. But I also believe a lot of the chat spammers are new and have no clue what they are doing. I simply reply back with an offer to join my training site and learn to market, not spam.
There are some that deserve reported and declined. Ethically, sexual harassment is wrong any where, especially when the harassing party has been told to stop! I touched on this on my blog post, after a frustrating member just would not stop!!
Nov 4th 2010 09:23   
Meghan Senior   
I think blog posts like this help. Many of the spammers are spamming because they can, but I also think a portion of them are new and don't realize what they are doing is not really a part of selling.
Nov 4th 2010 09:26   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
Some are new and don't know any better however many are just doing it. Those whose constantly plagiarize the original post and comments, those who don't bother to read the post and just drop links on anything that has some tops and those who try to be slick. They advertise by placing a 'commercial' on a post without using links.
Nov 4th 2010 09:38   
Ginny Williams Committed   Affiliate and Network Marketing
Great post and I defitnitely agree!
Dec 14th 2010 07:41   
Joe Sansoucie Professional   Advertising Your Business Is My Business
Right on! This is a social network for business minded individuals. Apsense offers so many ways to put your offers in front of the members that it's pointless to just run around pushing a link. It's really irritating to just see things like:

Here's my link I know you'll love it too.

Well how would you know if you don't know me?

This is a great article post. Keep it up! :-)

Down with spammers!
Dec 14th 2010 08:07   
Allan Haastrup Senior   Networker
It's a sad fact that this happens, but with every use of something there are people who will abuse it.

The social networks are like one big party and well, there are alwyas party poopers, but if the spammers would think of themselves as perople running up to everyone at the party with a contract and a pen and paper in hand I think they'd get the message.

Thanks for all the comments above, many made me laugh.
Jan 18th 2011 14:58   
Cindy Bolley Magnate II Premium   HHCTB?
It was so annoying I turned it off.
My Friend Cheryl told me how.

Thank you Cheryl.

Jan 18th 2011 15:01   
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