The want to buy (WTB) section of the Digital Point forums can be a tricky field of spam mines to negotiate. Allow me to share some of my tips, to help you find your way safely to your destination. Hopefully that means landing a sale and that the transaction is a smooth one.
My Experience on DP
I’ve been using the Digital Point Forums (DP) since February 2006 and active to the tune of 1,300+ posts. Furthermore, I’ve been involved in their Sales section from both sides of the fence, both buying and selling. Over the past two years my PM box has been subjected to spamming, threatening, and general nonsense, thanks to specifically being involved in said Sales section.
As of this posting my iTrader feedback is setting at 40, with a 97.6% positive feedback. My only negative was due to me being ripped off by a scammer, providing false stats for a website that I purchased. I chock it up to idiot tax and a learning experience. Feel free to view my personal profile and sexy cat face persona here. Nevertheless, in this post I hope to provide tips for avoiding asshats when selling on DP.
Use The Correct Sub Forum
Don’t waste your time trying to list what you want to buy in the busiest subforum, if what your buying doesn’t match. The moderators at DP have a hard on for moving and/or removing anything that doesn’t fit. Plus, could you really stand living with yourself knowing you lied to a captcha and check mark list?
Don’t be vague with your thread posting, if you do, you open yourself up to a slew of spam PMs. Also, people can’t read your mind, simply buying links without the dirty details means you may not be a serious buyer anyways. Basically this will mean that the really good offerings, say quality link placements, might not bother dropping you a PM. Below is what I make sure to include in my WTB Threads, when I’m wanting to purchase links.
- The niche and I’m extremely specific and picky. I don’t give a shit about general blogs or sites, I want my link to appear on a very specific topic site. Ask and ye shall receive, dont’ ask and you get blogspot blogs looking to plant your link on sites with pictures of cats who are bad at English.
- Price you’re willing to spend, no more, no less, no range, just exactly what you want to spend per link.
- Tell the reader what to do, either post in the thread with their offer or if it’s ok, drop you a PM.
- List your payment method, which is generally paypal. But, if you only accept something else, make sure and tell people, otherwise communications may have been wasted.
Don’t Waste Time
Much like you don’t want people wasting your time, return the favor by keeping correspondents in the loop. If someone send me a PM, that follows my thread description, then I will reply one way or another. A simple, sorry not interested, or yes send me more info is all that’s needed so that the other person doesn’t feel like they wasted their time.
When dealing with spammers and those who obviously didn’t read your whole thread, just delete. When I am buying links, I get a ton of PM’s with people selling things that don’t fall into my specific niche, are more than I posted I was willing to spend, etc. Those PM’s are immediately deleted to free up more space in my inbox, they deserve no response. Furthermore, I report those that blatantly send out mass PM’s to anyone buying links, regardless of what their thread stated.
Hopefully, if you follow these tips, not only will you get what you are looking for, but also create some friendships in the process. Through the years, by following these techniques, I’ve developed some contacts that have enabled me to stream line my link buying or service buying on the Digital Point forums.
Now, I’m a lot less likely to post a WTB thread and more likely to just open up my contacts list and drop a PM. I’ve learned who I can trust, who I can’t, and above all I know that my money is being spent on a worthwhile marketing endeavor. Yes, I’m doing my part to keep the online economy going. 😉