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Tips / Guides on Helping to Recruit Members to dooyoo
Member Name: TheKnight
Tips / Guides on Helping to Recruit Members to dooyoo
Date: 26/03/01, updated on 26/03/01 (379 review reads)
Advantages: Bigger better dooyoo. More reads for writers. Helps other to make better decisions too.
Disadvantages: Maybe our recruits will write too well? :)
With that in mind, let me quickly summarise what benefit there is to you in recruiting new members and users to dooyoo.
Why should you recruit?
Firstly, dooyoo is a wonderful resource, which just keeps getting bigger and better. When you recommend the site to others you can do so knowing that they are likely to really enjoy it just as we existing members do. It is not just about making money either. If you are thinking of buying something, a quick check at dooyoo can either reassure you you’re making the best purchase decision, or else prevent you making a costly mistake. Introducing others to something they will enjoy and find useful is a reward in itself.
Secondly, by helping more people to discover dooyoo, you are helping dooyoo to grow, becoming ever bigger, better and more comprehensive. As the readership grows, advertisers become ever more interested, which in turn not only keeps our favourite site going, it will also lead to more competitions and prizes too.
Thirdly, as more and more people find their way to dooyoo, so many of them will sign up and become full members. They’ll write opinions of their own, adding more depth and breadth to value of dooyoo as a resource for making better decisions. They will rate opinions, helping ensure that the most widely useful content rises to the top, which in turn makes the whole site more useful and appealing to the next visitors. They will read opinions, and so will be another 5p of earnings on many opinions.
Why Listen to me?
Right. Now you know what
8217;s in it for you, I had better establish my credentials for offering you any advice on how to do it. I’m a professional Internet Marketing Consultant, experienced in drawing in new users for many well-known dot-coms that you will have used. This is my specialist subject.
I’m very good at my job, and I share these tips with you freely to do with as you please. While the standard of my advice on this may be professional, anyone can find something here they can use. You don’t have to be a webmaster or a salesperson, although I’ll include some basic advice for those too.
With no pre-requisites.
Let’s start very simple. Tell people that you know about dooyoo. Now I don’t mean that you should go around ambushing people with a sales pitch. However, think of the people you know who could most use dooyoo right now.
For example, do you know anyone who is moving home now or in the near future? If so, when you think of all the things from hiring a removals company to buying new furnishings and knick-knacks they’ll have to do. Well, dooyoo could be an absolute godsend to them, so don’t keep it to yourself. Tell them all about it, and you’ll not only attract a new user, you’ll be helping someone you know too.
Know anyone who’s expecting a baby soon? They too are going to have to make a lot of new purchasing decisions too and would probably greatly appreciate the kind of honest, impartial advice that dooyoo can give.
You see, it isn’t just a matter of telling people about dooyoo. You get the best results by telling those who can really gain something from it, and showing that you are thinking of their best interests in making the suggestion. That carries a lot of weight, and it makes you feel good to know that you helped your friends too.
Amazing Tip #1
It isn’t all that important to get the address right. Dooyoo registered quite a few mis-spellings of the name, including doyou.co.uk , doyo.co.uk , duyu.co.uk , doyoo.co.uk and a few others. Any of those addresses will get a user to dooyoo.co.uk quickly and painlessly. Thanks to dooyoo for that clever thinking.
Using your E-mail.
Be very careful here, because we all hate spam. Never send a mail to anyone, not even those you know, where the sole purpose to that mail is to recruit them or to get them to sign up for something. I mean it. Never. It will always look like spam, no matter what your intentions were.
However, you can mention it when talking with people normally who will really benefit from dooyoo as I gave examples of above. Better still, take advantage of the feature to have a signature or ‘sig file’ that comes with most email software. Even if you don’t have an email client that supports it (maybe you use web-based mail) you can still save a short signature paragraph into Notepad or Word, and simply paste it into your emails.
A good signature file should be only about 3 lines long and have just enough info to tell someone about your interest, not be a full sales pitch. Many people won’t click it the first time they get mail from you, (though some will) but they probably will take a look sooner or later, just out of interest if nothing else. Keep it simple and short, perhaps like the example below.
( Dooyoo author: jsmitty )
www.dooyoo.co.uk - make better decisions by reading honest opinions and reviews of thousands of products and services written by people like you and I.
It is very easy indeed to make an automatic signature in Outlook or Outlook express and have it automatically included in your mail. In fact it is so easy you can work it out just by looking through the options, but M
icrosoft do make useful help files, so take a look at the ‘Help’ and give it a try.
Amazing Tip #2
You can get paid up to 50p per time for each person who signs up for membership of dooyoo from your referral. This just means using a special URL page address for the link, which you can easily get.
On the homepage you’ll see the link for ‘dooyoo banners and buttons’ that you can use, and this includes the link and your unique referrer ID number. That number can be placed into virtually any page URL for dooyoo as the SponsorID number.
Even simpler, just use the ‘invite a friend’ link (which is on the homepage, the category pages, and the opinion pages too). You don’t have to use the form itself. Just send the invite to yourself and then copy and paste the link.
Use chat and forums.
Again, be careful not to spam. Don’t just go there to try to recruit users. Instead, simply use the chat rooms or message boards as another avenue to reach people you know as with the very first advice I gave about telling people you know.
However, many message boards and newsgroups also allow users to have a signature file, just like with your email. Just by being a friendly normal member of the community your signature file will act as an open invitation to others to discover dooyoo in their own time.
Use your homepage.
Yes, I know. Many of you haven’t made a homepage yet. You are nervous about it and don’t know about HTML etc. Fact is though, that anyone can have a homepage. You don’t need to be a programmer or to know about HTML. There are plenty of free website hosts available, and most of them offer an easy, template style website that you simply insert your own text into and its done. Your own page on
the web. In fact, the only difference between those who have a web page and those who don’t is the confidence to try it. Honest.
Once you have a home page of your own, use the dooyoo banners and buttons to link straight to dooyoo and earn up to 50p for every one of the people who ever follow that link and become a member. You get a bit of cut and paste code given to you, and its easy enough for anyone. There is even help available again if you need it.
Dooyoo have a whole category for free web hosts, and another category for web design tips too, so use the site to help you. If you find my style of explaining things useful, there is a ‘Web Workshop’ forum at the Opinionated Community (link on my profile) which may help. Otherwise take a look at the help files at the web hosting companies themselves. My personal recommendation would be www.tripod.com which has won many awards for its simplicity, ease and help.
Banner link caution.
One note of caution I must add, is that you should never go mad for the affiliate links. Many amateur webmasters try to add far too many banners and buttons. It doesn’t make more money, in fact it makes less. When anyone arrives at a page covered in affilite links it looks cheap and greedy.
To get the most effect from affiliate links and programmes, keep solely to one or two programmes that are especially relevant to your audience and the topic of your page. Personal testimony, your own words vouching for, and speaking of the benefits of, the company you have a link to is far more effective and believable than a banner or button alone.
A full treatise on web-promotion and marketing is not only beyond the scope of this opinion, its also something I charge a lot more for than 5p a read. However, you can read a lot more tips and tricks from many websit
es, and dooyoo have a category about web-promotion and site promotion.