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Posted By: Patricia Griffin In Response To: EDITORS CHOICE AWARD - to United First Financial (Sue Copening)
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 11:48 p.m.(pst)
In Response To: EDITORS CHOICE AWARD - to United First Financial (Sue Copening)
>> I could give you specifics, however when I have tried, the positive
>> comments about the company are deleted by the administrator, not sure why,
>> as I thought that this was a discussion board.
I think it's because they come across as ads, particularly with the "Join the Sue Team" link below. The regulars don't post things like this, even when their companies do something because their income doesn't rely on grabbing readers and coercing them to join a downline.
So I don't think your announcements are as welcome here as they might be on a board for such announcements... like over at MLM.COM. I'm sure you can boost your take home by recruiting a Happy Sue Team over on a board that specializes in MLMs. As Willie Sutton says, "that's where the money is."
This board is the wrong market for a recruiter and the wrong demographics for expensive programs.
>> Outstanding Company of the Month - Broker Banker Magazine, Nov 07
>> EDITORS CHOICE AWARD - Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine, Feb, 08
>> Cover & Feature Story - Mortgage Planner Magazine, Jan/Feb, 08
I'm a writer. I actually went to the trouble to look up those publications, take a look at their editorial policies, and examine their "awards." I noted that a number of the articles for the magazine that spoke highly of a product were written not by an unbiased source, but by the owner of the company that made the product.
It may be dressed up as an article, but that's an ad.
This is about as exciting, frankly, as putting news up on PRWire. Anyone can do it, and I do wonder about the link between the advertisers and writers and news since I see a lot of the advertisers' "news items" being mentioned.
This is not the same as getting a feature article in the Wall Street Journal or Baron's or any other outstanding magazine. Generally touting a company's presence in a magazine that uncritically takes articles from its advertisers is a sign that the company is not doing a huge volume business.
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