said 5 months, 2 weeks ago:
@andrea-vahl “it sounds like you are hoping that someone will promote your product.”
There is no “product” – I think you may have not actually looked into what I’m saying, maybe you didn’t visit the site? I’m not sure. But there is definitely no product that I’m trying to sell. More like…I’m trying to raise awareness. Awareness, that the products that are being sold in gas stations, are putting a horrible taste in peoples mouths, because they don’t know any better. <–what I’m trying to prevent.
I’m an advocate for electronic cigarettes. I’ve spent well over $3,000 in products to review, web design, and much more, just putting together, what I have. Now…I need to get it out in front of the public’s eye.
You said: “also seems a bit one sided.”
Well, it sort of is. If “maybe” someone here was working on the same niche, it wouldn’t be, but there is a wide range of products out there that you can “network” with other people to promote. But I’m not promoting. I’m not selling. I’m referring people to real, brutally honest reviews, to help them make a better buying decision. I’m not sure if I completely understood what you meant by what you said about being one sided. However, I do know that if there had been a place out there on the web that I’d have known about before buying my first e-cigs, that would have told me if they were any good, I would LOVED to know about it before I wasted $100 on a P.O.S <– sorry. I’m sure you if interested in them, would prefer the same. And that’s what I represent. A consumers (for the consumers) website.
You asked: “Have ads worked for you?”
No. I have yet, to find an ad network that would promote this particular niche.
You also said: “It looks like you have some good interaction on your page but are those your customers?”
Yes, I have “some” interaction. But no they are not my customers. I’m a well known person, and most of those people know me, as well as support my cause and decide to share/like what I post in hopes that it’ll help the public.
You asked: “Are there other pages like yours?”
Yes, but they are competitors, and nasty ones at that. They don’t want to promote this type of site, because it’ll bring financial ruin to their bank accounts. They get paid by certain companies to rank products in certain positions. I do it by free will and actually testing the products. The whole point. To give honest reviews, so the people know what product is worth their money. There are WAY to many people mis-leading people right now. I wouldn’t care if I made a dime from my site, although yes, I earn commissions, but the fact remains. They are honest reviews. I’m not pulling a scheme, and saying “here’s the best product” hurry….buy it….no, I’m saying “this product works well, but there’s a less expensive one over there, that trumps this one, in almost every area.” ‘Nuff said. Ultimate conclusion – I can’t network with other people on facebook that are solely using facebook to SELL a product, earn a commission, and pocket some money.
WOW! You’ve got some pretty good questions
Last one: “Are you posting on other like-minded pages where your potential customers are hanging out?”
Yes. And no. Some consider it spam, while others say “I’ve tried them, but they were nasty” and they won’t even consider even “look” at the website, because they’ve got a bad taste in their mouth. Which is what makes this hard. Those people with a bad taste….will most likely never quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. All because someone somewhere, put together a really crappy product. To make a quick buck. My question….if I burned you with a lighter, are you going to let me burn you again? No. And neither will this audience/crowd/market.
Thanks for the questions, and input.
Sorry for the rant, and run-on sentences. It’s difficult to do punctuation with an iPhone ^_^