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FFA's (Free For All Links)

By Valerie Garner
Posted Sunday, August 8, 2004

For those of you who don't know what an FFA site is, it's basically a website where you can post a link to your website for free. Generally it is also posted to many other sites at the same time and hopefully somebody sees your advertising in other words. When you post a link, you are also giving permission (whether you know it or not) to receive confirmation e-mails back from the site owner.

What seems to happen though, is many people see this as free
advertising and get angry when not only do they not see a flood of sales come pouring in, but they start receiving other people's offers.I know when that first happened to me, I couldn't figure out what was going on and was frustrated.

Let's back up a moment and look at the bigger picture of what an FFA site is and its TRUE purpose. The true purpose of an FFA site is for the owner of that site to promote his/her business. It's really not just because he's a nice guy giving people a free advertising place. (If it was such a goldmine in pulling in sales, he would be doing it himself). That is just the bait, getting people to his site to post their links, thinking they are getting free advertising, so he can respond with "confirmation" of your link, and his business ad.

Those confirmation e-mails are NOT spam. You had to agree to receive them in order to post your link. Who is reading these ads anyway? Is posting to FFA's a total waste of time? Not neccesarily, you do get an occasional sale, people do go to post their links and sometimes take a quick look through the links to see what's there while they're posting.

So what's the answer? Get your own FFA site to promote your business. There are many excellent resources out there. I have found from personal experience however, that many of the services offering FFA's sites, offer a free version or a paid upgrade. The phrase "You get what you pay for" comes to mind with these. I've used several kinds and found that the paid upgrades more than paid for themselves in spades. Shop around however to compare between companies.

There are many other really good ones out there.

You can promote any product through this method; information products, crafts, vitamins, whatever. You could have the very best on the entire internet, but if nobody sees your offer, it's not going to get the sales you desire. It takes traffic to get sales. These sites are options for driving those numbers to your site. Free classified ads sites are also in this same category with the same purpose and can be worth pursuing.

Best wishes to your promoting!

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