I’ve done it. I’ve bitten the bullet and posted ‘How To Become A Social Marketer’ onto the Warrior Forum as a WSO.
For those of you who don’t know, the Warrior Forum is probably the biggest and arguably the best internet marketers forum. It’s free to join and there is a huge amount of free information available to those who take the time to browse. In many ways it can waste, or at least – take up more time, than Facebook. Like many forums it has its characters, spats and arguments, but for the most part it is a valuable resource for the new and experienced marketer. There are 2 particular areas that are of importance.
The first is known as the War Room. This is actually a membership area so it costs to join. At the moment it is $20 a year and although I’ve only just joined (so I can’t tell you definitively), everyone says it is a tremendous resource for information. There are plenty of free offers and tons more assistance than in the free section. People who are here are serious about their marketing.
The other important area is the WSO or Warrior Special Offers section. This is split into sub-sections where people can be hired or offer themselves for hire, offer websites for sale, web hosting and classified ads but the most important is the main WSO section. This where people offer their new (and sometimes not-so-new) products to the world, sometimes before releasing them onto Clickbank, JVZoo or other affiliate sites – usually at a much higher price.
The process of getting a product onto the WSO forum is long-winded rather than complex and can be done in stages.
The first stage is registering your product with an affiliate provider. I chose WarriorPlus, which despite its similar name is not directly a part of the Warrior Forum. It is run by somebody not employed by Warrior Forum although they have been an active member for a very long time. WarriorPlus can handle the payment, affiliate and download of your product or you can manage bits of it yourself, which is handy if you have a complex funnel in place. Filling in the WarriorPlus form is a bit exacting and it took me 3 attempts to give it all the information it initially required. There are some areas that you cannot fill in until later, so these have to wait.
Once you’ve completed the WarriorPlus stage you have the opportunity to grab a button code that you put into your sales letter – wether as HTML or forum code (similar but slightly different) so that people have a button to press to be able to pay you for your product.
I strongly suggest you do the preparation for your sales page offline so you can merely copy and paste it into the next stage. Check your spelling and grammar. Twice at least!
When you’re ready to offer your document you go to the WSO area and click New Thread. What you’re not told beforehand (unless you search carefully) is that you MUST be a War Room member before you can post a WSO. Once you are a member (which is instant upon payment) you’ll be allowed to write your WSO sales page. If you use images in your sales page they must be hosted elsewhere, adding to the complexity of getting it all done.
Pressing ‘Submit’ merely sends your page to a forum administrator who will them approve or disapprove as appropriate. Once approved you are sent to Paypal to hand over another $20 before your page is posted. It is at this stage you grab the thread address of your posting and head back to WarriorPlus to link the two together.
Your WSO page is active and ready to take on hordes of eager buyers, ready to make you rich… Or not as the case may be.
At the time of writing, my sales page is still in the hands of the forum administration pending approval. More to come on what else might needs to be done.