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WebDude
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 07:06 AM 03/28/07 (CST)
Once again (it seems to happen every spring), I have been getting a ton of emails from resort owners, guides and bait and tackle shops and just people in general questioning the purpose of this site, why am I doing this, or what's the catch. I am posting a respone to these emails here. I have responded to a lot of these, but I want you users to know what's up too. Seems a lot of people think this site is some sort of scam. Not sure why.I am always trying to assure people that the only reason this site is here is for fun and the love of what I do. Hopefully people will realize why I am doing this. Also, maybe they will check here first so I don't have to keep responding to these smile smiley

The following is actually and partially from a very old post so there might be some references to some things in the past, but it still fits pretty well. I have been using this as a boilerplate response to some of the emails I get. Just goes to show ya that we have kept the reason for being here on the right track smile smiley


Hello email person,

What's the catch?

This is hard question to answer, but I will give it a shot. Others have asked me what the deal is and I try give it to them straight...

I love to fish. I am also a Web Developer that started this site on the side in my spare time. I also love Minnesota. I have a vision (sounds kind of political, but what the heck, the elections are coming up) of having a very successful site that ordinary part time fishermen (and women) would opt to visit before they go out fishing. Or after fishing, a place to post (or boast) their catch on the forum or by sending me pictures.

I have been doing Web-Marketing so long that I decided to try a few tricks of the trade with this site to see if I could generate any interest. What better way to attract the average user then to get a bunch of pro-type people to use the forum or to post their catches. I scratched my head and decided to scour the search engines to find guides, resort owners and bait and tackle shops and add them to a database I built.

Now normally, it is fairly hard to get pro type people to post stuff or respond for that matter. A lot of them are already members of other forums or they have their own web sites ya da ya da ya da. So I decided to...

1. Build a search engine so people could access them quickly by lake, city or name.
2. Contact each one of them personally (better then all the bulk email crap going around) and tell them that they are being listed.
3. Let them link their sites from the photo pages or forum.
4. Try to get them to join the forum and post tips for us part-timers.

I have a bunch of guides already signed up, several resorts that are adding links to my site, and a few bait and tackle shops. You see, I am helping out these people by giving them free advertising and they in turn either tell a buddy, post some photos, add a link or join the forum or whatever. What I have started is just the tip of the iceberg.

I have approached this type of marketing professionally and have several sites that are ranking #1 in most all the search engines (google, msn, hotbot, yahoo, etc. etc. etc.). Search engines thrive on popular sites with lots of links coming and going. And this is the best way I could think of to get the ball rolling.

Now, the site is only a couple of months old and it is starting to rank well. I understand my competition (edited out some web sites here) and I understand this part of the business. Now try to project what this site could be in just a few years. If I can get a place where the pros go to post their stuff, where the resort owners go to post their stuff, and where the bait and tackle shops go to post their stuff, think of how popular this site could become. I mean, if you were an average fishermen and found out about a site that most of the pros in Minnesota go to for their posts, comments, fishing reports, weather conditions, what's hot and what's not, etc. etc. etc. wouldn't you want to hang out here too?

Anyway, I have a problem of getting really long winded. You don't have to believe me if you don't want to. I receive no monies from any party. All development is done on my own time at no cost to anyone but myself. I just had an urge to start something that I thought would be kind of cool. I mean, you fish right? (at least I think you do) And if you could do this in your spare time, and loved fishing the way I do, I think you would be doing the same.

I know several resort owners, and I know how difficult it can be to try to make it as an owner, especially in the Mill Lacs area and other lakes that are regulated. I don't know any bait shop owners or guides personally, but I bet a lot of them are in the same boat. So what better way to try to help then to offer something that I love to do... for free! I guess I am just trying to give a little back.

So in answer to your question... no, there is no "catch."

WebDude

p.s. If you are still skeptical, that's okay. I do not plan on selling email lists, charging for search engine submissions, nor do I plan to delete any entries from the search engine unless I am asked to do so from the owners of the establishments. So if you
are listed in one of the search engines, just let it go at that and consider it free advertisement. If you wish to be removed, that is okay too, just send me an email and I will do so. Happy Fishing!





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BigBite
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:29 PM 03/28/07 (CST)
Mmmmmm... A scam? I don't see no scam. Wonder if there are some other sites badmouthing ours... mmmm?




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:32 PM 03/28/07 (CST)
I doubt any another site is bad mouthing us. People just see a deal that must be too good to be true, so they are skeptical.

We are taught to be skeptical about anything on the internet.

If a website is bad mouthing us I am sure one of the users here would have found it by now, we are all on so many other sites that we would stumble upon it sooner or later.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:57 PM 03/28/07 (CST)
You see stuff in the public forums, but what about the hidden forums. I have heard that some of them get pretty ugly.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:01 PM 03/28/07 (CST)
Not sure what goes on in private... however, some of these emails seem to think that I have got some sort of scam or con going on. All I can say is that I assure everyone... there is nothing that I can think of that I am doing that would upset anyone. If there is, please speak up and I will rectify it. confused smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:22 PM 03/28/07 (CST)
The typical fisherman in minnesota ought to be thankful there are persons such as yourselves to share information so freely!!!!I for one have been a member of a different forum and was not as pleased as i have been with this one!!I would like to express my gratitude for all you have done...

thanks to all who make this site great!!

mallard smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 05:30 PM 03/28/07 (CST)
Well thanks for the kudos, mallard1662. I appreciate ya stickin' around. Come back and tell all your friends to join too smile smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 06:15 PM 03/28/07 (CST)
hey dude I think this is a great sight.I apreciate all you have done I feel like I met some really good guys and gals here even though I never met anybody in person. I really feel comfortable here even some of my own personal things I would not share any place else. I hope this sight never shuts down At this sight I feel people are true and trust whorthy . catch you on the flip side smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 07:13 PM 03/28/07 (CST)
Agree and Agree!


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 07:17 PM 03/28/07 (CST)
Thanks, Lazy-Ike peb! Tell all your friends. I am hoping to make this the best season yet.

Folks like you and the rest of the users on this forum make thia ll worthwhile!



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