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Old February 13, 2002, 08:50 AM
Ricky Higgs
 
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Default Special Announcement…. New Marketing Forums Dedicated Search Engine Recently Launched

Those of you, who know me, will know that I’ve been on the forum scene for some time now.
Running my own forum as well as co-partnering on Ken Silver's, and the occasional posts on other marketing discussion boards is something that I truly enjoy and of course benefit from, as well as keeping me busy!

I realized like many others may have in the past, who post and lurk in the various marketing and business related forums, that something was “missing”, something that was needed to tie or "network" the many popular forums together. A cross-reference that would further enhance the discussion board experience and wealth of valuable information they encompassed.

Six months ago, I had a dream…. A project that would bring the forum scene closer together.
A “tool” that would benefit the entire marketing forums community.

What I thought would be useful, was a “dedicated” Forums Search Engine with certain extra features I will explain further on down.

I knew that such a project would not be easy. Creating a SE requires advanced programming skills to be able to search deep into the archives of the various forums, each with their own obstacles and different method of operation. I also knew it would take many man-hours of testing, debugging and coding, especially for the special features I wanted the engine to include. A project I could not handle myself due to the skill base required and the long hours I already devote to my own online business.

Many people I bounced my idea off along the way, people I respected, told me I was crazy, or that it would be a project I should forget about, a project that belonged in the “too hard basket”.

Well I almost did, shelve the idea, ….. But I knew in my heart that my idea, maybe not anything new, had some merit and I like to see my projects through.
I knew that past humble projects I had undertaken had been winners. Projects like the ever popular 100 plus Web pages on my website devoted to the “Who’s Who of Internet Marketing”, a valuable free information resource to those new to the world of online business and marketing…. Interesting reading if nothing else.

Then 3 months ago I was fortunate to partner with one of my customers, a very talented and brilliant programmer and software developer, “David Orme” from Great Britain. A positive “can do…No problem” individual.
David took the “bull by the horns” and worked on my idea day and night, and was able to implement the features I thought boarded on “unlikely and probably could not be done” in the finished product I saw in my mind's eye.

So after much pain and toil, David Orme and I proudly give you “Forum-Tracker”….. The Internet's first and only dedicated online Marketing & Biz Forums Search Engine.
A Search Engine that will benefit all those that frequent and enjoy the resources of the online marketing and biz op forum scene.

Here are some of the features of “Forum-Tracker” which may be of benefit to all forum goers…..

1. Search 15 Popular marketing & biz discussion Boards & some of their archives in a single search just for starters. (More forums will be added as we go).

2. Search By topic keywords or author (if you're looking for a particular poster).. …Never again do you have to remember, “Now, on which forum did I read about that marketing technique!”. Research posts relating to subjects you are interested in or want to post about yourself!

3. Sign up (free) to receive Email Alerts when any of your favorite nominated posters of your choice makes a message or response in any thread in any of the tracked forums. Never again miss a post by someone whose posts you enjoy reading. Save time in scanning the forums when you’re busy.
(Note: The Forum-tracker technology does NOT harvest email addresses from the forums, so you don't have to worry about your online privacy).

Let “Forum-Tracker” do the hard work for you!… That’s our motto.

My own forum, which closed last month temporarily for the changes to be made, has now re-opened as you can see and now serves a dual purpose….

1. The normal discussion and postings as before

But also incorporating…

2. The “Forum” of the “Forum-Tracker Search Engine”.

Here you will be able to see “Link Messages” similar to “Lesley’s Fountain’s much beloved and sadly missed Boardwatch” to the latest and best posts in the above monitored forums….. The hottest debates, the “must-read-not-to-be-missed” posted articles tracked down by “Forum-Tracker” on a regular basis!

We are currently working on something never seen before on the online biz forums…. Fully automated scheduled postings on my forum which will include hyperlink messages to posts on the other tracked forums. Not an easy feat!…. But we are trying nevertheless.

We are also accepting a limited number of “sponsored links” and small banner ads on “Forum-Tracker’s” index page, to help pay for the Search Engine and its development.
Interested parties will find contact details on the Search Engine for further information.

With total page views on the tracked forums estimated conservatively at around 3 million page views a month, we feel confident “Forum-Tracker” will become a popular resource to the marketing and biz op discussion board community.

Already, “sign –ups” (totally free) for the “email alert” feature are beyond our expectations, and the user feedback David and I have received is more than encouraging.

Visit and put the link to “Forum-Tracker” in your browser favorites today….

http://www.forum-tracker.com

Enjoy!

Warmest Regards & $uccess

Ricky Higgs




Forum Tracker... We Do The Hard Work For You!
 


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