One of the earliest resources I called upon in my digital marketing career was the infamous “Warrior Forum”. Just about everyone who dabbled in digital marketing (especially affiliate marketing) has spent some time on the Warrior Forum. It’s pretty much an institution – navigating the sea of posts on the forum is like a rite of passage.
In this Warrior Forum review I take a look at one of the world’s most popular online communities for digital marketers, and try to work out if there’s any value in spending time there.
Please note that this is a review of the free/public Warrior Forum. I have already reviewed the private “War Room” in the past here.
What Is The Warrior Forum?
The Warrior Forum is a popular forum for Internet/digital marketers (especially affiliates). It has been around for a number of years, since 1997 I believe – I first joined all the way back in 2007, and it was very popular at that stage.
It’s a place anyone can come and discuss:
- Strategies and tactics for making money online
- PPC advertising
- Selling digital marketing services to offline businesses (so selling SEO or PPC or whatever). This was becoming a really hot topic when I first joined, as the early days of the WaFo was primarily focused around selling digital products from websites.
- Product creation
Why Is The Warrior Forum So Famous?
Rather than doing my usual thing of splitting out my review into “pros” and “cons”, I want to have a more general discussion about why the Warrior Forum is so famous.
Pretty much anyone who has got much of a history in the digital marketing space has heard of or been a member of the Warrior Forum.
Perhaps the biggest reason for the fame and celebrity of the Warrior Forum is due to its being a hideout for three types of people:
- Desperate “digital failures” who have spent years (and many thousands of dollars) buying up every training course and get-rich-quick-online scheme, but who have never made any real money.
- Self-professed “gurus”.
It is the symbiotic relationship between the latter two that has cemented the less-than-positive fame of the Warrior Forum.
Basically, the forum is inhabited by a huge number of people who have a clear interest in making money online, but have never managed to reach their goal. For whatever reason (usually a lack of focus, or an inherent incompatibility to being an entrepreneur) they float from one method or strategy to the next – always just around the corner from their big break.
In most cases these people would have been better off working on up-skilling for a raise at work, or even picking up a second job and squirreling away the money into investments or savings. I suspect that many of the people who fit this description on the Warrior Forum probably earn significantly less than minimum wage from their endeavours, if they earn anything at all.
Warrior Forum “Gurus”
However, the real issue is that this is facilitated by the gurus on the Warrior Forum.
A guru is someone who makes money telling you how to make money. They almost certainly do not make any money from the methods they claim to be expert in (and which they will sell you access to for a big fat profit).
Gurus usually come from two backgrounds:
- “Fake it until you make it”.
- Had a bit of past success in SEO/PPC/affiliate marketing/copywriting and have realized it’s much easier and more profitable to make money teaching that than continue to do what they did in the past.
Whatever their background, almost all Warrior Forum gurus exhibit the same tendencies:
- They never disclose any of their own projects that they claim result in them making money from the same methods they teach (this isn’t necessarily unreasonable, as if you disclose a winning affiliate site or project usually leads to immediate copycats). However, they are almost always deliberately non-transparent.
Warrior Special Offers (WSOs)
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Overall, I would recommend that you steer clear of the Warrior Forum. It really is a waste of time, and you will rarely see anything useful in terms of content on there. To find good content you really will need to dig quite deep, and you’ll wind up getting distracted by all the nonsense on there before you do find anything good.
A much better option is to check out digital marketing subreddits on Reddit (such as BigSEO, PPC and Entrepreneur). Another forum I also quite like is “Builders Society”. It’s not particularly active, but what is posted there is 10x better than anything posted on the Warrior Forum.
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The Warrior Forum is a true institution - but it's not necessarily somewhere you should be spending lots of your time online to try and learn Internet marketing. It's a hunting ground for predatory "gurus" who try and sell you rubbish "Warrior Special Offers". Better to read a few high quality blogs, check out training YouTube channels etc.