74775446 wrote: ↑
6 months ago
It was odd - he just lost the plot. I get at least 10 messages a day asking what pen I use, how I use it, how many needles etc so made literally 1 post suggesting that I set up a site as a "one stop shop" for anyone who wants to get started using the exact same pen I do. I know as soon as money is mentioned people assume "scam" but this guy lost it on a different level.
I wasn't trying to sell to anyone in the thread and it was just an idea that would make my life easier and I thought it would be of help to anyone else who wanted to copy exactly what I did.
Anyway, there is no website and I would never, ever promote to guys on forums like this, as I'm more interested in learning from what we find.
I wasn't expecting everyone to say "yeah, man, great idea - go got it!" but his implosion was bizarre as he'd been an active and helpful member until I made that single post from the several hundred I've made. I'm sure you know better than I do how weird people can be on these sites, especially when money is mentioned.
I totally get it man, that's why I was honest from the start with this website and told people that yes, I was an evil capitalist so of course I would put Google Ads, a donate button and more recently subscribed to the Amazon Affiliate program (what you were criticized for), there are like 5 Amazon links on this whole forum so I don't think I'm going to make much off that, and I'm going to be paid in gift cards anyway :p.
For the sake of transparency, I made around 100€ in 6 months with that, and this website costed around 30€. But still, there is a minority of people who will tell you that if you're a truly good-hearted person who wants to help people and build a community, you should not monetize it at all. And I believe that's grotesque.
I understand why some people get pissed at you for having had the (brilliant) idea to use an affiliate link. It's partly misplaced resentement, especially if they think you're going to make a lot of money (probably not though), but let's not forget that it's also partly because you're addressing the hair loss community, and the longer we've been in it, the more suspicious we will be about such practices.
This is the same reason we're suspicious of Somebody's method, he's probably genuine, but the fact that his contribution came with a monetized YouTube channel and a $9.99 e-book doesn't help the perception that it might all be a marketing ploy. And add on top of that that dermarolling's effectiveness is still being discussed without a definitive answer despite the fact that there have been community trials on BaldTruthTalk, stopaga and now HairlossTalk (for the second time) and tressless, and we have our current situation.
I'm still really hoping that it could do wonders for maintenance, especially for people who caught their hair loss early but we have to remember that the evidence is still not in. That's one thing we have discussed in this thread, the majority people who have had amazing results with dermarolling, we quite young, caught their (sometimes aggressive) hair loss early and also jumped on minoxidil and finasteride. It's not an unusual reaction to treatment without dermarolling in that case.
As Spencer Kobren from The Bald Truth would say, take everything you read on hair loss forums (including this one) with a grain of salt. Always remember that the dermarolling thread on Spencer's forum just ended up dying out like 4 years ago, same as the one on stopaga even though the community is much smaller:
https://www.baldtruthtalk.com/threads/1 ... nity-Trial