This is the part where I will try my best to walk you through the application process. It sounds simple enough. You sign up, post on their testing forum ten times, get reviewed and assigned a rating and then you’re good to go. If only it actually was that simple.
Okay, this is the easy part. You can go here to sign up using my referral link. Or, you can go here if you don’t want any association with me and you don’t want to share the wealth. That’s okay, my feelings aren’t hurt. Give Postloop your basic information, get a confirmation email, click the confirmation email and you’re good to go. First, you want to fill out your profile and choose your 7 interests, which will determine which forums you get to see. No big deal, you get a grace period where you can tweak these but they don’t want people gaming the system, so you will eventually have to settle on some you like. To find your profile, click on My Dashboard and then on the left hand side of the screen, you’ll see a button that says Settings. Click it to expand the menu and then click on Profile and have at it. Now you’re ready to test.
The Testing Phase
This is where people start to get confused. You see, Postloop doesn’t magically track your posts in these forums. You have to register on the forum, subscribe to the forum on the Postloop website, and then go and make your posts. If you haven’t subscribed, then you won’t get credit. If you subscribe after posting, you just have to make new posts because the others won’t be counted. It sucks, I know. I’ve done ten posts on a forum only to realize that I forgot to subscribe.
Some of my referrals were really confused about the process and didn’t really understand about subscribing. I’ve explained it several times and finally decided that I should just write out a detailed guide to link to them and to hopefully help others. So, to continue…
You’re freshly signed up and ready to rock. But, you have to pass their test. It’s a ten post test and you’ll write these posts on a forum that they own and is only used for testing out potential posters. First, if you’re at Postloop’s homepage, you will see this on the top part of your screen:
Click on the link that says ‘forums’ and you will see a page that looks like this:
*Forum names and descriptions were erased to protect the innocent.*
If you’re ready to test, you’ll see a forum at the very top called Postloop Portal. This is the testing forum! You’ll also see a yellow bar at the top of the screen that wants you to follow some instructions. They’re basically the same thing I’m going to tell you, but mine are better. Now, I want you to pay very close attention. Click on the Postloop Portal link. This will open up a new window where you can register for this forum. Remember the username and email that you used to sign up! Well, the password is important, too, but not for subscribing.
You have now registered for Postloop Portal. Remember, while this forum is owned by Postloop, this is still the same method that you will be using in the future with other forums. So, this is the exact same thing you’ll have to do with each new forum you want to earn points at.
After you have registered at the forum itself, return to the forum list page on the official Postloop page. Remember, the page where you clicked on the Postloop Portal forum link? Yeah, go back there.
Now, look to the right side of the screen. You will see three little icons for each forum on the list. The ones that you’re concerned about right now are the ones on the Postloop Portal row. Here’s a picture of the icons that you’re looking for:
These icons each have a different function. The blue i will expand the row to give you some extra information about the forum. This is always worth reading before you register because some forum owners have specific criteria you need to follow. You’ll have to agree to their terms when you subscribe, anyway. But, if you read it first you might find that you don’t want to post there and you’ll save yourself some time.
The ! icon will allow you to report a forum. This would be for forums that break their terms of service, which you should read, by the way. Always read the terms of service, it’s just smart.
Finally, the little person with a plus icon is where you subscribe to the forum. This is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY if you are going to get credit for your posts. This is how Postloop tracks your posts on forums. So, click the little dude, agree to the terms and give them the username and email address that you used to register for the forum. Not the ones you used to register for Postloop itself, but for the FORUM. You got it? I hope so.
Now, you’re ready to go back to Postloop Portal, the testing forum. This looks like any other forum and you should really try your best to show yourself off here. You are to make ten posts on this forum. The staff will review them and then decide if you’re Postloop material or not. It’s not hard to do. Other than following the advice I gave in Part 1, you should also be careful about what kinds of posts you make. If you simply reply to ten threads, they will count that against you. If you create ten new threads, they will count that against you. It is best to make some replies and create a few new threads. I made eight replies and created two threads, but you might do better with 7/3 or 6/4. It’s up to you. They have to be good replies and threads, though. Again, I already talked about that in Part 1. You can see how many posts you’ve made right there on the forum. It will be under your profile picture on the replies or threads themselves or you can find it in your user profile.
You will see an alert on the official Postloop website telling you that you’ve made the required 10 posts and to wait until they contact you with your results. You’ll get an email that basically says the same thing. It usually only takes a few hours to hear back, so go kick back and watch some TV, play around on Facebook, or whatever it is you do when you’re waiting on emails.
Finally, you’ll hear back from them hopefully saying that you’re in. Congratulations, you can now post on other forums! You will get credit for the posts that you made when you tested, so that’s pretty decent of them. Here’s a little bit of information to help you navigate the site.
Your dashboard has a lot of different links, but I’m not going to go over all of them because my fingers hurt at this point. They’re pretty self-explanatory, anyway. If you ever want to see the big list of forums, you need to hit the forums link at the very top of the page, which is also where you’ll find your dashboard link. You will register and subscribe for forums the exact same way you did when you were testing.
On your dashboard, the most important sections are: Dashboard, Subscriptions, Ratings and Deposit/Withdraw. The dashboard link just takes you back to your dashboard if you’re in one of the other parts. Subscriptions is where you want to go if you want to find the websites you’ve subscribed to, duh. There’s two sections in the subscriptions area. One is for active sites and the other is for inactive sites. Sites go inactive if you haven’t posted in them for a few days, if they run out of points and the owner takes them down or if the owner takes them down for any other reason. A lot of them will go inactive and active once a day, more or less. Some stick around for a long while.
Ratings is the area where you can see your ratings. Duh, again. When a forum owner rates you, this is where you’ll find it. When Postloop gives you your first rating, you can see the comment that they left on it to see why they liked you and if they had any comments on things you can improve on. You can also leave comments on their ratings. I always take the time to thank them. I did this once and they said they meant to give me a rating of 5 instead of a 4.6 and bumped it up. Whether or not that was true or if they were just impressed with my politeness doesn’t matter. It always pays to be polite when it comes to things like this. Plus, it’s just nice.
Semi Pro Tip
When you go to a forum, click on a button that says ‘What’s New?’ ‘New Posts’ or something along those lines. This will show you new discussions or discussions with new replies. This is useful if you have already visited the forum and done some posting on a previous day.
Pick out some things to comment on from this page and open them in new tabs. If there are already a lot of threads in different forums and the owner doesn’t care if you make new threads, just pick out 5, 10 or however many it takes to reach the limit and open them in new tabs.
Pick some out that you feel like you could contribute to. Then, go through each of them and reply. Make new threads in subforums that you are interested in. This will streamline the process and you’ll spend less time browsing around trying to find something to comment on.
Congratulations! You have completed the tutorial. I hope that I was helpful and I look forward to seeing you on some forums! Have fun!