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The Top 5 Freebie Trading Forums Revisited

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Wow guys, since I’ve posted the last Top 5 List of Freebie Trading Forums, A LOT has changed. This is a very exciting thing for me as a new Forum owner. If you remember from the previous post, I ranked these forums solely based on Alexa Rankings. It’s VERY important to note that this is not the only indication as to how successful a freebie trading forum is, but it is a measure of how much traffic the forum is getting.

To give a brief explanation of what Alexa rankings mean, Alexa is a company that is known for its statistics-gathering toolbar. This toolbar is used to collect data from websites all over the internet and stores them on its website providing a web traffic report. If a site has an Alexa Ranking of 1, that means it is the most frequently visited site according to the data that Alexa collects. F.Y.I, the site with an Alexa of 1 is Google, with Yahoo at a close 2nd.

So according to Alexa, here are the current Rankings:

  • The Free Lunch Room (alexa – 30,456)
  • Anything 4 Free (alexa – 43,671)
  • Cali Style 101 (alexa – 148,501)
  • The Freebie Exchange (alexa – 156,776)
  • Net Income Solutions (alexa – 227,008)
  • Now here’s why it’s so exciting for me. As you know, I’m the new owner of Cali Style 101. Since we relaunched this month, traffic has increased significantly. We are working on a bunch of things behind the scenes right now that we believe will eventually take us to number one. Just think, a few weeks ago, we were at number 5. Where will we be by the end of the summer? AND, if you look at the traffic rankings for the last 7 days, you will see that CaliStyle101 is at 71,652.

    What is surprising to me is how quickly Net Income Solutions is dropping in rank. With their endorsement by Project Payday, I would’ve thought they would be increasing in rank faster than everyone else. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case, and I won’t go into why I think it’s going that way.

    We have some great things in store for Cali Style 101, so stay tuned.

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    82 Responses to “The Top 5 Freebie Trading Forums Revisited”

    1. Linda McFadden May 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

      You are to be congratulated for what you have accomplished in such a short time, Leslie. I look forward to learning about the great plans you have in store for CaliStyle101.

    2. CouldBFree May 28, 2009 at 1:05 am #

      WOW! Congratualtions on moving up the list so rapidly Leslie. With the new intern program starting soon I am willing to bet that we will be able to virtually feel CaliStyle101 crush the other forums in no time flat!

    3. Mitch May 28, 2009 at 1:14 am #

      Very nice job! It is exciting to see traffic increasing here. Hopefully by the end of summer CS101 will work its way up even further!

    4. Boeingnick May 28, 2009 at 1:23 am #

      Calistyle 101 is an AWESOME freebie forum! The community is so helpful and will answer any questions you may have. Leslie has done such a wonderful job at the forum and it gets better every day. The activity and traffic at Calistyle has improved so much since Leslie became the owner. Come join Calistyle 101!

    5. jade12188 May 28, 2009 at 1:41 am #

      Calistlye has done a complete 180 from where it was when i first saw it… it was so dead at that point that i didnt bother to sign up… Since thefreebieguy has taken over Calistlye101 the forum looks great… I am patiently waitting to see what the future holds for Cali as well as other forums, but right now I see Cali is on the rise for sure.. Thank you for your efforts, Leslie!!!

    6. Linda McFadden May 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

      You are to be congratulated for what you have accomplished in such a short time, Leslie. I look forward to learning about the great plans you have in store for CaliStyle101.

    7. Onna May 28, 2009 at 2:07 am #

      Leslie-I have been watching those Alexa rankings go up too!! Each day I see that number going up (or should I say down-but I think you know what I mean!) I am not surprised at all that it is moving so fast with you and Chris at the helm!

      The community and set up at calistyle is terrific and I am certain it will be number 1 soon! I have been active at most of the forums out there and have not enjoyed any nearly as much as calistyle!

      Here’s to number one!

      Onnas last blog post..Making Money Quick Training

    8. Onna May 28, 2009 at 2:07 am #

      Leslie-I have been watching those Alexa rankings go up too!! Each day I see that number going up (or should I say down-but I think you know what I mean!) I am not surprised at all that it is moving so fast with you and Chris at the helm!

      The community and set up at calistyle is terrific and I am certain it will be number 1 soon! I have been active at most of the forums out there and have not enjoyed any nearly as much as calistyle!

      Here’s to number one!

      Onnas last blog post..Making Money Quick Training

    9. Pratapa May 28, 2009 at 2:14 am #

      Calistyle101 will be on the top soon with the massive team work! Way to go…….

    10. Angelina54 May 28, 2009 at 12:47 am #

      Calistyle is the best forum on the internet. I have checked all the freebie forums and nothing compares to Calistyle101. Everyone is helpful and friendly. Everyone in the forum is interested in you and in your success. They will show you step by step how to make money in the freebie trading world. You can’t help but be successful. I made money the very first day and I continue to make money.

      Thank you Calistyle101 Keep up the good work!!!!

    11. Angelina54 May 28, 2009 at 12:47 am #

      Calistyle is the best forum on the internet. I have checked all the freebie forums and nothing compares to Calistyle101. Everyone is helpful and friendly. Everyone in the forum is interested in you and in your success. They will show you step by step how to make money in the freebie trading world. You can’t help but be successful. I made money the very first day and I continue to make money.

      Thank you Calistyle101 Keep up the good work!!!!

    12. Chaz May 28, 2009 at 1:01 am #

      Congrats on the high ranking Leslie, I have no doubt its because of your dedication to the freebie industry that you have given CaliStyle the power it needs to contend with other established forums. I’m still working on getting a higher TR there.

    13. Chaz May 28, 2009 at 1:01 am #

      Congrats on the high ranking Leslie, I have no doubt its because of your dedication to the freebie industry that you have given CaliStyle the power it needs to contend with other established forums. I’m still working on getting a higher TR there.

    14. CouldBFree May 28, 2009 at 1:05 am #

      WOW! Congratualtions on moving up the list so rapidly Leslie. With the new intern program starting soon I am willing to bet that we will be able to virtually feel CaliStyle101 crush the other forums in no time flat!

    15. Mitch May 28, 2009 at 1:14 am #

      Very nice job! It is exciting to see traffic increasing here. Hopefully by the end of summer CS101 will work its way up even further!

    16. Boeingnick May 28, 2009 at 1:23 am #

      Calistyle 101 is an AWESOME freebie forum! The community is so helpful and will answer any questions you may have. Leslie has done such a wonderful job at the forum and it gets better every day. The activity and traffic at Calistyle has improved so much since Leslie became the owner. Come join Calistyle 101!

    17. greengirl May 28, 2009 at 5:25 am #

      Calistyle was suggested to me strongly by a current trader there to sign up and see for myself what this forum is all about. I’m glad I did and I plan to stick around and be a part of all the changes and upgrades and “traffic” that wil undoubtedly be coming in as you grow.
      Go “Green” Calistyle!!

    18. jade12188 May 28, 2009 at 1:41 am #

      Calistlye has done a complete 180 from where it was when i first saw it… it was so dead at that point that i didnt bother to sign up… Since thefreebieguy has taken over Calistlye101 the forum looks great… I am patiently waitting to see what the future holds for Cali as well as other forums, but right now I see Cali is on the rise for sure.. Thank you for your efforts, Leslie!!!

    19. Pratapa May 28, 2009 at 2:14 am #

      Calistyle101 will be on the top soon with the massive team work! Way to go…….

    20. Brenon May 28, 2009 at 3:47 am #

      It’s so exciting to see the change in traffic at CaliStyle. As soon as I signed up I knew the forum would eventually be huge, and I’m so glad to be a part of it! The forum looks great, and it’s definitely on its way to the top!

    21. Brenon May 28, 2009 at 3:47 am #

      It’s so exciting to see the change in traffic at CaliStyle. As soon as I signed up I knew the forum would eventually be huge, and I’m so glad to be a part of it! The forum looks great, and it’s definitely on its way to the top!

    22. greengirl May 28, 2009 at 5:25 am #

      Calistyle was suggested to me strongly by a current trader there to sign up and see for myself what this forum is all about. I’m glad I did and I plan to stick around and be a part of all the changes and upgrades and “traffic” that wil undoubtedly be coming in as you grow.
      Go “Green” Calistyle!!

    23. Ludwig08 May 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

      Hey Leslie….I think it amazing that you have owned Calistyle for such a short time and are climbing the ranks like wildfire. I know I have enjoyed spending time there. Lots of great people and lots of help if it is needed. Keep up the good work.

    24. Suzanne aka Sunrisedata May 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

      Congratulations Leslie & Chris, Although I see this as not much of a surprise, watching both of you over the last 9 months with your passion, drive and knowledge, this partnership can only bring good things to freebie trading and Calistyle101 and I am honored to be part of this fantastic community.

    25. Suzanne aka Sunrisedata May 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

      Congratulations Leslie & Chris, Although I see this as not much of a surprise, watching both of you over the last 9 months with your passion, drive and knowledge, this partnership can only bring good things to freebie trading and Calistyle101 and I am honored to be part of this fantastic community.

    26. kse2008 May 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

      congrats to both of you. You and Chris are doing big things with this forum and i cant wait to see what else you have in store for us. I have no doubt that at some point in the near future we, CS101, will be at the top of that list. keep up the good work.

    27. Larry May 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

      Congratulations, Leslie and Chris. The Freebie Guy has been a great teacher and mentor. Now you have taken over a freebie forum and used your usual dedication and passion. It is no surprise that Calistyle101 is moving rapidly toward the number one position for freebie forums. With the new internship program and other ideas you have planned, I think this forum will move to become the first place forum in a very short time. Passion is catching!!!

    28. Ludwig08 May 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

      Hey Leslie….I think it amazing that you have owned Calistyle for such a short time and are climbing the ranks like wildfire. I know I have enjoyed spending time there. Lots of great people and lots of help if it is needed. Keep up the good work.

    29. kse2008 May 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

      congrats to both of you. You and Chris are doing big things with this forum and i cant wait to see what else you have in store for us. I have no doubt that at some point in the near future we, CS101, will be at the top of that list. keep up the good work.

    30. Lauryn99 May 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

      Hey, this is AWESOME to hear. Wooo, it gives me goosebumps. I am and am NOT surprised at NIS. I think people are figuring it out that it’s next to impossible to make money there and the whole concept of this forum is just greedy to me. I am looking forward to things to come!

    31. Lauryn99 May 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

      Hey, this is AWESOME to hear. Wooo, it gives me goosebumps. I am and am NOT surprised at NIS. I think people are figuring it out that it’s next to impossible to make money there and the whole concept of this forum is just greedy to me. I am looking forward to things to come!

    32. Larry May 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

      Congratulations, Leslie and Chris. The Freebie Guy has been a great teacher and mentor. Now you have taken over a freebie forum and used your usual dedication and passion. It is no surprise that Calistyle101 is moving rapidly toward the number one position for freebie forums. With the new internship program and other ideas you have planned, I think this forum will move to become the first place forum in a very short time. Passion is catching!!!

    33. naturalscentsuals May 29, 2009 at 4:31 am #

      Woohoo – that is AWESOME! You are doing an awesome job with Calistyle101 and we all appreciate you and your hard work!

    34. big6n4 May 29, 2009 at 6:44 am #

      I havent checked Alexa lately but i see things are about what i have figured.Im glad to be getting in on this with you Leslie i hope Calistyle will rise to the top it looks like the things are in place to make that happen and with you taking over it shouldnt take long with your reputation in the freebies world.I am a member of all the top 5 forums but 1 and you mentioned its the 1 that is slowly going downhill and fast im not here to bad mouth or anything but im sure what you think and what i think about this forum are gonna be along the same lines.I just want to add out of those top 5 forums im gonna have to say that Calistyle should be the easiest place for a brand new trader to start and i dont say this because im a member now i say it because from what i see it really is the truth.Of course anyone who knows me knows FLR is my home but since joining Calistyle i see a few things there that FLR needs to step up to the plate and do.I love the video tutorials on calistyle and the point in the right direction they have for new people to trading. Some forums have so many subforums and mumbo jumbo it confuses some to where they dont know what to do or reads something that scares them off.To any new trader if you do read of a bad experience anywhere just take into consideration that is a unique event dont let it scare you away you can ask around there are hundreds of traders that have never had any problems whatsoever.In closing i want to say GOOD LUCK Leslie with your forum and HAPPY TRADING to everyone even the new people come check it out if you havent already this is the easiest way i think you could possibly make money online and you will find the freebie world has a community of people willing to help in anyway possible to make your start go as smoothly as possible.

    35. naturalscentsuals May 29, 2009 at 4:31 am #

      Woohoo – that is AWESOME! You are doing an awesome job with Calistyle101 and we all appreciate you and your hard work!

    36. big6n4 May 29, 2009 at 6:44 am #

      I havent checked Alexa lately but i see things are about what i have figured.Im glad to be getting in on this with you Leslie i hope Calistyle will rise to the top it looks like the things are in place to make that happen and with you taking over it shouldnt take long with your reputation in the freebies world.I am a member of all the top 5 forums but 1 and you mentioned its the 1 that is slowly going downhill and fast im not here to bad mouth or anything but im sure what you think and what i think about this forum are gonna be along the same lines.I just want to add out of those top 5 forums im gonna have to say that Calistyle should be the easiest place for a brand new trader to start and i dont say this because im a member now i say it because from what i see it really is the truth.Of course anyone who knows me knows FLR is my home but since joining Calistyle i see a few things there that FLR needs to step up to the plate and do.I love the video tutorials on calistyle and the point in the right direction they have for new people to trading. Some forums have so many subforums and mumbo jumbo it confuses some to where they dont know what to do or reads something that scares them off.To any new trader if you do read of a bad experience anywhere just take into consideration that is a unique event dont let it scare you away you can ask around there are hundreds of traders that have never had any problems whatsoever.In closing i want to say GOOD LUCK Leslie with your forum and HAPPY TRADING to everyone even the new people come check it out if you havent already this is the easiest way i think you could possibly make money online and you will find the freebie world has a community of people willing to help in anyway possible to make your start go as smoothly as possible.

    37. wisdomt May 29, 2009 at 11:38 am #

      I must say that out of all the freebie trading forums I have seen thus far CaliStyle101 has the best set up. Places that I need to find are easy and if I have any questions Leslie and Chris are always helpful. This is an awesome place to make money and they actually help you to make money and not just themselves.

    38. wisdomt May 29, 2009 at 11:38 am #

      I must say that out of all the freebie trading forums I have seen thus far CaliStyle101 has the best set up. Places that I need to find are easy and if I have any questions Leslie and Chris are always helpful. This is an awesome place to make money and they actually help you to make money and not just themselves.

    39. savvyinbiz (Terry) May 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

      This is great news! But am I surprised? NO!!! This forum has taken freebie trading to a new level that all others will have to try and compete. Leslie, and his right arm, Chris, have the professionalism and care of its members unlike any other.

      They will never settle and become stagnant! They will continue to grow, add new content, update old, and never allow themselves, or its members to not want to continue to find legitimate ways to increase our online ventures.

      Way to go guys!!! Terry

    40. savvyinbiz (Terry) May 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

      This is great news! But am I surprised? NO!!! This forum has taken freebie trading to a new level that all others will have to try and compete. Leslie, and his right arm, Chris, have the professionalism and care of its members unlike any other.

      They will never settle and become stagnant! They will continue to grow, add new content, update old, and never allow themselves, or its members to not want to continue to find legitimate ways to increase our online ventures.

      Way to go guys!!! Terry

    41. Clair/FreebieTrainer May 29, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

      My hope would be that all of the forums see what is good at the others and incorporate it so that all of them improve. For instance, Calistyle should borrow A4F’s easy system to bump a trade thread, while A4F should produce videos to teach newcomers how to navigate the site. One of the big issues with any forum is that success means increased size. Increased size means it is more difficult, particularly for newcomers, to find information. Are there any forum experts or information retrieval experts out there who could suggest better ways to organize a forum?

    42. Jay0n44444 May 30, 2009 at 12:48 am #

      I wouldn’t really worry about what PPD is doing, they obviously have shot themselves in the foot joining up with NIS, that will be the downfall of both entities. Anyway thanks for posting up these stats, it is interesting to see, but it is right about how I would have guessed.

    43. Clair/FreebieTrainer May 29, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

      My hope would be that all of the forums see what is good at the others and incorporate it so that all of them improve. For instance, Calistyle should borrow A4F’s easy system to bump a trade thread, while A4F should produce videos to teach newcomers how to navigate the site. One of the big issues with any forum is that success means increased size. Increased size means it is more difficult, particularly for newcomers, to find information. Are there any forum experts or information retrieval experts out there who could suggest better ways to organize a forum?

    44. Jay0n44444 May 30, 2009 at 12:48 am #

      I wouldn’t really worry about what PPD is doing, they obviously have shot themselves in the foot joining up with NIS, that will be the downfall of both entities. Anyway thanks for posting up these stats, it is interesting to see, but it is right about how I would have guessed.

    45. whitefeather May 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

      Lesley,
      I am very excited to be a part of CaliStyle. I believe that it’s going to zoom to the top, because I think you care that much, for the site itself, and all of the members.
      I am glad I found Calistyle.
      Thanx Lesley

    46. whitefeather May 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

      Lesley,
      I am very excited to be a part of CaliStyle. I believe that it’s going to zoom to the top, because I think you care that much, for the site itself, and all of the members.
      I am glad I found Calistyle.
      Thanx Lesley

    47. Drorytoox May 31, 2009 at 12:58 am #

      Hey guys,

      Just wanted to give everyone a heads up!

      I got an email for a FREE Forex Trading System yesterday and so far I have tried it on a demo account
      and it seems promising!

      I believe it’s going to become a paid system in the future so try to at least download it while
      its FREE.

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      Regards!

    48. Pening May 31, 2009 at 12:59 am #

      This is Great News!
      I feel excited now about Calistyle101! You really care about the forum and I believe the forum will get better and better and more people will come and join^_^
      Thank you Leslie=)

    49. shi May 31, 2009 at 3:27 am #

      I have been around for 2 yrs. Longer than some and shorter than others. I am a trader on all 5 sites. Each site has something that makes it unique whether it be the forum itself or the traders on it. I have seen a lot of changes some for the good and some for the bad.

      What drove me to Calistyle 101 was not only the friends I have made through the yrs but I also see a forum that will grow into one of the best we will see in the future as a trading forum. It has a lot of what other sites have but it also has tools you don’t see on any other forum. Their training videos are the best.
      Leslie and Chris are traders themselves so they know and can relate to what other traders can use to help their trading more smoothly not only for the beginners but for the older traders alike.
      If you looking for a new forum to get started on I would highly suggest Calistyle 101

    50. Shane May 31, 2009 at 4:32 am #

      Yes, stay away from NIS! That’s the first freebie site I tried out. I do not see any long term potential for success there. On the other hand their is CS101 which is rising to the top and I plan on riding that wave calistyle. lol