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Some sites with good "tell-a-friend" scripts are listed below.
- http://www.sitegadgets.com/ - Remotely hosted script usable by any web site.
- http://www.dtp-aus.com - Hosted locally on your own server, requires CGI access.
For an example of a tell-a-friend script, check out:
This is copthis script from http://www.dtp-aus.com. It requires that you have access to CGI on your host. However, remotely hosted versions (which can be used from any HTML page) basically look same and perform same functions.
So what does a tell-a-friend script do? At very least, it accepts your email address and email address of a friend. Once that information has been entered, friend is sent an email which states that you have recommended site to him. That's a very critical piece of information - a person is recommending site, and it's a person who is known (presumably) to friend.
The better scripts also allow your visitors (and you) to enter their name. The very best scripts allow more than one name and email address to be entered at a time, and your visitors can even include a comment such as "check out this site - it's great". I also like those scripts which provide for an email to be sent to me when someone refers my site - this way, I know if people are taking advantage of this feature.
You will get more results if you include form itself on each and every page of your site. You will find this on many sites such as zdnet - they have a form which allows you to enter a persons email address and name. This sends them a quick email saying that you recommend site to them.
You will not see an incredible burst in traffic due to these forms. What you will see is people referring your site to their friends, which will cause more (and higher quality) traffic. I've noticed that when someone receives a referral they stay longer and, if you sell something, they are more likely to buy something.
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