On Triond and many other sites we often encounter people promoting their work. There are two kinds, those that promote in a kind and ethical manner and those that are unethical and not sincere. This article by REPuckett outlines the do's and don'ts of self promotion.
From the Article:
An ethical guide to promoting your content on Triond for new members, as well as some old ones.
As stated above, the purpose of this article is to provide an ethical guide to promoting your content on Triond. The focus will be on promoting inside Triond. Promoting outside of Triond will be touched on only briefly at the end. The first thing you need to understand is that all of us writers on Triond are basically "selling" the same thing. If you sell vacuum cleaners for a living, the chances are that you will not try to focus on selling to other vacuum cleaner salesmen. It just doesn't make too much sense. Try to think of it in this way if you ever have the urge to start a thread in the Triond forum blatantly promoting yourself. Now when you do ignore this unspoken code of ethics and spam yourself all over Triond you tend to be ostracized by the rest of the community. I'm sure when we all first start off on Triond that our intention is to experience a certain amount of success from our efforts. If this is the case for you, I assure you that taking an unethical approach to self-promotion within the established Triond community will have the opposite affect. This article is intended to explain to you how you can maintain a reputation as a decent writer within the Triond community by participating ethically and contributing to the community in a positive way.