Archive for the ‘Automation’ Category
Posted on July 7, 2010 - by Kelly Verge
Recently Andy Fletcher asked me to test a new product that he’s created. It’s called WP Syndicator, and it’s a plugin that syndicates your posts across 15 different web 2.0 properties. But that’s not all…
Andy is donating 100% of the sale of this plugin to Asthma research.
Even better, he’s offering WP Syndicator for $10 from now through July 19th! He’s running this insane sale because he’s trying to reach $10,000 by the 19th.
OK, enough about the cause and the deal. Here are the details on the plugin:
The WP Syndicator plugin was created to very nearly automatically syndicate your WordPress posts across 15 top Web 2.0 properties. What this means is that when you create a new post (or edit an old post) there’s an option to “syndicate” the post. When you click on that link, a snippet of your article will be posted to all 15 properties (or a subset of these if you choose). At the bottom of each snippet is a “Read more…” link back to your article/blog.
- First, each time you syndicate a post, that post gets 15 backlinks. Some are no-follow, but in the scheme of things, that’s of minimal importance.
- Next, many of these properties will bring in a certain amount of exposure in addition to the backlink. This means that they have the potential to bring in some traffic on their own. When this happens, the visitor is interested in the snipet, he clicks the “read more” link, then he sees the entire article on your blog. It’s a very normal user experience, so your visitors are happy.
- The plugin takes very little effort. Once you set up accounts at each of the properties (15 minutes if you’re SLOW), you simply click the syndicate link when you want to syndicate the article.
- The length of the snippet is configurable. If you want a longer/shorter snippet, just enter the number of characters in an option box.
- The plugin strips out all html formatting. I think this is good since I tend to place an image and an affiliate link near the tops of my posts. If my Blogger or WordPress snippets contained an affiliate link, they wouldn’t stay up long.
- Again, you can choose which properties to sign up for and even which of those you wish to syndicate to for each of your posts.
- All of this is done through the properties’ API’s, so there is no captcha nor are they as likely to change/break as frequently as those programs that are trying to do underhanded things. Andy says that he’ll keep the software updated if things stop working.
- For the few properties that have odd requirements, Andy has linked to detailed instructions (video) to show what needs to be done. It’s easy, and Andy has made it even easier.
- The plugin doesn’t/won’t syndicate automatically. If you have scheduled posts or use an autoblogging tool, the plugin won’t syndicate your posts by itself. You have to click a link in order to syndicate. Andy made this decision in order to keep this program from being abused by spammy bloggers. I completely agree with the decision, and in the long term it will help ensure than WP Syndicator doesn’t get slapped by these properties. However, since it’s a nice-to-have feature, regardless, It’s a small negative.
- The links back to your blog post aren’t keyword-based-links. Again, that’s not a huge deal if you’re doing other backlinking. In fact, this will help your backlinks look more natural.
When Andy told me how much he was going to charge for this plugin, I was stunned. It’s a one-time payment for a plugin that you can use to syndicate all of your blogs to 15 web 2.0 properties. Really at this price it’s a no-brainer. The small negatives really both have an upside, so I highly recommend WP Syndicator to anyone who runs WordPress blogs.
Get WP Syndicator Here!
Just a side note. The above links are “affiliate links” simply so that Andy will know who’s helping him with this charity effort. 100% of the sale of WP Syndicator goes to Asthma research.
Posted on December 7, 2009 - by Kelly Verge
Thanks in large part to the efforts of Travis Sago, nearly all Internet Marketers are very familiar with the concept of article marketing (or Bum Marketing, as Travis coined). With article marketing, you post your articles (content) on popular and high-ranking article directories with the intent of driving a percentage of the readers to your sales page.
However, article directories can also serve two other important functions: authority and backlinks.
When you post a bunch or articles all surrounding your niche and each of these articles points back to your product (which is also tied to your name), you can build yourself as an authority in that niche. Obviously the articles must be informative and accurate. Done correctly, this can lend quite a bit of credibility to the claims you make in your sales copy. As with article marketing, the more people who see your articles, the better, so the larger directories work best.
The third use for article directories is to build backlinks.
For this purpose, not only is it good to post your articles on the higher-ranking directories, it’s also good to post your articles across many different directories. This gives your backlinks the IP diversity that Google prefers. Some people might claim that posting the same article to many different directories will lead to the “duplicate content penalty.” That’s just not the case. While many of the articles will show in Google’s supplemental results if you search for a phrase from the article, multiple copies of an article can and will show up as backlinks within the Google Webmaster tool.
The below list is a great group of article directories to post to. It’s a good spread of high and low PR sites so that the links look more natural. For those who are on a tight budget, you can post your articles manually. For those wishing to automate, every one of these article directories are included within Article Post Robot. This program is a one-time purchase (unlike many of the subscription-based backlinking products), and it works very well. Click here for more information about Article Post Robot.
(The PageRank shown below indicates the rank of the directory’s home page. Some of this authority is passed down to your articles, but your actual article will be PR0 unless you build it through further backlinking.)
Finally, please note that there are hundreds if not thousands of article directories. This is simply a large, sorted selection of them.
Posted on September 25, 2009 - by Kelly Verge
I’ve just put the finishing touches on a new module for the Tweeder Method that takes autopilot Twitter marketing to a whole new level.
With the Tweeder Method you can target a specific group of people and market to them on Twitter with laser accuracy. There’s no need to try to get thousands of followers nor will you have to send sales links out in endless updates.
The Tweeder Method is a very non-intrusive yet effective method of marketing via Twitter.
Now with version 2.0 it’s even more hands-off. The new module handles all of your tweeting for you on full autopilot. The combined system will continually pull in interested buyers and present your sales message without being the least bit “spammy” to your potential customers.
Posted on August 5, 2009 - by Kelly Verge
For those who use RSS feeds to streamline their daily consumption of web information, Yahoo Pipes can be a great tool. Using pipes, you can combine, extract, sort, filter, chop, dice, and puree your favorite feeds.
The problem with Yahoo Pipes is that there is a learning curve. Thankfully, any pipe that has been created can be used by anyone else, and Yahoo has thoughtfully included a search function.
Below is a list of the top 8 Pipes we’ve found (so far):
- Aggregated News Alerts – Enter a search term and this pipe will blend searches from Bloglines, Findory, Google Blog Search, Google News, IceRocket, MSFT Live News, Technorati, and Yahoo! News.
- Daily Feeds Mashup - A large smashup of such sites as: Lifehacker, Duggmirror (forecast), Digg, Slashdot, Kottke, Boing Boing, Reddit, Engadget, Del.icio.us, Stumble Buzz and more sorted by date. It also appends the originating site’s name to the title and corrects for duplicates.
- Hot Deals Search - Finds deals from all major deal sites in US… Fetches deals simultaneously by running parallel threads… Sorts deals based on publication date of the deal (latest first).
- Top Tech Gadgets - Fetches only the hottest gadget news from around the web.
- Video Game Video-Reviews - From IGN, Gamespot, Gamepro, GameTrailers, 1UP, G4′s X-Play and The Escapist’s Zero Punctuation.
- Super Digg Feed v2.0 - This pipes makes your boring old Digg rss feed into a SUPER Digg rss feed. It adds category information, submitter information (with a link to the users page), Digg count, number of comments (with link to the comment page), and a link to the direct page, bypassing Digg. It also comes with a relevant Flickr picture (click to go to the flickr page).
- eBay Partner Price Search - This Pipe was designed eBay’s new affiliate partner program for the US. It will allow you to add your search terms and enter your Campaign Id Number, Custom Id , Minimum amount and Maximum amounts.
- Full Text RSS Builder - This pipe fetches the specified RSS feed, reads the web pages indicated in the links of the RSS feed items, extracts the contents from the web pages between the specified tags, and write back the extracted contents into the description of the RSS feed items. Use this pipe to build your own full-text RSS.
Of course, not only can the RSS output from these pipes be used via an RSS reader, they could also be used as content – either in an RSS widget or even using something like FeedWordPress to provide content for an autoblog.
Let me know if you use any cool pipes, and I’ll take a look at them, too.
Posted on July 28, 2009 - by Kelly Verge
If you’re not familiar with the concept, each site has a backlink to your main site, but each also contains a link to the next spoke on the wheel. Some linkwheel designs also include patterns of crosslinks across the wheel, but the most basic (pictured to the left) is also the least likely to be penalized as a linking scheme – especially with larger wheels.
The inter-linking passes a bit of link juice from each spoke back to the hub. Since each spoke is interlinked, a bit of link juice is also passed to each spoke, which increases the overall effectiveness of the whole wheel.
Today SeNuke added a “Web 2.0 Profile” module to their product. Really it’s just a means of building linkwheels using profile pages on social sites. Here’s how it works:
- You enter 3 lines of information, then press “start.” The software creates accounts at all of the sites you’ve selected (including automatic captcha solving).
- Next, press one button to automatically handle the verification emails for all of the new accounts.
- Next, enter the URL you want to be the hub of your new linkwheel, press “go,” and it builds the wheel, inter-linking each spoke.
- Finally, press one more button to ping each of the new spokes so that the search engines find them.
As released this module contains 490 sites:
1 PR 8 domain
9 PR 7 domains
48 PR 6 domains
87 PR 5 domains
70 PR 4 domains
114 PR 3 domains
88 PR 2 domains
73 PR 1 domains
(Please note that the PR of the main site does not directly carry over to your profile pages, but some of the authority is passed down.)
The best part about this specific technique is that since the pages are built on profile pages, unless abused by a user, the pages aren’t spammy or obtrusive. Really, the whole software package is like that. When used in a thoughtful manner, SeNuke just makes it easy to do the backlinking you should already be doing for your sites.
This new addition to the SeNuke software shows just how committed Areeb is to making SeNuke the best piece of link-building software on the market. He could have easily make this module a stand-alone product and sold it to his existing customer base. Instead, each time he adds a new module, he’s building value to an already powerful software suite.
If you can’t tell, I’m impressed.
(Areeb does a much better job of updating the software than he does with updating the sales page. The newest features aren’t mentioned, but when you sign up for the free trial you’ll have full access to all of the program’s latest features.)