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CloakPiG 2.2 has been updated – based on YOUR feedback

You might remember we changed our customer support system recently.  We moved to UserVoice as we felt it provided a more immediate way for our customers to provide feedback and feature requests.  Well, sure enough, you guys have given us some great input!

CloakPiG, our auto link cloaker, has been the first PiG to benefit so far and among a couple of bug fixes, based on your feedback we have added the following options and features to the product:

New Features Which Give You More Control

  • Preloading of cookie only for the affiliate networks you specify, allowing you to be selective about which networks you do or don’t pre-load cookies for
    • If this option is selected, CoakPiG will only preload cookies from the domains which are listed in the “Manage Network List”. Click the affiliate network list link to add domains on the list
  • Pre-loading of cookie if mouse-over event occurs, allowing you to be even more targetted with your cookie pre-loading
    • If selected, this feature will preload the cookies of every affiliate link over which the visitor’s mouse hovered, because it’s likely they were either thinking about clicking the link, or viewing the URL to see if they could change the affiliate ID
  • Fully functional wildcard feature for all domain list, so you can target the domains you want, where you want
    • You can now use * as a wildcard character for the domain that you want to specify in “Domain Exemption List”, “Domain Cloaking List”, “Manage Network List”, “Edit Safe List” in CloakPiG
    • Example: *.clickbank.* – this will match http://anything.clickbank.anything
  • Link a keyword up to n time(s) per URL
    • Using this option, you can specify the number of times you want a keyword be linked to the same URL, per page
  • Labelling of manual links, enabling you to manage them more easily
    • You can now label each link using a description field.  As the label is included in the search functionality, retrieval of manual links from the system is easier
    • You can now also filter the results to show only manual links
  • Include or exclude keywords within header tags “<h1>, <h2>…” from autolinking
    • This option allows you to specify if you want the keywords inside the header tags to be autolinked or not

On top of these new features, our guys took care of a few bug fixes too. Among other things, keywords which are auto linked now retain the case of the anchor text i.e. they’ll match the use of upper or lower case letters.  More importantly, links generated by the ‘Auto Keyword Link’ feature are automatically cloaked now.

If you are a current user of CloakPiG then you can get the benefit of version 2.2 immediately using our new ‘automatic update’ feature.  See this post on how to upgrade within a couple of clicks (for free, of course!).

If you’re not using CloakPiG already, you can find out more here.

So, thank you for your feedback, people and we hope that CloakPiG now provides even more benefits to you and your WordPress websites.

All the best!


SpiderPiG Feature, TagPiG Tips, Affiliate News

CloakPiG v2.1.3 released

One of our members, Erika, asked for a new feature to be added to CloakPiG and a week or so later we delivered it.

One of the current features of CloakPiG is its PageRank hoarding functionality. PageRank Hoarder solves one of the key problems with affiliate and datafeed websites – too many outbound links. Every outbound link on your website bleeds a little bit of your PageRank away. PageRank Hoarder prevents this by giving you complete control over exactly how many links you display to search engine spiders. A human visitor would see all 20 of your outbound affiliate links on a page but Googlebot would see only three.

Erika wanted more control over exactly which links were visible to search engine spiders and human visitors, so we developed a the new Spider Safe feature within the PageRank Hoarding functionality of CloakPiG.  By marking your existing or new links as Spider Safe you ensure that they are always shown to both human users and search engine spiders even if PageRank Hoarding is active.

You can download the latest version of CloakPiG
from your member’s page.


A few weeks ago I posted some helpful tips on how to get the best out of TagPiG, our auto tagging plugin.  What I didn’t do was tell anyone I’d posted these tips. Not so helpful. Anyway, I’m telling you now. If you use TagPiG already or plan to in the future, take a look at the blog post.

Change to BlogPiG Affiliate Program

You probably know that BlogPiG products are sold via ClickBank. BlogPiG has been running an open affiliate program via ClickBank since we started, so it’s easy for anyone to sign up and promote our products and make some money.

ClickBank provide a great service to affiliates with accurate and punctual payments. We will continue to offer our affiliate program via ClickBank but the program is becoming a ‘closed’ program, i.e. new affiliates will have to be ‘white listed’ by us before they can promote our products.

Why have we opted for a closed program?  Because our affiliates work really hard for us and they deserve to be paid the commission they have earned.  By operating a closed program, we can ensure that hard working affiliates get credit for the sales they have generated.

The partner page is currently being updated so if you would like to promote BlogPiG products and earn 50% commission, just ping me an email and we’ll get you set up.

Customer Support

Customer support is a key area of the BlogPiG business. We want our customers to be happy with their BlogPiG product or products plus we are a community driven organisation. We aim to develop our products based on customer feedback and input.

I’m pleased to introduce you today to a new member of our team, Benjie, who will be responsible for the smooth running of customer support.

Benjie is a technically minded but supremely friendly and helpful chap, so I know he’ll be a great asset to the team here and to our customers. You can check out his smiley profile pic in Support!

So, that’s all the news I can share with you for now. Forgive the slightly loose use of the name ‘SpiderPiG’ at the start of this post but being the high-brow individual that I am, I took inspiration from Homer.

Get New Sites Indexed in 2 Hours

Firstly an apology. We had a server burp on Sunday night and the kind folks at our hosting company had to disable the license checker script to keep the website up. We didn’t find out for a few hours so some of you woke up to ‘invalid license’ warnings in your plugins. This is all now fixed but the plugins only check the license automatically once every 24 hours so if you don’t want to wait you’ll just need to force a recheck by hitting the save button next to your key in the plugin UI. Sorry about that we’ve rolling out a fail-over license checker shortly.

On Friday I mentioned a fantastic new book I recently read – The Ultimate Link Building Dossier by Duncan Carver.

Amongst the many fabulous backlinking tips in this 200 page tome was this little gem:

“More often than not, simply installing Google Analytics on your website will ensure Google pays a visit within a matter of hours…”

I didn’t mention this on Friday as I hadn’t tried it out yet.

Now I have and it works!

1. Registered a brand new domain with NameCheap

2. Installed WP with some sample posts from CSVPiG

3. Added Google Analytics to my theme

4. Googlebot arrived 3 hours later

(Unfortunately I didn’t run a control domain without analytics on in tandem so I can’t swear it was analytics that brought Google by so quickly but I’m very, very confident that was it.)

Anyway, I thought I’d share that one with you, let me know in the comments if you have any questions or any other similar ideas.

You can read about this and get 200 more pages of Total Backlinking Mastery in Duncan’s new book here.

Or read my original book review here.

I stand by this quote from Friday’s review “It really is very, very good stuff. If there is only one product you’re going to buy this year then please make it this one.”

Talk soon.


ps. If you’ve picked it up already it’s awesome right? Let’s swap some notes in the comments section.

Buying an IM Product? First Ask Yourself These 10 Questions!

This is the first post of the year at and I hope it finds you very well indeed.

As we all plan and dream for 2011, many of us will consider buying solutions which promise to help us achieve our aims.

Someone in this very position posted this question on a large Internet Marketing forum earlier today:

Do you believe in software making $xx,xxx a month?

This person was fed up with responding to claims such as this by handing over his credit card, only to be disappointed when the product didn’t deliver. I won’t bang on about the morals of this situation here, we all know this selling tactic is used in IM.

Anyway, this question prompted me to say as part of my response:

“People need to realise that claims of vast wealth are not what should influence their purchase decision when considering a product.”

But the promise of earning five figures a month is pretty compelling, right? And if you don’t use the claimed earning potential to assess if the product is right for you, what should you consider?

A lot of you will have learnt this lesson already but I thought I’d share, as humbly as I can, my suggested approach to any purchase of any info product, piece of software or money-making-system on the web.

First of all I would recommend you keep this in mind:

Any software, or indeed info product or system you ever buy should be treated by you as a tool in your toolbox, not as the Holy Grail.

Other tools you will have to rely on are:

  • Knowledge: the information you accumulate on your journey through IM
  • Yourself: your drive, your common sense, your application of knowledge, your action

You need to be up front with yourself about your level of knowledge and you need to be realistic about how much action you can or will take.

Then decide what your next step is within IM. Is it to learn more? Is it to build ten sites? Is it to earn your first $1 or to reach your next $5000? Is it to begin outsourcing or automating more of your work?

Commit to your next step. This next step is now your goal (not earning ‘$63,757’ this month or whatever other random figure someone has planted in your head).

Research your goal and see if you can achieve it without buying a product – I know, a left-field concept from someone who, er, makes and sells products. But really, ask yourself: Have I now got enough knowledge and time to achieve this goal purely through free resources and my own action?

Sometimes the answer will be a pleasantly surprising,’yes!’ In some cases the answer will be no, because your time is just too limited – not enough time to learn more, not enough time to do more. If this is the case, then you can start looking for a product to help you, but you’ll be doing it with more knowledge under your belt.

You’ll also be in control now – you are seeking a product to meet your needs; you are not having a product thrust upon you by someone who knows nothing about your needs, your knowledge level or your ability to take action.

So, you’ve driven your own road to a product you think you need in your tool box. Now, before you hand over your precious cash, here are the top ten questions I’d recommend you ask yourself:

1. Am I clear about what I need the product to do for me?

2. Have I found out about this product through a trusted source e.g. a satisfied customer, a colleague or someone I’ve had positive dealings with before?

3. Do I understand what this product actually does (not the $ it claims it will earn me) e.g. it generates content for my website?

4. Do I understand the non-monetary results I can expect from this product (not the $ it claims to deliver)? e.g. 100 articles per week will be posted to my site

5. Do I understand how much of my time this product will require to get the advertised results?

6. Do I understand who this product is aimed at – novice, intermediate or advanced IMers – and is that person me?

7. Am I confident this product will help me meet my current goal, or am I just hoping it will?

8. Can I afford to do without the money this product will cost me, without going into debt?

9. Do I fully understand the refund policy of this product?

10. Do I honestly have the time to dedicate to this product within the refund period?

Happy with your answers to those questions? Splendid! Then you’ll know to do one of two things; walk away (this will be the most common conclusion you come to) or buy that product and use it immediately!

Do you have any other questions you ask yourself before you buy something?

Do you ever ask a vendor pre-sales questions?

Would you dispute any of the above questions, or agree emphatically with any?

I hope this post helps some people either to make a more informed purchase or to avoid a wasted purchase. Look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Kind regards,


Computers Should Work Harder Than You

Minimalism is something I am becoming slightly obsessed with. It started in my personal life but is also now extending itself into my business –

You’ll see from the latest site design and no fuss sales pages that we’re trying to keep things simple.

I always try to keep my business processes simple too, with as few steps as possible. Constant improvement is also required, revisiting the processes each time to see if they can be reduced further.

The idea is to have systems & software doing as much of the work as possible and NOT YOU. This is the essence of a Passive Income business.

Here’s an example.

Our product release process ends with these 4 final steps:

  • Create blog post
  • Create email broadcast
  • Publish post
  • Tweet post
  • Send broadcast

The create blog post/broadcast should also be 2 separate steps so it’s really 5 actions.

My internal warning sign is a feeling of repetitiveness and perhaps even boredom. Whenever I get this feeling I re-examine the process steps and the systems I am using to see if things could be simpler.

This is exactly what happened whilst I complete these steps for the latest CSVPiG update. I re-examined the process and the features available from our systems and replaced the steps above with this:

  • Create blog post

So 5 steps down to 1 step AND I still get all of the actions I require from the previous 5 step process. Pretty cool huh? Well if you’re a minimalism geek like me it’s pretty cool :)

This was achieved because our mailing provider, Mailchimp, allows you to setup RSS Driven campaigns that monitor your blog’s RSS feed for new posts and then send out an email containing the post. You control the format.

I had to tweak a few things to get it working exactly how I wanted it, full-text in RSS feed etc. But once it was done I had completely automated campaign setup in mailchimp.

In theory (and this is the first test) I should now be able to just create a post on my blog and it will automatically be sent as a new email to all my customers. It works on a daily schedule and if nothing new is posted nothing is sent.

Mailchimp also have a feature where they will send a tweet to your twitter account whenever a mail is sent. I’ve setup a plugin that tweets whenever a publish a new post on the blog so that’s the other step covered.

I have another list with Amember and have confirmed they offer exactly the same RSS driven campaign functionality too but they call it blog broadcast. I’m sure most companies do.

As an added bonus, the content that was previously sent out in emails is now also available in an archive on the blog so that it can be indexed by the search engines and bring in more traffic.

5 actions into 1 action equals less time but more functionality – that’s my kind of minimalism…

If you thought this was useful and would like to hear about how computers work harder than us please leave a comment or retweet on the blog.

CSVPiG Update & Partner Program Launched

We’ve just release CSVPiG 2.3 into the members’ area, go download your copy now. There are some nice new features in this update including:

– WYSIWYG Template Designer
– Parent/child categories
– new date, author, attachment & excerpt fields in the template designer
– Import CSV file from a URL
– Control CSVPiG remotely via cron jobs

Partner Program Launched

We’ve also launched are shiny new partner program in association with ClickBank. You can earn 50% commission on any sales of our products via your links. You can generate your own personal links to any page on the site HERE

Existing non-ClickBank partners should update their links to the new format as soon as possible.

New Help Desk is Live

After a few problems recently we’ve finished the move to our new helpdesk, it’s much simpler to use and you can even chat with other BlogPiG member’s, we’ll be publishing more FAQs over the coming weeks. Helpdesk is HERE

ClickPiG Slips Out

Finally we quietly launched and brand new product this week too, it’s called ClickPiG and it’s a hoplink manager for ClickBank vendors, you can:

– Cloak your payment links
– Cloak your affiliates’ hoplinks
– Let your affiliates send clicks to any page on your site
– Get full credit for all the backlinks your affiliates create

There is short (3 minute) video that explains everything about ClickPiG HERE

We’re using ClickPiG ourselves on the BlogPiG partner page so you can see it in action and try it out live.

CommentPiG update next week.

All the best.

Gary, Fiona & Alex
Your BlogPiG Team

Post Templates with CSVPiG Pro

csvpig-10Hi Guys,

I just give you a quick a run through of the latest Post Templates feature available in CSVPiG Pro. We think it’s pretty nice!

With CSVPiG Pro you can import any number of columns and you do not need to specify any particular column headers.

Instead everything is controlled after uploading by mapping column headers to particular WordPress content elements.

Click on the add new template link in the Post Templates section

Assuming you have already uploaded your CSV file you will see a list of the available tokens which can be used to design your post template. These are the column headers of your CSV file.

You can drag and drop these tokens into any of the WordPress content elements you wish. For instance you can drag %title% into the Title field etc.

Title – the title of the WordPress post

Slug – the string that is used when displaying the URL of the post. You can import your own separate column for custom post slugs. I usually just use the title token. If you do decide to use custom post slugs try to focus on the keywords that are used on popular search queries, and remember that the fewer keywords you use, the higher their relative value.

Post – the main content body of your WordPress post. You can put any HTML or CSS you want in this area and then drag and drop the tokens into the appropriate places. Here’s an example of a typical post:

&lt;h3&gt;Movie review&lt;/h3&gt;


&lt;li&gt;Format: %media%&lt;/li&gt;
&lt;li&gt;Rating: %rating%&lt;/li&gt;

Download this movie instantly from &lt;a href=”%aff_link%”&gt;NetFlix&lt;/a&gt; now!

You can include any markup you want inside the post template, images, css styles, bullets etc. Anything you can include in the usual WordPress HMTL post editor.

Category – the categories you want assigned to the post, multiple categories should be separated by commas in the CSV file. When saving as a CSV Excel will automatically enclose that whole field with quotes so the commas inside are not confused for field separators

Tags – the tags you assigned to the post, multiple tags should be separated by commas in the CSV file. When saving as a CSV Excel will enclose that whole field with quotes so the commas inside are not confused for field separators

Custom Fields – you can map any remaining columns to custom fields in blog posts. Custom fields are an extremely powerful feature of WordPress enabling you to include a lot of additional content within your posts. The basic guide to custom fields can be read here . I often use custom fields to store product specific data such as price or id and of course my actual affiliate link. There are a variety of free WordPress plugins that can then be used to include the content of particular custom fields inside your posts automatically, often in a header or footer to each post. You should drag your chosen token into the value field and choose a name for each new custom field. If you need more custom fields simply click the add custom field link to add more.

You can create and save as many templates as you want. Once you’re happy with your template you should save it and then choose that particular template in the Publish section below.

More awesome features coming very soon!

CommentPiG Pro – WordPress Comment Simulator Released!

commentpig-box-v-small-plainWe’ve just launched CommentPiG Pro our comment simulator plugin for WordPress. With CommentPiG Pro installed you can take your autoblogging to a new level and turn any blog into a hive of user generated content.

What does it do?

CommentPiG harvest relevant comments from around the web and adds them to your posts. Comments add relevance, confidence & keywords to your posts.

What’s the point?

One of the biggest footprints for any autoblog is the lack of any comments! All ‘real’ blogs have plenty of comments, autoblogs don’t. CommentPiG solves this by adding relevant comments to your blog posts.

What else does it do?

Glad you asked. CommentPiG can also your hide autoblog network links within comments and mix in random authority links to place your blog smack bang in the middle of a on-topic link neighbourhood.

Does it only work with new posts?

No. CommentPiG adds comments to all of your blog’s posts, new an old. In this way you can ensure that new posts get indexed quickly whilst archived posts have their content refreshed and get re-indexed regularly. You maintain complete control over which posts have comments added and how often.

How much work is involved?

CommentPiG takes about 5 minutes to install and setup after that it runs completely automatically for as long as your blog is live. You can add 1 comment per day per day or 100, it’s your call.

Where can I find out more?

Just head on over to the dedicated CommentPiG page find out more and download CommentPiG Pro today.