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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!

Fiona

Know the current methods to earn another $300 to $3,000 a month?

Do you think you have affiliate marketing all worked out?

I’ll admit, I honestly thought I was pretty clued up on how to squeeze the most income out of being an affiliate.  But I haven’t revisited my thinking on it for a while now, haven’t tried anything much new.

But it turns out I know someone who is totally clued up and is using the most up-to-date methods.  That person is Andrew Hansen and he and his partner Josh Stanton have put all of their knowledge and latest techniques into a series of over 50 training videos in a product called ‘Unstoppable Affiliate.’

Even people on Warrior Forum (in the product reviews section) are saying how up to date the techniques and tools are in the videos. It really is a current product.

The aim of Unstoppable Affiliate is to enable you to set up websites which genuinely have a chance of earning you $300 to $3,000 a month.  No, I didn’t miss off any zeros there or any ‘random’ numbers. Those are the realistic amounts Andrew and his partner Josh say websites built with their formula can earn you.  I trust Andrew, I believe those numbers.

The Unstoppable Affiliate video tutorial course costs $67 and here’s what that gets you:

Over 50 videos and their transcripts, covering:

  • Research
  • Site Strategies
  • Conversion Strategies
  • Traffic Mastery
  • Outsourcing & Scaling up
  • Resource List

The videos average 10 minutes a piece, so that is a lot of content and, as I said, there are PDFs of the transcripts available too.

I know Andrew, and I know his work, but over the last couple of days I have seen even more evidence of what a genuine person he is and I have read testimonials about his products and how he deals with customers. I feel even more confident recommending this course.

Now, if you leap on the video course, there is an up-sell in the purchase process – in fact, there are two . So you’re aware, here are what they are:

An 8 Week Unstoppable Affiliate Coaching Mastermind

Have you ever considered the value of a mentor?  I have to say, Andrew has a point here – the majority of the successful online marketers have had, or still have, mentors. Even when I worked corporate side, the company had an internal mentor scheme – it was a key way to learn and to boost your career – just by signing up for a mentor you were marked as someone who was going to get ahead.

So, the coaching mastermind is a mentoring scheme for those who want more intense guidance with getting ahead with affiliate marketing.  The program offers:

  • Weekly live webinar masterminds – live Q&As, reviews of websites etc.
  • Personal email access to Andrew, Josh and other experts
  • Advanced training videos
  • PDF ction checklists
  • Expert interviews
  • Special “fast income generator” modules
  • Private member forum and more

The mentoring scheme runs from 3rd August to 29th September, roughly.

Coaching Mastermind – Materials only

On holiday during this time?  Well, then you can buy the mastermind materials instead for $197.  But, I would not underestimate the value of that 1-2-1, live interaction on the webinars and over email.

I’m telling you about the up-sells, firstly, because I like transparency.  Secondly, I think these are good options in themselves. $62 a week for direct access to Andrew and Josh?  And the other people they’re plugged into?  Seems like exceptional value to me.

So, if you are looking to leverage affiliate marketing to make more money from your websites then jump at these videos and if you know you will make use of it, grab the coaching too.

You can find out more about the course and sign up here: Unstoppable Affiliate

As always, I am interested to hear your thoughts, especially if you sign up and watch the videos.

All the best,

Fiona

P.S. In my last email I said I would get this course and the coaching for my little brother if he wanted to get going with affiliate marketing. I stand by that statement with even more conviction today.

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.

TagPiG

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.

Five Tips to Avoid the Content Farm Scythe

Something our members have asked us to comment on recently is Google’s latest update and how BlogPiG products stand in light of it.  Given here at BlogPiG we produce ‘PiGs’, it does seem quite apt that I should be writing about a Google update labelled as the ‘Farmer’ in any case.

We all know by now that Google’s Farmer update was a large-scale cull – everybody’s been talking about it and blogging about it.  Some big names have taken a hit, not to mention the swathes of smaller players who are just trying to make a buck.

So how can you help protect your sites from Google’s scythe?  Well, we have some proven theories and tools to put to you but first look at the context:

Who is Google aiming its scythe at?

Google is clearing out content which it deems to be of low grade.  Google wants to serve the best content it can to its users so it can keep hold of its share of the search market (erm, that’d be total domination, then?).

What defines low grade content?

Content which is shallow or duplicate or, critically, which looks software-generated rather than human-generated.  This is because Google thinks auto-generated content is not as useful to its users as hand-crafted, human-generated, unique content.

How does this affect you?

If you’re a BlogPiG customer, chances are you run multiple blogs, or one or two very large and critical blogs.  Some of our customers have hundreds and hundreds running at any one time.  Let’s be honest:  it’s an impossible to task to have totally human generated content on that many blogs.

So if you use content that hasn’t been bespoke-written for your site by a human, how do you not look like a content farm?

Actually, the question to ask is: how to I make my blogs or websites look human generated and human managed?

The key is to go and take a look at the sites that are still ranking high in the search engines. We’ve been doing this for years and we’ve noticed five major trends.

Comments

Comments are like votes.  Blogs only attract real comments if their posts are of value to the readers and in most cases this means they are not automated. Google knows that comments are difficult to get so a post with lots of comments is a trust indicator.  In general Content Farms do not have comments. We’ve always considered this to be a big footprint which is why we developed CommentPiG. CommentPiG gradually adds on-topic comments automatically to your posts removing the very obvious “no comments” footprint.

Read more about CommentPiG’s comment simulation here.

Tags

Most people who hand craft their blog posts will also spend a bit of time adding appropriate tags to it before publishing them. Tagging is very beneficial but also very manual process which is why it is another trust indicator.  In general we’ve noticed that Content Farms do not tag their posts like real bloggers do. Again we consider this to be an unnecessary footprint so we developed TagPiG to totally automate the tagging process and wipe out another obvious footprint.

Read more about TagPiG’s auto tagging here.

Site Growth

Most real blogs grow gradually over time, maybe a few posts per week on average. This is often termed ‘organic growth.’  For years now it has been possible to simulate a site that grows automatically over time – every autoblogging tool worth its salt has auto growth built-in including our own CSVPiG.  In fact, you don’t even need a plugin as WordPress’ own Schedule Post feature gives you the ability to completely automate organic growth. Content Farms often publish new posts & pages over time. Given the ease of automation we no longer consider organic site growth a reliable trust indicator.

Page Freshness

This is a very different concept to site growth. Real blog pages tend to grow and change over time as more and more comments are added. This keeps the pages fresh.  If each time Google visits a page on your site it appears exactly the same as the day you published it then Google is eventually going to stop coming back. Studies have shown that Google tends to visit static pages once every 25 days whereas it will visit daily for regularly updated pages. Content Farms tend to publish static pages that receive no comments and so become stale very quickly. This is another reason we developed CommentPiG to add fresh new comments to your pages on a regular basis just like a real blog.

You can read more about CommentPiG’s page freshness feature here.

Social Voting

As well as being commented on, real blogs are also talked about elsewhere. People will tend to bookmark, Like, retweet, vote, crosspost, trackback, pingback.  Call it what you want it’s all effectively the same thing – a social vote of confidence in the site and its content.  People will not bookmark, vote or retweet Content Farm posts & pages.  Simulating social voting naturally is very, very complicated and costly so it is a very accurate trust indicator. We’re currently developing SocialPiG our very own social backlinker so we know exactly how hard it can be to achieve this.

You can register for more information on the SocialPiG launch here.

So, you see that BlogPiG’s product development path has always been, and continues to be, about automating the tasks which a human would perform in as accurate and efficient a way as possible.  Our plugins create the clues or ‘trust indicators’ which Google is seeking when deciding whether content is of good quality.

  • What methods do you employ to present Google with the content it demands?
  • Are these methods automated or manual?
  • Have you seen drastic changes in your rankings since the end of February?
  • Have you changed tactics in recent weeks?

As ever, we love to hear from you, so let us have your thoughts.

Fancy a Pint?*

*Or, for those not familiar with that British colloquialism, the translation is: Wanna grab a beer?

So, today we got our tickets to go to the World Internet Summit UK in London.

The summit is on for four days (11th through 14th November) and we’ll probably be there on the Friday and Saturday. Never been before, no idea if it’s good but it came strongly recommended by a colleague of ours who’s been working for himself online for years and is well known at these things.

So, if anyone is planning to attend, let us know, we can exchange no.s, then come join us for a beer! If you haven’t got your ticket yet, let me know and I can send you a link which gets you and a friend in for $50 total rather than the $197 advertised.

I appreciate this invite is probably only useful to our UK customers – if we make it out to anything in the US in 2011, the offer of a beer will also stand!

If you’re wondering where Gary’s got to, well, he and Alex have got their heads down fine tuning SocialPiG. So much work is going into this product. I can’t wait for it to be ready, but my impatience is over-ruled by Gary’s perfectionism!

Anyway, if you’re in the UK and plan to or now want to head down to WIS, then, seriously, come and have a drink with us!

All the best,
Fiona

P.S. If our jolly British chin wagging ever sounds like a load of cobblers to you, try these two amusing sites for translations: www.effingpot.com or www.translatebritish.com

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 – blogpig.com

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.