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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

BlogPiG Products Update Automatically!

Good news!

BlogPiG plugins now update automatically!

The auto-update feature of BlogPiG plugins was introduced just recently so that the process of updating to the latest versions of our products is much easier for you!

Plugins that now have the this feature are:

  • CloakPiG 2.2
  • CommentPiG 2.1.5
  • CSVPiG 2.4.12
  • TagPiG 2.2.7

How This Affects You

We’re updating our products all the time based on your feedback so take a moment to read the information below on how you can upgrade your product versions in a couple of clicks:

Update notifications will be visible in the admin sidebar (Updates, Plugins) as well as in the Plugins list table.

Users can then view info about the latest version and can perform the update from within WP-admin.

The update is performed by WP via FTP. The user is then required to enter her/his credentials (for her/his FTP server).

Users should note that that when entering information into the “Hostname” field (on the FTP credentials page), they should enter “localhost” (not the domain name).

Below are some screen grabs to illustrate the update notifications:

Update Notification in Plugins List Table

Update Notifications in Sidebar and Updates Page

 

 

Status Box in BlogPiG Plugin with Auto-update Feature

Plugin Info Modal Window

 

FTP Credentials Page

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.

Top Tips for Automated Comments

Since the Google Farmer update and the renewed focus on website content, we are finding more WP site owners are installing CommentPiG on their blogs.  (As discussed in a previous post, a blog with comments does not have one of the obvious footprints of an autoblog or ‘content farm’).

As a result, I find I’m getting more questions about CommentPiG these days.  Ultimately what people are asking is this:

How Do You Get the Best Results from CommentPiG?

You want comments fast, you want a good supply of them, you want this done automatically. BUT you also want the comments to be as on-topic and life-like as possible.

Based on a recent blog where I installed CommentPiG, and Gary’s thoughts on the matter, I thought I’d share some tips to help if you are using or plan to use CommentPiG.  They’ve worked for me.

Steer The PiG

To run CommentPiG in fully automated mode, delivering the best possible comments automatically, you need to set it off on the right track (and then the PiG gets passive, honestly):

  1. Make sure your tags are spot on.  By default CommentPiG searches for suitable comments based on the tags in the posts.  On topic tags = on topic comments.  (We use TagPiG on all our WP sites, including this one).  You can ask CommentPiG to reference other targets e.g. post title or another custom field of your choice but the same rule applies – make sure they are on topic!
  2. Under the ‘Filters’ section of the plugin, tick the ‘Keyword in Comment’ box.  This means the keyword (taken from the tags or post title etc.) will feature in the comment to be posted, helping relevancy
  3. Set CommentPiG to reference tags only with two or more words – you can do this under ‘General Settings’.  S0, on a post about trout fishing tagged with ‘trout fishing’ and ‘fishing’ it would get comments about the tag ‘trout fishing’ (on target) but ignore the tag ‘fishing’ (too broad)

Personally, this delivers results I am happy with but different niches or topics can get different results.  If you really want to hone CommentPiG’s perfomance on a particular blog, you can employ this fourth tactic:

  1. Take the time to switch each comment source on individually to test the quality and relevance of the comments.

Different sources can deliver better or worse results depending on the niche of the site. By testing them, you will get an idea of which sources to enable and which to disable for your niche.

You can speed up this process by hitting the ‘Post Comment Now’ link after each source has been turned on, so you can see immediate results.  This button can be found under ‘Status’ on the top right of the CommentPiG settings page.

So, this up front work can take a wee bit of time (maybe an hour to test the sources?) but then you can leave CommentPiG to run automatically in confidence.

Holding CommentPiG’s Hand*

*Trotter?

If you have a website which needs special attention, or you feel you need to be especially fussy about the comments posted to your blog, you could consider running CommentPiG in semi-automated mode.

You can use our four free comment scrapers (available in the members’ area) to pre-scrape comments and drop them in an Excel file. You can then manually edit them in the file and upload them to CommentPiG as a local database.

You can set CommentPiG to draw comments from this database, meaning you guarantee you are happy with each and every comment because you’ve had some input before publication.

This takes more time than the fully automated mode but is obviously a hugely faster and more scalable means to get comments than waiting for real visitors to comment.

Get More from BlogPiG

So, I hope this helps you get the best performance out of CommentPiG.  I’ll post this content to the knowledge base too for future reference.

I’d be interested to hear if you think we should change the default settings of CommentPiG to those I’ve outlined here.

Got any more helpful tips you’d care to share about using this product?

You can find out more about CommentPiG here.

Happy blogging,

Fiona

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.

CloakPiG V2 Release and Price Increase

Folks,

CloakPiG 2.0 has been released today!

We have done a huge amount of testing on this latest release but as ever we cannot replicate every scenario you will use CloakPiG in. If you have any problems rest assured they will be patched quickly. Those of you with a lot of sites to update may wish to wait a few days before upgrading, but it’s your call.

We’ve also now included most of the usage instructions as tooltips within the UI. I’ll update the knowledge base to reflect the latest changes this week.

98% Conversions

CloakPiG is now our best-selling product.  In February, 98% of the people who tried the product for seven days went on to buy the lifetime license. This statistic sums up just how powerful CloakPiG really is and how simple it is to set up and use.

Zero Refunds!

We’ve also haven’t had a single refund request yet on the full license (ok, except for the 2 people who accidentally bought it twice). CloakPiG just works!

CloakPiG 2.0 includes two fantastic new features we’ve already mentioned to you:

Pagerank Hoarder

Everyone knows that too many external links on your site lowers your pagerank. People often attempt to use nofollow tags to ‘sculpt’ pagerank and prevent Google following external links. In our experience this no longer works very well and Google has pretty much admitted that it now follows nofollow (go figure!).

The only sure way to preserve 100% of your pagerank is to have NO external links on your pages but that means no clicks, no affiliate offers and no payday right….?

CloakPiG’s new Pagerank Hoarder technology will identify when Googlebot is visiting your site and display your pages with NO external links.

BUT when a human visitor is identified CloakPiG displays all your links as normal (auto cloaked of course) so you get clicks and of course GET PAID!

Auto Keyword Linking

This powerful new feature will automatically link ANY keyword ANYWHERE on your site to a link of your choice.

You can of course add keywords and links manually to the CloakPiG DB if you really want to but who wants to do that? :)

Instead CloakPiG builds your own auto keyword list every time you add a new link anywhere on your site. ANY other occurrence of the same anchor text in all previous and future posts/pages will then be automatically linked to same url.

You can also export & import your auto keyword lists across all your blogs for hundreds of cloaked affiliate links…

Instant Monetisation!

Price Increase

For those of you who had purchased versions 1.1 or 1.3, you can now download 2.0 at no extra cost. Yay!  Anyone who purchases CloakPiG v2.0 after 11:59pm EST today will be charged $7 for the trial and $77 for a lifetime license.

For your last chance to purchase CloakPiG 2.0 at the bargain current price of $47 (plus $7 trial) please click here.

Thanks and enjoy our best-selling product!

Fiona

CloakPiG Price Increase & PageRank Hoarder

I’ve just spent a fun hour testing the amazing new CloakPiG 2.0 features in our labs. (Yes, I must be a geek to enjoy this stuff!) Here’s a sneak preview:

Hoard PageRank

Everyone knows that too many external links on your site lowers your pagerank. People often attempt to use nofollow tags to ‘sculpt’ pagerank and prevent Google following external links. In our experience this no longer works very well and Google has pretty much admitted that it now follows nofollow (go figure!).

The only sure way to preserve 100% of your pagerank is to have NO external links on your pages but that means no clicks, no affiliate offers and no payday right….?

CloakPiG’s new Pagerank Hoarder technology will identify when Googlebot is visiting your site and display your pages with NO external links.

BUT when a human visitor is identified CloakPiG displays all your links as normal (auto cloaked of course) so you get clicks and of course GET PAID!

Keep 100% of your PageRank & Get Paid. Pretty cool huh?!

Auto Keyword Linking

This powerful new feature will automatically link ANY keyword ANYWHERE on your site to a link of your choice.

You can of course add keywords and links manually to the CloakPiG DB if you really want to but who wants to do that? :)

Instead CloakPiG builds your own auto keyword list every time you add a new link anywhere on your site. ANY other occurrence of the same anchor text in all previous and future posts/pages will then be automatically linked to same url.

You can also export & import your auto keyword lists across all your blogs for hundreds of cloaked affiliate links…

Instant Monetisation!

Price Increase

CloakPiG 2.0 IS the most advanced affiliate link cloaker available:

  • Auto Cloak All Links
  • Preload Cookies
  • Auto Keyword Linking
  • Hoard PageRank

And we’re just getting started…

CloakPiG 2.0 will be released next week and the price will be increasing to $77

All owners of CloakPiG 1.1 will get a free upgrade to 2.0.

Click Here To Get Started Now

All the best

Gary.

New CloakPiG Update Guarantees You Get Paid

We’ve just updated CloakPiG to version 1.1.1 and it now includes our brand new (if controversial) Cookie Preload functionality.

With CloakPiG Cookie Preloading you can now guarantee 100% of YOUR commissions.

You can give visitors your affiliate cookie BEFORE they click on your affiliate links. So even if they alter or bypass your affiliate link you still get paid for the sale!

So Why The Controversy?

Like every new technique, some people will always abuse it and ruin it for others – and this technique is no exception. The practice of ‘cookie stuffing’ involves posting largely irrelevant posts and then cramming the readers browser with as many cookies from as many different merchants as possible in the vague hope that they might purchase something from one of those merchants in the near future. The ‘stuffed’ cookies have to be from mass market sites such as eBay or Amazon for this technique to stand any chance of success. The source pages often have little or no relevance to the cookied sites and they often contain no affiliate links at all.

CloakPiG is Very Different…

If cookie stuffing is the industry scattergun then CloakPiG cookie preloading is your very own sniper rifle.

Once enabled you can only preload cookies from links that actually exist on the page being viewed. These are real links that your readers could actually click on. You have already pre-sold them in the post so you should get paid for the sale.

This also means that your referring page doesn’t need to be hidden in any way (a big problem for cookie stuffers). If anyone investigates to see where your signups are coming from they will see a valid page with your valid click-able links.

CloakPiG cookie preloading is entirely optional and disabled by default so the choice of when and where to use it is yours…

Keyword AutoLinking & Price Rise Soon

CloakPiG’s new keyword autolinking feature is currently being tested in the labs and I have to say it absolutely rocks!

Once enabled across your blog(s) you won’t need to add any links within the content of your posts, everything will be automatically linked based the keywords & merchants you specify within CloakPiG.

With CloakPiG soon offering automatic Link Cloaking, Cookie Preloading AND Auto Linking we believe it is the most complete affiliate linking plugin available and offers outstanding value for money.

In addition BlogPiG members can still take advantage of our 50% members’ discount. You can have it up and running in 5 mins for just $5!

Click Here To Get Started

The standard CloakPiG price moves up to $77 soon so get your lifetime license now and lock in all future upgrades and new features.

Also I’d love your feedback on the new Cookie Preload feature.
Is it mutton dressed a lamb?
Have we overstepped the mark?
Or is it legitimate way for you to compete with big boys?
Let me know in the comments.

All the best.

Gary

TagPiG Update & News

It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of writing to everyone directly, I know Fiona has been doing a fine job of steering the good ship BlogPiG whilst I’ve had my head down developing SociaPiG with Alex. More on that later…

TagPiG 2.2.2 Released

This is minor update with following fixes:

  • We’ve updated the Yahoo API as they changed how it worked
  • TagPiG now uses the rel=”tag” microformat
  • We’ve removed TagTheNet as a source it has stopped working reliably
  • Removed some unused features from the UI

You can download TagPiG from BlogPiG Members’ Area now.

BlogPiG is Expanding!

If you’ve used the support desk may have met one the latest BlogPiG employess. Ayi has actually been with us for a few months now and has really made a big difference to our organisation.

Ayi is one of 3 new full-time employees at BlogPiG recently. Franky is running some promotions for BlogPiG and Ronnel is an awesome developer who’ll be working with Alex.

So BlogPiG is now a team of 6!

So Where is SocialPiG?

It’s delayed again I’m afraid. We’ve been working on nothing else but it’s such a huge project and I am determined to get it right.

It’s and awesome piece of kit and it’s doing some amazing things in the labs but there is still a way to go.

I’ve decided I can’t ruin the team’s Christmas by trying to force a release before the end of the year so I’ve pushed it back into the New Year.

I’ll be in touch again soon with more details and if you’re on the beta team Fiona will be in touch shortly too.

My sincerest apologies for the delay.

Gary

Stop Digging

I was once given a sage piece of advice by a boss: Once in a while you have to stop digging, get your head out of the hole and look around. That’s hard to do sometimes when your ‘to do’ list is longer than your arm.

Anyway, I stopped digging for a moment today and happened to have a re-read of one of our product pages. I realised with some surprise that even though the video mentioned one of the unique selling points of TagPiG, the copy on the page itself really didn’t make mention of this key point!

Good grief, what’s the point in creating a great feature if you don’t tell anyone about it? (I said as I clipped Gary around the ear!).

I know that BlogPiG has a higher calibre of member than your average site – I mean, you’re all so resourceful, intelligent and good looking (will flattery get me anywhere?) but I’m guessing you’re not telepathic, well at least not many of you. So I thought I’d just highlight one of TagPiG’s features in case you’re not making use of it yet.

You’ll already know that TagPiG automatically adds themed tags to your blogs and allows you to manage them, therefore getting way more pages deep indexed by the search engines. But what you might not have realised is that there is a unique feature which rotates all the tags created so that you help preserve your page rank!

Let me explain: TagPiG might source 30 or even 50 tags which relate to your blog post. Now, if you were to display all 50 or so tags at one time, your page rank could be dispersed among the many sub pages and diluted. TagPiG avoids this potential concern by allowing you to set a maximum number of tags to display at any one time, say five, or seven, and it then rotates through the 50 tags. That means that each time Google’s bots return to your post they are presented with a new set of tags and so index a new set of tag pages. That way your page rank isn’t decimated but you still get all those pages deep indexed! Clever, huh?

For more information about TagPiG just go to the product page here.

Anyway, the product page has been duly updated but it got me wondering if we undersell ourselves anywhere else. If you ever spot a feature or benefit of one of our products that we have neglected to mention, let us know! If we include it on the product page we’ll say thank you with a year’s fee license to a product of your choice!

Best wishes as ever,

Fiona