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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

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.

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

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.