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UPDATE NOW: BlogPiG Has Moved

Just a quick post update to let you know that over 12 months ago BlogPiG moved to become Profit.FM

All plugin owners where migrated as part of this move.

Profit.FM has recently changed to become Profit Marketer, again all plugin owners have been migrated.

Please contact Profit Marketer support if you wish to retrieve your new details.

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

The internet marketing tide IS turning

Some of you, well, those of you who are members of Mike Johnson’s Auto Blog Blueprint, might have read some important news yesterday which relates to BlogPiG.

In spite of the 3,500 miles between us, Mike Johnson and BlogPiG have been getting closer over the last six months.  Discussions about the state of the industry, the testing of each other’s products and offerings, the sharing of ideas…well, we’ve found we have  a lot in common.

For those of you who don’t know Mike and what he does, Mike is the oracle on all things auto blogging.  His knowledge and experience is immense, but what sets him apart is his ability to share this goldmine with the members of his Auto Blog Blueprint course in an honest, straightforward way.  Mike is able to translate his experiences into excellent training and he is one of the most supportive experts on the net, providing one-to-one advice on his very active forum.

So, what draws together a man like Mike and a bunch of techies, lead by Gary Prendergast, at BlogPiG?

Well, I suppose the main thing is that we share a mindset – both parties want to deliver something good and fair and genuinely useful in an industry which is increasingly leaving a bad taste in our mouths.  And we want to help turn the tide, to move the industry forward positively.  At BlogPiG we aim to do that through quality software. Auto Blog Blueprint does it through training, advice and community.

But imagine if we combined forces.

Imagine a single trusted resource which provided you with everything you needed to either get going in internet marketing, or to up your game in internet marketing.  Software, tools, training, advice, community…all in one place….reviewed, tested, built, videod, documented…all in one place.  Delivered by people you trust.

On 26th October, Profit.fm will launch.

Profit.fm is the result of a brand new partnership between Mike Johnson and Gary Prendergast and will be the one-stop course for anyone looking to build a business online, not just auto blogs.

Profit.fm will consist of the best training, constantly updated, and the best software, constantly updated, all in one place. This will be backed up with a great support team. It will be huge.

What does this mean for BlogPiG?

Well, BlogPiG.com will continue, business as usual!  We’re still going to maintain and develop our existing base of WP plugins  and develop new ones. For those people who simply need a top plugin to take care of certain tasks on their WordPress site, this will be the place to come to.  Gary and I continue to work with our ever-expanding team of developers on new versions of our plugins and as an exisiting member, you’ll get all the updates as usual.

I don’t have any more details about Profit.fm but nearer the time will post about the finer points.  But, really, I am about BlogPiG and I’m looking forward to bringing you some great new and improved tools for your WordPress blogs.

Thank you for being part of the journey of BlogPiG and helping us improve the Internet Marketing industry.

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.

Getting the Most out of TagPiG

A month or so ago I did a post about CommentPiG and its settings.  Since then I’ve had some questions from a customer about TagPiG and how best to manage the tagging sources and I thought it could be helpful to share the tips I gave him.

Here is what he asked:

What are the advantages of the four tagging sources (Yahoo, OpenCalais, Zemanta, Alchemy) over each other?

Which one (Yahoo, OpenCalais, Zemanta, Alchemy) will work best if I bundle it with the WP Robot plugin and let it auto tag all new posts?

How many sources should I use for Auto Tag Sources – should I pick one or a few or all auto tag sources at a time on a blog?

The answer to all three of this customer’s points could be summed up thus: it depends! It depends on the subject matter of your blog or blogs.

Different sources can deliver better or worse results depending on the niche of the site or blog post you are tagging.

I’d say most people employ all the tagging sources. On blogpig.com, for example, we use all the tagging sources – I just delete any tags I don’t like (if there are any), it takes a few seconds, but then I’m not dealing with multiple posts every day or even every week on this site.

TagPiG Tactics

If you really want to hone TagPiG’s performance on a particular blog, you can employ this tactic:

Take the time to switch each tag source on individually to test the quality and  relevance of the tags for your 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 ‘Add Tags Now’ link within the post after each source has been turned on, so you can see immediate results. This button can be found under ‘TagPiG Tags’ on the top right of the edit post page. Then delete the tags and try a different source.

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

Don’t forget you can also add your own tags manually.  It’s very quick and easy: just go into the admin of your post and scroll down. On the left hand side is the section ‘Post Tags’ – just paste your list of tags in there.

Implementing good tags are important for the search engines, help create a good experience for your website visitors and, if you use CommentPiG, also help steer that plugin to search for on topic comments, so do make sure you make the most of what TagPiG can do for you!

All the best,

Fiona

Royal Wedding Bandwagon

So you might know that BlogPiG is a UK based company.  Today, 29th April, Prince William, the future heir to the British throne married the lovely Catherine Middleton.

Spiffing! Splendid! Hurrah!

Now, I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but here in Blighty we’ve gone Royal Wedding crazy.

Flags are waving, cardboard cut-outs of Wills and Kate adorn seats in cafes and stools in bars (I know, I’ve seen the photos on Facebook), street parties abound and the UK has even been given the day off work!

William and Kate do seem an ideal couple.  Kate brings to William the warmth and stability of a normal family background, home cooked meals and trips to the supermarket.

William brings to Kate the ultimate little girl’s dream-come-true of growing up to be a princess!  They are a perfect match.

WARNING: You are about to be exposed to the gratuitous shoe-horning of a marketing message into a topical item of world interest.

And here it is: Just as William and Kate are an ideal match, so many of the BlogPiG products are ideal partners.

Take the industrious CommentPiG. This busy plugin benefits no end from the guiding hand of TagPiG as its partner.  Like any good husband should, CommentPiG will take orders from TagPiG and do a much better job of its task as a result.

Likewise, CSVPiG, with its awesome store building strength, needs a good partner to look out for its best interests. CloakPiG will protect the commissions due from all those product listings on the online store, and will make sure CSVPiG’s hard work is not wasted.

So, if you have one of our products and think it would benefit from a partner (or more than one partner, as far as I know PiGs are not monogamous creatures), then consider our rippingly royal herd of prospective companions:
Simply click on the links below to find out more about each product:

  • TagPiG – Tag your blog posts instantly
  • CloakPiG – Cloak your affiliate links and increase your revenue
  • CSVPiG – Build online stores from datafeeds in minutes

Don’t forget that you can trial the products for just $7 for 7 days and if you go on to buy a full license, it comes with our 60 day money back guarantee.

Now, I’m off to put in my order for 10 of those delightful commemorative tapestry cushions – one’s parlour can’t be too regal, you know.

Royally warm regards,
Fiona

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

Video Demo: How to Build an Online Store With Data Feeds

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So, you might remember that earlier in the month we invited you to watch a webinar and live demo of Gary building an online store using a data feed and CSVPiG.  The webinar was hosted by the US online retailer, Football Fanatics, who have a product catalog of over 165,000 items available via data feed.

Football Fanatics have two brilliant affiliate managers who are providing their affiliates with more support and training than I’ve seen from a merchant in a while – hence the series of educational webinars they are hosting and their invitation to us.  The webinar went well and you can watch the archived version here:

***Please note that the offer included in this video expired at midnight 24th March 2011!***

As well as seeing two stores being built realtime, if you watch the video you’ll also get to hear some questions which you might want to know the answers to, like:

  1. Will Google consider the product descriptions you publish to be duplicate content?
  2. Can you modify the content?
  3. Can you upload multiple datafeeds into one blog?
  4. How much server space do you need to host these data feed stores?
  5. What’s the best way to manage a huge product catalog?
  6. Can you put different feeds into different categories?
  7. Does CSVPiG play nicely with other plugins?
  8. Does CSVPiG work with other sources of content?
  9. How many templates does CSV come with?
  10. Is it possible to add other fields?

This webinar can give you a great insight into building online stores from data feeds, and also how CSVPiG works.

At the end of the video you will see that we ran a special offer on CSVPiG. The offer was crazy (someone even called it ‘ridiculous’) but we ran it for two weeks.  The offer expried on 24th March so I am sorry if you missed out but there can be no exceptions.  CSVPiG is a well priced, good-value product at $77, really!

Later this week I’ll be publishing another post about data feed marketing.  A seasoned data feed marketer will be revealing some very good tips on how to get your sites approved by merchants and affiliate networks first time around (Glenis, this one is for you!).

Let me know if this demo has been useful and if we can do more of them for you.

Fiona

P.S. You can find out more about Football Fanatics and their affiliate program here.

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