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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

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.

Are you an Unstoppable Affiliate?

A while back in one of my rants, I declared that people in the IM industry who want things to change for the better should act in two ways:

  • Produce quality products and promote them truthfully and honestly
  • Shine their torch on other people in the industry who are doing good things

Today I am going to shine my torch on Andrew Hansen. His name ring any bells? The last time I mentioned Andrew was back in November 2010. Gary and I met him at an event and found that we were very much kindred spirits – upset by where the industry was heading; wanting to produce genuine products.

We met up with Andrew again a couple of weeks ago and he mentioned he was producing a new course to launch in the middle of July. He didn’t say much more than that (he’s actually quite a quiet chap), except that the course’s aim was to help people actually, truly make a realistic amount of money online – no BS figures, just a way to make income as an affiliate.

From what Andrew’s partner said, it sounded like an awful lot of work and preparation had gone into the course (not the launch, the actual course and its contents). Months of preparation and hours upon hours of recording and re-recording the content, trying to ensure no stone was left unturned.

Last week I got to preview the course. It’s called ‘Unstoppable Affiliate’ and is an in depth insight into how to crack affiliate marketing. Basically, a blue-print for making money out of the websites you love to build.

Now, I’ve been involved in affiliate marketing for years – I was an affiliate for a time, then I was responsible for a huge affiliate program for a corporate. I was more than a little humbled last week to find myself learning new tactics for being a successful affiliate.

Unstoppable Affiliate completely challenged some of my views, too. For example, as an affiliate don’t just start by choosing a keyword with high search volumes, start by choosing a product or offer you know you can actually get paid good commission for (and where to go to find those offers and payouts in one place).

Before I go any further let me give you the hard facts about this course:

  • It’s a video tutorial course, with transcripts available
  • There are over 50 videos averaging, I would say, 10 minutes a piece – so long enough to be useful, concise enough to digest
  • The modules covered are:
    • Research: Find your profit center – some methods which were new to me!
    • Site Strategies: Create the perfect mini site based around the offer and keyword market you’ve just found
    • Conversion Strategy: Convert visitors into buyers AND simultaneously please the search engines
    • Traffic Mastery: Get the right kind of visitors to the right pages on your mini; extremely current search engine strategies
  • The delivery style is friendly and informal. It’s kind of like Andrew is sitting next to you and navigating you through his world
  • It costs $67 one time

Now, when I found out the price (I had thought it was $67 a month, not one time) I was a bit shocked.  For $67 it totally over-delivers and I wondered if Andrew was off his rocker a little bit to be selling that much content for that price.  I actually thought it would cause a problem, because I always say if something sounds too good to be true, it is, so it could make people sceptical about the quality of the course.

But Andrew explained, and here’s the deal: Andrew and his business partner Josh Stanton are hoping that some of the people who take up the video course will also sign up to an eight week coaching program which costs $497.  In the coaching program they will hand-hold and get people up and running through intensive input and hopefully have them earning more in super-fast time. So, longer-term Andrew hopes to make back his investment in producing the video course.

So that presents an opportunity in two ways to anyone interested in learning a whole new chunk of actionable information on affiliate marketing:

  • Simply grab a bargain and get over 50 training videos for a mere $67. You can’t fail to learn something new from these videos, even if you’ve been doing affiliate marketing for years.  Buy the videos, set aside a day or some evenings, sit down and watch them with a notepad at your side – action even just one thing you learn and you’ll be further forward
  • If being mentored is a route you’re interested in and will honestly make full use of (and you can afford to invest the $497 without risking your rent or mortgage payment) then take up that option.  $62 a week for coaching?  Seems like good value to me. Otherwise?  Just ignore it and enjoy the videos

I can vouch for Andrew.  He’s a straight-up, genuine guy and he cares about what he does and how he does it.

If my little brother came to me and said he wanted to get into affiliate marketing, I’d get him this course (and the coaching to boot), that is how useful and genuine I think it is.

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. Don’t forget that even a seasoned affiliate marketer can learn something from this course!

 

Simply grab a bargain and get over 50 training videos for a mere $67. You can’t fail to learn something new from these videos, even if you’ve been doing affiliate marketing for years.

Simply grab a bargain and get over 50 training videos for a mere $67. You can’t fail to learn something new from these videos, even if you’ve been doing affiliate marketing for years.  Buy the videos, set aside a day or some evenings, sit down and watch them with a notepad at your side – action even just one thing you learn and you’ll be further forward.

If coaching is a route you’re interested in and will honestly make full use of (and you can afford to invest the $497 without risking paying your rent or mortgage) then take up that option. $62 a week for coaching?  Seems like good value to me too.

Buy the videos, set aside a day or some evenings, sit down and watch them with a notepad at your side – action even just one thing you learn and you’ll be further forward.

If coaching is a route you’re interested in and will honestly make full use of (and you can afford to invest the $497 without risking paying your rent or mortgage) then take up that option. $62 a week for coaching?Seems like good value to me too.

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