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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

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.

CSVPiG Update

CSVPiG - WordPress CSV Import

We’ve just released CSVPiG 2.4.11.
The key changes are listed below:

  • Added support for WP auto-update mechanism
  • Fixed publish stalling issues

From now on, you can update CSVPiG directly from WordPress. Updates are supplied by our servers.

Your BlogPiG Team

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.

Help Me Help You

Hello lovely members, I hope your week is getting off to a good start.

Here at BlogPiG we’re busy updating CloakPiG and we’re also working on SocialPiG and some revisions to CSVPiG.  You know we love making software but this year we’d also like to offer you some more helpful content.

I know that some of you have found Gary’s knowledge-sharing posts useful, e.g how to build a Facebook business page or how to optimise your computer desktop, and we’d like to provide you with more information which can help you run your sites, your business, your PC or even your life a little more efficiently.

But, before we publish content we ‘think’ you might want to hear about, how about you tell me what you’d like to hear about?

I know some of you have asked for more more information about datafeed marketing (building online stores from affiliate data feeds) and we’re working on that but is there anything else you’d like us to shed some light on or get a discussion going about?

Do you have any burning questions about blogging or Autoblogging?

Is there something you’ve always wanted to ask about WordPress?

Want some hints and tips on anything? Reviews of anything?

We’re always going to spend most of our time working on the software but if we can help you make even more of our products by furnishing you with other information, then let us work on that too for you.

So, do tell me how we can help and enlighten and I’ll extract what gems of knowledge and experience I can from the team here and the other people and resources we have access to – all without the aid of scary looking headgear, I might add.

Look forward to seeing your input!

Fiona

You Scratch My Back… (DoFollow)

It’s always good to give something back.

So by way of thanks for all the encouragement & feedback I’ve been sent recently via our blog comments I’d like to offer you guys some things in return:

BlogPiG is Now DoFollow!

We’re enabling dofollow on your blog comments so you get the link juice for all your hard work. For obvious reasons we cannot just enable dofollow on all comments, that would lead to a spam tsunami. Instead we’re rewarding our most generous members.

Anyone with 10 or more approved comments is automatically promoted to DoFollow status on all their past a future comments.

Our DoFollow heroes will see a star icon appear next to their username in the comments section when DoFollow status is achieved.

Basic anti-abuse rules apply:

  • We dofollow link your comment username
  • Use Your name or nickname NOT “Golf Clubs” etc. that sucks.
  • No pointless links in the comment body
  • Be consistent with your comment email address
  • Only useful & relevant comments are approved
  • Username should be linked your FaceBook or Twitter or personal blog

Get a Gravatar Already

If you’ve not setup your Gravatar, why not? It takes 2 minutes and it makes much more fun to respond to real people when I’m answering comments. We’ve also improved the recent comments widget to display all the latest comments with a lovely mugshot from your gravatar, you can see it in action here. This is a great way to build a public profile.

If you don’t have a Gravatar it’s a free service run by the folks behind WordPress – get one here.

Comments = Prizes

Lower down you’ll another widget with a league table for the top comments this month. On the first working day of each month I’ll give a free Pro license for any one of our products to whoever had the most comments for the previous month.

Just another way of saying thank you.

I’m also testing CommentLuv, KeywordLuv, and rewards for retweets and FB Likes but that’s a bit more tricky to setup – stand by for more info soon.

Do you have other ideas or suggestions?

Do you think this is cool or dumb?

Is anybody out there….?

Click below to leave me a comment ;)

SocialPiG – Automatic Social Bookmarking

SocialPiG is an awesome social bookmarking plugin for WordPress. It will bookmark every new post make but with a twist! Posts are bookmarked gradually & intelligently to create a very natural bookmarking footprint. SocialPiG organically increases your blog’s backlink count over many weeks and months and it does it on autopilot! You don’t even need to create bookmarking accounts SocialPiG takes care of everything!