WP-Syndicator - Anyone using it?

by 62 comments
I'd like to hear some reviews on WP syndicator.

I already searched the forum and got nothing.
#product reviews #wpsyndicator
  • Profile picture of the author cosmoslad
    I picked it up when Andy had his WSO. Great system, easy to set up and nicely automated for your WP site. Highly recommended!
  • Profile picture of the author Adam Roy
    Does it syndicate well with minimum errors?
  • Profile picture of the author D Baker
    I don't know why you should pay this much for something you can do for free.

    Using WP plugin called Shorten2Ping you can automatically syndicate your posts to Ping.fm 30+ services.

    When it was sold for $9.97 is was a good buy, but I am not sure it is worth the price today.
  • Profile picture of the author Adam Roy
    I have various submissions software including rss bots, social bookmarking bots, directory bots etc
  • Profile picture of the author excoder01
    Syndication works if the site your syndicating two have a high PR or at least indexed in Google.

    I see people using WPsyndicator by creating tons of accounts on (vox, livejournal, blogger,etc) -- but if those sites of yours are not indexed yet, there's not much point.
    • Profile picture of the author BizWebMan
      I purchased the plugin and it is easy to set up, just needs a little time initially to set up the web 2.0 accounts.

      Any news on updates to WP Syndicator with updates for additional sites etc would be really useful to help keep it current. Things do seem to have gone very quiet since all the buzz around the launch.

      Have pm'd both Andy and John.

      Grahame
    • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
      Originally Posted by excoder01 View Post

      Syndication works if the site your syndicating two have a high PR or at least indexed in Google.

      I see people using WPsyndicator by creating tons of accounts on (vox, livejournal, blogger,etc) -- but if those sites of yours are not indexed yet, there's not much point.

      This issue is easily remedied with some backlinks and regular post activity. Ive tested web 2.o posting and indexation rates pretty extensively

      This will get you backlinks and indexation. it doesnt happen all by day5. Its pretty minor task getting the web 2 blogs sites indexing and working great.
  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    It does not work for blogger for me which is HUGE. I get this error:

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class Zend_Loader in /home/site/public_html/wp-content/plugins/tpc-memory-usage/library/Zend/Loader.php on line 31
    If I can't get this resolved I'll probably request a refund and look elsewhere. I emailed the creator but no replies yet. Granted it's only been 12hrs, I'll give him a bit more time before requesting a full refund.
  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    I just purchased this plugin yesterday for full price ($67) for multiple domain uses. Here's the low down...

    It supports 15 web 2.0 sites (including Twitter). You have to sign up to each site manually if you aren't already a member or don't have another program that does this for you. You could always outsource or take an hour out of your day to sign up. No biggie.

    The plugin installs like any typical plugin and is ready to use after 5 minutes of configuration. Very intuitive and easy to do.

    You'll need to sign up for a bit.ly account if you don't already have one and input your username and API. Again, very simple. you can also configure the excerpt length, auto syndicate, max daily posts and default anchor text. - Which you can also do in each post as you post in the future, the default is just in case you forget to include anchor text.

    The 15 WEB 2.0 sites currently supports:

    Wordpress.com
    Blogger
    Tumblr
    Plurk
    Multiply
    Type Pad
    Live Journal
    Vox
    Friend Feed
    Xanga
    Indenti.ca
    Blewllow
    Bright Kite
    Youare
    Twitter

    However, not all work or are 'dofollow'. Blogger does not work for me and I contacted support. After 24 hours, still no reply and I can't really seem to find an actual support link on the website. Not really sure how this works but it isn't easy getting support so far.

    Vox is no longer. They are closing the doors September 30th. So that scratches that one off the list of 15 web 2.0 sites.

    These are nofollow, so no SEO benefit will be given:
    Plurk - nofollow
    Friendfeed - nofollow
    Youare - nofollow
    Xanga - nofollow

    The plugin also seems to be a bit of memory hog. Not a good thing.

    I use TwitterFeed so I don't need the Twitter function part of this plugin. I like TwitterFeed because it's offsite.

    Oh, I signed up for all the accounts 30-40 hrs before I used the plugin and filled out my profiles on each account so it doesn't look spammy to the webmaster. Well, turns out I was suspended from Blellow after two submissions.

    So all in all, there's really only like seven WEB 2.0 sites that are useful. But it's still nice getting the link out there and I'm sure it'll give a little bit more of a boost after the WEB 2.0 sites get indexed and start gaining some authority. I'll need to link build the useful seven WEB 2.0 sites to help get them more strength. Is the plugin worth $67? I don't know... I think it's overpriced for what you actually get.

    Here's the summary break down:

    • Support - 1 out of 10 (poor) so far
    • Ease of Use - 8 out of 10
    • Functionality - 5 out of 10 (half the web 2.0 sites either don't work, won't work in the future or are nofollow)
    • Value - 6 out of 10 (bit overpriced IMO)
    • Cons - Support, half the WEB 2.0 sites are useless, overpriced, memory hog
    • Pros - Easy to use, after it's all setup it does all the work behind the scenes, despite of only seven useful WEB 2.0 sites it'll still help build backlinks
    • End thought - Shop around for something cheaper... I'm sure there's plugins out there that can be had free or cheap. maybe Incansoft has something?

    Hope you find this review helpful.
  • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
    Doesn't this just do what Posterous does for free?

    Pearson
    • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
      Originally Posted by pearsonbrown View Post

      Doesn't this just do what Posterous does for free?

      Pearson
      I'm not sure. It appears Posterous crossposts while this plugin syndicates directly.

      I now have this plugin working on 3 domains using 2 different sets of WEB 2.0 accounts. I am worried that if I syndicate too much on one WEB 2.0 account I will get suspended for spamming.

      One of my autoblogs get over 30 posts per day which is syndicating other blogs content (Yes I have permission from the blog owners) and so far I have not been suspended. Except by Blellow when I submitted my first 2 posts.

      I wonder if Incansoft has something relatively similar...?
  • Profile picture of the author seo_submission
    Actually what they do is to build link to their website so their website will get more traffic. But do you know that all of those ways to increase traffic can be done by this plugin

    But error generated is more by using WP-syndicator
  • Profile picture of the author emigre
    Definitely not worth the money.

    Like someone already pointed out, microblogs are nofollow links except for brightkie, blogger is not working, Vox is closed although you can transfer an existing blog to typepad free.

    So you only get dofollow links for wordpress, tumblr, multiply, livejournal, typepad and brightkite.
    • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
      Originally Posted by emigre View Post

      Definitely not worth the money.

      Like someone already pointed out, microblogs are nofollow links except for brightkie, blogger is not working, Vox is closed although you can transfer an existing blog to typepad free.

      So you only get dofollow links for wordpress, tumblr, multiply, livejournal, typepad and brightkite.

      Update:

      After a few days of using this plugin, Wordpress, Live Journal, Type Pad and Xanga all stopped working after 8 successful submissions. If you are an owner of this software, you may want to check to see if yours are working too.

      So only what.... that's like 3 microblogs working for me now? Ugh! I want a refund.

      I sent three more emails to support the past 24 hours and still no help. I wonder if this plugin was abandoned?
  • Profile picture of the author excoder01
    It's reputable - but is it getting results?
    • Profile picture of the author Focused Action
      Originally Posted by excoder01 View Post

      It's reputable - but is it getting results?
      Great question!! I cant figure out what really works - I just keep trying to build backlinks the best I can. I assume if I can get the web 2.0 sites indexed and the spiders to crawl the links back to my site - I will get improvement in search engine results. If I can automate this, then that is another benefit.
  • Profile picture of the author thinredline
    If you paid via credit card in paypal you can dispute charges.
  • Profile picture of the author Focused Action
    I have been using for 3 days - so far only "Blellow" has closed my account - they closed it on the first post (i tried to open several times with different emails - even waited a day before posting) - i guess if you have a "link" in your post, you are a spammer. oh well, everything else working good - I am taking it very slow, only making 1 to 2 posts per day - letting the accounts age and testing to see if i can increase the posting rate, especially existing content previously posted. again, i plan to backlink all the web 2.0 properties, and check to make sure everything gets indexed.

    i am not questioning that "gearmonkey" is having issues and not getting any answers - i do think that we all need to slow down a little with some of these automatic tools and take the time to make sure everything is done proper and sticks. that was my problem with senuke - i just couldnt track everything i was "nuking" - not sure what was even indexed. i am waiting for the new version to come out that hopefully will make it easier to track each project.
    • Profile picture of the author BizWebMan
      This was the reply I got from the developer Andy after I sent a PM following problems getting a reply from WP Syndicator support.

      I sent a reply a couple of days ago making a few suggestions but have not had a response as yet.

      Hopefully Andy is on the case to keep this a viable and worthwhile plugin.

      QUOTE
      "Hi Grahame,

      I've apologized in both the other email and via PM on Warrior but incase you get this one first, please accept my apologies for the delay in dealing with this stuff.

      The first web2.0 site update will be more of a switcheroo than adding. Vox is disappearing in a month and Blellow deletes pretty much every account created there so I'll be replacing them ASAP.

      After that I've got a few more core features to take care of such as import/export accounts then I'll be considering what sites to add. At the moment there are no plans for non-blog sites such as Squidoo and Hub Pages but that doesn't mean it won't happen ever.

      Cheers,

      Andy"
  • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
    Hi everyone (particularly Gear Monkey),

    I'm the developer for and co-owner of WPSyndicator and a couple of people have pointed this thread out to me (thanks guys and girls).

    I've been a Warrior member for a long time so I'd like to take the opportunity to publicly apologize and explain the situation.

    We had some issues with the support desk itself which really set me back so I spent the time I usually spend doing support hiring someone to come on board and help speed up getting people the answers to their questions. Unfortunately the person I hired disappeared on day two and left me even further behind than before.

    This is not an excuse. Supporting my products is my responsibility and one of my top priorities, it's my fault that I hired the wrong person and I'm sorry for the inconvenience it's obviously caused some people.

    If you think you've had to wait too long and you want to wash your hands of WPSyndicator and myself please follow the instructions in the Clickbank receipt email you received and you can request a refund through there. I believe they process it within 24 hours as long as I don't dispute it, which I won't of course. If you're not happy, I really don't want your money. Contrary to what it may look like from the tone of this thread

    If you're still really keen to get it working and it didn't "Just Work" (I promise you, it really has for most people) then please give me a few more days to get the new support lady up to speed and we'll get through the back log ASAP. Don't forget you've got 60 days to claim the refund so there's nothing to stop you doing both. I'm even happy for you to leave it, we'll get it working and then you can claim the refund for the inconvenience if you really want.

    While I don't want to address every point in this thread the one thing that really stood out to me was this comment -

    I don't think I'm being unreasonable. And of course I am going to tell people to stay clear of this product because obviously (if he is legit) can't handle the work load or has other things to do other than handle his company.
    I know several people have jumped to my defence but I'd like to say I think what Gear Monkey is saying is completely reasonable. I've always handled support myself before and never dealt with the volume of sales (and thus support) a Clickbank launch brought with it. This is my mistake and for that I apologize. I am doing everything I can to rectify the mistake and hope to have it all back on track in the next few days.

    Sincerely,

    Andy
    • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
      Originally Posted by Andy Fletcher View Post

      Hi everyone (particularly Gear Monkey),

      I'm the developer for and co-owner of WPSyndicator and a couple of people have pointed this thread out to me (thanks guys and girls).

      I've been a Warrior member for a long time so I'd like to take the opportunity to publicly apologize and explain the situation.

      We had some issues with the support desk itself which really set me back so I spent the time I usually spend doing support hiring someone to come on board and help speed up getting people the answers to their questions. Unfortunately the person I hired disappeared on day two and left me even further behind than before.

      This is not an excuse. Supporting my products is my responsibility and one of my top priorities, it's my fault that I hired the wrong person and I'm sorry for the inconvenience it's obviously caused some people.

      If you think you've had to wait too long and you want to wash your hands of WPSyndicator and myself please follow the instructions in the Clickbank receipt email you received and you can request a refund through there. I believe they process it within 24 hours as long as I don't dispute it, which I won't of course. If you're not happy, I really don't want your money. Contrary to what it may look like from the tone of this thread

      If you're still really keen to get it working and it didn't "Just Work" (I promise you, it really has for most people) then please give me a few more days to get the new support lady up to speed and we'll get through the back log ASAP. Don't forget you've got 60 days to claim the refund so there's nothing to stop you doing both. I'm even happy for you to leave it, we'll get it working and then you can claim the refund for the inconvenience if you really want.

      While I don't want to address every point in this thread the one thing that really stood out to me was this comment -



      I know several people have jumped to my defence but I'd like to say I think what Gear Monkey is saying is completely reasonable. I've always handled support myself before and never dealt with the volume of sales (and thus support) a Clickbank launch brought with it. This is my mistake and for that I apologize. I am doing everything I can to rectify the mistake and hope to have it all back on track in the next few days.

      Sincerely,

      Andy
      I don't understand why you couldn't have at least sent a message or program your email auto-responder to blast out a message like the above message for support tickets?

      Would have saved everyone the hassle.

      I'll probably just wait to see if the issues get resolved in the next couple days before requesting a refund. I'd like this program to work so I can use it.

      Thanks for writing your message. I feel more relived to know there is an actual person behind this product. I was starting to feel like the product was abandoned while you continued to rake in peoples cash... glad I was wrong
  • Profile picture of the author MChriston
    Are there any updates on what's happening with WPsyndicator and support, etc?

    Is everything working well now?

    GearMonkey, all okay? Or did you move on?

    I ask as I am interested in the plugin and wanted to hear all is well.

    Quick additional question specifically for Andy: Can WPsyndicator rotate multiple user accounts so the linking looks more natural than always being to/from the same accounts?

    Thanks in advance,

    Michael
    • Profile picture of the author Andy Fletcher
      Originally Posted by MChriston View Post

      Are there any updates on what's happening with WPsyndicator and support, etc?

      Is everything working well now?

      GearMonkey, all okay? Or did you move on?

      I ask as I am interested in the plugin and wanted to hear all is well.

      Quick additional question specifically for Andy: Can WPsyndicator rotate multiple user accounts so the linking looks more natural than always being to/from the same accounts?

      Thanks in advance,

      Michael
      Hi Michael,

      I'd like to invite other users to comment on the new support setup. I'm just as interested in the feedback as you are since it all helps me run a smoother operation. So I'll try to keep this reply limited to what I've put in place and leave it to everyone else to comment on whether it's working or not.

      The WPSyndicator team now includes a fantastic support lady by the name of Catherine Heiter who takes care of all the immediate issues such as broken download links, not knowing where the manual is etc. (Although the slacker only works 6 days a week so there can be a slight wait if you email on a Wednesday )

      We've also added a very talented developer by the name of Valentin Perelogin who takes care of the more technical support that Cat isn't sure how to handle. He's also in charge of product updates, the first of which will be out before the end of the month to swap some annoying sites out and put new ones in.

      And in answer to your specific question. WPS doesn't support multiple accounts at this time but I'll certainly add it to the to do list.

      Hope that helps,

      Andy
  • Profile picture of the author Melody
    I just saw this post - have been out of town most of the month - and just want to say that I have been using this since it was launched with excellent results. There have been several updates, and the support from Andy has been STELLAR! If he says there were other issues going on recently, I would definitely be inclined to believe him.

    One of things I love about this plugin is that it lets me choose which content I want to syndicate, so it gives me full control over what I am sending out to my Web 2.0 sites - and that means more quality control. I use it only with original content or really, really interesting articles that I post from other sources - never on any 'autoblog' type of posts.

    I use other products of Andy's as well - and personally, I think he is one of the 'real deals' in the biz -

    Just my 2 cents, folks.....

    Melody
    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      I finally got a couple sites up and I am loving WP-Syndicator. I just didn't enable the two sites that are going to be replaced. It's working fine for me so far.

      Tina
  • Profile picture of the author cbpayne
    I even upgraded the support tickets two days ago from medium to high priority .... nothing .... anyone had any support help recently or is this abandoned?

    If it is abandoned, why are they not saying so on the site before taking money?
  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    I've been waiting 3 months for support. Still not getting any help. I think the plugin has been abandoned, which is a shame.
    • Profile picture of the author Lynette Crase
      Hi,

      I am the new support person for WP Syndicator and have been working through the backlog of tickets over the last couple of weeks. Andy had a problem with his support system and things got out of hand.

      I haven't come across your ticket in the list yet so I don't know what would have happened to it. Could you please start a new ticket at support@wpsyndicator.com and I will get you the help you need.

      Same goes for anyone else who is having issues or problems with the plugin.

      Thanks.

      Lynette

      Originally Posted by gearmonkey View Post

      I've been waiting 3 months for support. Still not getting any help. I think the plugin has been abandoned, which is a shame.
  • Profile picture of the author fthomas137
    No spite to anyone, but there are really no shortcuts to backlinking. These sites are always changing, and being a web site automations developer, it's a really job to try and keep ahead of the curve.

    Frank
  • Profile picture of the author cryptone24
    Doesn't slick social do the same thing? I have been getting success with that plugin, he is well respected warrior also.

Next Topics on Trending Feed