PART 2 - Turn Google Reader into a semi-automated blogging machine!

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Okay -- are we ready for Part 2?

Apologies for the length of time it took to get this done, I had a WSO starting that I had to look after first, as I'm sure you will understand.

I left off Part 1 where we had set up Google Reader to provide us with some nice, semi-automated feeds for our niche blogs.

If you haven't read Part 1 yet please take the time to go and read it now otherwise some of the things I talk about here will not make sense.

In Part 2 I want to go over a few techniques to:

  • look at adding our own links in, but leaving the original item intact
  • see how we can gather other information from around the web, snippets, complete articles and even videos and easily insert them into out niche blog feeds
  • look at a quick and easy way to add our own articles and content into the feeds
I had thought about going into how I set up the blogs to take the feeds but I guess there's lots of info already out there on that, not least Keith's gargantuan thread on the subject, so it may not be of interest (although I do have a few of my own little tricks).

Anyway, back to Google Reader as our semi-automated blogging machine.

This post involves a bit more visualizing as we're not just doing things simply in GR, but of course I can't post screenshots etc. as I would in a PDF tutorial, so bear with me and hopefully my explanations will be enough. It will be in a slightly different format from the step 1 do this, step 2 do that from Part 1, mainly because some of these things are optional.

First of all, let's go back to the 'Share with notes' feature that I mentioned as a good way to add some unique content to the posts when they are created on your niche blog.

Now I use WP-O-Matic to automatically get my feed items turned into a post on my niche blogs so I will do a bit of explaining for the relevant bit on there as well.

As you may know, I do not add my own links into the feed items as I find that quite often that could go against the feed ToS. But it is a great idea to get a link automatically placed in the post somehow and I use the 'Share with notes' feature together with WP-O-Matic (I'll call it WPOM from now on) to acheive this.

Here's how - First of all decide what your 'trigger' word or phrase is going to be. This is the word(s) that WPOM will automatically insert a link on when it creates the post.

By the way, if you're wondering how to keep track of all this (i.e. what feed goes where, what trigger words you're using etc. etc.) then a simple spreadsheet will suffice. I use a piece of software that I created for myself to keep track of everything, but a spreadsheet is quite adequate. I encourage you keep meticulous records, it will make things much easier for you in the long run.

Now, when you create the note in Google Reader make sure (if you want to have a link created) to include that word and surround it with a couple of seldom used characters. E.g. going back to my domain site example, I may decide the word 'domaining' is my trigger word for this particular category and so I would write my note like this:

'This is a great item about how to get into the world of ¬¬domaining¬¬. I personally like the way the author etc. etc.'

Now I'm assuming you have a WordPress blog set up and that you are familiar with WPOM at this point. Go into your campaign within WPOM that picks up the feed from the tag of the item we have just been editing.

On the 'Rewrite' tab type in your trigger word (with the special characters) in the 'Origin' box - so I would type '¬¬domaining¬¬' in there.

Then tick the box for 'Rewrite to:' and type your trigger word (without the special characters) in the box - so I would type 'domaining'.

Then tick the box for 'Relink to:' and type in the link of the page you want it to link to in the box.

Then click on 'Submit' to make sure it saves it and you're done.

Now when you include that special trigger keyword (or phrase of course) in your notes, it will appear as a link to the page you specified in the post, but it leaves the original item intact and doesn't mess with any of the original hyperlinks in the item (if you are trying to link words in the original feed item you will know what I mean!).

I don't really want to get too much into the blog setup side of things here, that needs a bit more explaining so I'll leave that for another day.

Next we will look at another powerful feature of Google Reader that is more or less overlooked by many people.

In Google Reader, in the top left hand menu, click on 'Notes'

Now, on the right hand side you will have a window that is displaying all the feed items that you have added notes to (which is useful in itself) but the really interesting item is the button called 'Note in Reader' that at the time of writing has a little up arrow and the word 'Drag' next to it.

This is what's called a 'bookmarklet' and the idea is that you drag this to your browsers bookmarks toolbar (for FireFox users). If you're using Internet Explorer, you will need to right click on it and add it to your favourites.

So, what's it for and how do we use it?

In the simplest terms, this little beauty allows you grab any piece of content you find on the web and add it into your feeds.

Yep, you read that right.

Of course it becomes immediately apparent that this could easily allow you to steal other peoples content and post it on your own site, so you have to be careful how you use this powerful little function.

The way I am using it is to grab a piece of content that we're allowed to use, making sure proper attribution is included and then posting it through our Google Reader system to appear on one of our blogs (with a suitable note added to make it a little bit unique).

One such place that you can legally use their content is of course our old friend EzineArticles so let's go there and try this out.

I'm assuming that:
  1. you're using FireFox and
  2. that you've added the 'Note in reader' bookmarklet to your browser toolbar.
If you're using IE then you will just access the Note in Reader function from your favourites menu.

Head over to EZA and find an article that would fit into your niche.

There are several ways to do this, but the most obvious way to start off with is to just select the whole article on the page where you are reading (just the article text, not the surrounding adverts etc.). Make sure you capture the resource box at the bottom of the article as well.

Then with all the text highlighted, just click on the 'Note in reader' button on your toolbar (in IE you will do the same thing but you will need to select 'Note in reader' from the Favourites menu).

A little box will pop up that you will recognise with the selected article in it's entirety (including HTML) in the bigger box and the comment box below it to add your own comments as we have done before. You will notice it has also pulled the title from the page as well.

You will also be able to (and need to) tag the article with your relevant tag, the same as if you were tagging an item from a feed within Google Reader.

You can also leave the box 'Add to shared items' ticked, although it doesn't make much difference either way in this system.

It's worth noting here that you can in fact edit everything in these boxes, so you could change the title or add text to the article or change/add links whatever you want. Obviously if we're pulling an article from EZA for republishing we will not want to change anything, but if we have just grabbed a small snippet of info from a web page and we want to add some comments around and republish it linking back to the source then you can do that.

The title of the item in the feed will link back to the original source of the snippet or article, just like it would do if it was an item in a standard RSS feed that you had subscribed to.

So, in my example, I searched for an article on domaining, selected the article and loaded it into my 'Note in Reader' bookmarklet. Then I type a short comment with my special trigger word in it. Last of all I tagged it with 'Domain News'.

Now you just click on 'Post Item' and that item will get captured in your Google Reader with the tag you gave it. Pretty cool eh?

If you go and click on the 'View public page' link for that tag as we did in Part 1, you will now see that the entire article has been added to your feed with your comment added at the top (and in my case with the trigger word included). So when this gets fed to my niche blog and the post created, I will have nice piece of content with my link right at the top.

Yes I know all about duplicate content etc. etc. , but for the purpose of these niche blogs I am not too concerned about that. I still know it's an article I selected with some good content that I feel would be of value to my blog readers. That to me is what it's all about.

So have a play around and grab some pieces of content such as articles etc. from places you're allowed to use them.

Now you can actually even grab videos from YouTube using this method. Just find a video you would like to use, press the 'Note in reader' button (no need to try and select anything), add some notes and the tag and you're done.

If you now look at the feed page for the tag in Google Reader you will see that it has embedded the video in the feed.

If you're using WPOM you will need to do some hacks to get it to automatically embed the video into the new blog post, but it does work very nicely once you have it running. I believe FeedWordPress embeds the videos in a new post 'out of the box', but I haven't tested that yet.

Finally, I just want to quickly go through how you can add your own article using this method.

I was going to go through setting up your own private source of articles to feed into Google Reader, but I've rambled on too long with this post already, so I'll just look at the quick and dirty method.


All you need to do is go to the page you want the item to link back to, select a small piece of text on the page and press our 'Note in reader' button.

Now you just need to change the title to whatever you want and copy/ paste in the text from your article. Add the correct tag and you're done.

This will now appear in the feed for the tag and the title of the item will link back to the original page you were on when you clicked on the 'Note in reader' button.

So there you have it, your own content posted to your blog and linked back to a source of your choosing in about 10 seconds!

Well, I think I've rambled on for long enough now so that's the end of Part 2.

Will there be a Part 3? Maybe Part 3 should be a video series of the whole thing.....I don't really know at this point.

As I mentioned earlier, I also wanted to cover how I set up my niche blogs to take the input from our Google Reader feeds but that is really a whole new subject.

Hopefully you will now have all the information you need to turn Google Reader into a true semi-automated blogging machine, the thought of being able to gather, organise and re-purpose content which I can then publish to any of my blogs automatically, and all from one central place is mind-boggling really.

And once you have your niche blogs set up, you can probably count the number of times you need to log into them in a year on one hand - all the more reason by the way to make sure you keep a record of all your blogs and settings, otherwise you will never remember those login details!!

The end - hope you enjoyed it.
Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author Nigel Greaves
    Thanks for part 2 Tim. It's been worth the short wait for another outstanding post.

    Now, about part 3

    Nigel
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Alexander
    so the content isn't unique then?
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    • Profile picture of the author MizzCindy
      Originally Posted by Jon Alexander View Post

      so the content isn't unique then?
      The notes you add will be unique - so some unique content with some 'auto' content.


      Tim - thank you so much! This has been a wonderful series (parts 1 and 2). I will be putting it to use this weekend to see what I can come up with. I love how it combines automation with the benefits of a bit of unique content, too. Saves me time and still provides value to my visitors (and some google love). Very cool!

      If you're feeling energetic and want to share your tricks for setting up our blogs to accept the feeds, I would love to hear them! However, I'm not looking this gift horse in the mouth. I'm very grateful for the information you've shared thus far.
      ...I had thought about going into how I set up the blogs to take the feeds but I guess there's lots of info already out there on that, not least Keith's gargantuan thread on the subject, so it may not be of interest (although I do have a few of my own little tricks)...
      Thank you!
      Cindy
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      • Profile picture of the author Lance K
        Great info. Tim.

        I saved both parts into a PDF.

        If I were you, I'd put together a PDF as well as a few camtasia video tutorials on this and offer it up as a WSO.

        People dig automated stuff. People dig niche marketing. People dig blogging. Make it into a system and give it a catchy name.

        If nothing else, use it as a lead generator.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jon Alexander
        Originally Posted by MizzCindy View Post

        The notes you add will be unique - so some unique content with some 'auto' content.
        Why not rewrite it to make it unique as you go? Surely that would be better? (great post, btw!)
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        • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
          Originally Posted by Jon Alexander View Post

          Why not rewrite it to make it unique as you go? Surely that would be better? (great post, btw!)
          Hmm. Well the point of this method is that it's all semi-automated, so you are pulling in syndicated content from your feeds and then adding some of your own content to add some value and uniqueness.

          If you were to re-write the content of the feeds I don't think that would sit very well with most people as that would be a lot of extra work to make the content different enough that you would be comfortable passing it off as your own (and just for the record I don't particularly like the idea of just taking somebodies article and rewriting it then calling it my own).

          If you wanted to use your own unique content then I would get a bunch of PLR which I would rewrite or have some unique articles written and then add those into the system.

          If you had enough content you could base your entire system around that either by adding it in using the method I describe above or doing something like setting up a private blog where you post this content and then create the feeds you need from that which you can pull into this system on autopilot.

          You could of course feed those straight to your niche blogs, bypassing the Google Reader part as you already know that these are items you want posted, but I still like to feed everything through GR so that I can control and keep track of everything. Also I sometimes like to feed that content to another niche blog and that's dead simple to do if I'm feeding everything through GR.

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        • Profile picture of the author MizzCindy
          Originally Posted by Jon Alexander View Post

          Why not rewrite it to make it unique as you go? Surely that would be better? (great post, btw!)
          Depends on what your aim is. There are several great blogs that pull together relevant information from a variety of sources and add commentary or additional observations for the reader's benefit. This approach enhances the reader experience - and that's what it's all about, right?
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          • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
            Originally Posted by MizzCindy View Post

            Depends on what your aim is. There are several great blogs that pull together relevant information from a variety of sources and add commentary or additional observations for the reader's benefit. This approach enhances the reader experience - and that's what it's all about, right?

            It is for me Cindy!

            Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
      Originally Posted by Jon Alexander View Post

      so the content isn't unique then?
      Jon. If you want the content to be completely unique then there's nothing to stop you adding your own articles and content into the system instead of using syndicated content.

      Entirely up to you.

      As Cindy comments, if you are pulling in syndicated content, at least this system allows you to add your own comments within the central place i.e. Google Reader, before it's automatically fed out to your niche blogs.

      Tim
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      • Profile picture of the author jsmith2482
        Originally Posted by Tim Dixon View Post

        Jon. If you want the content to be completely unique then there's nothing to stop you adding your own articles and content into the system instead of using syndicated content.

        Entirely up to you.

        As Cindy comments, if you are pulling in syndicated content, at least this system allows you to add your own comments within the central place i.e. Google Reader, before it's automatically fed out to your niche blogs.

        Tim

        Tim,
        Can this be used without WP-O-Matic, I have a godaddy hosting account and they don't support the simplepie extentions that wp-o-matic needs?

        Also is this full content or is it just 2-3 sentences?
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        • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
          Originally Posted by jsmith2482 View Post

          Tim,
          Can this be used without WP-O-Matic, I have a godaddy hosting account and they don't support the simplepie extentions that wp-o-matic needs?

          Also is this full content or is it just 2-3 sentences?
          This can be used wherever you create content using RSS feeds, doesn't have to be WPOM.

          As to 'full content' , it will only post whatever is in the feed, so if you have a feed with just a snippet of information, then that is what your post will consist of.

          You can of course add to it to make a fuller post as well as adding your own complete articles in as I described earlier.

          Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author Melody
    Well, it's about time you got this done. I mean really - for the price we paid - we waited far too long so you really should apologize......

    uh, wait this was free - yet priceless!

    One of the best 'tips' I've seen anywhere in quite a while - thank you for taking the time to put this together.

    Talk about establishing creds.........

    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author laurieslegends
    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the follow up. Some very awesome useful help here.

    One question, when I click on to get the feed, it is taking me to a page where it has two boxes that ask me if I want to add it to google reader or my google ipage, the url at the top of this page is cut off.

    How exacly do I get past that and get the actual rss, or xml or whatever, feed to show up.

    Maybe I am missing a step.

    Laurie
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      thanks fore the help.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
      Originally Posted by laurieslegends View Post

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the follow up. Some very awesome useful help here.

      One question, when I click on to get the feed, it is taking me to a page where it has two boxes that ask me if I want to add it to google reader or my google ipage, the url at the top of this page is cut off.

      How exacly do I get past that and get the actual rss, or xml or whatever, feed to show up.

      Maybe I am missing a step.

      Laurie
      Hi Laurie.

      I'm not sure what it is you're clicking on or at what point you are in the process.

      Could you just clarify that and I'm sure I will be able to help.

      Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author MizzCindy
      Hi Laurie,

      (Not Tim, but I may have an answer for you .)

      When presented with the choice to add to iGoogle or to Google Reader, choose Add to Google Reader. Then you'll be taken to your reader page and can proceed from there.

      Hope that helps!

      Cindy

      Originally Posted by laurieslegends View Post

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the follow up. Some very awesome useful help here.

      One question, when I click on to get the feed, it is taking me to a page where it has two boxes that ask me if I want to add it to google reader or my google ipage, the url at the top of this page is cut off.

      How exacly do I get past that and get the actual rss, or xml or whatever, feed to show up.

      Maybe I am missing a step.

      Laurie
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      • Profile picture of the author Marcus Schroefel
        Great step-by-step tutorial Tim, thanks a lot.

        Google Reader is great for sharing and getting massive exposure and with the new Friend Connect gets even more fun...

        and @Laurie : iGoogle in addition is more like your "personal startpage" where you can add almost everything you want to.

        Enjoy
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    • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
      Originally Posted by laurieslegends View Post

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the follow up. Some very awesome useful help here.

      One question, when I click on to get the feed, it is taking me to a page where it has two boxes that ask me if I want to add it to google reader or my google ipage, the url at the top of this page is cut off.

      How exacly do I get past that and get the actual rss, or xml or whatever, feed to show up.

      Maybe I am missing a step.

      Laurie
      I have been checking out a FireFox plugin I came across that enhances the Google Reader interface (or at least allows you to customize it a little).

      One of the options, surpise surprise, is to 'Autoadd to Reader (bypass iGoogle choice)'.

      You can download it from here:
      http://lifehacker.com/software/exclu...der-262020.php

      Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author AbbyP
    Tim,

    This is just fantastic info! Thanks for coming back with part 2. I've set aside some time this weekend to start playing with this and I really excited to try it out.

    Hugs and massive good karma points to you for taking your time to help everyone here.

    Abby
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    Thanks Cindy and Marcus.

    I see where that could be confusing if you have iGoogle set up as well.

    Might be a good point to note that I haven't yet checked out all the other tools that Google offer and how they interact with Google Reader, so there may be occasions (such as this) where you will get slightly different choices and options depending on what you have set up.

    Hopefully we will get some feedback from people (such as yourself Laurie) where there are some differences as people use this model.

    By the way people, if you haven't read Part 1 yet, I suggest you head on over and take a look. Lots more free info on how this is all set up.

    Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
      Tim!

      That idea with using the special characters around a word to protect the other folks' feed from tinkering is GOLDEN!

      So simple I can't believe I never thought of it. I will be incorporating that RIGHT NOW into my own methods. Especially what I'm currently doing with making a WordPress installation specifically for engineering content in an automated way (which is really similar to what you're using GR for here, different software, same goal).

      Thanks for the tip (and for the name-dropping of my own teeny tiny thread)
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      • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
        Originally Posted by Keith Kogane View Post

        Tim!

        That idea with using the special characters around a word to protect the other folks' feed from tinkering is GOLDEN!

        So simple I can't believe I never thought of it. I will be incorporating that RIGHT NOW into my own methods. Especially what I'm currently doing with making a WordPress installation specifically for engineering content in an automated way (which is really similar to what you're using GR for here, different software, same goal).

        Thanks for the tip (and for the name-dropping of my own teeny tiny thread)
        Glad you liked that little trick.

        Looking forward to reading more of your stuff as our two methods, although overlapping in some areas, can certainly complement each other.

        Likewise I am trying out implementing some of your tips etc. into my strategy. I am always open to new ways of doing things if it helps to improve what I do in some way.

        Tim
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        • Profile picture of the author devx
          Tim & anyone else,

          I've set the whole semi-autoblogging system up and it works great. Thanks for sharing.

          My one issue, that I'm trying to figure out is how to have the article link back to the original source when I grab the RSS feeds from google. If I read the rss feed directly in Google reader, I can see the source. BUT, when I transfer this rss feed to my site, the link just redirects back to the post on my site. So the original author gets no credit.

          The only time they are getting credit is if I copy the resource box from Ezine. Just curious on how to do this, isnce I think it would only be fair to give them some link love for their efforts.

          -DevX
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Deegan
    Very solid method. I had to go back and read part 1 to get the whole picture. I use a few other automated tools for blogging, the methods you've described could complement some of my higher volume blogs nicely...
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  • Profile picture of the author devx
    Never Mind folks! Under the Options menu in WP-0-Matic you can select the option to link back to the original source!

    I love it when I find my own answers
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    Hi Devx.

    Glad you figured that out for yourself.

    You could also use the custom template option on the options tab to include a link back to the original source of the item as well.

    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Faber
    Tim,
    That was great! I think I need a cigarette.......
    Really, thanks for the very informative post. I'm in the middle of implementing it on a new blog right now. Should work out pretty darn well. I like being able to mix in the notes for some original content. I was planning all along to put some completely original posts in there too. The mix of the feed content and the original should be great. I'm tired of typing these 4 page posts anyway. Now I can type the same amount, but feed 10 blogs instead of only 2 or 3.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    You are most welcome opportunitiesaplenty.

    I too love the way I can basically find, create and add all my content whilst still retaining full control over what actually goes on my blogs.

    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    Tim, this is fantastic info. I can't wait to put it into practice on my own blogs. You really should turn this into a WSO.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
      Originally Posted by absolutelee View Post

      Tim, this is fantastic info. I can't wait to put it into practice on my own blogs. You really should turn this into a WSO.
      Thanks.

      I haven't really thought too much about pulling everything together as a WSO up to now, too busy getting WarPPIt up and running (bookmarking site for the Warrior Forum).

      Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
    I can't believe how easy this was to set up! But I am having a couple of issues...

    My return to source link is going to unformatted atom feed page - it appears to be inserting %2 instead of / in the link. Any ideas?

    Also my notes don't appear. If I go to my Shared Items feed they are there - but they don't pull through to my tag public feed. Am I doing something wrong here?

    Hope someone can help me out.

    Thanks again Tim - this is an amazing tip!
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    • Profile picture of the author BigSexy
      Thank you very much for these valuable info.

      Sorry for the little OT, but could you suggest me a good plug-in that automatically submits to feed-aggregator sites WP-O-MATIC posts?

      Thank you again.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
        Originally Posted by BigSexy View Post

        Thank you very much for these valuable info.

        Sorry for the little OT, but could you suggest me a good plug-in that automatically submits to feed-aggregator sites WP-O-MATIC posts?

        Thank you again.
        I'm not aware of a plugin that automatically submits your feeds to the feed aggregator sites, but then there is little point.

        You only need to submit your feeds once and then the aggregator sites will pick up any updates as you make them.

        What you really need is some good software to submit your RSS feeds in the first place and Big Mike has some great software on WSO at the moment:
        http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...nsoft-com.html

        Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
      Originally Posted by Mrs S View Post

      My return to source link is going to unformatted atom feed page - it appears to be inserting %2 instead of / in the link. Any ideas?
      Just to be clear, which return to source link are you referring to? the post title once it's posted to Wordpress or something else?

      Originally Posted by Mrs S View Post

      Also my notes don't appear. If I go to my Shared Items feed they are there - but they don't pull through to my tag public feed. Am I doing something wrong here?
      I think this is because you're adding the notes at the wrong point in the process. I think part 1 of the thread mentioned something about that.

      Check it out and if you're still having problems let me know.

      Tim
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      • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
        Originally Posted by Tim Dixon View Post

        Just to be clear, which return to source link are you referring to? the post title once it's posted to Wordpress or something else?


        I think this is because you're adding the notes at the wrong point in the process. I think part 1 of the thread mentioned something about that.

        Check it out and if you're still having problems let me know.

        Tim
        Thanks Tim - I fixed the first issue by scrapping the campaign and rebuilding it.

        Off to review part one to see about the notes
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        • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
          Tim,

          Great series of posts sir. You are a gift.

          I hate to sound "thick", but Im a little new to the wordpress blog world. Been doin stuff old school offline for to long it appears.

          Ive re-read both posts 1 & 2 several times now, and have the majority of the system in place in Google Reader. Good steps, and easy to follow - thank you!

          The problem Im having and the disconnect for me is where/how the subscribed FEEDS Im monitoring in Google Reader of other bloggers/content feeders, gets POSTED to MY BLOG after I add my Notes/Comments and tag it in Google reader?

          I can see how to paste the feed subscription code from Google Reader that Google Reader creates when I decide to SHARE and make public [its in the reader - browser URL] but the only place I see in Wordpress to put that info is in a sidebar widget RSS.???

          Im missing a significant step Im sure.

          Sorry to all for the newb DAQ [Dumb @$$ Question]
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          • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
            I have google reader Thanks Tim [ U Da Man ] and WPOM working on another test blog site with a different theme - flexibility. Pretty slick.

            The other blog that Im trying to take live - which is destined to become an authority site is using the Remix 2.0 theme and they dont seem to play nice together. My luck.

            Alternatives to WPOM that might be free? I was reading about Caffeinated Content - but ... im sort of looking for a fix that wont keep causing bleeding wallet syndrome.
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            • Profile picture of the author MizzCindy
              Originally Posted by 4morereferrals View Post

              ...The other blog that Im trying to take live - which is destined to become an authority site is using the Remix 2.0 theme and they dont seem to play nice together. My luck.

              Alternatives to WPOM that might be free? I was reading about Caffeinated Content - but ... im sort of looking for a fix that wont keep causing bleeding wallet syndrome.
              I saw your post in the other thread (and this one, obviously LOL). Are your absolutely committed to using the Remix 2.0 theme? It seems you're giving up a lot of the cool functionality of wpom by using that particular theme.

              Sorry I don't have any better suggestion than to change your theme. I'll keep my eyes open for anything that may solve your problem. In the meantime, maybe you could even set your site up temporarily with an alternate theme? May cause more work right now, but at least you could begin enjoying more of the benefits of these threads.

              Cindy
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              • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
                Thanks Cindy for your reply ...

                Trust me - ditching remix has crossed my mind a 100 times. problem is I have soooo much time invested in laying it out both on paper and tweeking the code. Its more of a static website WITH blog concept - CMS etc. Im pretty committed to remix at this point.

                I just find it interesting that YAAB works pretty flawlessly - it just doesnt have the link changer technology.

                But ... isnt Keith's plan using GoCodes to do the link swapping/embedding - and WPOM is just the fetching scheduling tool? Perhaps the GoCodes with YAAB solves my issues?
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                • Profile picture of the author MizzCindy
                  I thought that might be the case. Great offer from Tim, though! Maybe he can work out what's happening.

                  EDIT - the following sentence is incorrect. See Tim's post #45 below.
                  *I believe you're right about gocodes being the plugin that does the link swapping.*
                  *CORRECTED VERSION: WPOMatic swaps the links and GOCodes cloaks them.*

                  I'm just starting to build a new blog with this process (using both Tim's and Keith's suggestions), so I hesitate to come off too authoritative at this point.

                  I'm sure I'll be doing some less-than-ladylike cussing in the next few days! Anyway, hope you get this solved quickly!

                  Cindy

                  Originally Posted by 4morereferrals View Post

                  Thanks Cindy for your reply ...

                  Trust me - ditching remix has crossed my mind a 100 times. problem is I have soooo much time invested in laying it out both on paper and tweeking the code. Its more of a static website WITH blog concept - CMS etc. Im pretty committed to remix at this point.

                  I just find it interesting that YAAB works pretty flawlessly - it just doesnt have the link changer technology.

                  But ... isnt Keith's plan using GoCodes to do the link swapping/embedding - and WPOM is just the fetching scheduling tool? Perhaps the GoCodes with YAAB solves my issues?
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                  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
                    Originally Posted by MizzCindy View Post

                    I thought that might be the case. Great offer from Tim, though! Maybe he can work out what's happening.

                    I believe you're right about gocodes being the plugin that does the link swapping. I'm just starting to build a new blog with this process (using both Tim's and Keith's suggestions), so I hesitate to come off too authoritative at this point.

                    I'm sure I'll be doing some less-than-ladylike cussing in the next few days! Anyway, hope you get this solved quickly!

                    Cindy
                    Actually it's WPOM that does the link swapping within the post when it creates it (what you set up on the rewrite tab).

                    You use GoCodes just as a redirect mechanism so that you can have the links point to your GoCodes links (which are on your domain) and they then redirect out to your affiliate offer.

                    The first version of my PDF ebook covering Parts 1 and 2 of my technique is now available by the way. See sig.

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            • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
              Originally Posted by 4morereferrals View Post


              The other blog that Im trying to take live - which is destined to become an authority site is using the Remix 2.0 theme and they dont seem to play nice together. My luck.

              Alternatives to WPOM that might be free? I was reading about Caffeinated Content - but ... im sort of looking for a fix that wont keep causing bleeding wallet syndrome.
              I'm not that familiar with the Remix theme, but I'll take a look at it to see why it doesn't play nice with WPOM.

              There is another free plugin called FeedWordPress that may work though. It does a similar job.

              Tim
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            • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
              Originally Posted by 4morereferrals View Post

              The other blog that Im trying to take live - which is destined to become an authority site is using the Remix 2.0 theme and they dont seem to play nice together. My luck.
              Without me buying the Remix theme and testing this out, what exactly is the problem? (apologies if you've already posted that info but I couldn't see it).

              Tim
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              • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
                WP O Matic simply will not NOT install - or complete the install. Cant get past install step one -after loading the plugin ...

                Ive installed / uninstalled / reinstalled WPOM. Deactivated all other plugins.

                I know WPOM works on hostgator - i have a flexibility theme blog on hostgator working flawlessly - so thats not it. My friend has REMIX2 also - WPOMATIC wont work on his blog either. Same host as me.
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    ingenious post, many thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    Steve.

    I replied to your PM.

    Perhaps we can get it sorted that way, no guarantees though!

    Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author freetime
      Hi Tim How are you?
      Thanks for doing this thread for us,great info I shall be back later I must go to Keith Kogane to get some info from that thread,it's though being new to IM so much to learn. Must keep going forward!!! no pain no gain!! so much to read, I never read this much in school LOL
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    Tim
    Is this Thread an RSS feed if so would like to add it to Google Reader to stay on top of this Thread, I don't see any feed for it,thought I would just ask.
    Thomas
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    • Profile picture of the author jhiggins
      Tim,

      Thanks for the time and effort you put into this. Nice way to pay it forward. Have you tested the results of doing this? Or has anyone else reading this? A case study would be really nice!

      Regards,

      Jonathan
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave Earley
      Originally Posted by freetime View Post

      Tim
      Is this Thread an RSS feed if so would like to add it to Google Reader to stay on top of this Thread, I don't see any feed for it,thought I would just ask.
      Thomas
      If you click on thread tools, you can subscribe to this thread. I don't see any RSS, but you should be able to get them via email.

      Update: Didn't realize there was a page 2. Doh!

      Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    Hi Thomas.

    Unfortunately you can't create an RSS feed from individual threads (as far as I have been able to find out), would be a very neat trick to do though!

    You can subscribe to the thread using the 'Thread Tools' drop down at the top of the thread. This also allows you to get notifications via email when a new post is added to the thread.

    Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    Hi John.

    The problem with a case study is that it depends on what your end goal is.

    To take my system for example, I use the blogs I create for niche and product market research rather than for the residual monetization through Adsense etc. Although that still takes place it's not necessarily the primary purpose for me.

    The best case studies are those that you do for yourself. It doesn't take that long to set one of these type of blogs up and feed it from Google Reader as described here. Then it's just a case of tracking it and seeing what works and what doesn't.

    Tim
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    Cool! Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Enquirer
      Thanks for this part, Tim.

      I have no experience with blogging so it will take some practice until I become familiar enough with it to fully appreciate your efforts. I followed the theory in part 1 easily although I've never used google reader. That, too, will become clearer when I start using it. I've never used IE favourites nor Firefox bookmarks - I'm with AOL and use their favourites (when they don't lose them for me, that is) but I'll experiemnt with FF bookmarks.

      Until I do learn how to use all these things - including Word Press and WPOM - I'll probably just copy and paste from GooReader directly into my first blog, add some of my own content and then let it loose into the world. With just one or two blogs, that should be easy.

      And, I was thinking of setting up a blog with Blogger but there seems to be a preference for WP amongst you enterprising lot. I may as well take that as a hint.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Dixon
    @Enquirer - Just stick with it and read through all the information here and in the first thread.

    You can learn most of what you need about setting up Wordpress blogs right here on the forum as well for free. Just use the search function to find the best threads.

    Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author Enquirer
      Thanks, Tim.

      Will do. Am doing.

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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisLang
    Great info Tim, I am a huge users of Google Reader and the social applications Google is building into all of it's properties.

    One thing I did not see mentioned is that the links you share are hard coded a tags and out going links to the parent posts in Google Reader shared items. Many Google profiles now are seeing PR in the toolbar. Who knows what PR Google is really applying to these shared items feeds.

    So, while many of these links from casual users are not going to pass link juice from your Google Reader shared items, I do believe that the more users sharing a particular blog post of yours, the more Google will look upon this cumulatively. Just like the more votes on Digg story for a blog post the more Google sees that as a positive indicator to the blog posts quality.

    I believe Google is going to eventually look upon this as a very important indicator of blog quality: How many RSS subscribers you have in Google Reader and how many times a blog post was shared.
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