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You know that you don't have to reply on Twitter? When you reply you show that you are willing to be a target. Twitter is not where legal documents are served. In truth,  what has happened is that two people who know no better have gotten involved in something they know nothing about.

There's an example of a counter claim document below but you probably don't need it here. Just don't get involved with this kind of  silliness.

Here's the thing, bearing in mind that I am not a lawyer, just a webmaster with a lot of original and licensed content. ;)
1) When a person uses another entity's content without permission on a website there are specific steps to follow. In the US you have a set of laws that cover this situation called the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). Learn more here: http://www.dmca.com/FAQ/What-is-a-DMCA-Takedown

2) When you post to Pinterest the first point of contact for an infringement is the website and/or host for the content. Your name is not Mrs Pinterest and Pinterest is not your site. This does NOT mean that ultimate responsibility for infringement does not lie with the poster of the image but that the correct route to rectify the infringement is clear and it is through Pinterest. As a user of images on Pinterest you actually have some legal defences anyway. There's not a lot of people being sued by IP owners for stuff posted on Pinterest!

If you believe that the infringement notification passed through Pinterest was incorrect then this is where you can use the counter claim letter. If a counter claim is not responded to within 7 working days then the original infringement notification is voided and, hypothetically, Pinterest should reactivate the image. As a matter of interest, the reason that I started using counter claims was to avoid silliness with my host of the time (Hostgator) who were fair and sensible in responding to complaints. By counter claiming and having the original claims voided I was proving to Hostgator that I was actually a responsible 'citizen' and my account was never affected by the claims I received. I do not know how Pinterest would react however it seems to me that the images you are posting are NOT yours and thus there is, absent procedural irregularities, much of a leg for you to stand on.

3) Notice of an infringement is sent to the host/webmaster in a specific form that should demonstrate that the complainant has legitimate rights to the content being claimed as infringing. In most cases that I have seen that format has not been followed and that renders the complaint invalid. Moaning at you on Twitter is NOT a valid notification of infringement.

4) If you run an online business that uses other people's content then it is a matter of business survival to be aware of what copyright is, how it works, and how you manage it within your business. Right now your business is suffering because of that lack of knowledge and, I am certain, your concerns are infecting others!

In your case there is no action to take unless and until Pinterest remove content from your account AND give you a warning. Pinterest knows the law and how to manage it within their business and to your benefit. If you continue to receive complaints then your account might get closed. That's normal, it is what I do as a webmaster. However, what Pinterest will almost certainly NOT do is investigate claims before acting. They will simply delete the image from your account and leave all other versions intact until a claim is made against those versions.

As a business using a spamming tool and yes, SM is a spamming tool - albeit a low level and relatively innocuous - one should understand that this is what they have and the effect is that one absolutely does not invest emotionally in what are disposable accounts that can be replicated in moments. One of the choices that you made when choosing to use a spamming tool was that much of what happens is automated and you absolve yourself from control.
That's a business decision and you must uninvolve yourself from emotional attachments to your 'babies' the boards that SM creates automatically on your behalf.

On the topic of copyrights though, if I were Jon and his posse I'd be looking to use an image source such as Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/ due to their licensing policy.

To conclude, there is no action for you to take in this regard apart from arming yourself with knowledge and understanding your relationship to the tool you use and the output it creates. It'll help you to take a more constructive attitude toward your use of Pinterest and the manner in which you deal with threats online. There is no action that you need to take unless and until you receive a 'proper' legal document from a proper legal source. Jon's advice about using domain privacy is useful here.

If you, or your host receive DMCA takedown notices in respect of content on your own site(s) then, just as with Pinterest, it is usually easier to delete the image and use another one. On my site's content pages I ONLY use images to which I have explicit licencing paid for by me - I don't use 'free' or any form of claimed copyright free or Creative Commons. Licensing images is very inexpensive these days.

If you receive a letter from another entity about content on your own sites and you choose to contest the complaint then here's a form letter that you can use: https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Terrorism/form-letter.html Before using it make sure that you understand the basis on which the counterclaim s being made and delete all the irrelevant ones from the document. Understand also that the next step is that the complainant lawyers up and at that point things can start to get costly for you so use this ONLY if you are sure of the provenance of the materials being complained about (hence why I only use fully licensed content on my sites!)

For reference here is the Pinterest copyright infringement page with the form they invite copyright owners to use to initiate a DMCA claim: https://about.pinterest.com/en/copyright

Here's a page specifically about why it is an overreaction to delete boards over concerns about copyright: http://www.lextechnologiae.com/2012/03/03/why-deleting-your-pinterest-boards-over-copyright-concerns-is-an-overreaction/
I bet that, just as happened when SM V1 was launched Pinterest will notice an uptick of many new accounts being posted way at with no consideration of other Pinterest users or Pinterest themselves.

Pinterest will, I am certain have seen a spike in certain types of activity and may even have altered their threshold settings slightly as a result.

However once the hump of noob activity is passed and everyone learns how to use their new tools everything will go back to normal.

Suggest that folks use this tool very conservatively, this is a business development tool, not a spamming tool. If used for the latter purpose, even if by accident, then bad things happen.

There's no harm in being very conservative to start with, you will be using this software for years so take time, grow your accounts carefully, regard Pinterest boards as being like a vegetable garden. Look after your plants, nurture them from seedlings to full grown crops through the seasons and you will have good quality crops. Force the growth and you'll have poor quality, tasteless product that nobody wants to eat.
The formatting is for use with TheBestSpinner, simply removing the spintax will not provide you with a workable residue.

There are some tools around that can also work with this format of text, some are even free, albeit very limited in function; but this is not the place to link to them. :) Google is your friend here.

If you wish to work with rewrites of this type then you can take it as read that a tool such as TBS is a requirement for your work and business. Of course, you have the article for which you paid, you don't have to use the rewritten version(s).

In my opinion, if you wish to work with content, rewritten or uniqueified then TheBestSpinner is no more or less than a required tool of the trade.
I sometimes wish that 'passing Copyscape' was not such a thing - it leads to tortured English on so many occasions. If we, as buyers, had the option to allow a certain degree of freedom, say 10% then I reckon we'd get better writing and with no impact upon the 'SEO' effect.

Copyscape is a plagiarism detection tool mispurposed for SEO and it isn't even the best way to find duplicated content on the Internet.
I have a need for source content to create highly spinnable document. Over the past few weeks I have been playing with a new (to me) way of doing this which has decreased the amount of time taken in preparing a decent document by a large amount. In addition the breadth of topics that I can cover is now, for all practical purposes, infinite.

This whole job took less than 60 minutes and not much longer than it takes me to prepare a highly spun document that I have bought in and need to edit/format to my needs. Of course the cost of doing this is much smaller than trying to buy content. Worse yet, usually, highly spun content that is sold as PLR has usually been beaten to death by people using SENuke and similar tools!

To share the technique I share a walk-through of what I did.
The tools used are:
1) Answer Analyst
2) The Best Spinner
Both are available from Jon Leger.

This project was to create a multi spin document on the topic of 'relationships' for back linking purposes using a large network of sites that I currently post to. The output needs to be of decently readable quality because the accounts are mature and have been active for, in some cases, over a year.

Finding Content With Answer Analyst:

Firstly I used Answer Analyst: added the keyword relationship to the Keywords box and used Y! Answers to generate a list of questions

I chose the simple 'what is a relationship?'

Added the term to the 'Question' box, chose Google as the source, medium answers. Secondary answers, add to current results and loose matching.

Unless you use Answer Analyst this means nothing but you can see the process from the Answer Analyst sales page and from Jon's training video.

The software found over 100 results.

I clicked the check box on all those responses that seemed usable to save the snippets to the clipboard.

Next I clicked add to research (I did not save the references)

Now I have the content for an article. This will be worked on shortly.

Making Article Titles:

Next, I looked for article titles. For this I went to Google in my browser and typed in "What is a relationship" (no quotes)

After looking at the search results I chose a number of titles of pages that seemed relevant to my core question "What Is A Relationship".

In this case I ended up with a list something like this, yours will vary according to the region that you are in and probably your previous searches (I didn't bother logging out of Google):
What Is A Relationship?
What Are Relationships About?
Am I In A Relationship?
Are You In A Relationship?
I Don't Know What A Real Relationship Is
You Don't Know What A Real Relationship Is
Is This A Good Relationship?
Am I In A Good Relationship?
Are You In A Good Relationship?
This Is What Being In A Relationship Really Means
How To Understand What A Relationship Means
What Makes A Good Relationship?
What Is A Good Relationship? - The Signs
What Is A Healthy Relationship?
7 Ingredients Of A Healthy Relationship
What's The Point Of A Relationship?
What Is A Serious Relationship?
What Is It Like To Be In A Relationship?

I went to The Best Spinner and added all the titles I had collected to the work panel then I used 'Auto Select Synonyms' to create variations of each title so that our original 10 titles will multiply a lot. I use 3 synonyms maximum and retain the original.

I checked through the results and quickly edited them. This is important because the title is what readers see first and it makes no sense then it will be disregarded or the article flagged as spam - if that happens I will probably lose the account(s) that I have set up over the months.

After editing I then highlighted all the titles, right clicked and selected 'Title Case' so that each title would look right with initial capitals. Then I selected 'Spin Together' from the Spin Tools ribbon. Now I have a long list of titles and variations all spun together with 91% uniqueness from 7 words average length (a very useful length for article titles!).

Making The Article Body:

So, that's the title. Next I went to the article body. The task is to create a set of paragraphs that can be spun together and using AutoSelect Synonyms create a huge number of unique articles that make sense when read.

I sorted through the results I had previously saved and discarded all that were not appropriate to the topic.
Next I started sorting them into some kind of order. My goal was to make several groups of snippets that could be identified as having some kind of similarity in terms of their theme so that I could create a series of spun together paragraphs. To do this I used a text file and simply cut/pasted snippets into the groups that I wanted. To make the formatting easier to follow during preparation I split each group of sentences that was going to form a paragraph from the others with a line made of asterisks. After a few minutes of sorting I had created a series of paragraphs each with lots of sentences.

The work then moved over to The Best Spinner again.

I pasted all the sentences into TBS and then selected each group of sentences that I had split with asterisks and highlighted them. Now, I went to 'Spin Tools' and selected the 'Spin Together' wizard and started spinning each group of sentences together. In a couple of cases I chose to have a blank paragraph so that the length and structure of each article would differ as well as the words and information.

This left me with very long articles, typically well over 1200 words. When I read the output it looked spammy. To make the article shorter and less obviously 'manufactured' I span some of the previously generated paragraphs together. This made the article shorter and the spun output looked more real and natural. The output was now around 600 words.

At this point the articles generated were substantially unique but the potential variation was not huge. To increase variety in the output I went to 'Auto-Select Synonyms'. First I protected the significant keywords so that there would be no gibberish output and highlighted the whole document. The settings I used for auto synonymising were: Best Quality Cloud Thesaurus. Max Synonyms =3, Every Third Word/Phrase and Auto-select inside spun text. NO REWRITING!

Lastly I used the Remove Original Word wizard to ensure that the output of changes would be different to the source document(s).

Now, I had articles that were over 90% unique, not too spammy looking, and just about 600 words long.

The output read pretty well and although the structure of the articles looks very odd they make surprisingly good sense on a paragraph by paragraph basis.

I tested against Copyscape and found that, because of the setting I had used (every 3rd word or phrase) that each spin was showing some content from other articles - this did not concern me because I know that Article Builder, which does not pass Copyscape works well enough. My judgement was that changing EVERY word or phrase would have made articles that read very badly.

Preparing For Publication:

At this point the formatting was a little untidy. Gaps between paragraphs were sometimes uneven and some paragraphs did not have capital letters. I tidied this up in TBS and saved the result.

For back link building I use an automated tool call Money Robot that works directly with spintax documents so I simply copy pasted the whole document into MR. A couple of minutes later it was busy building web pages across my network of accounts.

The use of Answer Analyst:

I picked up Answer Analyst a couple of weeks ago. It seems to be something of an orphan these days, however, it works very well to collate content. I was very quickly able to generate a large amount of very relevant content and organise it for use in The Best Spinner. There's no problem that I have found with Google throwing up Captchas and I can get content on any topic under the sun.

It is possible to do everything that I did within Google or Bing but the time taken to strip and format the content would make the task very difficult. I have tried using PLR articles, sliced and reformatted as I did with Answer Analyst but the source material is often too widely used and so even after using TBS rewriting tools lots of similar version crop up across the web. Working with AA, in most cases each snippet I use is present in only one place on the Internet.

Even if one does not use the whole system I have outlined here, using the title 'trick' is a great way to expand one's supply of titles for articles - particularly when working with Article Builder, where titles are something of an issue (IMHO).

I hope that somebody finds this useful!





on: March 24, 2016, 01:38:24 AM 6 General Category / General Chatter / Guest Posts Accepted (Wanted!)

I run a site www.knowhow-now.com we cover factual material with a 'how-to' slant. We prefer articles that have titles such as 'How To...', How Can...', 'How Does...' in hundreds of niches.

If you are seeking a destination for your well-written, unique (but absolutely NOT spun or rewritten!) factual articles written in good, grammatically correct, English then please give us a shot. We don't offer this for back links and affiliate links simply don't work. ;)

If you would like to see your work featured and promoted across multiple social networks and accounts on a site that has been around since 2005 then take a look at our publication guidelines here: http://knowhow-now.com/page/write-for-us

Thanks!

on: March 02, 2016, 02:47:18 AM 7 General Category / Ask Jon A Question / Re: captcha

DeathByCaptcha is a service that solves captchas. You subscribe to the service by going to www.deathbycaptcha.com. You can then use the settings within the 'settings' tab of IAW to add your DeathByCaptcha credentials.

If you really don't know what captchas are or how they work then please go here: CLICK HERE!

To learn about DeathByCaptcha please go here: CLICK HERE!

Regard a DeathByCaptcha account as being a cost of business. As you do more 'stuff' you will need to solve more Captchas.

on: December 01, 2015, 09:06:02 AM 8 Traffic Generation / Social Multiplier / Re: Uploading Images???

Here's the Firefox extension that I use.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/link-gopher/
For your purposes just upload the images into a directory and then point your browser to the directory and let Link Gopher do its work. It will be a little quicker.

I also use it to get page URLs and videos. The vids I use for other tasks. For example, to get a list of You Tube vids on a topic I want I use a video search from my browser using Google as follows: inurl:Youtube keyword Then to extract the vid URLs I use the extension above with a filter using the term 'watch' which then returns almost only Youtube vids on the topic I want.

I have also set my Google settings to get 100 results per page rather than the default 10.

When I want to get a load of relevant pages from my main site to Pin in Social Multiplier I use a similar process, I search within my CMS for the pages with relevant tags, list them on the page in my browser and then extract them using a filter in the Firefox extension so that I get only the article pages I want.

These little wrinkles save me hours when setting up linking campaigns. I can set up a week or more of linking in about an hour whereas I used to spend about that each day.
I don't know if you have already done this, but others are looking in. ;)

The basic means of transporting site data around the Internet is RSS.
The easiest way to get your Pins promoted elsewhere is through the magic of RSS. To get started though one needs an RSS feed - right?

There's two to look at with Pinterest: the account feed and the board feed.

Here's how to find them:
Your account has its own page, like this: https://www.pinterest.com/grundy1507/
Every Pinterest account has this. To make an RSS feed just drop feed.rss onto the back of the account URL, like so: https://www.pinterest.com/grundy1507/feed.rss

Next there's the board feed, those are just as easy to find.
To get this just click on the name of the board for which you want a feed. The page opens up with all the board's Pins like so: https://www.pinterest.com/knowhownow0090/from-around-the-web/
Now, to get the feed for the board just drop 'rss' onto the back of the URL like so: https://www.pinterest.com/knowhownow0090/from-around-the-web.rss
Notice that we don't use a following slash before the 'rss' but a period.

Now that I have the rss feed I can put the lovely data in all sorts of places, even edit the feed if I want to.
This is great if you are using WordPress because it is easy to post to WP sites using RSS feeds.

Here's my current position:
1) I set up an Onlywire.com account. The paid version. This can post my feed out to over 40 different sites automatically. Most of the action will come from only 3 or 4 of those. $10 per month gets 1000 submissions - that's only about 25 pins to all sites per month - not much. I am not worried about this limitation as my plan is to use an Onlywire 'share' button on my own site rather than for use with Pinterest.
A free account might be better for getting lots of Pins out to maximum visibility sites.

2) I am using IFTTT.com to link Pinterest to other sites. I have identified just under 20 possible sites to which this can post. Right now I only have a couple of routings set up. I'll add more later.

One can use existing 'recipes' and modify them, if necessary, to suit one's own purpose. There's no limit to how many recipes and thus sites you can set up and no limit on the number of Pins that can be syndicated to these sites (subject to getting closed down for spam, of course). I'd also make sure to also post text content to these sites, again one can use IFTTT and RSS to do that - the idea being to not get the accounts closed down.

3) I have a free dlvr.it account that is posting away from Pinterest to Tumblr and Twitter right now. A free account is fine to get started. If you have loads of Pinterest accounts one might need multiple dlvr.it and Onlywire accounts to get all one's feeds running. ;)
You might want to delete your email address.

Have you logged onto the members area for the service?
http://keywordsnatcher.com/?action=login

As far as I understand it the latest version of Keyword Snatcher is the online version in the members area. All the bonuses relevant to the offer when you purchased are under the Bonuses tab in the members areas: http://keywordsnatcher.com/?action=bonuses
These are all aspects of your interaction with Pinterest and other Pinterest users with your Pinterest account.

It is good if you get likes for your Pins because that shows that people are interacting with your content and that it is of interest to some of those people, so the more the merrier!

Getting followers (people who choose to see your Pins) and following other members (Choosing to see their Pins) is what the Social Multiplier enables and automates. The goal is that people make the journey from your Pins to your own pages through the links provided in your Pins and their descriptions.

You may want to revisit the training videos and walk through them with Pinterest open on your display so you can see the context of everything.

on: April 19, 2015, 11:44:51 PM 12 Custom Services / Niche Jet / Re: Is Your Niche Jet Site Ranking?

In that case you made a mistake by asking about working with sites 'as is' because those who know anything already know that sites where the webmaster does nothing tend to do nothing.

It is you who seems to think you are being lazy, I certainly did not suggest you were! Many people have the idea, often fostered by vendors, that websites can earn money with no input from the site owner. You now know that this is unlikely to be the case.

Read my post objectively, remove from yourself the misreading that I suggested that you were lazy. Understand what I was telling you and see that in the context of your business.

on: March 21, 2015, 02:41:53 AM 13 Search Engine Optimization / Keyword Snatcher 2.0 / Re: Searches

I used to call the process of using long tail terms and aiming for more high competition terms as Climbing The Ladder.

Here's how it works:
You start with a suggestion such as 'term life insurance for over 50's smokers'. An easy, low competition term for which ranking is expected to be easy. One writes an article using the term as the title. Perhaps adding a word such as 'Buying' to make a nice title with a suggested action: Buying 'term life insurance for over 50's smokers

You will get some traffic for this, not much, but probably most of the available traffic for your chosen term: 'term life insurance for over 50's smokers

Of course you are doing some link building to the page, if you are not doing any link building then forget about anything happening!

What you will probably find that your page starts getting ranked for terms such as:
term life insurance for over 50's
life insurance for over 50's smokers

Then you might start to see traffic for terms like:
term life insurance
insurance for over 50's

You'll have climbed the ladder from low traffic, low value terms to much higher value terms and for quite little work, certainly much less than trying to rank at the outset for 'term life insurance' or similar.

Just make sure that you use no more than 30-40 of your anchor texts as keyword related terms, all the rest should be generic 'click here' or 'see this' links. BUT in your niche related anchor texts use LSI related terms to give your link profile much more diversity and increase the authority and thus relevance of your page.

on: January 15, 2015, 12:16:12 PM 14 General Category / Ask Jon A Question / Re: Instant Face Traffic ?

Try contributing to existing conversations, doing so requires greater subject knowledge but the payoff is higher as you will be answering real people's perceived needs rather than just posting what you know or what you think others might want to know.
I can understand the strategy and I understand a desire to pay your writers more money, but...

I also see that it is easy to think that customers are being penalised for your success and/or that bulk orderers should be paying a tax, not the run of business clients as it is the exceptions that cause the problems not the 'ordinary' clients.

You are right to suggest that we can change our order times in many cases and that leads to my suggestion here:

You have a self imposed deadline of 3 days and often that is very much undercut with 5 star orders sometimes coming back within a coupe of hours. I guess that you are looking at the average times on a moving basis and so you can see when, and by how much your deadlines will change at any given time, yes? If not it is just a simple spreadsheet task with the output posted to the AB dashboard.

So, why not simply make the deadlines movable, like we have with speed limits on UK motorways? When you are busy the deadline moves out and the control panel will simply show a 4 day deadline, on average, for an order placed at this minute. On other occasions the average might move back to just two days and the control panel would show that too.

You already have a 24 deadline payment for folks in a hurry so giving price/deadline transparency will suit everyone. I don't mind waiting if I know there's a reason for it. It is lack of knowledge that is a problem for most clients because they don't know if an order has slipped between the cracks or is just waiting for a writer to pick it up.

So, when I log in to the dashboard show me the estimated deadline, in days, and give me the choice to order now, wait, or pay the existing hurry up fee.

As a corollary, if you ever have slack times where the queue is short you could have an offer such as place your current order for $x and get extra service at a small discount - if the order is placed immediately. The goal being to fill the queue and optimise the work flow for your writers.
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