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Social Multiplier 2 / Re: Website Blocked - Automated TOS/CPU : Blocked
« on: January 02, 2017, 01:24:23 PM »
Obviously this event did not come out of the blue. We should be monitoring our sites and managing them.

Using a cache plugin on a WP site should be standard practice. As I recall, when using Hostgator's installation tool a cache plugin is installed by default.

One other thought, if your site, even without a cache, is such a resource hog that it breaks the Hostgator tripwire then the chances are that your site has issues that need attention. You probably are using poorly coded and/or resource stealing plugins. Cacheing is only a resolution of the symptoms and not a solution to the problem. There are some plugins that simply should not be used on shared hosting.

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: Unable to use Social Multiplier 2
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:42:33 PM »
Can I suggest that you try setting up SM2 on your local machine, no proxies or anything. See if that works.
That'll tell you if you have an issue with your VPS config. Given that SM2 actually works already for other people my first port of call for fault finding would be the unknown stuff. A few minutes and you will know for sure.

If the local install works then add your proxy setup. See how it goes.

As per the sales page. We provide an initial article written specifically for your site. We add some additional unique articles to start you off and then an article per day from then onwards. This is to support your own efforts and make sure the site has fresh content even if you, for any reason, are unable to add your own content for a day or two.

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: Adsense question
« on: December 08, 2016, 04:18:47 AM »
Glenis, I found that the best thing to get better revenue from Adsense,  assuming traffic is happening, was to provide the right content.

Articles can be written in many ways but if you think about what Adsense clickers are doing then the content type becomes clear. ;)

Every click on an Adsense ad unit is a person who thinks that they have found the answer to the question that got them to your page in the first place.

That means that you should, in your content, not give away answers to  questions. Of course that's not always absolutely possible, but if you keep the idea in mind when writing then that's a help.

This isn't just applicable to Adsense but to affiliate presell pages too (every page on an affiliate site should be a presell page!)

For example, right now I am working on a presell page for new way to treat tartar in dogs. So,  I tell the reader all the bad stuff about tartar in dogs. I will even mention some treatments that are not very good - but I will tell the reader how bad they are.

The only way to see the answer to the question that got the reader to my client's page will be to click on the link I will provide. Same with Adsense. Don't tell the reader the solution, let the adverts tell the reader where to click.

If your traffic is well motivated and gives a high click through then you will get better ads and thus higher revenues. If your readers click and buy then, again, you will get better ads and more money per click.

Remember, if you give away the answers what motivation is there to click on the Adsense?

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: Buying pinterest accounts in builk?
« on: November 26, 2016, 01:20:59 AM »
Do you have the resources to manage that many accounts? Apart from anything else if you have, for example, 50 accounts you will need 50 proxies and several (many) servers to support that much 'bot activity.

The time and cost of buying a big bundle of accounts will be small in comparison to the other resource issues.

Overall, when you buy a bulk account package you do so knowing that the intention is to burn them. Whilst I see Pinterest accounts as disposable I don't want to destroy them on purpose.

For the time it takes I would set up accounts manually in accordance with your resources. The race goes to the finisher, not the fast starter.

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: I feel like I'm Playing With Fire Here...
« on: November 22, 2016, 02:50:10 PM »
My pleasure. I was concerned that folks might be limiting their use of a very useful tool from fear about an issue that really isn't an issue.

I really do think that it is well worthwhile to learn a little about copyright issues when we are using content on the Internet - and not just images. Fear us a mind killer but knowledge removes fear.

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: Can't create account in Social Multiplier
« on: November 22, 2016, 07:17:31 AM »
I haven't had your problems but having a static IP address is very useful for many things. Main thing is that it is easier to access my machines remotely for work and to watch moves and stuff when traveling.

I will have to reset my router one day. ;)

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: Can't create account in Social Multiplier
« on: November 22, 2016, 02:14:11 AM »
Meg, does your ISP not offer a fixed IP address for your Internet connection? Mine does and it made life easier all round.

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: I feel like I'm Playing With Fire Here...
« on: November 21, 2016, 11:17:48 PM »
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:

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: 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: 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:

Here's a page specifically about why it is an overreaction to delete boards over concerns about copyright:

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: I feel like I'm Playing With Fire Here...
« on: November 21, 2016, 08:51:00 AM »
On a more general note, when I have received takedown notices I have usually retaliated with a counterclaim. The effect is that unless the original party lawyers up the claim goes away.

Usually the claim is not formulated correctly with genuine evidence of ownership of the intellectual property and my counter claim is made on the ground of incorrect documentation and malice on the part of the originator.

There's form letters for this process.

So far after ten years of running my own sites I have yet to see a genuine case followed and nobody has ever replied to my counter claim.

I'd be willing to lay odds that in the case of the poster upthread that if she were to run a reverse search for images on her nemesis' site that she'd find they were stock images available from many sources. Thus the site does not hold copyright in the images.

Bear in mind that when one rebuts a copyright claim one points out to the original claimant that any false statement made under their signature in a copyright case is an act of perjury,  a federal offence in the United States.

That seems to have a mind focusing effect upon advantage seekers and blackmailers.

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: Is there a Wordpress Plugin...
« on: November 16, 2016, 01:56:56 PM »
Why not hit up a developer on to make you a tool to do this.

Not only would you solve your own problem and save a load of work you'd end up with something to sell to other people - not just SM users. )

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: I feel like I'm Playing With Fire Here...
« on: November 16, 2016, 01:54:32 PM »
Have Pinterest ended their agreement with Getty whereby their images were simply credited as their on the site? I'd've thought Getty would have been about the safest to use. I did notice though that they were getting credit for images that I had licensed through a non-Getty stock photo site, presumably they were using image ID to track potential Getty images and crediting them pro-forma.

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: Gmail phone verification
« on: November 11, 2016, 04:56:23 AM »
Or you can skip all that rigmarole by using a domain that you own for your emails.

That way there is no confirming to be done, the accounts will always work and you can make a new account on the fly.

The chances are that using + addressing with Gmail will work but it will not pass scrutiny from any human or software reviewer looking at your accounts because it is obvious what you have done. That's much less likely with email accounts that look like this: simply because no matter how many of these you make you will never have enough to raise your profile with any service provider.

I use this system to make tens of thousands of throwaway emails and have never had any problem from doing so.

To make life easy I use a first rate email provider: all my emails of all types go through them, including my gmail stuff. I pay for the service but it is a lot cheaper and easier than buying phones and sim cards or paying other folks for ready made emails.

For my other work I have a massive spin list of email permutations and the software simply spins up an email address using the spintax data I created a year or so ago and that's it, job done.

Social Multiplier 2 / Re: First 24 days with SM2
« on: November 10, 2016, 06:48:59 AM »
Thanks for that - you have opened my eyes to an issue related to social traffic, unrelated to Pinterest and Social Multiplier. You have given me something to check out! :)

I have had enquiries about using these sites with Social Multiplier.
Yes, good idea!

Social Multiplier provides traffic to sites as an alternative to search engine traffic so our sites are great, handle all the traffic that you can give them. Make sure that your site visitors get good quality content that motivates them to take actions that you desire (buy stuff, click ads, whatever and you'll be golden.

We've been doing this for a decade now, updating the sites as we go along to take advantage of SEO updates, new technologies and new opportunities. What you see in the demo sites is a completely unattended site HERE and HERE. For best results you need to manage the sites - add content (fresh images, presell pages, reviews, information) and with high quality traffic such as that from Pinterest you can earn money.

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