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I'd like to suggest a feature for the web interface of AB.

Pre-Loading

Sometimes when setting up a site we need to pre-load content so that the site appears as fully formed, or that grows very rapidly for a few days and then settles into an ongoing drip feed of content at maybe one or two articles per day. That is a little inconvenient with ArticleBuilder's web interface.

It is possible to press the Post Now button several times in succession but that posts all the articles at once and often one wants to have a lot of posts for a few days running into the future.

What I'd like to see is the ability to post X posts over a period of Y days with the posts spread out randomly over that period either by setting a future posting date or better yet by actually posting from the AB server at randomised times.

I'd like to be able to do as many as a couple of hundred articles at one time and perhaps have them appear over a period of up to14 days.

Such a pattern would not look very unusual, after all many websites start off quickly to build a body of content and then slow down into a maintenance mode*.

*If I were to be getting my fantasy features I'd also ask to be able to post a few more than 3 articles per day. I have some sites on which I'd love to post 25 or 30 per day. :)

Anyone else interested in such features?

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General Chatter / DMCA Take-down Notices - Fightback!
« on: March 04, 2013, 06:49:36 AM »
I run quite a few sites that accept user generated content - articles, images, videos etc. Some are part of a blog network used to grow back-links to one's own sites.

All the following is written in the clear knowledge that it is not legal advice and is not written by a lawyer, just a bloke who did some reading and is going through the process described. ;)

Over the past few months I have received quite a few notices asking me to remove content or links due to some imagined problem with Google. Of course, as we all should know, there is no way that anyone can ascertain whether a particular link is a 'bad' link and I know that I run good quality sites and so I ALWAYS refuse such requests, usually without a reply.

Sometimes I get threats in various forms, I have even received threats that I will be hit with a DMCA Take-down notice for copyright infringement if I do not comply. Of course such a threat would not be valid, especially given the initial contact and its purpose. ;)

Well, a few days ago I received a DMCA Take-down for the first time. I received a notice and had 48 hours to respond. A deadline I was not able to hit and so my site went dark.
I did some research and found that it is very rare for people to contest a DMCA notice, the trouble is not seen as being worthwhile. But I learned something else. It is also very rare for a contested DMCA notice to be responded to.
There's a good reason for this.

When a DMCA is opened the complainant is making a claim under penalty of perjury that they are justified in making the claim but there is no money cost and pretty much no comeback if the claim is false.
When a counter claim is made there is also a claim under penalty of perjury from the defendant. Here the defendant is taking a risk because if he goes to court he is liable for the truth of his claim.

However, after the counterclaim is filed the complainant has 10 days in which to file suit at a court in the state of the hosting company and THIS costs money. It is at this point that most counterclaims go unanswered and the dark site goes live and the disputed content is returned to public view once again.

DMCA might be a scary thing for many of us and it may be that we take the view that we should simply roll over and save time and money. Well, I disagree. I spent several hours doing research, I liaised with my hosting company (Hostgator) who gave good input and guidance (but not legal advice!) and who were happy to re-enable my site as long as I removed, at least temporarily, the content under dispute.
On my second attempt I produced a DMCA counter-claim that was acceptable to HG's legal department, that had all the relevant info and was electronically signed in the correct manner. I am now almost a week into the 10 day waiting period and, touch wood, not a peep from the complainants.

That the complainants are a Canadian based internet marketing biz who were mistaken in their original claim may have some relevance here because they have to pay for legal representation in Texas for a claim in which they can be shown to have been economical avec le verite.
The thing is that if we give in to dishonest threats then we all lose. If they come back with a court filing I will simply ensure that the content stays down and will tell the court and complainant the same.

I doubt anything will happen and on the upside I now have a template for counter claims that will enable me to reply in a matter of minutes to a spurious or dishonest claim.

One thing I must make clear though - do NOT get angry with the host if they take down content or the site, they have a legal obligation to do so and they can be helpful in getting things sorted out.

Useful links:
DMCA Info: http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/responding-dmca-takedown-notice-targeting-your-content
Counter Notice generator: http://www.chillingeffects.org/dmca/counter512.pdf
Digital signing service (free service available): http://www.docusign.com/demo

NB. I did not use the Chilling Effects generator, I wrote my own document due to the particular situation of the original claim.




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The following is a version of an article I published on my own site earlier today. I thought it might be interesting to some people here.

The Lazy Man's Way To Keyword Research

For many years I have been selling online. In all that time I have never been particularly into doing keyword research. Maybe it is because I am lazy, but maybe it is because there is another route to attain the goals.

I grew up and have spent most of my life in a selling environment. Always the objective was to build a rapport with a prospect and move them to the point at which a sale would be made.

One of the basics of selling is a process called 'qualification'. At its simplest qualification is about finding out whether the prospect is likely to buy from us or is just walking around passing some time before going home to enjoy dinner with his wife and family.

In face to face selling we did this by asking questions. We'd ask about what the prospects needs were, why they might be spending money, when they might be doing so and several more. If we found that a prospect was not ready to buy now we might, if not otherwise busy, do some relationship building – share information, build rapport and maybe even some product training all with a view to the prospect returning later to make a purchase. Others we'd find were ready to buy right now and we only had to package the deal and close it in order to have cash in the till.

Well, the same applies in internet marketing. there's nothing new in the world. But there is something that we can do. We can choose our prospects!
"Huh, how does that work?" might ask the experienced sales people among you.
Actually it is quite simple. The internet is full of people ready to buy stuff, people who need just one last question answering, one little confidence boost more, one tiny little shove to get them to make a purchase. Also, the internet is full of people looking for general info, people who are just exploring their need for a product or service, people who are not yet ready to buy anything but might one day be.

Research has shown over the years that there is an easy way to tell which group people fall into and even where they are along the process from initial investigation to eager buyer. That surefire indicator of intent is this: SEARCH TERMS!

We now know that people who are ready to buy tend to use a consistent set of search terms and that people who are starting out use others and in between comes a spectrum of types of search terms.

Now, I am sure that most of us want to get a fast return for our investment in our business. We want to find eager, credit card proffering buyers who will TODAY make us just a little bit richer – Am I right?

Given a choice between a person who might buy in a few weeks or months or a person who needs to address a problem right now which will we almost always choose?.

Most of us will seek out people ready to spend money now.

And that brings us to why we do not need to do keyword research – or at least not the type that we have been trained to do since we started doing internet marketing and running an online business.
What we need are the keywords that people use when they are looking for the place to make a purchase. It turns out that the list is not a long one. But the odd thing is that relatively few people use them.

Here's a list of buying keywords, it is not exhaustive but if you use no others when looking for action taking prospects to turn into buyers you will not go far wrong.

1 Buy (product name or product type)
2 (product name or product type)For sale
3 Best price (product name or product type)
4 (product name or product type) Best price
5 Best (product name or product type)
6 Cheap (product name or product type)
7 (product name or product type) Cheap
8 Cheapest(product name or product type)
9 Low cost(product name or product type)
10 Low price(product name or product type)
11 (product name or product type)Sale
12 For sale(product name or product type)
13 (product name or product type)For sale online
14 Who sells(product name or product type)
15 Where to buy(product name or product type)
16 Discount(product name or product type)
17 Discounted(product name or product type)
18 Compare(product name or product type)
19 Price compare(product name or product type)
20 Price comparisons(product name or product type)
21 Price comparisons of(product name or product type)
22 (product name or product type)On Amazon/eBay
23 Where can I buy(product name or product type)
24 Where can you buy(product name or product type)
25 How do I get(product name or product type)
26 Who sells (product name or product type)cheap
27 Who sells(product name or product type)the cheapest
28 The cheapest(product name or product type)online
29 (product name or product type)Compare prices
30 (product name or product type)Under (add relevant prices)
31 Who sells the cheapest(product name or product type)on line
32 Buy(product name or product type)online
33 Cheap(product name or product type)online
34 Cheapest(product name or product type)online
35 (product name or product type)On line
36 Bargain(product name or product type)
37 What is the best price for(product name or product type)
38 Affordable(product name or product type)
39 (product name or product type)Reviews
40 Best reviews of(product name or product type)
41 Buying(product name or product type)
42 Get cheap(product name or product type)
43 Price comparisons for(product name or product type)
44 Compare prices for(product name or product type)
45 Deals for(product name or product type)
46 Online(product name or product type)
47 Is(product name or product type A)better than(product name or product type B)
48 Compare(product name or product type A)and(product name or product type B)
49 Get the best price for(product name or product type)
50 (product name or product type) – used on its own

Let's think why this works for just a moment…
When we are just starting out we will tend to be using open ended questions designed to answer broad questions. As we become more focused upon an eventual purchase we tend to use shorter queries and to be more closely directed until the end when we might type into a search box 'buy XXXXXX'

Surprisingly few people use this strategy and as you can see, if you are using this method there is very little research to be done. You can spend the time generating the content to support the keywords and building back links to your sales oriented content.

This does not mean that we need never do keyword research but I tend to look upon that as more of a task of niche research, looking for areas where there are willing buyers who are relatively under served. Also, we should not ignore, given time, those millions and millions of people who are still researching a product or service, the people with whom we can build a relationship for the future.

In the Automated Websites that I sell I try to stress the idea of building a sales funnel into the site so we have different types of content on them. We try to start with content that supports a single product, that acts as a pre-sell, helping folks to choose to click the links or banners in the article(s) onto the product vendor's sales page. We also carry the content that is more general, that is designed to answer the questions about the topic, provide information, tips and guidelines to prospects and we always suggest that Automated Website owners add their own content and, in particular, it is this last category that needs full-on keyword research of the type that Keyword Canine and other tools support.

The researched keywords will bring in the people just starting the process of buying and the other content leads them down the funnel to a sales page. In the final analysis though the first point is the buying keywords, the ones that never change and apply to all niches, products and services, the ones that shout out 'I WANT TO SPEND MY MONEY!'

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General Chatter / Useful Calculator For ClickBank Vendors
« on: February 22, 2013, 09:34:49 AM »
I was just starting to set up an affiliate program for a new product and I want an easy way to test out various pricing strategies. I know I could have done the job with a calculator or a spreadsheet but I found a suedful calculator here that saved me the trouble of doing both. ;)

It works for single purchases or subscriptions, although to be fair it does not account for the initial purchase price which with CB can be different to the succeeding payments.

Here yer goes: http://www.clickbankguide.com/calculator.htm

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Article Builder / A Small Tip For Users Of AB's Autoposting Tools
« on: January 31, 2013, 02:16:56 AM »
Sometimes when setting up a site I want to prepopulate the site with some content - particulalry when setting up my Automated Websites.

Until recently we used to do this by using the 'Post Now' button under auto posting. We would click the button, wait for the confirmation, click back to the Post Now button and repeat. This can take a little time.

Well, we found that if one presses the Post Now button several times then articles will be posted multiple times in one action. So, if I want six articles I press the button quickly six times, wait for the page to update, press the 'Click Here To Continue' link and badaboom, bada bing there's six articles posted to the site in one go.

Maybe not a big thing if you are making one site but it adds up when making hundreds of sites. ;)

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Internet Marketing Methods / Writing Reviews To Make Money
« on: December 03, 2012, 03:28:35 PM »
I wanted to share something I have been working on just recently it is a short 12 page PDF about writing reviews.

In the document I cover the following areas:
  • What is a review?
  • Different Types of review
  • What is the one type of review we should avoid writing?
  • How to write that one type of review (just in case you REALLY need to!)
  • How to write a product review
  • The elements of a product review
  • Four questions every review should answer
And a little bit about why reviews make money for us all.

You don't need to give up an email for this info, there's nothing to buy, just download the PDF file, read it and use it - and maybe ask questions in this thread. Writing reviews has earned me many tens of thousands of dollars and in some unusual ways. You don't have to be a great writer to make money this way, just a little bit less lazy than most people who do it.

Here's where you can pick up the document.

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This weekend was supposed to be a couple of days with the girlfriend, family time and catching up on a couple of site builds. Usual stuff. I try to give myself some 'weekend' on the same days as others enjoy the days.

But noooo, nasty men in China and India had other ideas and I learned of a new hack style.

Here's what happened. A few days ago I got an email from one of my hosting firms, they had received a trademark infringement notice from a large manufacturer of sporting goods. They claimed that one of my sites was infringing upon their IP. I was in danger of losing my site and possibly account.

Noooo!!! Thinks me. I don't do that kind of stuff. (Actually I do but only with permission)

I checked, there's a bloke in Shanghai with a GoDaddy registered domain who is, for some reason unknown to me, mirroring a site of mine with his domain. More fun yet, he is somehow using Godaddy's DNS system to pretend that he has the same IP address as my site. To anyone looking it seems that his site is my site and on my server. Worse yet, for some unknown reason all the site internal links on his mirror all point back to my domain and site.

I checked, looked everywhere, ran scans, found that my site has not been broken into, that my databases are safe. But how to block him? Can't block the IP address it is my own.

Coincidentally I was checking some new content on my main article site and found I was getting a bloke copying my whole site, minus any styling and most graphics. Almost the same dealio, except this was a bloke in India with a Namecheap domain and he was using a different DNS system and not using my IP address.

This second one I tried to block in the usual ways in .htacess but to no avail. I contacted the host and told them and within minutes they had blocked the copying. Great service thought me...
...NOOOOO!
Within minutes the site was back up copying mine.

I called in the big guns, an expert on server maintenance recomended by a colleague, and between the three of us we had a go on this. Nothing was working.

You see, I wanted a coded response because sometimes it takes a while to get an offender downed by the hosting firm and some hosts just don't give a rat's ass. I wanted to find a way to stop this so I could follow along in the future.

Well it took us hours to solve the Indian guy ripping off my article site. Eery time we tried something he popped back up a few minutes later - then we realised that he was using Cloudflare, a very cool system that acts to provide distributed page serving from servers all round the world (and so do I to ensure fastest possible page delivery times). What was happening was that both these jokers were using CloudFlare to serve their pages and CloudFlare, bless their little cotton socke were simply using a new IP address each time we blocked one. We could not win, CloudFlare has LOTS of IPs and LOTS of content distribution edges.

Late last night we got a solution that worked, a biiiig long .htaccess file has been written and some messing around in the server configuration. I'd share but I still don't know all the stuff he did and what I can see I do not understand. :(

The Chinese bloke with the Nike domain name and the same IP address as me is still mirroring me except that the internal pages no longer work, essentially he has only the home page now. Nike have gone away, they understand we are not the guilty party and my hosting firm are cool with us.

So, long story short: If you find somebody mirroring your site and you can't make them go away, you are probably looking at somebody using Cloudflare and you will probably need some knowledgeable help to solve the problem. And in this business, sometimes your weekends will disappear.

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ArticleBuilder is great, loads of readable content and unique all the way.

One issue I came upon is this: While the system is full of content, for obvious reasons, there are fewer title combinations than there are article combinations. In a site that gets content from several sources as well as ArticleBuilder there is, over the course of time the chance that oneis going to get articles that have the same title.

WordPress handles the issue automatically by adding a number after the title in the URL of the page or post but I don't like to see it. Even less do I like the thought that because I have been posting from several sources that I get articles that are duplicated on my site with the only difference between them being the number '2' after the URL.

For quite some time, on all the automated websites I make for internet marketers, I have been using a little plugin that does a simple job, perfectly.

Duplicate Posts Eraser http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/duplicate-posts-erazer/ simply deletes any posts with the same title from the database before they get chance to be seen by humans or search engines. It is automatic, nothing to play with. Now you can be sure that you are not making duplicate content or duplicate titles on your website without even thinking about it.

Use this and increase the quality of your website content in a second. ;)

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I don't know about you guys but I buy huge with PLR. Mostly the content is provided as a plain text file (.TXT) and that works just fine. I can use it exactly as I want.

Sometimes, the vendor supplies only the Word files (.DOC) and as we know, this is no fun if copy pasting into web pages, or sometimes just for editing or rewriting.

You CAN save the file as a .TXT file from Office and similar but this is far from perfect what with 'smart quotes' and other stuff that messes up other tools we use. Worse yet the process can only be done file by file.

Today I bought a bundle of content and it was supplied as Word files. The straw that broke the camel's back. Hundreds of bloody .DOC files.

I went in search of a solution.

I could get macros that claimed to automate the job, but only if I had exactly the right version of Office - and no help with Smart Quotes.

I could get online tools that worked fine but only one document at a time (but faster than doing the job from inside Office).

Or I could pay between $30 and$100 for an application to do the job.
GRRRR!

I did find a solution though that seems to be working fine and it is free (but you DO need MS Office on your PC to use it.)
I can add folders and it transforms all the DOC files (even within subfolders) into neatly formatted TXT files.

One drawback that seems likely to be a commonplace one with other tools is that some kinds of formatting when translated to TXT don't look quite right - indented paragraphs are notable here. The whole paragraph gets indented rather than just the first line.

So, where to get this handy FREE software tool?

Well, it is called Word2txt and you can get it from here: http://www.download25.com/install/zilla-word-to-text-converter.html
The software is genuine freeware but when you exit the tool they will nag you to bu an upgraded product that can convert PDF to TXT and (IIRC) other formats - but I got that task covered already. ;)

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General Chatter / I found a Copyscape 'limitation'
« on: May 26, 2012, 12:00:14 PM »
I was doing some checking with Copyscape the other day and found that an article I was checking did not show up there - it should have done.

I checked in Google and found literally thousands of versions - no, never anybody say to me that Google shuns duplicate content it simply ain't true!

I tested again with some similar content and found on each occasion that the same result occurred. Nothing in Copyscape and very many iterations in Google.

What was the common element?
It was not encoding
It was not language
It was not the kind of content

It was AGE!

This kinda makes sense since we all know about link rot and who is interested in old content. But anyone relying upon Copyscape to check plagiarism is going to be disappointed by this. I now know that I can take aged content and pass it off as new to those who use Copyscape.

What is the cutoff point for the age filter? I do not know. The articles I was testing with were anything from 4-7 years old and in a variety of niches.

Actually, this seems like quite a serious limitation for a tool designed in the first place to catch plagiarism.

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I was wanting to find a way to quickly and easily 'customise' Article Builder content before posting it out to my blogs or downloading it. Not big stuff, but here's an example: In Article Builder there is a category for 'back pain' but what if we want to have content about 'lower back pain'. Adding a keyword filter to AB does not give much content here so that is no good (and it ain't superspun either) so I wanted a better solution.

So, I went looking. I found a FireFox browser add-on called unsurprisingly 'Find and Replace for FireFox '.

Dead easy to use and basic in operation, you can build your article in AB, select the number of articles you want and then right click and you'll see the option to launch Find and Replace. All you do now is choose which keyword you want to alter in the selection box. Add the term you want to change over to and select 'replace all' or 'replace. I like 'replace all' ;)'. Bingo bango, you now have content more close to your niche and can download or post it as you wish.

This add-on will work in any text input box in Firefox so there are plenty of other uses for this dead simple little tool. One I suggest is well worth a look is for those who want to quickly re-focus existing blog posts. Just open your blog to edit the post, right click, alter the keyword and you are done. A couple of seconds per post - even more effective if you open up multiple edit windows and do multiple posts in very rapid succession.

Haz fun!

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Article Builder / How To Avoid Using A Bio Box In AB Blog AutoPosts?
« on: March 05, 2012, 04:41:45 AM »
In using the auto posting feature in ArticleBuilder I had become vexed. I do not always want to have the bio box enabled.

There is no switch to turn it off.

Anyway, I dunno if this has been covered before or if I missed a training point. ;)

Solution to the problem for me was simply to go to the bio box and hit the space bar one time. The required input has been given and no bio box is shown.

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