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January 26, 2009

Rank4.net news

As many of you may already know I have a close connection with the Rank4?team and have been testing their ranking tool and some of their new tools.

History of Rank4
Rank4 was originally meant to be a subscription based indexing and ranking tool based around many tried and tested practices of social bookmarking submission, directory submission, link baiting, search engine baiting and other proprietary techniques. While this aspect of the membership site is still intact it is changing its focus slightly away from simple indexing and ranking tool to a fully blown community site with many tools for generating and scraping content for a vareity of platforms.

Current status
It is currently treading water with the Rank4 tool making sure that all facets of it are working and stay current and expanding on the nature of the system by rotating through hundreds of accounts with hundreds of link baring websites.

The interesting part of the site is the new tools that will be available to members they are now going to be offering a content generation system for forums and blogs based around Yahoo Answers and article sites (such as ezinearticles and many more). They have a downloadable script in the works that is a PHP based server side script that mimmicks the features of PRStorm, the bonus of this is that many servers have very quick connections and it will search for sites to spam based on keywords you input rather than a standard list of overused URLs.

Another tool in its very early stages of development is the auto commenting script based around a common blog plugin that allows a very easy way to generate hundreds to thousands of instantly approved blog comments, again based around keywords that you a targeting rather than a static list of URLs.

Conclusion
While Rank4 has been disappointing with its constant delays and lack of any real press releases (other than the inside scoop by myself) it is showing some real promise, hopefully I can get my hands on the other tools (Yaho Answers content poster for forums is fully working and tested by myself) to test and will get back to you guys to let you know how it is all looking.

Until I have seen the whole package I will reserve total judgement as a lot can happen with the Rank4 tools techniques in a matter of weeks let alone months. If you want to be the first to know when Rank4 opens its doors go there and sign up now, it is free and they wont send any mail that isnt related to opening its doors.

If you want to know anything more about Rank4 leave a comment below and I will make sure that it is answered at some point by them, they do check here fairly regularly.

Quick Update Post

Filed under: On-Page SEO Tools — admin @ 7:41 am

Ok before I start, I know I know, I am a totally lazy git when it has come to updating this blog. I started this blog up at a time when I really wasnt able to keep it updated and to let everyone know what is going on in the world of SEO software. Basically my first home has become a total work hog and has meant me spending all day everyday for the past 4 months or so rebuilding. That is coming to an end soon and I will be back here making good honest reviews of software.

Not only will I be updating with reviews very soon but I will also be venturing into tips on how to get more backlinks, convert sales more consistently and finding niches as a way to make up for everything. I hope you guys stick around and will leave me some comments on the topics you would be most interested in reading about.

I will be following up this post with a little update on what is going on with the good people over at Rank4.net. For those that don’t know I have been an integral team tester for their software and have been seeing the good things that they are creating before their big launch (which has been delayed for a long time now as they have many more value added tools to release).

?Anyway, I’ll be back soon. Leave comments about what you want to know about.

November 30, 2008

Getting the most from your WP autoblogs

I initially was going to make this post part of my last post but thought that it would serve better as its own entity. I want to explain some of the best practices as far as using the WP autoblog plugin?goes. In the last post I mentioned about adding lots and lots of feeds well one place I always manage to find lots of feeds is directly from google, yahoo and feedburner.

You can use the addresses below, exchanging the word KEYWORD for a URL safe keyphrase:
http://feeds.technorati.com/search/KEYWORD
http://www.bloglines.com/search?q=KEYWORD&ql=en&s=f&pop=l&news=m&n=100&format=rss
http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=KEYWORD&format=rss
http://www.blogdigger.com/search?q=KEYWORD&sortby=date&type=rss
http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch_feeds?hl=en&q=KEYWORD&ie=utf-8&num=100&output=rss
http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/rss?p=KEYWORD&ei=UTF-8&fl=0&x=wrt

If you replace KEYWORD with your keyphrase and then add these feeds to your plugin config page you will have 6 feeds, do this for 10 keywords and you will have 60 feeds right there, very useful if you wanna speed up setup of this script.

Pimp up your blog, leaving your WP installation standard looking and working will leave you open to scrutiny by the SEs so for the sake of a couple of minutes download a new theme, possibly something with ad spaces, and get it uploaded. New themes can give better CTRs and even be better laid out as far as SEO is concerned, if a theme is the difference between 10k pages indexed and 100 pages indexed it is worth changing.

More plugins, have a look around at some SEO plugins, these can really help with your site structure and lead to more optimised SEO and inner linking. Get an auto commenter, this will help to build variety in your inner linking of your blog posts and could also help to keep a visitor on your blog. Mix up your autoblogs with some other sources of posts, maybe use a plugin that auto posts some affiliate feeds or youtube vids, anything you can think of to give some variation and/or more income.

XMLRPC update services

This is so important I thought I would bold it. If you are unaware what this part of your WP admin area is all about it gives you the facility to announce your new posts to lots of blog aggregators that get huge amounts of traffic, think social bookmarking sites but just for blogs. In your “Settings” area under “Writing” in your WP admin area you will see a text area at the bottom of the page labelled “Update Services”. In this box you should add as many XMLRPC update services as you can find, it takes no effort to add these sites once you have a good list so you may as well stick in a huge bunch of them.

What you dont have a list? You dont know where to find them? Ok I will give you my personally list right here, it is what I use on all of my blogs and find that it is a decent list that works fine for me:

http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://api.feedster.com/ping
http://api.moreover.com/ping
http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping
http://bblog.com/ping.php
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC
http://blogdb.jp/xmlrpc/
http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc
http://coreblog.org/ping/
http://ping.bitacoras.com
http://ping.blo.gs/
http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
http://ping.cocolog-nifty.com/xmlrpc
http://ping.fakapster.com/rpc
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
http://pinger.blogflux.com/rpc
http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2
http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
http://rpc.britblog.com
http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/
http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
http://rpc.tailrank.com/feedburner/RPC2
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://rpc.wpkeys.com
http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
http://www.bitacoles.net/ping.php
http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
http://www.blogoon.net/ping/
http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
http://xping.pubsub.com/ping

To use this list simply highlight it, copy it and then paste it into your “Update Services” box in your admin and you are good to go. If you have anymore of these update services I will happily add it to my public list after checking it out.

Well I think that is pretty much it for now, I will get a couple more posts out by the end of the week hopefully and see how it goes, I was hoping to get a more recent preview of Rank4 out soon as they have been adding more things and fixing a few bugs so there should be something good to talk about there. Also I will be having an exclusive look at a new open source website engine that is very uncompetitive at the moment, I cant mention much but I think this could be the social bookmarking of 2009.

Take it easy guys

September 28, 2008

Fast Directory Submitter Review

Filed under: On-Page SEO Tools — admin @ 7:53 pm

I have to admit something before I go much further about Fast Directory Submitter?(Download Here Free), I was unaware of this application before setting out to write this round up of directory submitters. I was under the impression that digixmas was a one of a kind program, the sort that just works as it should and doesnt give you any shit along the way. I have to say when I got the trial of this software I was more than pleasantly surprised, I was simply amazed.

I love digixmas and it would take a mightily good program to pull me away (I have a good working relationship with Tuan who is a dev over at digi) but this software very nearly hooked me. Initial impressions of the interface were very good indeed, it looks good and at the same time is still very functional. It works very similarly to digi in that it has a little section for creating and editing campaigns (your websites to submit) and it also goes through the submission process very similarly.

As a free user you get 150 free submissions to directories ranging from PR0 to PR5 which is very commendable for a free trial (digi only gives 100 PR0-PR1). So this is all great, how does it perform? Well to be honest the setting up of a campaign couldnt be any simpler, it is very intuitive and quick with it, the user interface is the quickest out of all of the stand alone directory submitters. The submission user interface does function very well but leaves a little to be desired, when submitting you will constantly be switching from keyboard to mouse which is annoying, what makes it more annoying is that you cannot rely solely on the keyboard (once you get used to digixmas you will rip through the process). That is not to say that the program will not be usable by most just that to get the absolute best speed of submissions this is sadly not the one.

Ok how many directories are there in the paid version? Fecking loads and loads and loads about 2800 (digi has 1700 free) give or take, this is great apart from there is a mix of reciprocal and free directories in this, I tried to find the number of each but I imagine there will be roughly the same amount of free directories as digi has and the rest will be recip direcories. Recip directories are good in that they generally have a mass of links pointing to them but dont expect to gain a lot from these directories as search engines don’t like reciprocal links.

What about price, how does it stack up against the competition? Well the price per campaign (website to submit) is currently set at ?10 GBP or roughly $19 after conversion, this is obviously more expensive than digi and all the other choices in this round up.

If you are looking for a submitter that is very quick to run (like speedy gonzales on speed) this is your only option, it is really very impressive how they get the speed out of it. I do sometimes wonder if all that speed is good for RSI though, you will be the weak link in the chain while using this software, do expect some wear and tear on your joints and musccles.

As good as it is and as quick as it is I personally would not bother with reciprocal directories and find the price a little too prohibitive when DigiXmas is right there with its super easy to use submission process and lower price, it just suits my needs more than Fast Directory Submitter. However if you are looking to wow customers with a huge list of directories that you submit to and need that slight edge in submission speed you wont find a better product than this one.

DigiXmas directory submission review

digiXMAS Directory Submitter

Digixmas, I have to state right now, is one of my favourite directory submitters. It is quick, simple to use and has a no frills user interface that just works and gets the job done. In stating this I am not saying I will give it preferance or saying that you should go ahead and get it and use it blindly. It is my favourite for one reason only in that it is easily the quickest submitter I have come to use.

As most professional grade softwares digixmas is capable of rotating titles and descriptions to create a more human-ised directory submission process, SEs just love randomness in anchor text. As you first use the software you need to enter your account details to enable the software and download the 1700+ free (non-reciprocal) directories list. From here you will need to start a new campaign and enter? in some of your basic details like name, username and password, URL, titles and descriptions and some keywords. There is room for as many titles and descriptions as you could possibly think up so go crazy and stick in a big bunch of them.

When you have a new campaign setup you can start submitting right away. There is a free version which allows submission to 100 directories, this takes very little time and is a great way to showcase the good features of the software.

Once the submission process has been started the software?learns what categories you are submitting to and after about 15 or 20 begins to predict, with some accuracy, your desired categories. Good thing about digixmas is the input system, any alphanumeric keypress is logged in the captcha field whereas all arrow keys are mapped to the category select box which makes choosing a category and filling captcha info is very quick and intuitive.

If you have some websites that you wish to add to lots of directories quickly this is a very good tool, sadly it doesnt handle any paid submission directories or any reciprocal directories, but why pay for something that you are getting free elsewhere, and SEs dislike recip links anyway so its no major loss.

Now pricing is a little different here than it is with most products, it uses a sliding scale for number of campaigns (or sites) that you want to submit. A single site is $15 and price goes down to $150 for 20 sites, good about this is you are only paying for the sites you want to submit but the bad is that you are paying for the service for EVERY site you ever want to submit ever. Could get costly in the long run but I think the time saved using this software is beyond the cost of submission.

If you have a lot of sites that you want submitting you could do a lot worse than this, it isnt the cheapest but it is definitely one of the fastest, absolutely the ultimate tool for any SEO company looking to streamline their directory submissions.

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