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List of bad plugins and themes for Wordpress

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by friend4you, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. friend4you

    friend4you Newbie

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    Hi,
    as I am a webmaster who wants to do now also autoblogging
    with the Wordpress platform,
    I wonder if there are "bad" plugins, that use hidden Cookie Stuffing
    or Adsense hijacking or affilate ID hijacking,
    so that these should be avoided...
    Maybe someone who has come by these
    bad plugins can post here a list, what plugins should
    be avoided and which are the good ones for Wordpress.

    ALso there are many nice looking themes out there for Wordpress
    which use some footer links, which can not be easily removed and
    that could get you in trouble with your Page Rank, if you use this
    on your Wordpress blog, if Google thinks this is a spammer site
    and when you link to it.

    So, how can these themes be edited to remove these bad
    footer links ?
    In one theme I am using, there are some encoded
    functions in the file function.php
    but I have not yet succeeded to remove the right parts...
    The theme is from newwpthemes.c0m
    Change the 0 to o to go there...

    Well, I would appreciate any feedback to this post,
    cause I am still a beginner to use Wordpress
    and I am afraid, that some bad advertisement manager plugins
    or anything simular will just steal my affiliate or Adsense earnings...

    Many thanks.
    -friend4you.
     
  2. Biscut

    Biscut Regular Member

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    To start off with autoblogging you should read this thread http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...ed-autoblog-method-complete-video-series.html
    as it will give you a ton of information about the good plugins to use to start autoblogging.

    As for the footer, you can check out this site and it allows you to decode the footer to remove the junk links. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to work for every theme but it does work quite well for most.
    Code:
    http://www.tareeinternet.com/scripts/decrypt.php
     
  3. shaundunne

    shaundunne Registered Member

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    Be careful of any Free Themes, i find that they intend to have some javascript injection in them. I use WooThemes and ThemeForest themes (some paid, some not) but always check the code thoroughly.

    Plugin Wise, again, just get a coder to check the plugin, its generally only 1 file and quick to spot anything iffy.
     
  4. redmoon

    redmoon Regular Member

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    The premium themes are the best. You can usually remove the link in the footer.php file when you go to editor. Some of the free themes hide links all over the place so you have to be careful with those.
     
  5. friend4you

    friend4you Newbie

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    Well,
    what about widgets that are based on Flash and use Flash
    cookie stuffing ?

    can anybody post a list of known bad plugins and
    bad widgets that want to steal my adsense, amazon,
    ebay or simular affiliate commissions ?

    Many thanks.
     
  6. leiif

    leiif Newbie

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    Does anyone know how to find all the hidden links in a theme. I put a collection of 25 clean themes together and wonder if I am using link stuffed themes?
     
  7. friend4you

    friend4you Newbie

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    Yes, please post the list of the 25 clean themes.

    Nobody yet sighted a bad plugin yet ?
     
  8. friend4you

    friend4you Newbie

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    Please have a look at this about Parasite software
    and parasiteware clickbars:

    http://www.whoisandrewwee.com/podcasts/friday-podcast-the-state-of-affiliate-marketing-with-haiko-de-poel/

    ALso be sure to listen to the Podcast over here:

    http://www.whoisandrewwee.com/podpress_trac/web/710/0/WhoIsAndrewWee.com-haiko-de-poel.mp3

    I wonder how many parasite plugins for Wordpress already exist...
    that redirect your affiliate link to their affiliate code....
     
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  9. friend4you

    friend4you Newbie

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    Also have a look at:
    http://linksteal.com/