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So I "took action" and built my first blog...

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by mollah, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    There are a lot of posts about "stop reading and start taking action" or "analysis paralysis" and "95% of the people who read this info won't even use it" etc.

    I'm about OCD about planning ahead of time. I don't like to begin something when I'm uncertain about how to proceed, or more accurately, I don't like to begin something when I do not fully understand what I am doing. It's a double-edged sword: one the one hand, it causes me a lot of frustration in the early phases of something (feelings of wasting time looking for answers but not finding them, etc.), but once I finally get it, everything I do is like 6 sigma perfection. I literally go from retard to genius.

    Enough psycho analysis. Last night I said "F it, I'm gonna build an auto blog and monetize it even tho I have no idea wtf I'm doing." Learn through doing, right?

    Blog is up
    Theme installed
    Plugins installed
    Content is up (even tho it wasn't automated)

    Here's where I'm stuck at and haven't been able to find answers here or on google.

    How do I run a cron job with hostgator using wp-o-matic?
    Do I take the "Cron Command" from Wp-O-Matic's options menu (begins with */20****/usr/bin...) and paste that into the Cron Job menu on Hostgator's cpanel? What is the difference between wp-o-matic's "Cron command" and "WebCron-ready URL"?

    Why does wp-o-matic sometimes pull entire posts, sometimes excerpts, and sometimes only titles (so the post body is blank) despite me not changing any of the settings?
    Is this a problem somehow with the quality of the RSS feed? I would think it would be controlled by an option somewhere like "post: (and then there would be a dropdown menu and you choose) Entire content | Excerpt only | Something else" Also, is wp-o-matic capable of getting images, too? I've seen people say it can, but I've never had it work correctly.

    Explain to me exactly how the "ping" process works
    I have seen people say WP auto pings every time you edit/submit a post and this overpinging can get you banned. I have seen people say WP never autopings and you have to manually ping yourself. I have seen websites where you enter your site's URL and it pings through 100s of pinging services. Then I have seen people say "no, don't use all those, you'll get banned." What? Banned from where? How? Has the number of pinging services that will get you banned been quantified? Also, when it asks for the site to ping, are you supposed to put each post (like www.myblog.com/4/2/2009/some-blog-post.php), or just the URL of the blog (such as www.myblog.com) and it will spider all posts? Is this best done manually at one of these sites or is there a plugin you can get where it will auto ping correctly after you submit a post or at the push of a button.

    Explain to me exactly how the social site submission process works
    Same questions and concerns as above except this time talking about submissions to social sites. Can you get banned? What's the threshold for spamming? Is there a plugin to do this and if so which one is best? Do you have to register at all the sites first (I assume this is yes)?

    Sorry so long. Those of you who have seen my Forex posts in the Members Downloads forum know I can be long-winded.

    Thanks.
     
  2. saturday1

    saturday1 Power Member

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    use autoblogged as alternative then

    smartping / maxblogping... put the ping list in after each post POSTED it ping it self
    if the plugins ACTIVATED

    Code:
    Explain to me exactly how the social site submission process works
    Only wire ? go to your acc in onlywire.com and register each account there
    Auto Social Poster : you can add scuttle and scuttleplus sites
    Socialize it pro : send to some bookmarking sites, need to register account and put in it
    .

    and remember ready to face the PAIN
     
  3. JonesersRX7

    JonesersRX7 Regular Member

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    Totally get the OCD and Perfectionism... like really... I have the exact same thought process. Think, plan.. plan... second guess... redevelop, plan... punch holes in it again... finally execute.

    Glad you took action, hope our discussion earlier clarified stuff. Although it doesn't sound
    like it did. :)
     
  4. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    The reason I didn't use autoblogged is because I heard somewhere that google will ban sites using autoblogged (maybe cuz of the footprint?).

    I also tried Feed Wordpress but, as I mentioned in the other thread, I couldn't save any configuration changes. It would just ask "are you sure you want to do this" and not give me any way to say "yes" or "no."

    I will look into autoblogged. THanks.
     
  5. mollah

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    Ok so I'm playing around with Autoblogged and when it grabs the data, all it returns is the title, and then a line that says "Excerpt from: (whatever the title is)."

    And then when I click on the article, the blog post page it takes me to just says "Excerpt from (whatever the title is)."

    Am I missing a setting somewhere to get it to pull the entire thing?
     
  6. autoblogged

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    There's no footprint that google can use to automatically ban AutoBlogged, wp-o-matic, or any other software. The only way that would happen is through a manual review, usually because someone reported the site as spam.

    As for what AutoBlogged puts in the post, you can control that through the post template, although you are limited to what the RSS feed actually contains. If the feed only has excerpts, then that's all you have to work with.

    But my belief is that excerpts are better than whole articles anyway, this is why:
    1. Taking whole articles exposes you to duplicate content penalties
    2. It exposes you to DMCA takedowns to your hosting company
    3. It pisses off the original authors and you are much more likely to get reported as a spam site.
    4. Excerpts result in more dense content for your site.
    5. It's just not good etiquette.

    However, one of the cool things we did with AutoBlogged is that although it only uses what is in the RSS feed, it will visit the original article URL and extract important keywords to use as tags.

    That basically means you have the core keywords and phrases from the articles to improve your serps without someone feeling like you are stealing their content. If you use tag clouds on your site your pages will be very content dense for your topic.

    Most often that means your excerpt will rank higher than the original article. Last year I ran an election autoblog that was ranking higher than the original articles from major news networks like CNN and the Washington Post.

    The site had 10,000+ posts and I never once got a complaint from any of the original authors because I was generating tons of traffic and high PR links for them.
     
  7. mollah

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    ^ Thanks for the reply.

    One question tho: if we're just showing excerpts, wouldn't the reader be more likely to click the link to get to the original, thus getting off our site and not proceeding to click any of our ads?

    This may be a dumb question as I'm still a noob.
     
  8. Stumickel

    Stumickel Junior Member

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    mollah,

    I have been looking into this for quite a while now. And I have looked and looked and looked and looked and looked and still do not have an answer to this question.

    It burns me that oodles of people preach you will get banned for pinging incorrectly, but nobody knows what the hell this really means.

    I think they preach it because it sounds good, makes them look like they know what they are talking about, and sort of makes sense in an unverifiable sort of way.
     
  9. orbit

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    I read somewhere OCD peep's have to start "striving for imperfection" get more done in less time. Use quantity and QUALITY as your work motto. Do a good job, but remember to get the work churned out. There no money made in "only" planning.

    Congrats on the blog.
     
  10. mollah

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    I know. The OCD thought process goes like this:

    Do I have enough information to do this project flawlessly --> No -->
    Do I have enough information to at least get it done, albeit imperfectly --> No -->
    Is starting now going to result in hitting a brick wall before the project is completed --> Yes -->
    Don't start now, it will be a waste of time


    Right now I am at the brick wall, and it is infuriating. This is why OCD perfectionists don't begin before they have all the information. Psychologically, being "stuck" and unable to make progress is more frustrating than not even having begun yet.

    In other words, if you haven't begun, you can justify it to yourself as "I don't have all the necessary information yet" and therefore there is no feeling of being an idiot, the only feeling is "I need to do more research."

    But when you have begun and you are stuck, it opens up a whole world of mental and emotional turmoil: "Why the hell can't I figure out what to do here?" "wtf is wrong with me? Idiots can do this, why can't I?" "Why is there NO good information on the entire fucking internet?" "I've been researching this for [insert number of hours/days/weeks] why the fuck haven't I been able to find what I'm looking for yet?" "This is what I get for starting too early." "What the hell does this piece of code mean?" "Why doesn't this plugin work?" "Why does this plugin stop another plugin from working correctly?" "Why is it that 12 year old emo kids can make an awesome WP blog but I with an MIS degree cannot?" "PC Load letter? What the fuck does that mean?" Oh wait that last one is from Office Space. lol


    edit - I'm not trying to whine, just explaining to normal people what it's like to have perfectionist OCD.
     
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  11. Stumickel

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    mollah,

    I am not OCD (I had to look it up to see what it meant), but I am a perfectionist to a fault. You described perfectly my inner state on learning Internet marketing. (I actually am a full-blown expert in 3 other areas, but for some damn reason I decided to go for a fourth—and a fifth if you include writing.)

    It might be a good idea to narrow your goal for a specific task. If it is any consolation, I have been reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and he mentions that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice before a person can become an expert. He analyzed people like Bill Gates on up to champion hockey players and the Beatles. By practice, he means doing something with the specific intent of getting better.

    Be comforted by the fact that you do not have your 10,000 hours of practice so you do not have to be an expert yet. In essence, you are still a student. From your questions alone, I can tell you are highly intelligent, so I have no doubt you will become an expert over time.

    What I am doing in my own life is plodding along with smaller goals to get specific skills in place, knowing full well that I will become an expert after a while and make a ton-load of money. I balance my times between small-goal activities and the Geronimo! approach of trying to get everything right at the same time. This keeps me moving forward and it scratches the itch of my Inner Neurotic. :)

    That is one balance I have been able to achieve. I suggest trying this since you seem so much like me. It might bring you a small dose of serenity.
     
  12. Saint-

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    Thanks man .