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Some info for newbies

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by cdenet, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. cdenet

    cdenet Registered Member

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    Lately it was pointed out to me that after being a member for 2 years and only having a few posts that I might have more to share. It's not that I don't want to, but I'm afraid what I'm doing is only relevant to newbies and it's a work in process. But, I decided if someone can benefit from the decisions I made after some trial-and-error (and lots of time invested) then it will benefit them. If you want me to expand on anything, please ask.

    First I read, learned and tried everything. I failed a lot but discovered that I could make money (20 dollars per month on cpa and twitter spamming). Then I focused on building enough autoblogs that could generate $1/day/blog, was scalable, and didn't rely on spamming. I have not achieved this goal yet.

    And if you're new to this stuff: two years ago I didn't know what a proxy server was.
    Today I have: 2 unmanaged vps running nginx and a hundred wordpress sites, I'm comfortable editing mysql tables, make my own wordpress templates (using artisteer), have hundreds of social network accounts and yes, I know what a proxy server is.

    This is not really a method but it's more like a summary of decisions I made and why:

    #1 Patience
    There's a old saying "Get it done quick and dirty". Unfortunately, the legacy of this approach is the "dirty" and you never really remember the "quick". Guess what, the Internet's not going anywhere - take your time and make a plan - even if it's just a high level plan.

    #2 Hosting
    -Tried 000webhost, hostgator, powweb
    -Shared hosting has too many limitations and threat of suspension and no access to the system for tuning.
    -Tried Managed VPS at wiredtree. They have great service. They allow any content as long as it's legal. But you pay for the service.
    - I now use slicehost and linode unmanaged vps. Linode is less expensive - $20/mo for 512 but have no backup. You can use scripts to make offsite backups. Both have online tutorials on how to build your server with nginx and fast php. This is required if you want to have more than 10 blogs on a 512mb server. Apache uses too much RAM. I have 40 blogs running on one server (20 get 100 or more impressions per day- the others less to none) that costs 20 dollars per month. Remember, VPS is still essentially a shared hosting environment and you will still have bandwidth and disk usage rules to follow. If your websites are more active than mine, you'll need fewer sites per server or a bigger server.

    #3 Privacy Page
    If you're running adsense, get a privacy page going now. Two most common reasons for suspension are clicking your own ads and no privacy page. I copied and modified one from online somewhere - make your somewhat unique per site. Do a google search for adsense privacy policy example and go to the second or third page. Then spin whatever they have so yours is unique. You need to include a paragraph about dart (I think it's still important) and link to the google dart policy. I tried but I can't post the link - newbie limitation.

    #4 CMS
    Before joining BHW I made a few websites using Joomla and even managed some autoblogging by using some extension. Now I use wordpress due to flexibility and tons of free plugins and themes. SEO 101 is easy with plugins and google likes the organic blog functionality. You can make it look more like a website by using a static front page and changing the theme (under page edit) to single column. Then you can add a menu button for blog to ensure g-bot can index your posts. Wordpress is the way to go.

    #5 Plugins
    I use a core set of plugins:
    404 SEO plugin
    All in one SEO pack
    Amazon affiliate link localizer
    Dagon Design Sitemaps
    Display widgets - adsense limits you to 3 ads per page. I use this to turn the sidebar widgets with adsense OFF the blog post page. This way you can have adsense in the sidebar of the front page but put all 3 adsense ads within the post. Higher chance of click.
    Quick Adsense
    WPRobot - I couldn't get CC working ever, tried and like wp-autoblog a lot but it didn't have (not sure about now) Amazon or Clickbank integration. I think Autoblogged is the same but not sure. WPRobot works great. I bought the 25 dollar version then downloaded the full version from here.
    WP Super Cache - takes a huge load off the server and lets you have more websites.

    Plugins I delete:
    I delete hello and akismet on every site. I disallow all comments by Settings>Discussions and turn off every checkmark except the 2 under Before a comment appears - check those two. Then edit each page on your site and uncheck "allow comments".

    Plugins I tried and don't use anymore:
    Shorten2ping
    Wordtwit
    Reason is that twitter and pingfm changed their API's recently and may again. I'd rather not be at their mercy so i take the blog's RSS feed to the social network sites using twitterfeed.

    #6 RSS to Social Networks
    I use twitterfeed to take all my blogs RSS feeds and pump to twitter and facebook. I use a particular social network account for each blog. At one point I tried to cross post and within a week all ten twitter accounts in the test were suspended. I use multiple twitterfeed accounts in the event one gets corrupted, suspended or something but no problems so far.

    I was using socialoomph's pro account to send random posts to my twitter accounts to make them seem more natural, but it uses a fixed schedule and therefore looks less than natural. I also used SO to send rss to pingfm and then to many social network accounts. I cancelled my socialoomph pro account because it's too complicated to have all in one place. Now I'll use tweet attacks from the desktop. The only thing tweet attacks won't do is randomly post from a queue like SO's pro. That's a nice feature. But tweet attacks says they integrate with SO API to schedule posts - I hope it works as well.

    Hootsuite was okay until they started charging for RSS to social network. And pingfm has integrated superfeedr but I dont like it. It often includes meta data in the post that shows up in the twitter post. I'm still working on a way to get to pingfm that's easy and consistent.

    So far I'm settling on Twitterfeed and tweet attacks.

    #7 Social Networks
    I'm currently using my social network accounts only for posting my wordpress RSS feeds. That's a huge waste as accounts on these sites can support a nice income by posting CPA and other links. I'm hopeful that tweet attacks will open some opportunity there.

    I use a site called fakenamegenerator to get account names and information. It's a great site. There's a link to order enough fake ids for all your needs in csv format. They ask for your email.

    I use lastpass to save my account credentials and profiles for the fake ids. This is a very cool free software that has an extension for firefox and makes it easy to sign up for social network accounts by using preset forms. It takes a minute to set up the forms, but it's worth it. I know there's a concern about lastpass privacy but I'm okay with - the data is encrypted and the connection is secure. I tried roboform and liked it, but didnt want to pay. PS - you can export your lastpass data to CSV, save to a flash drive and lock it in a drawer in case something happens to LP. I have not done that yet, but should.

    #8 Home Computer O/S - I have experience with unix from 30 years ago that made this easy for me.
    I dual boot my main computer win / linux. I have vmware running under the linux machine and run win xp on an instance. Any BH software that needs to run under windows I run on the VM. This way I can trash it and copy an original or incremental version of the VM. Note that vmware doesn't release disk space. It adds to the disk usage even if you delete something. I can only free the disk space by copying to windows and running the commands there. They don't work under linux. That's at least true with vmware server 2 and ubuntu 10.

    #9 Weblog clients - Remote Posting
    I use gnome-blog or blog entry poster to post to my blogs remotely. It's a linux weblog client and makes it much easier to post to many blogs without having to login to each blog's console. It also supports blogger and other blogging platforms. You can copy images to the post. It's easy. There are others - Search for wordpress codex weblog client.

    #10 Ads Management
    I use google doubleclick for publishers. If a cpa program expires, you can add new creative instead of trying to locate that cpa ad on every blog. It uses ad units and orders like we're selling ads to 3rd parties, but it still works fine in our environment. It can also rotate ads within the unit based on popularity. I have a tough time trusting google with everything, so I'm also looking at openx, but I read there was a security issue that may or may not be resolved.

    Sorry for the long post. I hope someone gets something useful from it.

    Like I said, if anyone has a question let me know and I'll try to help.
     
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  2. rover747

    rover747 Newbie

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    Good read !I new to this game .I was plan to use WP ,them i saw weebly.Weebly seems very easy to set up ,but i am not sure if is better than WP .Any idea ?
    Thank you!
     
  3. hgear

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    great info. I'm with you on everything you mentioned. I had a vps at slicehost but the ram was too low for the price. I use apache but will definetely check out ningx
     
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    haridada Senior Member

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    Those are some serious tips and really well explained.
     
  5. cdenet

    cdenet Registered Member

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    Not sure about Weebly, but what I'm doing now is expanding to wordpress as primary blog and blogger as secondary niche blogs. I will look at including weebly too.

    Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad it's helpful.

    hgear
    I read your pm, but dont have enough posts to reply. I tried cloning sites from a base install, but couldn't get to a good answer. Now I'm good at the 15 or so little things you need to edit manually. I copy a common plugins folder and stuff like that.
     
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  6. rover747

    rover747 Newbie

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