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Were WPMU sites a horrible mistake?

Discussion in 'Link Building' started by biks, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. biks

    biks Power Member

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    I just spent tonight getting signed up for WPMU sites. (Word Press Multi User) I had a list of a couple hundred and I think I managed to get 15 accounts. Seems most are offline or have disabled accounts.

    I can only imagine how horrible the spamming was to get to this point of making the platform practically obsolete.

    When was WPMU's hayday? I was hoping to start churning out the content with links, but I guess not.
     
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    movieman32 Regular Member

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    About 2 years ago was when WPMU's were at their peak for spamming. At that time, the remote posting feature was on by default. Using a program like Blogslammer, you could create literally hundreds of blogs in few hours on complete autopilot. It would search form WPMU's, create the account, click on the email activation link, store the URL's and passwords, post your articles (and spin them), add RSS feeds and post your affiliate links.

    Then Wordpress came out with an update that turned off the remote posting feature by default and that killed the feature that spammers loved and took advantage of. They saw the end coming and started selling their software, like Blogslammer. Now it does still work, but you have to put in a whole lot more work into using it.

    You can still get Blogslammer, but it has lost most of it's appeal unless you have a lot of friends who will let you set up sites on their WPMU blogs. I quit using it because I'd put in hours of searching for thousands of blogs and only get a hundred or so that would let me create an account and out of those only a few dozen would activate. On top of that, those were pretty much abandoned blog sites and spammed to death.

    That is why I tell anyone who will listen to be very wary before buying any software that seems too good to be true. Why would someone be willing to sell a software that is making them tons of cash with little effort? It is because they have milked the best out of it and now it is no longer as effective. I learned that the hard way with Blogslammer. It cost me a $100 to learn that lesson, but it has save me thousands by not buying into every get rich quick WSO that comes out.
     
  3. DrJekyll

    DrJekyll Senior Member Premium Member

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    You can not just set up a wordpress mu on shared hosting and expect it to stay hosted.

    they are still enough out there, but to run one they are resource hogs.

    (when people find that out they end them)
     
  4. biks

    biks Power Member

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    It's interesting that the Link Farm Evolution app that's being pushed says it can find thousands of these blogs. I guess they must exist and if you can find them automatically, then cool. I managed to get accounts on 26 of 'em after spending a whole day combing through hundreds of searches. Weird how most of 'em allow you to sign up but fail on the activation code link.