Getting Back Missing Images on My Websites After Enabling htaccess Hotlink Protection

A few days ago, all my other sites sharing hosting with http://moralde.com lost all their images after I experimented with hotlink protection. I was able to remedy the problem by editing the htaccess files in each site.

Enabling hotlinking protection via cpanel or htaccess may not only protect your images from external sites but also from your other sites which you shared on the same host as well. This means you may find images which you yourself uploaded to your other sites missing.

This post was first & originally published at moralde.com.

I discovered this firsthand when I experimented with hotlinking protection a few weeks ago. All of my sites except this (my primary site) lost all their images.

I, at first, did not know it was due to the hotlinking protection but when I found out that all the sites’ htaccess files got modified at the same time that I enabled hotlinking protection, there’s no doubt about its cause. Each site sharing my hosting got their htaccess modified, except for the primary site’s.

How the Images Got Missing

Turns out the cPanel automatically created or modified the htaccess file in all sites sharing my hosting account. If you have your primary site called, say, ironmandomain.com, and you have other domain names sharing the same host, say –

  • 2tee.net
  • noelmoralde.com
  • greenlanterndomain.com
  • i-am.ironmandomain.com

– lunarpages, or your webhost actually sees all these as follows:

  • ironmandomain.com (your primary domain)
  • 2tee.ironmandomain.com
  • noelmoralde.ironmadomain.com
  • greenlanterndomain.ironmandomain.com
  • i-am.ironmandomain.com

That is, whether it’s actually a subdomain or an independent domain name, they’re all seen as subdomains to your primary site as far as lunarpages (or your hosting provider) is concerned.

Part of the htaccess entries generated, thus, would look like so:

htaccess hotlink missing images

Thus, all the above sites except for ironmandomain.com and the legitimate subdomain, i-am.ironmandomain.com, will experience missing images.

The actual URL which the browsers recognize as http://2tee.net, for instance, is not included in the list; so, it is seen as an external site and is denied hotlinking rights.

How to Bring the Images Back

There are 2 obvious ways to remedy this glitch.

  • Deactivate hotlinking protection

If you’re the kind who gives up immediately and think that hotlinking protection is more of a headache than a benefit, then just dramatically and with flourish say “To hell with hotlinking protection!”, and then disable it from your cpanel.

  • Edit the htaccess files

Obviously, all you need to do is change the lines like

change htaccess hotlink from

into

change htaccess hotlink to


Sure enough, after I edited each site’s htaccess files right on the cpanel’s file manager, the sites images came back like nothing unusual happened to them.

One thing I noted when I checked the htaccess for each site is that they all have the same htaccess file content except that all wordpress sites has this at the beginning

wordpress htaccess

while non wp sites just have

non-wordpress htaccess

So, you shouldn’t panic the next time you find your images vanishing from your sites after you enabled hotlink protection in your sites now that you know how to bring the images back with a few tweaks in the htaccess file.

How to Avoid Duplicate Content with Canonical Tags

One of the most effective tags webmasters use to fight duplicate content on their sites is the good old relative canonical tag or more popularly written as rel=’canonical’. Read on to know more…


The relative canonical tag written as rel=”canonical” in code is one of the most effective tags site owners use to fight duplicate content on their websites. According to experts, this tag is used with link tags in website development. It has the same capacity as the 301 redirect in the website HT access. This article looks at duplicate content on a website, in addition to the different techniques that can be used to deal with it.

The duplicate content problem

When you develop a website, one of the biggest problems it will face is duplicate content. To Google, duplicate content is the one that doesn’t pass its bill or right as unique. You can find such pages with a duplicate content checker PlagSpotter. Simply, this is content which the same as content on another page on the web.

Sometimes, duplicate content exists when particular content is accessible from different URLs. The search engines access these pages with the same path and they see this as duplicate content. Moreover, although you may not be punished for this, only one out of the pieces/URLs will be shown in the Google search results.

To add on this, when you have different versions of the website with the same content, they compete against themselves for page rank. In the end, this may erode the entire links authority in the search engine results. To the content owner with similar pages competing with each other, winding up with a low search engine result is definitely out of the question.

The relative canonical tag helps you direct the search engine results about the pages they should put more focus. In the worst-case scenario, duplicate content on a website affects your search engine optimization effort, negatively.

rel=”canonical”

This is one of the most respected tags in the SEO sphere. It tells the search engine crawlers on Bing and Google that regardless of the page URL, the one specified within it is the one you want them to look at. However, you shouldn’t abuse this tag. According to Google engineers, any use of the tag for purposes other than getting rid of duplicates is bad and against its guidelines.
If you have understood the role this tag plays, where do you implement it? The following are duplicate content locations and issues you can fix with this tag.

Creating tracking codes

When you create a website tracking code or URL, this can be one of the leading causes for duplicate content. Even though most search engines, especially Google have technology that is able to determine these elements, they do it at discretion. Sometimes, they may pass you on. This may lead to the duplicates and the associated poor performance. The canonical tag will ensure that the pages you have on the website have connectivity and this will improve your website’s performance.

Poorly crafted URL


The URL is the doorway to your site’s content. Poor orientation caused in coding can result in many URLs pointing to the same content causing duplicate. In the idea scenario, the search engines want you to have a particular URL for specific content. The rel=”canonical” can also help you escape duplicates.

Pagination

Websites also grapple with duplicate content caused by pagination. These pages have content, which is almost the same. If you have this kind of pages on your website, you can strengthen the stronger one by pointing the other page to it with a rel=”canonical”.

WWW and non-WWW versions of sites

Many websites can be accessed on both www and non-www extensions. This causes duplicate content. For the benefits that come with linking a single version, you should use a relative canonical to redirect to your preference.

Scarcity Samurai WordPress Plugin 50% Discount Launch

Scarcity Samurai is a wordpress plugin which allows you to take advantage of the principle of scarcity to prod your readers to decide within your chosen time frame to buy or not. The fear of being left out is in-grained in the human psyche. Marketers ‘in the know’ has been taking advantage of this for years.

I had the opportunity to test this brand-new Scarcity Samurai wordpress plugin last week in my blog and found that it works exactly just as its authors claimed. I suppose there’s little room for doubt when it comes to products created by the maker of the successful Market Samurai software.

Firstly, the visible feature of the plugin is the countdown counter that you can fix either at the bottom or top of the visible page.

This counter, even when you don’t elaborate about it on the page you put it on, without doubt creates a feeling of urgency in the reader. It is a perfect complement to the scarcity principle which has been effectively used for years by businessmen who understand human psychology. Thus when you imply in your copy to the readers that the price of your product will stay at this low price for, say, only 24 hours, the Scarcity Samurai (SS) countdown counter will reinforce this reminder and invoke the innate ‘fear of being left out’ in the reader. And you can bet he’ll take action quickly, often favorably.

scarcity samurai screenshot

The plugin also gives you the option to redirect to another page once the countdown is over. You can check out a test page I quickly drafted up when I tested this plugin. This test page utilizes the ‘evergreen scarcity‘* type of counter as opposed to the really one-time counter. And be sure to wait until the counter runs out so you can see its redirect action. Click here to check it out.

Scarcity Samurai is Not Just a Counter

Here’s where most, if not all other counter plugins are left in the dust by Scarcity Samurai.

SS can be configured to synched with your autoresponder so that as it counts down to a specific day, it can fire up a series of mails to be sent to your subscribers at specific intervals up to the end of the countdown.

At the moment, the Samurai team says it works with Aweber. The next update would probably make it work with the other autoresponders soon. Speaking of updates, I hope they ‘ll also give users the option to choose the size of the counter bar.

So, check it out now. I hear they’ll be offering huge discounts for a limited time. The video on this page will tell you more about this awesome Scarcity Samurai wordpress plugin.

*Evergreen Scarcity – is a counter that triggers everytime a user visits a page.
Fixed Date – a counter that has a specific lifespan.
And both these have either multi-page or single page campaign types.

Language Patterns Used By Sales Marketers in PDF and Videos

Yes there’s a system to the maddening blur of sales pages that try to capture your attention for as long as possible in order to court you to take a course of action of their choosing. The adverts you passed by today uses this system.

I got ahold of a pdf file about language patterns or pattern language that are being used repeatedly in sales by marketers to plow their way through the minds of buyers with minimal resistance.

The more I get myself exposed to squeeze pages and sales pages by online marketers, the more inclined I am to believe that there is indeed a science behind their system. That their copywriting skills do not rest only on perfect grammar but also with skillful use of language patterns proven effective to convince or persuade readers to commit action according to the writer’s intent, which of course is none other than to buy what they’re selling.


By the way, I’ve posted about magic words sometime ago when I first realized that there are indeed patterns or some kind of formula that copywriters are using. Check it out in this post: Magic Words That Enticed Me to Buy.

The ebook authored by George Hutton focuses on the discovery made by Richard Bandler and John Grinder some years ago that eventually became the basis of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). Bandler called these language patterns ‘linguistic presuppositions’ where the mind is tricked into accepting something by virtue of a pre-supposition or series of pre-suppositions.

Covert Hypnotic Sales Language Patterns

First off, it explores the power of ordinal numbers, complex adjectives, pseudo cleft sentences, repetitive verbs and adverbs, factive verbs and adverbs, and many more.

With skillful use of these language patterns, you can make readers believe that you are an authority in your field, or imply that lots of people are recommending your product for its value. It maximizes the use of the mind’s tendency to fill the missing pieces, and lowers its defenses as the writer pushes his wares for sale up front. You can say it’s a method of reaching out to the buyer at the subconscious level.

You can consider these language patterns as some kind of weapon that, when put in the wrong hands, can wreck havoc to mankind.


This reminds me of another post I wrote when I found myself really kind of disgruntled at some marketers who are really into this for the money alone, without thought of the buyers’ satisfaction. Here it is: Limited Copies: Hurry!

After reading the ebook, I found myself browsing through several squeeze and sales pages online to point out phrases or paragraphs that actually made use of hypnotic language patterns. I now understand why businessmen sometimes have to hire copywriters to draft up their sales pages instead of making it themselves.

I have began appreciating sales pages as I now recognize the process as an art or a science. I no longer look at it’s writing as simply coughing up a few paragraphs describing a product using glowing superlatives and asking people to buy it now. It also follows that I now look at copywriters in a different light.

I guess every marketer who consciously wants to increase his sales should be armed with the knowledge of persuasive language patterns.

To know more about persuasive language patterns for hypnotic sales power, go here. Not an affiliate link. Or, you can take a couple short minutes to watch a video below closely related to this subject matter.

Are you familiar with hypnotic sales language patterns or do you recognize these patterns in ads or sales pages used by online marketers?

Click Here! or here

SEO Gaming of Google SERPs Continues

The advances that Google made over the past few months did not deter the money-makers from going ahead with their schemes. And that’s because they still get to find out the patterns and filters that Google set in place through their bots. But can Google eventually stop seo gaming?

Although the Google algorithm changes, e.g. Panda, Penguin, etc., stunned the gurus who preach about how to to game the google serps, it feels more like a gaming pause than a stop that Google envisioned.

Indeed my inbox turned a different shade for a few days. But shortly after that, my inbox went abuzz with a vengeance with subject lines from marketers going electric with promises to soar back up the serps in 10 days or so, etc.

SEO Gaming continues

Whether these promises have meat or not, I think people are gobbling them up like crazy precisely because these are the times when they needed new directions the most as they are essentially facing blank walls and needed a way out quick. And the gurus, whether legitimate or scam artists, are scrambling to pounce on this hunger. If war is good for business, confusion in the online world is good for business, too.

So, ever since google set up filters to identify legitimate backlinks from spam links, here comes the masters boasting of having found out loopholes that allow anyone to build backlinks that remain under the radar of Google’s filters.

They also talk of things that actually make sense like when they advocate that content is indeed king. And yet, in the same breath, they launch into another pitch about the awesomeness of a software that spins your good content into a thousand readable versions. And not only that, it automatically submits these to article directories.

Google is not that clean either in these areas. They have developed this feature called ‘Disavow’ which allows webmasters to wash their hands off of some dirty seo they’ve done in the past. The way I see it, this is still SEO gaming. And from the inside, at that.

Naturally, the gamers, more often than not, are the first ones to pounce on this opportunity to clean up their tracks. By definition, anyone who desires and takes action to put their sites up in the top serps are gamers. That includes just about everyone who has a website. But just as there are people who are more adventurous, so are there webmasters who are more aggressive at seo gaming than the rest.

Google is still far from perfect

I think the only act a webmaster can do that wouldn’t be considered ‘dirty gaming’ is when they put real valuable content on their sites, because that is the only thing Google really wants in a website after all.

But of course, no matter how advanced Google’s bots have become these days, these bots still couldn’t sense ‘good content’. That’s why they look to other sites to see if they are ‘endorsing’ those sites via backlinks. And this has been a doorway for gaming ever since Google started using this method. And since Google is still using it, the gaming thus continues. As soon as their new tweaks and filtering in this area are detected, the gamers adjust accordingly.

And when Google started checking up on social media sites, e.g facebook, (and even created their own Google+), the gamers flocked and juiced them out for what they’re worth.

Google aims to be able to give search results that give value to the searcher. That is, results that satisfy the searchers. After the changes, I however can see, every now and then, some crap pages that still slips through the filters and thus get in the top serps. If not crap pages, there are pages that are not neccessarily exact or appropriate to the search terms.

A quick test, for instance, revealed that half of the first page in google for the search term “how to change ink cartridge hp deskjet 3050” does not show the searcher how to change or replace an ink cartridge for the hp deskjet 3050. But somewhere in the 10th page, in position number 113, is a page that is as instructive as that in position number 2 of the first page. Among the pages that don’t contain instructions to replace ink cartridge, and thus don’t give value to the searcher, is an amazon sales page. The printer’s actual online manual which contains a whole section on how to replace the printers ink cartridge should be number one, but currently sits on number 4.

I’m sure you too can find examples of these instances where you don’t really get to be satisfied at google’s results. But then again, google robots, and all of the other search robots are not perfect and we’ll just have to accept that fact if we don’t want to get a migraine headache.

Can Google Eventually Stop SEO Gaming?

So, the question is ‘can Google ever stop the seo gaming game?’ I’d say, never. But for a while they can always make it difficult for the gamers. I appreciate though the respite I get during these rare times when my inbox gets a rest from over-active seo marketers.

Negative SEO – (Revisiting Matt Cutts)

Does Feedreader.com Browser Steal a Page’s Google Rank and Position?

I don’t know if I should rant or rave after knowing that a post I wrpte was framed by feedreader.com and ranks in the Google serp for its keyword (not a big-deal keyword however).

feedreader.com logoJust very recently, I stumbled on this site called feedreader.com by way of a Google serp where it ranked for content that was mine.

Around the first week of January this year, I posted an article containing the lyrics and chords of my daughter’s recent favorite song on moralde.com. I, of course, googled beforehand to see if there had been any pages already published containing the chords and found none. That precisely was what prompted me to find the chords myself on my guitar and then post it on my blogs with the intent of helping those poor dads out there whose princesses might have tasked them to get the chords of the song.

After the first week, Google’s serp for this phrase remained the same. That is, it still presented sites that don’t have any guitar chords or even at least music notes about the song. In other words, if you’re really looking for the chords of the song, the results that Google was returning were all useless.

In contrast, both bing.com and yahoo.com put my content in number 1 at the first page. And if you check all the entries on first page, it is only right that my page gets the top post because it’s the only one that really contains the chords to the song ‘look how high we can fly’.

Feedreader.com Gets SERP for My Content

Second week was a surprise because google finally returned my content at number 7. But the surprise is that is was not my link. Instead it was that of feedreader.com.

image for look how high we can fly serp

Clicking on it brought me to their site where my page is indeed reflected but its top part contains a thick bar that says ‘Feedreader Browser’ and partly hid my header image.

framed version of look how high  we can fly moralde

Here’s more. When I click on some internal links within my blog, e.g. a link to another article, it does bring me to that article but is still framed within feedreader.com. It even has a bar at the foot of the browser that points you to related links, their related links.

I found however that if I right-click on a link and choose to open the link on a new window, or new tab, it breaks free of the frame trap. (This gave me the idea to insert a link on my hijacked content pointing to itself but opening on a new window.)

Google Glitch?

So, what is this, Google? Does this mean you’re finding my content as the duplicate content and feedreader’s the original? If this is the case, then it’s safe to conclude that Google’s robots are still stupid inspite of the ‘intelligent’ tweaks Google has made on their algorithms. The Penguin and the Panda are not after all really above board.

Or, knowing that feedreader.com is PR 9, with an Alexa ranking of 10551, Google is probably willing to turn a blind eye on scraped duplicate content over such respectable PR ranks.

Other folks online claim that feedreader.com has stolen even their pages’ ranks. Is that possible?

On the bright side, someone chirped that finding your pages which contain internal links within feedreader.com which is PR9 is not that bad considering the backlinks you get from such a high PR site. Make sure though to have your links open in a new window e.g. target=”_blank”.

With that, and at this stage in the life of my blog, I think I’m cool with the status of my blog post within feedreader.com.

How about you? If your content ranks in Google but within the frame of Feedreader.com, what would you do?

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NOTE: This is in no way a competitive keyword. This just happened to be the keyword for the content from my blog that’s now ranking for feedreader.com.

 

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Market Samurai and Traffic Travis Ask For Registration Again

My copy of Market Samurai quit working and keeps asking for my registration keys every time I start it up. And it won’t accept my registration keys anyway. What gives?

Market Samurai Not Working Anymore?

Why is my Market Samurai and Traffic Travis asking for registration keys/details again? I’ve paid for my Market Samurai copy more than a couple of years ago, if I remember right, and it has been working nicely until about a week ago. Or, at least that’s when I started it up again after having not used it for a time.

The first time it presented itself, I inputted my registration details. No joy. It spit it back out the way the hulk spit out the bullet that Bruce Banner sent in.

Just a few seconds ago, I opened MS again and this is what it showed me again. (BTW, I’m writing this in real time as I’m testing MS and trying possible methods to make it work).

Please Enter your Registration Details to Access Market Samurai

Paid Users: Please enter your Registration Email Address and Full Version Key below to completely unlock Market Samurai permanently on this computer, and gain full access to all available features.

Trial Users: Please enter your Registration Address and Trial Version Key below to unlock Market Samurai’s Keyword Research tools on this computer, and gain a free trial of Market Samurai’s other advanced internet marketing features.

Market Samurai could not connect to the registration server. Please try again in 10-15 minutes. If this problem persists, please check your firewall before contacting Support via http://www.noblesamurai,com/support

Solutions?

Have your experienced this too? If so, what did you do?

So far, I have not contacted support yet, as I want to explore a solution on my own before I give up. After all, they’ve suggested that a possible problem could be in my firewall.

I remember having accepted a Zone Alarm trial upgrade offer just very recently. Could it have made changes to the firewall settings?

I checked it, and it seems to be working alright. Where it set it for ‘Ask’, I reset it to ‘Allow’. Yet, the problem persist.

I remember to have also availed of a trial offer of AVG which allows the use of all features of AVG Internet Security 2012 for a trial period.

I checked and found its firewall enabled. I haven’t been meticulous prior to this installation so I did not know if it has been enabled before. Under select firewall profile are the choices:

  • Allow All
  • Block All
  • Directly connected to the internet
  • computer within domain
  • Small home or office network

It’s default selection is the last choice. And inside, Market Samurai’s action is set to ‘Allow for Safe’; Traffic Travis’ is set to ‘Allow for All’; MNF is set to ‘Allow for all’; and MNF 5.3.1 ‘Allow for Safe’. Current MNF version is 5.7.0. (MNF, btw, also has problems with ‘verifying activation status’).


I changed to ‘Allow For All‘ for MS and for MNF.

Then, I run MS again. OMG! It’s working now!!! And MNF too!

So, it’s just a firewall issue after all.

But Traffic Travis is still Not Working!

What bugs me though is why TT’s still not working?

TT: I changed the ZoneAlarm Trust Level to Super for TrafficTravisV4.exe residing in the Appdata/roaming directory (as that is where the shortcut points to). No joy!

When I entered my registration code, it returns an error:

That’s it. I sent a ticket to Traffic Travis support. At least though, I’ve got Market Samurai working again.

UPDATE:

June 2012

Traffic Travis support emailed me the following suggestion:

Please re-install directly through http://traffictravis.com/software/traffic_travis_v4.exe and activate it using your code, XXXXXXXXXX

The code was the same code I had the first time I installed TT.

It worked!

March 2013

Perhaps Traffic Travis has some code embedded in there that monitors usage. I haven’t been productively using TT for some time, thus the same problem occurred again.

It again asked for a registration code and wouldn’t accept the old one. Thus I dug back the old email reply from support and re-applied it.

Worked again!

The downside to this is that with each re-install, you’ll lose most, if not all, of your previous data.

How High Profile Bloggers Promote their Startups

If there is anything we admire about high profile bloggers, it’s that they’re stars in blogging. Probloggers are like veteran actors, they find it fun and easy promoting their startups and they do it successfully too. That’s why any new blog a Problogger starts just shoots to limelight, as if with the effect of Midas touch. But it’s not magical at all. The things the probloggers do to make their blogs grow, they are things newbie bloggers can also do. But, the other side of the story it is that newbie bloggers don’t know what these veteran bloggers do to promote their blogs.

In this blog post, I’ll be sharing some of the practices that Probbloggers use in making their blogs/start-ups grow fast that you might never have thought of before.

They Makes Effective Use of their connection

You think Progloggers are the only ones who have connections? Well, that’s somewhat untrue. If you are ready to make effective use of your connection, you will realize you have more people within your network than you actually know about.

Are you ready to network with the bloggers you know and leverage them to promote your business/blog? Start emailing bloggers about your new venture: share your idea with them, and invite them to like your fan page on facebook. This way, you will use your connection to grow your blog/start-up.

They Go on Campaign Spree

Marketing can make a huge difference in the amount of audience you get to notice your product and how they perceive it. This does not exclude your start-up too. The likes of Mike Arrington, Darren Rowse don’t just bring up a start-up and sit down and fold their arms, expecting it to grow automatically. They go and do campaigns for their start-ups.

This way, they not only bring awareness to the new idea they’ve created, but also nurture it and create a place for it in the market it falls in. Can you do this for your start-up? If yes, then you are good to go.

They Make Good Use of Social Media

One thing I’ve learnt about Probloggers is that they are very good at making use of social media. Talk of any social media you have, they are there and they are gaining ground too. Probloggers refuse to remain dormant on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and they don’t post redundant stuffs.

Neil Patel is a very good example of someone that knows how to use social media to make his audience feel okay about him. And if someone like Neil Patel has a new start-up, using social media to promote it wouldn’t be a problem for him at all.

How active are you on your social media outlets? Do you engage you fans and followers?

Having a good social media presence is a very strong factor in how people will react to what you promote with your social media outlets, so start engaging your fans today!

Conclusion

You might not find it really believing comparing a newbie blogger to Probloggers when it comes to marketing and promoting a startup, after all you can’t compare both. But if you are able to apply the tips in this blog post, you will be able to maximize the opportunities around you and give your start-up a boost in exposure.

About the Author


John Edget has been blogging for over a year now and he is guest posting for www.opendoorloan.co.uk site. The site also shows pay day loan charges.

Of Backlinking Strategies and Other Speculative SEO

Should you buy the next shiny SEO e-book that comes up in your favorite forums or seo sites?

Should You Buy The Next Shiny SEO Ebook?


I’ve been buying a lot of ebooks and have only lately (again) decided to stop falling for their nastily persuasive sales pages anymore.

While I do agree that not all of these authors are just out for the money, it’s becoming harder and harder to pick the real ones from the frauds these days.

There’s one ebook, for instance, that I purchased recently, which talked about backlinking strategies and a method to keep one’s site off google’s radar. By “keeping off google’s radar”, they meant staying just under the surface so as not to be noticed by google in terms of the backlinking method used. They implied that google has set algorithms in place that will automatically get you punished if your site happens to violate them e.g. spammy backlinking methods, etc.

While I don’t necessarily write these theories off as crap, because some of these actually happen to be sensible and seems to be actually being implemented by Google, I have second thoughts about believing some of them right off as factual.

These authors write as if they have inside information or have actually tested their theories. Again, some may have actually ‘tested’ their theories, but may not really be exhaustive enough to stand Google’s algos in the long run. I mean, they probably test their theories for a couple of months, at most three, and then take any changes to the rankings as the final absolute and reproducible result.

Backlinking Methods

One of the backlinking strategy being taught as Google-proof is as illustrated in the image below:

backlinking chart

The above strategy is supposed to be so stealthy google won’t notice the ‘manipulation’.

I believe all of Google’s algorithm changes has all been attempts made for the sole purpose of preventing manipulation from the SEO masters in the serps.

The thing is, all these claims (including mine) are speculations. Getting some particular results after a 3-month experiment is not necessarily conclusive or even ‘scientific’ enough when it comes to the serps, considering that search engines make micro changes to their algorithms every so often.

With regard to the backlinking strategy illustrated above, this may probably work in a way. But to believe the author’s claim about google’s punishments if you don’t follow the technique is just going overboard.

I personally know some sites which, with the help of software such as Market Samurai, I found, are not using this strategy and are still among the top 5 in their chosen keywords. In fact, the sites are using forum profiles as its primary backlinks source, all shamelessly pointing directly back to it.


Again, I cannot make claims here. Perhaps, Google’s algorithms take time to spread all over the worldwide web. Meaning, some sites are yet to be processed by its spiders. Perhaps, google’s robots are not that super fast after all. Perhaps forum backlinks still work as long as it is not robot generated. Perhaps, google is using a human army of evaluators this time. Perhaps, backlinking is overrated. Perhaps….

I can only say perhaps, perhaps, perhaps. Had I the guts to say otherwise, I’d be making quick money writing and selling e-books and WSOs myself.

Have you any observations that actually go against what the SEO masters are saying but are actually working for you?

Get a Free WordPress Sales Page Plugin For Your WP Site

Here’s a free wordpress sales page template which is easy to setup and makes creating a squeeze page or sales page a breeze.

I recently came by a free wordpress sales page plugin from the warriorforum. I’ve read about themes that can create a squeeze page or sales page with ease. Squeeze pages usually are simple one-column pages and are also mostly plainly designed with no distracting unnecessary decorations or images, it’s main purpose being only to draw the reader towards the sign up box or the buy now button.

My current theme doesn’t natively have the capability to create its own squeeze or sales page, unlike some themes, mostly the premium ones, like the flexsqueeze theme which Sire is using on his wassupblog site. Eventually, if I do find the need to buy a premium wordpress theme, I’d buy a wordpress sales page theme, or a theme that can create a squeeze page easily e.g. flexsqueeze.

Meanwhile, although I still don’t have an actual squeeze page of my own, I have downloaded a free wordpress sales page plugin which is offered free at this page from the warriorforum. Should I need to create one anytime in the future, I know I can readily make one because I’ve already tested it on a local server and found that it works perfectly.

It isn’t strictly a plugin actually, but more of a template since you don’t install it like the usual way you install a wordpress plugin. Instead, you just upload 3 files into your wordpress directory, and voila, you no longer need to change your theme to any free wordpress sales page theme because you now have the capability to make a squeeze page on your wordpress site.

At the time I downloaded the files, there were 4 wordpress sales page styles to choose from.

WP Sales Page Styles

  • Cash
  • Ghost
  • Ink
  • On Target

Like I always do when it comes to plugins and scripts, I tested it on my local server using MoWeS Portable to see if it works. We need to be careful in installing these scripts/plugins because some plugins can simply mess up your site sometimes due to incompatibility issues or clashing with another plugin or script. Well, to make a long story short, it worked wonderfully.

I only tested one style, the Ink style and here’s a screen shot of the test page:

test wordpress sales page look

With some tweakings of the corresponding style css file, you can make it as cool and professional as the fancy high priced sales pages out there.

Here’s what the other styles look like.
styles of the wp sales page templates

Images taken from peterj’s warriorforum page.


So, if you feel like you don’t have the necessary funds to buy a premium theme or don’t want to change your theme to some other free wordpress sales page theme, this template should work for you in the meantime.

If you want to check it out, download it here: free wordpress sales page.