How To Combat Your Blog Content Being Stolen

Auto-blog systems that run spam blog or auto blogs gets it’s content from other sites around the web using their RSS feeds.

If you’ve got a WP blog then chances are that your content is being scraped and used on auto-blog sites a.k.a. spam blogs.

Most of the time, you don’t even know that your content is being used.

When these spam blogs pull content from your sites, they sometimes keep the link back to your site, which is good and bad. Other times they post your content without even crediting or giving you the link you deserve.

I don’t know about you but if someone is going to steal my content and use it on their site, I want something in return. And especially if they don’t use a link back to my site.

The solution to combat content theft this way is to use a plugin like WP FeedAds.

Here’s how WP feed ads works.

It’s a very small, light weight plugin that does a simple job, but it can have big returns for you.

When the auto-blog (I like to call them ‘splogs’; short for “spamblogs”) plugin pulls your content, they pull in the ad that you set in the WP FeedAds section also, resulting in free advertising and free traffic for you.

Pretty cool idea huh? I thought so too.

You can download a copy of the plugin here.

Let me know what you think.

Stuart Stirling

 

 

Is A Trailing Slash Good Or Bad for SEO?

This one has been on my mind for some time.

I started to think about it when it came time to set my permalink structure in WP on a new blog.

I use a custom permalink structure for all my blogs.

i.e. /%postname%

But the question was, do I add a trailing slash to the end or not?

/%postname% or /%postname%/ ?

I went on searching for an answer and nothing I found really gave me a clear yes or no answer.

I also was inspecting other blogs and looking if their URL’s were ending in a slash or not.

There was a mixed result.

So I figured.. maybe it didn’t really matter!

I chose to set my permalink structure to /%postname% (NO trailing slash) simply because it looks neater.

It doesn’t matter if you add the slash or not when you point to either type of URL in your browser. But it will end up showing the one without the slash.

The conclusion…

Choose one and stick with it. It doesn’t really matter which one!

The only thing I would be careful about is when getting backlinks, you keep the url structure the same.

Similar to a URL with www. or no www. Google and other SEs may count a URL with and without a slash as 2 different pages.

This could lead to being penalized for duplicate content.

But I have a feeling Google is smart enough to know it’s the same page if it has a slash or not… if not now, it will in the very short future.

Stu Sensei

 

 

Q&A: Earn A Steady Income, Outsourcing, Website Set Up

First off, thank you so much for all the questions you submitted this week!

Here are the top questions and my answers to them:

Q1. How do I start making steady income online?

Just like starting a brick and mortar business, an online business needs a plan, an investment and long-term commitment.

A lot of people asked me for step by step instructions on how to start making a fixed $XYZ every month.

But just like skinning a cat (sorry cat lovers!) – there are several kinds of business models to choose from, and most of them work, they just need the 3 things I mentioned above to make them work.

In other words, you can half-ass it.

You must have a clear plan of what you want to start selling, how you’re going to sell it… then you need to build your online system and keep building traffic to it.

Realize that it will take time.

Yeah, it is possible to make fast cash, but for the average Joe who is just learning and has limited time, it’s going to take months, even a year or more before you start seeing any steady and reliable income.

Sorry if I just shattered your dreams about becoming a millionaire by next week by doing nothing. There is work involved – and if you’re prepared to put in the work, you can expect results.

Like the saying goes, “you only get out of it what you put into it”.

Now, if you’re looking for a step-by-step system, here is one so simple that you can’t go wrong with it.

Step 1. Find a mass market of proven buyers (desperate buyers are the easiest to get to take action!)

Step 2. Create a simple, quick product to give away (use PLR or create an audio of yourself or interview an expert)

Step 3. Set up a basic lead capture web page with a pitch for your free product and your autoresponder list opt-in form on the front of it

Step 4. Start writing and submitting 10-15 niche related articles per DAY to a few (high traffic and “Google friendly”) ezine article sites that send people to your capture page. Do this for a month.. or pay someone to do it for you 😉

Step 5. Load up your Autoresponder with a series of 15-20 follow-up emails. Include more free info and (affiliate) links to recommended products.

For this fool-proof business, you’re total investment would be a whopping $15-$20 for the 1st 30 days ($10 for domain name registration, $5/mth for website hosting, free 30 day trial using Aweber’s autoresponder (<- aff link), $5 for an ebook cover graphic using someone on Fiverr.com).

Total time investment would be around 10 hours, not including article writing time (and that’s being very generous). I can have one of these list building machines up with email series in half that time.

The hard part I admit is writing articles. It can really take it out of you if you do it everyday for long periods.

If you’re a fast typist, you can pump an article out in 15 minutes. If you hate typing, the only other way to go is to hire a writer to write them for you.

PLR articles are ok to use as a base. They need to be re-written however. Some article writing tools help a lot, but you still wouldn’t want to do these tasks yourself, you’d want to outsource them.

Q2. How can I start outsourcing?

Outsourcing is the secret to getting more things done. We as individuals only have 2 hands so the amount of work we can do at once is limited.

And it’s very stressful trying to do it all yourself. Outsourcing takes a big weight off your shoulders and you mind.

There are a heap of places you can go to look for outsource staff. But first, you must decide what you want to outsource and have a precise set of instructions to give your outsource staff because you do have to train them.

If you haven’t hired any outsource staff before, just start out outsourcing small, one-off jobs. i.e. website graphics, articles written, keyword research, backlinks etc.

Once you get used to working with a helper, you can think about hiring a full-time VA (virtual assistant) or webmaster etc.

Hiring out of the Phillipines is where it’s at if you’re after affordable full time staff. A full-time 40hr/wk VA will cost around US$350/mth.

Check out http://www.va4u.com/registers/asia/philippines.shtml for a huge list of VAs for hire.

For smaller one-time jobs, check the Warrior Forum “Warriors for Hire” section. There’s someone for just about anything you need help with there – at very good prices.

Q3. How can I learn the ‘techy’ stuff of building a website?

This is where a lot of people get stuck. They don’t know how to get their domain on their hosting and upload (FTP) files to their website.

Then they don’t know HTML so they can’t do any edits to their web pages.

I could write a whole book about setting up a website – it’s not really complicated but it’s a pretty long one.

I’ll try my best to explain with basic steps…

Step 1. Register a domain name (e.g. godaddy.com, namecheap.com)

Step 2. Register a hosting account (Hostgator.com <- aff link)

Step 3. After registering your hosting, find your DNS urls. (i.e. ns1.coolhost.com, ns2.coolhost.com) Also known as ‘nameservers’.

Step 4. In your domain name account, change the DNS to the DNS urls you got from your hosting account and wait for them to propagate.

Step5. In your hosting account, add the domain name that you just registered. You’ll be able to choose a username and password that you can log into your cpanel (control panel) for that domain with.

Step 6. Download an FTP client software. Try http://filezilla-project.org/download.php (it’s free). This software will let you connect to your hosting server computer from your PC so you can upload your website files and product files etc. Use the same username and password for your cpanel.

From here, it’s really matter of the kind of website you want to set up. If you want a WP blog or site, you can install one with a few clicks using Fantastico in your cpanel – you don’t even need to touch your FTP software.

If you have any MRR products, they usually include a HTML resellers website.

For practice, upload some HTML files to your website (upload into the ‘public_html’ folder) and then visit the page in your browser to see it live online!

Some FTP hints: Upload your “index.html” to the root folder (‘public_html’). This is what you’ll see when you go to www.yourdomain.com . If you upload the ‘download.html’ file to the same folder, go to www.yourdomain.com/download.html to see that page.

The best way to learn is just get in there and start play around – seeing what this and that does. If you screw it up, the files can be deleted. If you really screw it up, your hosting support team will point you in the right direction.

And I almost forgot, you can check out some of the “how-to” videos I have right here on this blog for more detailed help.

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Ok, that’s it for this week. I hope these answers will help you move forward for better and quicker results!

Sorry if I didn’t answer your question this week. It might show up in a future post so stick around for it!

Think big, talk big, walk big!

To your success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Remember, if you have any questions you want me to answer, hit the big red button and ask away!

Ask me your questions here!

Comment To Get a Free Link Back To Your Blog

Want to get a free link from my blog back to your blog, twitter profile or any page with an RSS feed?

Just leave a comment on my blog and a link to your latest post or Tweet will instantly appear.. plus it won’t cost you a penny!

This cool function works because I’ve got the Comment Luv plugin installed.

Watch the video below to see how Comment Luv works to give you a free link on my website.

So the steps are…

1. Fill in ALL the fields like you would usually (name, email, website/webpage url, your comment, etc.)

2. Check the CommentLuv box and wait for your link to appear (if the checkbox is unchecked)

3. Hit the submit comment button and get your free backlink!

The cool thing is that if you add a url with an RSS feed (i.e. your blog or your Twitter or Facebook profile), your links will automatically point to your last post.

Let me know what you think about this cool plugin or about my blog here by leaving a comment and you’ll get a free link back to your site!

(NOTE: links in comments are “nofollow” links to help prevent spam comments)

Stuart Stirling

IMPORTANT: Make sure your link is appearing before you submit your comment. You may have to un-check and check the check-box again to get it to appear.

p.s. After commenting, please share this on Twitter so your followers can see the post with your comment and start the snowball effect! More exposure for all of us that way!