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Free Software To Bulk Check Trust Flow With Your Group Buy Account

Unlike Moz, Majestic doesn’t have a free API to check metrics. Moz has a free API that lets you query every 10 seconds, so that’s the reasoning behind why there are so many free domain authority checkers on the market. However, Majestic doesn’t offer these kinds of free services, and that’s why bulk trust flow checkers don’t exist free. The closest thing to free, is a group buy account. However, group buy accounts are usually maxed out on their bulk checkers, so I made this little tool to bulk check each URL, manually in Chrome. I use it, and a few of you might get use out of it too. Download link below, enjoy.

Free Software To Bulk Check TF With Your Group Buy Account
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Bulk AddMeFast Tweet Adder: Index Any List of URLs

AddMeFast.com is a social media exchange service. As we know, tweets are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to index URLs. Instead of paying $20/month or whatever your favourite indexing service charges, people who are on a tight budget can simply earn free credits on AddMeFast or purchase an account with credits, then use those free credits to buy tweets spread across as many URLs as you want. The only problem is, if you have 500 URLs to index, that’s way too many URLs to add manually, so I made a tool for that. Every URL in the big textbox will be sent out as an individual tweet. All you need is an AddMeFast account that has credits on it, and this program will create all the tweet campaigns that you need to index your URLs.
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Blogs Are Letting Editorial Backlink Sales Ruin Their Content

I write for many blogs, as you know. I enjoy publishing content and sharing my insight. Occasionally it is deemed valuable and read by thousands of people. One of the niche blogs I wrote for, which many of you’ve heard of, has recently taken massive action against promotional backlinks.

If you read what I write, I generally out companies and bad services, and I also tend to even recommend some. Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of my content turned down with comments like:

  • “Please either remove the XYZ example or add 2-3 others with it so that it does not feel promotional. Thank you.”
  • “This feels a bit too promotional for XYZ. Since we don’t advocate sites like ABC, we’re also not completely comfortable with offering up a similar site to our audience. We are going to pass on this one. Thank you.”
  • “Prior to submitting this, please note that we do not advocate XYZ and so choose not to include any links to their site on our blog. Thank you.”
  • “Please offer some other options/links for organizations that offer free SSL certificates in addition to XYZ so that it doesn’t seem promotional for them.”

7 Reasons Why Fiverr Could Start to Die Off

Founded in 2010, Fiverr has built a multi-million dollar marketplace from selling $5 gigs. Due to their massive amount of success, a number of competitive marketplaces have popped up around the web and many have turned successful. One competitor, SEO Clerks, started in 2011 and no looks Fiverr in the eye when it comes to budget SEO services. SEO Clerks immediately allowed users to create offering from $1 to hundreds. It took Fiverr until Novemeber of 2015 to announce they would allow sellers to offer gigs at a higher price than $5. With technology moving as fast as it is, Fiverr cannot continue to take 4 years to adapt to features that other competitors offer. Let’s take a look at 7 problems Fiverr needs to face to stay competitive in 2016.

1. They cannot continue to take 20% fees on $100+ gigs.

Fiverr is the king of fees. Every and anything you do has a fee on it. If you’re selling a $250 service on Fiverr, you can expect Fiverr to take $50 immediately. If your margins are only 30%, there’s not much left. 20% fees is discouraging top vendors, and real agencies from offering their services. Instead, Fiverr has built itself a reputation of offering poor quality services simply because there are not enough quality vendors participating on the platform. The best vendors and agencies tend to stick to selling on industry forums.

2. They need to work on their gig requests system.

Gig requests are basically an opportunity for sellers to spam their gig to as many people as possible. Upwork, formerly oDesk, a freelance platform, also faced the exact same issue before they merged with Elance. Elance always had higher quality bids on jobs posted, because they gave users a credit system which restricted freelancers to the number of projects they could bid on in a day. This caused freelancers to switch from their shotgun approach of applying to jobs, to a sniper approach, where they had to accurately match their skills with a job post, and cater to the employer.

A similar credit system may not solve Fiverr’s spam problem, but the Fiverr executives need to sit down and face this problem immediately. Personally, I’ve tried requesting a gig many times, and I’ve received nothing but spam and unrelated gig offers, and have never successfully worked a deal doing so.

3. They need to fire their QA and bug testing team.

Okay, maybe not fire, but they have some work to do when it comes to user experience. For example, have you ever tried to search a decimal on Fiverr? Hopefully not, because it doesn’t work. So, if you’re looking for SEO services, you might search “web 2.0” but you’ll find that you can’t actually search for web 2.0 properties on Fiverr. These are simply irritating to a buyer, and a direct cause of frustration and loss of sales. This kind of stuff cannot be happening at this level.

4. They need to overhaul their review system.

There are 4 things Fiverr needs to look at in their review system. Fiverr needs to allow reviews to be sorted by length, or usefulness. For example, Amazon allows users to vote on helpful reviews. Looking at the top reviews for a gig on Fiverr, compared to the top reviews for a product on Amazon is very different.

Fiverr reviews

Most reviews on Fiverr say “outstanding experience!” and don’t actually offer any useful insight.

Secondly, the maximum word count needs to be expanded. If you’re dropping $50 on an SEO service, you certainly want to know what you’re getting, and the only way to find our what you’re getting is by looking at comprehensive reviews. Fiverr heavily restricts the length of reviews, so buyers cannot describe in great detail the quality of work they received.

Thirdly, seller ratings on buyers needs to be removed. This is counter productive to what Fiverr is trying to do with reviews. Fiverr is discouraging buyers from telling the truth and rating the gig honestly, by allowing the seller to respond with a star rating. Buyers, like anyone else, naturally want to get a good rating, so during a bad experience, the buyer gives the seller a fiver star, moves on and never uses him again. It is the most painless and most beneficial option to the buyer. Future buyers see the 5 star rating, and continue to buy. Sellers should be allowed to defend themselves and have their say against bad reviews, but the star system needs to be removed. It is discouraging to the buyer.

Fiverr negative reviews

Sellers always return a 1 star review to the buyer for every 1 star review they receive.

Lastly, they need to promote users to leave longer reviews. They need to inspire buyers to leave reviews by asking them a few questions before showing the text box to leave a review. Buyers just have no interest in sharing a solid review, and the team at Fiverr needs to find ways to change that like other marketplaces have.

5. They need an affiliate network.

Fiverr needs to open up an affiliate network to allow outsiders to recommend and promote gigs for a commission. There have already been other marketplaces who have recently jumped on this, so I assume Fiverr will eventually adapt and get their own affiliate system within the next 2 years.

6. They need to double their turn around time limit.

If Fiverr is going to allow $1000 gigs to be offered, they need to understand most gigs over $250 take time to deliver. If a seller has done all the work on a $500 service, and is waiting on third parties, it may take time. The last thing a seller wants to do is take 31 days to deliver a $500 gig and have the buyer opt for a refund, even though the services have already been performed.

Expanding the turn around time from 30 days to 45 or 60 days would open the doors to big business like digital marketing agencies who generally take a long time to deliver their work.

7. They need to implement instant messaging.

Buyers continuously try to exchange Skype handles in pursuit of talking to the seller in a live chat. Upwork recently implemented live chat which completely removed the need to switch the conversation on Skype. Their live message system allows freelancers and employers to conduct interviews in an organized and quick manor.

Conclusion

One advantage that marketplaces like SEO Clerks will always have over Fiverr is their lack of rules. Fiverr has endless rules on what can and cannot be offered on Fiverr. Chances are, if it’s not available for sale on Fiverr, it’s probably not allowed.

Easy Backlink Strategy For Retail Businesses

So you have a client that isn’t ranking where it should be. They’re sitting on page 2, and beating every competitor on page 1 by every SEO metrics there is. The client is TF30 and the competition is all under TF20. You have a blog with fresh, shared and engaging content and the competition doesn’t. Your design is top notch and the retention is high. What do you do? Keep building links? or launch Web 20 seo campaigns?

Unfortunately, once you get all the citations you can, where to go from there is sometimes tricky. Do you opt for editorial links or guest posts? Editorial links are pricey and guest posts are not always available in every industry.

Luckily, there are more citations you can get if your client has a store. Many stores, from automotive shops and family owned grocery stores to gas stations and apparel stores, often sell a number of different brand names in their stores. If you do not understand the impact of digital marketing on the automobile industry, I would recommend you click on the following read – Why the Automobile Industry Must Use Digital Marketing To Fuel Their Business Prospects?

Many of us have clients that are behind in the times. Their website is from 1998, but it hasn’t been updated much since. They have some of the fundamentals like a strong Facebook following, but they have forgotten one easy method to generating more traffic in the door, and more backlinks!

The thing is, most big brands have a spot on their map, usually an interactive map, search engine or directory where customers can “find a dealer.”

interactive map business directory

You can see from this dealer of Airhead tubes, they list all of their local dealers with a solid dofollow backlink. Getting on the list is as simple as emailing them and filling out a form. They’ll often send you a bunch of promotional products for free too, which they call a “marketing kit.”

These sites have massive domain authority and being listed here won’t only be good for SEO, but your business-oriented client will see immediate value in being found on that page. It will result in more phone calls, website hits and people through the door which is a clear win. Such domains are punctiliously culled by websites like Spamzilla to offer web developers the opportunity to develop their website.

Some of your clients will have a few links, but if you sit down and go through your distributor’s catalogue and all of the product on the shelf, you’ll have dozens, or maybe even hundreds of websites to contact. The best part about this is, you can usually have your client’s staff do this, and spend their downtime listing all of these. I did that for one clients. Two girls are consistently listing all of the products in the store and catalogue on the respective directory. This costs me nothing as an SEO specialist, but I do get credit for the boost in rankings and traffic when the client sees the monthly report.

Using this strategy, you will be able to double the backlink profile of some of your clients.

TeamViewer Enabled Hacker To Login And Install Ransomware

Generally I keep my blog strictly about marketing, but due to the spike in activity around TeamViewer in the past 48 hours, I’m going to share my story here. I wrote an article for a publication about 24 hours ago, discussing the TeamViewer website being completely offline and the dozens of hacked account claims on Reddit and Twitter.

“I did have 2-factor authentication [installed]. They got in my PC at4:50am MT, left at 8:31am. [They] bought about $3k in stuff with my PayPal.” explained one user in an interview with me.

“They also accessed and stripped all my toons in WoW and attempted a character transfer.” he explained. ‘Toons’ is another word for characters. The hackers attempted to take all of his in-game items, which can easily be sold for a large sum of money when the game is as popular as World of Warcraft.

After going live with the story, TeamViewer ignored my tweets reaching out to them and went directly to my publication, demanding that the article is to be changed. TeamViewer thought tweets and Reddit posts weren’t enough to mention in an article. My publication contacted me and I was told to change the article.

Since this is my blog, I can share what I know from dealing with TeamViewer for years, what I’ve learned from researching the story for hours, interviewing several victims and my past experiences with TeamViewer’s security.

I do believe that these people are entirely telling the truth and I do believe their story is to be believed.

As for the DDOS attack, it’s a common procedure for hackers to create distractions while they are hacking a website. This gives them more time to get done what they need. The attack doesn’t need to last long either. An hour or two of downtime is plenty to get in and out.

One morning I woke up to a “thank-you for using TeamViewer” session with my background changed to an image that contained a list of instructions. I was to download Tor to get instructions on what to do further. It walked me through a set of screens before being asked to send bitcoin to the hackers. All of my files were gone.

What the hackers had done was logged into my TeamViewer account, then encrypted all of my files on my computer, rending them useless. I was asked to pay an irreversible, anonymous lump sum of cash, in return for my files being unlocked. This virus is called ransomware.

I never paid the money, because in many cases like this, hackers don’t actually come through with their promise. You might send the few hundred dollars and get nothing in return.

This hacker had an upload form where you could send any 2 files and it would decrypt them for you, just to show you that they were able to do it. However when I tried, that function didn’t work. So I decided to move on. Files on DropBox were able to be recovered. Luckily, I’m not using my Windows machine much anymore, so most of my important files are on my Macbook, which is closed with no internet connection when I’m not on it.

My personal advice to those using TeamViewer.

  1. Make sure you have 2 factor authentication enabled so you have to have the Google Authentication app when logging in.
  2. Disconnect your computer from the internet when you’re not using it, if possible.
  3. Keep backups of your files.

How I Get The Best Niche Content For Next To Nothing

For all of you in local SEO, pay attention.

So you have a local client in a targeted niche and you need content for their blog. Not just filler garbage content, but content that will get read, shared and enjoyed.
My strategy is to offer customers of your client a gift card for in exchange for an article written by them!
It costs the client half the price because of their natural profit margins, and the customer loves it.
Some of the customers of the local business will be very passionate about the product/service and can offer some excellent insight. The type of insight writers cannot and do not have, by trade.
I had a customer write a 1700 word article, that got plenty of views from local customers and prospective customers, and then it only costed a $51 credit, on a 95% profit margin product! That’s $3 per word if it were cash, which is still a steal!
Doing this got me first of all, great content. I don’t mean their grammar and writing ability was great, but I mean their knowledge was spot on. Most writers don’t know everything about specific industries. If you run an automotive shop, it’s hard to generate content without someone very knowledgable. How about a free oil change for an article? Offer that to your top 3 customers who are very frugal. They’ll eat it up.
This obviously doesn’t work in some niches but it does work in many if you’re creative.
Try it out, offer a gift card or free service in exchange for an article by one of your most knowledgable customers. Another thing I should add, is they’ll know the area. In rural areas or small towns, it’s hard to earn backlinks and get a decent following compared to competition in the big city. However good content that talks about other top businesses in town will attract reciprocal links and will also gain you social signals.

Microworkers, You Have A Lot Of Issues

This is a boring rant due to a terrible experience with a pioneer in the internet marketing industry.

There’s nothing more disappointing than being stuck with a company that doesn’t care because there is not enough other options on the market. Microworkers is a perfect example of this. There is MTurk, but they don’t accept very many types of campaigns and Clickworker costs a $400 setup fee which is an easy way to scare away anyone who is interested in just testing a platform.

Microworkers’ email support is generally quick to response and can be helpful in many situations. However, that’s about the extent of what I can say about them.

  • They set a minimum pay for certain types of jobs. Even if it’s a 30 second task, some jobs require high pay just because of the category it falls it. You’re stuck overpaying for tasks. Why not lower the minimum wage and let the market decide what a micro task is worth? If no one wants to do it, the employers will naturally increase their pay.
  • They make you purchase at least 30 tasks per campaign. Oh, you only need 10 workers? Too bad. You have to buy 30.
  • They don’t accept PayPal, and really don’t care. Even if you’re like myself and tell them you want to make a $1000 deposit to their system for your account, nope, too bad. Credit card or Skrill only. Being a big player has no pull with these guys. They don’t care if you spend $5 or $1000 a month, get in line.
  • There’s no real setting to control the speed of completion. Well, they have a speed setting, but get this… The setting ranges from 1 to 1000, and that setting means how many people, out of 1000 Microworkers workers, will see your campaign. This is confusing and entirely useless because you don’t know how many workers will be online that day. So you set 50 as the speed setting. How many thousands of workers will be on, and then, how many will actually opt to complete the task and not just scroll past? This is one of the biggest frustrations I have with them. Why can’t we just set a maximum number of completions per day, because at the end of the day, that’s what we all case about. Not how many people view a campaign. Their programmers were very lazy when it came to this part, and went with the easiest implementation.
  • They have 2 types of campaigns and they both have completely different options and features. They will add a new feature to their system, but only add it to 1 of the campaign types, so you’re stuck deciding between the 2, trying to figure out what features you can do without.
  • Their API has lots of issues. I implemented their API in a Python project and it took weeks to implement. It honestly felt like I was the first person to use their API. I would code something, and it wouldn’t work right, so I’d email them and they’d email me back a day later after their developers got to fixing the issue. This went on for weeks.
  • Their Twitter account is abandoned. It’s always a red flag when a company doesn’t monitor their Twitter. It’s a sign of, “I don’t really care.”
  • Their UI is complicated. If you look at the completed campaign below, it says there are 90 completed tasks awaiting a rating. Which hyperlink do you think you click to do the rating? You are probably thinking you click the link beside the “90” and under where it says “not rated” but instead, that doesn’t do anything but show you the number IDs for all the completed tasks. Rather, you have to click the title of the campaign to download the CSV and rate the tasks. Rating tasks is the worst part of the whole platform because of how slow (~3 seconds) each page loads on the platform.

microworkers campaigns

Why Internet Marketing Software Is Rarely Recurring

Generally, for a software company to survive and to provide endless updates, the customers have to be charged a recurring fee. Otherwise, the software company will be solely surviving on new sales every month, to afford to push out updates.

The reason why software is rarely recurring in this industry is because of how fast paced our industry is. Marketers get a lead on a new method for a certain social site and then in just months, or even weeks later, the method is either patched by the website or the users become more intelligent and the method no longer works as good as it once did. Therefore, users stop paying their recurring fee for the software and move on. Instead, software vendors charge a higher one-time fee, to milk the absolute most out of these marketers before the software becomes obsolete.

As a software developer, I am continuously involved in this. It’s not easy to establish a long term recurring income, so generally I make my money on one-off hits every few months and continuously study things like this.

For a software vendor to make a stable recurring income, they’d have to counter the fact that buyers are going to stop paying your recurring fees when the software becomes obsolete. The primary way to do this would be to push out a new software every 2 or 3 weeks, and hold all of the software under an umbrella website that sells a recurring membership to access all of it.

This is a concept that intrigues me, and after reading the book Rocket Fuel, I’ve decided I’m not going to pursue this until I find myself an integrator. However, it will be done eventually, and it will be my next 6 figure project.

How I Get Free Relevant Guest Posts in Exchange for Sweat Equity

There’s nothing like starting your week off with a fresh DA57 guest post now, is there? While guest posts are great for SEO, branding and traffic-generation purposes, they are not easy to obtain and because of that, I have had customers pay me up to $2000 to get into a single magazine!

First, you need to identify your target, and by that, I mean you need to find sites that are both worthwhile for the amount of time you’re going to allocate to it, and also a reasonable and achievable goal. If you’re a brand new entrepreneur and you’re trying to get into Forbes, there are unfortunately no free options available to you. However, you could pay your way in, assuming you have the high quality content that Forbes links to.

Secondly, you need to find out what the best method of approach is, well before reaching out. Some sites have a spot where you can submit guest posts, but those inboxes are not always monitored. If it’s a tougher site, usually a very carefully crafted 2-sentence email can start things off. If it’s a big site, talk to other contributors and ask how they got in. Build a reputation with other contributors on Twitter. If you check my Twitter account, it has thousands of followers and has generated a number of healthy connections with other contributors. For example, Huffington Post usually only brings in new contributors by invite. You don’t have to be famous, but rather you just have to write good content. If you write one article on your quiet blog about parenting, and it gets a bunch of shares, you have a fair shot at receiving an invitation email from Huffington Post.

Building a connection on Twitter can be automated. A number of entrepreneurs follow and unfollow people regularly using software. If you tweet about business, you’ll occasionally get followed by someone with 200k followers and follows another 150k. The Twitter API has excellent abilities to building something like, and for a developer like myself, it wouldn’t be difficult to automate outreach with spun tweets, for example.

Thirdly, you need to work out a fair topic and title. Sometimes if I’m sending a 2-sentence email, I briefly state why I’m better than the next guest contributor and then I say how my experience and knowledge can benefit the blog owner’s readers. I’ve sold a ton of software in the past, so that would be a topic that blogs would love to have me contribute on. This however doesn’t mean you need to be an expert on your topic. I have clients in the health industry for example that I’ve helped get into health blogs and magazines. Generally with industries I’m new to, I start with small, achievable blogs and work my way up to bigger sites.

Fourthly, it’s time to start making your initial contact with the target. Now that you’ve identified a perfect target, simply start executing the plan you’ve crafted. Keep all communications short. If you plan to reach out by Twitter, go ahead and retweet a few tweets and reply to a couple too, before sending your initial request.

If you’re trying to get someone’s attention, do them a favour. For example, I decided that this year, I want to write a book. So I wrote a blog post about “20 business books you need to read in 2016” and that did a number of things for me. First, it helped my reputation with that blog to explode because that article got over 1000 shares and they loved it. The book publishers loved me because I mentioned their book, and then after that, I earned an introduction to one of their publishers, which helped me get to my end goal. I now have 20 contacts of people who are willing to give me advice on writing books, and the blog platform I wrote it on, is welcoming me to submit more. It’s just a win-win situation. Help people first, and they’ll return the favour!

Fifth, if you haven’t heard back within a few days, follow up. I get over 100 emails a day. That doesn’t include the private messages on forums or the Skype messages. People are constantly trying to get ahold of me to hire me with their SEO work, and so I miss a ton of emails. Blogs and other publications are no different. They get busy and if they don’t read your email in the first 24 hours, there’s a very large chance that they’ll never read it.

Sixth, once you get a spot, hire a ghost writer. Depending on the quality of your targeted blog, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $10 per 100 words. When applying to a site like VentureBeat, you’ll be looking at a rate of $7 per 100 words. Most niche sites, you can get by with $5 per 100 words. Anything DA30 or under, assuming it’s not hyper-targeted like a local SEO agency’s blog, you can try $3 per 100 words.

Lastly, maintain a relationship with the blogs. You get credit for every post you do, so take advantage of that. Show the readers how much you know about that topic. It’s not always about the backlink. Sometimes it’s just good branding to have yourself appear on many popular sites. There are a number of sites I write for that are not for SEO purposes and having profiles there really separates me from the competition, regardless if I’m closing a deal with a new SEO client or if I’m applying to a special computer science program at school.

If you need any help with guest posting, feel free to reach out. There’s an email contact form at the top and I answer every tweet that comes to me on Twitter!

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