Uprankers » SEO Tools http://uprankers.com Tools and strategies to dominate search results Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:53:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 No Hands SEO review /no-hands-seo-review/ /no-hands-seo-review/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:42:19 +0000 Marcin /?p=896

The vision of a tool which could produce a continuous stream of automated backlinks to your various online properties is the Holy Grail of online marketing.

I’ve seen a number of products which promise just that, but I have yet to see one which actually delivers.

No Hands SEO is yet another contender in this field, but will it live up to its promises? Will it deliver backlinks steadily and with good quality? Let’s find out in our video review.

No Hands SEO builds links to your online properties by posting blog comments, trackbacks and sending requests to whois sites.

It’s different from Scrapebox in that it can work completely on auto-pilot. You don’t have to provide a list of targets or a file with comments.

No Hands SEO can also work with multiple projects (called profiles) at the same time. It’s a true set-it-and-forget-it type of software which can running for days or weeks in the background. Only from time to time, you will have to tweak some settings when the list of potential targets is exhausted.

The Results

Keep in mind that the majority of links will be no-followed, so you should really not expect to achieve great rankings for hard-to-rank phrases with No Hands SEO alone. However, it works pretty well for long-tail keywords, and I personally like to use it to generate the required number of backlinks allowing my second-tier properties to join certain private blog networks.

Recommendation

I certainly do recommend that you invest in No Hands SEO. For $99, you get a stable tool which does its job, it adds some variety to your backlinking mix, and there are no on-going charges for using the tool. Because it’s such a low-maintenance piece of software, you don’t need to spend a lot of time tinkering with it to get your return on the investment.

Get No Hands SEO now!

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Review of Instant Article Wizard 3.0 /review-of-instant-article-wizard-3-0/ /review-of-instant-article-wizard-3-0/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 00:55:57 +0000 Marcin /?p=866

If you’re an online publisher, especially a solo publisher, you’re most certainly in need of fresh content in large amounts. It is especially true if you’re trying to maintain a network of niche sites dedicated to various subjects.

In my experience, it is often very difficult to write new articles consistently, especially if you’re in a given niche mostly for the money, not because you love it. If that’s the case, any solution which makes it easier to produce content, is helpful and desirable.

Instant Article Wizard 3.0 strives to be such a solution. It’s best described as an automated subject research tool which can automatically collect large database of snippets, and then either try to generate articles automatically, or help you write them manually, based on those snippets.

Instant Article Wizard main screen

How Instant Article Wizard works

The first step is to enter a seed keyword. When you hit “Research”, IAW will search content which includes your keyword, but it will search for content of particular type – articles, fact-rich pages.

It will also generate a list of related keywords and concepts, based on their occurrence in the pages it found.

IAW data sourcesBy default, IAW 3.0 is using Google for its search (it supports local Google versions), but there are many other data sources available, including:

  • Bing
  • ArticleBase
  • Google News
  • Google Scholar
  • etc.

Auto article writing

According to its sales page, the Auto-Create Content is one of the strongest selling points of Instant Article Wizard (as the name of the product should suggest). When you have your research ready, IAW will scan the results, intelligently looking for snippets and pieces of content which could form a readable article of desired length.

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Well, it works… sort of.

Depending on your seed keyword selection, the results can be more than satisfying or quite mediocre. Sometimes, you will be forced to give up on the best quality settings and go for “more research” to get any results at all, but clearly at the expense of readability.

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of adding more research. If no article is generated after the initial research, you can click the “Research” button several times to collect more pages. Sometimes, you may also change your seed keyword for the article generation tool.

In my example, “history of chess” was the seed phrase for research, but “chess” alone for article writing.

More Features

Instant Article Wizard has some interesting additional features worth mentioning.

Integration with The Best Spinner

Even if you don’t own The Best Spinner, you may benefit from its power, although to a limited extent. In the article editor, IAW can identify synonyms and replace your words or phrases with suggestions from TBS. However, you will not get an article in the spintax format, and you will not be able to choose from multiple synonyms. This feature is more like a single rewrite of an article to make it more unique.

Sentence reordering

In cases where IAW is able to come up with a decent article automatically, sentence order may still leave a lot to be desired. Luckily, IAW has a very convenient tool to reorder sentences without copying and pasting them.

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Fact finder

This feature is actually cool, and I find I am using it more often than any other. You enter a seed keyword, and IAW scans all your research data to find sentences which are likely to be facts about your subject. You can select any such sentences and copy them to your article. It’s a fast and quick way to add more substance to your own writing.

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The Results

As much as I like some other products by Jonathan Leger, especially his The Best Spinner, I really have mixed feelings about Instant Article Wizard.

In the promotional video, it is really impressive. In practice, however, it is more of a hit and miss. For certain subjects, IAW may work reasonably well, but for many others, the results will be of little use.

When trying to use the Auto Create Content feature, you will quickly notice that the software is unable to generate any content at all, especially if you select the “Aim for better quality” option. This is especially true for niches which are highly commercial, where top positions in search engine result pages are occupied by stores, comparison shopping engines etc.

It means that if you want to use Instant Article Wizard to quickly write a good article about your Canon Mark 5d, you may be out of luck.

What I don’t like

Apart from its hit and miss nature, Instant Article Wizard is not always as fast as I wish it would be. Especially if you need to use multiple sources to get enough data for IAW to generate reasonable content, you can expect to wait about 10 minutes for the research to complete.

Depending on how familiar you’re with your niche, it may sometimes be faster to simply write a new article from scratch than to use IAW to collect snippets, review them, spin them, etc.

However, if you’ve only scratched the surface of your niche, don’t know enough facts or the lingo, IAW will help you write your first articles.

Pricing

As many other products offered by Jonathan Leger, Instant Article Wizard is offered for $77 per year, with a 7-day trial for $7.

Recommendation

If your budget is limited, Instant Article Wizard should not be your first purchase. It is an interesting attempt, and it has its merits, but it is not a magic wand, and you should not expect it to generate readable content on any subject.

The problem is that articles generated with IAW are not good enough to be used on your money sites, while they are not produced quick enough either to be a good fit for tier-2 or tier-3 article sites used for backlinking purposes.

Even though I own the tool, I am not using it on an everyday basis – most of the time, I prefer to either write articles from scratch or outsource the job to others. Still, if you’re convinced by the sales page or simply want to try it anyway, you risk only $7 in the trial period, so…

Get Instant Article Wizard now!

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Review of The Best Spinner 3 /review-of-the-best-spinner-3/ /review-of-the-best-spinner-3/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 01:00:00 +0000 Marcin /?p=481

Yes, I admit, I am late to reviewing The Best Spinner 3. It is the software that has been around for a while, has survived through several iterations and is well-loved by many. Yet, I am sure there are still many people who have yet not taken the plunge, are considering various other options, or are even unaware of the power that comes with proper content spinning.

If you happen to be in one of the groups mentioned above, I encourage you to read my detailed, unbiased and honest review of the software – hopefully, it will give you a better understanding of what it is capable of.

How The Best Spinner 3 works

The Best Spinner 3 (TBS) is arguably the best-known content spinning software.

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Content spinning is a process where you develop your content using a special syntax for synonyms at the word / phrase / sentence / paragraph level. This allows you to get a different version of your copy each time you “unspin” your content. Great to beat the duplicate penalty imposed by Google.

Here’s a sample:

{Content|Article} {spinning|rewriting} {is|happens to be} {a great|a fantastic} {way|method} to {avoid|prevent} the {duplicate content problem | issue of not unique content}.

From a single sentence, you can get many variants, i.e.:

Article rewriting is a great way to avoid the duplicate content problem.

or

Content spinning happens to be a fantastic method to prevent the issue of not unique content.

You should see the point by know. It’s all about unique content and reusability – a well-spun article may be used even hundreds of times safely.

As powerful as it is, writing this way can quickly become tedious beyond despair, unless you’re smart enough to use proper tools.

TBS happens to be one of the best tools in the market (I did it, I’ve revealed my opinion upfront…) to help you with content spinning. Depending on how lazy or how committed you’re, TBS can be run on full auto, or can proficiently aid you in manual rewriting.

The unique selling proposition of TBS always has been the fact that it is a distributed system.

While you get a desktop app to install, it immediately connects to a central server to download the synonyms database which can be edited by all registered users of the system, adding more and more choices, synonyms and phrases, ultimately making the system more powerful for everyone.

Yes, this feature has now been copied by a number of competitors, but due to its huge user base, TBS remains – in my opinion – firmly in the leader’s seat.

Now, when you have an idea of what TBS is all about, let’s dive into its  spinning features. There are so many approaches here that you’ll surely find one which works for you.

Complete automation

imageIf you’re lazy, you can completely automate your workflow. It takes just a a single click with Replace Everyone’s Favorites to prepare a completely spun article, using a public database of synonyms.

You have some options at your disposal here, namely the expected quality (Good, Better, Best), the number of synonyms or the option to either keep or delete the original words found in the article.

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The result of using Replace Everyone’s Favorites is an article in the spintax format.

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Keep in mind – the complete automation is at the expense of quality. Especially if you try the “Good” quality option, the outcome can be quite gibberish. 

Generally, if there’s a chance that your articles will be moderated by humans, you cannot rely on this option. However, it has its purpose, for example to generate comments for Scrapebox, or to post articles to some low-quality tier-3 article directories with auto-accept turned on.

imageIf you only need a single, unique copy of an article sourced for example from a PLR set, you can use Auto Rewrite. It will simply replace some of the words and phrases with synonyms, using relatively safe settings, so your copy should remain readable. Keep in mind, this feature works best for pretty generic, plain articles without specialized terminology or complex stylistic figures.

This is where TBS really shines. I estimate that it can accelerate manual rewriting at least 10 times, if not more. You just tab through words and phrases, and on each stop, TBS shows you a popup with a list of possible synonyms. You can rapidly add only those which make sense in a particular context. CPU power combined with a little brain power can produce fantastic results – highly spun articles which will pass Copyscape and manual moderation.

TBS offers several “views” for manual rewriting to accommodate for different preferences. Instead of simply tabbing through words, you can also switch to the “EasySpin” view which shows the available synonyms for all the words at once.

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It also has editing fields for sentence and paragraph spinning. These two are actually extremely powerful – with Google getting smarter at detecting duplicate content, you need to also work on the structure of your articles – varying the length and formatting of sentences / paragraphs, changing the number of paragraphs, etc.

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More Features

The Best Spinner is so feature-rich that one could write a full-length ebook. Below, I’m just scratching the surface with some of the highlights.

Generate & Compare

The Generate & Compare feature, available from the Publish tab, is something I’m particularly fond of. When you use it, TBS will generate a defined number of articles from your source article, and compare them against each other, providing a percentage indicator of uniqueness. This allows you to immediately verify whether your article is unique enough to be used safely.

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Even better, if you find a combination where the uniqueness ratio is too low, you can click the number to be immmediately presented with a visual comparison of the two versions, with duplicated content highlighted in yellow. This is the most effective feedback to tell you which parts of the article need even more spinning.

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Content Generator

Also available in the Publish tab, Content Generator gives you a glimpse into yet another service provided by Jonathan Leger, ArticleBuilder.net. It is a way to rapidly generate fresh content in one of several pre-defined categories, and with a word count of your choice. If you need fresh content for example to post to your Web 2.0 properties, with Content Generator you’re in luck. It may be best explained by a short video:

API for integration with other tools

Over the last few years, TBS has become almost synonymous with spinning. This position is reinforced by an API which you have access to as a registered user. Thanks to the API, many other tools can make use of the TBS power, including such well-known names as SenukeX or SEO Link Robot, to name just a few. As such, your return on the investment in TBS is multiplied every time you make use of any of these other tools.

Copyscape integration

TBS makes a good use of the API offered by Copyscape. If you have a premium Copyscape account, you can use this feature to verify if your spun articles are unique, directly from the TBS window.

The Results

TBS comes with excellent video tutorials which cover virtually every aspect of the software, including many advanced strategies, so you can quickly get up to speed.

When working with TBS, just keep in mind – this is not a tool to write content for your money sites. TBS is best used to quickly churn out a large amount of content to be used for baclinking purposes. Your links are most powerful when they are in-context, and the content should be readable, but not necessarily Pulitzer-winning.

If you have a good strategy, TBS will become one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal, making you almost unstoppable. If you’re lazy… well, you’ll still achieve something, but your returns will be greatly diminished.

What I don’t like

Honestly, it’s one of those rare cases where I have hard time coming up with things I don’t like. There are some very little quirks that sometimes are annoying:

  • TBS can get a bit sluggish when working on really huge articles (think Ultra Spinnable Articles).
  • Undo is sometimes unpredictable – it can undo much more than you would like.
However, I generally don’t even notice these little quirks in my everyday work, and Jonathan Leger with his team are very quick to remove any bugs as they are discovered.

Pricing

As for the price, it’s a steal, really. I believe it’s beyond any debate. The time savings are so enormous that you can easily make up the price in a day or two.

Right now, The Best Spinner is offered for $77 per year, with a 7-day trial for $7.

Recommendation

Do I recommend The Best Spinner? You bet I do! It’s one of those few tools I use day in and day out, and my workflow would be that much less enjoyable without it. Besides, TBS is in constant development, and Jonathan Leger makes sure that it is always up to date with the latest developments in the SEO world. So…

Get The Best Spinner now!

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CommentLuv Premium now rocking on Uprankers /commentluv-premium-now-rocking-on-uprankers/ /commentluv-premium-now-rocking-on-uprankers/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:22:13 +0000 Marcin /?p=762

This is just a quick note to let you know that I’ve just installed the CommentLuv Premium plugin on this blog. What does it mean for your?

Well, when you leave high-quality comments and add your blog’s URL, CommentLuv will automatically grab your latest post and link to it with a title. However, it gets better:

  • If you have 3 approved comments, you will get a list of your 10 last posts to choose from.
  • If you like or +1 any of my posts, you’ll get 10 last posts to choose from, and your links will be followed.
As you may notice, this is a rather new blog, and I’ve yet to see the first PageRank update for uprankers.com. However, I’m now adding new content several times a week, and working on obtaining high quality backlinks, so it may soon be much more powerful. Therefore, I encourage you to join the discussion.
So, see you in the comments section!
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Spin Rewriter review /spin-rewriter-review/ /spin-rewriter-review/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 11:21:13 +0000 Marcin /?p=702

Spin Rewriter is the youngest kid among article rewriting tools.  Even though it has just been born, it is taking on the competition with a very strong claim it boasts prominently on its site:

Spin Rewriter is 20 years ahead of its Competition!

In view of the fact that the competition, such as The Best Spinner or Spinnerchief, is well established and mature, one really needs strong arguments to back such claims up. So, does SpinRewriter deliver on its promise? Let’s find out.

How Spin Rewriter works?

With Spin Rewriter, there’s nothing to download. The application works entirely in you browser. As long as your subscription is valid, you can just login at the site, and have the latest version available. This is an immediate benefit, as you don’t have to worry about product updates, and you can use the service from any computer.

Spin Rewriter is also a crowd-sourced application, just as the other premium spinners are. It means that while it already comes with a powerful collection of 750,000+ synonyms, it will get better as more users join and start using the tool. The software learns new synonyms, and learns how to best use them.

Actually, the context-awareness is marketed as the strongest unique advantage of Spin Rewriter. Apparently, it understands that the same word, in various contexts, can have completely different meanings, and requires a different set of synonyms.

However, (high-quality) rewriting is a rather intensive task, and good editing features provided by desktop software are more than welcome. Can Spin Rewriter match them? Let me walk you through the process.

1. How to start rewriting

Spin Rewriter has a neat navigation menu which allows you to access the rewriting tools as well as your archived articles. After clicking “Rewrite your Articles!”, you’re presented with a text box to paste your article to rewrite. When you paste your content and click “Start the Rewriting Process!”, you’ll have to wait a while while your article is being processed. Spin Rewriter is accessing its database to look for synonyms, but taking into account the actual meaning of your article. If done right, this could be a huge benefit.

Spin Rewriting is analysing the article

2. Rewriting with Spin Rewriter

It is a fairly straightforward process, although not without some glitches.

Editing with Spin Rewriter

Words in green have synonyms available. Underlined phrases have synonyms for entire phrases.

When you click on a word, a popup with synonyms appears:

Synonyms popup

Please notice two features I’ve highlighted with red cirles.

  • Context selection – Spin Rewriter tries to detect the correct meaning of your word, but you can switch meanings to get another set of synonyms.
  • Three shortcuts, available as “T”, “A” and “R” buttons. The “T” button automatically adds the best synonyms, “A” adds all synonyms”, and “R” replaces all occurences of the current word with the selected synonyms.

You can quickly navigate between words by clicking Shift+A and Shift+S.

The database synonyms for single words is impressive, so you will easily find a lot of options. However, I feel it is still not up to The Best Spinner standard when it comes to synonyms for entire phrases.

More features

Spin Rewriter already has a handful of cool little features to make your life as a user easier:

  • Support for virtually any spin syntax
  • Quick edit mode
  • Encrypted archive of spun articles

Support for various spin syntax

Spintax format selectionThis is extremely convenient, as various article distribution services or tools require different syntax to work with. With Spin Rewriter, it is a matter of just one click to convert from one syntax to another. Generally, you will find that every possible syntax is supported.

Quick edit mode

In this mode, the less important parts of your article are hidden behind a semi-transparent overlay, and your focus is solely on the word/phrase that you’re currently working on. You can jump forward and  backward, quickly editing your article. It’s best explained by a screenshot:

Fast mode editing

Encrypted archive

Once spun, your articles are always available for reuse in an encrypted archive. That’s another convenient feature – you no longer have to email yourself the articles for later use if you’re working on several computers.

The results

First, let’s compare one-click rewriting in the Spin Rewriter to a similar feature in The Best Spinner. I took my sample article for a spin, and below are the first few sentences both programs came up with.

Spin Rewriter

Spin Rewriter was set to “use suggestions that you believe are correct (recommended)”. It took about 3 minutes to generate a spun version of the article.

Artice spun with one-click rewriting

You will immediately notice a few things:

  • It is not terribly bad, for an autospun article…
  • But this is because it is not spun that much at all!
  • Many phrases are left untouched

Ok, let’s verify our initial impressions.

The resulting article, when pasted to The Best Spinner, is only 28% unique.

Not good. Usually, you will need at least 50% for your articles to be useful for link-builiding. TBS has a nifty feature – it can generate a number of articles from the same spun source, and show how unique different versions are. So, let’s have a look:

Uniqueness with Spin Rewriter

Ok, so it’s clear that Spin Rewriter is not for those of you who want to generate garbage spun content. Less pollution on the web may be good, after all. We should really focus on quality rewriting.

But nevertheless, let’s see what The Best Spinner came up with.

The Best Spinner

Here’s the version spun with TBS:

Spun with the TBS

Honestly, for me it does not read any worse than the Spin Rewriter version. And it is much more unique, just have a look:

Uniqueness with The Best Spinner

What I don’t like

Spin Rewriter shows some usability issues right now. For example, the Shift+A and Shift+S shortcuts to navigate between words don’t always work reliably, and when I select complete sentences or paragraphs, the spin popup does not show at all. Without paragraph- and sentence-level spinning, it is difficult to achieve the desired results.

Besides, even though Spin Rewriter has a very nifty shortcut to only select the best synonyms automatically, right now you will only see a message that ‘Spin Rewriter is still evaluating these synonyms, and you’ll have to pick them manually.

Keep in mind that Spin Rewriter is a brand new tool, so these may very well be just some infancy problems, soon to be eliminated.

Pricing

You can try Spin Rewriter completely risk free, as there is a 5-day free trial. So, just sign up for an account to find out if Spin Rewriter will work for you.

As of now, the Spin Rewriter is having a launch promotion. You can lock in your subscription at $13.50 per month or $98.50 per year (which comes down to just above $8 per month).

Recommendation

At this moment, I would not use Spin Rewriter as my primary tool. It is simply not mature enough, and there are some kinks, especially in terms of usability, which slow me down.

Additionally, the context recognition is still not as powerful as I would like it to see. It is more of a promise of things to come than something truly usable.

However, the approach is novel, and the people behind Spin Rewriter are clearly determined to make it a perfect tool for spinners. If they maintain the momentum and gain enough users, SR may soon turn into a top product – it definitely shows the potential.

As such, I intend to revisit it in a few weeks and update this review accordingly.

But, with a free trial, you don’t risk absolutely anything – you have five days to take Spin Rewriter for a spin. So, I urge to give it a shot – this may soon become a mandatory service for every Internet Marketer. ]]>
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HeatMap Theme Pro v5 review /heatmap-theme-pro-v5-review/ /heatmap-theme-pro-v5-review/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 19:55:48 +0000 Marcin /?p=615

HeatMap Theme Pro v5 (HMT Pro) is the latest premium WordPress theme specially designed and optimized for building Adsense-based sites with maximum speed and click-through efficiency.

It is also marketed as a perfect theme for affiliate sites, review sites or squeeze pages – any type of project where easy placement of ads and good click-through rates are important. Yet, for most people it is an Adsense theme.

When you buy HeatMap Theme Pro, you get the core theme which provide the functionality, plus a set of  10 authority skins and 25 classic skins to enhance the visual aspects of your site. They will help you build various Adsense niche sites without repeating your designs.

After your purchase, you will also get access to very comprehensive and up-to-date documentation which clearly explains all the features, and a very active community of users who share tips and their experiences – always a good sign of a healthy product.

How HeatMap Theme Pro works

The HeatMap theme is divided into three distinctive parts:

HeatMap Theme in the Appearance menu

  • HeatMap Options
  • HeatMap Ads
  • In-post/In-page options

HeatMap Theme Options

The HeatMap Options section, located in the Appearance menu of WordPress, provides access to the theme’s basic configuration options, logically split into subsections.

1. Home Page

In this section, you can configure the featured page, but with more features that the standard WordPress settings can offer you. For example, you can show or hide sidebars on the home page, hide other posts, hide post details, include or exclude certain categories, etc.

Home page settings

2. SEO

With HeatMap, you can get away without using any more advanced SEO plugins – all the basics are covered by the theme itself, such as home page meta description, meta keywords, options to assign H1/H2 tags to various items of your content.

HeatMap SEO options

However, if you want to use more advanced features offered by the popular SEO plugins, you may disable HeatMap’s SEO settings entirely.

3. Theme Structure

This is a simple submenu related mostly to your site’s layout. You can switch sidebars from one side to to another, turn them off completely, and also activate a squeeze mode, where the page is narrower. Squeeze mode combined with no-sidebar option is an easy way to build a landing page.

Theme structure settings

4. Header and logo

As expected, you can easily add your custom logo and favicon, as well as hide/show the header, title and tagline. Again, by hiding the header and tagline, you can very easily build a landing page.

5. Navigation

HeatMap is a pretty flexible theme when it comes to navigation configuration.

First of all, it is fully compatible with custom menus introduced in the WordPress 3.x. It means that you have a lot of flexibility in adding and removing menu items as you fancy. Two navigation bars are available – page  navbar and categories navbar.

You can move navbars below or above heard, and also hide them completely.

6. Pages and Posts

This section is used mainly to hide or show various elements (titles, meta information) on posts and pages, in category listings and in archives.

One noteworthy feature is “Title Safety Underlining” which helps you comply with the Adsense TOS if you display in-content ads directly beneath titles.

7. Footers

This section provides you with four fields to enter your footer content (left/right, subfooter), and also allows you to hide the footer entirely.

8. Featured Images

In this section, you can decide whether featured images are floated to the left, to the right, or not floated at all, individually for posts, pages, homepage and category pages.

9. Google

This section provides text fields for analytics tracking code, as well as Google’s custom search engine code.

10. Social network icons

HeatMap supports many social network, including the latest Google+. If you enter your IDs, it can neatly display Google, Twitter, Facebook and RSS buttons.

11. Header and Footer Locking

You can configure HeatMap so that all content scrolls beneath the header/footer which stay in fixed positions. Be sure to read the associated documentation (just click on “?” buttons next to each option) because there are some caveats regading compliance with te AdSense TOS.

12. Additional scripts and CSS

In this section, you’re provided with two text fields to enter any scripts or javascript code which should be embedded in the header of your site.

It is a quick and easy way to add a few custom CSS snippets to tweak your site without editing stylesheets directly.

HeatMap Ads

This is the second cornerstone of the HeatMap Theme Pro. Basically, you’re provided with 23 ad units, neatly grouped for easier access, plus 3 link units. For each unit, there’s a text field to enter your code, and a set of checkboxes to indicate where each particular ad should be shown (these include home page, pages, posts, category, search, archive).

As soon as you paste your code and save, a new widget is created which you can drag & drop into one of the theme’s 23 ad positions.

HeatMap Theme Pro - an Adsense theme for WordPress

This is definitely one of the strongest selling points of this theme – it offers virtually any ad position imaginable – in header, below header, above content, in-content, below content, in footer, in sidebars, etc. The positions are compatible with the popular ad formats, so you can mix-and-match various ad formats easily, achieving pleasing layouts and excellent CTR. Without a doubt, this is the Adsense ready theme.

In-Page/In-Post options

HMT button to ad in-post adsAs flexible as HMT Pro is when it comes to placing your ads, you may still feel the need for more optimization. Well, you’re in luck this time. HeatMap adds a very convenient button directly in the editor which can place any previously defined ad unit directly in the content, in a place of your choosing.

When you click the button, it simply shows you a drop-down with your ads available. You can place it anywhere and select its alignment.

More features

One advanced feature offered by HMT Pro v5 is the ad-rotation capability. For each ad unit, you can use simple syntax to place more than one ad invocation code. This feature plays nicely with various cacheing plugins which might be used on larger sites.

With this flexible solution, you can use the same ad spot for example to display Adsense ads, Amazon affiliate banners and Clickbank banners. This should definitely help combat ad blindness.

While you’re editing your page or post, you also have some additional options below the editor. Basically, what you can do is:

  • add an affiliate link to the WordPress featured image
  • add an affiliate “Buy now” type of button which will be displayed in an excerpt, next to the “Read more” link.

If you’re happy with your theme settings, you can export them, and later reimport to another site to immediately replicate the successful setup.

With a theme, you also get a special recent posts widget with some custom logic, for example it will not display posts which are already listed in the main content section. It also shows a thumbnail and a short description.

The results

It’s too early for me to talk about results in terms of monetization and CTR – I’ve installed HMT Pro on my two new niche sites which are being developed right now.

In terms of ease of use and speed of site building, HeatMap Pro really shines. I had my site setup virtually in minutes, with all ads in proper placements. With configuration export/import features, you can speed that process up even more.

Because the theme is already optimized for conversion, you can immediately focus on writing your content or developing your business, without tinkering with millions of customizations.

What I don’t like

While HMT Pro v5 works perfectly for its intended purposes, some may feel that the styling options are rather limited compared to some other premium themes. There is no easy way to configure default fonts, there are no fancy settings for different background etc.

However, this is onlya minor drawback. First of all, there are many subthemes available, so you will usually be able to find something which fits your needs.

If not, you can still simply edit your style.css file which is not that difficult if you want to just change some visual settings.

Pricing

HeatMap is fairly priced at $70 for a lifetime license, including authority and classic skins, and it can be used on an unlimited number of sites.

Given that the theme has been in the market for two years, and now is in version 5, you may be fairly certain that your investment in a lifetime investment will easily pay off.

Recommendation

It should be fairly obvious by now – if you’re into building Adsense or affiliate sites, HeatMap Theme Pro v5 will be a strong asset in your arsenal – I highly recommend it.

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Alternative to Google Analytics – TOP 5 /alternative-to-google-analytics-top-5/ /alternative-to-google-analytics-top-5/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:05:48 +0000 Marcin /?p=431

I‘ll admit upfront – I love Google Analytics, and I would not look for an alternative to Google Analytics, if not for its two major drawbacks:

  • No real-time reporting
  • Google may learn too much about your site

Lack of real-time reporting is an issue if you run a marketing campaign which you need to monitor and adjust, well, in real time. Sharing excessive amount of data with Google is something we all fear (well, you’ve tried some shady SEO tricks, didn’t you :-) ). With that in mind, let me introduce you to the top 5 statistical packages you can choose from as an alternative to Google Analytics.

1. Clicky [free/paid] – my favorite alternative to Google Analytics

Clicky - my top alternative to Google Analytics

Clicky is my long-time favorite – I’ve happily paid for this services for many months now.

If you compare Clicky to Google Analytics, you will immediately notice that it is much more focused on individual visits and visitors. You can get a very granular view of what every visitor was doing on your website. Whereas GA shines when it comes to aggregate data, Clicky’s advantages are really in this granular view. I actually feel that GA and Clicky complement each other rather well, depending on what you want to find out.

Obviously, Clicky is also a real-time service. As soon as someone enters your website, you will notice it in your stats. If you just launched your latest Adwords campaign, well, Clicky is your friend – you will see the results without any delay.

Clicky is offering a free plan – it is limited in its features, but it may still be awesome to many people. The main limitations of the free plan include:

  • no more than 3,000 page views per day – this is actually quite generous
  • you can track only one website
  • data is retained for only 30 days
  • many premium features (campaigns, goals, engagement reports) are missing

I feel that the one website limit is the biggest drawback of the free plan in everyday use. However, there are very affordable paid plans.

For only $4.99 per month, you track up to 3 websites and 10,000 page views per day, plus you get access to most of the premium features. Standard plans go all the way up to $24.99, for which you get up to 30 websites you can attach to your account, and up to 100,000 daily page views.

2. Woopra [free/paid]

Woopra is competing directly against Clicky on features, and is also a strong alternative to Google Analytics. It also offers real-time reporting and a slew of other features. I actually feel that while it matches Clicky in its granular view of individual visits, it may be just a bit stronger in terms of aggregate statistics. As such, it may be a better complete alternative to Google Analytics.

You can try Woopra without paying, using a free plan. Obviously, it has a number of limitations, but if you’re just starting a website, or if you have a network of niche websites, the free plan may be enough. The key limitations of the free plan include:

  • 30,000 pages views for all your domains combined per month -> the biggest drawback
  • Data retention for 3 months
  • No access to some of the more advanced features, like segmentation or funnels
Compared to Clicky, you can add multiple domains, and that data is retained for 3 months. However, Clicky allows you 3,000 page views per month, or roughly 90,000 per month, so you can use the free plan to track a much larger site than with Woopra.

Obviously, when you outgrow the free plan, there are many paid options available, starting from $4.95 which grants you a limit of 100,000 page views per month, but still no funnels or campaigns.  And again, for the same amount of money, Woopra is offering three times less page views allowed in a month than Clicky. You would actually have to pay $14.95 to get roughly similar number of page views as Clicky is offering for $4.99, and if you need funnels and campaigns, that will cost you at least $29.95 per month. In my opinion, that’s rather expensive.

3. Piwik [free]

Piwik - open source, free and self-hosted statistics

I actually tried Piwik in the past and was not overly impressed back then. So, I was not expecting too much while checking it out for this review. But much to my surprise. Piwik has developed into a very usable and mature product at a price you cannot beat.

Piwik is a self-hosted solution. It may be a no-no for some less technical users or if you’re hosting your website on a cheapest shared server. But with a good hosting and bit of technical knowledge, you get a very solid real-time solution with a nice ajaxified interface. All the typical statistics you would expect are there, and Piwik works in a very similar fashion as any other modern service – you have to paste a snippet of javascript code into your pages to include them in your reports.

Apart from being modern and full-featured, Piwik offers a great benefit of privacy – if you want to be sure that your keyword and your other sources of traffic remain confidential, Piwik is a way to go. Or let’s say that you have a network of second-tier sites used to promote your main money-making pages. Putting Google Analytics would not be too wise, as you would immediately reveal your entire network. But with Piwik, you can still track their performance – for free and for any number of domains you own.

Just keep in mind that Piwik needs to process a lot of data, so if you install it on a popular website, you will either need to ensure that hosting for Piwik is really solid, or turn-off real-time reporting.

As an interesting tidbit – homepage of Piwik has a PageRank of 10 which generally is reserved for absolutely the largest online destinations, such as Google itself. If only I could get a link from Piwik’s homepage :-) .

4. chartbeat [paid, 30-day free trial available]

Chartbeat calls itself “real-time analytics that thinks like you do”. I have no personal experiences with this service, so you may need to do your own research. However, I’ve played a bit with a live demo which is available. Some things I’ve noticed:

  •  The interface is really, really slick, with nice charts, animations and transitions – in terms of UI design, it beats the other services hands down.
  • It seems to me that chartbeat is very much focused on “here and now” of your traffic. In other words, you get a very good overview of what is happening right now, what people are reading and how they are engaging with your website.  That’s the strength of chartbeat.
  • However, there are virtually now tools for analyzing your past traffic and history. So, this tools seems to be useless to data miners who dig into aggregate data to find some gems.
To me, chartbeat does not look like a complete alternative to Google Analytics, but rather a complementary product.

Chartbeat is a paid service with no free plan, but there’s a a 30-day free trial, so you have plenty of time to make up your mind. The cheapest plan is $9.95 per month, and for that you can track up to 5 sites, and up to 1000 concurrent connections, which is a different way of pricing the service than Woopra or Clicky. To quote chartbeat directly, “Concurrent visits are page views that are still active at any given time because a user still has the page open”.

5. reinvigorate [paid, 14-day free trial available]

Reinvigorate - sleek and recently acquired by Webtrends

I have no personal experience with reinvigorate, and there is no live demo to test. However, I’ve heard some good comments about it, and it does look sleek indeed, at least on screenshots. Reinvigorate has recently been acquired by Webtrends, the company behind the technology which was initially used to launch Google Analytics.

Reinvigorate boasts some unique features among the solutions described here, such as heatmaps.

The plans start from $10 monthly, for which you get 500,000 page views, 3 websites and 5 years of archived data.

It remains to be seen how the acquisition will affect the company. Will the product be developed, or will the team be moved to work on other Webtrends projects, is unclear to me.

My search for an alternative to Google Analytics is over – conclusions

For the last 2 years, I’ve grown very fond of Clicky, and it remains my no. 1 choice as an alternative to Google Analytics. Woopra is a strong contender because of its features, and Piwik is my joker – a really mature solution available for free.

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SeoQuake for Chrome and Firefox – a must have SEO tool /seoquake-for-chrome-and-firefox-a-must-have-seo-tool/ /seoquake-for-chrome-and-firefox-a-must-have-seo-tool/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 22:43:46 +0000 Marcin /?p=374

Have you every used complex tools like Market Samurai to do competition research? I have, and I still do actually. And yet, I very often  need just some basic stats, but I need them quick, like… right now. Just to get an overview of what kind of competition I am facing. In such situation, SeoQuake, available for both Chrome and Firefox, is your best bet.

SeoQuake (sometimes spelled Seo Quake) is a free extension/plugin for Firefox and Chrome which gives you loads of statistical information right there where it matters – directly on Google result pages, and on pages that you want to analyze.

To activate SeoQuake, you simply click an icon in a corner of the browser window. Until you do, SeoQuake sits quietly, not interfering with your browsing in any way.

SeoQuake on SERP pages in Google

When activated, SeoQuake adds a toolbar over each result.

The toolbar contains a number of SEO parameters, such as PageRank, number of incoming links (to domain and specific page), number of indexed pages, domain age, sitemap information and more.

The list of parameters is actually configurable and very long – SeoQuake can source information from many different search engines, including Baidu (from China) or Yandex (from Russia), and many different competitive research services, such as Compete.com or SeoQuake’s own SEMRush.

SeoQuake toolbar

SeoQuake toolbar in SERPs

There are many little but very convenient features. First of all, with SeoQuake, search results become sortable. So, if you want to rank results by PageRank or number of incoming links or any other paramter, you simply click a sort arrow.

There is also a dropdown which is extremely useful for people living outside of the US, but targeting the US market – you can quickly set any language of the Google interface, and specify any country code for the results. This allows you to see results as they would be presented to someone living in the US (or any other country, for that matter). The same can be achieved by manually adding strings to the query URL, but with SeoQuake, it’s much easier.

All results can be either saved to a new file or appended to an existing one, so you can conduct a pretty comprehensive research and store the results for future reference.

SeoQuake on target pages

You can get even more data when you move to a specific page. SeoQuake shows a floating toolbar which gives you access to wealth of information. Apart from the same parameters which are available on SERP pages, some of the most useful statistics include:

  •  Keyword density
  • Link counts (external, internal, )
  • General summary

Keyword density reports, in the way they are laid out by SeoQuake, are very useful for a number of reasons.

First of all, when doing competitive research, it is an excellent way to discover the phrases that your competitors are targeting. It is also a good way to find some phrases which you could include in your own content to generate even more possible search combinations leading to your page.

SeoQuake shows tables of single word keywords, as well as 2-, 3- and 4-word phrases; it reports how often they occurred in the content and whether they appeared in the title tag, meta keywords or meta description. There is also a keyword cloud which shows a nice visualization of the most frequently used words. You can also filter the reports to only show keywords which include a specific word.

Keyword density reports are also useful for analyzing your own content to ensure that your target keywords are prominent enough. What I’ve found out is that sometimes, even if you remember to properly add keywords to your article, the remaining content of the site (navbars, navigation menus, footers, etc.) can really dilute your keywords, so you end up with a lot of non-related garbage. SeoQuake helps me clean up my sites.

A Swiss army knife

As you can see, SeoQuake is indeed a powerful tool, and available at the unbeatable price of free. Try it, and you will quickly discover that it is an absolutely indispensable tool for quick, but still impressively thorough research.

I use it especially often when I’m working on my review sites, when I check competition for different product names. I usually need to check a single product name or 2-3 variations of that name – firing up Market Samurat is simply too slow – with SeoQuake, I get results instantaneously. Therefore, I fully recommend that you download SeoQuake addon right now.

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Tweet Adder review /tweet-adder-review/ /tweet-adder-review/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 23:42:38 +0000 Marcin /?p=334

Even though I’ve seen the power of Twitter and social media marketing, I’ve never really had enough self-determination to make the “organic” work required to gain some solid following. I bet I’m not the only one, and with such people in mind, a number of Twitter automation tools have been developed, Tweet Adder 3.0 being a premier one among them. I’ve taken it for a ride to see what’s in it for me, and for you.

TweetAdder – how it works

Tweet Adder overview

In the overview screen, you get a quick glance on all your accounts and basic stats.

The basic principle that Tweet Adder builds upon is: follow enough people and at least some should follow you back. If not, just unfollow them and follow some more. Simple enough that one could do it by hand, but it also lends itself perfectly for automation.

Tweet Adder does just that – it automates all the mundane tasks of searching people to follow, actually following them and unfollowing on schedule. It also adds some bells and whistles to make your Twitter marketing more effective.

Find people to follow in Tweet Adder

Tweet Adder tweet search

Tweet Search module is one of the several ways to build your "to follow" list.

This is the area where Tweet Adder really shines, giving every possible option to find targeted audience. There are several modules, and with a combination of a few of them, you can implement almost any strategy imaginable. All modules add Twitter users to a master “To Follow List” which serves as an input for following/unfollowing users. The modules are:

  • Tweet Search
  • Profile Data Search
  • Location Search
  • Followers of a User
  • Followed by a User
  • Twitter Lists

I use mainly tweet search, profile data search and followers of a user.

With tweet search, you simply specify some keywords that should appear in the tweets of other users. Optionally, you can add location and recency of tweets (in days).  Tweet search can be set on auto-pilot. As soon as the “To Follow List” runs of out IDs to follow, tweet search will fetch more users automatically.

Profile data search is useful if you want even more targeted audience. Usually, if someone mentions their interest in the profile field, it has more weight than just simply mentioning the same keyword in a tweet.

There are also some useful filtering options, like the number of followers and following, number of updates, excluding IDs with default profile images, or excluding/including IDs with a website field set. You can use those to quickly eliminate many obvious bot accounts, for example without a profile image and with a high following to followers ratio. Just keep in mind that profile data search is based on a cached version of the Twitter database, and some results might be off.

Followers of a user is a powerful feature that I particularly enjoy. In every industry, there are some people with a celebrity / guru status who get massive Twitter following. Not only massive, but also targeted.  Taking SEO as an example, people following Matt Cutts will most likely be interested in SEO. Tweet Adder can generate a “To Follow List” by scraping the followers of other Twitter users you indicate.

Follow and unfollow Twitter users

Tweet Adder follow module

The key part of Tweet Adder where you define your follow/unfollow schedule.

This feature is the essence of Tweet Adder. You build a list of users to follow, and then let Tweet Adder do its magic.

You have two options – blast your list all at once or put Tweet  Adder on autopilot and let it work on schedule.

Blasting all at once is not a recommended way and you risk getting your account banned if you follow too many users to quickly. However, I tested blasts of around 400 IDs and nothing bad happened. Still, I would not recommend using this feature on any developed Twitter account that you care about. Try it on new accounts which you can risk losing.

I use the “Automation On” mode. Tweet Adder will follow the predefined number of users every day. Twitter allows up to 1000 follows per day, I’ve tested adding up to 600 users per day without any negative consequences.

Here’s a very important feature of Tweet Adder, one of its main strenghts. It does not use the official API to interact with Twitter. Instead, it logs into the web interface, identifying itself as a regular browser, pretending that it’s actually you who is doing all the work. As the API has some tough restrictions, this is a major selling point. Tweet Adder is updated every time the web interface changes, so it keeps working smoothly.

Tweet Adder constantly monitors users who follow you back. If they fail to do so within a predefined period (3 days by default), it will simply unfollow them, making room for following more new users.

It’s very important because Twitter limits the number of users you can follow. As soon as you follow 2000 people, you will not be able to add more until your follower count gets to a similar level.

Tweet Adder can also follow back, meaning that if someone follows you first, you will follow that person back automatically.

Statistics and results

The obvious question is: does this method work? And the short answer is: yes (altough with some reservations – see below). Using Tweet Adder, I was able to gain more than 300 followers for this site in just a few days, and I’m gaining new ones every day.

What I really enjoy about Tweet Adder is how smooth this software actually works. I have many SEO tools and often they are poorly coded, crashing a lot. Tweet Adder is different – it’s fast, rock-solid and consumes very little resources. I keep it on all the time, and it consumes just about 20 MB of memory. It sits quietly in the tray, doing its work, and I honestly forget it’s even there.

C&C or conversations and conversions

This is the area that I have some serious reservations about. Tweet Adder is technically very sound and it does its job in the background so smoothly you will easily forget it is even there.

However, there are some problems when it comes to the quality of the interactions, and Twitter originally was all about interactions. First of all, you really have no idea who you’re following when you proceed in the thousands. Whatever criteria you use, you still follow people (if they are people at all) based on very little information you have about them. And your stream immediately becomes flooded with messages, so you generally tend to completely ignore it.

You will also get tons of automated direct messages, so you quickly learn to ignore DMs as well. And then, many of the people who follow you back, do so only because they’re also using some Twitter automation software, Tweet Adder or similar, and as soon as you follow them, they will return the favor automatically.

As a result, you’re following many people, you have an impressive number of followers, but in fact, you have no interactions – few people are actually reading what you have to say, and you couldn’t care less about what they are saying/promoting.

However, please keep one thing in mind: my tests so far have been limited to the SEO niche, i.e. people who are into the SEO game. They are often well-aware of such tool. You may get a much different picture in different niches, for example if you have a cooking blog, a fishing blog or if you want to connect to FC Barcelona fans.

Other notable features of Tweet Adder

Tweet Adder tweets list

With Tweet Adder, you can also automate posting new tweets.

Tweet Adder automates not only the follow/unfollow process, but also actually adding content to your account. It can:

  • post tweets from a list
  • post spun tweets
  • post tweets from RSS feeds
  • re-tweet other people according to your specification
  • post random replies to people who mention you in their tweets.

This enables a complete set-it-and-forget-it automation. Just load your list of tweets, optionally with spin syntax, add some users in the re-tweet module, and you’re good to go. Your account will work for you 24/h without you doing any more work.

Tweet Adder also supports proxies. This is extremely important if you manage more than one or two accounts. With proxies, it will appear as though there are different users connecting from different parts of the world. However, keep in mind that free proxies are not very useful with Twitter. If you’re serious about your online business, I would recommend yourprivateproxy.com.

What can you use Tweet Adder for?

I see you asking: is this guy stupid? To get more followers, what else?

Well, you should then ask yourself: what are these followers good for? Not so easy? Ok, let me help you:

  • If you’re not in the Internet Marketing niche, you can probably engage in some meaningful conversations with similarly-minded people. But if you’re into SEO/IM stuff, you will mostly talk to other bots :-) .
  • Getting followers may do wonders to your SEO. Your links will be retweeted, often automatically. Google will discover your content sooner, and the links will improve your rankings (unless you use URL shortening services).
  • You may use Tweet Adder to obtain a social proof – get an initial group of followers who will encourage others to follow you. Most people are more willing to follow people who already have a following. Tweet Adder helps you gain the initial momentum, the critical mass.

Is anything missing?

Tweet Adder 3.0 appears to a be a complete solution but there are two features which are missing, and which would make it the ultimate choice for Twitter automation.

First, there’s no built-in Twitter account creator. That would be a killer feature.

Second, there’s no “wait-and-reply” feature where you define certain keywords and let your application send targeted replies to users as soon as they mention them. So, for example, you would define “WordPress theme customization” as your keyword, and whenever someone mentioned that, your application would send them a message offering your services. This feature is offered by a competing product, called TweetAttacks, that I’m going to review soon.

Tweet Adder – licensing

If you want to purchase Tweet Adder, you have several options – the only difference being the number of Twitter profiles that you can manage within the software:

  • a $55 license for 1 profile
  • $74 for 5 profiles
  • $110 for 10 profiles
  • $188 for unlimited profiles

I believe that for many people, the $74 version will be adequate, but if you’re serious about building your online business, the unlimited license may be a better fit. Keep in mind though that you can upgrade to a higher license at any time, so if you’re not sure about your exact needs, start with a cheaper option. What I really like about this software is that you get a lifetime license with free upgrades. What I like even more is that there actually are timely updates which keep the software working whenever something changes at Twitter. I have nothing to complain about in this department.

Verdict

Technically, Tweet Adder is an extremely reliable tool. It also delivers on its promise – you will gain followers automatically. But keep in mind that you will still have to do some work to make sure that your followers actually interact with you, unless you simply want to impress with statistics.

If you’re after a Twitter automation tool, Tweet Adder gets my top recommendationbuy it today (and no, it’s not an affiliate link).

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ClickBump SEO! review /clickbump-seo-review/ /clickbump-seo-review/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:32:38 +0000 Marcin /?p=317

Rock-solid on-page SEO remains as important as ever, serving as a foundation for your backlinking strategies. With that in mind, Scott Blanchard, famous in some circles for his ClickBump method, has developed a new plugin for WordPress called ClickBump SEO!designed to help you optimize your individual posts. After using it for more than 2 months on a number of my blogs, I now feel confident I can share my opinion on this product with you in this review.

ClickBump SEO! – what can it do?

ClickBank SEO! editor screen

ClickBump SEO! gives you simple tips on how to immediately improve your content

Try imaging that you have a seasoned SEO veteran mentoring you while you write your content. That’s the simplest way to describe ClickBump SEO!

It’s an unobtrusive addition to your WordPress editor screen, providing helpful tips in real time and scoring your efforts in the 0-100 range. ClickBump SEO! follows some of the best practices recommended for optimizing your content. Let’s list them here:

  • Proper keyword density
  • Keyword phrase in the post title
  • H1, H2 and H3 headings with your keyword phrase
  • Keyword phrase in boldface or strong near the top of your content
  • Image with your keyword phrase in the alt text
  • Your keyword phrase in the first and last sentence
  • An internal link near the top of your content
  • Word count above a minimum level

Each time you save the draft of your post, ClickBump SEO! will evaluate all of the criteria above, showing you your final score together with a comment (for example “Needs Work!”). You only need to enter your primary keyword in a field provided by the plugin next to the editor window.

You will see exactly which areas need improvement – green thumb up shows that you’ve taken care of a particular optimization, while orange cones indicate areas which require your attention.

I must admit that ClickBump SEO! works flawlessly – it properly identifies my keyword phrases in the content, in headings and images, scoring them accordingly. It has become my new hobby – to ensure that I always get a score of 100 (or at least 90).

ClickBump SEO! and LSI (latent semantic indexing)

ClickBank SEO! can generate related keywords

Use ClickBump SEO! to find related keywords for your content (it's useful for LSI - latent semanting indexing)

This review would not be complete without mentioning a feature that I particularly enjoy, even though I have some other, more specialized tools.

ClickBump SEO! can be used to generate a number of keywords related to your primary keyword phrase. Try sprinkling them in to your content where logical, and you can easily multiply the number of keyword phrases that people find your article for. This feature is perfect because it fits so naturally with your workflow – there’s no need to switch windows to launch an external keyword tool – everything is right next to the editor. And it works instantly – just click the “Get LSI” button and the results are there.

You can also easily enter different primary keywords to get even more ideas.

ClickBump SEO! for batch post management

One of the nice features of ClickBump SEO! is that it shows a SEO! score in the Posts overview screen. You can immediately spot posts which would benefit from some additional optimization, and you can make progressive enhancements to your content.

This can actually be a strong selling point if you’re flipping sites. Just paste a screenshot showing that all posts on a site you’re selling have a score of at least 90, and you can safely claim that the site is well-optimized for search traffic.

On-site optimization with ClickBump SEO!

In addition to all of the above features, ClickBump SEO! has some features which work throughout your site.

First of all, it can add to all external links in your posts. I actually don’t recommend turning this setting on – Google may penalize sites with no do-follow external links.

However, there is a more specific setting which makes my life just a little bit easier – I used to achieve a similar result with some custom .htaccess settings. ClickBump SEO! can add to selected internal links, according to a path pattern. So, if you have cloaked affiliate links which are routed through yoursite.com/recommended/link, you can easily add tag to all links which include “recommended” in the path. It protects you from any penalties Google may impose for paid links.

ClickBump SEO! also has an option to clean category URLs. It simply removes the word “category”, so yoursite.com/category/category-name becomes yoursite.com/category-name. It’s definitely an improvement for SEO and looks better.

Verdict

Even if you’re a seasoned SEO pro, ClickBump SEO! still makes your life easier with LSI suggestions, category URL cleaning and adding to cloaked links. For everyone else, it makes creating well-optimized content which ranks on page 1 so much easier that I fully recommend you get it now.

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