Article Sites Going The Way of the CAPTCHA
Many bookmark sites cannot be added to IMAutomator due to the fact that they require a CAPTCHA to be filled in on the submission page – this is a dynamically generated image containing some combination of letters / numbers designed especially prevent automated submissions.
Actually they can be added – but unfortunately there is a cost associated with submission. We’re going to be adding support for a service called Decaptcher which allows these codes to be entered during a submission process like ours. But for now, we simply don’t include the sites in IMAutomator.
Most of the article directories that we use are based on a number of popular templates and it would appear that one of the templates has recently had an upgrade which places one of these CAPTCHAS on the submission page for these so we’re having to remove them also. 5 Sites were removed today but luckily we have a few more article sites on the list ready to be tested for submission next week so we should be able to get the numbers back over 50 again soon.
Sites Back Up, And Support Over Christmas
The sites on our network are back up and running now but initial stats are showing that the performance isn’t quite 100% so we’ll be keeping an eye on that and possibly tweaking things on the server if need be.
There will be no IMAutomator support on the 25th & 26th December; any emails and issues over these couple of days will be addressed on the 27th. Happy Holidays people and honestly, if you’re reading this – stop working and go spend some time with your families! 🙂
New Server Up, Sites Will Be Back Soon
We mentioned in the last post that the host on which a network of sites (that we own) took our account down for consuming too much CPU (!). Unfortunately they were not able to resolve this for us – Bad HostGator! Therefore we have now purchased a dedicated server from an alternative host.
This server is now up and running and all the sites that went down should also be back (with all data intact) within 24 hours. Thanks for your patience!
A Few Sites Temporarily Down
We have a few sites in our system that are on the same host. This host has determined that they are using too much CPU and has temporarily disabled the account. We are currently in negotiations with them to arrive at a solution and the sites will be back online soon – apologies for the inconvenience.