Yearly Archives: 2012

Secondary Submissions Tweak

I’ve had a couple of people experiencing trouble with the Secondary Submissions tool and have made a small tweak to it accordingly.

When you generate a report it will give you a list of jobs starting at the Job ID you selected (defaults to the first 20 jobs) and then it has a column named ‘Nr Subs’ which is the number of Secondary submissions available for that job. If it’s a newly submitted job or you’ve recently run a batch on it, it might be 0 in which case that job is finished for now.

The issue is that it still allowed you to select it and so it was possible to select all jobs with 0’s which does nothing – this would simply display the ‘Generate Report’ screen again. So it looks like a bug.

What I have now done is for any job with 0 subs available, the row is dimmed out in a gray color and the checkbox is disabled so you cannot actually select it. Hopefully that should make the functionality a little clearer.

If you generate a report and all the jobs come up with 0’s, try again with a higher job ID. If they are still all 0’s then you’re done with that job type for now. Try again in a week or so when new sites might have been added.

IMAutomator Now Has Full Spintax Support!

IMAutomator now supports Spintax on every one of the 4 submission tools so it is now available for all members – Light & Pro alike! All of the submission tools work in exactly the same way so we now have a training article explaining how to use it in the general section of the training page.

Note that due to the different way in which Spintax jobs are stored and handled in the database, previous regular jobs cannot be edited to have spintax put on them. You have to choose the spinning type when creating a new job. However, I know a lot of existing members have been waiting for this particular functionality for some time so I can offer a workaround for those who would like to re-submit their existing (incomplete) jobs with spintax.

Firstly, delete the regular jobs that you wish to replace with spintax versions. If they are articles, as these do not contain a URL you may simply go ahead and create new Spintax jobs for those articles right away. For other job types, I will need to remove the lock on those jobs so that you are able to re-submit them. Once you have deleted the jobs in question, please contact me via the contact form and I can remove the locks for you. You will then be able to re-submit the jobs.


Spinning Now on Directory Submitter

Today we’ve extended the Spintax functionality to include the Directory submitter – only RSS left to do now! It works the same as all the others, training articles to follow in due course.

Spinning – Please Ensure {} Groups Are Properly Closed

We have noticed a problem in a few cases where the spintax that has been submitted has not been properly closed. This seems to happen in extreme cases where there is so much spintax in the source text that it exceeds the maximum field size and gets truncated.

We have extended the size of the input fields to accomodate spintax (they are three times larger) but there are still limits so before submitting your jobs please ensure that your text fields are fully entered and have not been truncated. Note that jobs will only be spun enough to as many versions as there are sites, which for articles is currently 49, so if you’re submitting content designed to be spun to 1000+ unique versions for example, that could be too large for our input fields.

What happens in this case is that the spinning is aborted and the field is submitted as-is, containing the spintax which is obviously not desired.

It should be possible for us to implement a syntax checker that will prevent submission in this case but for the meantime just double check your jobs before submitting.

If you know you have a lot of spintax you may wish to check your existing jobs. You can also fix the problem yourself manually by editing your jobs to see if they are truncated and if so, just remove the last sentence that is cut off. We are going through and doing this for jobs as we find them but if members could fix their own jobs that would save us a little time 🙂

Bookmark Spinning is Live!

After ironing out a few minor glitches with the Article spinning functionality, it has now been implemented on the Bookmarker which is of course available to ALL members – both Light and Pro.

I haven’t put up a training article yet but if you read the one for the Article spinner that I posted yesterday it works in exactly the same way.

Spinning support for the Directory and RSS tools will be following in due course!

Fixed a Couple of Spinning Bugs

We found a couple of minor issues with the Article Spinner that was released a few days ago. The maximum size permitted for fields has now been increased on spintax jobs to allow for all the extra word combinations, an error with spintax detection in a non-spintax bug has been fixed and we’ve also increased the storage capacity as we’d under-estimated it and it was only storing about 20 article versions for longer articles.

Other than that, it is looking good and the next tool to get it will be the Bookmarker which will of course allow all of the Light members to use spintax as well as the Pro members.

Article Spinning is Live!

After an extremely long delay, I’m very pleased to announce that the Article Spinning functionality is now live! Obviously this only affects Pro members right now but once it has been given a bit of a test drive, that same functionality will be rolled out to all other tools, starting with the Bookmark Submitter!

A new training article has been added to the training page so please go ahead and read that to find out exactly how it works.

Note that spintax can only be applied to new jobs. If you try to edit an existing job and add spintax to it you will get an error message.

Server Issues Resolved

The server issue reported yesterday has now been resolved, and all jobs are being processed normally. Any of the jobs that had previously been rescheduled will now be processed within the next 12 hours.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We will be looking for a new server host!

Temporary Server Problem Workaround

Following from my past post, as a temporary workaround, we have been able to isolate the problem and prevent the engine from submitting jobs that are on the problematic server until the problem is resolved but to continue to process all other jobs as normal.

Only selected bookmark jobs are affected and these are simply being rescheduled for 12 hours from the submission time in the hope that the server will be back up in 12 hours time. If not, the jobs will be rescheduled again. We are still waiting to hear back from the server tech support…. I think we need to find a better hosting company!

Again, apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Server Issues, Submission Engine Paused

I’m sad to report that once again we’re having a problem with one of our servers – the problem actually is worse than last time and it has caused the submission engine to stop. We’ve submitted an urgent support ticket to the hosting company and hope it will be resolved quickly.

In the meantime, submissions are not being processed so the last submission report you will see is the 31st March. However you can still go ahead and submit new jobs as normal and these will not be affected.

I shall of course post on here when I have an update on the situation. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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