This is a long post, but quite important as it describes a big change coming to the jobs submissions functionality for Pro members.
The Secondary Submissions tool is an under-used tool available to Pro members to allow you to reschedule your existing links to any new sites added since the original submission. This allows you to continue getting new backlinks for your previous submissions for as long as you have your IMAutomator account.
We ran a global report today counting up all the secondary submissions available for all jobs for each of the Pro members. Some of you guys have 50k submissions available!!! That’s 50k backlinks just sitting there unclaimed!
Anyway, this tool has great intentions but was never implemented particularly well and it’s not intuitive to use which is probably why it is under-used. The addition of the upcoming Captcha Credits functionality will force us to change how this whole concept works.
Currently, as a Pro member, when you submit a new job it gets blasted out to every site in the system without exception. When Captcha sites are live, you’ll have a new interface in the submission screen that allows you to choose which sites to submit to and you’ll see just how many credits it will cost.
As an aside, we have also had a few requests to allow selection of sites in general. Not all members want all links to go to all sites – it can be beneficial to mix up the backlink profile and not use the exact same set of sites for all your links.
So, when we build the interface to allow selection of Captcha sites, we’re going to do it for ALL sites – so if you don’t want to bother with some PR1’s or perhaps you’d rather use your own account for a particularly high profile site, then you’ll have the flexibility to do that.
So that is going to change the concept of job ‘completion’. As it stands now, a job gets scheduled to be submitted to every site, and once all of those submissions are complete the overall job is deemed to be complete and it moved to the completed jobs page. Then it becomes available for selection in the Secondary Submissions screen.
This is messy and unnecessarily complicated. Instead, we want to move towards the concept of jobs never being complete as there will always be new sites available. This will be especially so with the addition of Captcha sites simply because there are so many MORE of them! We will really be able to expand our site lists.
And this is another reason why you might want to be selective about what sites you choose. If we had 100 bookmark sites, you might not want your link to be blasted to every single one of those (but if you do – you can do that as before!)
So once you submit a job, instead of the whole ‘secondary submissions’ idea (which is a stupid name anyway!) we’re going to introduce instead the concept of ‘submissions available’. If we have 50 sites and you submit a bookmark to 40 of them, that job still has 10 submissions available. If the next day we add 2 new sites to the system, that job now has 12 submissions available and every other job you ever submitted in the past has 2 new ones.
We want to make it easy and intuitive to pickup all these additional submissions. First of all we’re going to overhaul the jobs list. Right now it just gives you a great big list divided into pages and there’s no way to easily search through them. We’ll add searching and sorting functionality so you can see jobs from a date range, or do a text search on the title or the URL and so on.
In this jobs list we’ll also show a new column indicating how many submissions are available. For existing members that have been with us for a while and have never used the Secondary Submissions tool, this number on many jobs will be equal to the count of the current sites in the system!
Then you’ll be able to go into any job and edit it like you do now except that you’ll also be able to submit it to any of the new sites just like you do with a new submission.
This will be quite a big change, and we’ll have to introduce it in stages so for the meantime, the secondary submissions tool will continue to work as it does now, but captcha sites will be omitted. Once you’re able to re-submit directly from the jobs screen we’ll get rid of the secondary submissions tool entirely.