Sites Reduced as Temporary Workaround to Submission Problem

Yesterday we encountered a problem where a very large percentage of submissions were failing. We put the site into maintenance mode whilst we investigated the problem in order to prevent new jobs from being submitted.

We have now identified the problem, but unfortunately not yet been able to fix it. A large number of bookmark sites now use a captcha system called SolveMedia and something in their API has changed which has caused our captcha-solving code to stop working. This causes the submission to fail. This is the cause of the issue.

So we have identified it, but we have not yet been able to actually fix it and get a SolveMedia site to work.

As a temporary workaround we have put all sites that use SolveMedia on trial, which of course has drastically reduced the number of live sites. Any jobs that were previously scheduled to go to those sites will continue to be processed and unfortunately will fail until we can fix the code. Of course, you are always refunded for any failed submissions. You only ever pay for a successful submission.

Whilst we work to try and fix the problem, we will also start adding some other bookmark sites that we have ready to go which do not use SolveMedia. That way we can start to build up the sites list again.

 

15 New High PR Sites Added

Last week we put a batch of new high PR social bookmarking sites on trial and we have been slowly adding these into the system over the last few days. We have also removed some sites with lower PR and some that were not performing as well as we would like.

As we move forward now we are only going to be adding sites with PR3 or above and we will slowly be replacing those sites with a lower PR.

Don’t forget to submit your existing links to these new sites – you’ll see the numbers in the “Submissions Available” column have increased. You can simply click the job ID of each job, and then select the sites to submit to just like with a new job.

Moving Back to Fewer Sites, But Higher PR

After all the excitement last month of finally building up to 100 social bookmarking sites, we’ve now been taking a careful look at how they are being used. Most people don’t submit to 100 sites for every post, or even on many posts.

What we’ve been seeing over recent months (well longer than that really) is that most people seem to be submitting to a fewer number of sites and generally picking the higher PR ones.

This makes sense when you take into account the changes that Google have been making to their algorithm of late. They are clamping down more and more on over-optimisation in particular and unless your text is spun extremely well, blasting out 100 links to a single post can leave a footprint, especially if the submission is made on one of the faster speeds.

So even though we now have the ability to add tons more sites, we’re not actually going to do that. Well, not exactly….

We’ll still be adding lots of sites – but not every site we add performs brilliantly. They vary wildly in their performance. As a base we have 30-40 sites that are close to 100% success rate, and have been around for a long time and we’ll always keep those sites.

But some of the newer ones we add are most probably hosted on weak servers and don’t stand up to heavy traffic – they are slow, cause timeouts and server errors and as a result their success rates are much lower. We won’t be keeping those, especially if they are low PR (less than 3).

So what we’re going to do is keep adding sites, but be more picky about what we add. We’re not going to add any more PR1’s at all, so any new sites now will be at least PR2 and we’ll be favoring the highest PR sites. So if we have a lower PR site that’s not performing site and we have a new higher PR site that’s doing well, we’ll replace the lower PR site.

Over time we aim to have a smaller collection (around 50 maybe) of sites that are of higher quality and perform better overall.

250-12,500 Free Credits Without Spending a Dime Extra!

This week we are celebrating hitting a milestone of 100 live social bookmarking sites in IMAutomator. And to celebrate we are offering an additional 50% extra credits on all monthly plans and credits packs!

For those of you who are already subscribers to one of our monthly plans, this is your chance to get those 50% extra credits without spending any more money! We haven’t changed the prices of any of the plans or packs – all we have changed is the number of credits that are provided.

So, if you want to take advantage of these 50% extra credits but don’t want to spend any more, simply cancel your existing plan and re-sign up to the same plan! Your monthly cost will be exactly the same but you get those 50% extra credits for the entire life of your subscription!

You’ve got just a few days left to take advantage of this offer – this promotion runs until Monday 11th August and then all our products revert back to what they were!

100 Sites Reached! 50% Extra Credits Free – 1 Week Only!

Well we’ve finally done it – 100 live social bookmarking sites in IMAutomator! We’ve been working up to this point for several months and we’re delighted to bring you a very special promotion to celebrate:

 

50% Extra Credits FOR LIFE!

This offer applies to both the one-off credit packs and our monthly plans. If you choose to take out one of our plans this week, for as long as you keep your new subscription you get to enjoy those 50% extra credits every single month for life!

The extra credits on packs are allocated at the time of the purchase only, but you may purchase as many packs as you like.

Note that your credits never expire so now is the time to stock up 🙂

Click here to get your 50% free credits

This Offer Will Never Be Repeated!

We’ve never done an offer like this before and we’ll never do it again! It is valid for 1 week only – until 11th August 2014 and then the prices go back to normal.

We’ve been saying for weeks that something HUGE was coming when we hit 100 sites and this is it! But we can’t hold these prices long term so it’s going to be a 1 week long promotion only and let me re-iterate – we will NEVER repeat this promotion again!

Never again will you be able to get credits as cheap as $0.66 each!

Click here now to get started

What If I Already Have a Subscription?

If you already have a subscription to one of our monthly plans and want to take advantage of this offer, simply cancel your existing subscription in your Paypal account and take out a new one! If you’re not sure how to cancel your existing subscription have a look in our FAQ pages as it’s explained in there.

Alternatively, just leave it to us. We check all new subscriptions and if we find an existing subscription already active on the account when a new one is started we will cancel the old one our end – but this may take 24-48 hours.

What If I Cancel The Offer Subscription Later?

As always, you are free to cancel your subscription at any time, and as mentioned above you can do this by yourself inside your own Paypal account. This applies to your existing subscription and to the new ones offered this week.

However, please take note that these 50% extra subscriptions will only be able this week -until 11th August 2014. As long as you keep it active you continue to get the 50% extra credits every month but if you cancel it at some point in the future after this week and want to take out another one, only the previous subscriptions at the regular prices will be available.

Here’s the link one last time – remember, one week only: http://www.imautomator.com

Did I Mention This Is For ONE WEEK ONLY?

It’s not often we do the hard sell at IMAutomator but we will be a little this week as this really is just a very special one-off promotion. It’s not a tactic designed to lure you in and then we have some weird technical issue and extend the offer a week longer.

This offer really will be running just for this week. It ends on the 11th August.

However we will be keeping you updated via email, on this blog and also on our Facebook page so as long as you’re not completely unplugged for a week you have no excuse not to miss out and take advantage!

Oh, And Here’s Some Free Credits Also 🙂

So we gave away 250 when we hit 70 sites, and again at 80 sites, then at 90 so we thought we’d just continue the tradition one last time! If you’ve not tried IMAutomator yet then these credits will allow you to do so and if you’re an existing member then this is just another thank-you 🙂

Here’s the credit code: KQCGAUNGKUU3

This credit code will also expire on the 11th August 2014 so as with the previous ones, make sure you redeem it straight away!

 

90 Bookmark Sites Live! Giving Away More Credits :-)

We’ve just hit 90 live social bookmarking sites; so close to 100 now! As we’ve been doing for the last couple of months, as we’ve hit another mini milestone on the way to the big 100 we are giving away more free credits! As before, we are giving away a credit code worth a whopping 250 credits, here it is:

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How to Redeem Your Credit Code

  1. Login to IMAutomator at http://www.imautomator.com
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the Members page to ‘Enter a Credit Code’
  3. Paste the code in the box and press the ‘Submit Code’ button

You’ll get a message saying the code was accepted. To check the credits were allocated correctly, click on the Members page again and this time, in the section “Generate a Credit Transaction Report”, click the ‘Generate Report’ button and you’ll see all the credits allocated and spent.

This code expires on the 21st June 2014, so don’t wait to redeem it!

Huge Promotion Coming at 100 Sites

What we have been working up to for the last couple of months is getting 100 social bookmarking sites in the system and we’re very close now. When we go live with our 100th site we’re going to be doing a very special promotion which is unlike anything we’ve ever done before and won’t repeated so make sure to keep an eye on our blog and on your email for the notification on that. You won’t want to miss it 🙂

Automated Social Bookmarking – 250 Free Credits To Get Started!

Here at IMAutomator we have been bringing you automated social bookmarking for the last 5 years and in recent months we’ve streamlined our system, and found new sources of sites and have been able to bring you many more sites for you to submit to at the click of a button.

Today we have surpassed the 80 sites mark and as a celebration we’re giving away a credit code worth 250 credits which is enough to submit a bookmark to every site in the system! Here it is:

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How to Redeem Your Credit Code

1) Login to IMAutomator at http://www.imautomator.com
2) Scroll to the bottom of the Members page to ‘Enter a Credit Code’
3) Paste the code in the box and press the ‘Submit Code’ button

You’ll get a message saying the code was accepted. To check the credits were allocated correctly, click on the Members page again and this time, in the section “Generate a Credit Transaction Report”, click the ‘Generate Report’ button and you’ll see all the credits allocated and spent.

This code expires on 25th June 2014 so don’t delay in redeeming it!

No IMAutomator Account? Get One Free!

If you’ve not tried IMAutomator before this is the perfect time to give it a go. We offer a free trial which comes with 100 free credits and with the code above you’ll have a total of 350 free credits to play with to try out the software.

If you like it you can sign up to one of our monthly plans which provide the best value or just purchase a credit pack without any monthly commitment.

If you’d like a real quick overview of how IMAutomator works, check out our 60 second intro video and if you have a little more time you can also watch our training videos to see how it works in more depth.

We’ve Got More Credits to Give Away!

We’re really excited that we’ve been able to add so many new sites over the last few months; and some of them are pretty high PR! We’re aiming for 100 social bookmarking sites and when we hit that we’re going to be running a very special offer which you won’t want to miss! In the meantime, we’ll be giving away more free credits when we hit 90 sites which should not take very long 🙂

 

If you’ve never used IMAutomator before, check out our 60 second intro video.

72 Social Bookmarking Sites Live! 250 Free Credits For Everyone :-)

After making the decision to discontinue our Article & RSS tools, we’ve been able to really concentrate on Social Bookmarking sites and today we have 72 sites live! This is more than we’ve ever had before, and we’ve got a great mix of sites including 2 PR8 sites, 6 PR7 sites, 13 PR4 sites and a whole bunch PR1-3!

As a little celebration, we want to give everyone the chance to try out all of these great new sites that we’ve been adding and so here is a credit code worth 250 credits, more than enough to submit to every single site!

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How to Redeem Your Credit Code

1) Login to IMAutomator at http://www.imautomator.com
2) Scroll to the bottom of the Members page to ‘Enter a Credit Code’
3) Paste the code in the box and press the ‘Submit Code’ button

You’ll get a message saying the code was accepted. To check the credits were allocated correctly, click on the Members page again and this time, in the section “Generate a Credit Transaction Report”, click the ‘Generate Report’ button and you’ll see all the credits allocated and spent.

No IMAutomator Account? Get One Free!

If you are new to IMAutomator, you can sign up to one of our monthly membership plans which offer the best value submission credits, but if you’d rather try before you buy you can go ahead and create a free account, then use the credit code above to get you started 🙂 Later on you can buy credit packs as and when you need them or sign up to a monthly plan.

If you’ve never used IMAutomator before, check out our 60 second intro video.

How to Spend Your Credits!

The most basic way to spend your credits is of course to submit a new job and these 250 credits will be more than enough to cover a job submission to EVERY site in the system if you wish but you don’t have to do it that way.

Firstly, you could split up the credits on several jobs, or try submitting a site with the Directory submitter instead.

Another way is to resubmit some of your old jobs. We’ve recently revamped the jobs list to more clearly show the number of ‘Submissions Available’ for every single job. Your older jobs will have more submissions available as more new sites will have been added since they were last submitted.

Simply click on the job ID of any job you’d like to resubmit, select the sites you would like to submit to just as you would in a new submission, and then submit it. You can also edit the job if you like at this point.

You can do this for as many jobs as you like, as often as you like. Every time we add new sites to the system the number of Submissions Available for each job is updated.

More Free Credits Coming Soon!

We are heading for 100 social bookmark sites; that has been our goal for a long time. When we hit that number we’re going to be running a HUGE promotion!

But in the meantime, we’re also really excited to be getting closer so we are going to be giving away free credits when we hit 80 & 90 sites so keep an eye on your email, this blog and on Facebook!

Duplication Errors Now Fully Fixed

Last week I wrote about a duplication error we’d found that was causing jobs to fail with an (incorrect) “Duplicate URL” error. To summarise the problem… if a submission timed out after the actual post had been made but before the success check had been completed then the job would be rescheduled to be retried a few hours later but woud then fail on the second attempt with a duplication error because the original post had in fact succeeded.

We implemented a fix for that and if a duplication error is found, we now just skip ahead to the part where we pull out the URL of the new bookmark that was created. However, we hit a snag there… we use a large pool of accounts for submissions and we use them at random for each job so when a job was retried there was no guarantee that the same account would be used the second time and in this case we wouldn’t be able to pull out the Bookmark URL as it would be on somebody else’s account.

So the solution for that was to start tracking which account is used with each submission job and then in the case of a retry (which happens on server errors) it will use the same account for any subsequent retries of that particular job to ensure we can correctly grab the Bookmark URL that was created.

We have implemented this fix today but please note that it is not retroactive. Meaning, we cannot go back into past jobs and figure out what account was used so we can only start recording this information from this moment onward so for any jobs that were submitted into the system prior to this fix, it’s still possible that you will get some jobs that are not correctly reporting the Bookmark URL that was created.

All new jobs going forward though should now be working fully as intended!

All New Jobs Now Default To Spintax Format

Today we have streamlined the job submission process to default to the spintax option when submitting new jobs. Previously you had two options (it would default to no spinning) and you’d have to manually click the spintax button to submit a job that had spintax in it.

This was actually a little awkward because if you submitted a regular job you could not later go back and add spintax to it due to the way in which the job types were stored in our database. However a spintax-ready job doesn’t actually need to contain spintax in it meaning that it can support regular jobs as well. So we simply decided to get rid of the two options and just default to spintax!

A Spintax Recap

Spintax is a method of creating multiple versions of your text that mean the same thing but use different words. For example:

IMAutomator is the {easiest|quickest|most user friendly} {social bookmarking|link building} software {around|available|on the market} today!

The phrase above has three spintax clauses {|}, a 3-word clause, a 2-word clause and a final 3-word clause. This means that this particular sentence can be combined in 3x2x3 ways which is a total of 18 different combinations.

When you use spintax in the text fields of your jobs, IMAutomator will automatically generate all the different versions for each individual field and then rotate around them for each of the individual site submissions.

Why Use Spintax?

The idea of spun content first came about a few years ago when article submission was popular as Google started to get more sophisticated it could recognise that multiple articles contained the same text and it would choose to show only a handful of results on the search page and add a message that additional similar results had been hidden. By creatively spinning your text in this way you can create a huge number of unique versions of your text so that it doesn’t get caught by this ‘duplicate content’ filter.

Spintax has become even more important since the Penguin update of 2012. In that update Google began to penalise websites that had ‘over-optimized’ anchor text and it is now recommended that you vary your anchor text as much as possible and only use your primary keywords for about 5% of your backlinks.

When using social bookmarks for backlinks, the title of the bookmark is the anchor text. If you blast out 50+ bookmarks using the exact same title Google is going to pick that up. So make sure you add some spintax to the title field especially to avoid this problem!

Spintax Too Time Consuming?

Creating spintax content is not difficult but it can be time consuming. If you want to create it more quickly, I can recommend The Best Spinner (aff link) which allows you to quickly create spintax clauses from their massive dictionary. It even has a fully automated option which will spin your entire text at the click of a button!

 

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