ScribeFire Test For Sending To Multiple Blogs

I am currently using this post to test the ScribeFire add-on (Firefox extension). It is used to publish to various different blogs. It also works if you have WordPress on your own domain. But it also works for WordPress.com. Currently, it apparently does not work with Tumblr due to an API change in 2014.

I’d like to use ScribeFire to post the same message to multiple blogs. I am still trying to work out how to do this. So far, I added two blogs. But when I truy to select both blogs so I can send to both, it is only letting me pick one of the blogs. So I am going to have post here in Writing Shares first and then see what happens on the next page after publishing the post. In the ScribeFire options, it said you can see a list of other blogs to publish to after publishing a new post.

Update: Yes, after publishing on the first blog, you will see a list of your other blogs, with a checkbox by each blog name. You can then check off the boxes and click a button to publish. What I am not sure about is how many blogs you can add. I haven’t found that information yet.

Quick AdSense Plugin Settings to Install AdSense Ads in WordPress

WordPress blog and website owners frequently use the AdSense ad program from Google to monetize their visitor traffic. However, it is very complicated to dive into the actual WordPress code to program the AdSense ad code into your WordPress property. Instead, you can use a plugin like Quick AdSense.

I personally use Quick AdSense on WritingShares.com and have been pleased with it. However, the programmer is not only a programmer, but his English is not super, either. Thus, it can be difficult setting up Quick AdSense. I recommend it, but just follow my instructions to set up AdSense on pages and posts.

By using these settings, you will have 3 ads on each page. Note that I do not include an AdSense ad in my sidebar or header or footer. The sidebar is almost pointless as an AdSense area. While the header and footer may get some clicks, putting your ads near the actual content of the page generally produces better results. As such, I recommend using these settings for increased AdSense revenue potential.

You first need to have the AdSense ad code. On my site, I use a 336 x 280 square for all three ad blocks. Get this from your own AdSense account.

Next, you need to install the Quick AdSense plugin. A link to the plugin’s home page on the WordPress website is included at the bottom of this article.

Once installed and activated (WordPress will ask you if you want to activate it after installation), you will see a “Setting” link. Click on that and follow the settings instructions below to set up AdSense ads with Quick AdSense.

 

 

Near the top of the settings page, choose to place up to 3 ads on a page. You could make this only one or two, but do not make it more than 3 if you are using AdSense ads only. You could include more than 3 if you are placing other advertising with this Quick AdSense plugin, but do not make more than 3 ad blocks for AdSense because that generally violates Google’s ad-placement policies.

Put a checkmark for “Beginning of the Post,” “Middle of the Post” and “End of Post.” Select Ads 1 in the drop-down box for the beginning of the post, Ads 2 for the middle, and Ads 3 for the end.

For Appearance, I personally put a checkmark for posts, pages and the home page. I leave the categories, archives and tags blank. The reason for this is that these pages may have a very small amount of information. Although probably not against the rules, it is arguably against AdSense TOS to put the ads on pages with almost no content. Thus, if you or one of your guest bloggers makes a new tag or category, there could be nothing but a teaser of one blog entry along with 3 AdSense ads. Yes, there may still be information in your sidebar or other parts of the page, but it’s best to not run the risk of violating Google AdSense terms.

I leave the Quicktags section blank because I invite freelance writers to come and write for Writing Shares for revenue sharing. Thus, it would be a bad idea to have AdSense settings in the article-editing areas of my site. If you are the only publishing articles on your site, then you may choose to enable Quicktag buttons for various purposes.

Caution: This next part is actually the opposite of the way the Quick AdSense developer tells you to do it. Although the plugin says that the ad codes must not be identical, I personally found that I had to make them identical to get all 3 to display.

What I am referring to here is Quick AdSense’s “AdSense Codes” settings section. When I made a separate AdSense ad code for Ads 1, 2 and 3, I found that the first ad block displayed. However, the second 2 ad blocks did not display and only showed a blank pink area.

But when I used the exact same ad code from my AdSense account in the first 3 ad blocks, it displayed all three (Ads 1 at the beginning of the post, Ads 2 in the middle, and Ads3 at the end of the posts).

For each ad, I leave the alignment as “Center” and the margin as 50 px. It is important to have a lot of pixels around your ads so as not to violate AdSense’s rules on accidental clicks.

This is all you have to do to get your Quick AdSense plugin to display ads on your WordPress blog. It really is that simple. Just remember that the instructions for the “AdSense Codes” section of the settings did not work for me. I actually did the opposite of the instructions to get all 3 ad blocks to show on my WritingShares.com blog.

 

Resources:

 

QuickAdSense Home Page on WordPress

Tips for the Sabre Anti-Spam WordPress Plugin

If you have just started with WordPress, you are in for a seriously rude awakening. There are software programs out there that will automatically register for your WordPress blog. There are a couple of reasons why people would want to do this. The first is to submit articles automatically, and the problem is these articles are usually PLR or resale-rights articles that are not unique or, worse yet, articles generated from article-spinning software that you would never want on your blog. The second reason is comment spam, which is where people who have not even read your article post a bogus comment with a website link to promote their own website.

In my experience so far, Sabre has been 100% effective in blocking this registration spam. Of course, it is still possible for some to get through, but the Sabre anti-registration spam WordPress plugin has already blocked the first 48 spam attempts.

However, the Sabre plugin is a bit complicated to set up and has a lot of different options. You don’t want to use all of these options because that would make it too inconvenient for real users to register at your blog. Thus, I am going to tell you what settings I am using to stop spammers on my WordPress blog from registering.

Personally, I am using the math test and the text CAPTCHA test. Note that there is a main CAPTCHA test and a separate text test. I disable the main CAPTCHA because they are often too hard to read, which could excessively discourage registrations. The separate text CAPTCHA simply gives a word in easy-to-read text and asks the registrant to type in one of the letters. For example, with the word “facsimile,” Sabre may ask the registering person to enter the third letter. If the person enters “c,” he passes the spam test and can register. This is much easier to do than a regular CAPTCHA, which can be very annoying.

The math test asks the person to do a simple computation. I have seen spam software try to enter a number in this field, and they typically get it wrong, so this is stopping a lot of spam.

However, there is one more test that I use with the Sabre anti-registration spam WordPress plugin. It is called the “stealth test.” Although I do not understand fully how it works, I can tell you that it is very effective at stopping spam. When you use the stealth option, it will ask you for a maximum time to register and a minimum time to fill out the form. I personally kept the minimum at 5 seconds, and it blocks loads of registration spam because the software program can easily fill out the registration form in less than a second.

The last effective measure is to make it so the user has to confirm his registration by clicking a link in an email. The Sabre plugin sends this email, so all you have to do is install the plugin and use this option. You will see these settings under “Confirmation Options.” You may also choose to manually approve registrations, but I do not recommend this unless you have a lot of time on your hands. What software is going to check an email account for a confirmation link? Such software might exist, but I have not encountered such a thing on a wide scale. Thus, even if the spammer software manages to fill out the form, the registration will not take place unless he confirms in an email. You also want to set it so that the user cannot log in unless he first confirms.

While Sabre does not directly block comment spam, you can always use the WordPress settings to require users to register and be logged in to comment. In my version of WordPress (3.3.1), you will find these options in the “Discussion” link under “Settings.” This will also prevent all those spammers who could not register from also spamming through comments. Although some guests to your blog might not register to leave a comment, you really will be literally inundated with comment spam unless you use a plugin to stop it. Based on my experience, Sabre does a fantastic job of stopping registration spam and will also stop comment spam from those same guys who couldn’t register with their spamming software.

Notice: I have no affiliation with Sabre. I am just a satisfied user.

Sources:

Sabre Download Page on WordPress