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BotScout API for WordPress

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

I have implemented the BotScout API for WordPress. You can use this code to check incoming registrations or comments against the BotScout API, to see if the account trying to register is a known spammer.

The code is posted as a Google Project. In a few days I will post some code samples showing how you can use this in your WordPress blog.

I am also working on a port of the code to MyBB. The code is compiled into a plugin pending approval on the MyBB website. It seems to be taking a while to approve. If I don’t get approval in a few days, I’m going to post it as a Google Project.

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Followup to my SEO scam post

April 19, 2010 2 comments

In I think SEO might be a scam, I talked briefly about my disgust with SEO and marketing blogs. Here’s an example of what I mean.

In How to make a fortune blogging for others — I’ll pause while you snicker at the title — author Jean-Baptiste Jung has a links post where he provides a list of sites that will pay you for writing blog posts for them.

Link Bait

If $2000/month isn’t a fortune (as he writes in the post body), why is “fortune” in the post title? To me, the word “fortune” is being used as bait to get clicks and backlinks. I guarantee that you will not be able to write enough articles to make anything close to a fortune, and even if you find enough blogs to pay you to write, they won’t let you post often enough to make a lot of money.

Lack of details

It’s a lot harder than it looks to get paid blogging jobs. Unfortunately for us readers, in the post there’s no mention of the hiring criteria for any of the sites. To me, that is misleading because it makes the post readers falsely think they have a chance to get those writing gigs. It doesn’t matter to the author, because by the time you figure that out, he’s already got your click, so the actual chance that you’ll be writing $100 blog posts is irrelevant.

This is why I’m upset with SEO blogs. They craft post titles intended to generate hits and include generic content that doesn’t really help me in my niche.

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Show category icons per post

March 1, 2010 13 comments

You may like to show icons in your single posts, or search results pages, corresponding to the post’s category. I know I do. For example, if you have a “SEO” category, you want to display a related icon whenever a post in that category is displayed. It adds a certain spiffiness to your posts, as well as a bit of color. Here’s how I do it.

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