Archive for the ‘Blogging’ Category

Bloggers Wanted: Paying Up to $200 Cash Per Post

Are you about to publish a completely awesome post about SEO, Web-Spam, Landing Pages, or Social Media?


Before you press that publish button on your blog, consider this:

I will pay you up to $200 cash to post it exclusively here on

Fame, Fortune and Love

What more could you want?

  • Fame: Posting here will get you exposure. seoblackhat gets more than 10,000 visitors per day and even more read our RSS feed.
  • Fortune: Alright, maybe $200 isn’t quite a fortune, but it’s a better deal than your getting for posting it on your own blog.
  • Link Love: A permalink from The site has never been penalized, enjoys a PR 5 and gets plenty of search engine traffic.

It’s an awesome deal if your article gets accepted But. . .

Your Article Will Probably Be Rejected

Nothing personal, it’s just that most articles suck. I’m not looking for filler, I’m only looking for great articles. Don’t even bother submitting anything that isn’t fucking awesome.

Blogging Tips

Here’s a quick rundown of things that will help your great article get approved and get you paid:

1. Make a great headline, a magnetic headline. On average, 5 times more people will read a headline than will read the entire article.

2. Include Eye Catching and relevant graphics.

3. Use Interesting Sub-headers.

4. No Paragraphs Over 5 lines long. Small paragraphs are easier to read.

5. Use Bullets or Lists.

The Deal

The pay is 5 cents per published word up to 1000 words. There is a 100% bonus if the post gets popular on digg, or stumble and a 300% bonus if popular on all 3 (that’s a max of $200).

Your article may be edited before it is published. You are selling the article and all future copyrights to me.

Don’t be a shitbag and submit an article that isn’t yours or that has been published elsewhere. It’s just not worth it: trust me on this one.

How to Submit an Article

Create a wordpress account here. Use your Paypal email address so I can send you money.

Then go here, post and save. If you press “save and continue editing”, you can preview the post to see how it looks. You can Include an italicized signature at the bottom of the post of up to 200 characters with one link to your site. – You sig will not be included in your word count.

If I approve the post, you’ll get paid. It’s that simple. It’s the best deal out there – so why not take advantage?

Get started now.

10 Steps to Guarantee You Make the Digg Front Page

As I sit here writing on the world’s greatest personal computer (The Mac Pro Quad Xeon 64-bit workstation with dual 30 inch monitors):

Dual 30 inch Mac

I can’t help but pity you Wal-Mart shoppers who still use software from the Antichrist (Microsoft) and can’t figure out how to get on the front page of Digg (Idiots!).

So, I did some statistical analysis, using my Open Office Firefox plugin, of all the stories that made the front page of Digg in the past year and have come up with:

The 10 Steps to Guarantee You Make the Digg Front Page

Hopefully, you will be able to use them before we all die because of global warming next year . . .

1. Make A List or Tutorial Headline. Your Headline should make it seem like the reader’s online success is just a 5 minute read away. Remember, the average digger has the attention span of a gnat on crack. Diggers want the fast, easy answer that will solve all their problems. Your headline must appeal to people with severe ADD or most people won’t even read your article – let alone Digg it.

*In the past year, a “top 10” or “top 100” list has made the front page on average once every other day.

2. Write about Digg. Could a site be any more narcissistic? I think not. Digg likes itself so much that Paris Hilton looks about as humble as a Nun by comparison. People must be sitting at their computers going “OMG Look it’s a story about Digg! That’s sooooooo cool! I’ll totally digg that!” Bonus points if you mention Kevin Rose.

* In the past year, stories with “Digg” in the submission have made the front page a whopping 554 times and mentioned Kevin Rose by name an average of once a week.

3. Appeal to the Apple fanboys. Did you hear from someone who knows someone who served a Cream Chai Latte to Steve Jobs about some Mac Rumor? Well that’s front page Digg Material all the way! Don’t know why, but if Apple lets out a fart, diggers can’t wait to comment on the rosy smell.

* Stories with “Apple” in the Submission have made the front page a mind blowing 1225 times in the past year.

4. Doom and Gloom about how Global Warming will destroy us all. Who cares if we only have real data that covers about 1/20,000,000 of the earth’s history? (unless you’re a creationist, then it’s like 1/40th). So what if there is nothing but anecdotal evidence to support almost every claim? Does it matter that world’s best meteorologists can’t even tell me if it’s going to rain tomorrow?


Diggers don’t really like to DO anything about global warming, but feel guilty about it despite a lack of conclusive evidence. In that sense, I guess it’s kinda like “Religion 2.0”. Diggers will Digg Global warming Doom and Gloom stories so they can “feel” like they “did something” to “help mankind.” All while consuming more electricity, more oil and more natural resources than the 80% of the world’s population that doesn’t even have a computer.

* A junk science, doom and Gloom story about Global Warming will make the front page of Digg on average of once a week.

5. Write about how great Firefox is. When it comes to Firefox, no story is too lame, no plugin is too useless and no article can praise Firefox too much for the front page of Digg. Sure, it’s just a freaking browser. Sure, it leaks memory faster than . . . umm . . . some kind of leaky thing leaking much faster than usual. Sure no one really needs YAFFFP – but who cares?!?

* In the past year, a firefox story has made the front page on average once every day.

6. Remember: Walmart, George Bush, and Fox News have NEVER done ANYTHING right. Everything they do is because they are 100% evil to the core. This REAL Axis of Evil delights in the clear-cutting of forests just for shits and giggles, the sadistic torture of children, and is right now plotting the Next 9/11 attack on America. Here’s a link to a Jon Stewart Video that proves it’s all true!

* * actually, I’m not a fan of George Bush; but his coverage on Digg is more rigged than a Diebold voting machine. Maybe he should ask for a Digg recount?

7. Repeat after me: “Microsoft sucks, Microsoft Sucks, Microsoft Sucks.” So what if 97% of all computer users use their products? Ignore that they’ve been the most consistent winner for the last 25 years in a space littered with failures. Who cares if their founder has given more to charity than any human in the history of mankind? They suck! And they are evil! Why? Because it’s cool to say so.

Don’t believe me? Check out this screenshot of the most recent Digg front page Microsoft Stories. I was going to parody it up, but there’s no need!

* 94% of the front page articles that mentioned Microsoft in the past year cast the company in a negative light.

8. Make up outrageous statistics that you have not researched. State your opinions as fact. Sure, they might get vetted by some geek who has nothing better to do, but that probably won’t happen until you’ve already made the front page.

9. Insult as many groups as you can. Flamewars are popular for a reason. Throw out bombs that dare people to comment on your story. If you haven’t pissed off half your readers by the end of your article, it’s probably because you don’t have the balls or you’re too stupid to figure out how.

10. Include the word’s slowest loading Plugin so people can Digg your Story without leaving your site. If you manage to type 1000 words, there’s at least a chance that it will finish loading before the reader has finished reading your article. Then if you’re lucky, about 5% of your lazy-ass readers might actually click the button to digg your story:

10 Powerism: The Art of Blog by Sun ZiLla

The art of blog is of vital importance to the Web. It is a matter of links and bait, a road either to prosperity or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.

1. Regard your readers as your students and they will link to your from the deepest valleys of the Net.

2. He who wishes to blog must first count the cost. When you engage in blogging, if good posts are long in coming, then reader’s attention will grow dull and their fervor will be dampened. If you blog 5 times a day in the beginning, you will exhaust your strength. Regarding post frequency, think quality over quantity. Again, as blogging is a marathon, the resources of the Blogger may not be equal to the strain. For if your mind is dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your mental treasure spent, other bloggers will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. . . In blogging, then, let your great objectives be links and readers, not post frequency or lengthy post.

3. If your target is interesting at all points, link to him. If he is in superior traffic, bait him. If he is unaware of you, seek to add value in his comment section. If seeking his links, select the best page. When giving feedback, do it correctly. Attack him where he is unprepared, add value where you are not expected.

4. The Blogger who wins the readers makes many calculations about his headlines before the post is written. The Blogger who loses Readers makes but few calculations beforehand and speaks constantly of himself. Thus do many calculations lead to success, and few calculations to failure: how much more so for no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that one can foresee who is likely to win or lose Readers.

5. If you make a mistake out of haste or misjudgment, Apologize quickly and publicly. Do not simply delete the offending post. Do not entrench yourself in a losing position. Better to admit you were wrong quickly and make amends, than to dig the hole of your own grave.

6. To link and bait in all your posts is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in both winning new readers and retaining existing ones.

7. It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of SEO that can thoroughly understand the profitable ways of carrying it on.

8. The great bloggers of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat by consistantly writing great and informative posts, and then prepares for the opportunity to gain search traffic with SEO.

9. Bestow links without regard to page rank, direct readers without regard to previous value but on the value of the post you are referencing. Send readers away to other great posts liberally and they will return more fervently and more frequently than if you try to hoard them. In blogging, the tightest grasp is with an open fist.

10. Send your troops to Digg Great Posts, To Vote on Netscape, to Comment on Reddit and to bookmark on Delicious that they may recruit more readers to your following. Ask that they link to your posts of value so that you may return the favor when the opportunity arises.

The Most Cutting Edge SEO Exploits No One is Publishing

You know that the best SEO Black Hats are doing something more than scraping, using a site generator, comment spamming, and pinging to be raking in more than $100k per month.

But what is it?

Right now, there is way too much good stuff that I simply can’t publish on the SEO Black Hat blog. If I posted these tactics and exploits they would immediately get all the wrong kind of attention. The detailed conversations about how exactly to abuse search engine algorithms, generate massive traffic, and what other Black Hats are doing must remain underground to retain their effectiveness.

But what if I told you that you could discuss these exploits with me without paying my $500 an hour consulting fee? What if I told you there was a way to join in on the private, cutting edge discussions with some of the best Black Hats and web entrepreneurs in the world?

Would you be interested?

Because now you can . . .

Today is the official launch of the resource you’ve looked everywhere for but never found:

The Private SEO Black Hat Forum

Normally what you get on forums are people who don’t know anything talking with people who don’t want to say anything. You can occasionally find amazing tips on some forums: but you have to dig through 400 crappy posts just to find one post that is useful. That becomes a huge time sink.

How are the SEO Black Hat forums different?

Quality: We’re not going to have any contests to see who can make the most posts. That just creates tons of crap that no one wants to read. Our focus is on quality over quantity. Our primary concern is with succinctly answering one question: “What works?”

Sophisticated: Many of the topics we discuss are very advanced and require a high level of technical or business acumen to appreciate.

Expert Discussions: The SEO Black Hat forums are not for everyone and they may not be right for you. If you are relatively new to SEO or building websites, then do not join the SEO Black Hat Forums: you will be in way over your head. There are plenty of newbie forums out there for you – this is not one of them. Our forums are for successful web entrepreneurs to develop strategies that drive more traffic and generate more revenues.

Forum Membership Benefits

Access to Expert Advice and Discussions
We have both White Hat and Black Hat Experts that are already benefiting from new tool development, techniques, scripts and the sharing of ideas.
Some members you may already be familiar with include:

* CountZero from (Black Hat)

* RSnake from (Web Security Expert)

* Dan Kramer from Kloakit (Cloaking Expert)

* Jaimie Sirovich from (Token White Hat / SEO Geek)

There are several other members that you are certainly familiar with who are using handles for anonymity. We have others who are more focused on security, vulnerabilities, and coding. There are still more that you are likely unfamiliar with but are nevertheless web millionaires.

Databases – Large Datasets
If you want your sites to have massive amounts of unique content you need large data sets. The trading, discussion and posting of large data sets is going on right now on our forums.

Expired / Deleted Domain Tools
Want to use to use the same domain Tool that I used to get a Page Rank 6 site in the Gambling Space for just $8? This domain tool is available for members to use for free.

50% off on Kloakit – The Professional Cloaking Software

Scripts – Several useful scripts have already been posted – interesting thing you may not have thought of before are being discussed and developed.

Exploits and Case Studies: The really good stuff I can’t talk about on the SEO Blackhat Blog is being discussed on the SEO Black Hat Forums. Right now, some of the conversations include beating captchas, domain kiting, data mining, hoax marketing, XSS vulnerabilities as they relate to SEO, and much more.

Pricing: $100 per month.

The price will soon be rising significantly as more databases, hosted tools, scripts and exploits are added. However, once you lock in a membership rate it will never go up and you will continue to have access to everything.

So, if you think you’re ready for the most intense Black Hat SEO discussions anywhere, then here’s what you need to do:

1. Register at the SEO Black Hat Forums.

2. Go to the User CP and select Paid Subscription.

I’ll see you on the inside!

One Trackback Mistake You Can’t Afford to Make

Trackback is arguably the most important reason for the rapid rise of the “blog” over other content management systems. With trackback, when you link to someone’s post and your blog software does a trackback ping, a link will appear back to your post in either the comment section or just above it.

But there is a critical trackback mistake that bloggers make millions of times a week that I’m gong to teach you how to avoid.

To illustrate the importance of not making this mistake, let me tell you the story of Breana:

Breana had $20k saved up before she quit her job to become a full time web entrepreneur. She was right on the cusp of being a successful blogger – one that could make a living by the written word. But she made one very costly, very critical mistake . . .

You see, Breana used the most popular blogging software, WordPress. Since she had past SEO 101, she had enabled the “Search Engine Friendly URLs” feature that rewrites the URLs to include the title of the post. Every week she did a roundup of posts she liked and Titled it: “This Week’s Best Posts.” She linked to all the top posts and WordPress pinged the other posts for a trackback.

Unfortunately for her, WordPress rewrote her URLs as:

You see, %e2%80%99 is how wordpress encodes the apostrophe. The bigger problem than that being an ugly URL is that other WordPress blogs strip out some special characters (like %) on trackback.

The other very powerful and influential bloggers who received that trackback saw the link as:

When they clicked the link to see who was linking to them, all they got was a 404 Error Page. Man! Were these bloggers Pissed. They thought:

“Wonderful. Another Goddamn Spammer.”

So, instead of adding her feed to their RSS Readers, reading her blog, linking to her regularly and vaulting her to “A List Blogger” status where she could have made a six figure income, Breana was blacklisted.

All those juicy trackback links went right down the toilet. The Influencial Bloggers added her IP to the list of trackback spammers and blocked her IP address with the .htaccess file.

Readers trickled in, but it wasn’t enough to pay her bills. As time went by, Breana ran through her life savings, piled up huge debt, and was evicted from her apartment. The depression of her failure as a blogger was more than she could handle. She turned to crack to just make the demons of her failure subside – even if just for a few hours.

Breana is now turning tricks on the corner of 4th and Grand for $10 a pop. Instead of blogging for a living, she now works for this guy 6 times a week:


All because she didn’t fix the post slug before publishing.

Don’t end up like Breana.

There is a tab on the “post slug” section of “write posts” that allows you to change what the URL of your post will appear as. In Breana’s Case, all she had to do was write:


in that section and she would have been successful and famous instead of having to whore herself out on the street for crack money.

Any time you use a special character like a quote or an apostrophe in you post title, make sure you also manually create a post slug.

Otherwise, you might just end up like Breana.

How to Add Sexy Bookmarklet Buttons to Your Blog

A couple of days ago, I noticed one of my stories made it on the new site What I really liked were their sexy bookmarklets that look like this:
Post How to Add Sexy Bookmarklet Buttons to Your Blog to Post How to Add Sexy Bookmarklet Buttons to Your Blog to digg Post How to Add Sexy Bookmarklet Buttons to Your Blog to Furl Add How to Add Sexy Bookmarklet Buttons to Your Blog to YahooMyWeb Simpify! Post How to Add Sexy Bookmarklet Buttons to Your Blog to shadows Post How to Add Sexy Bookmarklet Buttons to Your Blog to Spurl Post How to Add Sexy Bookmarklet Buttons to Your Blog to BuddyMarksSubmit How to Add Sexy Bookmarklet Buttons to Your Blog to Slashdot

People love their social bookmarking sites and if one of your story gets heavily bookmarkleted on any of these sites, you will have thousands of new visitors coming to your site. So why not make it as easy as possiable for that to happen?

I liked these bookmarklet buttons so much that I added them to SEO Black Hat and will now show you how to do add them to your WordPress blog.

1. Download this zip which contains all the Bookmarklet Images and the code for WordPress.
2. Unzip the files
3. Create the directory:
4. Upload all the images to that directory.
5. Open the sexy-bookmarklets.txt file in a text editor.
6. Cut and paste the code where you want the buttons to appear.

That was easy, wasn’t it?

Some notes: I removed blinklist because the code they supply returns an error message (it doesn’t work yet). If they fix the code, I will update this post.

I added a “submit to slashdot” icon even though I think it will be a cold day in hell before makes it onto slashdot. But hey, go ahead and submit this one to slashdot anyway; maybe today’s the day for Satan to get out his winter coat and for to crash because of too much traffic.

RSS to Blog Security Hole AND Fix

When we recieved this e-mail, we knew you would want to read about it:

Recently it has come to my attention that there are some serious security issues with the default RSS to Blog installations.

In my manual I recommend that everyone name the folder RSS2B3. This common folder name is part of
the security issue.

When your RSS to Blog installation becomes indexed in the search engines it is very easy to find and hack into it even without the password.

One of my customers pointed out to me exactly what hackers are doing when they find RSS to Blog folders. He made a very interesting set of videos that shows step by step how this happens and how to protect yourself.

Here is what I learned by watching his videos

Anyone who finds your RSS to Blog folder can simply look at the ‘settings.php’ file or the ‘settings’ folder from the browser and see all of your blog settings.

If you go to your installation right now and type in


You will see all of your blog settings, URLs and even passwords. Anyone who can see that file can use that info to log into all of your blogs and do what ever they want. That possibility makes it very important that you update and add the .htaccess file to your folders immediately.

There is a simple way to prevent this. And I am going to explain how.

The first step is to make sure your RSS to Blog folder does not get indexed. Dont link to your installation from forums, or any where public.

If you have the RSS to Blog installation on a domain that does not have a frontpage this is a problem. You should always add an index page to every domain. Even if you are only using the domain to host the software. It is not very uncommon for a domain to get indexed even if you never submitted the domain to the search engines. If you do not have a index page on that domain, then every folder on that domain is visible to the world.

The next step is to make your installation harder to find. Name your RSS to Blog folder something other than RSS2B3 or RSS2B or RSS.

You can rename your folder at anytime, it will not effect your files, but you will need to change the path in your cron jobs if you choose to rename the folder.

The next step is to use something called an .htaccess file on your server. In this file you can add code that will block people from seeing your settings.php file or the contents of your folders.

I am including a link to a small update that includes the .htaccess file you need for your installations Download and install it today.

If you need help further understanding anything I wrote here The customer who told me about this (Eric Grigsby) actually created a set of videos that I thought were very good. It explains exactly how the security flaw was discovered and how to install the .htaccess file to your folder and test it.

If you need you can watch Eric’s great videos

If you purchased RSS to Blog in the last few days the security patch has already been put in the package for you. So you do not need to update.

Everyone else should update immediately.

Michelle Timothy

I like that Michelle is proactive on the security front. It gives me a little more confidence in the product, RSS to Blog.

Tutorial: Adding RSS and Syndication Buttons to Your Blog

RSS Syndication Button Images at 200%

In case you haven’t heard, people love their RSS readers and social bookmarking sites. This tutorial discusses the buttons you want to have on your blog, why you want them, the html code for them, and offers the sexiest syndication button images you can find.

You want to have these “add to my” syndication buttons on your blogs because the more people press these buttons, the more likely you are to have repeat visitors.

These buttons should appear “above the fold” of your site – meaning that when surfers land on your site, they should not have to scroll to see the these buttons. I see sites all the time that have 5 different sized syndication buttons; this looks unprofessional. IMO, 91 X 17 pixels is the onle way go for any company logo button.

Sometimes you see sites with a gap between each of the buttons. This seems like a waste of real estate to me. Of course it’s a personal preference . . . but then again, so is bathing.

While you could probably add hundreds of these types of buttons to your site, these are the ones that seem to matter most:

1. Start with the basic XML button:
This will accommodate the people who are looking for your RDF.

2. The most important syndication button is arguably the “add to my yahoo” button:
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Not only does Yahoo have a commanding lead in RSS market share, but putting this button on your site and adding your site to a account helps to summon the Inktomi spider to crawl and index your site. Your can sign up for a account here.

3. Next is Bloglines. Bloglines is a great service – I use it and know tons of others who swear by it. So the bloglines syndication button is a must:
Subscribe to SEO Black Hat on Bloglines
Make sure to create a Bloglines account and add your own blogs (and of course).

4. MSN is a bit tricky. After you put the button on your site, you have to press it, wait and hope the MSN bot gets around to checking out your site. If it’s an adult site or one MSN deems spammy they may not add you to their RSS search. You’ll know by creating a MS passport account and trying to add your site’s feed.
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If they don’t add your site to the search after about 5 days, you might consider not using this button.

5. Newsgator’s another service that has a loyal following. It therefore makes sense to have this button on your website:
Subscribe to SEO Black Hat on Newsgator
Sign up for a newsgator account here and add your blogs.

6. The most recent of the RSS readers is some start-up company called Google and their Google-Reader. I’ve never heard of them, but their logo’s kind of catchy so I say ‘why not add this button?’:
Subscribe to SEO Black Hat on Google Reader
If someone wants to sharpen or touch up that image a little, we would all appreciate it.

7. On the Social Bookmarking front the biggest one is still probably While the strategy behind having a domain name that no one can remember how to type is questionable, they are still enjoying some early success. I made this syndication button and did a pretty damn nice job if I do say so myself: SEO Black Hat
You can register for a account here.

8. While this button doesn’t quite fit the theme of the buttons above, it’s the hottest one I could find for
Furl SEO Black Hat
Again, you’ll want to make a furl account and add your own sites.

Obviously, you need to make sure you are pinging all the RSS reader services by using a great RSS ping list.

All these syndication button images are avaible in this directory along with a text file that has the html code to include the syndication buttons in your blogs’ sidebar .

If you want to pull a “single white female” on me and use my uber-sexy inverted buttons, it’s cool – but I’d appreciate a back link.

Common Splogging Mistakes and Splog Archetypes

Here’s an Interesting article about “Hexadecimal Dan” and other archetypical sploggers:

Hexadecimal Dan: This guy is just a run-of-the mill splogger, though he does produce more volume than most. Until he caught everybody’s attention, he pretty regularly named all his blogs with a common word followed by a six digit hexadecimal number.

I must admit, that even I have on occasionally left some similar footprints on my splogs. It’s just the nature of the beast when you start automating functions.

The lesson here is the same as the old one: try to make your search engine spam look legitimate to both the surfer and the engines.

Word Inventor Mark Cuban on Splogbombs

Mark Cuban is pissed. So pissed, in fact, that he’s inventing another word: Splogbomb. His latest rant includes:

“The blogosphere was hit by a splogbomb. Someone did the inevitable and wrote a script that created blog after blog and post after post. Im not talking 100 blogs with a 100 posts each. Im talking what could easily turn into 10s of THOUSANDS of blogs pinging out millions of posts !”

Inevitable is right. There are so many vulnerabilities in Media 2.0 applications that our heads are spinning trying to decide the best 10 to exploit.

The problem? People are not designing systems with the black hat / spammer in mind. It’s like setting a democracy and saying “vote as often as you like.” WTF do you think is going to happen?

On days like today, I realize I should be charging $20k per day consulting for recently funded Media 2.0 companies. The current incarnations of some of the most popular (and well funded) new services are doomed to failure because of a lack of forethought about how people like us will game their systems. Their only hope is to be bought out by GAMEY (Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Ebay, Yahoo) before their exploits become overly abused.

We in the BlackHat community often throttle how abusive we are on certain exploits. Part of the min/max game is knowing how hard you can ride an exploit before you break the underlying application.

Just think, all this hoopla while technorati is claiming that only 2-8% of all weblogs are fake or spam.