Dynamic Contest Creator Plugin

Update: The sale for the Dynamic Contest Creator plugin is now live at just $10.00 for the first 24 hours.

It will rise on Monday 15th at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST) to $12.50, and then again to $17.

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Demo contest here. Please note this ISN’T a real competition.  ;-)

Here’s a list of features.

o Optional list building via autoresponder service integration.
o Optional gathering of name and email addresses via plugin.
o Set date/time for contest start, end, and award announcements.
o Set the number of winners.
o Optionally restrict to WP subscribers only.
o One entry per user, IP address controlled.
o Unique referring link for each user to promote.
o Full customisation of all text fields including error messages.
o Optionally upload your logo and product images.
o Built in product image slider.
o Add your own question and answers.
o Four different template layouts.
o Six colour themes.
o Thirty-seven great looking fonts built in.
o Optionally set your own background image.
o Contestant sharing via optional social network integration:

- FaceBook
- Twitter
- Google+
- LinkedIn
- Tumblr
- Pinterest
- StumbleUpon
- Digg

o Contestant sharing by email and referral link.
o Winner selection via button click.
o Email send to winners.
o Fully loaded statistics section.

Phew!

It’s a HUGE plugin that helps you list build by running competitions where the winners are those who refer the most other entrants to you. I would also recommend that you give every entrant at least something so that everybody wins.

We all like to win stuff, right?

In other words you’re adding a touch of excitement to what would normally be a giveaway list building exercise that normally isn’t there.

You’ve probably seen this kind of thing done on TV where a gameshow will advertise a competition in the ad break. The questions are so easy that hardly anyone ever gets them wrong, and often they’re multiple choice to make it even easier.

As for the competitions themselves, they’re impossible not to get the question right. ;-)

With the Dynamic Contest Creator plugin, if the entrant selects the wrong answer, they’re told right away so they can have another go.

When they finally get the right answer, they’re asked for their name and email address, and I would also suggest that you tell them to start sharing the competition with their friends via the social networks and through email. They get a unique referring link to enable them to do this.

So there’s two key aspects to this plugin, but it’s up to you if you use them both.

#1 – Optional – Give everyone a prize. We all like to win stuff.
#2 – Give the people with the most referrals something extra.

Once you have their name and email address, then you can send them emails to get them to promote the competition, and even enhance it by adding in unadvertised prizes to build the excitement.

And of course, you can send your new list promotional offers for which you are an affiliate.

Everybody wins, and that’s the kind of thing I like, and I hope you do too.

I’ll get some tutorial videos up on Monday and cover each section in turn. Don’t worry though, it’s very much self-explanatory and a few minutes experimentation and you’ll know your way around it.

-Frank Haywood

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Viral Graphics Generator Plugin

Now before you get too turned off with a mention of the word “viral” in the plugin name, just bear with me.  ;-)

A few weeks ago I came across something that I think is a brilliant idea. People are using this method to drive traffic to their web sites, and it’s really simple to do.

Anyone can do this, even me.

#1 – Create a simple graphic with some text on it that’s useful, controversial or humorous. Preferably all three for the best results.
#2 – Brand the graphic with the domain you want people to visit, or the product you’re promoting, for example an ebook. Again, it’s just text.
#3 – Seed the graphic by uploading it to your Pinterest account with a link back to your site or web page.
#4 – Sit back while people find it, laugh or go “ooh!” and repin it for you.
#5 – Repeat every day or so.

Get it?

There’s a TON of material on the internet where you can get your ideas.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you have a client who owns a furniture store and web site. Almost certainly there will be plenty of images you can use and then add some text to.

A quick search turned up the following puns.

“Couldn’t Chair Less”
“Carpet-al Punishment”
“Table The Motion”
“Cushion The Blow”
“Sofa So Good”
“Chair-ish The Opportunity”
“It’s A Deep-Seated Problem”

You get the idea I’m sure.  ;-)

With the Viral Graphics Generator plugin, you can add or edit an existing image, add some of the text above right in WordPress and then pin it on Pinterest. It’s drop-dead easy to do.

You can do this with virtually any topic and it doesn’t have to be a short snippet of text either, you can insert extended notes across multiple lines.

Just to hammer home the point, I saw this done with an ebook and the author had come up with a set of useful rules to complement his book. This image had been repinned almost a million times and I’m sure this generated a LOT of traffic to his ebook.

As I’m going to be releasing some niche ebooks between now and the new year (and some fiction too), doing something like this will help to market them a lot, but as I said you can do this with almost any niche.

The three golden guidelines to make this work are Useful, Controversial, or Humorous, and preferably all three. People WILL repin them and it’s then just a matter of time before they start appearing on FaceBook too.

Like this idea of “hands-off” marketing? I do!  :-)

-Frank Haywood

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Active Ad Feeds Plugin

Update: The sale for the Active Ad Feed plugin is now live at just $10.00 but will be rising shortly and then the offer will close altogether.

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This plugin takes another step towards fixing a long time problem that we all have.

That Problem Is People Stealing Your Content For Use On Their Own Blogs

Sometimes they bother to rewrite one of your blog posts, but often they don’t.

There’s a comic on The Dog House Diaries that illustrates this perfectly.

http://thedoghousediaries.com/4786

In other words, new and unique content that’s been written by you ends up on splogs (spam blogs) that get some attention by the search engines because of the clever methods in which the owners of these sites put them together.

One of the cunning ways that’s been used by spammers for a long time is the “RSS Mashup Method.” These splogs are often created with a set of tools that allow the owners to capture content from RSS feed aggregators on the subject they desire and then automatically display this RSS content on their blogs without them having to do anything.

In fact, the last thing they want to do is spend any time on their splogs whatsoever, and that’s why most of the splogs are totally automated once set up. The owners then make their money from running related ads from one of the ad networks interspersed between your content and that created by other people.

From a technical point of view it’s clever and you have to admire whoever it was that thought this up in the first place. But to the rest of us it’s (at best) annoying.

My new plugin – Active Ad Feeds – turns the tables on these splogs and allows us to hijack at least part of them and present our own ads on their sites. ;-)

It does this by allowing you to include a hidden image ad on each of your posts, and it then inserts these ads into your RSS feed. To anyone looking at your site, all they see is the new post you’ve made. But if they view the RSS feed, then they will see the hyperlinked image ads.

Aha!

So when these splog sites now use the RSS aggregators to pick up your new and unique content and show it on their sites, they’re also showing your image ads too.  ;-)

Cool eh?

Here’s another use for this plugin I thought of while discussing it with a friend.

In the past when I’ve built sites for clients, I’ve had three of them say they didn’t want to display links back to my consultancy site, with one of them saying it was because he didn’t want his competitors to know that he’d hired someone to do SEO work for him.

Now that’s an annoyance to me and I guess it would be to you too, because we rely on backlinks as one of the methods that we pick up work. In the end I eventually made the decision that part of my agreement to do work for new clients, stated that I always get a backlink from at least one page on the site.

If I’d had this plugin then, I could have built the site without a single backlink showing, but I could have (would have!) had a link back to my site through the RSS feed. The search engines would see the link in the RSS feed and it would count as a backlink to my site.

The client would be happy because no backlinks are displayed as requested, while I would be happy because I’d be getting the backlink love through the RSS feed.

I’ll have more information about this plugin for you tomorrow before the sale starts, including a short video showing exactly how it works.

-Frank Haywood

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Widget Scheduler Plugin

The crazy thing is I think of this as one of my must-have “control” plugins so why I’ve not released it up to now is a mystery. Somehow I forgot it.

I’m only human.  ;-)

Publish And Unpublish Your Widgets To A Schedule You Decide

The plugin is called Widget Scheduler and as you might guess from the name, what it does is it adds date and time fields to every single widget. One is to schedule the widget to appear at a particular time, and the other is to disable it. As well as the standard WordPress widgets, it also works with ANY third party plugin or themes that generate new widgets for use in the widgets admin panel.

Just like my other “control” plugins that do similar kinds of things with widgets (such as Ads Manager and Contextual Widgets which use internal rules), the Widget Scheduler plugin gives you control over widgets by time and date.

This is way more useful than you might think at first as it enables you to do clever things like schedule your clients promotions (and your own) in and out at certain times. The beauty of this is, that once it’s all set up you can forget about it.

Here’s an example.

You’re running a series of daily deals and decide to promote them by running ads in one of your sidebars using a text widget and some HTML. You set up each ad so that as one ends the next one starts, and stack them in the sidebar one above the other.

And you’re done.

All without having to be there every day to remove one ad and replace it with another.

Or how about limited time coupon codes? Or event announcements for a conference? Or a one-off video series that starts life as free but then moves to a paid course? Or paid ad spots?

I’ve done all of these on one site or another – that’s how useful this plugin is. The usage of this plugin is only limited by your imagination, and anywhere you want to display dynamic content then this can make your life easier.

The 48 hour sale begins today at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST) and during this sale the plugin comes with full developer (client/flipper) rights. Afterwards it will be an optional extra.

Starting at just $10, there’s every reason to add this to your arsenal.

-Frank Haywood

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Dynamicons Plugin

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Watch this short video to see how the Dynamicons plugin works, or just scroll down and read.

DEMO PAGE HERE

 

How would you like to be able to insert any of 700+ open source icons into your posts and pages? Just by doing this one simple thing will really make your pages and posts come alive.

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Better still, because these icons are web based vector graphics, how would you like to display them in a huge range of point sizes, just like a font? And not lose any quality?

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And set the colour using a colour picker?

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Pretty cool eh?

Yoy can pick up the Dynamicons plugin at a snip of just $10 for the 48 hours this sale is live. The sale includes a full developer (client/flipper) licence which will be removed when the sale is over and will then be an optional upgrade.

 

-Frank Haywood

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