Posts Tagged ‘url rotator’

URL Rotator Copy Cat

I have noticed lately that there has been an increase in the number of URL rotators on the market lately.  That’s fine, there is nothing wrong with competition.

But, when someone who enter that market as your competition, and then copies significant portions of your sale page – well that is wrong and it is copyright infringement.

I’m not going to give this copy cat a link back, but will give you their domain – prorotator.com.  I think for the price, my link rotator is still the best, but I may be a little biased.

So, I’m going to give you some of striking similarities between the two web page, and I’ll let you be the judge.

My web page title:
Link Rotator Script | URL Rotator | Link Hit Counter

Their web page title:
Link Rotator Software | URL Rotator Software | Link Hit Counter …

My headline:
If you are using a link rotator script or link randomizer service, that is not on your own domain or web host…STOP!

Their headline:
Are you using a link rotator service or link randomizer service? If so … STOP! Using a 3rd party service is costing you dearly!

My sub headline:
Have you ever thought about what you are losing by using a third party, url rotator service?
You know the link rotating service is not providing the service just out of the kindness of their heart.

Their sub headline:
Do you know what you are loosing by using a third party url rotator service? You know they are not providing the link rotating service just because they are kind hearted and want to help you!

Some of my benefits:
To improve your Alexa rating by rotating links from your site and not some third party site.
To start a team advertising Cooperative
To do split testing on your websites.
Protect yourself from old and dead links
Track your advertising.
Capitalize on page not found errors.

Some of their benefits:
To improve your Search Engine and Alexa rankings
To do split testing on your website’s.
No More Dead Links:
Co-Op Campaigns:
Track your advertising:
Capitalize on page not found errors

Another one of my benefits:
Natural looking rotator link – http://yourdomain.com/links instead of http://yourdomain/links/rotate.php?id=234

Another of their benefits, copied almost verbatim:
Natural Looking Links – http://yourdomain.com/links instead of http://yourdomain.com/rotate.php?pid=123

I guess I should be flattered that someone copied a lot of my sales page, I’m not a great copy righter so I didn’t think it was all that great.  But, I think I will have to take some action on this.

So, let me know, am I crazy or did this person copy a large amount of my URL rotator sales page?

Let this be a lesson – when you create a product similar to someone else, be original, find your own unique selling proposition and don’t copy other people sales text or selling propositions.

I have contacted the owner of the copying website, we’ll see how they respond.  If you visit their site and their sales page has changed, then good for them.

Oh yeah, another lesson – I discovered this by having a Google alert set that notified me of the keywords URL rotator.  When I saw that alert come through, I saw the title “Link Rotator Software | URL Rotator Software | Link Hit Counter …” and I thought – that sounds just like my site, but it’s not – red flag!

Originally posted 2010-05-15 17:28:41.

URL Rotator Version 2.0

I am pleased to announce some major upgrades to the HomeBizRotator URL Rotator.

These changes were made at the request of owners of the rotator script, who have provided great feedback over the last several months.

So, here are the major changes.

URL Rotator Enable or Disable – In the past, if you wanted a link in the rotator to no longer be shown in the rotation, you had to delete the link from the rotator. If at some point in time you then wanted the same link to be added back in, you had to again add the link back into the rotator.

Now, if you want to remove a link temporarily, you can simply edit the link and select “No” for Enabled and remove the link from the rotation.

By default, Enabled will be set to “Yes” when you add a new link.

URL Rotator Edit Link Page

URL Rotator Edit Link Page

Maximum Number of Link Rotations – You may now set a maximum number of hits you want a link to receive before the link is automatically disabled. You can add the maximum hits upon adding the link, or edit the maximum hits at any time.

This feature is great if you are running an advertising coop and you base your coop cost on number of hits. For example, say some people want to buy 50 rotates, some 60, some 100 etc., you can vary the rotations by URL and have an URL automatically disabled after it reaches the maximum rotations.

If you leave the maximum hits at zero, there is no limit to the number of times the link is rotated.

Default URL Delivered When No Links Available for Rotation – You can now set a Default URL in the Admin Profile. This is due to the fact that if you are using the maximum hits feature, all URLs could potentially become disabled and incoming traffic would have no where to go. So, if this happens to occur, all hits will be delivered to the Default URL so your traffic is not going to waste.

URL Rotator Admin Page

URL Rotator Admin Page

Page Rotation Weight – You can now set a weight for each link being rotated. This weight will deliver the number of “weight” views to the link, before moving on the to the next link in the rotation. This is useful for coop advertising where you don’t charge by hit, but people can buy a number of spots. You can set a rotation weight based on the number of spots a person purchased. In the past, you would need to add the URL to the rotator multiple times for each spot in a coop.

You can also use the new Maximum hits feature and the Weight feature together for individual URLs. For example, you could set a Weight of 5 on a link and a Maximum hits of 50. This link would receive 5 hits in a row before the next link would be rotated. Then the next time the link would come up for rotation it would receive 5 more hits. This would repeat until the maximum hits of 50 was reached, then the link would be disabled.

Enhanced URL Rotator Admin Page – The Maximum hits and Weight information has been added to the main admin screen. You can quickly see the set Maximum link rotation and the rotated views delivered thus far, the Weight set, and the weight views delivered thus far, plus the next link due for rotation is in bold and italics.

Link Rotator Main Admin Page

Link Rotator Main Admin Page

Link Rotator Reset Stats Page Enhanced – I have added the Maximum hits stats, and Weight stats reset options, that allow you to reset the rotated page views delivered so far for each option. Once a link reaches the maximum hits and is disabled, this reset allows you to quickly reset the maximum hits counts to zero and re-enabled the link for rotation.

Page Rotator Reset Stats Page

Page Rotator Reset Stats Page

These enhancements make the HomeBizRotator URL Rotator even more valuable for the same low cost. If you have already purchased the HomeBizRotator, you can get the update for free, by using the login codes you originally received after your purchase.

Mike

Originally posted 2009-11-08 17:33:08.

Protecting Your Links With HomeBizRotator

There is a feature of the HomeBizRotator that I believe is not well known.  Did you know that you can use this rotator script to protect your links, count your URL hits, and never use the rotator itself?  Did you know you can rotate some links, but also use the Direct Links feature to protect your links, and count hits to your other URLs?

Let me explain what it means to protect your links.

Some wise internet marketer taught me long ago, that you always want to protect your links.  What does that mean?  If you are doing any type of internet marketing you are trying to send traffic to a link, or a number of different links.  Often these links are affiliate links that pay you.  Any link that you are sending traffic to that may benefit you, is a valuable link.
You must always make sure you “protect those links”. Meaning, you must always have control of those links.

Here’s a true story to help you understand.

Mike wrote a number of great article about a digital product that could help people solve a particular problem.  He wanted to track the number of hits the articles received, so he used a third party short URL service that had hit tracking.  Mike distributed the articles far and wide, to PR sites, article directories, social media sites, document sharing sites and bookmarking sites.  He built a number of links from a variety of services to his short URL links.

Mike was smart to pick a URL shorten service that did count hits to his links, that were directed to his website.  He started to see the traffic pick up, and he made a few sales.  Yes…it was working.  He was excited and was getting ready to start duplicating his efforts to make more money!

Then suddenly, the sales stopped.  Mike went to look at his URL shortener stats to see if something was wrong.  To his shock, he was not able to login to his URL shortener account.  The site had been disabled.  Luckily Mike had the contact info for the URL shortener help desk and was able to submit a help desk ticket.

The owner of the URL shortening service did respond with apologies.  Unfortunately, spammers had discovered the URL shortener service, just as Mike had.  The spammers had sent out mass spam messages using the URL shortening service links.

People who received the spam complained to the web host, and the web host disabled the account.  The owner worked with the web host to rectify the situation.  They owner deleted the accounts of the spammers and even blocked the IP addresses of the spammers.  The web host was satisfied and they re-enabled the account.

Mike was once again receiving traffic and making sales – life was good.  Then, it happened again, the service was down. Mike contacted the owner again to find out that another spam complaint had come in.  This time not only to the web host, but also to the domain registrar.

The domain registrar was less forgiving.  They offered the URL shortening service an offer.  Pay a large fee to the registrar so they could deal with the possible future spam issues, or move the domain to another registrar.

The URL service owner had enough.  They were tired of offering a free, or low cost service, only to have spammers abuse it and cause the owner so much grief.  It was not worth the time, effort and money to keep the service running.  So the owner shut the service down.

Now Mike had hundreds, if not thousands or links out there pointing to nowhere.  His time, energy and money had been wasted.

Mike had not protected his links, he did not have ultimate control over them and now they were useless.

If you want control over your links, traffic must be directed to links on your website, or domain, that then point to where you want them to go.  When links you distribute far and wide come to your domain, you don’t have to worry about spammer abuse, or third party services shutting down.  You know that links will be protected as long as you own the domain.

It’s easy to protect a link by creating an HTML page, and using some redirect code to forward that traffic to the destination.  It works well and I did it for some time.  The only drawback is it’s not easy to see how much traffic each web page receives.  You have to go into your web host traffic stats and try to figure out what redirect page got what traffic.

Mike found a better solution.  He had purchased a link rotator to test and track traffic conversions to a number of different affiliate products.  This script installed on his web host so he knew he would always have control of those links.  He later discovered that he could use that same script to not only rotate links, but also to protect links and monitor traffic to his links.

He could track all of his traffic, rotated or not, from one online interface, installed on his domain.

Here is an example of how that works.

Notice the bottom two URLs are Enabled, the rest are disabled.  That means that only two URLs are in the rotating sequence.  The other URLS are not in the rotation.

However, Mike is sending traffic to the other URLS using the “Get Direct Links” URLS 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.

Mike is able to rotate links he wants to rotate, and protect his links while gathering hit stats for both, using the same script.

If you already own the HomeBizRotator you may not have known about this feature.  If you don’t own the HomeBizRotator URL rotator I’m sure you can see how this tool can help you monitor your traffic, test conversions, and protect your links.

Originally posted 2012-12-27 11:08:37.

New Link Rotator Script Features

I have recently added now features to the HomeBizRotator Link Rotator Script.

These are features that have been requested by current customers. I listen to my customers, so if you have features you would like to see added, please contact me and let me know what additions you would like to see.

The additions to version 2.0.4 include:

  • The ability to sort links by the Name, Link and Enabled columns. You can now sort links in either Ascending or Descending order on any of these columns.
  • The ability to reset all Enabled, or Disabled links with click of a menu link.
  • The ability to perform batch operations on a number of rows, by selecting the check box of the row you want some Action to occur on. You have the ability Enable, Disable, Delete or Reset Stats on these checked items. Simply check the item you want actions performed against, select the action from the drop down and and click Perform Action to process the items.

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My next big update to the URL rotator will be to make it a multiple campaign link rotator.

 

Originally posted 2014-05-11 13:05:59.

URL Rotator Updated Again

I have recently updated the HomeBizRotator URL rotator to give you the ability to upload a batch of urls all at once.

Previously, if you wanted to add multiple links, you would have needed to load each URL one at a time.  This could be rather time consuming if you were wanting to add a large number of links.

I had a user who was wanting to move away from his old random rotator to a sequential rotator script, plus he wanted the hit counting capability of my php rotator.

He was not thrilled about having to load the multiple links he was using in his old rotator, into the HomeBizRotator rotator script by hand.  So, I took his suggestion and created a batch link up-loader.

Now you simply copy your links from a text file, or from a spreadsheet, and past them into the rotator.  The rotator script will enable all links uploaded in batch mode, automatically name them, and have them set and ready to rotate.

Rotation Script

Rotation Script

If you would like to see the url batch update feature, you can access it via the php rotator, admin panel demo at:
http://homebizrotator.com/demo/admin/

You will need username: demo and password: demo123.

Feel free to batch upload some of your links and perhaps even get a little free traffic :-)

How much more will I charge for this addition to the link rotator script?  The price will remain the same.  My goal is to periodically update the script while keeping the same low price.

If you have previously purchased the rotator, you get this new feature by updating your script.

I love it when I am able to take suggestions from my customers, and add new features that they need.  That’s one of the reasons this URL rotator is so popular and just keeps getting better and better.

Mike

Originally posted 2010-08-21 17:24:29.