Saturday, September 27, 2008

Site Issues

Recently i realized the site has some bugs.
1. the session storage is shared with other sites as it is on a shared server and because of that the users sometimes jumped into other users account. This is a major issue but i have fixed that by adding an extra security layer. Now if the session id changed you are automatic logged out. Please report here if this has been fixed.

2. the second problem i have noticed is that sometimes the credits don't update. Please give me more feedback on this issue so i can understand what happens.

3. on the new template we have some missing text fields short_description. If you can help me here with writing a short description for each product i would appreciate it.
This is important because the new users don't understand what they have to do and leave the site. And if that happens we loose a potential vote exchange or link exchange partner.

I know that i shoud fix all the problems and not to ask for your help but this is an free project and i don't have a lot of time to work on it.


I would apreciate your help.

Best Regards,
Radu.

PS: I will also migrate the site from php4 to php5 this week when i have time and will check for the bugs reported here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Beta testers wanted

I have almost finished the new site. You can find it at: beta.1rstlink.com.
I'm searching for a couple of beta testers to help me find bugs before it goes online.
The database it's linked with the main site so if you work from here your credits and links will be counted.

Thanks for our help.

Best Regards,
Radu.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hello from Beatrice !

Hello,

My name is Beatrice and I will be your host for the next few weeks - hopefully longer.
My tasks are straight forward as I will keep you updated/posted with the latest news from 1rstlink.com and overall information about web links - since my day job is as a SEO analyst I hope I will be able to bring useful news, tips and tricks and the most important thing, to post all the news and new features from 1rstlink.com.

Thank you

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

alexa top 100.000

We have manage to get in alexa top 100.000




We have start working on this project again. You can see what we are doing at: beta.1rstlink.com


Best Regards,
Radu.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I'll stop working on this project for 2 weeks

Sorry for not working on this project in the last 2 weeks but i was very busy with my day job. I'm working on a project for one of my clients( I'm a freelancer) and this will take me 2 more weeks to finish. After that I'll start working again on this community. In the mean time if you have any suggestions on how to improve the site please write me.



Best Regards,
Radu.

PS: If any of you wants to outsource some work don't hesitate to contact me.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Day 31 - First month over

There is 1 month since i started working on this project and i can say i'm happy with the results.
5 articles from our network got popular on digg. I can't say it's because of the fav exchange or the articles war realy good. Also 12 articles have been on the first page of reddit for at least 2 hours. Also we got some traffic from stumbleupon.
1rstlink stats:
- we manage to get 540 users so far from wich about 100 are active users at least every 2 days.
- people started linking to us
- we got on hot communities on mybloglog

I hope each one of you is happy with the results and lets hope till next month will do better.





Best Regards,
Radu.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Day 26 - New link exchange tool for blogger

This is a new idea i had during last days but from what i know it only works on blogger blogs. Blogger has an widget to add a rss feed to your blog. So what i was thinking is:
1. You insert your blog in the system
2. The system will get last 5 posts from your blog
3. The system will generate a rss feed related to your blog content
4. You insert the feed in your blog using blogger feed widget

In this way you will have your last 5 posts links on a lot of pages of other blogs with similar content.
The system will take care of finding other blogs related to your blog.
So what happens is:
- Your blog will link to 5 blogs (1 per line) from each page of your blog
- Your blog will be linked from 5 other blogs in the system

The cool thing about this is that you will not get only 5 links to your blog becouse google does not crawl sites all at once and becouse of this each page in google index will have 5 different links.

Please tell me what you think and if you want to participate on this.

This is very usefull for new blogs to get indexed by search engines fast. And for old blogs to get latest posts more value in search engines

Best Regards,
Radu.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Day 25 - Updates

I have made a couple of updates:
FavX
1. You can choose the expiration date for your link
2. Some people suggested to add other networks so i added a new type called "other networks" where you can place links from whatever social network you want( like mixx.com ). When there will be at least 3 user exchanging faves on a new network i'll add a new type for it.
NatX
1. I have made a page matcher so when you add a link it tells you what is your best match and it suggest you to link to it.

I'm also working on a new design and on promoting this site so we have more members.

Best Regards,
Radu.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Day 21 - fav checker

More people have told me that users might click the task links but not actualy give any vote. I know about this issue from the day one but have not had time to do anything till now. I have made the checker. For the moment it only works on stumbleupon but i'll add it for a new network each day. Also if you have any sugestions for networks to be added like youtube or anything that you want to use please message me and i'll doit.



Best Regards,
Radu.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Day 18 - Wiki system

I have added a wiki system for FAQ / How it Works
Here will be a common knowledge database where all of us can post tips and suggestions so the new and old users can have better knowledge on how to use our network.

So i invite anyone who in an active member in our network to write there own indications and suggestions.


Best Regards,
Radu.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Day 16 - Some updates

I have noticed the folowing things while i used the site myself.
1. The site use sesions and if you have no activity in 5 minutes you have to relogin.
I will store the sesions in a cookie. Also will use cookies for the referral program at wich i have seen that some of you have started to participate and would like to thank you.
2. I have to take down the old site functionality as no one will use it anymore specialy as we have the new natural link exchange system wich is much better in terms of SEO. Also i see that some of you have figured out how it works and started linking.

That's all for doday.

Best Regards,
Radu.

PS: We have 392 active users in the last 30 days

Monday, May 19, 2008

Day 15 - Natural link exchange

This is another idea i had during the last days and it works best for blogs.
It's NOT something that will get you a PR10 :) but will get you a technorati rank under 30.000 in 6 months.
You can find it here
Also please tell me what you think about this.

This is how it works:
You add your page to the system and choose a link from a pool of links wich best match your page content. You add this link to your page and you are over with the work.
What happens next is that your link will get in the pool and replace the link you added so the next user who want to link can choose your's if it's valuable to his content and so on, and so on,
All the link tracking is made automatic and you have stats to see who links to your pages.
So you can now write content and let us manage your link campaigns.
If you add 1 post per day to your blog and use our system you will reach technorati rank 30.000 in 6 months as your links will show in a lot of blogs.
Also the links are related to content so google serps might love you too.



Best Regards,
Radu.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Day 14 - Small contest with 100$ prize

As you all know we need as many users as we can get so the fav exchange tool to work at his best.
I'm only one man and i would rather work on improving this tool then market it. So i thought that you my help me and our entire community by joining our referral program.

I know i have not offered a large amount of money but by the time this contest will be over if you use our tool well you can make thousands of bucks so the prize will be only a small benefit from joining our community. I'm also looking for a sponsor (or partner) for this contest so if you would like to sponsor this tool you are very welcomed.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Day 12 - Wich one of the social bookmarks performs the best with our system?

This is just a quick pool.
Wich social networks have you tried and wich performs the best with our tool ?

I have colected 100 digs in 24 hours yesterday. This was not enough to make the story popular but it's ok considering we only have about 50 active users in the last 24 hours. Ofcourse i got some diggs from the digg comunity also and some accidental digs (the story was ok also). But till this tool i only managed to get an avarage of 20 diggs/story.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Day 11 - Referral program

I want to ask for some help from you (the user of 1rstlink.com.)
I will make a referral program so we can grow the user number ( we have 220 till now ).
You can find your referral link on "Edit my Profile" page (http://1rstlink.com/edit_user.php).
I know there is no money involved in this referral program but this is in our common interest becouse if more users join our network all our blogs will have more votes.
Also i will keep tracking all referrals and add them under you. In this way when the time comes i will find a way to reward you in some way.
Posible rewarding scenarios:
1. After 1000 users we will add a subscription to this site and will splitt the profits with the users who referred others
2. After 1000 users will not accept new members and will charge people who want to promote there articles. In this case referrals will have 10% and users who vote will have 50% of the money.
3. will keep the site free but after 1000 users users will only recive 90% of there tasks in favcredits (if they make 10 tasks will only recive 9 credits). The other 10% will go to the user who referred them.

Please tell me what you think and if you want to join.

Best Regards,
Radu.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Experiment day 10 - Some Updates

As some users suggested i have added a rss feed for tasks. In this way when you click the link http_referer won't be send.
Also i added propeller and stumbleupon to our network.
After we reach 300 users (probably in a couple of days) will split tasks on categoryes (one rss feed for each network type) . In this way you can use only the network that you like. I personaly suggest to use them all but probably some of users don't want to see a long list of tasks on wich they don't want to participate.

That's all for today.

Best Regards,
Radu.

Note to self:
1. automate checker for each network to check users votes
2. create a refferal program to grow users count and to reward the members with future earnings

Monday, May 12, 2008

Experiment Day 9 - How to make money by paricipating in social networks

I had an ideea today and wanted to share it with the users of 1rstlink.com.

How will sound for you to do the folowing things:
1. After we reach 1000 users to accept more users wich will have to pay 10$/month. They will only be alowed to join if referred by an existing user wich will recive part of the registration fee each month. (Also tell me a percentage of the money wich will work for you if you agree with this)
2. For people who don't spend too much time on social networking sites but want there content promoted we can charge them with 1$/vote and split the money with our existing users. (also tell me a percentage that would sound good to you)


Best Regards,
Radu.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Experiment Day 2 - Testing Digg

It seems like people are interested in this specialy becouse digg counts votes from your friends less and with this api you can exchange diggs without shouthing on digg to your friends so the votes you get counts more.
Since yesterday we got about 20 users registered and starting to exchange favs on digg and tehnorati.

The next thing i'm working on it an email module to remind users who left out of credits to come back and do more tasks. And also send some statistics to them about how many favs they got in exchange. Hope i'll finish this till tomorow.


Also please tell me any sugestions you have to improve this.

Best Regards,
Radu.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Starting the Experiment

I'm not a good writer so don't expect this blog to be a very pleasant reading. My native language also it's not english so be patient with me.

I Try to create a comunity of bloggers to help each other in getting more traffic to our blogs.
I'm developing an api to help bloggers exchange votes on digg, tehnorati and other social bookmarking sites.
Please check it out and give me your comments and sugestions.

Best Regards,
Radu

PS: If anyone if willing to help me write this blog i would much apreciate it. And alow him to place up to 3 links in each article. (This is a new blog so it has no PR yet but soon i hope :) )