How To Use The Blog Feed To Make Money

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Some of you will be aware how to use a blog feed to promote a sponsor, however to make things simple for newbies, I am doing things slightly different here, so even if you are experienced in using a blog feed please at least glance through this page to see the differences. However if the idea of using a sponsor's blog feed to make money is a new idea to you, read this carefully, because it is probably the best way to turn surfers into profits that you will find!

If you don't have a site or blog already, don't panic. I now have a free hosted version that you can use.

Why Use A Blog Feed?
Well first of all, to make money. That may seem obvious, but a good blog feed will make more money for you per surfer than any other method of converting your traffic. And although I am biased, I think this is a very good blog feed, well actually an excellent blog feed. And when I say "excellent" I mean "excellent at making money", not necessarily a great looking blog - the idea here is for you to make money, not for you to entertain freeloading surfers. The reason I can say this is that this blog feed contains five extracts from five different eBooks. They are short extracts that leave the surfer wanting more. Then they finish with a link to the sales page for that eBook (with your affiliate code in it). So the surfer will click on that link, and if he is horny enough, and can afford it, will buy the eBook, and you make your 30%. And every day a new extract is added, so when the surfer comes back there is another extract, from another book, that he/she can buy.

The second reason you may have guessed when you read the last paragraph. Remember I said "every day a new extract is added, so when the surfer comes back there is another extract, from another book, that he/she can buy". Think about that for a minute. Not only can that increase your profit but the surfer WILL keep coming back to read the new extracts. This means that you WILL keep getting new opportunities to sell him more stuff. And I don't just mean my stuff, I mean anything else you have advertised on your site (your own goods, other sponsor's stuff, etc). In other words, having this blog on your site will increase your profits across the board.

And there is a third reason to use a blog feed on your site. If you use the Perl (CGI) method, it actually puts the text into your page. Now all the main search engines love text. Not only do they rank you on keywords in your text, but the more text on your page, the higher your general ranking (assuming it is sensible text, not garbage or just a pile of keywords). So the blog will get you even more visitors sent to you from the major search engines. Although do note that it won't be instant, it will not be until after they have spidered your site again.

Not only does the fact that there is text on your page going to impress the search engines, but the fact that it is constantly updated will impress them more (Remember, every day a new extract is added, and a old one removed). The search engine spiders cannot tell that this is done by a script, they will assume that you are spending a lot of time keeping your site up to date. This will get you an even better general ranking still (although this will take even longer to show, the search engine will have to spider your site at least twice before it realises that the material on the site is being updated, and most search engines will wait until they have re-spidered it several times to see if the site is regularly updated, not just done once in a blue moon).

If, for some reason, you want the blog feed for the first two reasons (more money and more surfers) but do not want the extra ranking, you can use the Javascript blog feed, but that won't be visible to the search engines.

What Kind Of Blog Feeds Do You Have?
At the moment, only a "true bondage stories" feed, but at some point in the future I will add others.

How Do You Incorporate My Blog Feed Into Your Site?
Most of you will have already signed up with A1, but if not you first need to sign up with my payment processor (A1 Adult eBooks), so that they can send you all that money that you will make. Don't worry, it is easy to do this, and best of all it is FREE. If you have not already signed up with A1, follow the link at the top of the page (the one that says "To return to the affiliates index.....") and follow the instructions on that page. Then come back here and start making money.

Once you have your affiliate code there are two ways to get the blog on your site, the easy way and the hard way! So now you are wondering why you should even bother reading about the hard way when there is an easy way. Well, the hard way is not really hard, it is just harder than the easy way. And there are two disadvantages with using the easy way. Firstly, because it uses Javascript, search engines will not see the text (only surfers will see it) so you don't get the same boost from search engines that you would have got with the Perl (CGI) method. Secondly, the easy method requires the surfer's browser to read the Javascript code, and some people switch off their Javascript interpretor (because Javascript can also be used to create those annoying advert boxes that pop up on some sites). It the surfer has switched off their Javascript, they won't see the blog feed text.

But from your end, if you use the Javascript method, all you have to do is insert the Javascript code I give you into your web page and add your affiliate code. If you use the Perl (CGI) method you have to add the SSI code into your web page, then add your affiliate code to the Perl script, upload the script to the CGI Bin of your site, and finally change the permissions of the code. If your host is using an unusual location for his Perl engine, you may also have to add these details to the script before uploading. And some hosts do not have SSI and Perl switched on automatically, you may either have to go into your hosting account and switch them on yourself, or ask your hosting company to do it for you. Although this sounds complicated, none of it really is. I can do the lot on my server in under five minutes. However if you have never done this before it will probably take you longer because you will be learning how to do it as you go (and if you have never done this before I recommend you try, not only because of the extra money and search engine traffic you can get doing it this way, but because you will also have learnt an important webmastering skills, and in future you will come across things that can only be done this way).

Unfortunately there will be times when you cannot use the Perl (CGI) method, for example if your host does not allow it. To be honest, any good paid host should allow you to use Perl scripts. But some blog hosting sites do not, simply because their software is not good enough to allow it. Also free hosts are unlikely to allow Perl scripts. In these cases you will have to use the Javascript code.

What will my site look like with my code in it?
Well, that really depends on how you use it. I'll show you what the basic text looks like, then I'll show you three sites that use it.

Firstly, you can see what the basic text looks like in it's raw form if you Click Here.
To see it used well in a site Click Here.
To see a second example of the feed used as the page's main content Click Here.
To see it used in the side bar on a Blogspot Blogger site Click Here (the feed is in the right hand column, just below the "subscribe" link - this one uses the Javascript link).

And those are just three examples. You can add the text (as shown in the first link) anywhere you like on any page, put other adverts around it, put other blog feeds, or even add it in the side column or bottom section of your own blog. Wherever you put it, it will add content to your site and, more importantly, make money for you.

So where are the codes and scripts that I need?
To start with you need an A1 Adult eBooks affiliate code (if you have not already got one follow the link at the top of the page, the one that says "To return to the affiliates index.....", and follow the instructions on that page). Then decide if you want to use Javascript or Perl, or the free hosted version, and follow the instructions below.

The Free Hosted Version

You can use a version on my site if you want. However (obviously) you don't get all the added benefits of more traffic to your main site, you just get to make money. But you can add it in an iframe if you want, I don't mind that.

The link is:
http://www.boundwomen.info/
simply replace the www with your A1 affiliate code. For example, if your code is "womble" then your link is: http://womble.boundwomen.info/

Do note that because some idiots remove ref codes before clicking on a link (because they think no one should make money out of the Internet) I am using a complicated script that creates a sub domain "on the fly" and populates it with an index page containing your affiliate code. This means that you must add the code EXACTLY as I say. Using something like http://www.boundwomen.info/?id=womble WILL NOT WORK, and even trying to "belt and braces" the link by using both (eg http://womble.boundwomen.info/?id=womble) won't work. It must simply be http://www.boundwomen.info/ but with the www replaced with your A1 affiliate code.

You will see that as well as the blog, this site also has a couple of adverts, and links to "non-bondage" pages. If you have created the link correctly, these should all contain your A1 ID, so you will make money out of all of these.

The Javascript Code



The most IMPORTANT thing is to remember to change the word yourIDcode for your own A1 ID code. That is what identifies you as the person who made the sale, forget this and you don't get any money! Be very careful not to accidentally delete one (or both) of the quote marks. If you do, the script will not work.

Once you have added your A1 ID to the script, simply copy all the text into your web page where you want the blog text to appear and it will do so, with your affiliate ID code in it. However if you are using blog writing software, or a web based blog writer you may see that it has an option to write in HTML. You MUST use the HTML option, if you don't, the code won't work.

If you are using Blogger, you can go into "design", click any of the "add gadget" links and choose the option "HTML/JavaScript" (by clicking on the + in that section). This will give you a box to easily add your Javascript code. (it only works like that in Blogger, but other blog hosts may have a similar system)

For those of you that don't know: The bit berween the noscript tags only shows if the surfer's browser cannot read Javascript. You can delete this bit if you want, it is only there so you don't piss of surfers who have their Javascript turned off. But ONLY that bit can be removed, remove anything else and the code will not work properly.

The Perl Code

This is a bit more complicated. First of all, if your host does not have SSI and Perl and CGI switched on as standard, you will have to switch them on yourself (or ask your hosting company to do it for you). Different hosts will have different ways of doing this, so you will either have to look at their instructions page, or ask them, how to do this. While you are there, find out what is their "path to Perl". I have written this script using the most common path, and there is a better than 90% chance that this is correct for your host, but check in case your host is one of the few who do it differently.

Next put the following piece of code on your page where you want the blog text to appear (please note that the code appears twice. You can "copy and paste" the first one but not the second - unfortunately some browsers attempt to execute the code, in case yours does that, the second example is a photograph of the text).

<!--#include virtual="cgi-bin/readblog.cgi"-->



Assuming you are going to put the Perl script directly in your CGI bin (i.e. not in a folder) this should be fine for most hosts. But be aware that a few hosts use a complicated form of internal pathways, if yours does, you will have to change this for the correct pathway (99% chance you will not have to worry about what I just said, but if you get to the end and this does not work, ask your hosting company about this).

Now for the actual Perl script



The one thing you have to definitely change is the word yourIDcode. Change this for your actual A1 ID. Be very careful not to accidentally delete one (or both) of the quote marks. If you do, the script will not work.

One other thing you might have to change: If your host's path to Perl is not /usr/bin/perl then you will have to change /usr/bin/perl to whatever is their correct path. DO NOT remove the #!

Now save this as a text file (N.B. you MUST save it as a text file or ASCII file, NOT as a word document, not as a rich text document, or any other proprietary word processor file, it MUST be in plain text). Upload the script to your CGI bin as an ASCII upload (NOT binary), and don't put it in a folder (unless you know how to change the route to the script in the SSI call).

Finally you are going to have to change the script's permissions. How you do that depends on what FTP software you use. You will either have to select "change permissions" from a menu, or right click on the script's name and select that option from there. If you are lucky, you will be able to type in the new permissions as a number, which is 755.

If you cannot just type in 755, but instead are given a pile of check boxes, then you need to check all three boxes under "Owner", and check "read" and "execute" only under group and public (i.e. leave "write" UNCHECKED).

Now everything should work, if it does not here are a few possible reasons:
If you get the message "[an error occurred while processing this directive]" where you expected the blog to appear then you at least know it should be working, however you also know you have made a mistake. The most common reasons for this error are:
  1. You set the permissions wrongly.
  2. You uploaded the script as a binary file instead of an ASCII file.
  3. You uploaded the script to the root directory instead of the CGI BIN.
  4. When you typed your ID into the script you accidentally changed something else (e.g. you removed one of the quote marks surrounding your ID).
  5. When you saved the script you did not save it as plain text (NOTE: this is NOT the same as rich text, if you saved it as rich text, you have irretrievably buggered the script up, re-copy the script from above and try again).
  6. The path to Perl is wrong (check with your host).
  7. You have put the script in a folder - if you do this you have to change the path to the script in the SSI call, so don't put it in a folder unless you know how to change this.
  8. Your host may not use standard pathways to scripts - this is unlikely, but if you are sure you have got everything else correct, check this with them.
  9. Your host may not have the LWP module - this is unlikely, but if you are sure you have got everything else correct, check this with them.


If you get absolutely nothing where you expected the text to appear the possible causes are:
  1. You forgot to put the call to SSI on your page (<!--#include virtual="cgi-bin/readblog.cgi"-->).
  2. You have not switched on both Perl and SSI.
  3. Your host does not allow either Perl or SSI.


In Conclusion
Well, if you followed all the above, you should have the blog on your website, congratulations. Now start throwing traffic at it and making lots of money.