What is WPSyndicator?

WPSyndicator Plugin for WordPress

WP Syndicator “syndicates” your content to other websites. These are all “Web 2.0″ sites which Google likes. When publish a post in your WordPress blog, WP Syndicator automatically takes a snippet of that post and re-posts it to 15 other websites. This “re-posting” supposedly provides 15 back-links to very single post you publish.

I say supposedly because you really have to do some additional work to make this plug-in accomplish what it says it will. I will get to what that additional work is in a moment.

Does WPSyndicator do what it says it will?

In a word, Yes. However, after you set up your Web 2.0 accounts on all the sites be sure to test them.

Is WPSyndicator worth the cost?

In a word, No. WPSyndicator would be worth the cost if there was no other way to do what it does. But there is a free, and easy way, to accomplish much of what WPSyndicator does. And that free and easy method can be used in other ways besides posting directly from your blog.

WPSyndicator charges $49.95 to use it on just one domain. The cost is $66.95 for 5 domains. And $67.00 for multiple domains and Premium support.

Free Method to simulate WPSyndicator

Here is a free way to do what WPSyndicator does.

1. Set up a free account at Posterous.com. After you are signed up, go to “manage your account”. Click on the “Autopost” tab. Click on the “add a Service” button and add all of the following services (you can set them up at the same time you are listing them on Posterous). Or, if you already have an account at any of the services, just enter your log in data. Add the following services;

– typepad
– multiply
– blogger
– wordpress
– delicious
– blogetry
– tumblr
– xanga
– livejournal
– twitter
– plurk
– jaiku
– friendfeed
– identi.ca
– facebook
– linkedin
– blellow
– brightkite
– google buzz

Some of the services they list are no longer available, like Vox. Some there are no buttons for, like Blogetry, and you have to use the “Other Blog” button. You can also post to Posterous via email.

Hot Tip

One advantage of Posterous is the email posting feature that I previously mentioned. Add the WordPress blog you are trying to promote to Posterous and you can post via email to that blog. Then you don’t need to follow the following steps. Caution: The problem with email posting to Posterous is that right now you cannot optimize your posts with images, alt tags, header tags, etc.

2. Set up a Free account at Onlywire.com. The only service you need to sign up for is Posterous. Enter your Posterous account info. Onlywire has just changed their program, so you can get 300 submissions for free every month.You can also sign up for other services and to use them you would need to install the Onlywire submitter software onto your computer.

3. Install the Onlywire plugin on your blog. After you do that, every post will be automatically have an Onlywire Bookmark at the bottom of the post.

4. Write a Post on your Blog, publish it, and then click on “view post”. The Onlywire bookmark will be at the bottom of the Post. Click on Share, and then click on Posterous. Onlywire will connect you to Posterous and your post will show up in a new browser window (you are not using the Onlywire submitter for this). Select the view you want, check the format and coding (Posterous will display the HTML code if you edit anything), then click on Post. You are done. Posterous will automatically post to all of your active services and not only will it include the links in your post, but a link back to your blog is included at the bottom of the Posterous submission.

Optimize Your Posts for SEO

In your the Posts on your blog, be sure that;

  • You include an image with an alt tag
  • You include an H1 or H2 header
  • You include a link to your blog home page or interior page (VERY important!)
  • Your keyword is in the title of the post, and at least the first and last paragraphs

Go here to read a post about how to format a post for SEO.

This method is a little convoluted, but its free. And you have absolute control over what you are doing.

But wait, you are not finished! Remember I said at the beginning of this article that there was more that you had to do to make WPSyndicator work? You have to get your Web 2.0 sites indexed by the search engines. Publishing links on a bunch is not going to do you any good if Google and Bing do not know that they are there.

How do you make sure that Google and Bing find these other Web 2.0 services you signed up for? Easy. You need to;

  • Create 5 backlinks to your Web 2.0 sites using original content. I suggest that you use articles posted on ezinearticles.com. You can get 5 original articles written for about $20 on elance.com or fiverr.com.
  • After you get the articles published, ping them. Then ping the Web 2.0 sites (you should already have 5 to 10 posts published from your blog by then).

Google and Bing should get your site indexed fairly quickly after you ping them. I suggest you go to pingler.com and set up an account. For $2.99 a month you can get 25 urls pinged every month.

So there you go. A cheap, easy, quick way to do exactly what WPSyndicator does for free. Is it worth it to buy the plugin to avoid all this extra effort? That question can only be answered by you. But in my opinion, set this system up and make use of the added benefits it provides you such as email posting.