Month: October 2012

Get Plugins Weekend Sale

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Starting today I’m running a weekend sale for the exceptionally useful “Get Plugins” plugin at just $10 (full price at launch is $27).

What does it do?

You know how when you install a new blog (or worse still you’re working with an existing one that might be a clients installation) and there are certain “must have” plugins that need installing?  Usually you can either FTP them all up at once (which is how I *used to* do it) or install them one at a time by using the browser uploader.

FTP is easy and quick enough (unless there are lots of files in a plugin), but sometimes if you’re working with someone else’s blog, they don’t give you (or don’t know!) their FTP details.

So then you’re stuck with having to upload them all via the browser or search through the WordPress repository in the admin panel and adding them that way.  It’s a pain and it can take AGES if you have about 15-20 standard plugins to install.

What “Get Plugins” does is allow you to set up your list of plugin locations in advance, and the plugin will go fetch them from wherever they’re located and install them all for you.

This can be a location in the WordPress repository for free plugins you’re using, or a location on one of your own domains if it’s a premium plugin.

All you have to do is know the URL where each zip is located and either do a quick copy and paste into a box, or just upload a text file with all the URLs in.  For extra speed you can even add the text file into the plugin zip if you want to and the plugin will find it when it’s uploaded.

So now instead of installing all your plugins one at a time, you get to install the whole lot in one go.

Pretty cool eh?

When you click the “Submit” button, then all the plugins in the list are retrieved concurrently and independently of the others, so there’s no waiting for each one to complete before the next one starts – they all run at the same time.  😉

The weekend sale starts today at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST), and I’ll send you a short email when it does.

I wonder if you have any suggestions for some favourite plugins you’d like to see in the default text file list of plugins we include?  If you do, please leave the full URL of the zip file AND the page it’s on.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business, software, wordpress plugins

Like Plus 48 Hour Sale

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Today at 6.00pm I’m running a 48 hour sale for the newly updated Like Plus plugin. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I first released it with FaceBook only support. The latest version (v1.3.0) now also has G+, Twitter and Pinterest built in too – all optionally selectable.

If you purchased Like Plus last year then go back to your download page and grab the new version with the new features built in.

If you don’t have it, then today’s your chance to pick it up with all the new stuff for just $10.  🙂

What does it do?

Like Plus is what’s called a content locker.

You can hide snippets (or even lots) of content from your posts and pages until someone gives you a FB Like, a G+, a Tweet, or Pins an image on Pinterest. Now that last one isn’t totally working 100% the way it’s supposed to because Pinterest don’t yet have an API that will do a callback to confirm the pin, so use it at your own discretion. All the others work as you’d expect them to.

When your visitor clicks one of the buttons, the plugin Likes, Pluses or Tweets the pre-defined text you set in the admin panel. The content they want to see is then revealed to them, and this could be any HTML including text, graphics, video or whatever.

But it won’t be revealed until AFTER your visitor clicks one of the buttons.

So what kind of content would you hide? Well, any killer offer you can come up with.


So your visitor clicks the Like button on your post or page for a ZIP or PDF or whatever it is you’re offering, and ONLY then can they get at what they’re after.

In return, YOU get a new “Like” etc, which is then publicly displayed on the service they’re using…


I’m sure you can straight away see the potential of making your blog viral?  Hence the evil laugh.  😉

Their friends will see what they “Liked”, and some of them will click. Some of them will “Like” it too  in order to get at your hidden goodie. And it will then appear on their wall and their friends feeds… And so on.

You’d use it in conjunction with some killer offer you come up with to get people to Like it for you. Here’s the sequence of events for someone using a FaceBook Like:-

#1 – Your visitor likes the post and the content reveals itself – it could be a link to download a report they want.

#2 – In the background the Like then appears on their wall / feed.

#3 – Their friends then get to see they’ve Liked something and may click the link to see what it is.

#4 – They read the offer and decide they want it too.

#5 – They Like it. Goto #1.

Viral, yes? 😉

However, you need to use it judiciously. If you put it on every single post and page then it will almost immediately lose its effect. People won’t want to “Like” everything on your blog.

What you need to do is set up a killer offer on a page or post. Something really good. Something where visitors will go “Yeah! I want! I Like!”


The 48 hour sale begins here today 9th October at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST).

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business, software, wordpress plugins