Archive for October, 2010

ArticlesBase goes NOFOLLOW

October 19, 2010

Don’t know about you but I use a piece of software that keeps track of my articles and website content including checking the article resource box backlinks, so I can take action against anyone who is profiting from my work (I don’t so why should they!)

On the 5th October all my articles on ArticlesBase were fine. On the 13th October it detected that one article on ArticlesBase had gone NOFOLLOW (rel=”nofollow” in the anchor tag) and by the 14th every article I had on ArticleBase was NOFOLLOW.

I emailed ArticlesBase on the 13th when the first NOFOLLOW appeared and received a nice response telling me:

We have taken the ‘nofollow’ action against “bad neighborhood” sites, but unfortunately it affects our good authors as well.

Please publish at least 10 articles on, and drop me a note. We will then review the articles and remove the ‘nofollow’ upon approval.

I hope you find this solution satisfactory.

Well the answer is no, it is not satisfactory – I don’t want my work out there being plagiarised either by this article directory or its users. Note that their terms and conditions of use state that republishers must “keep” live, follow links but not that they must convert the nofollow links to follow, so republishers are now free to republish any ArticlesBase articles with “nofollow” in the links.

So what to do? My initial though was that if I made all my articles draft and then emailed ArticleBase, maybe they would be able to review me on this basis however when you mark an article as draft it saves it as a new draft copy and the existing published article is still available. Since this didn’t work I have now deleted all my articles from ArticlesBase and will be moving these versions to other article directories.

I appreciate ArticlesBase may have a problem that they need to sort out. ArticleSnatch were in the same position a short while ago however they at least had the courtesy to email me to tell me what they were doing. If I didn’t have software to check my articles then I would never have known that ArticlesBase have changed how they operate and their failure to notify me has made all the difference to how much I trust them with my work.

I know it can be argued that its good to have some “nofollow” back links but I actually get plenty of those anyway. I publish articles both for the traffic and for the link love so thanks, ArticlesBase, but no thanks and I’m voting with my feet.


Where is my eye-tracking KM switch?

October 4, 2010

For those that don’t know, a KVM switch is a device that allows you to switch a single keyboard, mouse and monitor setup between several computers. Really useful when you have a whole load of computers and you only need to connect to one at a time, such as a bank of webserver blades.

My setup is a little different. I have three computers that sit on or under my desk, each of which is attached to one or more monitors, all of which I want to be able to see at once. One machine is my product database server which also has Outlook open with my emails appearing, another is my source code repository and also has my RSS reader and Skype connection, while another is my development and main productivity machine with a couple of screens.

This means my desktop is cluttered with three mice (mouses?) and three keyboards, which regularly get swapped around and in a tangle. More than once I have been looking at one screen, started typing and then discovered that I have just managed to type the text of an email into the source code of a VB.NET class.

What I need is a switch which connects to a single keyboard and mouse, and then to all three (or more) machines, which then monitors my eye movements so as I look at a screen, the keyboard and mouse connect to the relevent PC.

I would develop this myself but I am only a humble cutter of code and occasionally malnourished affiliate marketer, so I put the idea out there in the hope that someone will run with it and just maybe, in a couple of years, I might be able to buy exactly what I need.

Of course if you do run with this idea and manage to produce something WONDERFUL then please don’t hesitate to send me one as a thank you gift for the idea (not to mention a token 1% share in your soon-to-be market leading company).

It’s Raining

October 1, 2010

It’s raining. A lot. It’s at times like this I wonder why, since what I do could be done from anywhere in the world, I am stuck in an office on an industrial estate in West London getting rained on every time I go out for a smoke and a coffee. I could just as easily be doing this from a laptop while sitting by a pool in sunny Spain, sipping on cocktails and watching the view.

Why not? Well I guess I haven’t quite made enough money to do this yet but when I do ….