In part 5 of this series we talked about creating multiple profiles using an overlay so they all point back to your main profile.
Today I want to talk about taking these profiles and deploying them using a bot program to automate the process. Yesterday I blogged about Easy Adder a program by the Toolsmith, this program is going to be used as my example program throughout this blog.
Now that you have all these profiles created it is time to use a bot program to promote your blog or profile.
1) Add these profiles into your program of choice- You need to load these profiles in for the program to run, a simple step.
2) Use the program to target your audience- Under the friends list feature pick out the profile id or the groups id of your target audience.
Now you have to decide your approach. How are you going to use this program to draw people to your page, there are really three options:
–The Friend Request Option– This feature allows you to add friends, figure they will view your created “feeder profile” and end up on your page. The benefit of this option is that you will be rarely marked as spam and you will get a good success rate for people adding you, which has benefits in the future. However the subscriber conversion rate is lower compared to sending direct messages.
–Direct Messages– You can send direct messages to people, this way is highly effective in converting people to subscribers but also runs the highest risk of being marked as spam and losing the ability to use this profile. You want your message to be generic but not too generic, try to figure out a way to include a link to your blog subscription within the message.
–The Double Whammy– With a friends request you can also send a message with it, this method is really high risk. It will draw a lot of attention to your profile and will probably lead to it getting shut down rather quickly.
After deciding on what tactic you would like to use it is time to send the messages or invites. I prefer using the friends request method because people tend to approve those without second guessing them and will allow you to convert people down the line via bulletin campaigns.
3) Avoid dealing with Captcha when using the program- MySpace has a technology called Captcha that after a certain amount of actions you will be required to enter in a code to continue on. I know for friends requests it is currently set at 50 actions before you get your first captcha screen. Then after that it is every 15 actions and eventually down to 10 actions after a certain point. For messaging the number has changed and I don’t know the exact number is as of yet.
In using the friends request method I would tell you to set the max number of profiles to process to 49 so you can avoid having to enter a captcha code. Since you are using multiple profiles it will cycle through and you should not have to deal with entering any captcha codes. If you are going to be sitting in front of your computer for awhile you can set it to a higher number and enter the codes as they pop up.
Now you are officially automating your invites, just run the program everyday when you get up and your promotion ability is limited only to the amount of profiles you create. With ten profiles you are letting 490 people know about your blog each day, over a 90 day period you can reach out to almost 45,000 people.
(Note: Using these tactics you will usually have a 10-13% conversion rate at best. But for the effort it takes to set it up and run it, it is worth it.)
Using the bulletin feature
After building numbers on these profiles you can start using the auto bulletin feature to link to your latest posts, just make sure you aren’t blasting people too much with the bulletin feature. This is a very easy way to generate traffic, plus if you throw in a “please repost” every once and awhile you may get people to promote it to their friends list. If you have built your numbers up properly this could reverberate to tens of thousands of potential new readers.
Next Edition: Gaming the MySpace Rankings