Forms not delivered if Yahoo or AOL email addresses used

Unauthenticated email from yahoo.com is not accepted due to domain’s\n550-5.7.1 DMARC policy. Please contact administrator of yahoo.com

Does this error look familiar to you? Have you been struggling to figure out why people with Yahoo or AOL email addresses are unable to send messages to you using contact forms on your website even though from their end it looks like it went through just fine?

Have you found that form submissions look like they get through and you can even find them in the admin area of your site but you never receive the email for them?

The problem is that Yahoo and AOL changed some settings in the interest of spam prevention recently… and the problem on your end may not be as obvious as you would like. Most online forms will send a notification to the site owner and those forms will automatically populate the “from” and “reply to” fields in the email address based on what the person submitting the form enters in the form so you can simply click “reply” and it will go to the person that sent it.. The problem with this is that Google/Gmail will block the delivery of any unauthenticated email from Yahoo or AOL because of the DMARC policy (this is not a bad thing, it just causes some issues)

If your forms are setup to automatically put the senders email address as the “from” and/or “reply to” fields in the email you need to change that. Just put in your email address or setup one for this purpose if you prefer, once you do this you will be able to get their submissions again but you will have to remember that when replying to them you can’t simply click “reply” any more, you will have to enter their email address or you will just be replying to yourself :)

Hope this helps some out there that are having issues, I know I scratched my head for a few hours trying to figure out why this wasn’t working.

Also, you MUST HAVE SPF RECORDS for your servers host domain, if you need to check if you have a SPF record or if it is correctly formatted etc go check out the tools on this page http://www.kitterman.com/spf/validate.html

Monetize Your Site Easily Using Datafeeds

Website monetization is a task that every website owner should be focusing on, as times change it is critical to stay up to date on all the various methods one can use to increase site earnings. One of the best ways to make money with a site online is to sell products for other people, there are numerous ways to do this but the best in my opinion is to use a datafeed that is provided by a retailer which allows you to include their products directly on your site with limited work on your part.

What is a datafeed?

a merchant datafeed is a file that contains all the information for products a merchant wants to make available to affiliates in order for them to sell their products. The file format has been standardized so implementation is consistent and easy to maintain.

How to use a datafeed.

Datafeeds need to be processed in order to display the included products correctly, the datafeed will typically contain product information such as description, images, options and price. There are manual ways to use this data on any site but for ease of use and efficiency I recommend using a datafeed plugin so all the heavy lifting is done for you. By setting up your WordPress based site using a datafeed plugin you can install, setup and populate a store section on your site very easily and maintain it effectively without needing a degree to figure out how to manage it, my personal favorite is called datafeedr.

What is Datafeedr?

Datafeedr is a plugin that allows you to create and embed an affiliate datafeed store into your WordPress blog easily. Datafeedr is a powerful, push-button store creation system that makes it fast and east for affiliate marketers to set-up, manage and update a complete affiliate datafeed store without touching any confusing or complicated data feed files, learning how to program php or hiring an expensive programmer to do the work for you.

Why use Datafeedr?

Datafeedr works with WordPress, the most popular content management system in use today and is designed with ease of use in mind allowing even a low budget site to have a professional and effective data feed powered store easily. Datafeedr currently aggregates over 130 million affiliate products from 19 different affiliate networks including Commission Junction, Clickbank, LinkShare, Google Affiliate Network, Pepperjam Network, Digital River, Sharasale, Buyat and others.

Datafeedr key features:

  • No sign up fees
  • No data feed access fees.
  • Keep 100% of your commissions.
  • Works with almost any WordPress theme.
  • Create unlimited affiliate data feed stores.
  • Automatically create blog posts from your product list (drip functionality)
  • Embed products into blog posts or pages.
  • Pick products from multiple merchants and multiple networks.
  • Include up to 100,000 products per store.
  • Built-in breadcrumb menu for easy navigation.
  • Search engine friendly URL’s
  • Create new pages based on keywords.
  • Choose what to display on each page (product name, thumbnail, description, price, etc…)
  • Edit category names, images, descriptions and thumbnails.
  • Choose to redirect your affiliate links immediately to merchant or first to a local product information page.
  • Show similar products on product details pages.
  • Display blog or store on your site’s front page.
This is just a short list of some of the key features and benefits, for a complete listing check out this great data feed store plugin here!

Bloggers: Write Your Content 3 Times Faster

Are you a blogger? Have you ever sat and stared at the screen wishing you had more fingers or an extra hand while waiting for words to just appear because you lack the motivation to start typing? Well, there is a pretty awesome answer to this problem. Voice dictation software has made significant progress in recent years and is finally to the point where the technology works well enough (in my opinion) to use for things like blog posting, emails and so on.

blog 3 times fasterDragon Naturally Speaking is an awesome piece of software, it’s efficient and works almost flawlessly straight out of the box with literally no learning curve or ridiculous voice training needed as was the norm in the past, bottom line this thing kicks ass and can save any that spends time typing a heck of a lot of time. The average person who types regularly does so at around 40 words per minute, Dragon Naturally Speaking allows you to turbo charge your blogging and crank out words at about 120 words per minute which is 3 times faster than you can type. Can you think of anything you could do with more free time if you had it?

Pick up a copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking and try it out, you won’t be disappointed.

2003 Annual Training Video for B-CO 1-128IN

I was going through a few hard drives a while ago and came across a video that Allen Luke made, this was the last year we had a full “old school” AT where we went and played Army in the woods for 2 weeks, after this we were getting ready for and deploying to Iraq and when we came back annual trainings like this were gone, it’s now only “lanes training” and such.. Anyhow, I talked to Allen about posting this and he was cool with it so heres the video.

Produced By: www.LukeStudios.com

Does Blog Posting Frequency Matter?

Not that many people have noticed ;-) but my blog posting frequency went from often to almost not at all since last May.

blog posting frequencyI changed my blog posting frequency for a number of reasons but one of them was because I had gotten into a conversation with a friend about the importance of blog posting frequency for bloggers. We discussed several opinions but really had little data to use as a factual reference so I decided to use this blog as a “guinea pig” and the results were about what I expected.

Nothing about this was very scientific, I simply went from posting often to basically not at all. I did add one post in November about a Hostgator Black Friday Deal just to see how long it would take to get it indexed, which I found occurred within 30 minutes which is about what I was experiencing before.

  • While posting multiple times per week my site was crawled by Google about 6 times per day, as of today after only posting once since last May Google (and other bots) are still crawling my site as much if not more than they were before.
  • I expected my traffic would go down, but the opposite has happened, my traffic has more than doubled since I stopped posting in May.
  • My rankings for my content has gone up, some very significantly since I stopped posting.
  • My ads are getting clicked more than they were a year ago. (likely due to increased percentage of traffic from search)

Now don’t take this as an endorsement to stop posting, I have just found that my site in particular did just fine regardless of my blog posting frequency and was not ruined by me basically ignoring it for almost a year. Had I kept up regular posting I expect I would have gained more than I did by letting it sit.

Updating your sites regularly with quality content is of course your best bet, but I feel that this exercise shows that if you have been doing what you should with your site and you drop the ball for a while, you can still pick things back up later and not be much worse for the wear. It is now my opinion that blog posting frequency is more critical for newer sites and that the longer your site is up the less critical it becomes, at least this is what my results tell me.

What do you think about the importance of blog posting frequency?

Hostgator Black Friday Discount – 80% off

Great news about a Hostgator Black Friday Discount. If you have ever thought about having a website this very well could be the best time ever to grab an account from Hostgator and save up to 80% off on your initial hosting invoice. Starting at 5am Hostgator will be offering 80% off hosting accounts, this means you could pay $35.64 for 3 FULL YEARS!

Hostgator Black Friday Discount

For those who don’t want to get up at 5am to grab the craziest Hostgator Black Friday Discount they will still be offering 50% off all day (from 12:01 am CST Friday till 11:50PM as well, the break down goes like this:

The Hostgator Black Friday Discount promotion starts at 12:01 AM Friday November 26th CST (-6 GMT) and will run until 11:59PM CST (-6 GMT) 11/26/2010

50% OFF EVERYTHING From 12:00AM CST – 5AM CST

80% OFF EVERYTHING From 5AM – 9AM CST WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

9AM – 11:59PM CST OR after 80% OFF accounts have sold out, they will continue to offer 50% OFF EVERYTHING!

Hostgator has never offered anything like this Hostgator Black Friday Discount and normally I don’t promote other hosting companies but for shared hosting this is a smoking deal and I will even be picking one up for myself  :)

so, stop over to Hostgator and check out the crazy Hostgator Black Friday Discount for some 50% – 80% off craziness.