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Automated Marketing with Webbots [Kindle Edition]

M. Eigh
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Book Description

WATCH OUT!

Side effects of reading this book include a sudden surge of self-esteem and unprecedented decisiveness in making marketing decisions. Also common are a lifetime addiction to web automation and web data scraping.

After reading this book, if you spend more than 4 hours with web bots a day, call a therapist right away.

I'm sure you've wondered why your competitors' books are selling better than yours. In a perfect world governed by meritocracy, your books would have been selling much better than your competitors'. But Amazon is not that perfect world. Amazon is a jungle where the street-smart prevail and prosper.

What if I tell you the key is marketing? "Here we go again," you roll your eyes: "Who hasn't heard that before? Tell me something I don't know."

What if I tell you the key is marketing with web bots? Would I get your full attention?

This book may just be the ultimate answer to questions that have been bothering you. I have no doubt it will put energy, wisdom and tangible result in your next book marketing move.



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About the Author

M. Eigh is just another Asian dude who makes a quiet living in IT. He lives in Northern Virginia with his beautiful wife, two daughters and two cats in a charming old house, which came with a morbidly obese landlord, also known as the mortgage. He dreams of murdering that landlord with a bestseller someday, preferably before he has to start paying the kids' colleges. His hermit kingdom is at http://m.eigh.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1653 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494913836
  • Publisher: Red Lantern Press (17 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HY2B50G
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3.0 out of 5 stars Duped 17 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Why has this book duplicated twelve times?!?
9 are £3.11, 2 are £3.31 and 1 is £3.32.
Samples are the same, too, plus only V1--5 have been purchased so far.
- Luigi442wii
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flowspirit Guide 26 Jan. 2014
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If you've heard of Flowspirit, also known as Jingling or Kiss Of The Dragon then you'll know what a useful tool it can be - if only it wasn't for the interface being in Chinese! This is mostly a guide to that software although there are other tips and pieces as well. Well written but mostly cut and paste from similar titles by the same author, making one book do the work of 2 or 3.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing book, but I will never believe Web stats again 19 Dec. 2013
By Alex S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had reviewed one of Eighs earlier books on making Tofu, and I got an email for this one when it came out for free on Amazon.

So what does Tofu have to do with "bots?" In this case, the clarity of instruction and writing. The author stated his goal was "to make you feel like you could do it." He achieved his goal in my case. His careful, clear and detailed instructions were everything a non tech person wants to know.

While the book is focused on those doing the marketing, I was intrigued from the point of view of the one being marketed to, particularly as a top reviewer at Amazon. Ah, so THAT is how they scrape my info! Hmmm, could this author be using this tool, or that tool? Wait, you can do that?

He remains on the ethical side and never suggests you try these ideas in inappropriate ways. Still, he made me aware of many ways the tools could be misused.

IF you are reading his book to get some ideas for promoting yours to Amazon Reviewers, I have a tip concerning those emails. Statistically speaking, the higher up on the rankings an individual is, the more requests they get to review stuff. I personally get about three requests per day to read someone's book. Most are genres I would never read or review.

If you use your "good powers" to find readers using his technique, I suggest you do any of the following:

Find books similar to yours and scrape information on reviewers of those books
Be as personal as you can (even if it is a macro) in contacting reviewers.
NEVER EVER send an email out with multiple addresses. Very bad netiquette. I either blast the sender, or toss it in the trash. So do my friends.

Now, let's see if I can figure out a macro to finish my Christmas shopping online!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Data scraping for fun and profit 20 Dec. 2013
By J. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
According to the author, the book is intended to describe the use of tools that can be used in your web marketing, particularly for marketing Amazon Kindle books. He calls the Amazon marketplace the "Amazon Jungle" - a place that's very mysterious, dangerous, and difficult to survive.

The book includes several tools for automating many processes using high tech tools. The first of these, "Live HTTP Headers," is a web conversation interceptor, a free Firefox add-on. That sounds complicated, but it's just a tool to observe your browser's "conversation" with a web server.

The next tool is another Firefox add-on called "iMacro" that lets you record, save, and playback macros that you create. (Didn't the early versions of Windows include a macro recorder?) This can be used to automate many tasks. Another automated marketing tool is "uBot," which may enable your scripts to sneak past CAPTCHA gatekeepers.

"Jingling" software may be the most powerful bot traffic generator for increasing page counts at sites such as eBay and YouTube. It's in Chinese, but the book walks you through using it.

Two comments about the book:
1. It's fairly technical, but the author explains every step with illustrations and commentary.
2. There are ethical issues involved (such as sending bots to vote hundreds of times for your book or photograph in a competition), but to his credit, the author acknowledges this and discusses the issues.

It's a very informative book with a boatload of information for anyone interested in automating some computer tasks.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars confusingly written, seems like a marketing ploy 2 Mar. 2014
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I suspect the author's first language is not English.
This book was hard to read, and didn't explain any of the concepts. Maybe the author has good ideas, but the reader can't harvest them.

I suspect the bots he recommends are his own, so this is just a way to sell his web bots. It would be nice to get an objective review (or a readable review). I would be wary of trusting any of the links he has - seems like an easy way to get malware and virus-ware on your computer.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers, Contagion & Espionage: Web Marketing with Bots 4 Nov. 2013
By Brook Par - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow!!

This is solid reading! Not like some of the fluff that is passed off as information.

I had to read the book twice, as I worked through the examples that Marcus gives.

Among other things the author teaches how to use macros. My productivity will benefit from learning how to use macros to perform the many repetitious tasks I have to do on my computer.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Update your knowledge about the Internet 29 Dec. 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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Marcus Eigh writes about so many topics so well that it seemed to this reader that if his other books about health and nutrition etc as so well presented, why not try one that seems like a foreign language and see if it opens any doors.

First a bit of introduction for the very word `bot' (because I had no clue): `Web Bot is an Internet Bot computer program whose developers claim is able to predict future events by tracking keywords entered on the internet. It was developed in 1997, originally to predict stock market trends. The creator of the Web Bot Project, Clif High, along with his associate George Ure, keep the technology and algorithms largely secret and sell the predictions via the website. An Internet bot, also known as web robot, WWW robot or simply bot, is a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone. The largest use of bots is in web spidering, in which an automated script fetches, analyses and files information from web servers at many times the speed of a human. Each server can have a file called robots.txt, containing rules for the spidering of that server that the bot is supposed to obey or be removed. In addition to their uses outlined above, bots may also be implemented where a response speed faster than that of humans is required (e.g., gaming bots and auction-site robots) or less commonly in situations where the emulation of human activity is required, for example chat bots. Bots are also being used as organization and content access applications for media delivery. Webot.com is one recent example of utilizing bots to deliver personal media across the web from multiple sources. In this case the bots track content updates on host computers and deliver live streaming access to a browser based logged in user.'

Now on more solid ground, reading Marcus Eigh's book is an eye-opener. He brings to the reader a number of automated online marketing tools meticulously described and accompanied by very useful screenshots and careful instructions. His information on web macros used for marketing tasks and the traffic automation software he brings to our attention are valuable and inordinately useful - once mastered. So again this bright young man has popped the cork off a fresh bottle of information that promises to start the new year with a bang. Grady Harp, December 13
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