Last year when I first started submitting to blog carnivals, I often wondered if it was worth it to go through all the tedious work of looking through the list of several hundred blog carivals to find the ones relevant to my blog post.
To be effective, the best way was to start at the beginning of the drop down list and scan through each listing until you find a blog carnival relevant to your subject matter. Select it, fill out the form and click Submit. Then repeat the process until you’ve made it all the way through the list. Usually, it took me about an hour to do the whole list. I kept coming back because the results were really making a difference.
The problem was that since I didn’t want to outsource it (outsourcing time consuming tasks is good by the way), I would have to muster up the ambition and time to do it. That didn’t always work out so well.
I finally reached the point where I thought to myself “there MUST be a better way, Ugggh!”
When looking for a solution for this problem, I made the most logical move… I Googled it. I searched for “blog carnival submitters” and a zillion variations of it. I found a number of blog carnival submission services & some weren’t half bad. Robert Phillips was way up there on my personal list. I was pretty surprised that there was no software to handle this task though. Heck, even if I had a submission service, I would find this very handy!
Well, being that programming is one of my favorite past times (I know, I’m a geek), and making money is another, I did the next logical thing… created my own blog carnival submitter! Anyone following my blog for a while is likely familiar with Xingla Pro.
This is my favorite piece of software that I have written and I’m quite proud of it. Today I just officially released version 3.
Xingla Pro 3 has some exciting new features that weren’t available before.
For example, Xingla Pro 3 now has a Quick Finder search feature. Before, you still had to troll through the entire drop down box to build your list. By saving your list, you still saved a ton of time with Xingla Pro 2, but I was still haunted by the tedious process of building the list itself.
Now with the Quick Finder, you can type in a keyword relating to the type of carnival you are looking for and it will list out all the available blog carnivals for that keyword! Then you can simply select and add to your new list, or your current one. Yesterday, I built a list of 23 carnivals relating to “internet business” and “making money” in under a minute.
The next thing that I felt the new Xingla needed was some way to let you know when you had dead carnivals in your list. Blog carnivals come & go, and before you know it, you have a list speckled with dead blog carnivals. You might think you have a list of 30 but maybe only 22 of them are still active.
This is where the “Check Inactives” feature comes into play. Now you can simply click a button and it will instantly scan your list for dead carnivals. You will then be shown a list of the dead carnivals and asked if you want to delete them. Pretty cool stuff if I don’t say so myself.
Other new features include a smart dupe checker to warn you that a carnival already exists in your list if you happen to be modifying your list with new carnivals.
After filling out the form fields, you can now simply press the ‘Enter’ key to begin the Auto Submit process. Previously, you had to be careful not to do this or the “Submit” button would activate from within blogcarnival.com. Anytime I fill out online forms, just by shear reflex, I hit the ‘Enter’ button as soon as I’m ready to submit. Adding the ability for Xingla Pro to auto submit upon detecting the ‘Enter’ key press was a natural evolutionary step. It’s a convenient alternative to clicking the ‘Auto Submit’ button.
The Auto Update feature has also been improved. I noticed that in some Windows configurations, people were not always able to update smoothly. Now it should be a breeze for everyone. Xingla Pro checks for updates in the background when you start the app.
Also, I’ve had numerous requests to to have an affiliate program for Xingla Pro. As of today, Xingla Pro 3 now has an affiliate program with a 50/50 split after merchant fees. At the moment this is a $47 payout.
Finally, Xingla no longer requires the Microsoft dotNet Framework! I rebuilt Xingla Pro from the ground up in an entirely new programming language that is Win32, and doesn’t force its users into installing the dotNet Framework if they don’t already have it.
Some of my customers didn’t have the dotNet Framework on their machines which made for a long beastly install as it auto downloaded from Microsoft and configured itself. Afterwards, it required a restart of their PC just for good measure. It kinda reminded me of the classic double glove slap… Wap-Bap!
Xingla Pro has a sleek new look, and my testing indicates that it’s rock stable. If you have a blog, or are running a submission service, you should check out the video on the sales page here:
BTW – Next week I’ll be raising the price on Xingla Pro to $147.