For those who run blogs on the WordPress system, you know that plugins are the key to adding new features and streamlining your blog. I’ve come up with a list of four plugins that will help you to improve your monetized blog and increase traffic. All of the plugins are in use on this blog, so you can see exactly what they look like in execution.

  1. Aizatto’s Related Posts is a plugin that automatically inserts related posts at the end of each post based on keywords. It is fully customizable, via the admin panel, allowing you to do things like add excerpts, trim title lengths, and use custom CSS schemes. Read more about how related posts can help to increase traffic and viewer interest in my previous article here.
  2. Sociable is a plugin that adds links at the end of your posts to allow readers to quickly and automatically submit/vote your site on their favorite social bookmarking source, increasing your potential traffic. It contains a huge list of just about every social bookmarking site there is. Sociable also allows exactly where these will appear, whether they be simply on permalinked posts or on every page of your blog.
  3. Angsuman’s Feed Coprighter adds a customizable copyright message to your feed items ensuring that thieves and plagiarists cannot simply duplicate your feed and posts on their own external sites with no credit to you. No configuration is needed; the plugin is a set-and-forget measure to protect your RSS.
  4. WPTextAds allows you to bypass the middlemen and sell text linked ads directly on your own blog. WPTextAds has tons of features, and is fully customizable. The free version should be enough for most small blogs, supporting two ads in each of the three site areas (home, post, full site). It allows advertisers a choice of pricing depending on where their ad will be displayed.
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There are many legitimate autosurfs out there, and today I’m here to warn you about one that’s not. The site is called “SurfJunky.” At first glance, the site looks real, legitimate, well organized and frequented. Their terms, FAQ, and instructions all match legal autosurfs. Unlike the others, though, their payouts seem too good to be true, and are. SJ promises a minimum of $0.45 an hour. Added up, if someone were to surf for a month, this means they would theoretically earn $324. Nobody gets that rich that easily.

I myself, even after seeing many scam reports, decided to sign up for the site. After a few days of leaving their browser window up when I was idle, I tried logging in. As all of the scam reports had predicted, my account was banned. There is not a single user online who has a proof of payment, account after account is banned as soon as they near the $25 payout mark. The worst thing is, the site is making huge commissions as you waste your time browsing their ads.

Still not convinced? After the break I have compiled proof from around the web as to how SJ paying out is impossible.

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