The second most requested thing I have received from leenk.me users is to create a leenk.me affiliate program. Well, guess what, I have finally gotten around to setting up the leenk.me Affiliates program. The leenk.me service was created as an affordable solution to solving the problem of publicizing your WordPress content to your social networks, automatically and instantly. The primary reason I had to ask for money was to cover the cost of server upkeep and to subsidize future upgrades and improvements to the plugin.
The leenk.me Affiliates program has one tier, you get 50% of every sale and payment made by each new customer you refer to leenk.me. Each leenk.me account will continue to get their 1 month free trial, if they decide to keep the service and pay for it after the first month is over, you will get 50% of their payment. If they continue to use and pay for the leenk.me service, you will get 50% for each future payment they make. I plan on approving any pending commissions throughout the month and will payout the commissions on or around the first weekday of every month. Also, you must have a PayPal account to sign up for the leenk.me Affiliates program.
We are using iDevAffiliate to manage all of the affiliate information.
Now you can get paid for referring new users to the leenk.me service!
Let me know if you have any questions!
Posted in Affiliates, News
I just submitted version 2.0.0 of the WordPress plugin for leenk.me to WordPress. You should see an update in your WordPress dashboards any moment now. There are a few pretty great new features in this version… check out the run down in this video:
If you have any trouble, please contact me.
Hey Everyone, I just submitted version 1.4.0 of the leenk.me plugin, which uses the new version of the leenk.me API. As I have mentioned over the past few posts, Facebook has made some changes to their API which will affect leenk.me. Namely, tomorrow, May 2nd, Facebook is removing the “offline access” token which is what leenk.me uses to post on your behalf without you needing to be logged into Facebook. They have replaced this with a 60-day expiring token, which means you will most likely need to refresh your Facebook account on leenk.me every 60 days. Hopefully Facebook will make this a little less annoying before the next 60 days. If not, I apologize, but it is completely out of my control.
If you have updated to leenk.me 1.4.0 it will not work unless you update your account settings. I’ve made a short video explaining what you need to do. Basically, you should only need to “click the big red button”. If you have been using the BETA, you should upgrade to version 2.0.0b5 which includes the new API.
I know there are many users out there who have had to create multiple leenk.me accounts. With this new Account Settings page, you will probably be able to switch to a single account. This is where things could get confusing. The new way Facebook handles this is that it will change the access token every time you connect it to a different leenk.me account, breaking your other leenk.me accounts. So if you have three Basic accounts that all use the same Facebook account, two of them will most likely stop working sometime in the future. My solution fixes this, it allows you to create multiple API keys in a single account. So you simply add your Facebook to one account and create multiple API keys in that account depending on your needs. Each API can use the same Facebook account if you want it to, it just can’t be used in separate leenk.me accounts.
Also, if you had a Basic account, you will be able to add up to 3 API keys. If you had a Plus account, you will be able to add up to 10 API keys. I also renamed the plans to Personal and Business.
I tried to test this out as much as I could in the short time that I had, so if you have any problems, contact me and I will help you as soon as possible.
The last few days have been pretty crazy, trying to get things in place for the upcoming Facebook changes has forced my hand into making some changes to the leenk.me service. These changes were already planned for the near future, but now they’re becoming a reality. I’ve also had to place the 2.0 BETA version of the plugin on hold while I update the site/account options.
Here are a couple of screenshots of the new account setting pages that I’ve been working on:
Each account will be able to create multiple API keys!
If you have a single Basic account, you won’t have to worry about any of these things. Due to the changes that Facebook is going to make on May 2nd, this will severely affect how people with multiple Basic or Plus accounts use the service. In many cases, if you had 2 or 3 separate Basic accounts, all using the same Facebook profile, you’ll be able to go down to 1 Basic account!
I haven’t nailed everything down yet, but I am currently thinking that Basic accounts will get 3 APIs, Plus accounts will get 10 APIs, and I’ll probably discontinue the Basic account option for future customers.
Also, one last thing, when the new account settings pages are live, I’ll release a new version of the plugin which will use a new version of the leenk.me API. To use this, you’ll need to go through an “account conversion” process to convert your existing leenk.me settings to the new account methodology. This will be true for everyone, but it should be pretty straight forward and not very difficult to deal with.
I’ll let you all know as I finalized these details! Until then, happy blogging!
A few weeks ago one of my great leenk.me customers, Dr. Walt emailed me because he was having trouble with leenk.me not automatically publishing to his social networks. It took about a week to test what was happening, but eventually I discovered (with the help of my WordPress developer friend Alan Knox) that the Subscribe2 plugin was causing the issue. Basically, Dr. Walt had so many subscribers to his blog that the Subscribe2 was overloading his MySQL instance. Then leenk.me would run and it couldn’t contact the MySQL server. I wasn’t able to reproduce this but my friend Alan started to have the same exact problem on his personal blog. Alan’s solution was easy, he switched to the free version of MailChimp. But that solution wasn’t going to work for Dr. Walt because Dr. Walt posts twice a day to his blog, Alan only posted once a day (which is the smallest increment supported by MailChimp’s RSS reader).
Well, once we figured out exactly what was happening, I tried to raise the priority of the leenk.me plugin (so it would fire before the Subscribe2 plugin). And to everyone’s pleasure, it worked! leenk.me and Subscribe2 did exactly what they were suppose to do. Dr. Walt was so happy with the out coming and the level of support he got, he offered to send me one of his books!
Thanks Dr. Walt!
I wanted to give you all a head up that Facebook is making some changes that will (and for some people already have) affect leenk.me. I’ve notice a few people who have had an “expiration” time attached to the access token that Facebook give leenk.me. The access token is what allows leenk.me to send content on your behalf when you publish a new post. The way Facebook use to work is 3rd party developers like myself could request an access token with “offline access”, which basically meant it worked forever (or until the user changed their password or remove the app from their profile). Facebook is now planning on removing the offline access ability from their API. So, in preparation for this change (which is coming May 2nd, 2012), I have been testing their new requirements and have already made a few changes to leenk.me to start to deal with what Facebook is requiring. Over the next week I will continue to make changes until I have a solution in place that will cause YOU the least amount of pain.
So far it is going well though. I’ve removed the request for the “offline access” and have set my app in Facebook to disable that feature altogether. Facebook is handle these access tokens in two ways, it will hand out a token that expires in 2-hours or a token that will expire in 60-days. I am still testing the 60-day tokens to make sure they will work as I expect them to. It looks like I will be able to “renew” the 60-day tokens before they expire to get a new 60-day token. Basically replicating the previous “offline access” token I was able to use. However, in the case that I am unable to do this, it may require you to reset your Facebook connection to leenk.me every 60 days.
While I am working on this, I have also started implement some new error reporting within the beta version of the leenk.me plugin. Ultimately, this change by Facebook is pushing back the development of the plugin, but I think in the end we’ll all be better off. There will be better error reporting and more helpful messages.
Facebook is by far that social network that I end up having to do the most support for. Let’s just say that they do not handle the oAuth standard in a “traditional” manner. As I said, my goal here is to make this as simple as possible and not require you to do any extra work. Hopefully that goal will be accomplished. If you have any questions or need any support, as always, feel free to contact me.
Hey Everyone, We’re getting closer to a new version of leenk.me. Just made some more fixes to the 2.0.0 beta, thanks to everyone who has helped me test. You can download the new version here. I’m still getting questions about Google+, and trust me, I haven’t forgotten about it. Google still hasn’t opened up their API for writes (it’s read-only). As soon as they open it up, I’ll be working to add it. I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter on the internet from Google+ developers. They’re all just waiting for Google to open up the API so they can start writing their apps.
So, if I don’t get any bug reports about this BETA, it’ll become the official version of leenk.me. Thanks again for all the testing!
Hey Everyone, been working hard on two versions of leenk.me! First, I found out that LinkedIn Groups have been added to LinkedIn’s API. So I wanted to add that to the plugin as soon as possible. It is in the latest release version of the plugin (version 1.3.12) as well as the latest version of the beta (2.0.0b3). It is also still a little experimental. I’ve tested it to the best of my ability, and for some reason the LinkedIn developers made the API a little different from the regular sharing API. So you may see it a little different. If you have any questions, contact me.
I’ve had a few people testing the BETA for me and the last version had a few big bugs that needed to be squashed. I believe it is getting much more stable now, so I released a new version of the BETA, available here. It would be great if any of you had the time to test it. I think you’ll be much happier with this version. If I do not get any negative feedback, I will make this version the next release of the plugin.
I’ve also been getting a lot of questions about Google+. Yes, Google+ is on my radar … they killed the Buzz API a few months ago, but still haven’t opened up the Google+ API for posting. Currently it only support read-only requests. As soon as I find out that they’ve opened it up for posting, I’ll be adding it to the leenk.me service. Hopefully it’s coming real soon!
Again, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.
Hey Everyone, been working hard on a new update to the leenk.me plugin. I’ve only tested this in WordPress 3.2+, but it should work fine in WordPress 3.1. It *might* work in previous version, but I didn’t test them. If you’re not on the latest release version of WordPress you should be (for security reasons).
Here are some of the new features available in leenk.me 2.0.0:
- Built-in URL Shortener Options
- Automatic preview of your post before it is sent to your social network
- Major code changes to improve efficiency
- and more!
Click here to download the leenk.me 2.0.0 BETA release.
Check out this short video I made of the new plugin…
Contact me here if you have any trouble with the beta version.
Posted in News, plugin
As many of you were aware, Google announced that they were going to kill off Google Buzz. It looks like they finally shut off the Google Buzz API, which means the leenk.me service can no longer post to your Google Buzz accounts. Please upgrade your plugin to remove the Google Buzz options.
If you’d like some more information about this, please read Google’s Fall Sweep announcement. As soon as Google opens up their Google+ API for posting, I will be adding it to the leenk.me service.
P.S. I’m working on a pretty big update for the plugin, should have a lot of nice new features. Including the ability to change your URL shortener, a better interface to see what your posts will look like on the fly, and I expect it will be a lot more efficient! Coming soon .