Options saved.

'; } $checked = ''; if($ping == 1) $checked = 'checked="checked"'; echo '

URIs to Ping

The following services will automatically be pinged/notified when you publish posts. Not when you edit previously published posts, as WordPress does by default.

NB: this list is synchronized with the original update services list.

Separate multiple service URIs with line breaks:

Ping log

These are the lastest actions performed by the plugin.


'; } # telling WordPress to ping if the post is new, but not if it's just been edited function SUP_ping_if_new($id) { global $wpdb, $post_title; if(get_option('SUP_ping') == 1 and get_option('ping_sites') != "") { # fetches data directly from database; the function "get_post" is cached, # and using it here will get the post as is was before the last save $row = mysql_fetch_array(mysql_query( "SELECT post_date,post_modified FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE id=$id")); # if time when created equals time when modified it is a new post, # otherwise the author has edited/modified it if($row["post_date"] == $row["post_modified"]) { if($post_title) SUP_log("Pinging services (new post: “".$post_title."”) ..."); else SUP_log("Pinging services (new post) ..."); SUP_ping_services(); # Try commenting the line above, and uncommenting this line below # if pinging seems to be out of order. Please notify the author if it helps! # generic_ping(); } else { if($post_title) SUP_log("NOT pinging services (“".$post_title."” was edited)"); else SUP_log("NOT pinging services (a post was edited)"); } } else SUP_log("NOT pinging services (disabled by administrator)"); } # More or less a copy of WP's "generic_ping" from functions.php, # but uses another function to send the actual XML-RPC messages. function SUP_ping_services() { $services = get_settings('ping_sites'); $services = preg_replace("|(\s)+|", '$1', $services); // Kill dupe lines $services = trim($services); if ( '' != $services ) { $services = explode("\n", $services); foreach ($services as $service) SUP_send_xmlrpc($service); } } # A slightly modified version of the WordPress built-in ping functionality ("weblog_ping" in functions.php). # This one uses correct extendedPing format (WP does not), and logs response from service. function SUP_send_xmlrpc($server = '', $path = '') { global $wp_version; include_once (ABSPATH . WPINC . '/class-IXR.php'); // using a timeout of 3 seconds should be enough to cover slow servers $client = new IXR_Client($server, ((!strlen(trim($path)) || ('/' == $path)) ? false : $path)); $client->timeout = 3; $client->useragent .= ' -- WordPress/'.$wp_version; // when set to true, this outputs debug messages by itself $client->debug = false; $home = trailingslashit( get_option('home') ); # the extendedPing format should be "blog name", "blog url", "check url" (whatever that is), and "feed url", # but it would seem as if the standard has been mixed up. it's therefore best to repeat the feed url. if($client->query('weblogUpdates.extendedPing', get_settings('blogname'), $home, get_bloginfo('rss2_url'), get_bloginfo('rss2_url'))) { SUP_log("- ".$server." was successfully pinged (extended format)"); } else { # pinging was unsuccessful, trying regular ping format if($client->query('weblogUpdates.ping', get_settings('blogname'), $home)) { SUP_log("- ".$server." was successfully pinged"); } else { SUP_log("- ".$server." could not be pinged. Error message: “".$client->error->message."”"); } } } $post_title = ""; # Receives the title of the post from a filter below function SUP_post_title($title) { global $post_title; $post_title = $title; return $title; } # ----- # Log stuff $logfile = ABSPATH."wp-content/smart-update-pinger.log"; # for debugging function SUP_log($line) { global $logfile; $fh = @fopen($logfile, "a"); @fwrite($fh, strftime("%D %T")."\t$line\n"); @fclose($fh); } function SUP_get_last_log_entries($num) { global $logfile; $lines = @file($logfile); if($lines === false) return "Error reading log file (".$logfile."). This could mean that the wp-content directory is write-protected and no log data can be saved, that you have manually removed the log file, or that you have recently upgraded the plugin."; else { $lines = array_slice($lines, count($lines) - $num); $msg = ""; foreach($lines as $line) $msg .= trim($line)."
"; return $msg; } } # ----- # adds a filter to receive the title of the post before publishing add_filter("title_save_pre", "SUP_post_title"); # adds some hooks # shows the options in the administration panel add_action("admin_menu", "SUP_add_options_page"); # calls SUP_ping whenever a post is published add_action("publish_post", "SUP_ping_if_new"); # calls SUP_ping_draft when changing the status from private/draft to published # add_action("private_to_published', 'SUP_ping_draft'); # removes the "WordPress official" pinging hook remove_action("publish_post", "generic_ping"); # activates pinging if setting doesn't exist in database yet # (before the user has changed the settings the first time) if(get_option("SUP_ping") === false) { update_option("SUP_ping", 1); } ?> VRE Toolbar Niche Marketing News › An Official Announcement: The Internet Has Run Out Of Niches — NOT!
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An Official Announcement: The Internet Has Run Out Of Niches — NOT!

Here’s a question I felt I had to answer as part of “Make Your Dreams a Reality!” month, since it’s probably one that a lot of beginning marketers have on their minds.

It comes from Katerina, who writes:

I have read all the ebooks and have the programs to find niches and still I come up empty handed because when you follow the directions you discover that most of the niches I like have a high demand but also high supply.

I have not found yet a niche that has a good demand but a low supply.

Are niches all dried up now?

Well, Katerina, if I said the Internet isn’t becoming more competitive, I would be lying. If I told you that finding a niche market on the Internet is as easy today as it was five years ago, I would be lying.

The Internet is a competitive hunting ground, and it’s only going to get more competitive — but does that mean all the good opportunities are gone?


You are talking about a business medium that allows you to reach every wired corner of the world from your computer at home. According the Internet World Stats, as of June 10, 2007 there were 1.133 BILLION people online — and it’s still growing at a phenomenal rate.

With those kinds of numbers, I’d be willing to guess there are still a few great opportunities waiting to be discovered!

However, the fact is: If your hobby or interest happens to be something like “golf” or “health products,” the chances of finding a niche are slim to none. These are saturated markets, and it’s time to expand beyond them.

If you are serious about making money online and you have explored your interests and have found them to be too competitive, then it’s time to broaden the scope of your search.

What would you enjoy learning more about? Don’t let your lack of knowledge stop you from exploring a topic you’re interested in. I know if I set aside an hour a day for the next month and immersed myself in an unfamiliar niche, I would have enough knowledge to start an online business based on that topic.

The point I am trying to make here, is don’t limit yourself to what you know today. Broaden the scope of your search and explore new niches where you aren’t already an expert — and all of sudden different potential businesses will start to appear.

My final comment is this: Don’t always write a business opportunity off simply because there’s some competition in the market. Rather, you should determine the viability of an opportunity by analyzing the quality of the competition.

If you look at the competition and believe you could do a better job meeting the needs of the market — if you can come up with a unique selling proposition that offers more value and truly differentiates you from all the other sellers out there — then you can be massively successful in an already competitive market.

Remember: Perseverance is key! Like Albert Einstein said:

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

To your success…

Derek Gehl

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Derek Gehl specializes in teaching real people how to start profitable Internet businesses that make $100,000 to $2.5 Million (or more) per year. To get instant access to all his most profitable marketing campaigns, strategies, tools, and resources that he’s used to grow $25 into over $60 Million in online sales, visit Internet Marketing Center

One Comment

  1. Kok Choon wrote:

    m…I couldn’t agree more. The opportunity online or offline is unlimited, trend is always switching around, non-stop. Tons of new products, industries created or form every month, just need to dig and dig, eventually something will come out.

    Friday, October 12, 2007 at 9:48 am | Permalink

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