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OPS Old Post Spinner

Create a complete unique new post on a random old one and promote it to the top of your blog.

Is there anything I should be aware of? Any limitations?

Yes! This plugin should not be used with permalink structures that include dates.

Please explain me the settings' values

Old Post Spinner (OPS) checks if a certain amount of time has passed. If so it promotes (or duplicates, depending on the settings) a random post to any position you like.

E.G. take this values:

  • Minimum interval between old post promotions: 2000 minutes

  • Random maximum interval (added to minimum interval): 500 minutes

Now OPS will every 2000 + X minutes (where X lies somewhere random between 0 and 500) pick up one old post and promote (or duplicate) it to the defined position.

OPS will take into account which posting categories you never want to promote

You can also specify an minimum age for a post to be considered.

What will happen? Let's take 10 posts ordered by age with No. 1 the as the youngest one. OPS picks the, let's say, sixth post and give it the current date to promote it to position number one.

If you want a post to be promoted to position 3 OPS will place it, regarding the date, exactly in the middle between number 2 and (the old) number 3, which now will drop to position 4.

What is the difference between duplicating and promoting?

Promoting will move the post to a new position, whereas duplicating will copy a post to the new position, so the latter generates a new post.

What are the best practice values?

They are installed as default values. Minimum interval: 2000 minutes, Random interval: 500 minutes, Post age: 14 days. But maybe you should experiment with your own values. It's up to you.

What do you mean with spinning?

Spinning means the creation of a new "spinned" content. That will create a new and unique post every time it gets promoted (or duplicated).

How do I spin the title and the content?

That requires a bit of handwork. You can manually add multiple synonym versions of any sentence and any word you want. That is done by using the characters |, { and }. I call this spinning instructions. I give you an example:

Hello, my name is {Jack|Jim} and I love {Tennis|Golf}.

Using this spinning instructions will generate this four different result sentences every time your article is promoted:

  • Hello, my name is Jack and I love Tennis.
  • Hello, my name is Jack and I love Golf.
  • Hello, my name is Jim and I love Tennis.
  • Hello, my name is Jim and I love Golf.

So, with a little bit of extra afford you are able to create a complete unique post every time. Just add as many synonym sentences as you like between the curly brackets ”{“, “}” and separate each synonym sentence by Pipe “|”.

You can nest your sentences as well:

Hello, my name is {Jim|{Handsome|Ugly}Joe}.

Will result in

  • Hello, my name is Jim.
  • Hello, my name is Handsome Joe.
  • Hello, my name is Ugly Joe.

IMPORTANT: Please post this spinning instruction sentences in the extra Old-Post-Spinner meta box of WordPress (see the screenshot) and NOT into the normal text and content form fields

What will happen if I only want to spin the title or the content?

No problem. If you only fill in spinning instructions on the title, then only the title will be spinned. The content won't change. Same with the content, if you only want the content to be spinned, than leave the spinning instructions on the title empty.

What date will the promoted posts get?

Posts promoted to first position will get the current date. Posts below first position will be placed right in the middle of the enclosing posts.

Why should I use a category to ignore from promotion?

Some posts are simply not meant to be spinned. Especially if they are date-related. E.g. you should place posts with news into an omitted category.

But how do I hide the category from my blog?

If you don't want this category to appear in you blog you can use the "AVH Extended Categories" plugin.

What is the best position to promote (or duplicate) to?

I would advice you to always promote to position 1. Using any other position will after some periods leads to a cluster of post old placed around the very same date and time, this is because a new post is always placed exactly in the middle between two old posts.

How can I recover the original dates?

All original dates are stored as custom fields. The name is "ops_original_pub_date".

How can I support you?

That is nice of you. Donation link: http://1manfactory.com/donate

How can I promote my newly dated posts to twitter now?

I think you should consider to use a service like twitterfeed.com. It will pickup your promoted posts and send status messages to twitter.

What is the plugin page?

Old Post Spinner

Do you have other plugins?

Check out my other WordPress Plugins

Where do I post my feedback?

Post it at the plugin page: Old Post Spinner

Requires: 2.9 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.2.1
Last Updated: 2011-7-6
Downloads: 11,127

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