Yii2 for WordPress extension

When I first launched my startup Monitor Backlinks, I’ve built it without any PHP framework because I didn’t have a good experience with any that I’ve tried. That was my fault because I didn’t work on very big projects where we could work as a team.

After migrating to Yii2 last year, my development team released today Yii2 for WordPress extension.

Yii2 WordPress is a component for Yii2 framework designed for integration with WordPress CMS via XML-RPC API.

With it, you can easily get new posts from your WordPress blog into your Yii2 application.

You can read more or download the extension on yiiframework.com and packagist.org.

[job] Remote Senior PHP Developer on Yii 2 Framework

*** This job is for joining Monitor Backlinks team ***

Isn’t it annoying always to start a new project and not spend enough time to make it close to perfect? to make it a quality project that you can be proud?

You will be responsible for implementing new features on Monitor Backlinks (https://monitorbacklinks.com). That’s it, no other project, and this for the next few years.

We are not looking for someone great, but for someone Awesome!

General requirements:

- Knowledge at least 1-2 PHP frameworks. We work with Yii2 framework;
- Expert MySQL knowledge. Not just to select data, but to know the difference between heavy and good SQL queries;
- Must be an fluent in OO PHP5;
- Javascript, JQuery, AJAX as a bonus;
- Linux/Unix basic to run command,
- GitHub or other SVN;
- Experience working with 3rd-party web services APIs;

We are looking who is not afraid of and even more loves:

- Learning! The lack of new & efficient technologies makes you bored;
- Unified code styling (PSR2) for all team;
- Security. You feel mad when find out XSS or SQL injection possibility in code;
- Fast & efficient code and Optimizations. But you already had experience that “Premature optimization is the root of all evil”)
- Vagrant/Virtualbox as personal server;
- Complete PHPdoc for every class, method and property;
- Functional and Unit tests;
- Code autocompletion for everything in your favorite IDE;
- Code refactoring;
- Pull requests and Code reviews before moving code to production;
- Composer;
- Methods no longer than 40 lines;
- PHP 5.4 – 5.5 features. You know about Late static bindings, traits, understand what is Yield and other white and even black magic;
- Laconical naming for classes, methods;
- Well-organized structure;
- Know how to write testable code / dependency injection / phpunit tests;
- We use Trello for organizing tasks, you’ll like it;

Preferred skills that could be a big plus:

- Python
- Redis
- Memcached
- Gearman
- Node.js
- nginx
- Percona and XtraDB
- Amazon Web Services
- Web Crawling / Screen Scraping
- Highload and bigdata

If you don’t know most of them, you’ll have a remarkable opportunity to deal with them and learn new interesting things during work in our startup.

A link to your Github profile is required and Yii or other framework code sample you wrote before (full class).
Please provide when applying else your application will be ignored.

If you provide a portfolio, don’t just provide URL’s, but specify what you did, what problems you dealt with and how you solved them.

To apply, send an e-mail with all the required details (CV, Portfolio and answer to the question “Why are you the best at this job?”) to razvan [at] monitorbacklinks [dot] com

 

Think before choosing freemium for your startup

Launched in 2010, AppFog finally gives up on freemium business model.

Over the past few months, a subset of free users have engaged in abusive actions that has negatively affected the stability and uptime for all users.

We have taken numerous steps and dedicated resources toward addressing abuse, but have come to the realization that larger changes are needed to bring AppFog back to the level of reliability our customers have every right to expect…

New customers will no longer have the option to sign up for a free plan. We will offer a trial starting very soon.

It’s nice to start by offering free accounts (even if limited), hoping that this will get you more and more users for your product, but look at the downsides.

I hear a lot this advice: “Go freemium, look at what DropBox did and it worked”. I did offer free accounts in the beginning and dropping the free accounts was a good decision for me.

1. Attracting the wrong user

In my startup, over 80% of the resources used by the free users were from Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia) with a conversion rate to paying user close to zero.

If they do decide to pay, they will be a pain and they will have a small lifetime value. A lot of them will ask for discounts and even if you give them, they still might decide not to pay. This will also mess up your projections, thinking that you have many users and that you are growing steady, but after a while seeing a lot of cancellations.

2. Wrong feedback

The free users will not only use your server resources, but also your support time, asking many questions and having all kinds of requests.

Now if you think this is feedback, you are wrong. Don’t look for feedback from the people that won’t pay for your product, because they like to talk, they like to make you work, but in the end they will still not pay and you spend quite a lot of your time working on features that would drive your product in the wrong direction.

Also, you should not give discounts easily. I have a lot of discounts requests, but

3. Undervalue your product

If you start by offering your product for free, they will want to continue to use it for free because “hey, you can afford a small free account just for me”.

Marketing on discount websites is wrong again. I offered the product for almost free (discount + fee = zero revenue) and at the end of their discounted period, 95% cancelled. And just so you know, I had a really low churn-rate with the other users.

When to choose freemium?

There are a lot of cases when freemium work, see Dropbox or Bufferapp. Depending on your product and the resources consumed it can work for you.

You can chose freemium easier if you got a big investment and you are not pressured to go on positive operational profit very fast.

Do you have use freemium model or trial based for your startup?

 

 

Getting fewer visitors to your website is a good thing

fewer visitors to your website

 

For the last 2 years, I watched how the traffic of my startup grow. After I had managed to get more and more visitors to my website, I started paying more attention to conversions.

The effort to increase my website conversion from 2% to 3% (that’s about 30% increase) is lower than increasing your traffic by 30%, not to mention you improve the quality of your website when you optimize it, you make it clearer to the visitors.

Having good numbers in Google Analytics is not everything though. What good is a visitor that registers, but he doesn’t know that he will eventually have to pay for your product? “On the web you can find everything for free, right?”
So I did also a few tests directing my register now button to the Pricing Page. The conversion numbers from visitor to registered user dropped yes, but the conversion from users to premium users grew significantly.

On the free tools page, 80% of the visitors didn’t even think about converting (based on geographical analysis and conversions), but they were using the tools heavily. Keep this in mind when you offer free tools. Even if the tools are free for them, they are not for me: I pay 3rd party services for some data, server power etc.

Focus on getting quality traffic

You may often find that promoting heavily in social media or posting everywhere can get your website bounce rate really high (high = bad), so measuring channels just on visits or conversion rate is not really enough.

Look at the effort spent on each channel. From some channel it’s easier to get 1000 people to visit your website, but only 5 to register and from some another channel you may work the same to get 100 people to visit your websit,e but 20 to register.
Where should you focus your marketing efforts?

Once I’ve hit my product market fit, I started going where my targeted user were. This showed in a decrease in traffic, but a lot higher quality visitors (bounce rate improved by 20% and average visit duration by 40%).

 

[Freelance] Remote PHP Developers for Monitor Backlinks

Looking for some very good PHP developers to work remotely for Monitor Backlinks.

Skills required:

  • PHP/MySQL (a lot of proven experience)
  • HTML/CSS (medium)
  • GitHub is a plus
  • PHPUnit testing is a plus
  • Experience building scripts using different API’s
  • Anything extra that can help us! (just show it in the CV)
  • Initiative! (you see a bug, have a great suggestion? DO IT!)

You will be given small projects that will help improve Monitor Backlinks. You will be responsible of your piece of code.

If you are interested send your CV and describe your experience (and tell me your hourly rate) at contact [at] monitorbacklinks [dot] com

 

 

I have money, help me spend them!

tshirt monitor backlinks tableYou feel like you have the potential to do greatness if given the chance? :)

This is a letter to you, our next collaborator.

Are you specialized in one of these fields: IT (PHP, MySQL, Java Script, HTML, CSS), SEO/Adwords, Marketing, Public relation, Web Design, Copy-writing and looking for new opportunities?

We give you the chance to show: Initiative and Skill and earn a fair amount of money for useful proposals of improvement for monitorbacklinks.com.

We are rewarding any suggestion you might have, and we’ll pay you to implement it, for:

  • developing new useful features of the product;
  • successfully promoting/selling it to different target audiences;
  • developing and implementing communication campaigns;
  • improving user’s experience by making the design more user friendly, or by communicating  etter the qualities of our product.

If you feel, just by looking at monitorbacklinks.com, that we need you to make it better, you might be right, so…contact us. J Find from the above list what you could excel in, and join our team of employees or collaborators.

Be sure you do your research thoroughly, get to know our product first, understand what it stands for, ask us if there is something you need to clarify, and only then come to us with your ideas.

Razvan Girmacea
CEO Monitor Backlinks Ltd.
razvan [at] monitorbacklinks.com

 

 

[Looking to hire] Senior PHP Developer at Monitor Backlinks in Iasi, Romania

PHPIf you are tired of working on an agency or as a freelancer and doing tens or hundreds of websites, not focusing on quality because of projects budgets and because you have to move to on to the next project, I invite you to come work on Monitor Backlinks!

Monitor Backlinks is an SEO tool for SEO developers. It helps them monitor their link building efforts and keep the user focused on building more links, without having to worry if their links get removed or broken. It also helps them organize the backlinks better and see what are the most important backlinks.

We spend enough time on each task until it’s pixel-perfect, perfect user flow, perfect user experience, perfect stability, perfect scalability! Quality, not quantity.

If you truly think that you can take Monitor Backlinks to a new level and dedicate yourself to create a remarkable international project and to take credit for it, Apply to this job!

Monitor Backlinks, launched in November 2011, is still in the Start Up phase, so you will have to work hard with us so we can move forward and move fast!

Have you got the skills needed for this?

  • PHP/MySQL (a lot!)
  • HTML/CSS (why not HTML5/CSS3?)
  • Javascript+jQuery (quite important for a modern website)
  • WordPress + Plugins (should be nice)
  • Anything extra that can help us! (just show it in the CV)
  • Initiative! (you see a bug, have a great suggestion? DO IT!)

Your responsibility:

  • Improve our crawlers
  • Implement new features on the existing code
  • Develop new adjacent projects
  • Keep up with new technology
  • Suggest best solutions

Answer this questions when you apply:

  • What do you like doing the most?
  • What do you like working on or with the most?
  • Why do you think you are perfect for this job?
  • What is your desired salary?

Send your resume and links to recent projects to contact [at] monitorbacklinks [dot] com

This job is for Iasi, Romania.

(If you have really good geek friends that might be interested, send them the link to this article: http://goo.gl/6tIRu ).

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Daca promovezi Emag-ul prin afiliere (Profitshare) si vizitatorii adusi de tine se aboneaza la newsletter-ul emag, iar apoi acestia dau click pe newsletter, ei trec link-urile prin sistemul lor, cu ID-ul lor de profitshare ca sa nu iei tu comisionul pentru cumparaturile generate de acei vizitatori.

 

 

Emag trimite newsletter aproape zilnic si are probabil cea mai mare rata de conversie, deci sansele sa va pierdeti comisionul sunt foarte mari.

Nu mai zic de cate plangeri sunt pe net de lipsa de transparenta a celor de la Emag.

 

Info: 

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