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


[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 ).

Interviu despre SEO in Romania si Monitor Backlinks

Interviu despre SEO si Monitor Backlinks, luat de Bogdan Livinti, cofondator Ghidul Consumatorului.

Monitor Backlinks

1. Cu ce e mai deosebit decat MajesticSEO sau Ahrefs?
MajesticSEO si Aherfs sunt Backlink Discovery si Profile. Nu te ajuta neaparat in campanii sau link-trading daca vrei sa monitorizezi strict anumite link-uri.

2. Cum ai ajuns la idea dezvoltarii acestui serviciu SEO? 
Aveam o idee neclara acum 5 ani: cautam o metoda super-easy pentru utilizator sa adauge link-uri la monitorizat (Pe atunci aveam un singur camp, era ciudat si nu a vazut lumina zilei).
Acum 2 ani am intermediat o vanzare de link-uri pentru cineva si vroiam sa ma asigur ca cei care au pus link-ul acolo nu il vor scoate, fiindca am platit pentru asta (varianta usuala Excel nu era o solutie). De aici am ajuns la monitorbacklinks destul de rapid.

3. Ai vazut o oportunitate in piata? 
Stiam numai de softuri foarte faine, dar complexe si scumpe. Am vrut o solutie doar pentru monitorizarea link-urilor adaugate de mine.

4. Este Monitorbacklinks esential unui startup? 
Eu l-am folosit pentru mine, de fiecare data cand am facut PR si am obtinut un link de pe un blog, l-am adaugat sa il monitorizezi. De mai multe ori s-a intamplat sa expire domeniu respectiv, sa isi schimbe design-ul sau alte probleme si ii contactam imediat si imi punea link-ul la loc).

Intr-un start-up trebuie sa te focusezi pe dezvoltarea produsului, marketing, PR, cash-flow, strategie etc. Daca nu gasesti solutii sa iti optimizezi timpul petrecut cu fiecare task, vei intarzia proiectul foarte mult.

SEO in Romania

5. Ce parere ai despre piata SEO romaneasca? 
E in dezvoltare. E inca un mare gol intre piata din US/UK si ce se intampla in Romania si asta din cauza preturilor. Daca clientii ar fi dispusi sa plateasca mai mult si cei care ofera serviciile SEO ar investi acei bani in a face o treaba de calitate. Da-mi 100 de euro si iti fac treaba de 100 de euro; da-mi 10000 si pun inca 5 oameni la treaba. 

6. De ce nu platesc clientii mai mult? Ar schimba educatia modul in care sunt vazute serviciile SEO?
Sunt unele afaceri online unde nici nu ar merita sa plateasca mult pentru servicii SEO bune pentru ca nisa pe care sunt ei nu e suficient de mare si ar iesi in pierdere din cauza ca ar fi prea putin trafic, prea putine comenzi care le-ar veni din Google. Majoritatea firmelor din Romania care vor SEO, fie sunt foarte mici, fie nu vor sa investeasca mult in zona asta. Cei care ofera servicii SEO s-au adaptat, au adaptat preturile si calitatea pentru ca altfel ar fi refuzati (si injurati) in 99%  din cazuri.

7. Oferi consultanta SEO?
Nu (sau destul de rar).