The Evolution of myScoop

It has been over 4 years since I created myScoop, the once called “the real time South African blog aggregator”. Let’s face it, aggregation is dead. As with all things in life, change should be the only constant and this is the reason myScoop has been completely overhauled into something new – a premium blog network that offers bloggers the opportunity to monetise their blogs and offers advertisers the opportunity to get their message out to millions of South Africans in a relevant and unique manner.

The idea

I have been playing with this idea for quite some time now. Just like AdDynamo’s “sponsored tweets” concept, the concept of “paid blogging” is relatively new to South Africa and there have been a few discussions around it over the past year. I have been working full tilt to get the system up and running and I’m finally proud to announce the relaunch of myScoop.

How it works

It’s quite a simple tool at the moment. Bloggers have their choice of which campaigns they would like to be a part of and get paid according to how popular their blog is. Advertisers create campaigns within myScoop and then choose which blogs they would like to have writing about their brand, product or service. For ethical reasons, all sponsored posts need to be fully disclosed on the blogs. All of this is controlled through the myScoop App.

myScoop has over 1000 South African blogs registered giving potential advertisers the luxury of choice as to when and how their message is spread throughout the millions of South African internet users.

 

myScoop’s first WordPress Plugin – “myScoop Rank Display”

Its been quite some time that I’ve been wanting to develop a WordPress widget for myScoop users. I have finally put something together. Once activated, this plugin will let you be able to select a Widget to display on your blog. This Widget will automatically connect to myScoop and display your blogs rank history for the past 14 days.

Its been quite some time that I’ve been wanting to develop a WordPress widget for myScoop users. I have finally put something together. Once activated, this plugin will let you be able to select a Widget to display on your blog. This Widget will automatically connect to myScoop and display your blogs rank history for the past 14 days.

Some background information:

  • The plugin comes packaged with the source for Open Flash charts.
  • The widget connects to myScoop to retrieve a data file and displays information relevant to your DOMAIN.
  • This could potentially be a very processor-intensive widget for myScoop (not your blog). Therefore I am looking at creating a cache file with your blog’s rank information for less server stress and quicker display on your side. This will be available in the next version.
  • There are currently no configurable settings for this widget. Simply install and activate – Once activated the widget will be available for use.
  • In future versions I would like to let the user be able to select whether or not they would like to display the graph or their current rank within myScoop.

Before officially releasing this I would need to do some testing and stability checks. Are there any bloggers that would be willing to help with this? All I would need from you is to install the plugin and give me feedback on any bugs or errors that you find, as well as any suggestions.

myScoop WordPress Rank Widget
myScoop WordPress Rank Widget

myScoop now displays Top Risers and Top Fallers

As the title suggests, myScoop now shows the top risers and fallers for the day. Every midnight, myScoop will calculate the top risers and fallers compared to yesterdays ranks. This information is displayed on the home page underneath the “latest articles” section. Below is a screen shot of the new feature.

As the title suggests, myScoop now shows the top risers and fallers for the day. Every midnight, myScoop will calculate the top risers and fallers compared to yesterdays ranks. This information is displayed on the home page underneath the “latest articles” section. Below is a screen shot of the new feature.

myScoop top risers and fallers
myScoop top risers and fallers

Rank History now available on myScoop

Its been a while since I released new features on myScoop. Things have been increasingly hectic here on my side of the world. However, I apologise for the lack of updates!

Its been a while since I released new features on myScoop. Things have been increasingly hectic here on my side of the world. However, I apologise for the lack of updates!

I have just finished installing a new feature in myScoop that allows you to track your blog’s rank history. This feature is available in the “Stats” section of your blog. Every day, myScoop automatically calculates your myScoop Rank, Alexa Rank, Active Rank and User-engagement Rank. You now have the ability to see how your blog has performed over the passed few months. See the below picture for an example of what you should expect. (This is a good example for those of you bloggers out there that don’t post often, like myself. You’ll notice that my myScoop rank increased steadily over time.)

myscoop-rank-history

If you are as observant as myself, you would have noticed that the “Active Rank” stayed constant over this time. This is a bug. I have fixed this bug and your “Active Rank” will now be correctly calculated every day.

Please note that I am working on many more exciting features and these will be available in the next few weeks.

Thanks for your support!

myScoop slowly climbing the ranks

It would appear that myScoop’s popularity is steadily growing (atleast according to Alexa). I thought I would take the time to share the below graph with myScoop’s supporters. Thanks guys!

It would appear that myScoop‘s popularity is steadily growing (atleast according to Alexa). I thought I would take the time to share the below graph with myScoop’s supporters. Thanks guys!

myScoop vs Afrigator vs Amatomu
myScoop vs Afrigator vs Amatomu