A month or so back I was attempting to arrange some kind of head-to-head comparison between Portal Feeder 2.0, one of their competitors, and what you can do with WordPress and some free or relatively cheap plugins.
It type of fell through, partially my fault because I didn’t keep following up or chasing for alternative ways of handling it.
In the end I think a lot of the differences came down to philosophy or the possibility that somehow it would be comparing apples to oranges to pears, though I am not going to suggest any of the systems would be “pear shaped”.
I was mainly interested in the SEO aspects of the sites created, and not interested in the backend solutions for providing content.
Over the last few weeks I have been seeing a fair amount of traffic from people searchng for information on Portal Feeder, and they have been landing on old content, most of it 15 months old, and some of it a good 6 or 7 months old.
Thus I thought it was important, even if I didn’t write a full review, to write something.
First of all, here is a link to the Portal Feeder sales page (not an affiliate link)
Portal Feeder Example Site
One of the things people are searching for is a current, Portal Feeder 2.0 site.
This site is described in their sales letter as a test site used for training, thus it might not currently use every possible feature.
Here are a few other sites that seem like they are Portal Feeder sites, found being linked from the first. They might not be PF 2.0, and they might not be created by Jason Katzenback
Site Review gpstrackingdevice.net
Portal Feeder in the past generated sitemaps for the static site,
but as the blog isn’t integrated with Portal Feeder, they are now using an open source desktop application, GSiteCrawler. Edit: Jason Katzenback has responded in the comments that this was overlooked – the sitemap was created when he was testing out GSiteCrawler.
The static site does still have a RSS feed, well at least a sub-standard one.
No categories, no tagging, very small snippets – certainly not something people would really subscribe to.
Categories were actually possible with the 15 month old system, you would just have to use some very creative templates and treat each category as a separate site – that would have been a major pain.
There isn’t much in the way of interlinking between content. The old system allowed you to tag content with keywords that thus described a relationship between different articles, but the actual links is still using snippets.
One thing that is really important with RSS is autodiscovery, and it seems Portal Feeder doesn’t create the correct code in the headers for auto-discovery. That is the orange icon that appears in your navigation bar, to signify that there is an RSS feed.
With generators or semi-automated site development tools, people are always worried about footprints. I am not, because at the end of the day WordPress normally has one hell of a big footprint, and that doesn’t matter.
When I am creating niche sites, I am looking for ways I can link between content creatively, or categorise content in unique ways, and thus give the content more value to an end user and thus a search engine.
The blog is just a standard WordPress blog with a datafeed. They should definitely take a look at the RSS feeds because it is a bit risky including your Adsense code in your RSS. Most plugins don’t include Adsense in RSS feeds.
Is This Really a Portal Feeder 2.0 Site?
I honestly hope it isn’t.
I hope they have gone over to a purely WordPress based backend, but somehow I doubt it. One of the biggest selling points of Portal Feeder was that you didn’t need a database, it was all static. They are already using a WordPress blog, they should use it for everything, and have everything highly interconnected.
This Isn’t a Review
For a full review I would go into a lot more detail, and have hands-on – one thing is certain is that the guarantee on Portal Feeder is good. 14 months ago I didn’t have the patience to wait for the software to be brought up to where I wanted to be at, and the refund request I made was handled very promptly.
The forums then were highly active, so I am sure they are now as well. Lots of the bonuses were quite good as well, I remember quite liking the keyword / niche research tool.
If you are starting from scratch, and have relatively little knowledge, this might be a good introduction, and if you used their formula building sites, and followed the training, you would certainly make some money.
If you have some experience, and can bend WordPress to your will, Portal Feeder based upon these example sites isn’t going to offer anything new as far as the base platform is concerned.
If any of the Portal Feeder Team want to show me a better example I would be happy to add to this review.
Yep free information, no attempt to sell you this product, the least you could do is subscribe – all you receive is the contents of this blog