It was always just a matter of time before Hotaru would be added to the lists used by
spammers SEO professionals, and the guys at w3rocks.com seem ever-so excited about the addition of Hotaru CMS, but...
To those considering spending money on automated submission tools and lists of bookmarking sites:
You cannot automatically submit posts to Hotaru CMS sites!
If you have found this post via Google before buying the list of sites from W3rocks, or any automated submission tool like Bookmarking Demon or AutoPligg, please be aware that your user name, email address and IP will be blacklisted on a global database used by both Hotaru CMS and Pligg. For Hotaru admins, it's a simple process to blacklist any user who attempts to submit off-topic posts.
Even just attempting to submit a post will have you jumping through hoops - and you won't be able to do it automatically, that's for sure.
First, you've got to register. Not every hotaru site has user registration enabled, but if it is, you still have to beat reCaptcha and an admin-defined captcha question. Then, you'll have to confirm your email address. Once you've done that, depending on the site's custom settings, you'll probably have to sit in a pending queue until the admin approves your registration.
If you are approved, you'll still face another series of walls:
1. Is this site a social bookmarking site? Hotaru CMS is no more a bookmarking platform than Drupal. If the admin hasn't enabled a post submission plugin, then you can't submit any posts!
2. Even if the admin is using a bookmarking plugin, that doesn't mean it's turned on. Some sites restrict post submission to admins only - just like Wordpress.
3. Even if it is enabled for other members, not all usergroups have permission to post - that's up to the site admin.
4. Even if your usergroup does have permission to post, that doesn't mean you have permission to post. Hotaru allows site admins to set individual permissions or assign permissions based on previous usage.
5. Even if you do have permission to post, you will more than likely find your post waiting in a moderation queue.
6. When the site admin checks your post, he will most likely physically delete it with one click and send you straight onto that global blacklist.
7. If by some miracle your post does make it onto the site, it will be physically deleted by a moderator or flagged into physical deletion by other users.
8. Finally, if you're lucky enough to have found a rare, abandoned Hotaru site that does no checks whatsoever, and your post is published... it will have the nofollow tag.
So think again before you waste your money on false promises of backlinks and high Google rankings.