How to make money from auto blogging?

by mirfan
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I have heard a lot about auto blogging, i know it will post auto content, my question is that can i make money from auto blogging? and how can i set up my auto blogging site? What are the plugins to use. I want to make WordPress auto blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by mirfan View Post

    . . . can i make money from auto blogging?

    IMO, it will be very hard for most people to use this strategy to make any sizeable income. Why?

    It takes the human element mostly out of blogging. The content that auto blogs produce is typically not what your subscribers and readers want to see. Often it is hard to read, rehashed general stuff that doesn't engage the viewer and provides little to no value.

    Often the audience of a blog is there because of the blogger herself or himself. People want to engage with another human with personality and a "voice."

    Auto bloggers, to me, are there to mostly distribute their affiliate links - their focus is on what will save them time and effort. They generally do not have their prospects' best interests in mind. It's all about them and what they can gain with little or no thought about what's best for the viewer. And that is a recipe for minimal profit, IMO.

    Great blogging content that will be valuable for your audience is easy to produce. Why not give your audience what it wants?

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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    7 and 8 years ago when I started it was all the rave and people were slapping them up everywhere.

    Then Google and those Algos came and shut it down real quick lol


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  • Profile picture of the author shmeeko69
    Auto blogging has really be a no no for the past few years with Google constantly updating their algorithms and trying to route out anything which looks unnatural in robot style.

    Think of how it effected Squidoo, Ezine and other directories and how they had to adjust big style or even close the business due a big shift in search engine rankings and a huge drop in Google Adsense revenue.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    The only way to make anything with autoblogging is to spend enough time and energy on it so that the average person (and spider) can't tell it's an autoblog. By the time you invest that much effort, you could have just opened the blog up to guest posting and spent a little time moderating the submissions.

    The only other way I can think of to make money with autoblogging is to peddle the tools to fools dreaming of push-button, set and forget, passive wealth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Why not choose something you can be proud of? (Like creating a valuable Blog/Website and then contributing to other Blogs etc.) Money is nice however it's only part of the equation.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
      Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

      Why not choose something you can be proud of? (Like creating a valuable Blog/Website and then contributing to other Blogs etc.) Money is nice however it's only part of the equation.
      It's awesome every time someone says that on here.

      With all the get rich quick crap that this forum is infested with - aimed exclusively at lazy people, maybe with enough repetition (and enough failure) they'll stop looking for shortcuts and begin to understand that how you make your money is just as important as the amount you make.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
        Thanks Michael.
        : )

        Originally Posted by Michael Meaney View Post

        ... and begin to understand that how you make your money is just as important as the amount you make.
        Nice. Well said. Something else to consider is the "value" a Person's Website provides. Helping People with their Businesses and/or Lives = Amazing. : )
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I would stay away from this. If you want to blog then put the effort in and do it properly and either write your own posts or pay someone to write them
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    Folks, autoblogs can still be extremely effective, provided you follow TWO RULES:
    • Use HIGH-QUALITY PLR content
    • Rely on social media for traffic

    Sure, if you plan on using SEO / search traffic to grab visitors, autoblogs aren't gonna be all that great. However, as long as the content you use is high-quality, there is nothing at all that would indicate a blog is an "autoblog".

    To those saying "autoblogs don't work", answer this question:

    How does a visitor even know if a blog is, in fact, an autoblog?

    Think about it. If I put a blog together, load up 50 HIGH-QUALITY PLR articles to be posted automatically every few days, configure a YouTube autoposter to pull in a few niche-related videos each week, run a Facebook campaign to build a social following (likes), and auto-share (via the autoblog) each post on on my Facebook page, I AM GOING TO GET TRAFFIC. I know this because I do it with 2 of my websites.

    Before you say "autoblogs don't work", make sure you think about what your definition of an autoblog is. Making a blanket statement that autoblogs don't work is inaccurate.
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    • Profile picture of the author mirfan
      To those saying "autoblogs don't work", answer this question:

      How does a visitor even know if a blog is, in fact, an autoblog?
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      • Profile picture of the author mirfan
        Originally Posted by mirfan View Post

        To those saying "autoblogs don't work", answer this question:

        How does a visitor even know if a blog is, in fact, an autoblog?

        Yes you are right wolfmimmi that how some one can know if blog is auto blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author niffybranco
    Autoblogs do work, but they will not work for every type of website or in every niche. For example, It most likely will not work for an affiliate review site but could work perfectly for a news website, a tutorial site or content hub.

    With auto blogs forget SEO and trying to please google, you aim should be to try to create something of value to users. For example, say you wanted to target the knitting niche, you can create a blog that pulls in content from every relevant knitting related feed you can find, you tube videos, Facebook posts and videos, knitting related tweets etc. The possibilities are endless. So what you end up with is a website where people who love knitting can find links and read all the latest tweets, see themed Pinterest pins etc . With such a site you are providing value by giving people who like knitting a single source where they can find links to all the latest knitting related content.

    The only thing I would suggest is to make the process semi auto rather than full auto.
    Keep an eye on what gets published and delete unwanted stuff of clean up posts that need to be cleaned up, or add to posts you feel you can increase their value.

    For traffic as mentioned by wolfmmiii focus on social media, forums, question and answer websites, if you have some money to play with run a few ad campaigns to get things rolling.

    Monetization possibilities are limitless for news type sites, you could use native ads or AdSense, for a tutorial site you could use Amazon affiliates, Clickbank etc.

    Autoblogs do work as long as you see it as a tool to help you curate content quickly and easily. To make it successful you still have to put the work in and generate traffic, keep an eye on the content your blog pulls in and find the best way to monetize your blog.

    Like all automation tools that people will tell you to stay away from, I usually find out the problem is not with the tool but with the user not using it properly.
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    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by niffybranco View Post

      Like all automation tools that people will tell you to stay away from, I usually find out the problem is not with the tool but with the user not using it properly.
      ^^^^
      This, right here, sums it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Wolfmmii and niffybranco make a good case for how autoblogging could work, but the way they define things is different than the way most people considering an autoblog do.

    Wolfmmii talks about simply pre-loading semi-original content and then using some automation to promote that content. Not exactly set and forget. You still have to keep feeding the machine new fuel, or eventually you end up recycling the same content over and over.

    niffybranco talks about pulling in content from a variety of sources, but acknowledges the need for moderation. The problem, as I see it, is the same as when search engines first came on the scene. The tools assume that if something says it's a knitting feed, the content is actually about knitting.

    I experimented with several of these tools, and none of them could account for the idea that some people cheat. One of those experiments was an outdoor sports site, yet some idiot kept sending articles about toy trains. And the tool, seeing some outdoor related keywords in the feed description, kept picking up the toy train spam and posting it in the queue.

    Contrast this with what most people think about when they discover autoblogging.

    They find someone selling a tool or plugin telling them they can pull in content from around the web, insert their own affiliate links, push the start button, and then the only thing they have to do is figure out where to pile all the money that will start rolling in.

    With careful execution, and some attention to copyrights and such, I can see how wolfmmii's and niffybranco's models could work. The standard issue autoblog is like the old automated Made for Adsense sites - trouble waiting to happen.
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    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

      The standard issue autoblog is like the old automated Made for Adsense sites - trouble waiting to happen.
      Exactly. That's the problem. Too many people assume "autoblog = RSS feeds" when it can and should be so much more with technology and tools available today.

      A correctly built modern autoblog will look no different from any other website and should take no longer than a couple hours a month to actually maintain. The trick is to ensure everything is setup properly from the beginning. Otherwise, you wind up with the stuff that John mentions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I don't think you can make a worthwhile income off auto blogging or any parasite type of marketing. This is trying to 'capitalize' off the hard work and efforts of others.

    To me it's low down and dirty.

    Do you remember what happened to the guy who tried capitalizing off of other people's efforts in the first Jurassic park movie?

    Karma is a b---Ch:

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    • Profile picture of the author niffybranco
      Originally Posted by Rory Singh View Post

      I don't think you can make a worthwhile income off auto blogging or any parasite type of marketing. This is trying to 'capitalize' off the hard work and efforts of others.

      To me it's low down and dirty.

      Do you remember what happened to the guy who tried capitalizing off of other people's efforts in the first Jurassic park movie?

      Karma is a b---Ch:
      If done properly with proper attribution, then you are doing nothing wrong, it is not stealing. In fact, you are promoting the creators' content to an audience that might never see it otherwise.

      Most people use other peoples content, All the content google provides in its search results are from other people, Facebook relies on the content you and I provide. Most news websites share each other's content and the content of ordinary people found on places like youtube and twitter.

      You can easily set up your autoblog not to rip the whole content ( if not allowed some people actually do allow you to rip the whole content they even provide you an API to do so) and to properly attribute and follow acceptable rules, and be ready to take down any content a creator asks you to, then you are doing nothing wrong.
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    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by Rory Singh View Post

      I don't think you can make a worthwhile income off auto blogging or any parasite type of marketing. This is trying to 'capitalize' off the hard work and efforts of others.

      To me it's low down and dirty.

      Do you remember what happened to the guy who tried capitalizing off of other people's efforts in the first Jurassic park movie?

      Karma is a b---Ch:

      Jurassic Park 1993 - Fat guy dies HD - YouTube
      As I mentioned already... If you stick to high-quality PLR, YouTube embeds, etc, an "autoblog" is 100% no different from a "regular" blog. Your comments makes my point. When you hear "autoblog", you immediately think "autoblog = RSS feeds". It's not - or at least it shouldn't be.

      You have an extremely narrow view of what an autoblog is. If you take a larger view of the term in general and apply some creative thinking, you can very easily put together what an autoblog would look like WITHOUT RSS feeds.
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Originally Posted by wolfmmiii View Post

        As I mentioned already... If you stick to high-quality PLR, YouTube embeds, etc, an "autoblog" is 100% no different from a "regular" blog. Your comments makes my point. When you hear "autoblog", you immediately think "autoblog = RSS feeds". It's not - or at least it shouldn't be.

        You have an extremely narrow view of what an autoblog is. If you take a larger view of the term in general and apply some creative thinking, you can very easily put together what an autoblog would look like WITHOUT RSS feeds.
        Tom,
        It makes sense. I was looking at it more with the Feeds. Thanks for this additional insight. Sometimes certain "words" catch people and they put a label and stigma on it and just run with it. And end up making false assumptions.

        Good stuff
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  • Profile picture of the author niffybranco
    For those worried about SEO here is a tip, If using WordPress install Yoast SEO (other plugins might work, but this is the one I know), set a tag that makes sense to people that you can apply to the content you pull in. Eg you can tag them as random, news feed, general etc.

    In Yoast SEO set all posts that have those tags to no-index that way the search engines disregards and do not crawl those posts. You can then add you unique content targeting the keywords you want to rank for and set those posts and pages to be indexed.

    Here are instructions on how to use no-index in Yoast https://kb.yoast.com/kb/how-do-i-noindex-urls/

    If you want the content to be indexed by the search engines, but do not want to worry about any future penalties or it affecting the SEO of your site, then you can set posts that you pull in to use a rel=canonical tag you can read up about that here. https://yoast.com/rel-canonical/
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  • Profile picture of the author deeps
    You should create a real blog and there are many options to earn money, like google adsense, content marketing etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisniel
    It's blackhat way to make money from blogging (try to cheat google Adsense), But yes you can make money and people making money with auto blogging (On some other forums I have seen their screenshots).

    WP ROBOT is the most widely used software for auto blogging and there are 100's of tutorials on youtube about how to use it. I hope this will help you.

    Regards

    Originally Posted by mirfan View Post

    I have heard a lot about auto blogging, i know it will post auto content, my question is that can i make money from auto blogging? and how can i set up my auto blogging site? What are the plugins to use. I want to make WordPress auto blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by chrisniel View Post

      It's blackhat way to make money from blogging (try to cheat google Adsense), But yes you can make money and people making money with auto blogging (On some other forums I have seen their screenshots).

      WP ROBOT is the most widely used software for auto blogging and there are 100's of tutorials on youtube about how to use it. I hope this will help you.

      Regards
      smh... what is "blackhat" about it and how is it"cheating"????
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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        You mean you didn't see it?

        You suggested that someone replace hard work with smart work.

        You are allowed to suggest people do pointless work and nothing else. Have you not been reading all the threads about blog-commenting for SEO and the like?

        You even suggested people think, for crying out loud!

        Originally Posted by wolfmmiii View Post

        smh... what is "blackhat" about it and how is it"cheating"????
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  • Profile picture of the author safiajacobs
    Using ad sense and other PPC sites, selling advertising space can make money
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  • Profile picture of the author hunterweblog
    Most of people who hates auto-blogging just because they don't really understand what auto-blogging is.
    Actually, we should not use the term "auto-blogging". It's over.
    Today, we use the term "automated-website". There are a lots of useful automated-websites on the Internet and they earn big amount of money monthly.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      And if you replace auto with automated, do we get different results?

      Originally Posted by hunterweblog View Post

      Most of people who hates auto-blogging just because they don't really understand what auto-blogging is.
      Actually, we should not use the term "auto-blogging". It's over.
      Today, we use the term "automated-website". There are a lots of useful automated-websites on the Internet and they earn big amount of money monthly.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by DABK View Post

        And if you replace auto with automated, do we get different results?
        Sure. If a hooker calls herself an "escort", she can charge more.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Nope. Because it requires no real effort, and Google has effectively weeded out the lower energy, low value, spammy practices of the past, including auto blogging.

    These days, you need to learn, study and practice blogging, for a while, to become skilled enough to make money through the medium.

    Definite go this route of developing a meaningful, valuable skills, learning how to write, create and connect with blogging leaders, to create a sustainable blogging business.
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  • Profile picture of the author sharoncm
    so what tools you used to drive traffic from social?
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