How Well Do You Do With Autoblogging?

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Hey Everyone,


Over the past few month I've set up a variety of different IM operations including list building, blogging, etc. I'm trying to get my focus on one thing so I can really excel at it. I find myself too spread out which is taking away from my potential success. I'm considering a variety of directions to go but want to consider all aspects.

I've done well using a variety of methods, but I haven't tried my luck at blogging using autoblogger tools. My question is, how well have you done solely on autoblogging?


Thanks in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author txconx
    I use it in two ways.

    Sites that are 100% autoblogging are essentially placeholders for when I have time to do something more with them. In the meantime, they get indexed and generate some traffic and revenue. Not the optimum, but better than parking the domain name somewhere.

    The other way I use autoblogging is to generate fresh content for my sites that is in addition to original content. I build out a site with all original content, adding another article every couple of days. When I have about 10 original articles, then I start the autoblogger so I can get fresh content while I work on something else.

    My experience is that autoblogging alone isn't as effective, but I also don't promote the autoblog-only sites like I do the ones with original content, so that may be the difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    My best advice - stick with developing original content, you will be rewarded in the end.

    Auto-blogging is a risky game, yes you can see some short-term success, but you are always at the mercy of the search engines.

    If you monitor some of the search engine forums in the last couple of weeks you will see that there has been some changes to Google's algorithm that seems to penalize content pages that are both deep and have "little value" where an example is given of e-commerce content pulled from different sites (the sort of stuff that auto-blogging will pull) such as product descriptions and catalog information as well as duplicate and spun content.

    If you go with autoblogging you are entering a world where you enjoy the game of trying to keep up - and are willing to go at it in a massive way knowing that many of the sites you create will be either dropped or lowered in the SERP's within 3-6 months after you start them.

    For me, I would rather put my effort into building niche sites that fill a real need with original content and products/services that are sustainable over time.

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    • Profile picture of the author snapcontent
      Originally Posted by jbsmith View Post

      My best advice - stick with developing original content, you will be rewarded in the end.

      Auto-blogging is a risky game, yes you can see some short-term success, but you are always at the mercy of the search engines.
      While I agree that original content is always best, I have to point out that you are always at the mercy of the search engines, whether you write your site by hand of get robots to do it
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  • Profile picture of the author MassiveMarketer
    Yeah better try creating your own content than auto-blogging. It may be the easiest way but your own content will definitely be better.
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  • Profile picture of the author patrickmorgan
    I'm making $200+ a day on autoblogs alone. You just need to concentrate on getting quality content and always scaling up. Create a new blog a day or a week and never quit!
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    • Profile picture of the author Soumitra
      Originally Posted by patrickmorgan View Post

      I'm making $200+ a day on autoblogs alone. You just need to concentrate on getting quality content and always scaling up. Create a new blog a day or a week and never quit!
      All blogs from same Hosting / server ? or some strategy behind it ?

      How many blogs do you have ?

      Income is from adsense / affilliates OR combined ?

      I too have an auto blog system. But getting a bunch of comments to moderate , no money yet.

      Please explain id little details
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Yeah, I think sticking it with your own content would be more rewarding at the end. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author tecHead
    In the last company I worked exclusively with, I spent about 3yrs exploring the viability of auto-blogging. It was my task, as the IT guy, to figure out how to best incorporate the method into the mix without it becoming a liability over the long haul and/or (more importantly) the SEs NOT getting ticked about junk and/or overly duplicated content.

    One of the major challenges was the core of auto-blogging in and of itself; as auto-blogging (at its simplest form) takes already published content from the web and re-publishes it on your own web property.

    This can cause a problem/obstacle when/if that content being pulled is updated less frequently than your auto-blogging system is set to pull it. You wind up with a LOT of duplicate content on YOUR site; which is NOT good.

    This causes an extra (unpredicted) step of content maintenance whereas you have to constantly monitor your posted content and delete duplicated content. Plus figure out a mechanism in which that days content is replaced. Also, if you've set your auto-blogging system to auto-ping each time content is published, then you have to worry about whether or not the SEs have already been to that page and made their decision to include it or not; (usually sandboxing it due to it being duplicated on the same site). This causes yet another issue with getting that particular page OUT of the sandbox; 'cause if you leave too many pages in the sandbox it can be argued that this can result in the entire site getting sandboxed, (but that's a whole different conversation).

    None of the above is to say that auto-blogging can not be a valid and useful tool; you just need to go about it in a more detailed and strategic manner than what most do.

    The argument for original content is definitely a valid one; as this is the most safe method in which to post content to your site(s). Yet, being a die-hard in this area can cause problems, as well.

    Time constraints, writer's block, keeping readers engaged... just to name a few. This has caused a lot of sites to fall to the way-side due to either less frequent posting schedules and/or posting falling off all together.

    SO... all of the above being understood; what my three year researched conclusion has been is that the combination of both original content and auto-blogging is the more efficient way to go, (when looking to incorporate auto-blogging and/or maintaining multiple niche sites).

    Optimally, you'll want an auto-blogging system that allows you to auto-blog original content. Also, since original content can become a huge operating expense, you'll also want the system to be able to "fill in fluff slots" with pre-published content from around the web; the kind of content that is actively used all over the net so not to raise any over zealous SPAM hunters.

    HTH
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    • Profile picture of the author Roger Rowe
      Autoblogging is a data mining tool for me.

      Every month I check the stats to see which posts are being shown by the search engines and getting traffic.

      Then I come up with as many keywords as is possible, keeping them tightly grouped.

      Run those through the autoblogger.

      Check all these posts for relevancy to the:

      1-Word searched that triggered your post in the SERP's

      2-The title

      3-The content.

      Make sure all of those are relevant and in the second month, you will see earnings.

      Rinse and repeat.
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      • Profile picture of the author Carlsbadd
        Originally Posted by Roger Rowe View Post

        Autoblogging is a data mining tool for me.

        Every month I check the stats to see which posts are being shown by the search engines and getting traffic.

        Then I come up with as many keywords as is possible, keeping them tightly grouped.

        Run those through the autoblogger.

        Check all these posts for relevancy to the:

        1-Word searched that triggered your post in the SERP's

        2-The title

        3-The content.

        Make sure all of those are relevant and in the second month, you will see earnings.

        Rinse and repeat.


        Smart way of going about things. Use it as a tool for research.
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  • Profile picture of the author dzinerfusion
    Ive barely seen a pure autoblog make any good revenue. Why? because it will almost always rank lower than the original content. Of course its better than parking, but once google deindexes you, you lose everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author anthon
    I dont make much from by autoblog.
    But I can see status of my autoblog and find to which pages i got visitors from google and what articles the page have. That helps me to collect SEO data for my websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shawn Darlin
    I'm about $500-$700/Day if not more. But then again, its all about quantity.
    I have about 1000 Autoblogs in total and about 600 that are actually making me some decent cash.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bujuk
      Originally Posted by Shawn Darlin View Post

      I'm about $500-$700/Day if not more. But then again, its all about quantity.
      I have about 1000 Autoblogs in total and about 600 that are actually making me some decent cash.
      wow 1000 blogs? care to share how you monetize your blogs and how do you keep the cost down while maintaining the 1000 blogs?
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    • Profile picture of the author Soumitra
      Originally Posted by Shawn Darlin View Post

      I'm about $500-$700/Day if not more. But then again, its all about quantity.
      I have about 1000 Autoblogs in total and about 600 that are actually making me some decent cash.
      How much time you made your blogs in ?
      Same IP address all blogs ?
      Same host server ?
      what strategy for this ?

      If you tell so, will be a great help
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    • Profile picture of the author Hanz
      Originally Posted by Shawn Darlin View Post

      I'm about $500-$700/Day if not more. But then again, its all about quantity.
      I have about 1000 Autoblogs in total and about 600 that are actually making me some decent cash.
      Good on ya Shawn. 1000 autoblogs is nuts! What percentage of hosting costs and domains cuts into your profits?
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      • Profile picture of the author TimAtkinson
        Originally Posted by Hanz View Post

        Good on ya Shawn. 1000 autoblogs is nuts! What percentage of hosting costs and domains cuts into your profits?

        I would think domain and hosting cost aren't a factor if he's making money daily off of 1,000 blogs
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  • Profile picture of the author magicjg
    Mashups people...mashups...that's one of the keys to successful and profitable autoblogging. Those who simply activate wprobot or similar content gathering tool, throw in a couple keywords and let it rip are more likely not to get anything out of it. But if you use these plugins correctly, add your own templates and mash up content from various sources, that's when the magic can really start to happen.
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by magicjg View Post

      Mashups people...mashups...that's one of the keys to successful and profitable autoblogging.
      You and I should have a detailed and technical conversation sometime.
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      • Profile picture of the author magicjg
        Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

        You and I should have a detailed and technical conversation sometime.
        I am always open to good, fun conversation...Let me know!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris30K
    Autoblog risk depends on how much time you're going to put into it. As far as backlinks go. The safest bet is to do original content and then link to your individual post pages, that's what usually works for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author MilesT
    I'm very interested in this stuff. I should hang with you guys more
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  • Profile picture of the author twelveo
    i run a few auto blogs.
    they aren't bad
    it makes the site looks more like a site because of the many pages it would have.
    but i just don't feel good about them for fear that one day google might just kick the sites out.
    besides i haven't made money out of them yet.

    on the other hand, i have a site which i regularly update with my own short write up and pictures.
    it's come up on no.1 for google and yahoo and aol.
    and i feel good about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Soumitra
      Originally Posted by twelveo View Post

      i run a few auto blogs.
      they aren't bad
      it makes the site looks more like a site because of the many pages it would have.
      but i just don't feel good about them for fear that one day google might just kick the sites out.
      besides i haven't made money out of them yet.

      on the other hand, i have a site which i regularly update with my own short write up and pictures.
      it's come up on no.1 for google and yahoo and aol.
      and i feel good about it.
      which is the site ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Riddell
    I have seen a several blogs that must use "auto-blogging" as the content just appears to sanitized.


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  • Profile picture of the author RobbieC
    I am currently researching autoblogging through Mike Johnsons Autoblog Blueprint. There is an awful lot to learn - it is not as simple as whacking up a site and letting the software populate it. If done right then I believe that it can be highly profitable
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I made a few questions to an auto-blogging system’s member and he confessed that most people don’t make any money with auto-blogs.

    I believe that it’s better to have a good blog that attracts constant organic traffic and work on it trying to do everything you can, than having many auto-blogs, which you are afraid to lose someday.

    Your blog’s link will be displayed in the first result pages when someone types your main keywords. A good blog in the first page of all search engines is much better than many blogs that don’t have a good ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
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    I'm also interested in auto blogging. I don't really understand how someone can make a $150/day from this when it's hard to get an autoblog index unless I'm missing somethign here. Personally I think it won't be as easy as it looks. I'd be better of creating quality niche sites to work on than 100s of blog at the verge of collaspe or taken down. imho
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