I do however claim have a fair amount of experience at one thing and a little with another...
1. Being a newbie and not knowing where to start or what to do - this is the one I know a lot about
2. Finally having that "Ah Ha" moment where things start to click and fall into place
I'm sure there is a list much bigger than this but these were the main things I ran into that caused me troubles when I first started Auto Blogging and I wanted to share. Hopefully reading this will keep you from them.
1.Unrealistic expectations - How fast my sites would rank and how much traffic they would get. When the truth came to light and they didn't meet my expectations I was seriously "bummed out" for a while and almost gave up.
2. Even though Auto Blogging is meant to be "auto" that doesn't mean it's completely hands off. You still have to do some research, group "like content" and be sure your providing the end user with an "enjoyable experience" - those are Google's words by the way.
3. Don't focus entirely on content, yes it's king but you still have to pay attention to SEO. Just because you build it doesn't mean they will come. You still have to build links, you should always try to get keyword/niche related domain names...etc etc. Even though this stuff seems/sounds very basic you would be surprised how many people overlook some of these well known key ingredients. My first failure with Auto Blogging boiled down to not paying attention to the small but important things. I was so focused on content that I basically ignored some of the other, must have things.
Like I said, I know there are several more reason why people fail when it comes to Auto Blogging but these seem to rank right up towards the top (least they did with me) so I wanted to be sure to address them.
If you're going to get into Auto Blogging try to avoid these pitfalls. Half of the problem with these 3 things is in the mindset and how you approach it. Stay focused, be realistic and do things the right way and you will find your chances of success increase greatly.
If your serious about getting into Auto Blogging then start by researching and then building small, focused, and targeted blogs around long tail keyword related products/services. One of the main benefits to settling on a smaller niche is that there far less competition. Less competition means it's going to be much easier for you to rank higher, quicker....if you do your homework and set your blogs up correctly from the start. Also, if your a newbie it's much easier to start when you base your blog around a physical product, like stuff you'd find on Amazon and they make it pretty easy to sign up for their affiliate program too.
Yes...it is supposed to be an "Auto" blog but adding the occasional "unique" article in the mix certainly wont hurt, in fact it's a great idea! It keeps things fresh and also mixes up your blogs content a little. Which leads me to my next thought...
Be sure to vary your content sources, don't use content form only a couple of different sources for your entire blog. If you can pull content from 5, 6 or 7 different sources and mix it up well then your blog will have variety and a more natural look/feel about it which is appealing to Google and the reader which in turn is appealing to Google...viscous circle there, please one the other is happy, then you are happy.
Obviously there are several more tips when it comes to Auto Blogging but this should hopefully get you started or over the hump (whichever applies).
I hope you find this useful and please...if there are any other tips or pitfalls you'd like to add to the list so others may benefit then please do so, that's what the WF is all about...
Good luck and happy niche hunting!