A few Auto Blogging hazards to avoid and a couple tips as well

by Rsberg
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First let me start by saying that I am by no means a "guru" and will never claim to be. I'm writing this based on my own experiences, failures and successes and wanted to help others by passing on some seemingly basic yet often forgotten or overlooked knowledge.

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!
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggerHigh
    All good advice, and nicely written too. The expectation point is key - one as to remember that these are autoblogs, not pulitzer prize winning hand crafted journals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    Exactly....good point BH. Yes, it would be great if they were all winners but the truth is that some won't do well when others will. The key here is to build them correctly but quickly and move on to the next one...the money is in the numbers (as long as they are good blogs too).
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    • Profile picture of the author chrisscott
      Tips are fine but to understand these you have to go through the entire process of auto blogging.

      Newbies might find some terminologies difficult to understand, for them there are plenty of material out there as well in this forum, so start reading first what auto blogging is all about.

      Auto blogging is an art in my opinion because you are going to setup a blog that will populate automatically later on so strong SEO, selection of quality niche having lesser competition will definitely give you success.
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  • Profile picture of the author MattHarris
    Rsberg,
    Thanks for the advice. I'm as newbie as newbie can be. I haven't even got to the blog stage but your advice makes alot of sense and I am sure going to read it again once I try my hand at blogging.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    Chris is dead on guys and gals....

    If your a newbie be sure to do your homework before diving in. Auto Blogging can be VERY rewarding once you know what your doing but if you dont or your not really sure and just give it a "whirl" you might find yourself on the wrong end of success.

    I was hoping others would chime in with some additonal tips but that hasnt happened yet so I will add a couple more...

    1. Once you do understand the overall concept it would be a good idea to get yourself a set of tools to help you succeed. If you have the money, you can do it with freebies but it will certianly take you longer to build each blog.

    Market Sam, Micro Niche Finder..stuff like this.

    Niche and keyword research is paramount when it comes to setting up successful auto blogs, maybe more so than regular sites (with mostly original content).

    2. Remember...not all of your blogs will be money makers, this is a numbers game. I would suggest once youre ready, start with a set of 5 to 10 blogs covering a range of products/keywords. You will most likely find that in the long run some will work out well, others wont. That's OK, keep the ones that do and dump the losers. During this process you will start to learn things that will add to your percentage of winning sites...then rinse and repeat and keep building.

    3. Do testing on your sites...this is a biggie! Start keeping track of which sites do well and which ones dont, keep track of how all your sites are setup and then you can compare to see if there is one particular setup or combination that is working better than others. Once you start to see whats working for you then stick with it, but you can always make little tweeks here and there to refine it.

    4. It wouldn't hurt for you to find a mentor, someone who knows the ropes and can teach you. The WF is full of them...just look around.

    Robert
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    Neat suggestions and tips. I want a mentor now, one of those autoblogging gurus you are talking about. In case you dont mind I wanna ask if autoblogs are more profitable than blogs outsourced?


    Andrea
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    • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
      Originally Posted by Andrea Wilson View Post

      Neat suggestions and tips. I want a mentor now, one of those autoblogging gurus you are talking about. In case you dont mind I wanna ask if autoblogs are more profitable than blogs outsourced?


      Andrea

      Andrea,

      As far as your wanting a mentor is concerned you would do best to check out the WSO section for threads related to Autoblogging. I haven't been in there recently but I am sure there are some coaching offers in there from some well respected WF members. This place is full of people who really know what they are talking about, have experience and are more than capable of teaching you. One thing to remember, be sure to read the thread and comments made by both those that have purchased the coaching and those that have not, it will most likely give you some good information as to if you want to choose that individual as your mentor/coach.

      Do auto blogs make more money than regular blogs....

      Well to be honest that's a VERY TOUGH question to answer. The two, although closely related are somewhat different by design. I honestly believe that either can be quite profitable with the right knowlege and approach. There are people here who are quite successful doing both and would certianly tell you that each of them is "the way to go". This really is something you will have to decide for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    you may want to look at the post about google putting bans on auto blogs.

    It was bound to happen anyway... meh.

    Why not build, a real blog, with optins sections, and links to your real site, where you post real stuff, and real content and create real value for customers real time.... who knows, but maybe I am just crazy and these are just all stooopid ideas now.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    Celente,

    Always good to see you lurking around auto blog threads spreading your well wishing upon those who are interested.

    Thanks for your not so on topic comments, we do appreciate them so!

    By the way, the thread you mention doesn't really hold a lot of fact or evidence to support the initial posting by the OP (I heard it form a friends friend...seriously?).

    You should stop spending your time looking for auto blog threads to bum rush and spend a little more time building your real blogs with optin sections and links to your real sites where you post real stuff with real content to create real value for customers in real time...

    Did I get the quote right? I've just about got it memorized as I have seen you post something similar a few times now and always in threads about auto blogs.

    Interesting...
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    take from it what you will.

    But when you can show me a person doing really well from an autoblog, you know creating good income, or a full time income....then you can ridicule?

    I am just trying to help, if autoblogs are working for you, then that is great....I am happy for you. But there are no ill intentions here...just have a look at some of threads now about auto blogs....

    Just helping out warriors caught in the headlights and seeing the dollar signs. There are big gurus out there still plugging these programs, so just gotta be careful that is all. I cannot tell you want to do, or how to do it, ...But google will start clamping down on these little things, and already is, tis why I posted...just as a heads up anyway.

    Show me someone who is making money - and I do not mean $100 a week, I mean a full time income from a real blog???? that is not spamming .....Oh you can?...... I rest my case.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    You say show you someone whos making money from auto blogs....

    Have you seen how many VERY POPULAR threads (I mean the ones that have well over 500 replies) that have been posted lately on the WF? I know of at least 2 threads (and I think there are more) and all of them are related to autoblogging with Adsense, Affiliate Marketing, Amazon products....etc etc. In fact there are a couple of successful WSO's recently by respected members here on the WF that are coaching people on doing the same things they do with auto blogging to make thier living.

    I dont have a problem with people expressing their opinions, everyone is entitled to them. What bothers me is the fact that there is certainly a small group of people (yourself included) who seem to make it their life mission to make disparaging comments on almost every thread related to auto blogging. I've seen you do it more than once and as I said there are others who do the exact same thing. I dont know if it's because you tried auto blogging and failed miserably, I dont know if it's because you just want to post negative things to try to stir the pot or if there is some other agenda but you certainly do seem to show up in auto blogging threads pretty regularly.

    If you don't like auto blogging, don't think it's a good way to work in IM, don't believe in it's approach...or any other number of negative ways to look at it then why don't you either stay out of those threads or start your own thread talking about how bad it is...instead of going into others threads and always having something negative to say?
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    • Profile picture of the author BeenThereDoneThat
      Ok, Boys, play nice. There are a ton of people reading this thread wondering who to believe. What would be cool is if you all could
      give us real facts and information with which we can make informed decisions. Lately there have been several new auto blogging softwares and WSOs started, it's hard to weed through all the crap and get to the facts.
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      Originally Posted by Rsberg View Post

      You say show you someone whos making money from auto blogs....

      Have you seen how many VERY POPULAR threads (I mean the ones that have well over 500 replies) that have been posted lately on the WF? I know of at least 2 threads (and I think there are more) and all of them are related to autoblogging with Adsense, Affiliate Marketing, Amazon products....etc etc. In fact there are a couple of successful WSO's recently by respected members here on the WF that are coaching people on doing the same things they do with auto blogging to make thier living.

      I dont have a problem with people expressing their opinions, everyone is entitled to them. What bothers me is the fact that there is certainly a small group of people (yourself included) who seem to make it their life mission to make disparaging comments on almost every thread related to auto blogging. I've seen you do it more than once and as I said there are others who do the exact same thing. I dont know if it's because you tried auto blogging and failed miserably, I dont know if it's because you just want to post negative things to try to stir the pot or if there is some other agenda but you certainly do seem to show up in auto blogging threads pretty regularly.

      If you don't like auto blogging, don't think it's a good way to work in IM, don't believe in it's approach...or any other number of negative ways to look at it then why don't you either stay out of those threads or start your own thread talking about how bad it is...instead of going into others threads and always having something negative to say?
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        • Profile picture of the author dustinthetoucan
          Wow.... reading it all made brain hurt... Alright, I'm back from my knowledge/drama coma.

          celente: Google won't ever be able to stop automated content. The reason is that while they update their fancy algorithm, there's some genious figuring out how to get around it sharing valuable information for a profit or to be nice. Don't get me wrong, I don't find it to be an end all be all solution with a press of a button.

          Intrepreneur: The way you spoke seemed very immature at times. This was obviously not self promotion. I never even recognized his signature until you brought it up. You bit at him first so he bit back... In my opinion, he had a better bite....

          Ok, time to get back on topic...

          I don't autoblog but I want to start. I do want to experiment and do it correctly. I've read many a thing on the forum... I do need a mentor though and I'm sure your schedules pretty tight, but Rsberg, if you have some free time, could you help me out with getting started? I don't have much money to pay for help, but anything I earn from the blog (Once again, I plan on putting work into it) I would gladly split with you to show my gratefulness.

          PS: I agree with not being able to prove earnings... It's all tricks and mirrors.
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          Thanks in advance... :)..... -Dustin

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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by Intrepreneur View Post

        EVERY guide I have read and tried led to creating FAILING AUTOBLOGS.
        Dude, you've been here a good long while, and you've posted all kinds of condemnations of business methods you've tried really hard to make work but they didn't.

        And I hate to say it, but honestly, I think you really need to hear it.

        The only thing all of your failed business efforts have in common is you.
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        • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
          Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

          And I hate to say it, but honestly, I think you really need to hear it.

          The only thing all of your failed business efforts have in common is you.
          This is SO true. I'm not referring to the individual that you're referring to but just in general. As Im sure you are all aware by simply looking around the WF threads, many people have a tendancy to blame the method or approach for their failures but in most cases it's not the method its the individual.

          Thanks CDarklock
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          • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
            Originally Posted by Rsberg View Post

            This is SO true. I'm not referring to the individual that you're referring to but just in general. As Im sure you are all aware by simply looking around the WF threads, many people have a tendancy to blame the method or approach for their failures but in most cases it's not the method its the individual.

            Thanks CDarklock
            I'm with you on this one. If some of these people spent as much effort building their businesses as they do explaining how "nothing works" they would be very much better off. It's even a mindset thing, really, the more you bitch about how everything fails the less chance you will succeed with anything you do.

            If you've tried few things and you really can't get them to work, get some coaching help. No offence to anyone but you can spend your life buying $12 products and reading forums but if you just don't get it you need to get help from someone who does. Yes it will cost you but one good coach is worth a 1000 ebooks.

            Sorry if that went slightly off topic!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    Dustin,

    I appreciate your interest in Auto Blogging and I obviously think it is one of many viable income streams available in IM today.

    Initially I would say (before you try to find a coach) to do as much reading here on the forum as you can about it. Please don't take that as my blowing you off, I'm certianly not. I think anyone getting into a new area of IM (one they aren't already comfortable in) should be sure to be as "educated" on the subject as they can before getting involved with it. After you feel you are ready then to be quite honest I would look at doing it myself first, before trying to find a "coach".

    The reason I say that is I personally learn a better when I have to dig and tweek things to make them better than having someone show me right from the start. Having said that, if you just can't seem to make it work or you're having problems that you can't get past then finding a coach is a good idea....as long as they know what they are talking about.

    Also, to be quite honest, at the moment I am pretty busy with trying to get my site launched, I knew it would be a challenge but never thought it would be this involved (I underestimated it to say the least). I try to dip in here for a few minutes each day but beyond that most of my day is spent working on my site, my regular job and managing my own sites as well (by the way...auto blogging done right isn't really "auto"...in case you didn't know)

    When it comes to auto blogging there are a few very knowlegeable people here on the forum, check the main area for their threads, a couple of them are very popular and offer some great details about how they approach and work auto blogging.

    Once again, I'm glad you are interested in Auto Blogging and wish I had more time on my hands to help you more than just this thread (which I realize got a bit off track...sorry for that). Please let me know if you run into trouble trying to do it yourself and I will try to help you find a good coach, I know a few people here who are pretty successful with auto blogging (more so than me). Remember though...it will take work, big misconception that auto blogging is easy. It is easier than several other IM approaches (in my opinion) but it's not "easy".

    Now go study and get "educated", take action, don't forget...auto blogging is a numbers game and most importantly...stick with it, it doesn't happen overnight!

    BTW...there is lots of info about auto blogging in the War Room (one time fee of $37 for life time membership) and it's shared by people who are VERY successful with it! That might be one of your best initial investments in auto blogging.

    Good Luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author ScottTrimble
      Just wanted to add I'm making great money with autoblogging every month. I don't use expensive plugins or other type of software, it's just a small, free plugin that does its thing. As I already mentioned a number of times, its not what you're using but HOW you're using it that makes the difference between good money and beer money.

      Look around my posts for my plan and how I'm using autoblogs to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author skidog30
    Thanks for the information Rsberg. And if some of you choose to not believe him, then don't. Some of us are trying to learn about all the various methods available for IM, whether auto or not.

    Everyone here can make their own mind up whether they want to believe a poster or not, and whether to keep reading or move on to other posts on the WF. Arguing about it is like arguing about what color is best.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kent F
      Good thread rsberg. Not sure where the haters came from. I like the concept of adding some tweeks/twists to auto-blogging - otherwise they do tend to look spammy.

      I sent you a pm.
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