AUTOBLOGS are DEAD or SHOULD BE!!

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I see many well regarded Warriors endorse Autoblogs that take other peoples content WITHOUT their permission - and this surprises me. Why? because creating autoblogs that do not offer value apart from regurgitated content is surely the plain wrong way to go.

There is much more savvy and expectation from readers now and autoblogs, although a quick and easy way of earning a few dollars, in the long term you have to ask whether taking this type of shortcut is really worth it.

I have tried it and I really did not feel particularly good about about it - not in a self righteous way, I just knew overall I was not adding anything that people would really benefit from over the long term.

I guess what what I am trying to say here is this: - if you want a proper long term business then you need to offer your potential customers a reason to stay with you and ultimately to trust you.

Putting time and effort into something that will stand the test of time will make you feel better about yourself and your business.

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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Have you really seen people say that this is not good advice?

    I can't imagine anyone not thinking that building long term good value for their customers is a good idea.

    I thought the age of people only using other peoples content for autoblogging was long gone.
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    • Profile picture of the author BizWebMan
      I wish I could agree, however that is just not the case. We may have heard it before and ultimately agree with it in principle BUT we all have a lazy streak that can pull us towards those easy options.

      There are many examples of autoblog systems that are regularly being punted on these very forums and being purchased by seasoned Warriors. I will not mention anyone or any products as that is unfair and not within the rules, but they are out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    I have NEVER seen anyone on here endorse autoblogs that take content WITHOUT the owner's permission, but since you claim that 'many' have done so and these endorsements already exist on here anyway, it would not be asking you to breach rule number one by providing links to the posts that back up these claims.

    Without these consent issues that you cite, this is just another thread arguing the merits of autoblogging. There's already one currently on the go, and it's got plenty of predecessors to keep it company. There are more productive and less monotonous ways to draw attention to yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author BizWebMan
      Originally Posted by Diana Lane View Post

      I have NEVER seen anyone on here endorse autoblogs that take content WITHOUT the owner's permission, but since you claim that 'many' have done so and these endorsements already exist on here anyway, it would not be asking you to breach rule number one by providing links to the posts that back up these claims.
      I am not so sure it is OK about releasing the details as you suggest and have sent you a PM.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    Gonzo, thanks for the PM. I am in a bit of a rush this morning and should probably be elsewhere, but I did take the quickest of looks at the thread you mentioned and can see why you might be concerned (although of the few Warrior names I saw that I recognised among the testimonials for the product in question, there is at least one that I have never known to act with anything other than integrity).

    It looks like the original poster of that thread could be running into trouble for other reasons anyway, but if you feel there is an issue that needs addressing there then I would raise it with the support desk and they will take care of it if it demonstrates that activity is going on that is inappropriate for the forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    I'm an avid auto blogger and can honestly say that I've seen no threads on this forum that endorse systems or products that instruct people to take other peoples content without permission.

    Most auto bloggers today use content from outside sources as well as mixing in their own unique content. However, the content they get elsewhere should be given credit where credit is due and should only be gotten from appoved sources. There are several out there so that shouldn't be a problem.

    I would like you to PM me with that thread as well if you wouldn't mind.

    Thank you,
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    • Profile picture of the author chrisscott
      Well I don't see auto blogs easily dead in near future.

      Most of the people auto blogs for AdSense, they purchase domains set auto blogs on them and Place AdSense on it as well.

      They don't bother whether Google ban their auto blogs as they purchase new domains and doing same, this way they are doing AdSense business.
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  • Profile picture of the author frankweerasinghe
    Google will become more smart soon to wipe out these auto blogs! I've done about 3 blogs without having any success! Google hate them
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      Here we go with yet another, "Rage against the machine rant"

      [Side note] These threads have become nothing more but fuel for fodder for banter, laughs and all allowing WF members to try out their comedy skills... more on that in a moment.

      Right now, on a more serious note, for the life of me, I can't grasp the mentality of various IMers who embrace the, "Throw the baby out with the dirty bath water" syndrome.

      Which, after reading the OPs opinionated missive, he's apparently got the syndrome.

      This repetitive discussion has been regurgitated so many times that we can tell you what you are going to say before you say it!

      For those of you who are against auto blogging... you are starting to sound exactly like the vegetarian chorus who exert an extreme amount of energy passionately speaking against individuals who eat: hamburgers, fish, lamb, ravioli, sausage pizzas, pork chops, beef jerky, Porter House steaks, chicken and buffalo wings.

      Honestly, you are starting to sound like the groups who spoke out against Hummers and Hummer drivers. Oh and I would be remiss if I failed to mention that you sound like PETA.


      Do you understand that delivering automate content was en vogue way before the term "Auto Blogging" became popular?

      Do your research please... check out The Associated Press | The essential global news network. The Associated Press is probably one of the largest auto blogging organizations on the Internet.

      And for those of you claim Auto blogging is about to see its end, you are really displaying a true lack of knowledge of IM. Do you know what a RSS Feed is? RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication.

      It is a automated process of delivering syndicated content to subscribers and to webmasters via auto blogging and drip feeding. If we believe what you and your chorus are saying then these blogs will all soon shut down.
      So let me get this straight; you are saying that the NFL, TMZ, USA Today, YouTube, the CDC, FeedBurner, Google, NY Times, CNN, etc., etc., should be dead... because they all endorse auto blogging?

      Hahahahahaha... that's why this chorus is becoming fodder for laughs with every thread they start espousing their disdain of auto blogging.

      Please note, I use almost all of those feeds to syndicate content to auto blogs that I have. So to repeat the question, "Should those companies be dead also? Is auto blogging going to kill those companies?"

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      Originally Posted by gonzo View Post

      I see many well regarded Warriors endorse Autoblogs that take other peoples content WITHOUT their permission - and this surprises me.
      That IS NOT called Auto Blogging; that is called copyright infringement! And the two are not the same! Illegally scraping content is not Auto Blogging either so get your facts straight please.

      So you are saying that we squash Auto blogging altogether because some jerks decide to steal content? If that is the case we need to squash the NY Stock Exchange and NASDAQ and mortgage loans and car loans and foreign exchanges. Wouldn't you agree?

      Originally Posted by gonzo View Post

      because creating autoblogs that do not offer value apart from regurgitated content is surely the plain wrong way to go.
      Once again OP, the Associated Press clearly disagrees with you that's why the syndicate the SAME content to thousands upon thousands of subscribers worldwide. And they are not alone, look at all of these companies that engage in syndicating the SAME content to different end users: Moreover, ClickZ, ZDNet, YellowBrix, Pheedo, Bized, Associatedcontent and those companies are not even close to the tip of the iceberg.

      How about going and espousing your message to those companies and see what response they give you. Yeah, try that! Send an email to all of the sites listed in this post and let them know how you feel about them sending the exact same content to thousands of end users on a daily basis in an automated fashion and see what they say.

      When they respond, start a thread and let us know how they dealt with you because we like to make comedy while we are setting up auto blogs and this is sure to give us some more fodder for laughs.

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      • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
        Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

        That IS NOT called Auto Blogging; that is called copyright infringement! And the two are not the same! Illegally scraping content is not Auto Blogging either so get your facts straight please.
        This is in fact the reason these threads come about. Different people have different ideas of what the words autoblog actually mean.

        It usually ends with one group arguing that as long as the content is taken from article directories that allow syndication, and that all links are left in, all is fine.

        The other group argue that ripping articles from peoples blogs and removing the links is wrong.

        Strangely neither group ever seem to realize they are actually agreeing, but due to their own opinions as to what auto-blogging is, are missing each others point.

        Mind you there is usually one or two cretins in the threads that believe one group or the other is on their side, when all they do is steal. Usually making the legitimate auto-bloggers feel dirty, and the opposition feel vindicated.

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  • Profile picture of the author peace1
    I strongly believe in creating real value and in ethical marketing. That's why we all come back to the warriorforum again and again as it offers real value.
    That beeing said, there's nothing wrong about automatically picking up articles from article directories as long as the links and credits are not removed. You can definitly bring one time visitors to these blogs by doing some good onsite and offsite SEO, but those visitors are not likely to come back.

    It is also possible to offer real value with automated sites. Google news is an example of that.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    Originally Posted by frankweerasinghe View Post

    Google will become more smart soon to wipe out these auto blogs! I've done about 3 blogs without having any success! Google hate them
    Originally Posted by peace1 View Post

    I strongly believe in creating real value and in ethical marketing. That's why we all come back to the warriorforum again and again as it offers real value.


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    OMG...Have I died and woken up on a different planet LOL

    FINALLY! finally people are waking up!!!. I totally agree with these posts. You guys are smart.

    Rsberg, time to wake up too LOL. U people should stop misinforming people including newbies about autoblogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author ScottTrimble
    I'd like a link to that thread aswell.

    Autoblogs are certainly not dead, I have some of my own that get a lot of traffic from various sources including search engines so they do work. As I mentioned a numerous times on the forums, it's not what you're using but how you're using it to make money.

    Leaving that aside, just wanted to mention all my blogs clearly state the author name and have a link or two to the original article. Not sure if you could call em autoblogs as they also have unique content written by me or my team. I also have a link to a contact page where anyone can contact me to remove any content of their own if they so wish.

    If you're talking about blogs that steal content without giving credit, they're called splogs in my book and they're illegal I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogginginc
    Well, autoblogs and content scrapping sites are not dead at all. There are many for instance, that scrap yahoo answers posts and they rank VERY well. As many of yahoo answers get deleted for being repetitive, they end up owining unique content.
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  • Profile picture of the author sap?
    I never tried auto blogs but heard Google literally hates them..I AM IN CONFUSION TOO REGARDING AUTO BLOGS
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  • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
    Chris, at least some of the autoblog software programs/scripts do things ethically. There is nothing wrong with pulling in articles from directories, as long as all links are left intact, as that is why people put articles there in the first place. There's nothing wrong with pulling in eBay or Amazon content, either, as you are still sending that traffic on to those sites (to my knowledge, neither site has an issue with it).

    Autoblogging isn't wrong in and of itself - it only becomes unethical if the marketer chooses to make it so.

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  • Profile picture of the author danicat
    Ugh. Really? I guess haters are gonna hate. I personally love my wp robot. Do i set it and walk away? Nope. I go through all the posts (just amazon products for now) and recategorize them. I add my own content. I do things.

    If you hate autoblogs, what about flicker images used without permission. Or google images. Or any other such content?

    How is this helpful to anyone?
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  • Profile picture of the author trishworks4u
    So, in essence, you're choosing to come in here and condemn something because you were a complete and total failure at it.

    If that's the case, then I'd like to declare that:
    CPA sites are DEAD or SHOULD BE!!
    ADSENSE sites are DEAD or SHOULD BE!!
    MEMBERSHIP sites are DEAD or SHOULD BE!!

    Let me also tell you this - the GOOD autoblogs - are content and information aggregators. ie - they provide a valuable service for the person who is looking for, say - the best darn leafblower on the market. That site will pull in products from ALL over the net - ebay, Amazon, individual merchants - who have given THEIR PERMISSION for the site owner to do so.

    Additionally, it will pull in quality content all about, you guessed it - Leafblowers - from article directories, answer services, video sites. Guess what? You post your stuff on these sites, please read their terms of service next time - you have given your PERMISSION for others to use that content provided they give you credit.

    Autoblogs are not dead - shouldn't be - and never will be.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
      Originally Posted by trishworks4u View Post

      So, in essence, you're choosing to come in here and condemn something because you were a complete and total failure at it.

      If that's the case, then I'd like to declare that:
      CPA sites are DEAD or SHOULD BE!!
      ADSENSE sites are DEAD or SHOULD BE!!
      MEMBERSHIP sites are DEAD or SHOULD BE!!

      Let me also tell you this - the GOOD autoblogs - are content and information aggregators. ie - they provide a valuable service for the person who is looking for, say - the best darn leafblower on the market. That site will pull in products from ALL over the net - ebay, Amazon, individual merchants - who have given THEIR PERMISSION for the site owner to do so.

      Additionally, it will pull in quality content all about, you guessed it - Leafblowers - from article directories, answer services, video sites. Guess what? You post your stuff on these sites, please read their terms of service next time - you have given your PERMISSION for others to use that content provided they give you credit.

      Autoblogs are not dead - shouldn't be - and never will be.
      Very well said!

      I'm glad it's not just me who sees what auto blogging can offer and is capable of providing, not only to the marketer but the general public as well.

      Some people just like to stir the pot and in doing so only seem to cause trouble, which is probably their goal to begin with. I'd have no problem what so ever if the opponents to auto blogging stated their side or opinion and actually offered evidence to support their arguments' but more often than not it's simply argumentative childishness which offers no value to either side.

      One day those people might have the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson, the only question is will they be open minded enough to see it when it's staring them in the face...for some, I think not.
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    If anything I would think the people who get their content rehashed on the autoblogs would be happy. They're getting extra exposure for their article or product and an additional backlink.
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    • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
      Originally Posted by AFI View Post

      If anything I would think the people who get their content rehashed on the autoblogs would be happy. They're getting extra exposure for their article or product and an additional backlink.
      All well and good, providing:

      - The content hasn't been automatically "spun". It's not good for your reputation if it still has your author/pen-name intact, and winds up spun and barely comprehensible.

      - The backlinks haven't been stripped.

      And I bet that if the former happens (as it often does), the latter will also have happened.

      And often the latter happens without the former.

      And sometimes the former without the latter - which is the only real semi-positive scenario if you're not bothered about your actual reputation.

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

      If anything I would think the people who get their content rehashed on the autoblogs would be happy. They're getting extra exposure for their article or product and an additional backlink.
      You made a point there. Now I know the power of autoblogs. I kinda started to believe that they only produce junk sites. Your statement enlightened me.

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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by AFI View Post

      If anything I would think the people who get their content rehashed on the autoblogs would be happy. They're getting extra exposure for their article or product and an additional backlink.
      This is a good way to convince yourself that you're not stealing other people's content.
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  • Profile picture of the author LetsGoViral
    Why you mad though? I leave a reference to the author and embed the videos. Haters keep on hatin'
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      James,
      Why you mad though? I leave a reference to the author and embed the videos. Haters keep on hatin'
      That's the same sort of argument I used to get when people would post articles from my newsletter without asking. When I caught them, they'd say things like, "I gave you a link. You should be happy for the extra exposure!"

      Sorry. There are reasons I keep most of my content strictly for my subscribers. Random strangers don't get to decide the price for that content, or declare that my reasons aren't sufficient.

      I love the attempt to spin things, though. A person becomes a hater by virtue of wishing to decide how their own content is used? Sorry. You're in the wrong forum. You want "Getting hit with a clue-by-four" lessons. Third door down, on the right.


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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Autoblogs are dead now, but they used to be very alive two years ago. I stopped submitting my articles to the free traffic system and their autoblogs because I'm not getting real traffic and my websites are not having a better ranking thanks to this practice like before. Only in the beginning this method helped them very much.

    Many of the things that used to work before are not working now. The internet users are more demanding today.

    Three years ago everyone was talking about MySpace for example, while now Twitter is more powerful and MySpace is practically dead. Perhaps tomorrow Twitter will die too. Everything keeps changing online.

    When I started submitting my articles to autoblogs I got really excited for getting so much traffic and for seeing my websites appearing in the first pages. Now, submitting articles to the FTS (or similar) is a waste of time.

    My Wordpress blog is working; I'm writing and submitting a new article everyday, and getting new subscribers everyday. However, they follow my blog posts mainly through the RSS feed, what means that this success is not so great. Anyhow; this is something alive, and it seems to have a long future. I believe that I will be able to keep it always alive, even if in the future people will stop reading fresh blog posts like they do today.

    What is dead for most people, can work very well for some people. There are many users still very happy with MySpace for ex., like my dearest Brazilian friend Paulo Coelho, an internationally famous literary author who lives in Italy now. (I'm Brazilian too)

    A few years ago everyone was talking about Squidoo and recommending it for getting a good website ranking. Today it is out of fashion. However, only now I have discovered its power. I'm happy with Squidoo not only because I'm sending more traffic to my websites or selling anything yet through the few lenses I managed to create, but because the Squidu forum is amazing! There are thousands of lensmasters very friendly there. So, I'm building relationships, becoming known, learning many things, etc. For me Squidoo is not dead, but very alive. I see a bright future there. For how long? I don't know, but it is working now.

    Conclusion: we have to keep changing our tactics and never feel that we can finally rest. If something dies, we have to go ahead and do something else. However, we have to be smart and take advantage of what always remains alive everywhere, even when it dies for the masses.
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    • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
      Originally Posted by clever7 View Post

      Conclusion: we have to keep changing our tactics and never feel that we can finally rest. If something dies, we have to go ahead and do something else. However, we have to be smart and take advantage of what always remains alive everywhere, even when it dies for the masses.
      Firstly, I don't agree that autoblogging is dead. I don't do it myself, but I know it's far from finished.

      And I don't despise autoblogging necessarily. What I do despise is autoblogs with crappy, unreadable, automatically spun content.

      What I will say though, is that if you (and not you specifically - anyone who does it) feel it's over, and saw it as a "system" rather than a business, perhaps one has a very flawed idea of the best way to go about earning money online, and would do well to re-evaluate one's priorities.

      In my mind, people should be building something they see as a business - not just engaging in fly-by-night, "easy money" income-generating systems using highly sophisticated (or sometimes not) "loophole"-leveraging techniques.

      Clearly, such people are going to find themselves in trouble.

      And I say that as someone who runs micro-niche AdSense/Amazon sites (though as of recently, my focus has shifted elsewhere): a model many people also consider to be "not a real business".

      But my sites have high-quality information and utilise a very traditional, natural, long-standing approach. There's no tricks or loophole-leveraging there.

      The difference between the mindset of me and a lot of these autobloggers, I expect, is I wasn't sat here with dollar signs in my eyes and thoughts of tropical island holidays if I could just slap up enough crappy blogs with plagiarised content that I'd run through my magic money-generating spinner, whilst simultaneously running xrumer on 2 dedicated servers, mass-spamming backlinks to each page my blogs generated.

      My sites get indexed and stay indexed, and maintain their rankings.

      Autoblogs of the sort I just mentioned scarcely do.
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      • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
        It's not the case that autoblogs don't necessarily provide value. An autoblog can provide value by taking content from one source and presenting it in a way that is better for the reader.

        For instance, I can aggregate content from several sources into an autoblog that presents this content to the reader along with:

        • Better typography for improved readability
        • More aesthetically pleasing page layout
        • Better navigation
        • A faster server & lighter HTML so that pages load faster than they did at their original source
        • Less intrusive advertising
        Sure, there are people who aggregate content and display it in a way that is worse than the content was displayed originally, but it doesn't necessarily have to be that way because a blog is an autoblog.

        Oh, and plagiarising content isn't intrinsic to autoblogging.
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  • Profile picture of the author vstar00
    yeah I dont agree auto blogging is dead either, not do I believe that creating a single blog that you write yourself is essentially more rewarding then creating an empire of auto blogs that generate you 000s a month (I dont have this by the way but I can dream )

    each to their own, and whatever works for them - great!
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincenzo Oliva
    Really, "DRUDGEREPORT" is one of the highest traffic news sites on the web, it has NO original content. Most article/video sites, rss feeds all legally allow the content to be shared(reused). With that being said, I'm starting to believe you can only make a few bucks a month with each site thus you need dozens if not hundreds of sites.

    I think I'd rather use my time building 10 quality sites to make several hundred to thousands a month instead.

    Compromise and post auto content as "draft" so you can tweek and spin them before publishing.
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    • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
      Originally Posted by Vincenzo Oliva View Post

      With that being said, I'm starting to believe you can only make a few bucks a month with each site thus you need dozens if not hundreds of sites.
      Well, this is the problem with autoblogs, you see.

      It's hard to rank your pages properly and harness search-engine traffic when the majority of your pages contain content you've just lifted from elsewhere and republished - especially when the original author/publisher has the most authority and backlinks to that content on their own site.

      Search engines don't like to display a ton of the same results on the same page, just on different sites.

      So the only way to get them to rank in most cases is to take the content and rewrite it. But then suddenly the whole thing (with exception to the actual retrieval of the content) isn't automated anymore, is it.

      So what people do, to keep it automated, is use plugins/software to automatically spin that content. What comes out is mostly unreadable, nonsensical garabage at worst, and a total displeasure to read at best.

      That is why a lot of autoblogs stink, and that is why a lot of autoblogs get de-indexed or penalised by Google's search-quality or web-spam team.

      And that is why, unless you're lucky or very clever, sloppy autoblogging is scarcely profitable in the long-term, and isn't a particularly stable or sound business model (and, incidentally, why I don't consider it a "business model" at all).
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      • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
        Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

        Well, this is the problem with autoblogs, you see. It's hard to rank your pages properly and harness search-engine traffic when the majority of your pages contain content you've just lifted from elsewhere and republished...
        Slight correction DireStraits, it is hard for YOU to rank YOUR pages; some of us have no problem out ranking the original content.

        Just because you are anyone else hasn't figured out how to accomplish a certain task doesn't mean ALL of US are void of the required knowledge to get the job done. I'm in affiliate programs where I outrank the vendors of the products I'm selling. I'm in markets where I outrank manufacturers of major products that I offer.

        My point being is this, don't make YOUR knowledge base and YOUR experiences, "THE" rulebook for all others to operate by.

        Originally Posted by Vincenzo Oliva View Post

        Really, "DRUDGEREPORT" is one of the highest traffic news sites on the web, it has NO original content. Most article/video sites, rss feeds all legally allow the content to be shared(reused). With that being said, I'm starting to believe you can only make a few bucks a month with each site thus you need dozens if not hundreds of sites.

        I think I'd rather use my time building 10 quality sites to make several hundred to thousands a month instead.

        Compromise and post auto content as "draft" so you can tweek and spin them before publishing.
        Just so you know, the Drudgerport is making a mint off of auto blogging! Well over $3,500.00 per day last time I checked.

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        • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
          Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

          Slight correction DireStraits, it is hard for YOU to rank YOUR pages; some of us have no problem out ranking the original content.

          Just because you are anyone else hasn't figured out how to accomplish a certain task doesn't mean ALL of US are void of the required knowledge to get the job done. I'm in affiliate programs where I outrank the vendors of the products I'm selling. I'm in markets where I outrank manufacturers of major products that I offer.

          My point being is this, don't make YOUR knowledge base and YOUR experiences, "THE" rulebook for all others to operate by.
          I never said it doesn't work in all cases; on the contrary, I stated in a previous post that it absolutely does, and that's the reason it's not "dead".

          I agree it takes more advanced knowledge and tactics to make it work properly - which is why I said sloppy autoblogging doesn't work, and sucks.

          I'm one of the people who probably does have knowledge of how to make it work, but the whole thing isn't to my taste, anyway. So I don't do it. That's just my personal choice.

          In any case, the people who truly make long-term good income from their autoblogs are probably those with sites which I would have no problems reading or surfing - and might even find useful, valuable and convenient.

          But the sad fact is, most people have no clue about how to approach it, and instead all they end up doing is "polluting the search results" with complete crap, whilst risking any/all effort they put into it being wasted when Google eventually penalises or de-indexes their network of sites, leaving them high-and-dry.

          Which is why, if you take a "clueless" person, and instruct them to set up their sites with their own unique and handwritten content, and work at backlinking and building authority, they'll probably be more successful at building up a decent long-term income than would those who (being equally clueless) invest the same amount of time into trying to make autoblogging work, and ultimately fail sooner-or-later, and lose everything.

          I'm simply saying that there's probably a lot more room for error, a greater capacity and chance of failure, and that it's not a business model that'd exactly come high up on the list of adviseable ventures for those looking to begin earning online.

          (But that doesn't stop a lot of people).

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  • Profile picture of the author reapr
    Originally Posted by gonzo View Post

    I see many well regarded Warriors endorse Autoblogs that take other peoples content WITHOUT their permission - and this surprises me. Why? because creating autoblogs that do not offer value apart from regurgitated content is surely the plain wrong way to go.

    Grahame
    Looks like you endorse autoblogs if they add content and are given permission but how do you define "without permission!" Was it scraped from copy written material? Was it grabbed from a feed? A feed implies that you want other sites to grab your content even if it is just a reader.

    ... you had me concerned there for a bit! I thought you were going to eventually make reference to Digg after coming down on some Warriors who you mentioned endorse autoblogs!

    Good thing I read the whole thread!

    I think some autoblogs can create value but all references to the author and links should be left intact.

    Some sites that in themselves are autoblogs or can be autoblogs that no one really refers to when complaining ... so I guess that makes it ok especially if people get value from them.

    News sites or aggregators.
    Price/product comparison sites
    Product review sites
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      This post is pretty funny...

      Originally Posted by sap? View Post

      I never tried auto blogs but heard Google literally hates them..I AM IN CONFUSION TOO REGARDING AUTO BLOGS
      If Google hates auto blogging; then Google hates it's own self: meaning FeedBurner and YourTube.

      Whoever led you to believe that Google hates Auto Blogging must have been... smoking crack.

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  • Profile picture of the author brandonline
    bad or good Autobloging? or i`ts a new way to make fast money?
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  • Profile picture of the author BizWebMan
    When I started this thread it was on the back of reading a WSO thread that made my blood boil - here we all are as IMers, some making good money and others struggling to get started yet many are still prepared to splurg the internet with complete rubbish to make a quick buck.

    Some have pointed the finger alleging - I am trying to get noticed - trying to stir up trouble - tried autoblogging and failed and have a grievance. None of which is true. I cannot prove that of course but that is the way it is.

    I am NOT on any moral mission, nor do I see a problem with anyone who wants to automate their blogs in an ethical way - which means taking the time and effort to ensure you add value to the readers that come across your work.

    I am sure most warriors that autoblog do, or at least try and make it worthwhile to their readers, rather than having pages of adsense or links that offer nothing meaningful or worse still scraped or stolen material that gives no credit to those that created it.

    Opinion on the matter of autoblogs will remain polarized I am sure and the debate will continue long after this thread is forgotten.

    To those that have asked I have PM'd the link that really caused me to start this thread in the first instance.

    Happy blogging
    Grahame
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  • Profile picture of the author Philip Ruben
    Auto blogging can help you tremendously and I see nothing wrong with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author biosclan
    Autoblogs are god. Don't Hate.

    Sitting in front of a pc is the most boring thing in the entire world.

    Automate and enjoy life!
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    I don't think the Op meant to offend anyone who is into auto blogging but a bit more misinformed to what actually goes on with auto blogging or maybe that certain wso was complete crap and made the auto blog industry look bad. To use someone else's content in exhange for credit and most important a dofollow backlink is fair trade in my book.
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  • Profile picture of the author Star Riley
    Omg - I think the Article Directories just gave me permission to post their content on my site.

    When I first stepped into this POST I was worried about the law dogs guess its back to business.

    Anyway knowledge is a deadly thing like a Gun it can help us be safe and secure and allow mankind to eat and live or it can start wars and shot us in the foot, like an idiot with an auto-blog versus a person who knows what they are doing.
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