If you're new to this, you might ask: "What the *** is AutoBlogging?"
Simple: An "AutoBlog" is a blog on either blogger or wordpress (self hosted) which you created one time, with certain plug-ins which set the blog on autopilot, deliver content to it 24/7, auto-bookmark, ping....and you dont need to move a finger since it all happens automatically.
In my little "guide" i focus on self-hosted WordPress, since it is the best blogging platform (IMHO) with the greatest flexibility and a very reasonabale "Work <---> Result/ROI" ratio. Its not hard to set up WordPress.
) Where does the content for those blogs come from?
The content is automatically taken (some say "scraped") from sources like Yahoo Answers, Forums, Youtube and Article Directories.
(There are more options which i will describe further below)
You set up a standard WP blog from within your hosting, using Fantastico, or you upload your blog from your PC to your host. You set the config accordingly, database, the usual.
You need some essential "plugins", which are extensions for your blog, as well as "nice" theme.
1) Platinum SEO Plugin
2) Caffeinated Content (Or Autoblogged, WP VideoTube...)
I prefer Caffeinated Content.
3) Google XML SiteMaps
4) Ping Crawl
5) Max Blogpress Ping Optimizer
6) Auto Social Poster
A nice theme, i highly recommend "flexibility" Flexibility Theme for WordPress
You active all your plugins, put your settings in, site name, SEO, you configure Ping Crawl with a nice pinglist, and you add your bookmarking accounts into Auto Social Poster
The core of our 24/7 blogging machine is Caffeinated Content which can pull articles or videos from Youtube, Yahoo answers or Article Directories.
What you do with Caffeinated Content: You set a date, like from "2 weeks ago" ..say "12/01/2008 to 03/01/2009" (in the future), you count those days (in this case 4 months) and chose a reasonbale number of articles to pull, say 100 for this time frame. I recommend about 1-2 articles/day.
CC then pulls all this content from the specified source and stores it on your wordpress. It posts the one from "two weeks ago" already, and it schedules the future dated articles to post over time, up to the date you specified. If you chose a number of articles approximating the number of days you set in CC it will, on average, also post one article per day.
Furthermore you configured PingCrawl which is a nice grayhat plugin, it will ping out after each post and collect links to "related blogs".
Auto Social Poster will actually go out and bookmark your blogs.
Here is caution advised: If you use APS you need to be really naughty and have SEVERAL bookmarking accounts which you created from different IPs. Then you set it to use one of those accounts randomly and bookmark in a "semi-normal" fashion. Because no normal person would bookmark 200 articles a day. This is to stay under the radar.
Another nice method of getting content is the free "Syndicate Kahuna" where i just signed up. You install simple script on your host, then you enter your sites, keywords etc. on syndicatekahuna.com...and you can specify how many articles you want per day. Here again: A reasonable amount makes sense, like one or two.
There is actually a number of people who tell you: "Dont worry". Maybe this is the case. Just dont bother with article rewriters or magic "uniquefiers" since they wont work, not in Google's eyes.
I also would not dare to present my web site visitors "spun" or automatic rewritten content" which is not really humanly readable.
I tend to say that the duplicate content "penalty" is not as big as some people make it look - if this is a big problem for you you shouldnt even start with autoblogging in the first place.
Now, we forgot something essential: You want to monetize your blog
So..put a nice adsense template on it, or go to CbProAds and get clickbank ads related to your niche...or go to CJ and get banners and ads from there.
Then start promoting your sites using Article Marketing and the usual.
Its good to know that your sites work automatically while you sleep, they pull content and ping and bookmark and all the work.
The best thing is that such an "autoblog" is WAY beyond the "olden times" Made-For-Adsense sites, those autblogs actually look GOOD. I see myself constantly browsing my own sites because is see interesting content and articles related to the niche i chose. Those are sites people STAY on as opposed to MFA linkfarms.
Edit: I did not expect this thread getting so much attention, but for one of my blogs check
to get an idea how it looks. The blogs can easily be changed according to niches just by changing templates, eg. for financial, debt (high adsense i chose ProSense template for high AdSense CTR.