Autoblogging What Where How...

by Vladutz 22 replies
Hi all,

Recently I've been sent to a number of different sales pages by different marketers promoting (what I know now to be) autoblogging.

I can't say that any of the sales pitches impressed me because they all just seem to good to be true usualy meaning that its not true.

I suppose what I'd like to know is the following if someone would be so kind as to clear my confusion since I literally just started reading about autoblogging.

1. Is it a genuine and ethical way to make money online?
2. If these plugins go off and take content off other sites...isn't this ilegal (copyright)?
3. Isn't autoblogging asking for a Google slap?
4. If its so good why aren't more people doing it?

If these sound like silly questions please bear in mind that up to 2 days ago I had no ideas autoblogging existed, I was like under a rock (a big one).

Thank you Looking forward to your replies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve L
    Originally Posted by vladmm View Post

    Hi all,

    Recently I've been sent to a number of different sales pages by different marketers promoting (what I know now to be) autoblogging.

    I can't say that any of the sales pitches impressed me because they all just seem to good to be true usualy meaning that its not true.

    I suppose what I'd like to know is the following if someone would be so kind as to clear my confusion since I literally just started reading about autoblogging.

    1. Is it a genuine and ethical way to make money online?
    2. If these plugins go off and take content off other sites...isn't this ilegal (copyright)?
    3. Isn't autoblogging asking for a Google slap?
    4. If its so good why aren't more people doing it?

    If these sound like silly questions please bear in mind that up to 2 days ago I had no ideas autoblogging existed, I was like under a rock (a big one).

    Thank you Looking forward to your replies.
    i don't know. i like to hand pick the content that i syndicate and i like to write up a paragraph or so of my own. i don't see how this can be accomplished with autoblogging.
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    • Profile picture of the author JRCarson
      I have a couple friends in another forum that got ALL their websites de-indexed by Google. They were 100% sure it was due to using WPRobot on some/all of their sites.

      One girl had over 200 websites, the other guy had 71 sites de-indexed.

      It ended up being a great learning experience for the guy, because now he does nothing but unique content on his sites and he's really doing well with it, making more money than ever before faster.

      In my opinion, it's not a good idea. Yes, Google will give you the slap, to your whole arsenal of websites in many cases.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve L
        Originally Posted by JRCarson View Post

        I have a couple friends in another forum that got ALL their websites de-indexed by Google. They were 100% sure it was due to using WPRobot on some/all of their sites.

        One girl had over 200 websites, the other guy had 71 sites de-indexed.

        It ended up being a great learning experience for the guy, because now he does nothing but unique content on his sites and he's really doing well with it, making more money than ever before faster.

        In my opinion, it's not a good idea. Yes, Google will give you the slap, to your whole arsenal of websites in many cases.
        agreed. it's easier to work on the white hat side IMHO. just focus on publishing quality content on a few different sites instead of 100's.
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        • Profile picture of the author Vladutz
          Thanks

          I appreciate your opinions. I'm still not sure about it. Some people sound like its going great and others say don't waste your time. Confusing. I could always give it a try and see what happens...I'm also working on another project though and should concentrate on that first I suppose. Maybe abit later then

          ;0)
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          • Profile picture of the author JRCarson
            Originally Posted by vladmm View Post

            Thanks

            I appreciate your opinions. I'm still not sure about it. Some people sound like its going great and others say don't waste your time. Confusing. I could always give it a try and see what happens...I'm also working on another project though and should concentrate on that first I suppose. Maybe abit later then

            ;0)
            If you end up doing it, I'd really try to separate those sites from other sites you have...different hosting completely, etc.
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          • Profile picture of the author Henry White
            Originally Posted by vladmm View Post

            Thanks

            I appreciate your opinions. I'm still not sure about it. Some people sound like its going great and others say don't waste your time. Confusing. I could always give it a try and see what happens...I'm also working on another project though and should concentrate on that first I suppose. Maybe abit later then

            ;0)
            Quite! And pay attention to who is telling you what - always follow the money, it never fails to give you the truth!
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              • Profile picture of the author Brendan Mace
                Originally Posted by vladmm View Post

                Thanks again.

                Just out of curriocity whats some of the ways you guys make money online?
                I originally tried to make money from autoblogging. But google never seemed to appreciate my sites. What I learned was that autoblogging is not 100% automatic if you want it to be successful.

                I've since switched to moving to unique content (albeit less content). This change has been pretty substantial for me. And I'm having way more success with it.

                That being said, I haven't heard about autoblogging since the panda update. BUt there was a whole pile of people that figured out how to do it successfully. It probably still could be set up profitably, but you would need to leard what to do and how to do it.

                I strongly disagree with the comment above about 'follow the money.'

                Why?

                Because there are people successful in almost every area of IM.

                Some are making a killing with autoblogging. Others arent.

                Some do amazon review sites. Some get their income through list building.

                It's completely unaccurate to suggest that an entire group of people aren't making money online. THat's simply not the case.

                THe best of each section will make the most. But each area (ie. list building, affiliate reviews, etc) can be very profitable.

                You just need to pick one. Master it. Then make bank.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Mace
    Originally Posted by vladmm View Post

    Hi all,

    Recently I've been sent to a number of different sales pages by different marketers promoting (what I know now to be) autoblogging.

    I can't say that any of the sales pitches impressed me because they all just seem to good to be true usualy meaning that its not true.

    I suppose what I'd like to know is the following if someone would be so kind as to clear my confusion since I literally just started reading about autoblogging.

    1. Is it a genuine and ethical way to make money online?
    2. If these plugins go off and take content off other sites...isn't this ilegal (copyright)?
    3. Isn't autoblogging asking for a Google slap?
    4. If its so good why aren't more people doing it?

    If these sound like silly questions please bear in mind that up to 2 days ago I had no ideas autoblogging existed, I was like under a rock (a big one).

    Thank you Looking forward to your replies.
    There are going to be people on both sides of the fence. Without a doubt, autoblogging used to work. I cannot answer whether it still works after the Panda update because I've moved away from autoblogging.

    I think straight up autoblogging no longer works. You need to add in some unique content every now and then, or give a small commentary on some of the posts.

    Google does not like 100% scraper sites, but they have been ok with a certain percentage of syndicated content in the past. Whether that's still the case...

    3. As far as copyright infringement. This is not something you have to worry about. Autoblogg software will often pull content from public sites that allow for content to be syndicated. For example, WP Robot pulls content from Youtube, article directories, Yahoo Answers, etc.

    All of those entities allow you to pull content and post it on your site. Autoblogging simply does the posting process for you.

    4. There were a ton of people doing it the last couple years.

    I do not think it's nearly as easy as it used to be. In fact, a bunch of autoblogg sites have been demolished in the last couple algo updates.

    It probably is still possible to semi-autoblogg. But you'd need to figure out a strategy that looks legit to the search engines.

    Hope that helps,

    Brendan
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  • Profile picture of the author boldguy
    If you are asking for an autopilot system that submit a single article(s) to many blogs and directories, then yes it is a good thing to exercise as one of my client uses the same and currently i am also working on the same.
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  • Yes autoblogs are a ethical way to make money online. You monetize an autoblog the same way as any other site by having adsense on it or even better selling information produtcs.

    If you take content and strip the links and do not credit where it came from it is illegal and you could expect to receive a letter from someones lawyer. That is why you only use content that you are allowed to use such as from article directories.

    If you have nothing but duplicate content you are not going to do well. Eventually you can have more duplicate content but starting out you will need only original content. Do this for at least two months.

    Autoblogging is not for everyone. It takes a significant investment, lots of time, and you have to be highly organized.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave90210
    Use auto blogging software to submit unique articles to your blog
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  • Profile picture of the author hoobae
    There are some AutoBlogging software working great, and there are some not. (I cant name them) My client use to ask me about posting articles on his blog but he never let me use any software like this (Autoblog). Its better if you post manually by your self because as he said, "You can customize the post on my blog" But I guess its depend also if you client has many blogs to post on AND if your work is just Article submission on different article directories and web 2.0.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus C
    Check out Mike Johnson's Auto Blog Blueprint 3.0. Mike offers a great step by step course which shows you how to set up and automate certain aspects of your blogs whilst creating value added content for your visitors:

    Blogging on Autopilot 2011 - Auto Blog Blueprint 3.0
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    Many of the autoblogging programs available today (like WP Robot) only search for content based on keyword input. This often results in content being posted to your sites that you may not want such as poorly written content or off topic content. This is why you need to use softwarre that allows you to review the content prior to it being posted to your sites.

    Can you still do well with autoblogging - yes
    Is it as easy as everyone thinks - no

    I think a couple others here mentioned it but for most of us who succeed with autoblogs today (post panda), we are adding in unique content as well. It's also good to mix the types of content such as videos, articles...etc.

    You have to keep in mind that no one method itself always works or fails, there's an element that often affects success or failure that most people don't want to see or accept...the person behind it.

    If you do some research here on the forum you will find a lot of info on autoblogging. Some say its not legal, some say it is, some say it doersnt work, some say it does...
    The list goes on and on...research it yourself and make your own conclusions.
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  • Profile picture of the author mondays
    Concerning promotion you have to follow the same path no matter wich way you are going to choose, auto or manual.

    I have some of them and the concept really works if you know how to fine tune it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Harper
    Ditto on Mike Johnson's course.

    Ditto on "Auto" is a bit misleading.

    As is the case with anything it is one method of many, but it will require work.

    CT
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  • Profile picture of the author Vladutz
    Really helpful everyone, thanx ;0)
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  • Profile picture of the author redfieryheart
    autoblogging is really a promise for lazy marketers. I saw how it works and I don't agree with the idea of using PLRs or already published articles from someone else's sites or blogs.Definitely, Google or other search engines would not love it and it wouldn't help your ranking as well.
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    • No disrespect meant, but I see some people talking about autoblogging who have clearly never done it.

      I have a year-old autoblog about jewelry, contests and celebrities. I set it up on a spare domain to help me learn WordPress and see how the process works.

      The answer is it works okay. I use feeds from about a dozen sites and yes, that's perfectly permissable as long as I don't remove the links to the originating sites or alter the text. My blog often ranks right underneath the originating site in Google. I don't see any G penalty.

      Do I make a ton of money off it? No, but I've only got one AdSense block. If I put the time in to add my own articles and did intensive backlinking I'd monetize it further. On my to-do list. I might try a Fiverr backlinking gig, then review that on my Fiverr blog.

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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Go semi automated: Google Alerts > Rewrite > Post.

    But don't tell anyone. Just the cool kids do this.

    Eh!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by vladmm View Post

    1. Is it a genuine and ethical way to make money online?
    2. If these plugins go off and take content off other sites...isn't this ilegal (copyright)?
    3. Isn't autoblogging asking for a Google slap?
    4. If its so good why aren't more people doing it?
    This all depends on how you define "autoblogging."

    First, legitimate white-hat autobloggers who have success with it are doing things rather differently than most people think autoblogging works. Doing it their way is genuine and ethical, but is not "push a button and forget about it" by any stretch of the imagination.

    Second, there are many sites which explicitly allow you to republish their RSS feeds. In fact, RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and the entire purpose of it was originally for other people to subscribe to and republish your content. Culturally, most people don't understand that this is what RSS feeds were intended for, and they don't intend for anyone to do this. You can't argue with them. If they tell you that you can't republish their stuff, you can't republish it. Check to see what they say before you start using their feed to populate your blog... and if they don't say, you can always just ask.

    Third, if your autoblog pulls a single RSS feed and republishes everything unmodified, UR DOIN IT WRONG and yes you may indeed get a Google slap. Autoblogging requires a little more work than that; you need multiple related content sources, editorial involvement to remove what your audience doesn't care about, and adding your own original content above and beyond that.

    Fourth, more people aren't doing it because they believe the hype that you just drop some RSS feed into an autoblog plugin, walk away, and money falls into your PayPal account. This doesn't work. It doesn't happen that way. You will need to actually manage and direct the autoblog, select appropriate sources of content, exercise editorial control, and add further original content of your own. This doesn't take a lot of work, but it does take work, so you can't scale it up to some huge level.

    Zombie Blogging is basically the "reality check" of hands-off autoblogging. You'll make a couple bucks a month from an autoblog, if you just throw crap on it and walk away, but that's about it. Three to five bucks a month at the outside. Want to make an income of it? Expect to have several hundred of them.

    Now, that said, once you start doing the actual work involved in running a real autoblog... it can make significantly more. Three or four of them can make you an income. But you have to do it right, and it takes work, and you more or less have to stay on top of it day in and day out.

    No, I don't make any significant money from autoblogging. I'm doing a lot of research on it, because I think there's an awesome product in there. But to date, I haven't got anything solid and reliable enough to actually charge money for.
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