Now, I think differently. Although most of my autoblogs survived I believe that autoblogs are dying. There will always be those few who will survive cause they are special, Darwin theories will work also for autoblogs.
But autoblogs as we know them are dying.
Before all you autoblog lovers start bashing me, I want to clarify few points:
1. I loved (and in a way still love) autobloging
2. They are not dead yet, just dying
3. I'm still making a decent income from autoblogs like many of my "autoblog friends", but I don't recommend it anymore, if you are not in it yet, don't get into it.
Here is why:
Google put autoblogs as one of their main targets. For now, it is possible to get away if you know what you are doing, but - if you are not already there, why would you like to start something that from day one you know that one of the big players (Google) hates you?!
I'll show you how you can still succeed in autoblogging and then I'll tell you why, it's still not recommended in my view:
If you create an autoblog and make it grow really slow and don't let it get bigger than ~2000 posts (I do have 3000 posts autoblogs that are still alive, but I think 2000 posts is safer).
I know, I know there are quite a few autoblogs out there that Google still loves with tens of thoussands of posts, but not as many s there used to be and every day Google turns its back to the "big guys".
The "small" (<3000 posts) autoblogs are surviving well and even see growth in traffic.
So, what the problem, all you have to do is create autoblogs that are growing slowly and stop their growth at 2000, right? Wrong!
From my experience, if you grow your autoblogs slowly (~3 posts a day on average) it will take you a year until you'll start seeing reasonable monthly income.
Even if you will create tons of autoblogs, you will still have to wait 6-12 months.
Aren't there better options? Why risk 6-12 months building autoblogs empire when you know that you are Googles target?
Those of us who started their autoblogs several years ago and didn't get "big eyes" and kept each autoblog relatively slow might have the luck to enjoy profits for a long time (hopefully). But, most of the time invested in autoblogs is at the start, so now we are mostly enjoying.
But, for newbies, you will have to work hard in the first few months and I don't think it worth the risk when you have so many other good options.
Just my 3 cents