Blog On Autopilot - Podcast Episode 2 - Autoblogging

Blog On Autopilot – Podcast Episode 2 – Autoblogging

Just a short post to link our second podcast. I’m really trying to do one a week at the moment so that I can share all the info I have and gather to help you improve your workflow and get to do more of the things you enjoy doing with your website.

In this episode I talk about autoblogging and if you should or should not be doing it.

So, here it is. If you are enjoying this content can you please leave us a review.

Should I Automate My Posts Creation

Should I Automate My Posts Creation

This is the big one… Well, what I mean by that is, that, when talking about automating your blog or affiliate site, the first thing you would think of is automating your posts.

This is probably why this particular automation tasks seems to be big business – at least for WordPress based plugins. There are a number out there and they each cost…

However, the reality of it is – should you actually automate your posts?

How would I automate my WordPress posts?

So, I’m going to concentrate on WordPress as this is what all those plugins are aimed at.

Let me clarify one thing first. When I say “automate your posts”, this is not a little robot sitting there, taking in a title and beavering away writing.

What it is, is the plugin requires you to put in some competition sites, sites which have content you would like to see on your site. It then copies the latest posts and creates a post on your site faster than you can say “copyright infringement”.

So, these should not be called “autoblogging” plugins, but rather auto blog post copy plugins.

You can spin the autoblogging posts

So, we established that these plugins copy posts from other sites and post to your site which will probably cause problems. Firstly there is the copyright infringement issue. Secondly, Google will see and potentially hit you with duplicate content flags.

This is not going to bode well for your rankings in search engines.

One thing many of these plugins suggest is doing what is called spinning the content. Now, if you take a look at this link I have an issue with the word SEO being in there.

So, spinning the content basically involves changing some of the words for words that mean the same, or similar, and so changing your post enough so that its not duplicate posts.

There exists sites and plugins that do this for you. You can have them spin content that is “auto generated(copied) on autopilot too.

So, in theory, you’re getting a unique posts, right?

If you’ve ever looked at any content done this way, its terrible. I often do it to have a good laugh to be honest. Quite often it sounds quite strange to read. Words used do not make sense in the context of the sentence, etc.

So, you may get unique content. However, it’s not good quality unique content which is readable, enjoyable and will not be good SEO quality.

Let’s recap

So, we’ve talked about the auto blogger tools. We’ve said that you can spin the content to make it unique. Should I use these to create my content.

Let me answer that with a definitive NO! Don’t do it, unless you want a low quality site that really isn’t going to rank well.

That’s not to say there isn’t a case to use these tools. I have a site that lists freebies available on the internet. I used to spend hours finding content as well as listing 1 free kindle book per day.

As more and more of these sites hit the internet and the seemingly lower availability of freebies I lost faith. However, I still wanted to keep this site ticking over.

So, I used one of these auto generation plugins that could interface with Amazon to go and pull in several free kindle books per day.

Now, in this case, the post has a button link to go back to the Amazon site so they can get this free ebook. It’s not me copying the post content and passing as my own, it’s giving he info for them to link to the original content.

In this instance, the auto generation works. It’s not trying to rank off those posts. It’s not trying to deceive, but it is instead linking to the original content.

This is the only exception I would say to the auto post generation be a valid thing to do.

In conclusion

In conclusion, I would say never to use tools to auto generate your content. It’s much better to write your own better content giving everyone your views and showing your personality.

After all, it’s not the content that your readers enjoy, it the writing style and personality of the person writing it they they really people really want to enjoy.