I hope you guys don't think less of me, but sometimes I like to dabble in the Blackhat SEO realm every now and again. I wouldn't consider myself an expert on SEO, and I am not a professional marketer. Like I said, I dabble. I never use these techniques on Bauer-Power or Tech Chop, but I am facinated by some of the results one might experience by using these. My latest experiment? Autoblogging!
Like I said above, Bauer-Power is not an Autoblog. Far from it. If it were, you wouldn't have seen a gap in posts over the last few weeks right? No, Bauer-Power is legit, and I like to use it for posting stuff I run into at work, or cool software I find. You know, geeky tech stuff like that. I also like to write about online tools, and that is what this post is about.
So what is autoblogging you ask? According to Wikipedia:
Autoblog is a neologism and misnomer used to describe a particular type of website which uses software designed to automatically add content in a blog format. The owner of an autoblog is generally referred to as an autoblogger. Engaging in this practice is called autoblogging.
Autoblogging does not require a site owner to create original web content. An autoblogger merely installs the necessary software, and configures its settings to collect the type of content desired. The automated software handles the rest.
Makes sense right? Why would someone want to autoblog? Easy, they might do it for back-link boosting, or for making more advertising money without doing any work. Just stand up a site that writes itself, plaster it with ads, and wait for people to come. Easy!
Well most of the tools I have found for this type of shenanegans is developed for Wordpress. Onc example for Wordpress would be the WP-O-Matic plugin. What if you don't like Wordpress? What if you like using Blogger because it is free and easy? Before it was never really a very good platform for autoblogging. That is, until now.
I found an online service that makes autoblogging not only on Blogger or Blogspot easy, but you can do it on pretty much any free blogging platform out there. Can it do InsaneJournal? Yes! Can it do LiveJournal? Yup! Can it do Tumblr? Uh huh! What about Typepad? Absolutely! And many more!
iAutoBlog on top of automating article posts from free article directories like Articlesbase, and GoArticles, they also have two spinning tools to help keep the content they deliver unique. Never heard of spinning? According to Wikipedia:
Article spinning is a search engine optimization technique by which blog or website owners post a unique version of relevant content on their sites. It works by rewriting existing articles, or parts of articles, and replacing elements to provide a slightly different perspective on the topic. Many article marketers believe that article spinning helps avoid the feared penalties in the Search Engine Results pages (SERP) for using duplicate content. If the original articles are plagiarized from other websites or if the original article was used without the copyright owner's permission, such copyright infringements may result in the writer facing a legal challenge, while writers producing multiple versions of their own original writing need not worry about such things.
iAutoBlog has some different packages, starting with free and going up to $80 per month. The free package limits you to one blog and one post per day. I opted for the standard package for $6 per month which gives me 5 blogs, 50 posts per day and the ability to use their spinning tools. We'll see how it goes.
Have you tried autoblogging? What platform do you do it on? Have you seen any success with it? What tools do you use? Let us know in the comments.