Journey to the Dark Side - My first autoblog with $10 and no coding skills

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I always suspect that google is usin
Maybe. I saw other google agents like adsbot-google or mediapartners but I think those are for adsense and other google services. I won't use adsense anyway, not even Google analytics.

So all i have to do is add that code to my htaccess file? Never knew cloaking is this easy
Yes. Me neither.
 

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UPDATE 2:

I did a number of things yesterday and today:

1. Searched for an expired domain in beauty niche until I found a decent one (has a few cleanish backlinks and nothing too spammy). I didn't plan to do this but I took the advice of Fashina Samson, it'll help index easier.
2. Spent the budget on the domain + cheap shared hosting ($1+$9).
3. Pulled some content from archive.org from the expired domain and put it on the homepage so it looks legit. It was a previous blog in the same niche, so it's perfect. The homepage will be left as is and the rest of the pages will be generated with lorem ipsum.
4. Built the keyword list.

Next step is filtering the list and finding a way to connect the list with the content generator.
 

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UPDATE 2:

I did a number of things yesterday and today:

1. Searched for an expired domain in beauty niche until I found a decent one (has a few cleanish backlinks and nothing too spammy). I didn't plan to do this but I took the advice of Fashina Samson, it'll help index easier.
2. Spent the budget on the domain + cheap shared hosting ($1+$9).
3. Pulled some content from archive.org from the expired domain and put it on the homepage so it looks legit. It was a previous blog in the same niche, so it's perfect. The homepage will be left as is and the rest of the pages will be generated with lorem ipsum.
4. Built the keyword list.

Next step is filtering the list and finding a way to connect the list with the content generator.
Where did you get a domain for so cheap in your niche?
 

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Where did you get a domain for so cheap in your niche?
The expired domain was available, I didn't buy it from auction, so I just paid $0.99 to register it. There are many extensions that cost only $1-$2 like xyz, club, site, online and others.

nice journey I want to try the same thanks :))
Thanks! Please do.

Btw, your profile url is google.com, I hope you're not from google trying to block my splog xD
 

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UPDATE 3:

Unknowingly, I caught myself looking through the evil eyes of the Black Hat Demon. My eyes have been scorched by the darkness, my vision has been corrupted from the pristine vanilla relationship I had with Big G. Now I've been pulled into a fight for survival against the almighty Google ToS and I'm starting to realize that this war might never end because...

“Maybe wars aren’t meant to be won, maybe they’re meant to be continuous.”

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Last update I finished the list of keywords but the content is a work in progress. It's not as simple as I tried to make it look. Took a decent chunk of time to filter the keyword list, but I found a way to do it much faster. I'll still be using some code/scripts, but without having to learn code.

HTML and CSS are fairly easy to read, even my grandma knows that "color: red" means the color is red and you can change it with blue if you want. Also, python is fairly easy to read, so if the scripts are very basic, I'll have no problem using them by replacing a few things here and there.

What I did:

- I found a script that reads the keywords from the list (I just typed in google "python read lines from file"). So now I can add the keywords to the content mix by reading them from my list of keywords. I still need to convert the result to an html file so it looks like an actual webpage (next update).

- I read Google's webmaster guidelines to make the home page as legit as possible. It has unique content, on-page seo, image/s with description, a few high authority outbound links, some basic text formatting. I also redirected some missing pages to the homepage and removed them from robots file.

- I plan to have the homepage indexed and ranked (even on page 100 :D) before adding the gibberish. The plan is to let google know that this is a quality website (or at least same quality as previous site). When it's indexed and ranked, I'll sneak the gibberish in and then let googlebot eat that up.

- I added the site to cloudflare to get a free ssl, cdn, cache, analytics and other things that you normally get via wp plugins, but since I'm not using wp, this works great as a replacement.

Cloudflare analytics aren't great though, so I need a better solution. I won't use GA because Google could correlate the splog with my legit website somehow. Also, the host's traffic stats are not great either, so I'll choose some alternative from this list: statcounter, fathom analytics, gauges, simple analytics, woopra, clicky, matomo, kissmetrics, gosquared, heap, plausible, hitsteps.

If you guys have any experience with any of them, lmk, I don't want to try them all.

There are still a few important things that might be challenging (since it's not wp): url structure, sitemap, interlinking.

What stats did it have when you buy it?
No stats. Just something that wasn't spam and was from the same niche.
 
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I think the interlinking part is the most difficult. It has to either be done AFTER generating all the files and then modifying them all via a script or before creating the pages but then you need to know the exact url structure before the page is even created.. focus on how to remove symbols like quotation marks, spaces, foreign characters etc from the urls.
 

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I think the interlinking part is the most difficult. It has to either be done AFTER generating all the files and then modifying them all via a script or before creating the pages but then you need to know the exact url structure before the page is even created.. focus on how to remove symbols like quotation marks, spaces, foreign characters etc from the urls.
I found a solution to this.

I looked up Google's recommendations about sitemaps and found that they love HTML sitemaps. This solves the interlinking problem as well. I will build this simple structure:

HOME PAGE --> HTML SITEMAP (just a page with all the links) --> EVERY OTHER ARTICLE

On the homepage there's a link to the sitemap so google just needs to find that to crawl all other pages.This also solves the rule to get to any page from your site in just 2-3 clicks from your homepage. Each page will also link back to the sitemap and homepage.

On top of that I'll add a previous post and a next post in each article to finalize the interlinking.

All this should be fairly easy to achieve once I generate a list of all the urls which is what I need for the sitemap and for adding next/previous post.
 

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hi, if it is not Wordpress then how did you make the website? Because You said that you are not a programmer.
I said in op that I can still copy paste code found on google, no need to be a coder for that.

The homepage was ripped from archive.org + content edits.

If you read my last update:

"I'll still be using some code/scripts, but without having to learn code.

HTML and CSS are fairly easy to read, even my grandma knows that "color: red" means the color is red and you can change it with blue if you want. Also, python is fairly easy to read, so if the scripts are very basic, I'll have no problem using them by replacing a few things here and there."
 

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I said in op that I can still copy paste code found on google, no need to be a coder for that.

The homepage was ripped from archive.org + content edits.

If you read my last update:

"I'll still be using some code/scripts, but without having to learn code.

HTML and CSS are fairly easy to read, even my grandma knows that "color: red" means the color is red and you can change it with blue if you want. Also, python is fairly easy to read, so if the scripts are very basic, I'll have no problem using them by replacing a few things here and there."
ok thanks i get it now. Why dont you just use wordpress + elementor? It is easier to paste contents and redirect users there than creating your own website.
 

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ok thanks i get it now. Why dont you just use wordpress + elementor? It is easier to paste contents and redirect users there than creating your own website.
I also wrote about why I don't plan to use wp plugins.

I think if you read the thread you'll see where I'm coming from.
 

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I will follow your process, I see that you do not use WP. A few days ago I started an automatic experiment site but in WP. To translate content do you use an API or just normal google?
 

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UPDATE 4:

I'm slowly turning from the clean innocent image (see my profile picture) of white hat, into a dark rotten cutthroat black hat (image below) because...

"The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say."

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It's been 2 weeks since I started this journey and finally figured out how to build the whole website almost automated. So I just need the list of keywords and a home page and the rest will be generated in minutes.

What I did:

- I generated the list of urls needed for the sitemap and interlinking as I concluded here. Based on this list I could also add a next/previous post in the content generation script.
- I generated the sitemap page.
- I combined the content script with another that puts content between html tags (like paragraphs, links and headings).
- My list of 3k low comp keywords has been turned into articles in a few minutes. This also includes a script that creates folders for each page/url to have a nice url structure.

This isn't a big splog, it's fairly smallish which is my aim, because it can be more targeted to the offer and also it'll be much easier to index than a big splog.

I didn't upload it yet, because the homepage isn't indexed in google yet, even if the googlebot visited my website 2 times now. I'll give it one more week (I prefer natural indexing) and then I'll try manual indexing with gsc and social signals. As soon as the homepage is indexed, I'll upload all the content at once, with filezilla.

What's next:

Now that I have the tools to generate a blog really fast, I'm looking at building another one, even if the first one isn't even indexed (maybe the 2nd will index faster :D).

- I'll use 2 more domains on the current cheap hosting, but no more than that, because a splog needs to use different hostings/ips. The hosting actually cost me 7 bucks, the domain $1, so I got 2 more bucks left to pick 2 other domain names.

- I'll try another expired domain (if I find one) and a fresh domain name. This way I can see for myself if there is much difference between using expired or fresh domains when it comes to my sploging method.

- Ofc, I'll need to pick the niches and offers first. But yeah, that's the fun part.

- I also aim to improve the current scripts. Maybe combining them all together to run 1 script instead of several; little things that make everything easier.

To translate content do you use an API or just normal google?
I do not use translation at all, everything about my method of content generation is written in the OP.
 
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What is the advantage of html vs xml sitemap?
 
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