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Semi-Automatic Blogging: The Better, Safer, Cleaner, Easier Way

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by FreeTheTV, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. FreeTheTV

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    I have read countless threads praising autoblogging as the "best thing ever". For most, though, autoblogging involves a lot of work for something that will maybe earn the blogger $1-$5 dollars per day. Not to mention all of the problems which arise from plugins, javascript, and content scraping.

    I have come up with a solution that will save the trouble of this. Semi-automatic blogging. Blogging, scraping, and leeching with a human twist. I have up seven adult blogs based around the following starlets:

    http://ashlynnbrookeblog.blogspot.com
    http://amyreidblog.blogspot.com
    http://terapatrickblog.blogspot.com
    http://ravenrileysblog.blogspot.com
    http://shylastylezblog.blogspot.com
    http://breeolsonblog.blogspot.com
    http://jaimehammerblog.blogspot.com

    The blogs are interconnected via a blogroll at the top of the far right sidebar, therefore traffic to one has a good chance of leading to traffic of another, and another, and another.

    I make anywhere from 1-3 posts per day per blog, by hand. I hand-scrape content from various websites in the form of image galleries of 12-20 images for each starlet. I find the most appealing picture of the set and save it to my computer as a Jpeg file.

    The picture is attached to the blog post, and ends up as a large image that can be clicked on to make bigger for a nice preview. Then I write the words "View this gallery" underneath, with a hyperlink to the actual gallery.

    After the post has been made, I Digg the post. Digg does not allow pornographic content, but the content has stayed on for at least a week as far as I know. They are rather lenient. I have not had my acocunt banned, and if so, it would take five minutes or less to make another one under a different email address.

    Total time taken for each post is two minutes, tops. Say I make two posts per blog per day. That's less than a half hour total per day to keep this blog running and clean.

    Six of the blogs have been up for one day only. I put Google Analytics on each one, and have been raking in 100-plus uniques per day already. The other blog I've had for over two weeks with an average of 250 uniques per day.
     
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  2. FreeTheTV

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    On Blogger you actually don't need to install any plugins. They're all page elements on the blog itself. Plus you can change the script in the blog without having to pay anything at all. I enjoy having better control over the content, which in turn leads to a better user experience for the visitor.
     
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  3. comparco

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    cool info freethetv.
    and instead of the $1 -$3 a day what kind of income range are we talking about.

    I found it very hard to make any money from porn (few years ago) as there is more than enough free "material" to satisfy 90% of surfers.
     
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  4. FreeTheTV

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    I've made about $40 so far through various things: AFF, AdSense for a few days before I took it off, IMLive, PrimaryAds, etc. But since I have only had the other six for a few days. But I'm keeping an eye out, and I'll keep you posted. My Digged articles have 16 Diggs in 24 hours though. I consider that a small success.
     
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    Quit using adsense man. It will only show PSA. And you will risk yourself in getting canned.
     
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  6. FreeTheTV

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    I think the AdSense that is on there now belongs to the person who created the template for me to use. Therefore I'm safe, because it's not registering anything on my AdSense account since I took the HTML code out of it from my adsense.
     
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  7. Jagged55

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    You are pitching porn over autoblogs because autoblogging is saturated??? LOL come on man :)
     
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    It doesn't have to be porn. It's just the niche that I chose because it's easier for me than other ones. You could always do a content-related blog and scrape shit from ezinearticles or something.
     
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    Ya but the example sends the wrong message. You can throw together a porn site and through basic promotion get 50 people a day in no time. Don't get me wrong, I do similar things so I know you can make money from it but for me, this isn't a replacement of autoblogs.

    Personally, I don't know what people are doing that causes them to do a lot of work. The whole idea is to do as little work as possible to turn a profit. Afer you make one it is basically wash, rinse, repeat after that...am I missing something?
     
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    You have a point, but you are a very experienced AutoHatter I'm sure. I've done a few, and nothing has shown that great of results. I tried WordPress, and it took an hour to get it completely set up, and even then it looked trashy. I have yet to find an autoblog on this site that didn't LOOK like an autoblog, even from the most experienced at it, those who are making the big money. If you can get some of these up and cookie stuff them (dont talk about it here (shhh)), then you can rake it in.
     
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    I don't know what everyone's personal definition of "a lot of work" is but if I can whip together a complete blog in a few hours that looks good, appears aged and updates automatically for months into the future, that isn't a lot of work in my mind. The hardest part for me is customizing themes but I look at it as a must since the packaging helps you out a lot.

    How you monetize the thing is going to be the key of course. You can stuff it, sell links, contextual ads etc etc. But even experienced bloggers that run "real" blogs have trouble profiting from them...especially if they are just trying to get rich off of adsense. You have to think outside the box on this. For example, if you put CPA ads that pay $15 - $30 and you get 1 sale a month, you are making your $1 a day average.

    Oh and remember, you can't be looking at your blog through the eyes of a marketer. You see a trashy autoblog because you know what an autoblog is. Visitors coming there off an organic search are just looking for something specific and don't really care about too much else. All you are trying to do is get them to exit your site via one of your revenue streams.
     
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  12. WickednDivine

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    I think there is one fatal flaw people have when doing autoblogs.

    they leave their title and H1 tags the same as the scraped content

    These are two of the top things Google looks at when ranking web pages. If you leave them the same as the scraped content, you are killing your chances of ranking higher than the original content (which is VERY possible, i've done it many many times).

    Changing your title and H1 tags to a slightly different long tail keyword will increase your chances of being ranked quite a bit. Keep in mind also that when using wordpress the title of your blog entry becomes part of the URL, which again increases or chances of being ranked.

    This is unfortunately a manual process, but well worth it IMO.
     
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    You both have extremely good points, and I actually really like the direction that this thread is taking. I'm learning things :)

    Jagged, I understand your side of he spectrum now, since I'm one of the like maybe 5% of internet users who knows what an autoblog is. It is true that they can make money, and can be set-up in a few hours. But what to do with comments and things taht people leave?

    If I had an autoblog, I woudn't even know or pay attention. But with the semi-automatic, I can respond in a way that shows that the owner cares about the readers/visitors. Plus I can ensure that bad things don't happen. After all, a true autblogger checks their blogs several times a day to make sure things didn't get screwed up (messed-up post configuration, Caffeinated Content screwed up, blog hacked, banned from affiliate networkor AdSense, etc etc).

    Hand-scraping content ensures a better quality post, in my opinion. It can be streamlined and even automated through macros with enough work, and still be automated. I care about my blogs and the visitors, therefore I semi-automate.
     
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    I still follow the thinking of an "ugly website equals more clicks on your ads".
    You don't want to provide people free "college educations" through massive amounts of incredible content.
    You'll never make any money.
    They arrive from google, hit your plain and ugly page with minimal content, then they think to themselves ok this site kind of sucks and they click an ad or the back button.

    @FreetheTV: nice work. But how difficult is it to monetize?
    I also had a hard time making porn money a few years ago.
    Shaving affiliates seems to be the main philosophy of the adult world.
    At least google adsense isn't that petty and pay for your clicks.
     
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    Thank you laser for the reply. You have a point still about the ugly site = more clicks. But eventually people catch on to the ugly site and don't bother clicking anything. With the semi-automatic blog, the blog looks attractive with little work, and is something that people will come to daily for updates on things. Since you control the content, not automated keywords, you won't get a post about one thing one hour and something completely different the next. Things will follow a line of specific content from the site/sites you are leeching from.

    This method may not be for some people. But for newbies thinking about starting out in the autoblogging world, this sure is a hell of a good middle ground to transition to from regular blogging. It's difficult to monetize at first, but if you use the methods found on the site, which I'm sure you already have, it can be simple and automated in itself eventually.

    Affiliates do shave. IMLive shaves like a motherfucker. But AFF is actually working well for me on the pay-per-click/free sign-up route. Hence a lot of my ads are AFF-related.
     
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  16. Jagged55

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    Autoblogging is just one spoke in the wheel. I don't and wouldn't recommend that anyone try to have their entire business revolve around them. I guess I have to give the obvious disclaimer that if you have a solid system you might be able to.

    As far as comments go, I don't worry much about them. If I see something worth while pop up, I will approve it (I moderate everything to stop spammers like me :) ). With checking the blogs out, I only do it every now and then. I watch the money and traffic stats and if there is a blip on the radar, I will check it out. Otherwise, if all goes well with the back dating of posts, I don't worry about the future posts that are in the cue...it only takes a couple mins to eyeball those.

    Again, I see nothing wrong with your hand scraping methods. But to me, this is apples and oranges. Like many members here I have dozens of sites that are built with different methods and I separate them all. Staying with the adult theme of the original post, I have hand scraped adult sites, autoblog sites and even a "white hat" adult site. More than one way to skin a cat! :)
     
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    This semi-automatic method is, indeed, just one spoke of the wheel I'm trying to reinvent. I figure if there's methods that work out there, they can be either twisted or combined to form new methods which have either been used or abandoned because they weren't used correctly, or completely unthought of before. I classify this method as the first of the two.

    I don't have any comments yet, so I can't speak of that to tell the truth. But once I get some I'll let you know. I do know that I've made quadruple today in AFF than what I made yesterday through my Ashlynn Brooke section of my blogtree.

    If I can get an adult autoblog to work the way I want it to in this way, I'll change my method entirely. For now though, I actually enjoy the half hour of work that it takes. Another thing is the Digging of the posts. As far as I know, there is no way to automate this. true, it can be outsourced, but that costs, and usually isn't trustworthy.
     
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    Are those galleries your own? If not, you could be missing out on some revenue. Most adult sponsors offer free hosted galleries with your affiliate code in them.
     
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    I prefer to autoblog tho :) This is grey hat - to omuch work!
    But nice to see you get traffic!
     
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    I advice you not to use Blogger for adult because they will delete your blogs