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What am I missing with autoblogs?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by gracebiz, May 14, 2009.

  1. gracebiz

    gracebiz Newbie

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    I just don't get autoblogs. I have some pretty little whitehat ones set up on blogger which are indexed in ggle and with adsense on.

    What I don't understand is how they are ever going to get any traffic and clicks - surely they are never going to rank well for any keywords?
     
  2. autoblogged

    autoblogged Registered Member

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    If you do them right they actually rank very well for the keywords you target. In fact, they often rank higher than the sites they pull from, even when those source sites are high profile media sites or blogs.

    The reason they rank so well is because they are packed with topical keywords and phrases, blogs usually have better linking structures than most sites, often the source sites don't do anything for seo, and the constant posts keep the search engines crawling your site.

    If you make good use of tags and tag clouds you further increase the keyword density of your site.

    Furthermore, although internal links don't have that much weight, an autoblog with 10,000 on-topic interlinked articles certainly does influence your SERPs.
     
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  3. gracebiz

    gracebiz Newbie

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    So all they need is a bit of age then? Looked everywhere on blogger but can't find a normal tag cloud gadget.

    As its whitehat I have it set to only add 2-3 posts per day so it will take some time to get to 10,000 - may just manually post some plr as well.
     
  4. autoblogged

    autoblogged Registered Member

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    Ok, well this is a plug for my own product, but one thing we did with autoblogged is have it visit the original site and automatically add tags to each post. You can also build a list of tags that will randomly be assigned to each post. There are plenty of tag cloud widgets for wordpress so there's lots of flexibility there.

    Here's one of our demo sites: hxxp://advertiserguide.us

    You can still do this on blogger but a standalone wordpress install with any autoblog software works so much better.
     
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  5. eestisiin

    eestisiin Regular Member

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    Impressive alexa rank, is it real? :) just for the info, how much traffic are you getting daily and how much promotion has gone into it?

    Seams really good :)

     
  6. scb335

    scb335 BANNED BANNED

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    In my experience there's a couple of key points to doing well with autoblogs:

    1. Don't appear to be an autoblog. A tiny investment of time to make your blog layout/theme appear unique goes a long way in getting repeat traffic (I get tons daily), encouraging visitors to "tell a friend" (my "email this story to a friend" forms get used often from my auto blogs), get other human bloggers to link to your auto generated pages and avoid being dropped from SERPs

    2. Have unique content without rewriting it into gibberish. I've seen rewritten content that wasn't even readable to human eyes. Sure it was keyword rich, but nobody is ever going to revisit those pages and eventually the search engines catch this and dump them.

    There's several ways to do it, my preferred method is to not pull my content from a single source ever. Instead, I create my auto-blogs using small chunks of content from multiple places for each post, like a mashup. The SE spiders love it, it provides your visitors with a resourceful page on the topic they're interested in and there's nothing dubious about it to get you reported or dumped from the SE's.

    Think of technorati, what is any page on technorati? It's a basic mashup built from small chunks (snippets) pulled from multiple rss feeds. I just apply that same design to my auto-blogs and it works well.

    And the SE's really do see this as "unique" content because my posts are never more than about 15% similar to any other page on the web since the content is coming from so many multiple sources. That's why mashup sites always rank so well with SE's.

    3. (most important) Promote your autoblogs. The biggest mistake I think people make is to think you just set them up and never have to do any basic link building for them.

    Social bookmarking and pinging isn't enough, there's hundreds of others doing that too for their sites, why should/would an autoblog out-rank them?

    A few minutes every now and then to get some additional deep links (links to individual posting pages) for your autoblog will pay huge returns.

    Just remember that "autoblog" means auto generated content pages, it doesn't mean automatic rankings or traffic. You still have to do some minimal work for those, the automated content generation just gives you more free time for doing that work.

    Hope that's helpful.
     
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  7. legendoflink

    legendoflink Registered Member

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    Auto-blogs aren't instantaneous. I know I get frustrated myself waiting for results.
     
  8. blackhaze

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    i am actually getting better results with RSS from google news/yahoo news, but normal autoblogs with Caffeinated Content and some unique articles mixed in can definitly rank very well.
     
  9. iglow

    iglow Elite Member

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    scb335 - How do you mashup a post with parts of texts from 2 different articles?
    autoblogged - your plugin is very good but a lot of people have problems with 'automatically update on next scheduled update'.. it often never happends and have to go tru rpc thinge.
     
  10. autoblogged

    autoblogged Registered Member

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    iglow, that's because a lot of people use outdated pirated copies. We are constantly updating the thing and when bugs come up we fix them.
     
  11. scb335

    scb335 BANNED BANNED

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    As I said mashup posts is just one way to make your post content appear unique, and it's the way I like to use.

    I use my own script that takes the keyword and makes it the post title (so my posts don't have the exact same titles of any of the sources I'm pulling content from), then it grabs "summary feeds" (not full article feeds) for pieces related to my keyword from article directories, news sites, other blogs, video sites and social networks--and turns them into a single mashup post.

    There's also a thread here about replicating an autoblog that works sort of like my script does, it just takes a lot more tweaking and configuring to get setup, but it looks great once it's running. You could look into it here:
    Code:
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/blogging/68240-how-replicate-techchuck-autoblog.html
    Hope that helps.