We all have probably heard and seen auto blogs at this point at time. An auto blog is basically a blog that pulls content from other people’s RSS feeds to keep its own content fresh, which search engines love. This means that after setup the blog runs all by itself and doesn’t need any work from you, sort of set, forget and earn cash.
Now traditional guides to auto blogs will require you to purchase hosting and a domain for each blog. This works, and I have done it, however the whole key here is quantity and the costs can start to add up quick. This is why I am going to show you how to setup auto blogs on Blogger.com, no need for domains, hosting or any other type of startup cost.
I’m going to go ahead and walk you through the creation, step-by-step, of a single auto blog and also the promotion. When you’re done just forget about the blog altogether and move on to the next one. Try to set an easy goal for yourself like 2-4 auto blogs a day. In no time you’ll have 50 or 100 which can easily earn you $0.75 to $2.00 a day each.
The first thing you need to do is navigate your way over to Blogger.com and sign up, or log in.
Create yourself a new blog, be sure to change the template from the default one and also monetize it with AdSense ads. In addition to this I often put banners for ClickBank products that I am promoting up, but you can earn just fine with AdSense alone.
Now go to ‘Settings’ and then ‘E-mail’. You’re going to create a new e-mail that will be used as your ‘Mail-to-Blogger’ e-mail.
It should look like: firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the e-mail setting click where it says ‘Publish E-mails Immediately’.
Now head over to Gmail and sign up for a new Gmail e-mail account. Head over to Yahoo Groups and sign in with your new Gmail account and password and join a group that is about whatever niche your auto blog is geared toward, this way you can get relevant automatic content for blog posts. Be sure to pick groups that are not super popular, the more popular the more posts your blog will be making and you want to keep it at or under 15 posts a day to stay below Blogger’s radar.
Log back into Gmail with your newly created account and setup forwarding for ALL of your incoming e-mails to this account. You will want to forward these to the e-mail @blogger.com that you created earlier (email@example.com).
What you have now is content from your Yahoo Group being sent to one e-mail and then forwarded to your blogger e-mail, which is set up to post blog posts with whatever content is coming into its inbox. This means 100% automated posts to your blog which are niche related and probably high quality.
Now this is not as clean as a hosted WordPress auto blog and it doesn’t look particularly great to users because of extra data passed on by Yahoo, but it is free and you will earn from it. In fact, it could be argued that the ugly/choppy look actually prompts more people to click on your ads to find a better website.
The next step is to promote your brand new blog, hopefully you’ve picked a sub niche because you want this to be entirely set and forget and not have too much competition. A good example of this is to target something like ‘shades of lipstick’ as opposed to ‘makeup’.
This is the exact promotion technique that I use on all of my auto blogs, you will get indexed the very same day and should see traffic almost instantly as well.
- Submit your site to the big social bookmarking guys, be sure to at least Digg, StumbleUpon, Propeller and Delicious. A little trick on Digg submissions – these rank well in search engines so instead of writing out a description and title for humans write one for Google, use your keyphrase in the title box and second keyphrase in the description box, just a few words, and submit it. This will bring you some great targeted search engine traffic which will convert better into ad clicks than social bookmarking traffic.
- Throw some old fashioned backlinks at each auto blog. I usually do 10 blog comments, sometimes more. Just Google for ‘yourkeyword blog’ and load up 10 sites. The trick here is to use your anchor text (desired keyword) in the name field and then your blog’s URL in the URL field. Trying to insert a link into the body of the comment will get you deleted. Make the comments relevant to the post, it may take a little longer but if it looks like a genuine comment it will stick around for more than a day. Usually the fastest way of doing this is to read someone else’s comment and then write a sentence like “great blog post, and to Jeremy (or whatever the other commenter’s name is) I totally agree about your view on *whatever he was rambling about*.” This will get you about a 90% approval, even on human moderated blogs.
- Now a few deep links. I will now go and pick out one or two of the most ‘link-baity’ blog posts and submit these to the social bookmarking sites I used earlier as well. This just helps to make your backlinks look a bit more natural and get you extra traffic on the longer tailed keywords that these blog posts are built around.
So you now have about 20 backlinks to your new auto blog which will already be pleasing Google by constantly updating with fresh content. To those who say duplicate content will never rank, I encourage you to try it before just repeating what you have heard – I have lots of 100% duplicate content blogs out there that do just fine. If you have targeted an appropriate low competition keyword your blog should hit page 1 and stay there. Your work is done and you can now setup your next auto blog. It is very doable to earn around $100 a day via AdSense after a month if you build and promote 2-4 auto blogs a day and then move on to the next one. I have done this and continue to do so, it’s great to have revenue earning websites on total autopilot.
This is something that is not easily outsourced as anyone that you show this method to will replicate it themselves. However, it is able to be scaled up – the more time you spend and over a long period of time the more you earn. It really is all about quantity over quality here. If you’re feeling ambitious try setting a day or so a week aside with the goal of making 15 auto blogs that day, you’ll be raking in cash in no time at all.