Published on November 6th, 2011 | by Tom Wake2
The truth about ‘autoblogging’ as a hands-free income
It’s a way of using robot software to scrape bits of content and information from the Internet (from other people’s websites and blogs) and then post it onto brand new ones – autoblogs.
You’ve probably come across them. They normally contain a few oddly formatted, non-sensical paragraphs and lots and lots of adverts. That’s the nuts and bolts of it. The income an autoblogger makes is from the ads and affiliate links.
So can you make any money from autoblogging? (After all the idea kind of makes sense).
Potentially you could make some money in the ultra short-term – if you’ve 96 hours a day to spare and know html code inside out.
Let me break it down:
1. You’ll be constantly on the run from Google. Google hates autoblogging because it’s like anti-information. It creates junk websites filled with garbled nonsense and it pollutes the Internet. Get caught (and everyone does) and Google will block your sites from searches and shut down your AdSense account permanently.
2. You’d need to be glued to your computer 24/7. Some people have made some money from autoblogs – typically in the ahem… more adult corners of the Internet. But successful autobloggers have to set up not just hundreds, but thousands of websites – and they have to keep creating new ones all the time as old ones are shut down. To make any kind of income from this you’d need to be on the computer all day.
3. Maybe I’m being old fashioned but I think it’s pretty immoral. It involves swiping other people’s content without permission and plastering it all over a useless site… and hoping chance visitors will get lost and click on one of the advertising links. Autoblogs make the Internet hard to navigate, they steal content and they trick people.
To make any sort of money as an autoblogger you need a lot of technical skill, very few morals and a burning desire to be stuck at your computer all day creating soul destroying junk.
That said, this isn’t a closed shop. If you’ve have had any success with any autoblogging software do let me know. I’m more than happy to be proved wrong.