Auto Blog Software Does It Really Work?

Auto blogging seems to becoming more and more popular all the time. Does it really work to bring traffic to your website? Personally I hate the hype, when some of the auto blog software marketers talk about push-button traffic. They usually say something like “8 mouse clicks to unlimited traffic.” “You could have traffic streaming to your website within minutes.” It is very unlikely to get traffic to your website that quickly unless you are actually paying for traffic. So the question is will auto blogging /auto content software really bring traffic to your website?

I have personally tried out a ton of different auto content blogging devices, and they all say they will bring you a ton of traffic. Let’s start by talking about what I recommend that you don’t want to do with this type of software. First of all you can’t let it work all by its self. You have to monitor how it is working or you are just going to have a junky website that may bring you some traffic, but no one will stay long enough to get your message.

So here is my pet peeve regarding auto-content. You can’t be lazy, you have to add some of your own unique content into the mix. There is no such thing as a completely push button business you have to do some of the work. If that doesn’t appeal to you then maybe you should reconsider whether this is really for you. Bringing true value to your customers is really what is going to make you money on the internet.

Now that is not saying that there aren’t tools out there to make life a lot easier and that allows you to do some of the more tedious tasks more quickly. Auto-bloggers or auto-content websites can work especially in niches where completion is not too high.

This means that you need to carefully choose your keywords that have a good amount of traffic without a lot of competition. Usually you want at least 3000 to 5000 searches per month with no more than 50,000 to 100,000 competing websites for that particular keyword.

Relying only on the content to bring you traffic is a big mistake and unless you have been either hiding under a rock or you are new to the industry you have heard about back-links. You have probably heard how important having back-links pointing to your website is to gaining in your organic listing.

So the two part answer to all this is that auto-blogging/auto-content software can work to bring you traffic if you are diligent about working with it and you combine it with building back links to your website or promotion.

Use Best WordPress Plug-Ins For Your WordPress Blog

There are several blogging platforms to work with, but some how WordPress seems to be the trend of the time. Generally people go for something that is multi purpose, and the easiest way to blogging. Here are some of the benefits of using this software:

1. Easy to install.
Once you have best hosting account and domain, installing is easy, with the help of Fantastico. It is just a few clicks away.

2. A lot of templates.
You have almost unlimited templates to choose from for your WordPress blog. You get three templates at installation and you can switch between them, or download other themes that are available for WordPress.

3. Customizable themes.
After choosing the basic themes you can change them to your requirements. Buy customizable themes for an elite presentation.

4. Easy organization:
All the templates include pages links feed and widgets. This makes it more organized and easy to navigate.

5. Monetization
It is the best way to make money. It has a plug-in for adding shopping card and all other important features that will make it easy for you to sell products direct from your blog.

6. Plug-ins:
It has a great choice of plug-ins. You have so many to choose from that it is very hard to select some to start. These make blogging very easy as these automate every thing that you want to do. However, you have to plan and depending on your activity choose the plug-ins that you will need the most.

Here is a list of some of these:

1. All in one SEO pack:
This is extremely popular and almost every blog uses this plug-in.

2. Spam Free:
WordPress have a few plug-ins that do this job. Currently the most popular and used by too many people is Grow-map Anti-spam bot. Once you download this, the visitor has to mark a box saying that this person is not a spammer. Works good and saves your blog with all the spam.

3. WordPress back up:

This is also popular for emergency security. In case you have an accident and lose all your contents, the auto back up blog in the zip folder will over take and display all contents.

4. Google analytics with java script:
Google analytics WordPress tracks your traffic for every page of your blog and helps you to take care of unwanted elements on your blog.

5. SEO friendly images;
It automatically adds title attributes to all your images, improves traffic for Search engines.

6. Twitter for WordPress:

It helps you to use twitter tools to connect with twitter right from your blog by displaying your latest tweets.

Along with the above mentioned plug-ins, Do follow/No follow, Comment Luv, WordPress video, WordPress software shopping cart, WordPress ad sense manager, and Add to any are also commonly used by WordPress blog users.

RSS to Blog Pro – A 6-month Review

Background

Search engines are particularly interested in websites with constantly updated, relevant content. Websites that appear static without a supply of fresh content may be viewed as dormant and in their drive to provide the latest, most relevant search results to users, search engines may rank such a website lower than a website that is updated regularly.

What Is It?

RSS to Blog Pro is a fully automated blog posting tool offering self-updating websites. It’s a PHP script that is installed on a single web hosting account. From this centralised installation, multiple blogs can be maintained with fresh content from various sources. Also available is an earlier, non-pro version, which has the same basic functionality, but requires a separate install for each blog it maintains.

What Problem Does It Solve?

Adding fresh – and importantly, relevant – content to websites can be a resource consuming task. Either you spend time finding and creating new content or you pay someone to do it for you. Without fresh content, your websites can appear stagnant and drop off the search engines radar. This impacts your website rankings in search results and ultimately has a detrimental effect on any free traffic coming from the search engines. If your websites rely on search engine traffic then this can mean their downfall.

What Are The Benefits?

RSS to Blog Pro tackles the problem of needing to regularly update website content by automating the whole process from finding relevant content based upon keywords that you provide through to posting content to your website blog. In the eyes of search engines, updating a website with irrelevant content isn’t nearly as good as having relevant content. The tighter your niche, the better chances you have of ranking higher as you’ll be competing with a smaller number of websites. Using a scattergun approach to website content can mean you end up competing with websites across a large number of niches.

If you’re building content websites with the aim of earning an AdSense income then you’ll know that the ads shown are dependent upon the surrounding content on your webpages. Irrelevant content results in ads that are irrelevant to your website visitors, which means they’ll have no interest in clicking on them and your generated income will be poor.

Features

  • Supports multiple blog types including WordPress, Blogger Blogs, Movable Type, Type Pad, Live Journal and MSN Spaces.
  • Keywords and RSS feeds can be specified for automatic content generation or you can supply your own content.
  • Posting to your blogs can be scheduled at random intervals e.g. once or twice a day so that posting appears natural.
  • There are no ‘footprints’ to identify the content as being automatically generated.
  • Log records are kept so you can see exactly what has been posted and to where.
  • Built-in ping functionality for blog and ping.
  • A single installation will post to an unlimited number of blogs.
  • Regular updates.
  • User support forum.
  • Two tier affiliate programme offering 40% commission to the top level and 10% for any sales from affiliates you recruit.

My Experience With RSS to Blog Pro

Since August 2005, I’ve been using RSS to Blog Pro on an increasing number of blogs in various niches. I’m pleased to be able to say that my income from AdSense has increased month upon month since then. With the software installed on my virtual private server (VPS), I currently manage around 50 blogs, posting relevant new content every day or two. I’d recommend that you don’t install RSS to Blog Pro onto a shared server because if you’re updating a large number of websites or you’re running the script frequently (every couple of minutes) then your host is likely to take a dim view on it. Considering how inexpensive and how much more reliable a VPS is to operate there just isn’t any reasonable justification for risking a shared server. A VPS is like having your own server, completely isolated from any other peoples websites so you can’t affect them and they can’t affect you. There is the exception of disk IO, but that isn’t something that should be of any real concern.

The issue of relevancy is really what makes the difference between an effective auto content generation tool and one that will never do anything for your bottom line. I can’t stress it enough; without relevant content, search engines won’t be able to categorise your niche and won’t be able to rank you fairly amongst your peers. That means you won’t do well in searches in your subject area. It also could mean your website will serve ads for tennis equipment when your niche is dog care. Visitors looking for information about dog care are highly unlikely to be interested in tennis equipment when they come to your website because it’s not something which is relevant to their needs at that time.

There’s no doubt that this helps to keep those websites looking fresh and my website stats show a constant stream of visits to my blog pages each month. And of course, lots of targeted visitors and lots of targeted content means a lot of clicks on targeted ads!

Support-wise, Michelle (creator of RSS to Blog Pro) has answered my email queries promptly and there’s an active user forum for peer support. Michelle also visits the forum to provide assistance although some queries can take a couple of days for a response, however the user base, support forum and software is mature enough to be able to cope with almost every common question a new user might have.

Fortunately, the software is easy to install and set-up so you can expect to be running within an hour or two.

One feature that I haven’t used is the ability to ping blog directories from within RSS to Blog Pro. The reason for this is that if I pinged these websites for every post made to each of my blogs then I’d actually end up pinging up to 50 times a day from the same domain (the domain on which RSS to Blog Pro is installed). Rather than risk being blacklisted for pinging too much and hogging the resources of the directories, I use the ping facility from with my WordPress blog software instead so that the individual pings come from the individual domains. Again, this will appear to be a lot more natural and it also helps RSS to Blog Pro to work more efficiently by decoupling some of the work away from it.

Conclusion

After 6 months of constant usage, I’m pretty happy with RSS to Blog Pro’s performance. and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is wanting to have self-updating websites that attract targeted traffic. Care needs to be taken when selecting a host for the script, but once installed, operation of the script is simple and reliable. An excellent script in the toolbox of AdSense earners and affiliate marketers alike.

ListWire Free Auto-Responder Review

It’s one thing to use article marketing to drive prospects to your website, but quite something else to persuade them to buy from you! Statistics say that you may need to present your sales message up to seven times before a prospect trusts you enough to part with any money.

So it makes sense to capture their contact details and send a series of informative messages telling them more about the benefits of your product. While this is good sense in theory, it’s impractical to do this manually for all but the tiniest business.

That’s where an auto-responder becomes an essential part of your online marketing tools, and it’s usually a good investment to pay a few dollars a month for an auto-responder. There are many good quality auto-responders on the market. The best-known ones are probably AWeber and GetResponse

In my career I have used several different packages, and usually found that the lower priced ones were perfectly adequate for my needs. After all, until your business gets well and truly off the ground you don’t want the costs of an auto-responder to eat too far into your profits. But now there’s another option: the ListWire Autoresponder is completely free.

It promised to be perfectly adequate for my purposes – a fully-functioning autoresponder, allowing unlimited prospects, unlimited broadcasts and unlimited follow-ups. With List Wire you can also create subscription forms for adding your own website, or blog, and the “SqueezeFrame” system allows you to add a subscription form to your website, even if you don’t know a thing about uploading webpages, editing HTML, or using an FTP program.

As I was already paying a monthly auto-responder cost, and hovering on the verge of having to upgrade to the next price level, it made sense to grab a free copy of ListWire to try it out.

I also had a requirement to started set up a list to sell a different product, so this was the ideal opportunity to test-drive the free List Wire and here are my findings to date.

Initially I expected to log-in and be presented with the usual “One-Time” offer to upgrade to a non-crippled product. These are a real annoyance to me. Before I part with money I’d like to try the product out. It always strikes me that the one-time offers are presented because the product is so bad you’d never pay for it after you’d tried it. Not always the case, but you know what I mean. Anyway, I digress….

At first I was a little wary, because there was a video from the author (Gary Ambrose) promoting his List Building course, and I was beginning to think “Here we go again”, but refreshingly I was able to continue without making a purchase and within minutes I was defining my first list.

Initial impressions – based just on creating a list and adding a few prospects plus a couple of follow-up messages – are that the software is fast, easy to use and does everything I want it to do so far. I found it intuitive to use and was up and running within minutes. First with a test message to a spare email address of my own, and then adding newly generated prospects.

One slight criticism is that it would be difficult to move an existing list away from your current auto-responder to ListWire because there’s a limit of importing 10 names per day, and the subscribers must opt-in to the list again. Obviously this is to prevent mis-use and spam, but it would be good to have a way round this for marketers who already have an “opted-in” list.

However, the flip-side of this restriction is that using a double opt-in process for all subscribers ensures your list is clean and protects you from spam complaints. List Wire also automatically takes care of sending your confirmation messages, handling removal requests, processing bounced and undeliverable messages, and unsubscribing prospects who might mistakenly mark one of your messages as junk, or spam.

I wondered what the publisher’s “angle” was for giving away such a quality product, and of course there is one. Firstly there is the offer of the course at initial login (as mentioned above), but secondly, when new prospects confirm their subscription, they are also presented with someone else’s adverts.

For this reason, although ListWire was a good product, I chose a paid Auto-Responder so that my prospects were NOT presented with any other advertising.

Quite apart from the fact that I only want my subscribers to see MY messages, I felt the third party adverts were especially confusing for readers in a non-Internet Marketing niche, when they were presented with adverts at the point of signing up to my list.

The cost of losing even one subscriber because of third-party advertising could far out-weigh the few dollars monthly subscription of the lower price paid Auto-Responder.

Curation Is The Magical Key For Your Blog

Curated content is going to become one of the important ways of generating blog content in 2012 and you should be ready to use it to your advantage. So let’s get rid of the huge misconception that you can just surf on over to anyone’s website and clip and past their content into your website. Yes, there are lots of auto blogging plugins and software being sold that may create that impression. Blogs are a lot of work! There is no such thing as an auto blog, or a blog that you do not have to work hard to produce, unless you are using hired staff to write the blog.

Why Should You Consider Curated Information?

One of the oldest and most popular magazines in the US market is Readers Digest. Why do you think it has had such legs and is still so popular? Actually, it is very simple – first and foremost it has content that fits into the short attention span of the American public. The size is perfect for a brief case or handbag. You know the content is going to be funny, enlightening, empowering, answer questions and entertain you. In fact, it is largely curated content and has been since way before the term curated became a buzz word.

All viewers and readers of your blog will love curated content. It gives them not only your expert view of the niche, but other opinions and information as well, in a short and concise format with the option of gaining additional information from additional sources if wanted. It is the best of all worlds for the reader.

How To Gather Curated Content For Your Blog.

In order to use curated information on your website, it takes a lot of preliminary work and a lot relationship building. This should be about a one-month project of scheduled events on your business growth action list.

Find a blog or two with content you like and trust. Of course, it should be information you would be proud to have on your Blog should you decide to curate some of the content. The content also needs to blend with the expert content you will be adding as introduction and exit content.

Visit the site daily or weekly for a period of time to insure the quality of content is consistent. Leave a few comments to establish your presence on the site. Answer questions in your area of expertise, if possible.

Connect with the website owner or blog writer and compliment their work. Build a relationship. Send an email requesting a guest post written for your website (builds two way traffic). Follow the website and or person on ALL the social media services. Use a few short quotes from the website owner in your own blog posts, articles or pages.

The first key to using curated information is to use snippets of information. Your readers are not looking for long paragraphs of information clipped and pasted from another website. nor are they looking for a long list of quotes referenced by he said, she said or they said. To paraphrase a famous line from a 1950’s TV show, just give them the facts.

Add your expert opinion or the additional facts you have researched and written yourself to the curated content, in an easy to read and understand way. Of course, you will use quotes when using their exact words or thoughts.

The second and most important key to using curated information is always using a link back to the quoted source or website. The link back is what makes curated information so magical. It creates two way plus additional traffic for your blog or website. It makes you appear more professional and worldly. It proves to your readers that you actually work hard to bring them quality and varied content and information.

Most of all it shows you care about relationship building within your niche of blogging.