You already know that making money online is possible, and you want to be one of the ‘success stories'. You also know that a website is going to play a huge role in making sales and earning.
But you've also heard that creating content can be a huge pain in the butt, take lots of time, and doesn't always give great results. So why not get someone (or something) else to do it for you?! Then you heard about how amazing autoblogging software is.
Oh boy, does that sound sweet! Free content, automatically posted to your blog, while you make money on autopilot.
Unfortunately, all of these slogans are pure hype, and have absolutely no relationship to the reality of how real people make money online. With autoblogging software, the only people that are making money are the ones selling the software.
Examples Of Junk Autoblog Software
There are plenty out there, and if you compare the ‘amazing and revolutionary' products of 3 years ago with the ones of today, there isn't much difference.
Way back in 2010 there was a product called Autoblog Samurai that was supposed to manage and publish your content automatically in WordPress.
Fast forward to 2013, and you have another product Project Fast Income which does the same thing, except it attempts to “spin” the content, to make it look unique instead of copied.
Somewhere in there we've got another one called Rapid Content Wizard which tries to incorporate Amazon affiliate links into the process. I know for a fact that Amazon auto posting plugins are a major failure. I bought a website that used one from Flippa and had to throw away 4 months of work after Google wouldn't even recognize my website.
And this year we had another major failure of a grab/spin/post plugin called P1 traffic machine, that did pretty much all the things listed above, except that it also created a menu and categories for you automatically.
Did any of these work? No. Will people still try to cheat the system and get “autopilot profits”? Yes.
Why Autopilot Blogs Don't Work
Let's take a moment and think about HOW money is made online.
When you make a sale, someone bought something. They are paying money for an item based on what you write on your website.
If you write a bunch of gibberish copied + pasted + spun from other websites, they will not understand what you are talking about and leave your website.
Writing quality content is not just about being “ethical”. It's the only think that makes sales because normal people do not respond to robots trying to sell them stuff.
Maybe you can get a few random sales, but they will be few and far between. If your sales aren't consistent, then you don't have a business.
Another huge reason you won't make any sales from this type of website is that it just won't get ranked.
Google is smart. They know if you are stealing content from other websites. They know if you are posting robot-spun content. Not only will you very likely get ignored by the search engine, but you might even get manual action taken on your site and get it banned from search engines.
So if no one can find your site, and those that find it leave in disgust, how do you expect to make money?
How Successful Bloggers Make Money
There are many ways to make money from a blog. A very popular method is to just blog about something you are passionate about (or know a lot about) and be active in the relevant social media circles.
Put some general Adsense ads on your site, and you'll make money for each view and click you get.
You can write about anything in the world, and the ads run automatically. They don't pay much, but it's something, and some people (with enough traffic) can make a full time living off of this. Add in a YouTube channel and banner ads, and you have an internet business on your hands!
Personally, however, I think that the profits from these types of blogs are very small. You need thousands and thousands of visitors each day just to make a couple hundred bucks every month.
On top of that, you are essentially driving traffic to OTHER people's ads. Those ads from Google are your competitors advertising on your blog!
So I put affiliate links directly on my blog.
What I do is called affiliate marketing. I pick a topic for my website, write about that topic on a regular basis, and sometimes write about products/services related to that niche topic.
If I have a fitness blog, I can write a review of a blender. If that blender is $100, and I make 10%, that's a $10 commission I make for each blender I sell.
Selling that same blender from an Adsense ad would maybe give me a few cents. See the difference?
Over time, I build traffic and reviews, stacking commissions until I see regular sales and revenue from the blog. Wow, now I have an internet based business!
In some sense of the word, it truly is on autopilot. Each review I write stays in Google forever. So old reviews keep making money, and each day I add new reviews, that also have the potential to make money.
Fantasy VS Reality
The fantasy that autoblog plugins and similar products try to sell you is that you don't have to do any work to make money.
The reality is that no matter how you choose to make money online, it's going to take time and dedication to learn and grow your business. No successful person became a success overnight, and no rich person has ever made money “the easy way”.
Now that I've destroyed your dreams of having a plugin do the work for you, do you still want to earn money online?
You can do it. Try 10 free lessons to see if you have what it takes to start your own internet based business.
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