Welcome to 2009. 2009?!? It's 2012 now! Yeah, I know. But, when it comes to “how to make money autoblogging”, much of the information you read today is based on what worked in 2007-2009. In Internet time, 2009 was 6 years ago. When you rely on Google, Yahoo and Bing for free traffic (like we do with autoblogging), following information from 2009 = 90% chance of failure The rules are constantly shifting. You need to adapt... or die! That’s why I wrote this post. If nothing more than to cut through all the fog out there and give you a proven-to-work autoblogging roadmap. Information you can use that will get you results right now and for years to come. If you are like many Internet Marketers today, you are interested in getting started with autoblogging. Let’s face it. It’s the ultimate hands-free “set-it-and-forget-it” business. But, before you jump in and set up your next (or first) autoblog, give this post a quick read. It will really get you on the right track and avoid the all-too-common 13 blunders that will de-rail your autoblogs. But, before I get into the real meat here, let me say something real quick. I know that’s what you are used to reading lately. All kinds of wild claims about someone hauling in 8 grand in 12 days or getting 178,000 visitors with a brand new blog using some secret software, Google loophole or underground method. Let’s face it, autoblogging is a HOT topic right now. Some shady marketers know this and exploit it by showing you some crazy numbers, and then asking you to buy a $97 autoblogging product or software to learn the “secrets”. There is only one way to describe it. And since a picture speaks a thousand words... I call bullshit! Sure, anybody can log into their ClickBank account and show you how they made $8,000 in one week. How do you know all that money was generated from a brand new autoblog? The fact is, you don’t. These days, making $8,000+ in 12 days with a new blog rarely happens - unless you have a huge list, pay for traffic (Facebook ads, PPV, PPC, etc.), you are promoting a big-ticket $1997 product (with 50% commission)or have other advantages working in your favor. Or, unless you just got really, really lucky! What I’m about to reveal to you is all based on in-the-trenches fieldtests. Stuff that actually works. I’m not promising you, $8,000+ in 12 days. Let’s talk about REAL numbers for a second, ok? The thing is, you can build a nice $57,600 per year (that’s $4,800 per month) autoblogging business.That’s enough cash to replace a good salary. You can do it. What’s the real secret to autoblogging? Start building your autoblog empire following a proven blueprint and playing by todays rules, not by trying to trick Google, like it was 2007. Today, autoblogging is a game of Angling, not Hunting Angling? The anglers are the ones making good money with autoblogging. Blunder #1: Being shady Being a shady autoblogger is not cool. Sploggers are shady. Tricking (or gaming) the search engines is not the way to build a long-term business. Shady autobloggers steal (or scrape) content from other blogs or websites. They also remove any links from third-party articles they post to their blogs (so not cool)... and do a host of other things that are low, dishonest and just.... well, shady! Don’t do it. Google will punish you. I love to keep Google happy, so should you. Ok. That first one may be an obvious one. Now that we got that one out of the way, let’s get more specific. Once you’ve installed and configured your first autoblog, some experts tell you to immediately do something. This “something” will hurt you. Blunder #2: Aggressive pinging In WordPress, you can define a ping list. What’s a ping list? Basically, it works like this... Every time you make a new blog post, your blog will alert (or ping) dozens of other “hub” sites and let them know that your blog was just updated with fresh content. You’ll get some backlinks too. Back in 2009, aggressive pinging was the norm. More pings = more easy backlinks = more search engine activity on your blog... and so on. Today, aggressive pinging doesn’t work like it used to. Just like taking your daily vitamins. One a day is good, two a day is better.... 30 a day might kill you! Take Away: Our tests indicate that Google gives more credit to a site/blog that gets found naturally through a few third-party links and not through mass pinging. Getting a link or two from an established website is a perfect way for Google to ‘accidentally’ discover your site. Don’t force feed your site into Google, over-ping or get 200 backlinks in 2 days. More is not better. Blunder #3: Stinky content These days, Internet Marketers are worried about duplicate content. I’m not going to go into a big discussion here. Our experience shows that Google does filter out sites that have the same content. Think about it... when was the last time you saw the top 5 sites on Google with the exact same content? Never happens. What is at the heart of every autoblog? What keeps things humming along? That’s right... good content. In 2009, getting content was easy. Grab an RSS feed or two, grab some content from an article directory, cut-and-paste some Yahoo Answers... or use a script that does it automatically. Today, Google has dropped the hammer on these type of autoblogs. It’s easy to spot these autoblogs 3 seconds after you visit the page. Don’t you think Google has the technology to do so too? You bet they do. Take Away: Use unique content sources. Don’t use the exact same crappy content as everyone else. Don’t make your blogs look spammy (like splogs) by auto posting useless press releases and Yahoo Answers to your blog.