When I first heard of Auto Blog Samurai (aff.), my thinking was cool, a new way to make money for newbies/expert alike. Since I did not bought it, I at least watched the 61 minutes video of the webinar they had done because they showed the Auto Blog Samurai software they are selling.
But here are few things I still wonder about that were not really answered in the video IMHO and few things to consider. Was I a sleep or what? :D
To host or not to host?
They are using third parties hosting(Blogger, WordPress) to publish the auto blogs. It's a doubled sided sword since on one hand, you don't pay for hosting your blog but on the other hand, they can also banned that blog thus will have to redo your work again.
I might be a control freak, but I prefer to control my hosting solution than relying on a third party too much. I know, this will raised the price of doing business.
This does not mean you can't use them to get backlinks to your money site in your overall linking strategy. ;)
That's one thing to consider.
Where is the traffic?
I understood where they take the content(more later) but how will it bring content without using backlinks(SEO) to the auto blog? Yes, once saved, it will bring a trickle of traffic from the RSS feed submitting/pinging. But is it enough to make a $1/day auto blog? Perhaps.
Of course, if you did not take a good paying keyword, you just create another auto blog since it's free to do. Yes, having your own domain name, it's a risk too. I know that very well with .info of last year. :P
Is it really auto updating?
They showed how to get the content and that's cool. But I was under the impression that you still needed to add to it your self from time to time even if part of it was post dated in advance. I presume that you must keep the software running all the time to remind you that one of the blog is about to not have any current post.
But if you have a RSS feed showing on the front page or sidebar, that will be auto updating itself. However, if the keyword is time base on a hot product, in a few months that product might be "old news" thus not make you money.
That the importance of choosing the right keyword... again.
Diversify source of income?
The video showed many ways to add different income streams using Auto Blog Samurai at the same time. It might just be for the demo but I would suggest to you to select one per blog.
This way the person will only click on the product and not be confused by too many options given to them. If they click, that's because they are more interested to buy thus more targeted. That my opinion/suggestion.
Also, if you use Adsense on all your blogs, you will be smart price since some of your blogs will only pay pennies while other would had paid you dollars per clicks. I seen it with my own account and the reason I removed Adsense for most of my sites.
Mass banning in your future?
If Auto Blog Samurai becomes too popular all of sudden, I bet you that Google will find a way to either banned them or deindex them. You always have a trace somewhere/somehow. :P Having mentioned that it could be short lived, you could still learn a lot and make enough money to start alternatives until this happens. When, I don't know?
Remember when BANS became hot in 2008 or Niche Devil in 2009? Those sites were all deindexed a few months later and I lost most of that income myself. It's a risk that you should be aware of.
BANS grew by a 100K in a few months. Now, imagine many creating 1000s of blogger or WordPress blogs all of sudden because it's free and the of the ease of use of Auto Blog Samurai?
Me, I have enough on my plate(niche blogs) for now that I don't have the time. If I had, I would had tested out since the cost is acceptable for me.
But do I recommend Auto Blog Samurai to everyone? Yes and no.
Yes, if you expect it to be short lived, can accept the risk/learning experience and ready to reinvest part of the money into alternatives from the start.
And a No for those that thinks it's too much work/risk for a possible short pay out and that don't want to reinvest that money into more alternatives from the start.
My intent was not to discourage you but to warn you of possible issues of using Auto Blog Samurai. At least, check out the video to see if it's for you!
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