An autoblog is a blog with content that is automatically gathered and compiled from RSS feeds. Autoblogging software does most of the work. The blog owner may not do much beyond selecting the specific feeds, determining schedules and selecting a few options.
The purpose of an autoblog is to generate search engine ad revenue. Because a single autoblog is not very lucrative, however, autoblog owners typically create multiple blogs on niche topics.
Autoblogging software provides the option to include a link back to the original content. Copying excerpts of original content, with attribution and a link back, is generally considered fair use. However, copying entire articles is illegal unless the content is in the public domain.
The first question to ask is autoblogging legal? The quick answer to this is yes and no. It can be legal if you do it correctly. As long as syndication permission has been given by the content creator, you should by fine. Normally press release feeds, some news feeds, article directories and a few RSS feeds will allow this. Many blogs do not give you this permission though. Also, many that allow syndication will ask for you to provide credit and a link back to their site. (credit link = mentioning where you got the information with a link back to the author’s website). The key to finding out if it is legal for you to autoblog is to make sure you know all the places your content is coming from and what their rules are. With most autoblogging software, you do not have this option as they just find RSS feeds and articles from all over that are related to your keywords. This does not make it easy for you stay on the legal side.
RSS feeds = RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format (computer language/format) for delivering your new website content/pages to another device, such as another website.
The next big question many ask is what we just talked about. Does autoblogging bring in a lot of easy income? Again, I must give you an unclear answer on this one also, yes and no. There are a few out there that are making big bucks off of autoblogging. These are the people you hear about. These are the ones you see listed in the sales page for autoblogging software. These are the few that have figured out how to beat the system. The average user, well they do not make much. Yes, it is possible to make a quality autoblog that generates 100-200 bucks a month, however you will not be able to crank out many of these quality ones as they take time to manage. The biggest challenged is keeping your self from getting banned from adsense, banned by your webhost for reposting copyrighted material or blacklisted by Google. Once this happens, all you work you put into that site is gone. I have yet to fully divulge into autobloging so therefore I can not tell you what my own personal gains or losses were using this method. I would direct you to do some Google searches for things such as “autoblogging results” or “autoblogging income”.
Is autoblogging good or is autoblogging worth it? Again, I must say it has worked for some, however I would venture to say it is not the best business to get into. To most blog owners who write their own articles, they would say it is unethical and unfair to them. If you take their article they put time into and post it on your site just so you can make a buck, it is just wrong. Autoblogging requires a lot of work to keep your self from getting shut down, banned or even sued. Sure, autoblogging software companies will tell you it takes 10 minutes to setup and your done, however if you do autoblogging the legal and correct way, it will take A LOT more time than that.