Autoblogging isn’t for everyone, but it has garnered a much larger following over the last year or so. In many ways, an autoblog is very similar to creating a website that uses multiple RSS feeds to aggregate stories. With this rise in popularity, not only has the number of autoblogging plugins grown, but they have improved dramatically as well. If you are looking for an autoblogging plugin for your WordPress site, then there are a few key characteristics to pay special attention to.
1. Ability to Spin Content
One of the most important things to consider when choosing an autoblogging plugin is whether or not you want the ability to spin the content. This is a feature that is fairly new to autoblogging plugins and has not yet become a standard feature. The reason that spinning content can be useful is because many autoblogs have had problems because they are almost completely duplicate content. By spinning the articles before they are published, you can avoid this. At the same time, there has yet to be created a spinning software that provides consistently readable content. In many cases, the spinner will rely on a database of synonyms, which can quickly render an article very difficult to read.
2. Ability to Add More Than Content
Another newer feature that can be found with some autoblogging software is the ability to add more than just text. They can also pull images and videos from around the web and them to the post as well. The obvious benefit is that this will not only make the post more engaging, but can also make your autoblog, look less like an autoblog. Plus, it makes your content as a whole more unique. The drawbacks to this are the same as with using a content spinner. Since the images and videos will be added to the post based upon a keyword, there is no guarantee that they will actually be relevant to the article itself.
3. Number of Content Sources
You should also consider where the content is coming from. Some of the most basic autoblogging plugins will pull articles only from article directories (particularly ArticleBase). While this may be enough, this is entirely dependent on your niche. With some of the more advanced autoblogging plugins you can not only pull content from article directories, but also from sources that provide an inherent opportunity for affiliate commissions such as Amazon, LinkShare, Commission Junction, and Shopzilla. In some cases, the plugin may even be able to pull content from multiple sources and mix it together.
If autoblogging is something that you are interested in, then at least give yourself a chance to be successful by making sure that the plugin has all of the features that you need. Along with the basic features found in every autoblogging plugin, you should also consider whether or not the content will be spun, whether you can add images/videos, and the number and type of sources that you will be able to pull content from.