Warning - this review is going to cover a topic about which some people have strong feelings:
Autoblogging often gets a bad rap because it can be abusive. And that's true - I certainly won't deny it. BUT, there’s nothing inherently abusive about autoblogging. As long as everything is above board, autoblogging can be a valuable tool for your site.
Today, I’ll be looking at WP Robot Version 5, the latest incarnation of the popular WP Robot autoblogging plugin. This version brings a whole new interface and a slew of new features.
How WP Robot Can Help You
Depending on the goal of your site, WP Robot can help you in a few different ways.
- If you’re looking to auto post products, WP Robot can help you automatically pull in content from eCommerce stores like Amazon, AliExpress, Etsy, and more.
- If you have a travel destination site, WP Robot can pull in content from Expedia.
- Similarly, music sites can grab from iTunes and photo sites can pull from Flickr or Pixabay. Video sites can automatically post YouTube and Vimeo videos, as well.
- WP Robot also works with major affiliate networks like Commission Junction and Shareasale, so you can automatically post affiliate offers from your network of choice.
- And finally, you can always pull in content from any RSS feed, which gives you a ton of flexibility if the included modules aren’t enough for you.
Full List of WP Robot Features
Here’s everything you get with WP Robot:
- 32 different content sources - I mentioned the biggies above, but WP Robot comes with 32 different content sources. View them all here.
- Automatic monetization - autoblogged products can automatically include your affiliate link.
- Customizable post templates - create unique templates to make your autoblogged content stand out.
- Theme independent - WP Robot will work with any WordPress theme.
- Works in the background - WP Robot is essentially “set it and forget it”. Once you set up your campaign(s), WP Robot will keep working in the background without requiring manual input.
- Automatic word replacement - WP Robot can automatically replace certain words with words you specify.
- No double posting - WP Robot has safeguards to ensure it never posts the same piece of content to your site twice.
- Supports spinning software - WP Robot will integrate with word spinner software to create “unique” content. I personally find this use a bit shady and don’t really support it, but it’s a free country :)
- Bulk posting and backdating - you can use automatic bulk posting and backdating to quickly fill up a new site with “old” content.
- Supports multiple languages - WP Robot can utilize translation services to automatically translate autoblogged content into 20 supported languages.
If you’re already familiar with WP Robot, here’s the new stuff from Version 5:
- Completely new interface
- More content modules
- Can create campaigns rather than relying on site-wide settings
- Improved template creation interface
- Lots more
Hands On With WP Robot
Now that I’ve covered the uses and features, I’m going to actually dig and get my hands dirty with a fresh install of WP Robot 5 on my localhost. According to WP Robot’s nice quick start guide, the first thing I should do is go to the Options tab to set up my content sources:
This screen lays out all the potential sources for your autoblogged content. It also has a nice feature that lists out the supported languages for each source and tells you how to set up the API (if necessary). It’s a small thing, but being able to instantly see the languages is nice.
Because signing up as a developer for API keys can be a little involved, I’m going to stick with the content sources that don’t require API registration for this review. That means I’ll sign up with...Pixabay and iTunes!
All I do is click on the checkmarks and save my settings. Then, I see some new tabs to configure each source:
Let’s see what I can configure…
Well, that’s simple. I can easily select my languages and categories. It also comes with a preset template. I can quickly edit the template by clicking on tags and adding them in the order I want them to appear:
Creating an Autoblogging Campaign
Now that I’ve got my sources configured, I’m ready to create my first campaign. A campaign is essentially an autoblogging “task” that you want WP Robot to complete.
First, I select the posting frequency, then I can add keywords to pull content from, as well as the categories to which I want the content posted.
One feature I really like here is that you can set the content to either publish automatically or save itself as a draft. Saving as a draft allows you to manually approve content before it goes live, which is a great way to prevent any mistakes from happening.
Next is where the templates come in. I can combine multiple content sources to create a single post. For example, I could add a Pixabay image below my post for kicks. But because I’m not sure it would find any content for my keywords, I’ll leave that out for now.
I can also create multiple templates from which WP Robot will randomly pull, which is a nice way to add some variation to autoblogged content.
Then, I can exclude, require, or replace certain keywords. I don’t want to get too complicated so I’ll leave these blank:
I also have the option to set up translation or content spinning here, but I ignored them because I’m not a huge fan of automatic translation/spinning.
With everything configured, let’s see how the campaign turns out…
That’s cool! It pulled in a song from one of the artists I entered. It also automatically added the album cover as the featured image, which is a nice touch.
After waiting another 2 minutes (the post interval that I set), I got another post for my other keyword:
It worked again - that’s pretty cool! The only downside is that the posts are a bit ugly. I think you’ll need to know a bit of CSS to style them in a pretty way.
You can always view details for your campaigns on the Campaigns page. It includes a detailed log so that you can view every action taken for each campaign:
Setting Up Curation with WP Robot
Curation is a new feature introduced in Version 5 of WP Robot. It allows you to quickly create bulk content and back date that content to fill out your site.
First, you can build content from APIs or text files:
Then, you can assign random post dates and/or random authors to this content:
And finally, you can publish to specific categories and/or post types:
Thoughts on WP Robot Version 5
One criticism I saw in reviews of previous versions of WP Robot was that the interface was clunky and difficult to navigate. I never used the previous versions, but I think the complete redesign of the interface in Version 5 has fixed those problems. I found it intuitive to create a campaign. Though their support documents are detailed if you do need help, I was able to create a campaign without consulting them.
It has a heap of options to make your content unique. Whether it’s pulling from different templates, spinning content, or creating bulk content, you have a good number of choices to mix things up. My only worry here is that some of these options, like spinning, seem a bit spammy. I personally think spinning is bad for the web, so I don’t like to see it encouraged.
With that being said, I know spinning is still popular in some digital marketing circles, so I can see why this feature was included.
Overall, I think it’s easy to get up and running with WP Robot. It only took me about 15 minutes to go from installing the plugin to publishing my first post, which is great for beginners.
On the other hand, advanced users have tons of more detailed features they can dig into if needed.
WP Robot Pricing and Documentation
As I mentioned, WP Robot has detailed documentation to get you up and running.
For pricing, they operate on an SaaS style billing structure. That means you’ll pay yearly for access. Here are the pricing options at the time of writing this review:
If you’re looking to start autoblogging, I’m not sure there’s a tool that offers more functionality. Prior to writing this review, my knowledge of autoblogging went as far as WP RSS Aggregator. That plugin has one content source. WP Robot has 32.
The new interface is easy to use and the campaign and logging features make it simple to oversee all your automatic content.
Additionally, you can always safeguard yourself by manually approving autoblogged content before it goes live, which I really like.
So, if you’re ready to start autoblogging, get started with WP Robot’s free 14-day trial.