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WP Robot Review: Effortlessly Automating Your WordPress Blog
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
WP Robot is compatible with six content-spinning apps you can use to rewrite the content and improve its search engine rankings.
- The Best Spinner
- Spinner Chief
- Word AI
- Chimp Rewriter
- Content Professor
- Spin Rewriter
None of these apps are included in WP Robot’s pricing plans, so you’ll have to subscribe to one of these content-spinning tools if you want to use it with this autoblogging plugin for WordPress.
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In addition, you can use the plugin to schedule posts for the content you created and find images or videos.
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. I didn’t want to create an RSS feed campaign, so I skipped the Campaign Type field.
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:
The plugin lets you rewrite all content you generate in this way which helps keep similarities with its sources at the minimum. Click the Rewrite all Articles Below link if you want to edit the content.
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:
Optionally, you can add a new author to the website, provide the Page ID to create a subpage, or add comments before publishing a post.
Page Comparison Tool
The latest version of this autoblogging WordPress plugin brings a useful tool available with Pro and Developer plans.
You can only use the Page Comparison to compare products from Best Buy and Amazon platforms. However, the tool allows you to import Walmart reviews, YouTube videos, or Semantic3 feature lists for the products you’re comparing.
Setting up a comparison page with WP Robot is easy. Each page you create is automatically SEO optimized, so you don’t have to spend time researching suitable search terms for each product you want to include on your site.
The best part is that you can earn affiliate commissions for each sale that comes through a comparison page you generate with this tool.
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.
Currently, you can choose from four annual pricing plans that come with all plugin’s features and excellent customer support.
- The Basic plan costs $89 and allows plugin installation on three websites
- The Full Version package enables you to install WP Robot on ten websites, and it costs $119 per year
- The Pro Version comes with the license to install the plugin on twenty websites and the Comparison Page creator. Its price is $149.
- You’ll have to spend $249 annually to buy the plugin’s Developer Version and install it on 100 websites.
A 14-day money-back guarantee is available for all pricing plans.Here are the pricing options at the time of writing this review:
What Are the WP Robot Alternatives?
WP Robot isn’t your only option if you’re considering getting on the autoblogging bandwagon.
There are plenty of alternatives with similar features that let you automatically generate content for your WordPress site. Still, I must warn you that some of the best autoblogging plugins are no longer available due to violation of WordPress guidelines.
I’ve listed a couple of autoblogging plugins for WordPress, so let’s take a quick look at what they offer:
- WPeMatico – Just like WP Robot, the plugin lets you create campaigns and generate multiple content categories. WPeMatico is free and might be a good option if you just want to check if autoblogging works for you.
- WP RSS Aggregator – Ideal for sites that collect and display the latest industry news, the plugin makes creating and managing feeds easy.
Frequently Asked Questions about the WP Robot Plugin?
What is WP Robot?
Autoblogging plugins collect content from different sources and post it on a website.
WP Robot can gather content from over thirty modules (developer’s terminology for a source). It supports all media formats and allows you to combine several sources. Consequently, the plugin can generate a post that contains text, photos, videos, and audio within seconds.
You can decide whether to publish the content automatically or save it as a draft and review it before sharing it on your site. WP Robot lets you set up campaigns that generate a certain type of content and publish it at the frequency you specified.
How Do I Autoblog on WordPress?
You must install an autoblogging plugin for WordPress if you want to generate website content automatically.
The options you’ll have at your disposal will depend on the plugin you choose since some plugins can only import YouTube videos, while others can only produce text.
WP Robot can collect all media file types, and you can use it to include photos or videos in your blog posts. You’ll have to define the source from which the plugin will draw content and how often you want to create a new post. The plugin will do the rest for you.
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.
2 thoughts on “WP Robot Review: Effortlessly Automating Your WordPress Blog”
Hey Colin, Mark from WP RSS Aggregator here. Just wanted to point out that, although you said WP RSS Aggregator can only import from one source while WP Robot has 32, that’s not much of an exact comparison.
Some of those 32 sources include YouTube, Vimeo, Amazon, Flickr, and more, all of which provide RSS feeds that can be used successfully with WP RSS Aggregator.
We are constantly working on improving our plugins to cater for more and more use-cases. You can check our some of our existing use-cases here: https://www.wprssaggregator.com/use-cases/ – and there are many more too.
We’d be more than happy if you reviewed our plugin and gave it a fair shot too :)
That’s a good point, Mark! I should’ve phrased it differently because it makes RSS sound more limiting than it is. Apologies.
I’d be happy to but you’d need to talk to Daan about that :)
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