Part of the reason why you may be interested in reading the posts on John Chow dot Com in the first place is that you want to learn more about how to generate passive income. You want to gain that kind of “time freedom” associated with the dot com lifestyle.
So, one route that you may want to consider is something called auto-blogging. In this review, we’ll take a look at WP Turbo. This premium WordPress plug-in is designed to put your WordPress site on autopilot.
Putting Your Site on Autopilot
I know what you’re thinking. There are already many other solutions out there that can effectively generate blogs that will update themselves. However, there is at least one key advantage that WP Turbo has over these alternatives.
Whereas many other autoblogging programs only draw from a single or a small handful of resources, WP Turbo pulls from multiple content sources. True, you won’t have much in terms of original content on the site, but you have to recognize that these niche sites were never really meant to be original.
Where can you get these replicated content? WP Turbo currently has over twenty different modules, including Amazon, ClickBank, eBay, IMDB, iTunes, LinkShare, Oodle, Twitter, and more. It can also pull in press releases or even job postings from Freelancer.com.
Configuring a Template
After you’ve downloaded and installed WP Turbo to your WordPress site, you can start going through to configure each of the individual components to suit your needs.
For example, here is the portion for the Flickr module. In this case, you’ll need to grab an API key from Flickr (which is free), choose the Flickr licenses that you’d like to use, and customize the template to suit your needs and preferences.
As you can see, the posts that would be generated using this template would display the medium size version of the Flickr image, linking it back to the original image URL. Underneath this, the post should show the associated description, date taken, and the name of the owner.
Other modules come with built-in monetization, like Amazon and ClickBank. You can see some of the other sample sites to get an idea of what you can do with WP Turbo. Even with modules that aren’t pre-monetized, you can easily use WordPress themes with integrated ad spaces.
Setting Up a Posting Campaign
After you’ve configured the modules that you plan on using, you can start setting up a campaign to use those templates to generate content for your site.
On the bright side, you are able to choose the post interval. You have a new post generated every hour or you can have a new one generated every seven days (or somewhere in between). The bad news is that there does not appear to be an option to set an “expiry date” for a campaign. This means that you do need to come in to stop it manually, should you want to do so.
Aside from that, you can define keywords, choose categories, customize post templates (to combine modules if you want), and so forth. It’s all relatively straightforward to understand and implement and you can check up on all your active campaigns from the main campaign page.
How Relevant Is the Content?
As an auto-blogging program, WP Turbo can quite easily come up with content that isn’t exactly relevant. Take this, for example.
I entered three keyword phrases for a campaign: Dot Com Pho, Vancouver Entrepreneur, and Make Money in Vancouver. What image did it pull from Flickr? A non-English image of a ladybug. I don’t see how that is even remotely relevant. The algorithm, in this way, could use some work.
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This “advanced WordPress automation plugin” currently comes with 21 content modules with more modules in the works. The regular price is $149, but after you add it to your cart, you can enter “JOHNCHOW99” as a coupon code to get 20% off, bringing your net price down to $119.20.