Autoblogging Tips and Tutorials

On this blog I will share my knowledge about autoblogging and try to give you a few valuable tips in order to become successful. I will also try to explain a few of the less known features of WP Robot in order to help you utilize the plugin to the fullest.

WP Robot Full Version Discount, Pay with Clickbank, New Custom Version Bonuses

I am happy to announce that the price of the full version of WP Robot has been lowered for the first time in over three years. You can now get your hands on the full version including all 22 autoblogging modules for only $129, down from $169 previously. Go to the order page to get your copy now! Furthermore you can now also order through Clickbank, which accepts all types of major credit cards, as well as with your Paypal account.

Besides that ordering a custom version of WP Robot, with only the modules of your choice, has also become more attractive. The bulk order bonus for buying several modules together has been increased and you now also get bonus modules included: If you order three or more items you get the ShareASale module thrown in for free as well a $10 discount. Go here to build your custom WP Robot version and see all bonuses!

New Service: WP Robot Control Center

Are you running a large number of WordPress weblogs and tired of updating them all manually one at a time? If so the WP Robot Control Center might be exactly right for you! The Control Center is an additional service I have created which allows you to remotely control WP Robot and WordPress on any number of weblogs at the same time! When using it you can post new content, configure options and much more on dozens or even hundreds of websites with the click of a single button.

Learn More about the WP Robot Control Center >>

WP Robot and WP Shopping Pages Comparison

Since the recent release of WP Shopping Pages a few people have asked what the differences between the new plugin and WP Robot are. I will try to explain that with this post.

First of all please note that both plugins have been created for a different purpose, so it is not really “right” to compare them to each other. WP Robot is for building automatic weblogs and WP Shopping Pages for adding an affiliate store to a blog. Both plugins complement each other and can be used together very well (that’s the way I intended it) – but of course don’t have to: Depending on your goals you might only need one of them. See the table below for a quick summary of the main features and differences between the two plugins:

WP Robot WP Shopping Pages
Purpose Create fully automated weblogs Add a structured affiliate store to weblogs
Content Content from 9 different sources, see list of modules. Affiliate content from Amazon and eBay
Unique Features
  • Creates posts
  • Posts automatically
  • Focus on diverse and relevant content from various sources
  • 10 different modules including Translation module for automatic content rewriting
  • Creates pages
  • No automatic posts
  • Focus on big selection of affiliate products
  • Structured page creation: Easily define parent and sub-pages to create complete affiliate stores.
Shared Features

Feel free to leave a comment if you have more questions.

How to pre-configure WP Robot’s Options

Update: This post is outdated and talks about WP Robot 2. To learn how to pre-confgure your options in WP Robot 3 please go here!

When building many autoblogs how much time you need to set up each new blog from scratch is a very important factor. A good way to safe some times on the way is to pre-configure the options of WP Robot in order to prevent you from having to enter the same details for each autoblog. Editing the default options is actually quite simple, here is what you have to do:

  1. Open the file mainstall.php (from your WPRobot folder) in a text editor.
  2. Scroll to line 61. This is where the default options are specified, ordered by module. Each option consists of a line looking like this: add_option( ‘ma_eb_affkey’, ” ); Important is the part in the brackets: The first part is the name of the option (here ma_eb_affkey, which is the eBay affiliate ID) and the second part (here ” = empty) is the default value of the option.
  3. Change the line 77 from add_option( ‘ma_eb_affkey’, ” ); to add_option( ‘ma_eb_affkey’, ‘youraffid’ );
  4. Safe the file.

That’s it. After that change your eBay affiliate ID will now automatically be populated with the value you entered after installing WP Robot on a new blog. Of course you call also change the default values of all other options, some important ones are:

add_option(“ma_yap_appkey”,””);  –  Yahoo Application ID, line 86

add_option(‘ma_aa_apikey’,””);  –  Amazon Affiliate Key, line 93
add_option(‘ma_aa_secretkey’,””); –  Amazon API Key, line 94
add_option(‘ma_aa_skip’,””);  –  Amazon Secret Key, line 95

add_option(‘ma_cb_affkey’,”);-  Clickbank Affiliate Key, line 105

Of course, be sure to only edit an option if you know for certain what it does and what you have to enter in the value field!

WP Robot Affiliate Program: $15,000 Commission earned!

I am happy to announce that the WP Robot affiliate program continues to do very well. As of today all affiliates combined have earned more than $15,000 in affiliate commissions and there are already over 700 registered affiliates. And all that in the five months WP Robot has been released now!

The program pays 35% commission on any sale of WP Robot refered by you. Go here for more information on the WP Robot affiliate program or sign up through this link directly.

Improvements to the MIX feature in WP Robot 2.0

Version 2.0 adds some improvements to the MIX feature which can make a big difference if used correctly. Here they are:

  1. You can now use {auction:x} (replace x with a number!) inside any other template option in order to insert x eBay auctions into every post, instead of just one like previously.  So if you add {auction:3} to the end of the Amazon module’s template option each Amazon product post will contain three eBay auctions at the end. You do need to have the eBay module installed for this to work.
  2. Use {image:keyword} (“keyword” being any keyword of your choice) in your templates to add an image about keyword to your posts – instead of an image about the keyword the post was made for when you only use {image}. This can be especially useful if you have a niche site with very targeted keywords for which no images exist on Flickr. Say, there were no images on Flickr for “red dog collar” (can’t think of a good example right now). You could then use {image:dog} to simply display generic images of dogs in your posts. You do need to have the Flickr module installed for this to work.

Exception: RSS Module

Since the RSS module has no keywords associated with it, the MIX feature works slightly different for it:

  • Using {image} won’t work. You have to use {image:keyword}
  • Using {auction} or {auction:x} won’t work, you have to use {auction:keyword}

Recommended Template Options For WP Robot

Some users have asked what templates I use with WP Robot, so I decided to share them in this post. Most are actually not very different from the default settings and just incorporate the new MIX feature for better monetization and looks.

1. Amazon Template

This template incorporates all tags of the Amazon module plus 2 eBay auctions at the bottom to give visitors an alternative.


Price: {price}
Rating: {avgrating} ({noreviews} reviews)

Or have a look at these auctions on eBay:

2. Article Template

An image added in at the top to spice up the content and two ebay auctions at the bottom of the article for monetization.


3. Yahoo Answers Template

A Flickr thumbnail to go with the question…


For the other modules I do mainly use the default templates.

Some general Tips:

  • You can use the WordPress <!–more–> tag in WP Robot to split up your posts. You could for example first display the Youtube thumbnail and description and have your visitors click the “more” link to see the video.
  • You can also use tags and shortcode of 3rd party plugins in your templates. See this post for details.

How to set up WP Robot Link Cloaking

Since the latest update to 2.0 WP Robot has an option to automatically cloak affiliate links in your blog posts. For this option to work it is not enough to enable it in the WP Robot admin screen, you will also need to edit your blog’s .htaccess file so it contains the necessary redirecting rules for your links. This post explains how you do that.

Important: If you enable link cloaking without editing the .htaccess file none of your affiliate links will work!

Please note you will need a little knowledge of how to modify and upload files on your webserver via FTP to make this work, which is why I only recommend using cloaking for advanced users!

Ok, that said, lets get started:

1. Enable link cloaking in the options.

This one is easy:  Go to your WP Robot options page, check “Cloak Affiliate Links” and save the options.


Links to Amazon, Ebay (except in RSS feeds) and Clickbank should now look something like this on your blog: Those links will not work yet though!

2. Insert Code into the .htaccess file

WordPress can insert the necessary code into the .htaccess file itself as long as it is writeable (which it should be if you already set up permalink rules for your blog – which you should do!). To update the file go to “Settings” > “Permalinks” in your WordPress admin area and just click on “Save Settings” (you don’t have to change anything on the page).

If it worked you will see this message and can continue with step 3:


If it didn’t work it is probably because your .htaccess file is not writeable. In that case you will also be told so by WordPress on the “Permalinks” page. To fix that you can either set permission to make the .htaccess file writeable or use your FTP program to update the file yourself.

If you want to insert the code yourself, this is the full code that has to be on top of the .htaccess file:

# WP Robot Link Cloaking START
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^go/([^/]*)/([0-9]+)/([0-9]+)/?$$2&link_num=$3&cloaked_url=$0 [L]
RewriteRule ^go/([^/]+)[/]?$ http://$1&cloaked_url=$0 [L]
# WP Robot Link Cloaking END

Be sure to replace the YOURDOMAIN part with your actual domain name!

3. Move the WP Robot link cloaking rules to the top of the .htaccess file.

WordPress can automatically insert the necessary redirection rules but unfortunatelly it can not automatically move them to the top of the .htaccess file – and that is where they need to be! So check your links now and if they do not work yet you will have to edit your .htaccess file and move the rules to the top. To do that follow the following steps:

  • Download the .htaccess file to your computer with a FTP program. You can find the .htaccess file in your blogs main directory. See this link for more details on how to find your .htaccess file if necessary.
  • Open the file with any text editor of your choice.
  • Look for the lines that read “# WP Robot Link Cloaking START” and “# WP Robot Link Cloaking END” inside the file. Move those two lines with everything between them to the very top of the file. (If you can’t find the lines just insert the code you find in section 2 above into the file at the top.)
  • Save your changes and upload the file to your weblog again via FTP. Make sure you overwrite and replace the old file!

Please Note:

  • Affiliate links to Clickbank, eBay and Amazon will be cloaked in all posts on your blog, not only in posts created by WP Robot.

Using 3rd Party Plugins together with WP Robot

There are many plugins for WordPress out there that allow you to insert some kind of tag into your post which is then replaced by content, for example Youtube videos or eBay auctions – a popular example would be phpBayPro. What many people don’t know: You can also use those plugins together with posts created by WP Robot. All you have to do is add the shortcode tag of the plugin into the template options of WP Robot. If you do that each post WP Robot creates will then contain the tag of the 3rd party plugin.

You can also combine the 3rd party tags with WP Robot’s built in template tags. I.e. you could use the {keyword} tag of WP Robot to enter the keyword of the specific post into the other pugin’s tag.

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