The idea of truly passive income where you just sit back and let your automated blogs do the work is extremely tempting. While not offering a completely free lunch, there are a lot of things you can do to automate a blog to provide AdSense and affiliate link earnings. Check out these steps and tools and get on the passive income train.
The first thing you’ll need is a blog or several blogs. WordPress now features an integrated manager for multiple blogs, which is very handy indeed. You can choose to set up your blogs manually, or go with a hosting company like WebFusion or BlueHost that offers one-click WordPress installation.
The point here is to make an income, so you’ll want a Google AdSense account, an Amazon Affiliate account and any other monetization options you come across. It can be tempting to completely plaster your blog in ads, but sometimes less is more.
Try to place your ads in a natural way, so that they aren’t completely in the face of your readers. Consider using something like AffiLinker Affiliate for WordPress so that relevant keywords are automatically converted into affiliate links for you.
Next you’ll need content. There are a number of services you can use for automated content posting, such as WPVideoTube for automatic video posting, WP-O-Matic, which allows you to choose RSS feeds from which it will create posts, and WPDripFeeder which allows you to queue up a massive number of articles for steady, natural posting.
Try to avoid going hog-wild. Three to five posts a day is fine. You can also find plug-ins that can convert specifics phrases to your preferred keywords, so that, for example, an article general rehab will draw searchers for Clarity Way rehab to your blog.
Now, Google isn’t fond of duplicate content, so you’ll need a way to have unique pieces. There are article spinning software options like JetSpinner, but it is definitely better to find a content writer to do it for you. If you only want a hundred words or so as an intro to a link from your RSS feed, this can be quite affordable.
However, it does take some work to find a reliable writer. If you find that one of your sites is performing well in a profitable niche, it might be worthwhile to invest in unique and compelling content. Once you have a good writer, you’ll just need to let them do their work and pay their fee.
Adrienne is a blogger and aspiring novelist. When she’s not blogging about tech and social media, you might find her practicing her French, whipping up some recipes she found on Pinterest, or obsessing over vintage postcards and stamps.