If you’re managing a blog, you’ll be aware how difficult it is to post fresh content regularly. Relevant and valuable content is necessary for a blog to have a good readership. Sometimes, when you want to ease up on writing fresh articles, you can resort to autoblogging. Or, if you are an aggregator website, you can completely automate content creation and publishing. WordPress autoblogging plugins can help you to find quality content for your site on complete autopilot. They are helpful tools to create a niche website, where a user can find articles from multiple sites relating to the same niche at one place.
An autoblog is any website that automatically pulls content from other sources using RSS or other feeds and publishes them. There’s also a negative connotation to the word as many content scrapers and spam blogs use this method. However, it’s also possible to use autoblogging to create genuine blogs that are profitable, such as a curated website that collects information on specific subjects and presents it in an easy to read manner. An autoblog is ideal as an intranet for any organization or as a private blog.
Creating fresh content on a regular basis is difficult work requiring time, effort and research. Auto blogging plugins can help find fresh content to present readers with something new to read everyday. However, you should take care that you’re not infringing any copyrights, especially if you’re using it for a publicly available blog. As always, we’ll take a look at both free and premium autoblogging plugins.
Free WordPress AutoBlogging Plugins
WP RSS Aggregator
WP RSS Aggregator is a popular and easy to use RSS feed aggregator plugin for WordPress. With the plugin active on your blog, you can aggregate as many feeds as you want from multiple sources. Not only that you can stagger the feeds to optimize performance.
Without knowing the exact URL of a source, you can find content using auto discovery. Using a shortcode, you can then display the feed anywhere on your site. The feed items can be displayed using the display function of your theme. You can adjust settings to import feed items with specific titles, and set the limits on the number and age of items, as well as the update interval on a per source basis.
When it comes to display, you can choose to link back to the original posts, select the way in which the links open – new window, popup, lightbox – and opt to hide the date and author of each post. The plugin enables users to open YouTube, DailyMotion and Vimeos directly, and you can even blacklist select feeds. Moreover, the plugin is multilingual ready.
There are a number of premium add-ons which let you do things like display job listings and import YouTube videos. The plugin is a good fit if you’ll be working with multiple feeds, as it allows you to manage each feed individually.More info / Download
RSS Post Importer
RSS Post Importer will help you to import posts through RSS feed and then publishes the full content of that article as a standalone post, alongside your normal posts. This can prove to be useful for a news related website or a deal blogging site that displays news or deals from many different sources. Your content is refreshed at any interval of time that you specify.
Features include the ability to set specific keywords or authors for specific feed sources, so only articles containing that keyword or posts by that author are imported. You can choose to display only the titles, set number of posts and category per feed and append no-follow tags to all outbound links. It’s also possible to set the status of each post after import – published, draft, pending or trash. That way, you can filter the posts before publishing them.
Many of the features of this plugin, including the full text RSS feeds are available only with the premium version. But there is a 14 day trial offer which you can avail before you make up your mind. You’ll need a Full Text RSS Key to enable all the premium features for 14 days, after which you’ll need to create a premium account. Other premium features include automated featured images, keyword based filters and curation, assigning articles to authors and importing and exporting your feeds as CSV files.
One word of caution here, if you’ll be publishing whole articles from other websites. It’s best to take the permission of the authors and put out a disclaimer, mentioning that the content belongs to the original site. This way you can keep a check on copyright issues.More info / Download
Feed WordPress is an amazing plugin for automatically converting imports into posts automatically. The content that you import appears as a series of special posts in the WordPress database. When you’re importing content using multiple feeds, the posts database serves as a kind of backend for an aggregation site. Keep in mind you’ll need FTP or SFTP access to your web host.
The plugin offers many options that you can access via the WordPress dashboard. Besides, it offers a number of functions that you can access using code through plugins or templates.More info / Download
RSSImport is a lightweight and straightforward WordPress plugin that uses standard WordPress functionality to help display feeds on your blog. After installing the plugin, you need to use a shortcode, a widget, or a PHP function to make it work. It helps to keep you blog active all the time by pulling in feeds and displaying them on your blog.
The plugin allows you to customize using shortcodes, and the many parameters in the shortcodes make the plugin quite flexible. To parse feeds, you’ll need to make a simple adjustment to enable the built-in SimplePie library.More info / Purchase
WPeMatico is an easy to use autoblogging plugin that helps automatically create posts from RSS or Atom feeds. The user interface is similar to that of WordPress post editor, so you can mange your feeds in a familiar environment. You can use categories to manage your feeds.
The plugin uses native WordPress functions to process images, and supports multiple categories, tags and feeds. The auto discovery feature allows you to add feeds even without knowing the exact URL. Moreover, you can publish to any public WordPress custom post type, status and post formats. Any image from among the first three images in the post can double as the featured image. You can also choose to upload only the featured image and ignore the others. Images and other media files can be uploaded as attachments to posts, and you can upload remote images or simply link to source. It supports rewriting of phrases and is multilingual ready.
A professional add-on includes features to parse and filter feed items, filters for featured and other images, automatic tags generation, insertion of custom fields with every post and much more.More info / Download
Category Specific RSS Feed Subscription
Category Specific RSS feed Subscription is quite different from the other plugins in this list. It allows your readers to choose to subscribe to category specific feeds on your blog. They can subscribe to each category separately.
In the settings page of the plugin, you’ll see the list of categories from which you can select. You can also opt for up to 8 custom categories and set links to external sources. These features make the plugin ideal for you if your blog covers a wide range of topics and you want to allow your readers to select categories to subscribe to. You can also guide them to other links which are of interest to them.More info / Download
CyberSyn is lightweight and aggregates and curates content for WordPress sites. What takes it a notch higher than other plugins is that it allows you to import full text articles. Whats more, this convenient feature is built into the plugin and can be used without any API keys or third party services. It automatically generates posts from RSS feeds.
Once you enable the option to embed videos, the plugin will help you embed videos from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and other feeds right into your posts along with descriptions. It generates featured images form post images or media attachments. It also allows you to upload images to the server and translate articles from and to a hundred languages.More info / Download
RSS Just Better
RSS Just Better, works like most other autoblogging plugins, drawing content from the URLs that you specify. It allows a few options in the way the posts display such as inclusion of date and time of publication, choice between unordered and ordered lists and links displaying in a new window.
Besides, you can also set the cache frequency, the number of news items displaying, alter titles and excerpts and sort items by time and date. The plugin can be used as a shortcode for embedding or as a widget.More info / Download
WP Pipes is essentially a data migration plugin that you can use for autoblogging as well. Use it to curate content from RSS feeds, Google news and many other sources. The feeds get stored as posts in your WordPress, and you can also create feeds, including iTunes podcasts, using these posts.
Each stream is referred to as a pipe and you can create as many pipes as you want. The flow of content starts with the source, moves through the processor and ends at the destination, and you can set up schedules to execute the pipes. The source can be any post, page, WooCommerce products, RSS feeds, files/folders and more. The destination can be RSS feeds, Google XML Sitemap, files/folders, WooCommerce products, posts and more.More info / Download
With so many free plugins available, it may seem unnecessary to look for premium options. However, some WordPress users may prefer premium plugins for the additional features they offer, as well as for the greater support levels. So, let’s look into a few premium plugins too.
Autoblog uses RSS feed to repost content from multiple blogs to one place. Using this plugin, you can completely automate posting to your WordPress blog or website, including multisites. You’ll not need to mess with code, you need to simply identify suitable blogs to source content from and paste a feed URL. Thereafter, Autoblog will start importing content to your blog. You can import content from YouTube and Facebook as well, and also schedule your WordPress to auto publish the posts.
The plugin helps to identify suitable content by using filters, can link back to original posts and strips image tags from images. You can set categories, tags and custom author information. Scheduling imports, replacing author information and opening post links in a popup are some of the other features that are included. Not only that, it offers you a number of add-ons to use original featured image, auto tweet or embed videos.
The Autoblog plugin comes free with the Membership package from WPMU DEV, though there’s a 30 day free trial available.More info / Purchase
WP Robot is among the top selling WordPress autoblogging plugins that allows you to start building your blog automatically and enhances it by drip feeding fresh and regular content. Packages start at $99 for the Basic Plan that allows you to source content from 32 sites for use on any three sites.
The plugin is compatible with most WordPress themes and offers flexibility in finding feeds depending on your niche or keyword. Another nice feature is that the plugin allows insertion of affiliate links from eBay, Amazon, and many other affiliate sources automatically into your posts. This means that you’ll be able to make money on complete autopilot. The plugin also offers powerful templates and automatic translation, and is regularly updated, having undergone about 80 major updates since release in 2009.More info / Purchase
FEEDZY RSS Feeds
FEEDZY RSS uses shortcodes, and you can add RSS feeds wherever you wish from the WordPress editor. Once active, you simply have to click on the FEEDZY icon on the post or page where you want to add the feed. From the popup window, you can customize the post. Thereafter, copy the shortcode that is generated into any post, page or custom post type that you want.
You can filter articles using keywords as well as post your feeds as widgets. The plugin is easy to use, at the same time allows for some customization. The feeds are also cached automatically, so website speed is not affected. Besides, it includes the affiliate and referral ID to the feed links.More info / Purchase
Youtubomatic is a new plugin that will be particularly helpful if you’re a video blogger. When this plugin is active on your website, it can automatically import videos from YouTube and post it to WordPress using the YouTube native API. Once you enable this feature, you can upload a video to your channel from YouTube merely by linking to it.
Not only the posts, even the comments on YouTube can be imported to provide engaging content on your blog. The plugin cuts down on duplicate content with some advanced features like a random sentence generator and text synonymizer that make your post different from the source. The text spinner support enhances SEO value. Google bots are likely to treat the content generated by this plugin as unique for search purposes. You can define the rules based on which the posts are generated and search for content using filters and options.
Shortcodes are available to include videos in a post, to display a list of videos suggested by a keyword based search or to display videos from a playlist.More info / Purchase
Video Blogster Pro
Video Blogster Pro is a full autoblogging solution that allows you to add and schedule any number of video feeds to automatically create new content. Each video is imported as a new post with its own title, description, tag, category, author and comments, so SEO is taken care of. You save on bandwidth because the videos are embedded in your post, not streamed. What’s unique about this plugin is that whenever a video is removed from an original site, the post that includes the embedded video is automatically flagged.
The plugin supports all WordPress oEmbed players, is easy to use and allows a good amount of customization. You can source videos using keyword phrases and filters, and order results by date, relevance, rating, view count and more. Many readymade templates are available for layout, besides numerous options to import and process the videos. It ensures that there’s no duplicate content and works seamlessly with WordPress to create posts, sort into categories and use the date of publication as the date of the posts. The plugin is a good fit for big projects.More info / Purchase
WordPress Automatic Plugin
WordPress Automatic plugin is another premium plugin that helps you target and find content from various sources like Amazon and Walmart products, Youtube, Vimeo and DailyMotion videos, Feeds posts, eBay auctions, Flickr and Instagram Images, Pinterest pins, Reddits, Twitter tweets, Facebook posts, Craigslist classifieds, Itunes podcasts, Envato items and SoundCloud.
When it comes to articles, the plugin can extract categories and tags, as well as specific parts of original articles, and convert parts of articles into complete posts. There are options to strip all links before publishing, set post status to draft or published, exclude words and phrases, translate content before posting and automatically set featured images. You can adjust the settings so as to skip posts without images, non English posts, and duplicate titles. It supports multisites and adds custom fields to the posts automatically. These fields can contain details like title, author, content, image, price and rating.More info / Purchase
Buzz Burner helps to create interesting and socially shareable posts. It sorts, filters and finds content from multiple sources to create a single article for one post. This minimizes the possibility of duplicate content.
Managing your blog with Buzz Burner is not at all difficult. You need to create a campaign, select a category to locate the posts, customize post titles, resize images and set a featured image. Then, randomly select and add sentences to your post and schedule the post for publishing. Plans include monthly payment plans and one time payment plans with a 60 day money back guarantee.More info / Purchase
WP Turbo offers a complete hands free solution to autoblogging. You can use it to manage content on multiple blogs or websites. It includes 20+ modules that you can use to create any site you want, right from recipes and coupons to products and news.
The WP Turbo Members area guides you in managing your blogs. It offers a choice of three campaign modes – keyword campaign, Amazon BrowseNode campaign and RSS Campaign and includes a drag and drop editor to create your own templates. Using this plugin, you can monetize your niche blog with affiliate links. You’ll have access to 21+ content generation networks via a single user interface where you can filter content. There’s a ten day free trial with money back guarantee.More info / Purchase
To Wrap Up
Autobloging is a nice way to collate information and present them to readers in a single place. It allows readers to simply consume content without having to search for it. You can combine autoblogging with some quality affiliate WordPress themes to increase traffic to your site and make money through ads and affiliate links. These blogs need very little by way of maintenance. Using a great WordPress theme for your blog can help too. Auotblogging keeps your blog active all the time and makes sure that your readers have something new to read each time they visit your site.