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Coming up after my previous article, I would like to show you how to build a self-sufficient blog using WordPress and some RSS plugins.

Today’s example is cgGiant.


  1. WordPress Blog Platform
  2. FeedWordPress Plugin

Step 1. Install.

  1. Install WordPress
  2. Install FeedWordPress Plugin

Step 2. Add content.

  1. Customize syndication options. Tip: do not create hundreds of categories automatically.
  2. Find some niche RSS feeds related to your desired content.
  3. Extract the RSS feed addresses and add them to your RSS plugin syndication.
  4. FeedWordPress autoupdate hack, FeedWordPress mod, Onlywire and FeedWordPress.

Step 3. Optimize for human readability.

  1. Choose a nice template.
  2. Customize it.

Step 4. Optimize for search engines.

  1. Install All in One SEO Pack plugin.
  2. Customize it.
  3. Install Google XML Sitemaps plugin.
  4. Customize it. (Tip: don’t forget to include your Yahoo API key)
  5. Add it to Google, Yahoo and MSN. (Use either Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo Site Explorer or MSN Live Webmaster Center to add your blog address and sitemap)

Step 5. Promote.

  1. Comment on other related blogs, forums, add your blog to web directories, and more.

Step 6. Make money.

Place advertisement on your blog according to web ethics. Nicely integrate it with your page design, do not exagerate with banners, links and ad blocks.

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9 thoughts on “How To Build A Self-Sufficient Blog?

  1. This post is the reason why I just unsubscribed from your feed.

    Please do not make the stupid mistake of thinking that this kind of monetization is actually going to bring you what you want.

    – Sites like these, because of the not unique content, are being skipped by SE’s automatically, making it hugely difficult to get a proper PR.
    – Due to the lack of ability to finetune the feed-plugins, you often (like now on the example site) get repeated posts with the same title and contents
    – There’s a big probability of getting multiple emails of the siteowners you are leeching on their RSS feeds to quit your activities (so not really self sufficient)
    – Most important: Your name (and site) gets linked to sites that are in the category of splogs and flogs (spam and fony blogs)… and when you are building up a net presence, that is the last you want.

    Please be careful (or better said, refrain from) setting up and promoting blogs like these…. the real money is in unique content, not in copying it.

  2. Sorry to see you leave. This post is just a tutorial. I know exactly how this kind of RSS blogs work. There are thousands of blogs stealing content, so I’m not promoting this kind of behaviour, as I’m seeing articles from my blog copied over to some third-party content scraping blogs.

    I was just doing an experiment for a regional site, for which I have permission to copy RSS feeds. It’s a Romanian news engine, gathering news from several newspaper and TV web sites. The permission of RSS copying has been written.

    This post illustrates my steps of creating this specific WordPress web site.

  3. Example site is down. But looks like you’ve got a very interesting idea here. Automatically fed sites that you don’t have to mess with. If it makes $1/day, you just need to set up 100 of them and your living is made.

  4. @ Chip: Understand your answer and trust that you have nothing but good intentions with your post. Still, IMHO, I think that the added value of this post is not for the audience you are trying to reach.
    It shows how easy it is to join those thousands of blogs stealing content, which is not something to promote.

    I think it is more interesting for your readers to teach how they can fight or even use those leeching blogs. A fellow countryman, Joost de Valk, has written a nice plugin for this matter, that you might want to promote, it was covered in a post by SEO master Shoemoney here in a post called “Getting value out of scrapers”.

    Anyhow, everybody is free to tutor what they feel is right… it keeps the discussion alive!

    Good luck with your blog, will check in every now and then!

  5. Yeah, you have to be careful with anything that creates content automatically, even if your intentions are not to go all black-in-the-hat with SEO.

    However, there is a lot of merit in this post to help build content in an existing blog that you also add unique content to. It gives your readers something to come back to over and over again.

  6. My blog content is public domain. If you want it, you can use it. My reason for doing this is I think copyright law has gotten out of hand. Of course I want you to link back to me and build my popularity, but I’m not going to force it.

    No way am I going to publish trackbacks to splogs though. That’s search-engine suicide and practically immoral besides.

    As to whether automated feeds like this are a viable opportunity, I am not so sure. But hey, experiments are good. If you can get it to work, and if it doesn’t turn out to be just another a stupid splog, great. If it does turn into a splog, you can always delete it and try something else.

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