05 May 11 10:35 am
There are equal number of people who like and hate autoblog. Like Cecille mentioned, it's a blog that you've setup once, and can literally leave it on autopilot. The most popular platform people are using is Wordpress.org that you install on your own host.
But doing it the conventional way with plugins and bots won't work. You need to do a lot of off site seo to really reap any reward from autoblogs. By off site SEO, I mean like building backlinks to your autoblogs (building back links will take another manual to explain).
Now, back to autoblog, there are many software and plugin that does this. Some of them are WP robot, autoblog builder, Autoblogged, Autoblog Samurai, Caffeinated content etc. These are some of the script / software that will automatically updating your blog with contents scrap from various sources (article directories, rss feed, Youtube and can even monetize it with products from Amazon, Clickbank etc.).
Don't use script that post just the rss feed but the whole article so that visitors will stay on your site. Other than these script / software, you'll also need some plugins to automate the site in a SEO friendly manner - Maxblogpress ping optimizer, Socialable, Twitter tool, Google XML sitemap etc.
But the recent Panda update certainly affect some of these autoblog (those who use only one script) which leaves many traces to SE. So, you got to have money to play with autoblogs since you need to test with different script and software.
IMHO, autoblogs is for people with money but no time or lazy people. Else, don't go for autoblog, Pick a niche that you like and write all the content yourself. It will take time to reap the benefits but it will definitely have a higher chance of sustaining a good position on SE for long.
Note: Some script are total scam / spam machine that can get you into legal problem, so beware (ie. they just pull article from article directories and stripped out all the links, replace with your affiliate links and even stripped away the resource box - this is just one of the many spam out there).