I know I’ve railed against low-quality web content in the past, and I’m still of the opinion that there are too many “directory” sites out there with little or no value, as well as hordes of poorly-written sites aimed primarily at search engine crawlers.
I do believe there is a place for automated content, for site sections like product showcases, RSS aggregate sites, and the like.
For these purposes, WP Robot fits the bill perfectly. It’s simple to set up, easy to use, and after a quick orientation can produce a tightly focused “Keyword Campaign” or “RSS Campaign” that will snag content and/or products from a variety of sources.
At right you’ll see an image of the “Campaigns” page in WP Robot‘s admin interface (which you’ll find in the WordPress admin).
Rather than talk about it endlessly though, check out the posts in the “Shop” menu up top – it’s not really all that impressive until you realize that it’s a completely automated category that I created in about an hour to learn how to use WP Robot. If I find some more time for it I’ll add more keywords/categories, and the existing keywords could use some tweaking, but I haven’t bothered yet since the point was just to test it out.
If you check back tomorrow there will be more products just because WP Robot will keep adding them until I stop it. Not sure if I’m going to keep the “Shop” section yet, but for now I’m going to leave it up as part of my WP Robot experiment.
Using WP Robot, it’s easy to create tightly focused post categories that maintain themselves automatically, with new posts appearing on a schedule you determine. The implications are staggering – with a little work refining keywords and playing with layout, anybody can create a completely automated blog site that keeps itself current and aggregates information from a variety of sources.