Getting Started

If you don’t want to read the entire documentation, below is a quick guide for setting up a simple topic portal blog. Before getting started, make sure you have the latest version of WordPress installed and working properly. You may find their Getting Started Guide helpful.

If you plan on using other plugins, you might first want to wait until you get AutoBlogged working properly to ensure there are no conflicts.

Configuring WordPress

There are a few basic things you need to do to get a minimal blog up and running. You will want to select a theme and fine-tune the settings for your blog. For this demonstration, however, we will just need to edit the default category.

From the admin area of your blog (usually located at http://yoursite.com/wp-admin), click on Manage, then on Categories. Now click on the default category and rename it to something that relates to your topic. Also create any extra categories you might want for you blog.

Installing AutoBlogged

To install the AutoBlogged plugin, extract the contents of the download file and upload the entire autoblogged directory to the /wp-content/plugins directory on your web host.

Note that AutoBlogged will attempt to set permissions on the /cache directory to 666. If that setting does not work, you may have to use chmod 777, which may pose a security risk. If you have trouble with this step, please contact your web hosting provider.

From the WordPress admin area, click on the Plugins menu, find AutoBlogged on the list and click on the link to enable the plugin.

Configuring AutoBlogged

  1. Click on the Settings menu and then click on the AutoBlogged submenu
  2. Click on the Add new feed link.
  3. From the Feed Type list, select Google Blog Search.
  4. In the Search Keywords box, enter the search terms you want for your subject.
  5. Scroll down to the Categories and Tags section and select a default category for all posts from this feed.
  6. Scroll down and click on Save Changes.
  7. On the upper-left portion of the page, click on the Run Script Now link to test your settings and perform the first script run.

If the script runs correctly, you are finished. The script will automatically check for new posts every 1-3 hours.

What To Do Next

  • Add more feeds
  • Identify common search terms and long-tail phrases using tools such as Google’s Keyword Suggestion Tool. Add these in the Additional Tags option on the Tag Options screen.
  • Review existing posts to see the tags collected and if you see any you don’t want, delete them and add them to the Tag Filtering box on the Tag Options screen.

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