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Software Review: WP Robot 2.0 from Lunatic Studios and Thomas Höfter, Part I

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At its base, WP Robot is a WordPress plug-in that allows you to automatically generate posts for your WordPress site. At its extreme, WP Robot is an automation marvel that gives you the ability fill your site with Amazon products, eBay auction information, YouTube videos, Yahoo News and much, much more.

WP Robot begins with a keyword or phrase of your choice. This is a critical factor that you have to work with based on the focus of your Web site. There are some basic guidelines that are outlined on the WP Robot website that will help you get started, but each instance is derived from this keyword.

WP Robot 2.0Once you have the keyword, depending on the modules that you have purchased, you choose which to enable. Then you set a category that you want the post to appear in, and how often you want WP Robot to generate a post. This can be as quickly as once an hour or as long as every so many days.

While I will have a more complete breakdown later in this review, there are a number of ways that you can purchase WP Robot. With three types of cores and ten modules, as well as a developer's version, there are a lot of combinations that you can use to create your package. In my case, I am reviewing the WP Robot Elite which contains all ten modules along with the Elite Core.

What are the ten modules? Amazon, Article, eBay, ClickBank, Yahoo Anwsers, YouTube, Translation, Flickr Image, Yahoo News, and RSS modules. For all but the Article, YouTube, and Translation modules, you will want to have an account ID to use and/or make money from this information.

What do you need to run WP Robot? Well primarily you need a Web site that is running on WordPress 2.7 or greater; while the author believes that it will run on earlier versions, it has not been tested on them. If you need to run it on an earlier version, there is a free demo version you can use to test it out. You also need to be running on PHP5 with cURL as well. This should be pretty standard on most hosting platforms.

If you buy the complete version, installation is pretty easy as you can either upload the expanded WP Robot directory to your Web site, or upload the Zip via your install plugins screen. If you purchase individual modules, you will need to FTP them to the location of the core version you bought (or there is a free core available if you did not buy one).

WP Robot 2.0Once installed, you fire up your WordPress admin page and go to the WP Robot dropdown. The first thing you will want to do is to set up your options. These are pretty extensive and give you a lot of freedom. You first have a set of general options that control the overall site and then a set of options for each of the modules. I will only go over the set of general options in Part I and include the module options in Part II where I cover those modules. Suffice it to say that the primary requirements for the modules is the affiliate/subscriber IDs.

The general options cover how things are posted. Here you can specify if you want your automatic posts to go to draft (which I recommend until you are comfortable with how WP Robot works) or to be published directly. You can reset the post count which has to do with making sure your keywords stay relevant. You can randomize the time of your first post as well as all your other posts. This means that when you want something to post every three hours, one time it might post after 2hrs 49mins and the next after 3hrs 10mins making it look more natural. You have the option to automatically create tags as well as exclude words from tags. You also can cloak your affiliate links. What this means is that when someone hovers over a link, it will look like it points to somewhere on your site instead of to someplace like Amazon.

About T. Michael Testi

Photographer, writer, software engineer, educator, and maker of fine images.
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    Hi Michael, thanks for your complete software review of wp robot 2.0.