Overall Ranking: 1 / 10
Price: $25 one site / $27 unlimited sites
Owners: Ankur Shukla and Danny Ade
WP Content Machine is a WordPress plugin that basically gathers a bunch of information on a topic from various sources, “spins” it, which gives you “fresh” content to put on your blog.
It can also do this same kind of thing for a few of the bigger e-commerce sites, like Amazon and Best Buy, and for social media sites as well. Affiliate links are also added to the content automatically.
Basically, the creators of this software see that there is a rather large issue with the lack of content in the online business world that keeps people from properly monetizing. That’s fine, and I do agree with them on this point, but I do not agree with their solution.
The problem I have with it is that instead of writing your own content, or paying someone else to write some original content for you, their solution is to take a bunch of work from other sites, move things around, and then claim it as your own work. I don’t know, that just seems a little underhanded and shady to me. While it might not read the same it is still a form of plagiarism!
- Extremely quick way to produce content
- Completely automated. (Set it and forget it)
- Price isn’t too bad for the amount of work/time it saves
- Plagiarism. Google considers re-spun content to be a form of plagiarism and the penalty they offer is very harsh.
- Lacks your personal touch and flavor.
WHO IT IS FOR
This plugin can be used by anyone. It is tailored to work for those that are complete newbies to those that are experts in the world of online business and blogging. Pretty much anyone that doesn’t want to spend time writing their own content, or doesn’t have time to write their own content, would be the target for this product.
Like I said earlier, WP Content Machine is a WordPress plugin. It is very easy to set up and installs just like any other WordPress plugin.
Once installed you just click the new addition to your side menu in WordPress and you are taken to a screen with two options:
- Manage Campaigns – This just allows you to go in and work with any of your existing campaigns.
- Create New Campaign – This is where you go to start up a new content campaign
When you start a new campaign you have to fill out some information to set it up. This is presented to you in steps:
- Step 1: This includes giving the campaign a name and choosing what source you want the content to be scraped from. After you get those done, you have to enter some keywords that you want to search for.
- Step 2: You choose how many articles you want to be posted using the keywords and source from the previous step. You can set this to as many as you want. There is no limit.In this step, you also can setup a template that you want the articles to follow. You also select which category you want the articles posted under on your site.
- Step 3: In this step you get to set additional posting options. You can type a set of words that you want to be affiliate links. If these words show up in your article they get turned into the links.In this step, you can also set how often, or at what interval, you want your articles to be posted.
Once you finish those steps, you just click publish and start your campaign. That’s the plugin in a nutshell.
There is also a member area that you can access on their website once you purchase the software. This is where things get really messy in my opinion.
Once you make your purchase you can head off to the member’s area, but they don’t make this process pleasant for you. I’ll keep a tally here of each upsell they throw at your and explain each one a bit:
Right after clicking the purchase button you are taken to a new page where they try to upsell you on their Pro version, which doesn’t really seem all that different from the regular version. The cost for this is $35 for one site and $37 for unlimited sites.
Next, they try to get you to purchase an upgrade that gives you two “premium” themes every month. Now, I don’t know about you, but paying money for some themes that I haven’t even seen yet and have no guarantee I will like doesn’t seem like that great of a deal to me.
The cost for this is also broken into two options. Option 1 costs $37 which gets you an instant theme to download on top of the two themes a month. Option 2 costs $27 and gets you just the two themes every month.
This time, they try to press WP Traffic Machine on you. From what I can tell, the only function of this software is to automatically post your content to all the major social media sites and doing so will cost you $35 for one site / $37 for unlimited sites.
Next, they offer you a developers license. Basically, this just allows you to be able to install the WP Content Machine software on other people’s sites yourself. The owners of the software let you charge your clients whatever you want to do so.
The costs for this are $45 for 5 site client licenses / $47 for unlimited client licenses
The next one is a Reseller’s License. This is basically their affiliate program, that you have to pay them for just to be able to use. Yeah, you just promote their product and you get $27 per sale + 50% on upgrade sales.
Again, they give you two options for the price. Option 1 lets you sell up to 25 units of their product for $67. Option 2 is another unlimited offer which costs you $77.
So you finally make it to the member’s area where you think you are out of the woods with all the upsells…nope! On this page, they try to get you with more on-page upsells.
They try to get you to sign up for some live special training webinar in the first one, and in the second one, they offer you web-hosting. Then further down the page, they give you links to all the other offers you passed up along the way here, just in case you change your mind.
But finally, down at the bottom of the page, you find the links to get what you actually purchased! Hurray!
Their support is pretty bad in my opinion. It is just a basic one-page screen in which you can search their knowledge base for answers or submit a ticket. The best part is that the knowledge base consists of exactly ZERO articles. There is nothing in there at all! Extremely helpful!
So upsells aside, the base price you are looking at for this product is either $25 for a single site or $27 for unlimited site installations. If you did decide to buy this product, I don’t know what you would ever pay $2 less and get the single site. Just pay the extra in case you ever have more than one site….but really, don’t pay for it at all.
This product is a big red flag for me. Mostly because of the implications it could have with your continued indexing through Google. With their definition of plagiarism and spinning content, I would not chance it. That’s why I give this thing a 1 out of 10 score!
Just write your own content or pay someone to legitimately write content for you that is their own work. And if you want a way for your websites to actually get real traffic and actually see real results, I recommend you check this program out.
If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below. As always, I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂