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I know there has been tremendous interest in the topic of AI (I have received well over 100 emails about AI for blogging/other forms of digital publishing this month).
However, I wanted to wait until I had sufficient data to offer any suggestions about how you can incorporate AI into your content creation strategy (or if you should). I’ve been working on several AI projects in private, and while they are all ongoing, I wanted to share some of my initial findings with you all!
Limited Time Offer for Amazing Blogging Course/Private Blogging Forum!
Before continuing into some of the results and tools I’ve found that are useful for AI in blogging, I wanted to mention the course/online blogging forum that helped me reach other bloggers seeking cutting edge tips, tricks and trends in blogging, Fat Stacks.
Fat Stacks is a course bundle offered by legendary blogger Jon Dykstra. I almost never try new blogging courses (as I rarely find anything useful in them), but last year, as I decided to double down on blogging, I decided to take the course/join the private forum.
The course itself is a game changer, for new bloggers, as well as those who already have several income producing sites. But perhaps even more valuable than the course is the private forum that members gain access to.
The forum is extremely active and frequented by bloggers who have truly cracked the code to monetizing their written content. Not only do they share valuable nuggets of blogging wisdom, but there are a series of case studies and experiments that I have found life changing! People sharing their journey month by month from $0-$30,000+ per month on a single site!
I probably spent about a month just reading through the content on the forum before I even started posting, and that alone was worth the money! I now even have my own running case study which shows my recent journey building a site from 0 sessions ($0 revenue) to 50,000+ sessions ($2,000+ monthly revenue) in just five months (excerpts of this case study can be viewed for free on Blogging Guide)!
While the course/forum is expensive (perhaps the most I’ve spent on a blogging product), I can honestly say it was an amazing decision! I’ve more than doubled my total blogging income and connected with tons of pro bloggers who I never would have met. I even got in on the ground floor of an AI writing tool, Koala, which was essentially “built in public” for the members of this community.
This is the very same AI tool that I now rely heavily on to produce content for my latest batch of 7 niche sites (including the site mentioned above which already earns ~$2,000 per month passively!)
The Fat Stacks Course/Forum is only open for enrollment for a few days per year, so I wanted to let all Blogging Guide readers know, so they can have the same pro tools and resources that I use!
Enrollment ends June 18th at midnight. So be sure to check it out before then! The course and forum bundle comes with a 30 day money back guarantee! If you don’t see the value, send Jon an email, and he will offer you a full refund, no questions asked!
Now back to my AI content experiments…
First, to address the biggest question:
Should I use AI generated content in my blog, newsletter, other digital publishing platform, and is it safe in terms of Google?
✔️ The short answer is yes, you should (at least for some tasks) and yes it is safe.
In case you missed it, Google clarified their stance on AI generated content:
In a 2023 blog post by Google, the search giant clarified that not all use of automation is viewed as spam by Google:
“Our focus on the quality of content, rather than how content is produced, is a useful guide that has helped us deliver reliable, high quality results to users for years… It’s important to recognize that not all use of automation, including AI generation, is spam…As explained, however content is produced, those seeking success in Google Search should be looking to produce original, high-quality, people-first content demonstrating qualities E-E-A-T.”
Bottom line: AI generated content will not be penalized so long as it is part of original, high quality, people-first content with EEAT.
To offer a bit more clarity though, in my personal opinion, it would be a huge mistake for bloggers to (mis)interpret Google’s message and start building sites comprised entirely of AI generated content without having that content edited, reviewed, and fact checked by a human.
This error only becomes amplified if the blogger is inexperienced, looking for a quick cash grab/has unrealistic blogging expectations, or does not edit the AI generated content themselves.
AI content that has not been edited can and will be spotted by human readers (let alone Google bots or third party AI content detection tools).
AI tools can significantly enhance the blogging experience by streamlining various aspects of content creation, management, and promotion.
Can You Make Money with AI Generated Content?
Short answer: Yes, you definitely can!
To prove this concept, I launched an AI generated case study, documented on Blogging Guide.
Case Study Site (Built with AI Generated/Human Edited Content)
Domain Type: Somewhat Aged Domain. I purchased the domain a few years back when there was a one page site on it. It had virtually no backlinks or DA, but I did build a “shell site” with several info pages and some EEAT signals (but no blog) which was indexed in Google for about a year before I published the first blog content (in an attempt to accelerate the growth). It’s hard to say what role this played, but given this site’s quick growth, I feel it’s important to note.
Number of Current Total Posts: ~150
# of Months of Content Published: 6 (started January 2023, and posted aggressively in this first 4 months)
Content Source: Me (I wrote most of the higher quality content to “seed” the site), my team of freelance writers (writers I’ve hired directly over the years or worked with in the past), AI writing tools (mostly Koala).
December 2022: 0 Sessions (no posts-just redesigned blog completed)
January 2023: 1,126 Sessions
February 2023: 5,343 Sessions
March 2023: 16,498 Sessions
April 2023: 49,507 Sessions
May 2023: 69,704 Sessions
This site has performed even better than I expected, and was accepted to Mediavine in under 6 months:
While the site has only been running ads for about a month, it has already made over $1900 ( $914 in second half of May, $1049 so far in June):
It has continued to trend upward as RPMs have grown/stabilized, and looks like that even without any additional content or increased traffic, it will generate about $2,500-$3,000 every month.
Total Expenses: ~$7500 (domain, hosting, initial freelancer produced content, Koala) Since I got the Koala lifetime deal (paid a one time fee), these are essentially the entire costs of building this blog. I currently do all editing and fact checking myself. The only ongoing expense is hosting (about $30 per month).
Estimated Site Valuation: Using a conservative 30x multiple to estimate the blog’s valuation, this blog would sell for at least $75,000-$85,000.
Creating blog content is probably not even the highest earning use of this AI technology, but it serves as a useful proof of concept!
If you want to test the AI writing tool I’ve been using the most, Koala offers several thousand words for free (without even creating an account)!
Koala is an AI writing tool that allows you to generate one click articles. While I don’t just republish these articles (they are heavily edited, fact checked, reformatted), it is the most useful application of AI technology for bloggers that I have used!
I’ll be sharing more AI insights soon, but wanted to give you all a preview of some of the projects I have been working on behind the scenes!
Best of Luck with Your Blogging!
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