This post was originally an answer to a question that I encountered on Quora, titled, “What are some things to know about SEO autopilot software?“.
Everything, below, in block quotes, is from my original answer, and at the end I summarize with some final thoughts to the audience on my website.

Don’t Waste Your Time with SEO Autopilot Software. 

I spent at least a couple years jacking with these kinds of programs, and yes, you can see some results, but in my experience, you are better off spending your time on content development, or acquiring links from real traffic sources.
The idea behind Gray Hat, or especially Black Hat SEO methods, is that you can use tricks to provide a temporary boost, and then real traffic is basically supposed to confirm your relevance. 

If it’s going to take a certain amount of time and resources, just to make a quality post, with the right on-page, and the right conversion potential, then why should I waste my time with link-building schemes, rather than using my time and resources to put that post in front of real traffic sources?

You’re gonna hear arguments from guys who say “do it all”, but what they don’t tell you is that it’s a lot of work to keep those crap-churning machines running. 
You get into gray/black hat stuff in order to cut corners, save time, etc, but the truth is that it takes a lot of special tools and considerations, and one day you turn around and you’re working 10x harder than the white hat guy, and you’re not achieving the same long term quality or results.

Google can toss your links into the garbage, but they spend resources, on every single crawl, to check the relevance and freshness of your content. 
That’s what you should be spending your time on.

Take it from me, too, if you ever get involved with the communities, online, who are involved in this facet, you are going to encounter a lot of toxicity. 
A lot of guys in this space are shady and hyper-competitive. 
(black hat, in general)

I’ve had some good experiences, and made some good buddies from those groups, but there are also a lot of scumbags out there, so you should definitely be careful who you associate with.

Popular SEO Autopilot Programs:

  • Money Robot (MR)
  • Ranker X
  • SEO Autopilot
  • TurboWeb
  • Scrapebox
  • Xrumer
  • GSA
  • SE Nuke
  • And More…

Recommended Proxy Companies:

  • ChangeMyIP
  • ProxyRotator
  • (Many Options, here, but aforementioned are best)

Recommended VPS:

  • Google Cloud (GCE)
  • (Lots of Options, here, but I like GCE)

Some Other Tools I Regularly Used Over The Years:

  • SpinRewriter
  • Wicked Article Creator
  • Perfect Content and Spintax Genius
  • Pulover’s Macro Creator
  • UBot Studio
  • Inkscape
  • Shotcut
  • Captcha Sniper
  • DomDetailer
  • VPNTunnel
  • And More…

I have probably spent $30k, or more, in the last few years, on tools and courses, and I could easily refund 99% of them. 
Most are a useless waste of time.

Finding Success, in any given thing, is in the Practice of its Simplest Expression of Power. 
If you wanna get good at anything, you just gotta figure out the basics, and practice constantly.

You don’t need special tools for that. 
Some things can help, sure, don’t get me wrong, but don’t waste your time on gimmicks and tricks.

When it comes to large scale research, I’m a big fan, and a real argument can be made there, but when it comes to “gaming” the system, I think it’s usually a nicely dressed scam. 
This industry (internet marketing) is the absolute KING of products that APPEAR to do something useful, and they can usually do enough of a thing to be convincing, but the vast majority, of what I have found, has either been fraudulent, or some skeevy way of doing things, that isn’t really scalable, or conducive to a long-term business plan, or building a brand.

There are exceptions, of course, but they are very rare. 
I love Scrapebox, for example. 
(amazing tool that does a lot of things) 
There are also a lot of free tools, like Inkscape, that are an essential part of my arsenal.

Conclusion on SEO Automation Tools: 

If you made it this far, let me conclude by saying that we are all looking for easier ways to get things done, just don’t put a lot of your money on-the-line in pursuit of those solutions, because most of the time, it’s just not necessary.

The best tools I have ever found, for any purpose, are either free, or less than $100 one-time. 
If I could go back in time, and advise myself, this is exactly what I would say, I would encourage myself to focus on one sub-niche site, and tell myself to slowly build all the content by hand, then promote each post in niche relevant free traffic sources, paid ads, and phone calls to influencers with blogs.

The Power is in the Practice, and with Practice, it gets Faster, and you start looking for tools that make specific facets of your method more efficient. 
Most of those tools are either free, or cheap, and they perform very simple activities.

Focus on keeping your Core Method simple, and then optimize it over a long period of time. 
What I do, these days, is blog A TON, with good on-page and internal linking, and then I promote those posts in various ways, but 90% of my time is spent creating content, and it works 1000x better than anything I’ve ever done, found, or heard about.

Thanks for Reading, and I hope that I was successful in offering some encouragement. 
If you ever wanna chat about anything in the industry, hit-me-up anytime.

To the Readers on my Website…

To be successful with your website, and your SEO, it’s about learning the basics of what really works, and building a digital brand around those principles.
I highly encourage you to use the Free Tips section of this site, and also to purchase a premium package that applies to your situation.

Even if you don’t order anything with me, if I have an opportunity to save someone some suffering, I will absolutely do so.
Keep things simple, focus on the quality of your business, and you will be much happier for it, in the end! 🙂

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