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I have everything ready to go for my blogfarm, except...

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by mollah, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    I still don't know what website layout to use.

    I'd like to do it for free if I can, but I don't know if that is possible.

    My concerns:

    Using free hosted blogger blogs
    Obviously I am going to need adsense but doesn't blogger only let you put adsense where it allows you to (as dictated by the "monetize" option in blogger dashboard)?

    Using my own domain
    Is it ok to buy a universal-sounding domain and make 100s of subdomains? I really don't want to buy hundreds of individual domains when I'm not even sure which of my blog niches will be successful. So if I were to get something like "about.com" (obviously that's already taken) I could do niche1.about.com, niche2.about.com, etc. That would work.

    Using the "blog" format
    Is this acceptable for adsense blog farms? My concers are as follows:

    - With a normal "blog" format, every post is going to appear on the first page, at the top of the list. So you're going to have 50-100 posts, and you're still only going to have 1 page on the entire site. The problem with this is going to be you can't optimize indidivual posts for search engines. If your blog topic is "widgets" you can't have one page for "blue widgets" and another page for "big widgets" and another page for "how to shop for widgets", etc. Instead, you're going to have them all on the same page, which sounds lame. It also limits that effectiveness of adsense because you can only have like 3 adsense panels per page and if you have 50 posts on one page then chances are the reader is not going to be viewing adsense at most times.

    - With an "article site" format, you can have a table of contents or whatever on one side, and each article or "blog entry" will have its own page. This sounds by far like the best idea because then each page can have its own 3 adsense ad panels, AND you can SEO each individual article. But I don't know of any free blog hosts that allow this format. Are there any? Second question: all of my websites up through this point have been entirely coded by hand by me, so I've never used WP or anything. Are there any WP themes that are set up like this so that each article gets its own page rather than being posted all on the same page?

    Thanks.
     
  2. sonneti

    sonneti Regular Member

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    You have to spend money to make money.

    Free domains are ok but you can lose them in a second & you won't have full control over them to place your ads where you want to place your ads. Plus you can't install the plugins that will save you hundreds of hours of work.

    Get hosting from dreamhost.com they have a special offer at the minute $9 for a years worth of hosting. Buy 1 x .com domain name & run 5 or 6 sub domains from it. You can get .coms from godaddy.com for $7.49 with a coupon, you could get some .info's for $1.19 each too but they dont have the same brandability.

    also bustname.com is a great tool for finding good domain names.
     
  3. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    You know what? I know I replied to this thread because I remember everything I typed. But I just checked this thread again and it's not there.

    I even checked my keylogger that I run on my computer (I run it for if a browser crashes while I'm typing a long email or something so I don't have to retype every thing... not for shady reasons) and there's no record of me replying to this post. It's like it vanished entirely!

    So let me recreate it from memory...

    You know, the more I think about it, the more I think it's a better idea to buy my own domain. That way I can put ads wherever I want on them. Except I won't have the insta-PR that you get from blogspot. The bad part about doing this is I will have to do extra SEO effort. I guess I could make blogger pages and point those to my own domain, but then that's even MORE creation to do.

    Right now I have a hostgator account that allows "unlimited" subdomains. But really, is it ok if I make 100s of them? So I guess I'll have to get some universal sounding name and do subdomains, like niche1.whatever.com, niche2.whatever.com, etc. I'm not planning on linking them together (this isn't a mininet configuration or anything) so will it matter if they're all on the same IP address then?

    Is there a realistic limit to how many subdomain blogs I can have on the same domain? I don't mind buying another domain... but I don't want to buy 100 more domains.
     
  4. Questionable

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    If you really don't want to spend the money on hundreds of domains, I would buy one, setup Wordpress MU on the master domain, and make the master domain look like a website for anyone to host their blog on your site. Just like wordpress.com or blogger.com

    Then run subdomains off that, and open it to the public or run a fake BETA invite only. Who knows, your blog domain might take off.

    With Wordpress MU you can manage your subdomains, plugins, etc. from one admin panel, saving your lots and lots of time.
     
  5. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    That was the first idea I had, but then wouldn't I be stuck using a "blog" style page is better where all the posts appear on the same page then?

    I just don't intuitively see how that could be better. Here are the following cons I can think of:

    - All your posts on one page but only 3 adsense panels = chances are the person won't be looking an adsense ad and therefore won't be clicking it

    - All your posts on one page = no ability to SEO for various blog posts. You just have one page total which you can SEO for some keywords, but not all keywords

    - Do people really read blogs? When I want info about something I sure as hell don't go read someone's blog about it. I go find some informational site instead where each product/topic/whatever has its own page. I don't understand how a blog with all the posts on the same page would be useful. What if the person wants to learn about "Type-A Widgets" and so he's taken to a blog with 50 posts about Widgets (all on the same page with no table of contents). Am I supposed to believe that he's going to spend the time to scroll down the page looking through all 50 posts until he gets to the one talking about "Type-A Widgets"? (compared to an "article" type site where he would be taken directly to the page about Type-A Widgets because that entry has its own page which is specifically SEOed and all the ads on that page will specifically apply to Type-A Widgets because that's the only info on the page, which brings me to my next point:

    - I don't see how adsense can give targeted ads when you have all 50 articles/posts on the same page. If each post gets its own page then you will get ads specific to the subject of that post, but if you have 50 different posts on the same page, you're going to get ads related to all of them, not to the specific one that the person is reading at the moment.


    What am I missing?
     
  6. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    i guess what i'm asking is which of the following formats is best for a series of blogs created for monetization:

    (none of these are mine, they're just examples of different types I've seen posted here)

    All new posts appearing on the front page with a "read the rest of this entry" option
    hxxp://w*ww.stock*tradingsoftwarereviews.org/page/2/


    Blog with one post per page and links to other posts
    hxxp://w*ww.korprit*zombie.com/

    Blog with one post per page but no central linking hub (specifically designed that way so people have to click an add to get off the page)
    hxxp://ww*w.renewable-power-resource.info/the-advantages-and-benefits-of-wooden-furniture/

    An "info" or "article" site that doesn't even follow a blog layout (no dated posts, etc.) with an article hub on the right column
    hxxp://fireplace*designtips.com/

    I seriously have everything ready to go except I can't find any info about which design is most effective.

    I'm asking for feedback from people who make money with adfarms.

    Thanks.
     
  7. klawre1221

    klawre1221 Regular Member

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    You make a blog about widgets. You make a category about blue widgets. one about black widgets, whatever term you are going for. You make posts and select which category is most approriate. All you posts about black widgets go to the black widget category all your posts about blue widgets go to the blue widgets category. Also make sure your tags are on point at the bottom of your posts. Don't put irrelevant stuff in your tags. Make sure your categories and your tag cloud is on the front of your blog .
     
  8. Questionable

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    Although Wordpress is a blogging platform, quite a lot of webmasters use it for normal websites. I bet you'd be surprised at how many of the websites you visit run off of wordpress.

    There are many themes that show your content as a website, not as a blog. There is such a large following you can find extensions and themes for almost anything you can dream up.
     
  9. mollah

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    Is it easy to modify a cool-looking WP site into a non-blog looking site?

    Usually I look around at WP themes for inspiration, and then I say "ok, could I code this by hand and make changes so it fits my needs?" And usually I can except for the crazy hard stuff, so I just end up doing it by hand with a lot of php includes so i can modify one section (like "article list") and it will update everywhere on every page.

    But i'm not in the mood to do that for 100s of sites, I only do that for my big sites, so that's why I am asking.
     
  10. Questionable

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    Wordpress theme's are just html, css, and php. It sounds like you have what it takes.

    The reason I suggested Wordpress MU is you can manage all your sites from one admin panel, and apply the same theme to as many as you want.