First Things First... Mods, I'm really not sure if this is the best place to put this thread. Please move it if it's a problem Introduction First, a little about myself and my project: I've been doing mostly Whitehat SEO for about 2 years now (by that I mean the normal Webmaster responsibilities, including but not limited to copy writing, link building, on-site, improving conversions with A/B testing, and marketing in general,) on a b2b lead gen site/sales page, but I've recently decided to spread my wings a little bit and do the whole IM thing on a larger scale. So myself and a few associates have built a business plan for what will essentially by a large-scale IM network. We would like it to eventually get to the point where we can easily re-route large volumes of links/traffic to a number of Whitehat enterprises that we already have established. We are also considering running some services here on the BST thread when the time for that comes. The gist is that we’d be offering complete off-site SEO services powered by a (hopefully) complete portfolio of web properties. The secondary goal is that we will develop ourselves a massive platform for performing SEO research in general, from which we would share the information gathered with the community at large. As a means to this end, we are currently developing a backend that can manage a large link farm. It will be completely scalable and modular, and we may even offer to sell the suite itself at some point. From what I've been told, the turnaround for the tool itself is going to be about 12 weeks. What This Thread Should Accomplish I’m writing this thread to document both my process in actually creating this tool and as a place to aggregate all of the knowledge that the people on this forum are willing to share about link farming. I do not pretend to know everything there is to know about link farming; as I’ve stated above, I am actually kind of a technical/blackhat noob. If you are trying to start your own link network, this is definitely the thread for you, because we’ll be doing all of the heavy lifting as far seeing what works and what doesn’t. If you have anything to contribute, please post it here. This could potentially become expensive, and we’d like to make as few mistakes as possible from the beginning. If you want to laugh at a bunch of random nubs failing time and again, this might be worth your time because despite our best efforts, we probably will wind up failing a lot. How Much We Are Willing To Share We will be sharing a good amount of WHAT it is that we’re doing, but now how we’re doing it. There will perhaps be a time where we will be free to discuss our methodology for implementing our tool/network, but we ought to be successful before we spill the beans. As for why we would share thing information, there are a couple of reasons. First, we understand that IM is a community effort. There is plenty of loot to be made out there, and if we help each other out, there will be even more - I really don't think IM is a zero-sum game. Second, we are not interested in completely reinventing the wheel. Many of you own and operate your own networks out there, and any little tips or tricks will of course be appreciated. Likewise, this thread will remain as a collection of the knowledge that will be available to anyone on this forum. How Often We Will Be Updating This Thread We’ve set up a lot of benchmarks for ourselves in terms of goals and timelines. From what we’ve planned out so far, there are about 8 separate steps to creating a complete network. We’ll have big updates at each step, starting with Step One: The Basement. Step One: The Basement Like is probably the case for many people in this community, the seedling for this scheme came from Bluehat Eli’s SEO Empire Part 1. The TL;DR version of it is this: · Create a backbone of whitehat database sites with the goal of getting a bunch of pages indexed · Use those pages to create links · Launder these links through a network of sites (i.e. push the linkjuice up from our backbone sites to our money pages while washing them through a collection of sites with increasingly high quality. · Profit from the leveraged traffic and links So we have chosen to begin our journey by creating a bunch of these database sites for the mass-indexing of pages. Here are some of our database site ideas: · News Aggregation - We want to use these because 1) it’s easy to scrape a lot of potentially keyword –rich content from the news and press releases and 2) it should be easier to avoid duplicate content filters with news than it would be with other types of information. · Dictionary Sites – We want to use these because word lists are easy to come by. We’re not sure exactly how duplicate content is handled for things like dictionaries, but we have a hunch that these might work well. We also want to create some user generated dictionary sites once we get some links and traffic to leverage. · Forums – We want to use these because they’re pretty easy to set up. Populating them will of course be difficult. See the above note. · Stat Sites – There are so many databases available out there. While the data is all duplicated from other sources, the way that the data is configured makes it easy to beat duplicate content filters (in theory.) I will be advising my team to build some stat sites as I believe this is a pretty solid approach. · Wiki sites – If we had a way to develop unique content for a large wiki we would be all over this ASAP. In theory, there should be tremendous internal linking power and lots of keyword rich content to make this a worthwhile endeavor. If anyone has had success and auto-populating wikis with content while avoiding duplicates, please let me know in the thread. · Job Sites – I really like the idea of using jobsites because 1) I think that if you create them for the appropriate niche, people will actually use them, and 2) I’m told it’s relatively easy to implement this and pretty hands-off once it is implemented. Technical Issues We're trying to set up some sort of link farm support network as the tool is being worked on. Right now, we're looking into creating a massive network of content sites the goal here being to mass index a bunch of pages for potential link power. Today is the first day that we’re actually working. I’ve tasked by CS buddy with creating a dictionary first. We’re essentially building a site that uses a word list to create pages, and then grabs the content from sources on the web that we will later link back to. The next course of action will be to create some stat sites (think census data and the like.) Monetization We're thinking that the best way to monetize this kind of site is through AdSense. The site isn't up yet, but we'll be documenting everything once it is. More will come soon!