I use to supplement my blogging income by writing for a blog that i didn’t own. I got paid around $15 dollars per post. The post could be anywhere from 100 words to 400 words. I took the job not because i needed the money, but rather for experience. I wanted to learn from this blogger. I wrote for an iphone blog. I have been a fan of the iphone every since it came out. During that same time, i started my own iphone blog. I figured that i wouldn’t need to do any additional research for this freelance gig. I don’t blog for other people anymore. I have found that the time invested is just not worth it. I would much rather invest my time into something that i own. But, i did learn something big. I learned how the bigger fish play. I learned how to think bigger with my blog. You can end up with a nice blog farm by setting up your own blog network. Here is why i think that everyone should make money online with their own blog network.
First of all, you can get a lot of free authority links from your network of blogs. At first, this isn’t going to be easy. You will have to establish each individual blog to authority status. But, once you get the ball rolling, your PR will start soaring. Your search engine ranking will be one word…wait for it…awesomeness! If you check out any of the major blogs, you will probably notice a network of other blogs. Engadget has links to autoblog, joystiq, tuaw, and etc. Gigaom has a blog network with theappleblog, newteevee, webworkerdaily, and etc. You get the idea. These giants make huge sums of money because they keep branching out into other niches. If you follow the articles closely, they will link to each other constantly. That is some major link juice that is shared within the network. These links are all authority links and they are all free. The rich getting rich rule applies to authority links as well. Once you have an authority blog, you can constantly grow other authority blogs.
Secondly, your network of blogs can easily get private ads when they are bunched up. If you do not average tens of thousands of hits a day with just one blog, maybe you can achieve this with a collection of five blogs. This stat is something that your advertisers will love to see.
Thirdly, you can easily negotiate SEO link trades when you have a nice blog network. You probably won’t ever have to ask for a link every again. The emails will come to you.
Lastly, it doesn’t cost that much money to run these web sites. The cost of setting up a blog is next to nothing. Even if you require a lot of power or space, you will only end up spending a hundred dollars a month for web hosting. Compare that to any type of brick and mortar business. You can’t!
Setting up 5 authority blogs for your network isn’t easy. Most people can’t even set up one authority blog. But, once you set up your first one, it’ll be easier to grow your second one. When you start out on this venture, get in good with some power players. Be direct and honest with your link requests. You’re going to need a lot of links when you get started. I would even recommend buying a few links to start off. (Or join a link network)
Don’t get discouraged by the giant blogs. If you spend a lot of time on engadget, you probably have what it takes to set up a nice tech blog. It is unlikely that it will grow to engadget’s level, but you can still grow a nice medium tech blog. Medium blogs can also be authority blogs. The web is big enough for a few more medium size tech blogs. Same goes for perezhilton. If you love celebrity gossip, start up your own celebrity gossip blog. Post too long again. Noob out!