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After a few days of reading and thinking I have decided that I would like to start a review based website. Just have a few questions I would like to ask.

1. Would a blog or actual site be better.
2. Who is a good provider/hoster for my site?
3. Should I make one site that I do all my reviews or make each site a niche.

Just some thoughts that I had and would like to see peoples opinions on.
Thanks for any input.
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    Start with blog and make wach site for each niche
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  • Profile picture of the author jempub
    Hey Seth.

    Go with a blog.

    There are many great web hosts such as hostgator.com

    Wordpress makes it super easy to set up a blog.

    Make sure there's an optin form on your blog so you
    can build your list.

    List building is where the money is at.

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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    1. Would a blog or actual site be better.
    2. Who is a good provider/hoster for my site?
    3. Should I make one site that I do all my reviews or make each site a niche.
    #1 The only difference is a static front page vs posts.

    #2 Everyone will have a different opinion and they will all be biased.

    #3 That depends. If they are all closely related enough, you can keep them together.
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  • Profile picture of the author Systrix
    hello! start with the blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by SethFarrell View Post

    After a few days of reading and thinking I have decided that I would like to start a review based website. Just have a few questions I would like to ask.

    1. Would a blog or actual site be better.
    2. Who is a good provider/hoster for my site?
    3. Should I make one site that I do all my reviews or make each site a niche.

    Just some thoughts that I had and would like to see peoples opinions on.
    Thanks for any input.
    1. Personally, I would go with a Wordpress blog.

    2. I use Hostgator . I know this is controversial to say since they have really nosedived in customer service since last Summer ( acquired by EIG). But it has been no problem with me for last 6 years. But buyer beware

    3. Make each Site a niche site. The more narrowly focus the better potential for long term profitability


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  • Profile picture of the author SethFarrell
    THanks everyone for the suggestions! I really appreciate your input and especially some of you listing the names of sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author SethFarrell
    Another quick question. What is more important in search results. The name of the website or the SEO of the site itself?

    IE: I have a website named movies.com but it talks about sports.
    Would it show up for searches about movies, sports, or both?
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by SethFarrell View Post

      IE: I have a website named movies.com but it talks about sports.
      Would it show up for searches about movies, sports, or both?
      Wow, you are a real heavy hitter with that Site

      Seriously, it would show up almost entirely about Sports as the Search Engine Spiders would be crawling new content on a regular basis.


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  • Profile picture of the author mikefashen
    I know that I'm not answering any of your questions but I think you need to consider some things.

    1) How will your review site get traffic? Organic SEO means you're going to be competing against every other review site and many of them are well established making out ranking them quite difficult unless you REALLY know what you're doing.

    2) What will be different about your review site compared to the thousands of others? Why would someone want to check out your site over someone else's? What will be your unique selling point that will make people want to read your reviews instead of others?

    3) Will you be building a list in each niche? What will you give to people for signing up to your mailing list?

    A review site is no different than any other type of site and you still need to consider normal online business things. What will make your site different from your competition, where/how will you get traffic, why should potential customers regularly return to your site instead of just continuing to go to the sites they already use/go to? Are you going to build a list and if so what will be the lead generator to get someone to join?

    Hope this helps even if it wasn't at all what you asked (and all I did was ask questions to get you to consider how you're business will look)
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    Originally Posted by SethFarrell View Post

    After a few days of reading and thinking I have decided that I would like to start a review based website. Just have a few questions I would like to ask.

    1. Would a blog or actual site be better.
    2. Who is a good provider/hoster for my site?
    3. Should I make one site that I do all my reviews or make each site a niche.

    Just some thoughts that I had and would like to see peoples opinions on.
    Thanks for any input.

    1. I recommend a review blog.
    2. Hostgator is very professional from my experience.
    3. You can make one site to do al your reviews if the content is very similar, if you're dealing with completely different niches (for example, dating, and weight loss) then I would separate each niche with a different blog site.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaycrop
    1. Would a blog or actual site be better.
    2. Who is a good provider/hoster for my site?
    3. Should I make one site that I do all my reviews or make each site a niche.

    1 - I think it depends on how you want to layout the site. WordPress blog would be easier and quicker to setup.
    2 - I agree with Brent - there are as many opinions as there are providers - this is easy to research with a web search. You can always move a domain name if you decide to go with another provider in the future.
    3 - It would be easier to manage just one site and break the different niche reviews onto separate pages. If a particular niche grew large enough to warrant it's own site, you could certainly locate it on it's own domain, but to start it would be less expensive to have them all together to get a feel how each of the niches would organically grow. Perhaps you will find that you no longer wish to review a particular niche - simply remove the page vs. having spent the $$ for a domain.

    Hope that helps - just my $.02

    -J
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