My main criteria for a new site now is something that I can do quickly, easily and then forget. I don't mind spending a few hours up front, but then I want it to run as close as possible to autopilot. Fire and Forget, as the RAF would say.
I am planning a new network of sites related to a small niche. I wont say which one, but it relates to variations around a travel theme. The whole thing will take around a day of my time to set up. I will include Adsense from Day 1 (I know some say wait until you have traffic but I have never had any problems adding it at the beginning). I will then leave the sites for 6 months before coming back.
Decisions before starting:
- Should I outsource the writing of the content, or is it as effective to just use auto-news posts using WP o Matic, WP Robot etc? Writing all the content myself is not an option as I want to keep my time down to a minimum.
- Set this all up as separate Wordpress domains or use Wordpress MU? I've heard about the capability of Wordpress MU (now part of Wordpress v3.0), which lets you run multiple domains from one admin console. Has anyone tried it successfully? If so, do you have any tips or gotcha's to be aware of?
- Should I host it all on one hosting account using add-on domains (cheap and easy) or under separate hosts? I'm very much leaning towards one account because it will cost me very little and keeps the future administration hassle down if I need to move.
I will be starting this on Saturday, so I'll let you know how it goes.