100 sites....is it doable?

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Hi, all. This is a thought that came into my mind and I just wondered if it was viable.

Is it possible to have 100 niche sites? I'm not talking about 200 page authority sites, but rather sites that target longer tail, more specific keywords.

I know that the largest amount of work would be in SEO since a website on page 20 isn't going to make you any money. It seems to me like something like this may earn a decent income, when you think about how the various sites will average out. That is, some will do poorly, other will do better.

What do you think? Has this ever been accomplished?

Thanks for your input.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve L
    Originally Posted by amarketing View Post

    Hi, all. This is a thought that came into my mind and I just wondered if it was viable.

    Is it possible to have 100 niche sites? I'm not talking about 200 page authority sites, but rather sites that target longer tail, more specific keywords.

    I know that the largest amount of work would be in SEO since a website on page 20 isn't going to make you any money. It seems to me like something like this may earn a decent income, when you think about how the various sites will average out. That is, some will do poorly, other will do better.

    What do you think? Has this ever been accomplished?

    Thanks for your input.
    yes, people make that many sites all the time. personally, i can't imagine having to manage all of those sites. 3 is fine for me at the moment.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    It's certainly possible, but it'd be difficult to keep them all updated. It'd also run you $800/year or more in domain renewal fees. This wont' be much once you get started, but it could be a lot for the first year.

    Another thing you'll want to consider is that it'll be a pain in the ass building backlinks for 100 sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author GracefulSwan
    Yes it could be possible if you worked really hard at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RhondaG
    I know people who have a couple hundred sites, however........these sites are getting content from article directories, etc and not using original content. They put them together very fast and can possibly even make money with them through amazon and ebay.

    BUT>>>>> to make a good living this way it takes hundreds of sites that are drip fed content and i feel you would be better off having 10 or less sites that you can really work, tweak, and market.

    People who get into making money online sometimes do not realize that building a site is only the tip of the iceberg. Marketing your product, site, and services is where the hard work begins.

    With the latest Google Panda Update many of the auto blog and auto content sites are getting deindexed, so why not build sites that offer true and real value to people searching on the web. If you do, Google WILL send traffic your way!

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    • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
      Originally Posted by RhondaG View Post

      I know people who have a couple hundred sites, however........these sites are getting content from article directories, etc and not using original content. They put them together very fast and can possibly even make money with them through amazon and ebay.

      BUT>>>>> to make a good living this way it takes hundreds of sites that are drip fed content and i feel you would be better off having 10 or less sites that you can really work, tweak, and market.

      People who get into making money online sometimes do not realize that building a site is only the tip of the iceberg. Marketing your product, site, and services is where the hard work begins.

      With the latest Google Panda Update many of the auto blog and auto content sites are getting deindexed, so why not build sites that offer true and real value to people searching on the web. If you do, Google WILL send traffic your way!


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  • Profile picture of the author problog
    It's doable but how are you planning to rank all of them? Make a plan on how you're going to drive traffic to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author shmeeko69
    Originally Posted by amarketing View Post

    Hi, all. This is a thought that came into my mind and I just wondered if it was viable.

    Is it possible to have 100 niche sites? I'm not talking about 200 page authority sites, but rather sites that target longer tail, more specific keywords.

    I know that the largest amount of work would be in SEO since a website on page 20 isn't going to make you any money. It seems to me like something like this may earn a decent income, when you think about how the various sites will average out. That is, some will do poorly, other will do better.

    What do you think? Has this ever been accomplished?

    Thanks for your input.
    Yes I think there would be enough info on any particular niche to have that many websites, but it would cost you around $1000 per year and a lot of updating. I think it's better to deal with a small amount of websites and find ways to generate traffic and income and once you find a way which suits you best just replicate the formula over and over again.

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  • Profile picture of the author Anup Mahajan
    Definitely possible but its going to take time and effort. A faster way is to outsource everything but it will cost you a lot of money.

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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    If you were building 100 sites to simply target low competition long-tail keywords you could just use EZA--unless your wanting to profit from Adsense, then you'll need to set up your own sites.

    I'm currently trying to rank youtube videos for this very thing as I don't have the time or the desire to buy and build 100 sites out.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Hell yeah this is possible. Setup one blog the way you want things to work and then use a script such as wptwin to duplicate that blog in seconds. Outsource your article writing and link building and away you go. My question would be, why only 100 sites? As for maintaining the sites, all you need to do is send some more links to them every now and then to make sure they maintain their rankings. Simple.
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    • Profile picture of the author shystar
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Hell yeah this is possible. Setup one blog the way you want things to work and then use a script such as wptwin to duplicate that blog in seconds. Outsource your article writing and link building and away you go. My question would be, why only 100 sites? As for maintaining the sites, all you need to do is send some more links to them every now and then to make sure they maintain their rankings. Simple.
      So true. I'm doing this now.
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  • Profile picture of the author RichardF
    Sure it's possible, but not until you've got a solid, repeatable action plan. Don't go building 100 sites until you're confident that your plan works, and that it scales well enough. That would just waste a ton of effort and money.
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by amarketing View Post

    Hi, all. This is a thought that came into my mind and I just wondered if it was viable.

    Is it possible to have 100 niche sites? I'm not talking about 200 page authority sites, but rather sites that target longer tail, more specific keywords.
    Yes, it is viable, practical and do-able... with the right skills and a budget.

    If this is your first project, start small and then scale.

    If you're familiar with building niche minisites, understand that this will take
    a lot of organization, discipline and initially hard work.

    For a new project, it took me around 3 months and a modest initial investment
    to build a portfolio of 50 sites, add content to them, and build links to get many
    indexed and ranked high on search engines.

    The pay-off is that, within 6 months, they are generating enough cash flow
    to recoup most of that original investment, and comfortably cover ongoing
    expenses re domain registration, hosting, backlinking etc - leaving a healthy
    profit.

    Also, maintenance is an issue, though not a major problem - so long as you
    are used to working on a schedule, sequentially updating each of those sites
    on a plan. Yes, there is an ongoing cost involved, too - for content creation,
    link building and other marketing.

    Hope this helps

    All success
    Dr.Mani
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by drmani View Post

      Yes, it is viable, practical and do-able... with the right skills and a budget.

      If this is your first project, start small and then scale.

      If you're familiar with building niche minisites, understand that this will take
      a lot of organization, discipline and initially hard work.

      For a new project, it took me around 3 months and a modest initial investment
      to build a portfolio of 50 sites, add content to them, and build links to get many
      indexed and ranked high on search engines.

      The pay-off is that, within 6 months, they are generating enough cash flow
      to recoup most of that original investment, and comfortably cover ongoing
      expenses re domain registration, hosting, backlinking etc - leaving a healthy
      profit.

      Also, maintenance is an issue, though not a major problem - so long as you
      are used to working on a schedule, sequentially updating each of those sites
      on a plan. Yes, there is an ongoing cost involved, too - for content creation,
      link building and other marketing.

      Hope this helps

      All success
      Dr.Mani
      I'm going through the exact same thing as we speak. Pretty big initial investment and some hard work, headaches etc but starting to pay off now.

      I project that by December this year all investment will be recouped and from there it will be profit all the way.

      To the OP, don't build 100 sites if you've never had a profitable site before. Build a few sites and make them profitable first. Then you'll be able to scale it up.

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    • Profile picture of the author angiedc
      Originally Posted by drmani View Post

      Yes, it is viable, practical and do-able... with the right skills and a budget.

      If this is your first project, start small and then scale.

      If you're familiar with building niche minisites, understand that this will take
      a lot of organization, discipline and initially hard work.

      For a new project, it took me around 3 months and a modest initial investment
      to build a portfolio of 50 sites, add content to them, and build links to get many
      indexed and ranked high on search engines.

      The pay-off is that, within 6 months, they are generating enough cash flow
      to recoup most of that original investment, and comfortably cover ongoing
      expenses re domain registration, hosting, backlinking etc - leaving a healthy
      profit.

      Also, maintenance is an issue, though not a major problem - so long as you
      are used to working on a schedule, sequentially updating each of those sites
      on a plan. Yes, there is an ongoing cost involved, too - for content creation,
      link building and other marketing.

      Hope this helps

      All success
      Dr.Mani
      Not trying to hijack the thread, but I think some good information has been given in response (at least for me anyway). I'm a brand newbie to IM and I'm assuming the OP is new as well. My question is generally speaking, what are people's thoughts on buying niche sites while trying to get started. I've purchased two that I plan to rewrite the articles that were included as well as work on one from scratch. I'm wondering if that's too ambitious to start.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Of course it is doable for hundreds or even thousands of sites. A technique I have been using for all of my sites is to get link juice and traffic by linking from high ranking sites in related niches. Find the sites that rank in the first 1-3 positions in the SERPs of your keywords/phrases and submit either articles or ads to them. Using this method it is possible to have many hundreds of sites pulling income over very short periods of time in even the hotest and most highly competitive niches. Hitching a ride on high ranking and contextually relevant sites generates significant levels of convertable traffic very quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author barache
    There is a problem with a 100 site model, imo. It's not about getting them built, as you can do some and outsource the others. It's not about managing them either. There are tools and resources to help you with that. It's about ranking them, getting good traffic, and converting that traffic. To me, that is way harder to do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
      Absolutely yes.

      just covering a few points from above.

      Yes, if you have never done it before test a few first as getting the right keywords is crucial. Get that bit right first.

      Automate the build with template or clone blog tool.

      Right choice of keywords means easy ranking without too much serious backlinking but again some form of automation incuded to reduce the workload.

      Ongoing maintenance is very little. Assuming Wordpress then occassionally upgrade to latest version + plugins (don't do every upgrade every time!)

      Almost no need to add additional content unless you produce a particulaury high performing blog (I know that sound backwards but - improve on success -don't chase failure)

      Use unique content, forget scraped or articles. You only need a few posts as long as they are keyword optimised. I find if you rank in the top three they will generally be happy there for 12 months.

      $800 a year in domain renewals (YES!) thats $8 a blog. That's 1 months income from a poorly performing blog - so 11 months of it profit.

      Amazon and Adsense convert well on small blogs (correctly targeted keywords) even with surprisingly low traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author matt5409
    I wouldn't recommend it

    Purely because you're literally going to be spamming. Unless you can outsource content generation and maintenance for a number of the sites, there is just no way you will be able to look after them all. I do wish people would stop putting out loads of sites to make money in this way. I have several niche sites and sorely regret half of them...

    Concentrate on 2/3 subjects you're really passionate about, and then build sites around that. It's more profitable too. Think about it - three huge sites with say, 300 pages each, is going to be more content out there than 100 sites with 2 pages each.
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    • Profile picture of the author ColleenHale
      Originally Posted by matt5409 View Post

      I wouldn't recommend it

      Purely because you're literally going to be spamming. Unless you can outsource content generation and maintenance for a number of the sites, there is just no way you will be able to look after them all. I do wish people would stop putting out loads of sites to make money in this way. I have several niche sites and sorely regret half of them...

      Concentrate on 2/3 subjects you're really passionate about, and then build sites around that. It's more profitable too. Think about it - three huge sites with say, 300 pages each, is going to be more content out there than 100 sites with 2 pages each.
      Thanks for saying that these sites would be SPAMMING. I'm getting really sick of seeing cookie cutter sites everywhere I look. It's depressing for someone that wants to make money online to see these things everywhere.
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      • Profile picture of the author DamenRabat
        If you lessen your work load by outsourcing e.g. link building than I am positive that it is very well possible.
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      • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
        Originally Posted by ColleenHale View Post

        Thanks for saying that these sites would be SPAMMING. I'm getting really sick of seeing cookie cutter sites everywhere I look. It's depressing for someone that wants to make money online to see these things everywhere.
        Sorry but that's BS....

        The idea that if you have lots of sites you must be putting out crap just shows the mindset of the people commenting.

        Maybe that's what YOU would be doing.

        I don't know why people feel that when others are doing something they can't they have to lump them all into a negative category.

        Having lots of sites means..... you have lots of sites - it has NOTHING to do with the quality of the site/content.

        PLEASE STOP trying to make out that everyone who does more business than you must be putting out crap - it's untrue and annoying.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
          Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

          Sorry but that's BS....

          The idea that if you have lots of sites you must be putting out crap just shows the mindset of the people commenting.

          Maybe that's what YOU would be doing.

          I don't know why people feel that when others are doing something they can't they have to lump them all into a negative category.

          Having lots of sites means..... you have lots of sites - it has NOTHING to do with the quality of the site/content.

          PLEASE STOP trying to make out that everyone who does more business than you must be putting out crap - it's untrue and annoying.
          I agree and disagree...I create some sites purely to 'game the system'...I create others with pure content. Heck, I sometimes wonder whether that's this week's 'Google beating formula'.

          I'll find out next week, I suppose.

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          • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
            Originally Posted by Steven Fullman View Post

            I agree and disagree...I create some sites purely to 'game the system'...I create others with pure content. Heck, I sometimes wonder whether that's this week's 'Google beating formula'.

            I'll find out next week, I suppose.

            Cheers,
            Steve
            But the point is - not every person with many sites has a farm of splogs.

            Yes there are tons of them out there, but that's different to saying if you have a lot of sites you MUST be spamming crap content. It's taken me many years to build up my sites so when people flippantly say "if you have a lot of sites they have to be crap spam blogs" it's just wrong....
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            • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
              Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

              But the point is - not every person with many sites has a farm of splogs.

              Yes there are tons of them out there, but that's different to saying if you have a lot of sites you MUST be spamming crap content. It's taken me many years to build up my sites so when people flippantly say "if you have a lot of sites they have to be crap spam blogs" it's just wrong....
              Hi Andy,

              Splogs...is that the term?

              It's wrong, and yes some of them are promo'ing 'crap content'.

              Mostly legit, though.

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              • Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

                Sorry but that's BS....

                The idea that if you have lots of sites you must be putting out crap just shows the mindset of the people commenting.

                Maybe that's what YOU would be doing.

                I don't know why people feel that when others are doing something they can't they have to lump them all into a negative category.

                Having lots of sites means..... you have lots of sites - it has NOTHING to do with the quality of the site/content.

                PLEASE STOP trying to make out that everyone who does more business than you must be putting out crap - it's untrue and annoying.
                Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

                But the point is - not every person with many sites has a farm of splogs.

                Yes there are tons of them out there, but that's different to saying if you have a lot of sites you MUST be spamming crap content. It's taken me many years to build up my sites so when people flippantly say "if you have a lot of sites they have to be crap spam blogs" it's just wrong....
                Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

                I've done it ... but let's say it has been a long term project.
                This is a pet peeve of mine, as well.

                Well said, indeed, Andyhenry. What the 'others' here seem to be missing is the organizational skills necessary to pull it off themselves, which accounts for the sour grapes attitude.

                The rest is covered by outsourcing, templates, software and scripts.

                Even so, though, it is not something I would recommend for someone just starting out. Keep it small until you have a good handle on things, and have a sound routine in place.
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                • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
                  Originally Posted by Bradley J Anderson View Post

                  Even so, though, it is not something I would recommend for someone just starting out. Keep it small until you have a good handle on things, and have a sound routine in place.
                  Agreed. It's definitely starting out in a measured and focused way and ramping up only once you understand what works for you and what doesn't. Expanding a poor process will run you into overload easily, like with PPC, don't expand until you understand what works.
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        • Profile picture of the author matt5409
          Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

          Sorry but that's BS....

          The idea that if you have lots of sites you must be putting out crap just shows the mindset of the people commenting.

          Maybe that's what YOU would be doing.

          I don't know why people feel that when others are doing something they can't they have to lump them all into a negative category.

          Having lots of sites means..... you have lots of sites - it has NOTHING to do with the quality of the site/content.

          PLEASE STOP trying to make out that everyone who does more business than you must be putting out crap - it's untrue and annoying.
          Erm, simple fact - most niche sites are worthless.

          You must be under some illusion if you think otherwise. After months of exploring niches I've seen so many appalling sites, it's not even funny. That coupled with the fact I offer site reviews on Fiverr and to be honest a good portion of those sites could do with work.

          When I say worthless - I mean their intent to make money is CLEARLY stronger than their intent to provide value. You need a balance, and most niche sites simply do not have it. As an affiliate myself, I do understand this logic, and with business objectives in place it's easy to swing the wrong way. But let's not pretend that most niche sites offer value, because they really don't.

          EDIT: to add, I'm not suggesting for a single moment that operating a network of 100+ sites and making each one valuable is impossible. It just takes brains, organisation skills and perseverance.
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          • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
            Originally Posted by matt5409 View Post

            Erm, simple fact - most niche sites are worthless.

            You must be under some illusion if you think otherwise.
            I'm sorry - but I'm basing my comments on MY experience of creating small useful information sites that have some sort of monetising attached.

            I don't know about your methods and ethics but I'm not in the habit of creating crap just to try and make commissions, so I would not ever create a site that was not designed to be useful to people and offer some new value (i.e not auto-blogs using other people's existing content).

            So, from my perspective creating crap sites that are not useful to real people is pretty offensive, so for someone to suggest that I MUST be doing this because that's what they've seen other people do, and that I must be dilluded if I suggest otherwise is highly offensive.

            I hate that crap as much as anyone and so I don't create it.
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            • Profile picture of the author matt5409
              Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

              I'm sorry - but I'm basing my comments on MY experience of creating small useful information sites that have some sort of monetising attached.

              I don't know about your methods and ethics but I'm not in the habit of creating crap just to try and make commissions, so I would not ever create a site that was not designed to be useful to people and offer some new value (i.e not auto-blogs using other people's existing content).

              So, from my perspective creating crap sites that are not useful to real people is pretty offensive, so for someone to suggest that I MUST be doing this because that's what they've seen other people do, and that I must be dilluded if I suggest otherwise is highly offensive.

              I hate that crap as much as anyone and so I don't create it.
              That's fair enough - I'm not accusing you. Heck you seem experienced and focused enough to actually pull it off, but I truly believe that most are not, and this is why we see so many poor websites out there that scrape content, provide poorly written gibberish and plug their homepages so full of ads even the most friendly and tolerant technology luddite would lose faith.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenJones
    Everything is possible, if you have the time this is surely possible. You planning to all 100 for 1 niche? Or different niches all together?

    Originally Posted by amarketing View Post

    Hi, all. This is a thought that came into my mind and I just wondered if it was viable.

    Is it possible to have 100 niche sites? I'm not talking about 200 page authority sites, but rather sites that target longer tail, more specific keywords.

    I know that the largest amount of work would be in SEO since a website on page 20 isn't going to make you any money. It seems to me like something like this may earn a decent income, when you think about how the various sites will average out. That is, some will do poorly, other will do better.

    What do you think? Has this ever been accomplished?

    Thanks for your input.
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  • Profile picture of the author wayfarer
    100 sites sounds nice, but what does your first one look like?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    It is definitely possible. A friend of mine owns over 150 websites, however, his niches don't require too much care and maintenance to make money. Also, he hires other internet marketers willing to do the dirty work (maintain his websites) for low cost.

    Myself, I can't imagine having more then 20 sites, unless of course, you hire somebody to look over them. I already have about 30 websites, but about 5 are products, and 10 more don't need maintenance, so I'm good .

    The pain in the ass is building backlinks for each website... I don't mind paying $10 for a domain, however, I do mind spending hundreds of dollars and hours creating backlinks and doing SEO.

    Those are my 2 cents. Hope that answers your question.

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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    yes it's possible- I have hundreds. had over 1200 until not long ago but I'm down to a few hundred now.
    It's not actually a problem as long as you're organised and have a plan for what they are for and what needs to be done to keep them working for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rough Outline
    It's more than possible. I'm hoping to get to that figure of sites soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author bontiguell
    Pretty sure the amount of sites you can build is limitless, its up to as to how much work you want to invest. However with 100 sites I would be doing a lot of outsourcing !!
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  • Profile picture of the author MandLoys
    It's possible however I'm not sure about the quality if you manage them all by yourself!...
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  • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
    The major problem I see is managing all the sites. It'd be a pain if you need to update the wordpress software for each of them one by one for instance. So you'd need something like WP Manager or WP Robot Control Center.
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  • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
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    Yes it's possible to build 100 sites
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  • Profile picture of the author scorpio9
    of course it possible, but would you want to? is it manageable?
    Why not spend the time, money and energy on fewer sites that are more manageable, put your energies into getting good content, good backlinks, good ranking and you may find that you get better income in the long run.

    If you still want to do 100 than I suggest you look at automation (e.g. article submitters) and outsourcing (e.g. article writers) but they will cost you money and eat into your profits.

    good luck though

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  • Profile picture of the author Dustin_M
    I had over 100 sites at one time and it was a nightmare to manage. Just updating wordpress took hours, not to mention updating the various plugins. I have since cut way back.

    Unless you have a team of people that you trust, you may end up spending most of your time doing non-revenue producing tasks.
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  • Profile picture of the author kimberly Aita
    Just to put a little bit of perspective on this, I had a boatload of auto sites that were making me some (not much but more than now) of money from adsense and amazon until google may day last year.

    They all disappeared completely and my income went from about $200 per month and growing down to zero so I put some work into a few and still couldn't keep up.

    I wasn't making enough to outsource and had to let a lot go as I couldn't even renew the domain names. I have checked to see if some of those are available just for the heck of it and get excited for about 3 seconds when "yes!, that domain is available as a premium domain and you can have it for only $12,000?

    Really, my point is just as others have said, build on what you have and get it to page one and then start on a new one. Even if you want to work on 2-4 at a time, great but don't get over loaded.

    I am trying now to buy my domains because of their age and exact keyword factor but still can't keep up.

    If you are just getting started, find a great emd and build it up with original content and then move on to the next but keep it to where you can add some content every now and then to each one.

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  • Profile picture of the author Dzierba
    I once had the unstoppable urge to create like 20 niche sites at once. I think I only ended up creating eight, and six out of those 8 sites failed. The reasons the failed were mostly due to my keyword research errors, but two of them are still ranking. If you are going to try to build 100 niche sites, be ready for a ton of them to fail, but don't get discouraged, build up the ones that are successful, and learn what not to do from the ones that fail.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ross Kenny
      It's a lot of hard work to take on but if you
      follow a proven system that works you can
      do really well.

      The backlinking will most probably need
      outsourcing unless you like doing it yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Sharp
    Yes it is possible but i don't think you can handle it alone. You need a VA to help you manage it.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    I dont know about this whole "more sites more money" mentality.

    Id much rather 10 sites making $1,000 a month, than 1,000 sites making $10 a month.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      I can't believe some of the comments that are coming out in this thread - especially from people who have NOT ever had over 100 sites.

      All this "it's impossible to manage", "they would have to be autoblogs", "your income could disappear overnight", "better to have fewer that are better quality" etc..... It's all BS....

      Sorry to be so blunt but people are saying this stuff like they're facts when they're just opinions and largely based on having NOT done it.

      I've had a LOT more sites than we're talking about here and so I'm saying this from experience not speculation.......

      You CAN have hundreds of GOOD sites that enable you to make decent money - and there are many ways to do this.

      As an example here's one way that I use:

      I have a network of 120 sites that serve one purpose - To give me high PR places to get links for myself and my clients.

      For sites I have 2 full-time article writers who provide new, unique (not auto-fed or spun) content to them on a daily basis. I don't run ANY advertising them - they're purely information sites and useful to their visitors.

      How do I make money? I get paid for getting search results for my clients and these sites are the main way I do that. I also use several fellow warriors SEM services to spread extra love around and I use all the normal strategies too, but my ability to immediately get a client 120 high PR links from my own network has a lot of value. I used to have many more sites but that required more work and I found the 80/20 rule applied (20% of the sites were having 80% of the impact) so I trimmed down to the 120 best ones.

      Then there's the other side - I've been online for over a decade and I like to create new sites, so naturally even if I just built one a month I'd still have over 100 by now also.

      This whole discussion reminds me of the PPC discussions - don't spend your money on PPC because you could lose it. That only happens if you don't know what you're doing and start spending without a decent strategy.

      Building sites is the same - sure you could waste a lot of money if you bought 100 domains for 2 years and then never put any sites on them, but it's not hard to get a site to make enough in a year to pay for its hosting, so if you can't do that then you shouldn't be buying so many.

      In reality - it's easier to make money with more sites than less because it's more weight to throw behind every new site.

      If YOU can't imagine that you are organised enough to manage a lot of sites and you don't want to outsource it - then yes 100 is too many, but that's a personal thing, for some of us 100 sites is nothing.

      There are a lot of ways to make money with sites that do not involve filling them with auto-generated content and running Adsense so if you're new to IM and thinking that's all there is please don't get misled into not thinking big.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    Been there, done that. Had a few hundred at one point but it was just stupid. I make a lot more now with just a handful. I let hundreds of domains expire and it was awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde
    Don't buy 100 sites at the same time because it'll get overwhelming and you'll just end up doing nothing in the end. Start with 10, and start another 10 once that first batch of 10 is profitable.

    Good luck!

    Source: I own 2,200+ sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author DragosRoua
    I tried to do this once and it proved to be much more difficult than I thought. It's not about starting it, it's not about making it behave correctly in Google (you can do it even without blackhat SEO) but it's about managing. It's very difficult to automate such a big process. I had to settle for only 25 sites and out of them 2 became niche leaders. But it took like 4-5 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheSEguy
    I would concentrate more on one site and see results first.

    Your looking at the more the better but this isnt always the case, im sure some have done it succesfully this way but its much easier to start with one and start to see a return before going after so many at once.

    It would cost more to register the domains for the site than some people make online in a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebsiteDeck
    Thats going to be a pretty massive investment on your part. I still say start of a little smaller and work hard on those rather than having sites which under perform why not have all sites perform well?
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  • Profile picture of the author gskesavan
    Yep, it is definitely doable. It depends on how much you can manage. I can mostly manage only up to 50. Some may do it till even 200.

    Don't think so much. My personal suggestion is that you start building one. When you start seeing a couple of sales move onto the next. This way you will have 100 niche sites before you realized it has happened.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    yes but with that much sites you should concentrate on adsense and affiliate marketing mainly.
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  • Profile picture of the author balric
    I have over 150 sites right now. I would not suggest going this way anymore. The latest google updates killed a lot of the rankings. You have to be able to keep up with them changes and if you have that many sites it is very hard.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by balric View Post

      I have over 150 sites right now. I would not suggest going this way anymore. The latest google updates killed a lot of the rankings. You have to be able to keep up with them changes and if you have that many sites it is very hard.
      Doesn't that depend on how you manage them????

      There are lots of ways to centrally manage a lot of sites so that things like WP updates, template changes, adding content etc.. are just a few mouse clicks.

      If you have a good supply of new fresh content then uploading that is the main activity once the sites are set up and that's only a few clicks and a copy and paste a few times a day.

      Even if you updated 500 sites every day and you had writers supplying you with 500 articles a day then it would still only take a having a script that checked a folder for new content and posted it if there was some there and it would take zero time to update them.

      I don't know why people keep talking like updating lots of sites means spending ages and using crap content or scraping.

      This stuff is not rocket science.

      I can only imagine that it must be that the people commenting are trying to do everything themselves and are not familiar with getting scripts made to repeat common tasks, so they think that getting lots of content must mean scraping and looking after a lot of sites can't be done.

      If you want lots of sites then it's not hard to sit down and work out how to create them so that you can manage them.

      Even tools like Firepow will let you create 1000 blogs in a few minutes just the same as if you installed them yourself and set up templates and plugins. The longest part is giving it all your ftp details and you could outsource that for about $20. Content is just as easy to outsource, there are thousands of writers looking for work.

      So unless you're trying to do everything yourself and don't have any money to invest in your business, making a lot of sites is easy, and that's not using scraped content - that's even easier and can be done on auto-pilot and take no effort so surely a little thought, a little effort and some money is not really that extreme a solution that people just don't consider it?
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      • Profile picture of the author balric
        Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

        Doesn't that depend on how you manage them????

        There are lots of ways to centrally manage a lot of sites so that things like WP updates, template changes, adding content etc.. are just a few mouse clicks.

        If you have a good supply of new fresh content then uploading that is the main activity once the sites are set up and that's only a few clicks and a copy and paste a few times a day.

        Even if you updated 500 sites every day and you had writers supplying you with 500 articles a day then it would still only take a having a script that checked a folder for new content and posted it if there was some there and it would take zero time to update them.

        I don't know why people keep talking like updating lots of sites means spending ages and using crap content or scraping.

        This stuff is not rocket science.

        I can only imagine that it must be that the people commenting are trying to do everything themselves and are not familiar with getting scripts made to repeat common tasks, so they think that getting lots of content must mean scraping and looking after a lot of sites can't be done.

        If you want lots of sites then it's not hard to sit down and work out how to create them so that you can manage them.

        Even tools like Firepow will let you create 1000 blogs in a few minutes just the same as if you installed them yourself and set up templates and plugins. The longest part is giving it all your ftp details and you could outsource that for about $20. Content is just as easy to outsource, there are thousands of writers looking for work.

        So unless you're trying to do everything yourself and don't have any money to invest in your business, making a lot of sites is easy, and that's not using scraped content - that's even easier and can be done on auto-pilot and take no effort so surely a little thought, a little effort and some money is not really that extreme a solution that people just don't consider it?
        You are not thinking about promoting the sites. You can have hundreds of sites that update every day no problem. That is the easy part. How are you going to get backlinks to every one of those pages unless you use crap links that do not really help you rank. The backlinks is why it is pointless to even try to run 100's of sites anymore. Each page needs 100s-1000s of links. That does not happen on autopilot unless you have a ton of money to spend.

        I have been building sites for over 7 years. When I started I would have said build as many as you can. It did work. It still can but the way google works now is working against you. You are better off focusing on a few main sites. Out of the 150 plus sites I get about 75% of my income from 4 sites. It is not worth the trouble to have hundreds of sites.

        The two good things about having all these sites is I found my good niches by building them and I get to test a lot of different things.
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      • Profile picture of the author dark witness
        Great points you make. I think the key thing is the time factor and the money factor. As you point out the problem is when you are trying to do everything yourself... and thats just it, most people especially when they are just getting started do try everything themselves and half prob don't have a lot of money to invest.

        I built up a network of about 450 small niche sites with a friend in all but about 6-7 months. The problem was we spent all our money on the domains and didn't have any left to invest in good content or anything else. Back then I hardly knew anything about seo and all that. some of them ranked well, some didn't but we didn't make enough money to renew and ended up loosing most of them but a handful.

        I learned a lot from the experience though. You make some really good points that would be valuable to anyone new getting started ( wish I had known about the warrior forum back then, lol ).

        It's very possible and it can be easy if you have the resources available. If you don't then it can be a challenge.

        my advice to the OP, it's very easy to do, but do you have the resources and knowledge to manage them. If you don't then start of a bit smaller and scale up over time. start with 10 or 5 and grow it as your cashflow grows.


        Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

        Doesn't that depend on how you manage them????

        There are lots of ways to centrally manage a lot of sites so that things like WP updates, template changes, adding content etc.. are just a few mouse clicks.

        If you have a good supply of new fresh content then uploading that is the main activity once the sites are set up and that's only a few clicks and a copy and paste a few times a day.

        Even if you updated 500 sites every day and you had writers supplying you with 500 articles a day then it would still only take a having a script that checked a folder for new content and posted it if there was some there and it would take zero time to update them.

        I don't know why people keep talking like updating lots of sites means spending ages and using crap content or scraping.

        This stuff is not rocket science.

        I can only imagine that it must be that the people commenting are trying to do everything themselves and are not familiar with getting scripts made to repeat common tasks, so they think that getting lots of content must mean scraping and looking after a lot of sites can't be done.

        If you want lots of sites then it's not hard to sit down and work out how to create them so that you can manage them.

        Even tools like Firepow will let you create 1000 blogs in a few minutes just the same as if you installed them yourself and set up templates and plugins. The longest part is giving it all your ftp details and you could outsource that for about $20. Content is just as easy to outsource, there are thousands of writers looking for work.

        So unless you're trying to do everything yourself and don't have any money to invest in your business, making a lot of sites is easy, and that's not using scraped content - that's even easier and can be done on auto-pilot and take no effort so surely a little thought, a little effort and some money is not really that extreme a solution that people just don't consider it?
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    • Profile picture of the author PvPGuy
      Absolutely!

      But if you mean overnight, essentially, then you're asking for a management nightmare, even if you outsource everything.

      Take bites you can chew. As you grow in your knowledge of the game, your capacity to create and manage opportunities makes 100 websites a mole hill out of what used to be a mountain

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    • Profile picture of the author JackWalton
      Originally Posted by balric View Post

      I have over 150 sites right now. I would not suggest going this way anymore. The latest google updates killed a lot of the rankings. You have to be able to keep up with them changes and if you have that many sites it is very hard.
      I'm with balric on this. We have a portfolio of just over 300 niche sites and while researching and building them is easy, portfolio management ultimately becomes a problem. Also, with Google's current focus on authority sites you're going to constantly find yourself in the crosshairs - it's hard to convince the big G that a 7 page nice site has authority, and if yo manage to do it now... it will continue to become harder in the future. Build yourself 5 authority sites with deep pages that target longtail keywords if you want to go this route.
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    • Profile picture of the author Troy Broussard
      Originally Posted by balric View Post

      I have over 150 sites right now. I would not suggest going this way anymore. The latest google updates killed a lot of the rankings. You have to be able to keep up with them changes and if you have that many sites it is very hard.
      Glad to see your post on this. I was reading through them hoping to find someone saying (and warning) just that.

      This type of approach almost always implies auto-posted content which almost always implies low quality and/or duplicate content - both of which have been decimated by Google's Panda update and will continue to get hammered even more in the future.

      The fact is that Google really doesn't like the little guys - just look at their PPC model that has become all but impossible to do well with unless you're spending $10k or more a month. About 80% of their PPC income comes from clients spending $10k or more a month and yet 80% of their customers spend $100 or less a month. No coincidence that they keep making it harder and harder for the little guys.

      The times are changing and while there are many that are still doing okay from this model, the numbers are definitely on the downswing and I know several marketers using this model that watched $20k a month incomes drop to $1500 a month. We had a network of several hundred sites a few years back, but made the switch away from it and towards bigger authority sites a couple years ago and the income around those is much better and long-lasting because you're creating something of value that Google wants to see.

      Trying to stay one step ahead of Google creating 100's of mini-sites while it may be a fun ride, is not what I would advise anyone starting out consider - maybe three or four years ago, but not today.

      Instead focus on larger sites with 100+ pages of high quality content and work to build authority within your niche. You can make much more working within the system than trying to outguess it. Working on efficiency, systems, products for a larger authority site rather than trying to create 100 $100 a month sites is much easier and more sustainable long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I've done it ... but let's say it has been a long term project.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Andy, Im curious. Did you have these sites built from scratch? Or did you go about purchasing them over the years?
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Andy, Im curious. Did you have these sites built from scratch? Or did you go about purchasing them over the years?
      Hi Ramone_Johnny,

      I built them all from scratch.

      Hehe - that makes it sound complicated but they're mostly all on CMS's (WP, Joomla and Drupal).

      I used to build static sites but since the CMS's have got so good I usually use them for most things now.

      I don't buy other people's sites as a rule because they won't have been built for the reason I build them or in the way I build them.

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      • Profile picture of the author wklee
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        Most will prefer 10 sites that earns $1000 each than 100 sites earning $100 each. It's easier to concentrate on making 10 sites more profitable and manage.

        100 sites if you build from scratch, it will be a lot of time and nightmare to manage them. Imagine word press and plug ins needs to be update once every few weeks. Unless you hire a virtual assistant, it is very tedious to manage 100 sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Haughney
    100+ sites is certainly doable. 5 years ago when I first started in affiliate marketing I built over 100+ sites in the finance niche in less than 6 months. 5 years later and I can safely say that the Pareto Principle applies to those 100+ sites i.e. only 20% of my sites bring in 80% of my revenue. I now concentrate on those 20% of sites.

    In hindsight I wish I'd picked 2-5 niches and built up authority sites which had 100's of pages.

    So, 100+ sites can be done but 12 months down the line it's a real pain trying to manage it all unless you outsource some of the work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dwayne Morrison
    yeah 100 sites does seem like a lot to manage for me! Ha I can barely even manage a few! Maybe eventually I'll look to outsourcing once I have the funds to do so.
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  • Profile picture of the author MisterMunch
    why dont you build 5 pages with 20 articles each?

    Google have stated that domain names will have lesser SEO value, so you might as well build some larger content pages that are valuable.

    For each backlink you build, the link juice would also drip down to the other pages on that website.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dwayne Morrison
      Originally Posted by MisterMunch View Post

      why dont you build 5 pages with 20 articles each?

      Google have stated that domain names will have lesser SEO value, so you might as well build some larger content pages that are valuable.

      For each backlink you build, the link juice would also drip down to the other pages on that website.
      Good pointer on that one. You're right about the website name being completely of lesser value....which sucks because I still have a few sites that are keyword related lol and they're ranked nowhere near the top where I'd hope for them to be. It just shows how Google's algorithm changes in the blink of an eye.
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      • Profile picture of the author wklee
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        Build 10 sites, at least 100 pages each using long-tailed keywords with quality content is easier to rank well in Google.

        Just make sure that content is add consistently. In a year time, you will have 10 authority sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author oogyboogawa
      Originally Posted by MisterMunch View Post

      why dont you build 5 pages with 20 articles each?

      Google have stated that domain names will have lesser SEO value, so you might as well build some larger content pages that are valuable.

      For each backlink you build, the link juice would also drip down to the other pages on that website.

      Why don't you create 100 sites with 100 articles each? If you look at this as a long term plan that goal shouldn't be too far-fetched, especially with the use of outsourcing.

      And I know someone is going to say that doesn't make sense because of the large monetary investment needed. But that is like saying that opening a WalMart store is not a feasible business model because of the large monetary investment and need for management skills... Don't tell me WalMart isn't making money

      Plus WalMart didn't get as big as it is overnight. If you do it gradually and expand as your profits allow you to - looking at it the same way you would any other kind of business - I don't see why even 100 AUTHORITY sites isn't a possible longterm goal. There is absolutely no reason to assume that everyone that has hundreds of sites put up 4 pages of spam(though I agree many have, we can't assume they all did).
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  • Profile picture of the author AtomicDoom
    Personally, I own 4 sites and it took me ages to set all of them up. 100 seems like a unreachable end, and also you would have to manage 100 sites....
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  • Profile picture of the author amarketing
    Thanks a lot for all of your advice and perspecitves, everyone. You guys seem to have all of the bases well covered.

    This is something that I think I would start out slowly with and then build up speed as I start seeing what works.

    To be honest, I've been comparing this idea to the concept of 5-10 large sites.

    However, like the 80/20 principal states, 20% (1 or 2) may end up making the most money. (this is an assumption). Now, even if 20 of the 100 made the most money, I'd at least have a larger sampling to build up.

    Oh, and I would give a "Thanks" to a lot of you guys, but my post count isn't high enough yet.

    I guess this is kind of a "throw it up and see what sticks" approach. However, I can always work more on what sticks.
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    • Profile picture of the author drmani
      "Whether you believe you can do a thing or not,
      you are right."
      - Henry Ford.

      There are so many elements to getting a project
      done. Especially one as seemingly complex as
      managing 100 sites.

      So those who believe it isn't possible will look
      for reasons to fail.

      Those who believe it is possible will go out, seek
      solutions that work, and try, stumble, fall, get up,
      persist, improve, modify, test, fail for a while -
      and then succeed.

      And when they come to a public forum to tell others
      that it can be done, depending upon whether those
      reading it believe it can be done or not, we'll see
      reactions like the ones on this thread.

      It's a CLASSIC example of the mindset Henry Ford
      described in that quote.

      For perspective, there are folks I know who manage
      portfolios of 1,500+ websites (not all of them one-
      page brochures)... and they are folks I found while
      researching the best way to build my project.

      Seek - and you'll find!

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  • Profile picture of the author BigNorm
    One hundred sites is doable and regardless what you hear, each one can make you money as long as you follow these basic principles:

    1) Write the site to add value to the visitor, not money to your pocket.

    2) Diversify your back link methods, Article directories, useful/insghtful comments on blogs, web 2.0 sites, bookmarks, social networks, press releases etc. Using these methods opposed to link farms will yield far better and stable results.

    3) If you can or want add well written content every day or other day written around terms people are looking for. Once again providing value to the visitor not your pocket.

    You don't necssarily need a huge site for it to be an authority site. You can have a small site which focuses on key factors and then write and syndicate articles pointing back to it and have a few of these. I don't fully agree with what people say, sites with a huge amount of content is more favourable than one with a small amount. As long as it provies good quality content and Google can see people stay on it for a while and has a low bounce rate, it will be favorable in Googles eyes. Just increase the amount of articles and qaulity back links and you'll have a viable business, but just remember the first rule:

    1) Provide value content to your visitors not your pockets.
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  • Profile picture of the author tanaris
    If you have a reseller hosting account, I think its attainable. But i will definitely become a headache if you're going to manage and maintain all 100 of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewNeer
    Originally Posted by amarketing View Post

    Hi, all. This is a thought that came into my mind and I just wondered if it was viable.

    Is it possible to have 100 niche sites? I'm not talking about 200 page authority sites, but rather sites that target longer tail, more specific keywords.

    I know that the largest amount of work would be in SEO since a website on page 20 isn't going to make you any money. It seems to me like something like this may earn a decent income, when you think about how the various sites will average out. That is, some will do poorly, other will do better.

    What do you think? Has this ever been accomplished?

    Thanks for your input.
    Looks like its time to get some PUSH BUTTON SOFTWARE and get rich over night... Hahahah!

    JK man, totally possible. Lots of automated software is out there right now to help you do accomplish this task. I don't personally use any of that stuff as I think most of it is just crap.

    But if I were to use any of them, I might check out Profit Jackpot by Anik Singal being as he is one of the most credible who has ever released "Push Button Software"...

    Hope that helps ya...
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  • Profile picture of the author Morriskl
    It's very doable dude !

    Make it like this: Pick a niche, do two sites per week.. which would include building and on page optimization for it. Then you divide and manage your time for SEO Work.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Sides
    Originally Posted by amarketing View Post

    Hi, all. This is a thought that came into my mind and I just wondered if it was viable.

    Is it possible to have 100 niche sites? I'm not talking about 200 page authority sites, but rather sites that target longer tail, more specific keywords.

    I know that the largest amount of work would be in SEO since a website on page 20 isn't going to make you any money. It seems to me like something like this may earn a decent income, when you think about how the various sites will average out. That is, some will do poorly, other will do better.

    What do you think? Has this ever been accomplished?

    Thanks for your input.
    My friend, let me offer some advice. Don't do it.

    It's how I got my start and YES it is possible and YES it can work but its more work than you could ever imagine. Start out small and work your way up.

    The beauty is once you have a solid handle on small sites you will have the tools to expand into larger sites. (and you'll want to)

    So, if you want to do it by all means it is possible. I did it. But be prepared to work harder than you ever thought possible. I had plenty of 18 hour days when I was managing all of my sites alone.

    Cheers!

    James
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
      Lots of practical advice and personal views in this thread but one area that has not been discussed are the drivers for wanting to make 100 niche sites.

      Obviously the money at the end of the day but I think it's more complicated than that.

      Many are saying “yes you can, but I did and you shouldn't”. So clearly it is a progression path at the very least. More importantly it has the lure of “fast cash” and that can be very powerful especially if you are a new starter or have not yet made any money online.

      It is also a big plan but separated into easily doable chunks, i.e. each small site.

      On the other hand an authority site takes time to make money, takes a lot of structure and planning in one site and can seem like an enormous task for a newbie.

      So you could look at it like this. Maybe building a few authority sites is the way to create a well established, long term, profitable online income but if you never get to build one site then you will never make living.

      On the other hand if you can make a bucketful of small blogs you will achieve something (even if shorter term), you will see early success, you will learn the foundation skills and the confidence you need to progress

      For some people, (a lot of people) the need to take the baby steps to build up skill and confidence is essential to their online success. I see this all the time in my students. After hand holding many through their first blog to making their first dollar you see a marked increase in confidence and output. I know many of those would never have stayed the course if they had tried to create authority sites as their first projects.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Fenderkid View Post

      My friend, let me offer some advice. Don't do it.

      It's how I got my start and YES it is possible and YES it can work but its more work than you could ever imagine. Start out small and work your way up.

      The beauty is once you have a solid handle on small sites you will have the tools to expand into larger sites. (and you'll want to)

      So, if you want to do it by all means it is possible. I did it. But be prepared to work harder than you ever thought possible. I had plenty of 18 hour days when I was managing all of my sites alone.

      Cheers!

      James
      I wholly concur. It's going to be a lot of work, any way you slice it. You're going to have to be consistent and disciplined about building and maintaining those sites on a daily basis if you're ever going to have those 100 sites up and functioning properly.

      What you could do is develop an easily duplicable system that is broken down into discrete and easily accomplished tasks (you should be able to do this after setting up 3-5 of these sites), and create the documentation and videos that clearly outline how to perform each and every step within your system.

      Then, you should be able to hand off the system to outsourced workers and have them do the dirty and monotonous work of building, setting up and maintaining these sites.

      Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    We have just under 400 sites created in 6 months and are now growing at a rate of around 100 sites per month, but expanding. All of our sites have unique content and are, on average, profitable. It's not just us...I know plenty of other people following similar models and making way more than we do. For what it's worth, here's how it's panning out so far:

    Income Report | AdSense Flippers

    It really isn't brain surgery, we don't have trouble keeping up and maintaining all the sites, and we weren't hurt at all by the Panda update. We own an outsourcing company and so we have regular access to available agents, but you could set up the same thing remotely. It's a lot more work, though, than most people think it is. We lay out our entire process on our site, for free.

    To the OP: Someone else mentioned it, but you should definitely start out with 5-10 sites and see if you can get those sites earning a profit. Give it 3 months or so before you start to see a return from your initial sites. We believed in the process, so we didn't wait to see a return before we slowly started scaling, but we tracked the numbers VERY carefully to make sure the process was going to be profitable for us...we still do and lay out the details in our income reports.

    It takes a large amount of coordination to get this done, but it's right up our alley since our offline work is doing exactly that for clients. Hope that helps...
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  • Profile picture of the author MBizInc
    Originally Posted by amarketing View Post

    Hi, all. This is a thought that came into my mind and I just wondered if it was viable.

    Is it possible to have 100 niche sites? I'm not talking about 200 page authority sites, but rather sites that target longer tail, more specific keywords.

    I know that the largest amount of work would be in SEO since a website on page 20 isn't going to make you any money. It seems to me like something like this may earn a decent income, when you think about how the various sites will average out. That is, some will do poorly, other will do better.

    What do you think? Has this ever been accomplished?

    Thanks for your input.
    It will take you at least 2 years to set up this kind of business. Just imagine how much money you will need to invest every month, hosting, content, links not to mention the renewal fees.
    Be sure that right now after Google Panda update will he hard to just copy paste content from other websites.
    Also, I do not want to think about SEO and marketing stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnsIsotopes
    The best thing to do for this is to start making sites, and make them well. You'll see quickly how many sites you can handle, and as you learn to make more and manage them all more efficiently, you'll increase while the existing sites gain footholds in their keywords and start to do a little magic for you and support you.
    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author MisterMunch
    To add a point that may have been mentioned.

    It is nothing that states you have to maintain all those 100 sites. If you choose low competition keywords and work on backlinking for a few months, they might stick there for years.

    I have several #1 rankings for 1-5 page websites I made years ago, and the only maintance I am doing is to check my adsense, ebay and amazone earnings a few times a day.

    Once in a while a page drop, so I put some backlinking on my "To do" list, but that is not very common. Most of these websites make $50-60 a month, but I do not even know the login info anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author vivaarturo
    focus on a quality site, and build it out. It is harder to rank a thin site these days as you will require to be an authority in your market to gain good rankings. Once you have your first site up and you have cash flow, build a team and start new projects
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  • Profile picture of the author nlquyen
    100 sites don't mean good quality. I am not sure you can handle all of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    It is certainly possible to have a 100 sites targeting long tailed keywords, obviously the main problem is time, and if you can outsource the majority of the work then you will be well on your way, and ofcourse many of the successful IM did just that branching out into several niches, and outsourcing content to others
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    • Profile picture of the author Marian
      Not long ago I put up about 500 sites full of content - the hardest part was uploading the stuff It took looong minutes... the most important part would be getting the backlinks... but I'm not too much worried. The sites already started to earn...it's not that much so far... but it's a profit.

      Marian
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  • Profile picture of the author balric
    My sites are all targeting long tail keywords. The problem is that google wants good links now from authority sites and so-so links to all of the pages. I used to rank for just the main domains because they were emd domains but this is not working like it used to. The sites that are making money have 10,000+ non spam links showing in majesticseo going to both the internal pages and the main domains. It is not just about setup. I can setup 100 domains with no help each month if I wanted to. They do not rank well enough without a lot of backlinks to do that though. I do not have the resources to get 1,000,000+ non spam backlinks and growing every month. I don't see how anyone else really does either. Yes you can use tools like amr and other tools but can you run it enough to get 1,000+ backlinks to every page on every site? Are you articles actually readable if you can? Yes you can run it non stop with unreadable content but that will end up being less and less useful as time goes on.

    The people that have outsourcing companies I am sure can do this. That is a different story that goes beyond the average person here.

    So my advice is stick with 10 or less sites and build them to authority sites unless you can get content for all your pages and backlinks for very cheap. I say ten because it is very likely some of the ten will totally fail (only break even or a little better). You can think you know how to pick a niche but until you actually have the site up and ranking you will not know if it is worth your time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Walker
    Really what is all this doable crap?
    I gave half an hour thought about it, and the result is this.
    to build a site perfectly it takes at least a week. that means 100week right? which is about 2 years -.-"
    next management. you will have to update each website at least once including new unique post, summitting to ezine, hub, squidoo and BMR AMR AR all those things. meaning you can only check your site 3 times a year -.-" what is this?
    this is crap... ok you can manage, i never said you can't, but you cant retire...
    ok plus this, you will have to check adsense, if there was any "clickbomb" by randoms, affiliate if your affiliate sales are being hijacked... with all this, i say it is nearly impossible for you to make 100site. It is doable, but you won't have time to go out and take a fresh air.. it will be hell. of course you will be earning about 30*100 p.m which is about $30,000 p.m and about $360,000 p.a

    don't think its worth it.
    i suggest you make 30 sites. Fully professional ranked number 1 for most keywords. and make site, flip them. GG

    Answer to question.
    Just barely doable. Im not insulting anyone, hopefully you don't flame me. this is just my opinion.

    -Crag
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  • Profile picture of the author boxoun
    5 at a time seems to be an ok pace for me. Looking to add 5 more and see where that goes.
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    It's one of those "sounds great in theory" ideas but when you try and do it.......it can be a diffrent story.
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    The huge problem with his idea IS....you are 100% at the Mercy of Big G. If (when) they slap you.....you might go from say $10k+ month to 0. and if it took you 2 years....that's a lot of time/money down the drain. I wouldn't do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author LoganWinters
    While I personally don't have even close to 100 sites, I personally know someone who does, and manages all of them, and manages to regularly add content to many of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author insidmal
    You could easily do it; everyone else is.
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  • Profile picture of the author forexs
    Ooh yes if this is possible i will give it atrial
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  • Profile picture of the author developer3d


    The answer to this question is the same as the answer to every worthwhile and meaningful question ever asked ....


    ...It depends.

    It always "depends"

    It depends of what your niche is, what your content creation strategy is, what your monitisation strategy is, what your staffing / outsourcing resources are, etc etc, on and on and on.

    For some of the above conditions two sites is one to many and for others 20, 30, 100 heck I know "businesses with 1000's are viable ( but they are "staffed" )

    I am very new here, just looking around but it surprises me how so many contributors seem to have a "one way attitude"

    I cant imagine an interesting question you could ask about marketing online that could be answered without

    "It depends"
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  • Profile picture of the author mosthost
    100 'websites that suck' will be easy to create. You can do it in minutes. 100 websites that cause genuine user engagement...not so likely.
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    • Profile picture of the author dudelive
      It all depends on how much money you want to make and what kind of keywords your shooting for.

      Low comp keywords it would be fairly easy.

      Be crazy like me with 40 sites spread across 4 niche's using the highest comp keywords and then it gets a little difficult but if you write down a good schedule and stick to it you can after a period of time make some serious coin.
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      • Profile picture of the author amarketing
        Wow, you know, this thread has really been about one of the big crossroads in IM and that is, "Fewer Large Sites or Many Small Ones?"

        From reading the replies, it looks like it's possible to succeed both ways. However, there seems to be a general opinion that doing the "many sites" route must be done a certain way or else it will require almost unmanageable work.

        The general idea I had floating in my head was that I could target narrow niches, which may not require as much SEO work to see results, and then narrow it down to the more successful ones and focus on them.

        The one downside I see with picking one site and sticking with it is the potential to spend a lot of time on something that may just be a failed concept. At least with spending a lot of time on many sites, you may see some potentials that you can turn your focus towards.

        Listening to the replies, it looks like more (but not all) of the folks who replied are making better money with fewer larger sites.

        Thanks for your points of view, everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan2008
    Definitely possible, but if you are going to try it, you would be best off trying to outsource some of the work else it'll be a nightmare to do (unless you plan to do it over a long period of time)
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