Better to build one site or many sites?

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Hi,

I am looking to build sites and start earning through ads.

Is it better to have one site with all the categories and loads of content or less number of articles with more sites for different niche?

Which one is better?

Also is it better to concentrate on one site which all the categories and building more content in it or concentrate on many sites with less content?

I am looking to register a good domain name which suits for all the categories like a brand domain name and keep on loading unique content for all the categories.

Please share your experience and suggest me the right path to go.

Regards,
FW!
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinPlatt
    You need to get your site ranking, so if you're not at position #1, you still need to keep working on the site. Once you're there, you can move on.

    It is possible to do a few sites in parallel, but you have to be wary that you don't move and too quickly and fair to make any of them any sort of a success.

    Unique content is definitely the way to go.

    Not sure about brand domains - I don't know how you'd go on legally there, if you pick something with a trade mark for example? I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think I'd do it, certainly not the domain name, in case in infringes, and you lose it.
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    • Profile picture of the author FoxWalker
      Originally Posted by MartinPlatt View Post

      You need to get your site ranking, so if you're not at position #1, you still need to keep working on the site. Once you're there, you can move on.

      It is possible to do a few sites in parallel, but you have to be wary that you don't move and too quickly and fair to make any of them any sort of a success.

      Unique content is definitely the way to go.

      Not sure about brand domains - I don't know how you'd go on legally there, if you pick something with a trade mark for example? I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think I'd do it, certainly not the domain name, in case in infringes, and you lose it.
      Yes. Get it ranked is very important for any site. I am not sure about legal things and all but i am looking to get a shot good domain name which fits for all the categories.
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        Single handedly, I'd say it's the general consensus to focus on one "thing", get it going and move onto the next to implement the same successful technique you've just applied.

        That's how you'd multiply effective methods.

        You'd be spinning plates otherwise...
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      • Profile picture of the author Henry White
        Originally Posted by FoxWalker View Post

        Yes. Get it ranked is very important for any site. I am not sure about legal things and all but i am looking to get a shot good domain name which fits for all the categories.
        Registering domain names is not the best place to become ultra-frugal.

        The "conventional wisdom" has it that the best names are going to be an exact match for your keywords, identical to what Joe Sixpack is most likely to plug into the search engines first. Preferably short, memorable, and unambiguous. That's essentially what "niche" marketing is - targeting for a rifle shot not a shotgun blast.
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  • Profile picture of the author r2r
    I think we have one site, because more sites can create problem.. You can concentrate on one site properly and can make your site best of all..
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    I do believe not to put all your eggs in one basket i.e. don't just build one site or even a authority site because if it get slapped by Google you're screwed!

    But then I wouldn't recommend building dozens, even hundreds of micro sites either.

    Not only do they not rank very well anymore but it's an pain in the ass to maintain cost and updating wise.

    So my advise to you is to build a few authority sites. This is what I do and it's working very well for me.

    Hope this helps

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    • Profile picture of the author cashtree
      Originally Posted by xxxJamesxxx View Post

      But then I wouldn't recommend building dozens, even hundreds of micro sites either.

      Not only do they not rank very well anymore but it's an pain in the ass to maintain cost and updating wise.
      can anyone confirm whether micro niches don't "rank very well anymore" ?
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonl70
    I agree with a lot of what James said..
    1 site = eggs in 1 basket.
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  • Profile picture of the author murrad
    It is always good to load all products in to one website. You have more chance to be visible on first page of google.
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  • Profile picture of the author stesnees
    Do 1 site first, get it ranked first page and start to see some earnings coming in.
    Only then should you start another site. Rinse & repeat as the saying goes.
    This was my biggest mistake at first, not concentrating on 1 thing fully before moving to the next. Lost quite a few $$ this way I can tell you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zack Lim
    As other Warriors have mention, you might want to start off by focusing on following one system closely and making your first website profitable.

    If you are able to make your first website to be profitable, you will be able to duplicate the whole process by creating more websites so that you will be getting multiple stream of income from different websites.

    I think focusing on one project at a time is the fastest way to progress in this business.

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  • Having one site instead of several is better as you can concentrate and manage it well along with that you can do perfect marketing for one domain resulting in getting business with all pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Lim
    I prefer one rather than ten sites.

    But remember, you need loads of searches per month and be wise while choosing the right keyword.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Interesting timing on this thread.

    This is something that Ive been thinking about a lot today.

    I remember about a year ago I had this "more sites, more money" mentality. I figured If I had one site making $10 a day in adsense, then all Id need is to have 100 sites. Mathematically it makes sense, but thats probably the only sense it makes.

    My thinking now has changed significantly. Ill give you my thoughts on why...

    1. Unless you have developed a PROVEN system, and built a TEAM of people working for you, its going to literally do your head in.

    2. How can you accurately split test and monitor performance of dozens and dozens of sites at once? I just dont think its possible. Add to that the SEO element which is typically ongoing.

    3. You're bound to waste time on sites that are dead in the water. You need to focus on the ones making money, improve upon them, learn from them, further develop them. Understand why they are working, whilst others arent. Avoid wasting weeks or months trying to juggle sites that are only going to waste your time and cost you money.

    4. Add value to the web. I dont know about you, but Im tired of seeing useless crappy adsense sites that offer very little value blasted all over the web. No doubt if you start pumping out dozens of thin sites pushing advertising youre just going to add to this mess.

    5. Its a logistical nightmare. How are you going to manage dozens or hundreds of sites? Its hard enough trying to manage a small team of writers, programmers and editors for one site, let alone dozens or more. Not to mention the technical stuff like hosting, ftp, updates, dns settings, domain renewals etc etc

    6. Google is getting smarter. By pushing out dozens or hundreds of sites, its just a matter of time before you get slapped, then realise you've just lost all that time money and effort. Is that risk really worth it?

    7. Theres no point doing a lot of things terribly when you could be doing one thing well. Learn each individual step and process of this business, build a system, then work towards leveraging yourself by outsourcing and following a well refined and proven system that works. Blasting sites all over the web to me is guesswork marketing.

    Theres no point having a hundred sites with a 0.002% conversion rate.

    Just my thoughts.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashtree
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Interesting timing on this thread.
      6. Google is getting smarter. By pushing out dozens or hundreds of sites, its just a matter of time before you get slapped, then realise you've just lost all that time money and effort. Is that risk really worth it?
      And how would google know you owned which ever site(s)?
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by cashtree View Post

        And how would google know you owned which ever site(s)?
        Google knows everything.

        They even know that you're wearing yellow underpants today.
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  • Profile picture of the author dark witness
    I would say go with just one sites to start with or at least 2 to 3 Max !

    I made the mistake of starting off with hundreds of sites when I didn't have a solid plan or the resource and time to manage them properly. None of them made me any real money at all because I could not give each the time and attention they needed.

    Start small.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexdoerr
    Start with one site, if you think you are doing in that niche, start making more money with more sites.

    You can also build 100 passive websites. Assuming they make only 1 dollar a day, you can make 100 USD a day with hundred sites
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  • Profile picture of the author FoxWalker
    I came to the conclusion that to build one good site, work on it. If it is profitable then i will be building more on that niche.

    But i have one more question here. Shall i build one niche site or one site with all the categories? Because sites like " About "are in good stage with all the categories in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxmed
    I think that you should focus on one website ,when you success with it move to the next !
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  • Profile picture of the author budhaya
    do definitely more than 5 sites. sometime it is unpredictable which sites do well. the more site you have the more you learn
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  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    If you can manage to promote multiple site then it is better to have many but if you can't just focus into one.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    First off - I am just stunned. I expected to come in here with a view that was going to get railed to the hilt. I am surprised to see others are actually in the same mind as I am.

    And how would google know you owned which ever site(s)?
    Google doesn't need to know who owns a site to know if it's crap or not. Google "panda" and get an idea of what is going on. How can anyone consider making more than one site to start out with if they don't even know the ropes yet?



    can anyone confirm whether micro niches don't "rank very well anymore" ?
    Sure, some do. It depends on how they are handled. If you have a hella awesome small site, it's not going to get smacked down just for being small any more than a large site that is junk is going to rate just because it's big.

    Think Consumer. Think keeping the consumer on that site as long as possible.........think value for real people -- that's the key. Google isn't going to buy your products. Your customers do. And if need be, you can get customers via other means than google, even if you don't get as many. As long as they are buying, no problem. Once the money is coming in you can always expand a website.
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  • Profile picture of the author goldmineberry
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    You should go into Niche Marketing whereby you build many profitable sites on different lucrative micro niches.

    By doing so, you will be creating multiple streams of passive income from various lucrative niche sites.

    The goal is to own a huge portfolio of money-making niche sites and earn passive income in the long run.

    In addition, websites are awesome assets. They are "Virtual Real Estates" that you can sell to make lump sum profits.

    Many people have huge success in building profitable niche sites and I am sure you can too! =)

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  • Profile picture of the author RohanCox1
    It sounds like you are talking about the same "market" (eg. the IM market), if that is the case, i'd go for one site and build it as big and strong as you can, turn it into an authority site and let the site do it's work to become a traffic magnet for other sites to link to you, getting multiple high rankings according to your various keywords/sub topics/pages you make etc.

    If they are not within the same market, then I'd set up 2 or 3 sites and see which one responds to the market better and run with it (you don't always know which one will be the more profitable site before you start off).

    I hope that helps

    All the best with it!
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  • Profile picture of the author bamstk090
    i suggest to create 1 website and optimize until have sustainable income,,
    you can create another website
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  • Profile picture of the author IMWinner
    Before anything else, what do you plan to make more than one site? Is it with the same niche or different? You have to consider some factors before trying to make more than one site.
    I totally agree with fellow warrior RohanCox had told you that evaluate first some points to consider about before you make some decisions. If you are into s single market. Then it is better for you to maintain one site. That is, you have to work for this site to be able to reach your targeted rank and to generate more traffic to it. It is best to focus first to one site, and if that site would be generating enough traffic per day, then probably you could start creating a new site.
    But if you want to open another site with different niche or target market from your original site, then it is better for you to create one. This is to cater to other people that you have different niches and markets for people to choose from and that there would be no competition to your original sites. It would minimize or decreases the division of traffics from your sites since they are into different niches and are searched by people with different markets on their mind.
    You just have to make sure that there would be no information overload problem that you will be facing since people cannot really served two masters at the same time properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author albertosm
    you have to concentrate in one site first,
    if it already achieved a desired ranking, then you can build a new.
    it's a bit tricky to maintain a couple of sites at once
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