Planning on building a HUGE website! Is it worth it?

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Hello all,

This year I have the ambition of starting a website wich will get 1000 unique quality posts in about 7 months and the cost will be of about ~900$ ( I already have the writers ) and of course I will not stop after I hit 1000.

The website will be a magazine type with quality tips on different subjects (not hollywood magazine type ) . Considering I get money from other things I'm doing, so I will not be depending on this website succeeding or failing I think it's worth a try. What do you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by AdrianCostan View Post

    Is it worth it?
    That depends how you monetize it, surely? (You didn't mention that!).

    Originally Posted by AdrianCostan View Post

    What do you think?
    I've always found, so far, that "website size" is more or less irrelevant to my income.

    I appreciate that there are perhaps some people for whom that isn't true at all, and that (like most things in internet marketing) whether or not it's relevant to you is going to depend on your own business model, traffic-generating plans and skill-set. But since you've told us nothing at all about any of those, it's kind of difficult for people reading your post to think anything much at all. Sorry.

    If it helps, as a "general truth of internet marketing", when it comes to assessing the things that are realistically going to affect your income, in most contexts, quality will trump quantity just about every single time.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdrianCostan
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      If it helps, as a "general truth of internet marketing", when it comes to assessing the things that are realistically going to affect your income, in most contexts, quality will trump quantity just about every single time.
      But I bet quality + quantity is a real winner Alexa

      Originally Posted by allegandro View Post

      If you really want a huge website, please take in mind you programming system. My website has now, after one year, 16.000.000 pages and if I would not have thought about that before I started I would have been in problems now.
      Hey man just read your thread. Could you expand a bit more on these problems?
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      • Profile picture of the author allegandro
        Originally Posted by AdrianCostan View Post

        Hey man just read your thread. Could you expand a bit more on these problems?
        Well most website are built on word press theme's or other preprogramed software, all made for several thousands of visitors a day and not too much database stress and interaction.

        But what if you get thousands of visitors an hour, and they are all starting to post, comment and interact, it means your database should really work and be able to handle that kind of requests.

        It's not only the amount of visitors you have, the amount of interaction is even more important for the speed and stability of your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author allegandro
    Originally Posted by AdrianCostan View Post

    Hello all,

    This year I have the ambition of starting a website wich will get 1000 unique quality posts in about 7 months and the cost will be of about ~900$ ( I already have the writers ) and of course I will not stop after I hit 1000.

    The website will be a magazine type with quality tips on different subjects (not hollywood magazine type ) . Considering I get money from other things I'm doing, so I will not be depending on this website succeeding or failing I think it's worth a try. What do you think?
    If you really want a huge website, please take in mind you programming system. My website has now, after one year, 16.000.000 pages and if I would not have thought about that before I started I would have been in problems now.

    I like your idea, of the articles, if you do it right, you will have a lot of incoming traffic. If I would be you focus on niches, not main stream but interesting niches.

    The more you focus on one niche, the more likely it's other websites will link to you, without cost. Because they like your website. Maybe an interesting example is the SEO results I have with my contant website: http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...t-website.html

    Good luck with your project.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    Originally Posted by AdrianCostan View Post

    1000 unique quality posts in about 7 months and the cost will be of about ~900$ ..............

    The website will be a magazine type with quality tips
    I doubt the "quality" at a cost of 90c per article.

    Aim for real quality. Maybe somewhere that people can contribute their own hints and tips.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdrianCostan
      Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

      I doubt the "quality" at a cost of 90c per article.

      Aim for real quality. Maybe somewhere that people can contribute their own hints and tips.

      I have a specific strategy for this Rose + I live in a country where work force is really REALLY cheap. The quality is going to be there.
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  • Profile picture of the author twister85
    Yes its worth trying, Just focus more on quality and content delivery than making something out of it. at that pace of progress it will sure pull some profits.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    Ask Jeff Bezos what he thinks.

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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      I'm going to say no.

      If people take a look at their website they will see most of the traffic lands on a few of the pages.

      Let's use that Paratho Law and some imaginary numbers.

      So your site has 1000 posts, but 80% of the traffic is landing on 200 of them, which in turn generates 80% of the income.

      Wouldn't it be better to market those 200 pages more instead of publishing another 800 of them?

      I would rather concentrate on less articles. You might say how will you know which articles will produce the results, but I would say how will you know anyway if you don't market each article correctly?
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  • Profile picture of the author AdrianCostan
    Thank you for all the advice! I'd love to hear more opinions.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    I always encourage people to build long term assets.

    There's too many opportunity seekers trying to make a million dollars in one weekend with the "latest sneaky strategy".

    Stick with it for the long haul.

    In 10 years time, you'll be laughing all the way to the bank.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      I always encourage people to build long term assets.

      There's too many opportunity seekers trying to make a million dollars in one weekend with the "latest sneaky strategy".

      Stick with it for the long haul.

      In 10 years time, you'll be laughing all the way to the bank.
      I would normally agree with this, but the guy wants to play a zero sum game.

      He is expecting to rank for low-hanging fruit by throwing up thousands of articles.

      Anyone could throw up thousands of articles and do the same. In a few years all the low-hanging fruit are going to be swooped up by someone doing a little SEO. It's unlikely the OP will be able to keep his rankings if he is just publishing cheap articles.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by fin View Post

        He is expecting to rank for low-hanging fruit by throwing up thousands of articles.
        Sorry, you're right. I misread the OP.

        Cheap anything isn't going to work long term.

        I was referring to having a long term mindset instead of all the BSO chasing you see here mostly.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Well unfortunately due to the nature of the Internet, none of us know exactly what the Internet 10 years down the track is going to look like. So longer term assets are great but you should also be looking at ways to monetize things right now. It's ok to have long term goals but you should also be working on goals each and every week that bring you in immediate money.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Well unfortunately due to the nature of the Internet, none of us know exactly what the Internet 10 years down the track is going to look like..
      Part of business is evolving inline with changes. That's nothing new.

      In terms of online business, I've been in this game now since 2003, (when I started my first online business) and not a lot has changed at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

        Part of business is evolving inline with changes. That's nothing new.

        In terms of online business, I've been in this game now since 2003, (when I started my first online business) and not a lot has changed at all.
        Correct. But people would be naive to think just because things have been one way for 10 years means they will be the same way for the next 10 years. All you need to do is to compare the 10 years before the Internet with the first 10 years of the Internet. Very different. So just goes to show you shouldn't make big future decisions based off of the past because NOTHING is guaranteed these days. The Internet has changed a lot in the last 10 years actually.

        I also said there is nothing wrong with creating a long term site but if that's all you are doing, you are putting your eggs in one basket and it's very risky. Anything that relies on things out of your control is very risky. You should always be working short term and long term. That's how smart business is done.
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        • Profile picture of the author BrianNori
          I would have to agree with Will. I've created monster sites in the past. But I didn't know how to properly monetize my traffic. If you can figure that out in the right niche market you're set.

          Just go in with a solid strategy. Build as you go to see what works and what doesn't. It wouldn't be wise to consider 1000 pages as a goal because without traffic to those pages your website is merely a sitting duck out of water.

          Look at tactics of generating traffic instead. Replicate what works & focus on building a solid list of readers.
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  • Profile picture of the author fin
    haha you're the first person I would expect to ask the guy what he was playing at, so it's what I was thinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdrianCostan
    It's not about cheap articles, you have the wrong image in mind. The articles are going to be high quality!! I have a special method that I can't reveal at the moment, but maybe later in the road I will reveal my strategy and you will stop thinking that I'll have low quality articles spun from PLR or any other rubbish like this. I don't get them from India or Philipines with poor english, I get them with top notch english!

    Let's make a mind game. I will pay 10$ per high quality article , is it worth it now? As it seems everyone is clinging on the price I get my articles written.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    $10 an article?

    Make it $250 an article and I'll write them myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author martinp
      Personally I would prefer 10 sites with 100 quality posts on each as it always worries me relying too much on Google. I saw some really massive, white hat, quality sites hit last year around the time of Panda and Penguin and I'd prefer not to have all my eggs in one basket.

      It might be worth it, but realistically who can say? We don't know what your topic is, what your articles are going to be like, what your SEO skills are etc. One large site wouldn't be my favorite strategy but it certainly works for some. If you know what you're doing then you might just make a killing with it.
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