How Many Websites To Work on at Once

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I've received a lot of great feedback to my previous questions on here, and I have another one now - how many websites to work on at once?

I'm transitioning my efforts from publishing a bunch of articles and hoping for advertising to earn money, to creating websites to sell products and create a real business. Obviously not all of them are going to work, and I'm worried on just concentrating on one website.

How many websites should a person realistically work on at once? Do you find it's better just working on one, or is the failure rate too high to risk this?

Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author BizQ
    It depends on your experience level, your income (i.e- if you have sites making money or if all of them are $0), how much help you have or don't have, etc.

    It also depends on the type of sites. A one page site is different than an ecommerce site which is different than a niche blog, which is different than a review site, etc.

    Generally it's best to focus on one thing, master that, and then add on to it. But I like to focus on two things at once because not every idea is a good idea. But if I was just starting, I would get one website up and running before I got another up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Generalbrock
      I've got one website up that generates a lot of traffic, but very little income. It's really an authority site, and I'm trying to change some of it to sell items now. It's earning a few hundred a month, but no where near where I want it to be.

      I might focus on two new websites then, and see which one does better in the near future.
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      • Profile picture of the author moreno
        Originally Posted by Generalbrock View Post

        I've got one website up that generates a lot of traffic, but very little income. It's really an authority site, and I'm trying to change some of it to sell items now. It's earning a few hundred a month, but no where near where I want it to be.

        I might focus on two new websites then, and see which one does better in the near future.
        I would turn this "authority site " into gold !
        Focus on what you can do to improve this site because if you get traffic you have to find a way to convert traffic into $$$ that's my advise
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  • Profile picture of the author NK
    How much time do you spend maintaining your current website? If you find that you have the time, then go for a second site but don't neglect your first.

    As you continue you may find that it gets easier, since you already know what to do. But you may still feel overwhelmed by the amount of work needed to maintain many sites at once.

    At that point I would suggest dropping sites that aren't making you anything and if you are somehow earning enough from each one, consider outsourcing part of the work.

    A successful authority site will usually hit a point where it's difficult for just one person to keep running it so getting extra help is something you would want to look into
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Mayers
    Hey Brock,

    I suggest that you work on one website at a time so that you can maintain your focus and outcome result for each individual website.

    Maybe come up with a process on how you build the website and optimize it for content, and then go through the entire process/checklist for each site, but one at a time. Once you are done with one site, move on to the next.

    After sites are done, then go back to make necessary changes, but keep focused, and stay on one website at a time.

    Hope this helps!

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    • Profile picture of the author Generalbrock
      Originally Posted by Josh Mayers View Post

      Hey Brock,

      I suggest that you work on one website at a time so that you can maintain your focus and outcome result for each individual website.

      Maybe come up with a process on how you build the website and optimize it for content, and then go through the entire process/checklist for each site, but one at a time. Once you are done with one site, move on to the next.

      After sites are done, then go back to make necessary changes, but keep focused, and stay on one website at a time.

      Hope this helps!

      -Josh
      Thanks for the reply, but when do you know a website is done? It seems like there is always more to do and more to add. Is there a point where you reach diminishing returns in your mind? Or do you just put them in maintenance mode when you've added say 1000 products or 100 reviews etc (depending on the type of site)?
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Gunn
    I TOTALLY agree with Josh. Concentrate on ONE until that one is profitable and running with minimum attention given to it. You can get spread so thin and have so many things going on at once that you don't do any good with any of them!! Been there; done that.
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    • Profile picture of the author sudo rank
      Originally Posted by Terry Gunn View Post

      I TOTALLY agree with Josh. Concentrate on ONE until that one is profitable and running with minimum attention given to it. You can get spread so thin and have so many things going on at once that you don't do any good with any of them!! Been there; done that.
      This ^^

      Less is definitely more these-day, if you concentrate on get one website completely sorted with social, seo and outreach you can clean up.

      If you spread yourself too thin you'll just end up with a load of thin sites that don't earn a penny rather than one giant that's banking hard.
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  • Profile picture of the author craighakwins
    Do your research, and risk it. In business, everything is a risk. You can't expect to just grab and all and hope one of them will just boom. You have to put in time and effort for that business to be something. Just focus on one, maybe one and a half. But don't start up a lot of sites because that will mostly like fail.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I run 3 websites and update each on regular basis. Time management is the key and of course, other resources like content and few dollars for promotion.
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewM
    Many times internet marketers aim short by moving from project to project.

    If you have a site that is making money it is proven. You shouldn't just jump into the next niche when you should be trying to scale up your site by getting more of the same converting traffic. Its not necessarily about adding more content.

    The questions you should be asking yourself is how can I get more of the same kind of traffic that is bringing me in money. In many cases its about spending what you make back into other traffic avenues. Money = Speed. You get results quick. You may fail a few times testing out new traffic sources but with each failure is a learning lesson.

    Even if you fail 4 times but pick up one solid traffic source its worth it.

    If you got into this business to make small money you should get out and get a job.

    Go big or go home.Put what you make back into your project until you reach a level you'd be satisfied with. Personally I don't work on more than 3 things at a time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Beastmob
      Originally Posted by MatthewM View Post



      If you got into this business to make small money you should get out and get a job.
      I agree with that! But I guess everyone can do what makes them happy. Some people just like moonlighting on the Internet and making chump change is cool for them. Nothing wrong with that if that what makes them happy. There's money on the Internet for everyone - be it big or small - but I'm with you Matthew I Choose BIG!
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxGalitsyn
    I would keep my options open because:
    a) the income stream may dry up
    b) the topic can just get boring
    c) new ideas/projects may come up

    The number of websites depends on how good you are in your time management and in automating your routine. Outsourcing some tasks is also a factor. You probably think on how to maintain your current project(s) more efficiently and then move on with new ideas but already with skills and experience. The more websites you can maintain at a time the better trade is. However, when I say the more I mean reasonable number, quantity should not effect quality.
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    • Profile picture of the author TelZilla
      Originally Posted by redbird1 View Post

      The number of websites depends on how good you are in your time management and in automating your routine. Outsourcing some tasks is also a factor. You probably think on how to maintain your current project(s) more efficiently and then move on with new ideas but already with skills and experience. The more websites you can maintain at a time the better trade is.
      I like redbird's answer above. There's a lot of truth there, but honestly, the real answer is...

      It doesn't matter how many sites we can work on... It's how many you can work on.

      I have several dozen that have new content added monthly, and several dozen more in various stages of planning and setup. Over the last 10 years I've built more sites than I can remember, for myself and clients... some profitable, some not.

      I've even built a few sites just for fun in the middle of all this.

      But I'm not you. I've been doing this for 15 years.

      Unlike a lot of warriors, I cannot focus on only one site for a long period of time. I get bored too easily. Of course, once you reach a certain income level, it helps to hire someone to add content to the sites you're bored with. Sell the ones you want to and move on to the next niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Beastmob
    Try launching as many websites as you can focus on without losing your marbles. The winners will reveal themselves. Once they do, focus your attention on those and just check in on the others every now & then to see if any of 'em decide to come up to speed. If not, ditch or sell 'em. Then if you want, simply repeat the same process to find Winners and filter out losers until you have the desired amount of website you want manage. And keep in mind you can also get others to help contribute and build your web properties if need be.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I got many web sites each with many pages. Best strategy is to make each web site about one topic that you wanna cover. This gives you a chance to try a different look and feel for each one. For example, a gardening web site might have a background that is green. Well, if it does not do so nice, you can sell it on flippa or a similar service. Concentrate on topics that will yield you money. All the best to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author molisa
    its upto you ..

    how many times you can seat in front of the computer

    and also it depends on your mood
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  • Profile picture of the author TheFranchiseMarketer
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    Great question. You should work on just one website at a time for sure. You don't want to over exert yourself especially when it comes down to internet marketing. Work on one until it starts to make money for you then work on the other until it starts making money for you. So on and so forth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Generalbrock View Post

    How many websites should a person realistically work on at once?

    GB,

    How many careers should a person realistically work on at once?

    Isn't that what we're talking about here? Aren't you getting in this business to make money and provide a profitable career for yourself?

    I've been studying online business since the late '90s and I can tell you without hesitation that nearly all of the most successful and profitable online business owners focused on just one thing and became the expert, the go-to-guy, the master of that one thing.

    Some business strategies are best attacked with multiple web sites, but still the focus of every one of those sites is in one thing (one market).

    Diversification comes after you have mastered and conquered your first quest . . . not before.

    You've heard the saying "jack of all trades and master of none." That principle holds true in online business as well . . . those that divide and scatter their efforts are likely to never make it big in any of them.

    One is the magical number. It's been proven over and over again.

    Good luck to you,

    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Rotate
    You can work for 2 websites at once if you have enough time to spend on them. You should concentrate on the contents of your websites. Create interesting contents those will attract visitors. And it's simple to realize that creating interesting contents requires more time and hard work. So if you have more time to work for 2 websites, then obviously choose 2. But if you don't have enough time to spend then just choose 1 website.
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  • Profile picture of the author MattBrighton
    Treat every website like a seperate business, at the moment you're not quite happy with your first main website that is earning a few hundred every month. Keep on building that up, rebrand it and make it bigger to make it bring in the income you want or expect to see.

    There's no point making website, after website, if all of them only perform at 25% of what you'd want or expect, one website performing at 100% is worth more than 4 websites performing at 25% if you get what I mean
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  • Profile picture of the author Robinsh123
    I think everyone should start small and have a single site to maintain, update and try to make the same profitable and then you can hire a virtual assistant to move towards another idea.

    You do keep on repeating the process and then all eggs will feel safe because you were saving them throughout their life separately.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
    What's your schedule like? Will you have enough time to jump start new sites and get the marketing going? What is your plan once the sites are up to drive traffic? These are factors which will influence the success of your site. If you won't have much time to develop the new sites or keep them going once they are up, due to family or job concerns, then your new sites will be doomed from the start.
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  • It will all depend up on the person that is taking the task on managing the sites and how well they are able to do that. If you are able to manage two sites then just do that but if you are also able to mange many sites then do so. But if you are not able to manage more than one you have no choice to but to manage that one so that you can monitor your progress so well and get to see the results.

    It is better to manage the number of sites that you will be able to monitor alps than you getting all the sites ups that you mange without monitoring. this will lead to a great loss that will lead to you to some great regrets for along time.
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  • Profile picture of the author master reseller
    Being able to work on one or two new websites or blogs might get your creative juices flowing which could inspire new ideas for your other sites. New projects always produce good results, so long as everything you already have is running smoothly and doesn't get neglected.
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  • Profile picture of the author jammu1317
    it totally depends on which type of site you are working on also on your experience level. I hope you make a rough draft or plan for website what you want as final product so before making it you got idea how much large it is. For large forum or big news sites you need to give a lot time so 1 sites at once and if you are working on small website network so you have to work on multiple sites at once and as they are related to each other so it's good to work on multiple site at once.
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  • Instead of thinking on terms of working on a websites, think in terms of producing a sales funnels: a squeeze page for list building, email sequence to build rapport and additional sales, your main offer, possible downsell, and download/thakyou page. Work on ONE SALES FUNNEL!

    If that sounds too difficult then get a good sales funnel plr and tweak it to fit your needs or hire someone.

    And don't stop the content marketing, just make it point to the entrance of your sales funnel.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLB
    I would say as many as you can comfortably handle. If you're outsourcing, that could be quite a few. If you're not, then I would say focus on just a few basic projects and when those are making decent money, then begin to ramp up production.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    It depends on your skills and your ability to focus. I don't recommend working on more than 1-2 websites at a time unless you're going to outsource a portion of the work.
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  • Profile picture of the author gregdavidson727
    Originally Posted by Generalbrock View Post

    I've received a lot of great feedback to my previous questions on here, and I have another one now - how many websites to work on at once?

    I'm transitioning my efforts from publishing a bunch of articles and hoping for advertising to earn money, to creating websites to sell products and create a real business. Obviously not all of them are going to work, and I'm worried on just concentrating on one website.

    How many websites should a person realistically work on at once? Do you find it's better just working on one, or is the failure rate too high to risk this?

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks
    If you try to shoot two rabbits at the same time you're going to miss them both. Focus on a single idea and do everything possible to get that idea to work. If it doesn't work out, which is very common with websites, move on to your next idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author fatchap
    All websites take time and effort so personally I have no more than 2 or 3 being actively worked on at once. otherwise I get a bit distracted. I then leave them to google devices for 2 or 3 months with just a bit of linking done and move onto the next ones. They usually end up making some cash luckily - so far :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    If you're trying to build a solid business, then i suggest you just focus on building one big site.

    If you're trying to build an authority site then there's a lot more to it than just adding fresh content on a regular basis. You also need to drive traffic, engage people on social media, build up a list to send out newsletter etc.

    Just focus on the one site and make sure to do your research first to choose a great niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Generalbrock
    These are some really amazing posts. I appreciate everyone who responded. I'm going to focus on two websites for now, with one of them being my existing site. Hopefully it works out.
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