Iv been looking over this forum and a few others for the past few days to find some kind of guidelines to set up a private blog network but haven't found anything useful, not for free at least
I know a lot of members here have their own private networks but there are probably more who need help with setting theirs up.
The intention with this thread is to get enough *actionable* responses to be able to put together a complete (or near complete) guide to setting up your own private blog network and making the download available. I hope all those who are experienced with private networks will chime in.
Iv identified the following steps and questions to setup a network so far. I don't know if these are all. If there are more than these, please post about them below and i'll add to them here.
1. Determine size of network and key metrics
- how many blogs do you need for the network to be effective in ranking your own sites
- how many blogs do you need for the network to be effective in ranking client sites as well as your own
- should the blogs be generic where each post goes to each blog? or should they be niched?
- what should the PR break down of the blogs look like
- at what rate should you grow your network each month, quater, year?
- how many blogs per C class? 1 or more? If more, how many?
2. SEO hosting
- should you host all blogs on a single seo hosting account? different accounts with same company? or multiple accounts with multiple companies?
A: SEO hosting isn't the best way to go. While it offers some convenience upfront, it makes your network more vulnerable to detection. Using Separate hosting accounts is recommended.
- what should you look for while deciding who to host with
A: There are a couple things that you should look for in a hosting provider.
1. Ask where their Data Centre is located? If there are more than one, ask where you will get your account and if its possible for you to be able to choose your location
2. Ask what IP address you will get with their account. They probably won't be able to tell you the exact IP but you can get a range. Compare it to the sites you already have in your network and see if you are getting diversity.
- Can you host multiple domains on a single account
A: Yes, do not have a definite answer to this yet but it seems going more than 2-3 domains per hosting is not recommended.
- how many c class IPs should you start with? Is there a minium?
- what about separate DNS for each blog? I assume not having separate name servers defeats the purpose of seo hosting but most companies dont seem to be providing that. Is my assumption right or wrong? If right, what is to be done about it?
- who are the best seohosting providers
3. Buying Domains
- Aged vs New: whats recommended? (aged, new or mixed?)
- what are the best places to buy
- what criteria should you look for while buying aged domains
- how to determine if the PR of an aged domain is real or fake
4. Setting up the network
- whats the recommended CMS to set it up? (wordpress, joomla, drupal, others?)
- how important is it really to make them look different in terms of appearance, theme, etc and how to do it
- are their any particular settings or configurations to be used to make the network more effective or to protect against discovery
- how to minimize disk space and bandwidth usage
5. Managing the network
- how to manage content publishing? (manual vs automatic)
- how can content publishing be automated or semi automated
- what kind of content should be put on these blogs? (plr vs spun vs original)
- how to keep it all natural
- how to increase/maintain pr of the domains
6. Link Building
- should a website get links from every site in the network or part of it?
- if site A has had links from all/most sites in the network, is it still worth building more links to it from the same network?
- should all links be text/contextual? or should images also be used?
- should the network be interlinked?
7. Other best practices
- how to protect your network from being discovered
- how to protect from competitors
- what should be the ratio of sites IN the network to sites being linked to (how much is enough/too much)
- should you allow others (client) to use your network? why?
The above are the steps/questions I have identified so far, I am sure there are more but I think even if the above can be discussed in detail here, it could be an excellent guide for anyone wanting start their own network. I know these are a LOT for any one person to answer so even if each person can answer 1 or two of the questions above, we'll have them all answered in time. I will also keep on looking for the answers to the above and if/when I find answers to any of my questions above, I will post answers too. Once we have enough information in this thread, I'll create a PDF and make it available for download so that its all there in a single document.
My aim with this thread is to help myself be able to put up a kickass network and help others do the same in the process. Any responses from experienced network admins will be greatly appreciated. However, if you don't run a blog network yourself, please do not post any advise that you may have *heard* from a so called expert.
Thank you all in advance...
Edited by asimbawany, 07 August 2012 - 05:18.