A WebmasterWorld thread has one senior WebmasterWorld member, wheel, detailing how he builds and monetizes his own blog link network. I guess if you can't depend on underground secret link networks, you can always try to build your own - that is until Google spots it and kills the while network.
But what Wheel describes in the thread is how he buys low cost blogs and makes a nice income off of them.
By way of background, a couple of years ago I wanted to investigate how bloggers were monetizing. So I bought a good but defunct blog for $500 then sold it out like a $10 hooker. I have added no content to the site myself, simply sold stuff. The site now makes $100-$300 per month on average selling guest blog posts. It's in the financial sector, PR4 and I retail blog posts for $199. (Aside - don't bother contacting me about any of this - I will explicitly not sell you blog posts or anything else through WebmasterWorld. This post is informational, not an ad for my services). No penalty, no PR slap, nothing. And if it does go sideways in Google someday, who cares? I spent $500 and made thousands. The website is consumable inventory, not my first born child.
How does he do it? That is detailed in the thread. But should he do it?
Most webmasters think he is crazy for doing this. Google, time and time again, go after these link networks and to lose everything overnight is scary.
WebmasterWorld administrator, incrediBILL said, "Building a link network is fine if you can also build traffic, otherwise it's kind of a waste of time in the Penguin era."
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.
This post was written earlier this week and scheduled to be posted today.
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