“Networks aren’t built in a day”

As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. This was a French proverb in the late 1100s and it just as poignant today as it was then. We’ve all heard it, and we all pretty well know what it means – important projects take time to complete. So let’s modernize this phrase to say, “Networks aren’t built in a day.”

There, that’s much better. It’s the key thing to remember when you’re building up the network of sites that will make you the master of your own domain (internet pun intended) and can help you with your SEO rankings as well as driving traffic to your money-making websites. And while that’s the key thing to remember, there are a few more things you’ll want to keep in mind.

Just like any good business owner, you’ve planned ahead (you did plan ahead, right?) and have a clear idea of where you’re going with your websites. You’ve created a submitted your videos, your Web 2.0 tactics are paying off well, your ezine articles and article directory submissions are driving traffic and your SEO ranking right up where you want them. So now it’s time to start on your own network of websites.

When you’re just starting off and are in the planning stages, it’s a good idea to go ahead & grab up the domain names you’ll want to be using. You don’t have to do a lot with them – they don’t have to be fancy, full-fledged websites, but it’s a good idea to have something up there at least. Some PLR articles are a good idea, and there are even some automated solutions out there (Jeff Johnson’s professional WordPress theme, WordPress Direct, Portal Feeder) that can grab relevant content for you.

These articles (and continually updated content) will start getting the webpages indexed by search engine crawlers and can keep the spiders coming back for more. Like a good wine, your pages will age naturally and will be raised in quality with very little work.

Five to ten sites should do the trick, and with a few links here and there to your main money-making site, your ezine articles, your Web 2.0 applications, etc, and you’ve got the basis for your very own network.

It’s also a good idea to have all of these sites owned in different names and hosted in different places – this will help with the credibility of the sites and won’t make it look like you’re a one person show running some kind of scammy deals.

All of this can take a year or longer, especially if you let the websites age properly. But then again, they also say, “Good things come to those who wait.” If you do it properly, you can have a functioning network of websites in much less than the 870 years it took to build Rome.

If you’d like help with building your network of websites, or even if you’re just getting started, you can find help here at Melbourne SEO Services. Workshops, DVDs and a whole host of other products are available here.

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