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5 Things to know While Starting a Blog Network

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5 Things to know While Starting a Blog Network

When you start with Professional Blogging, you follow a cycle. You create your first successful blog and then you move to starting another blog and then another. All professional bloggers have a dream to have a successful blog network so that they can be popular in all kind of niche. And for many bloggers this dream do come true but unluckily for majority bloggers the dream is just a dream because of the ups and downs they face while building a blog network.
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Starting a blog network is not an easy task, every blog in a blog network must be popular to make a blog network popular. You will get many hurdles while building and maintaining a blog network and many bloggers quit because of these hurdles. To avoid such situation you need to be positive and remember few factors which are important to build a blog network.

Building a Blog Network? Things you should know:

Proper Planning

If you want to make your blog or blog network successful you need to have a proper planning. You need to be clear about your goals and what you want to achieve. Make a plan and checklist of all the task, few of the important plans would be:

These are just few must have plans to make and there are lot more plans keep on adding and changing as soon as you start building a blog network.

Hard and Smart work

After planning it’s better to start implement and get disciplined in work. Make sure you meet your deadlines, find better way to be productive and active in writing articles as well as in social media. Maintaining all the blogs and promoting it is a time consuming task because blogging is not only about writing articles, maintaining blog and promoting it is also important. Thus if you are planning to have a blog network make sure you prepare yourself mentally and physically that you need to work hard.

Building a Team

If you want to make your blog network successful it will be important that you keep on updating all blogs on a regular scheduled basis. Thus it would be better if you have a team who can help you in managing your blogs like writing articles, promoting them or handling blogs technically. Having a team helps you to maintain your blog even when you are busy with other things. Make sure you hire writers who can provide you updated and quality articles.

Also, one of the mistake we do when managing multiple blog is, we tend to ignore few blogs as we move ahead. My recommendation would be, follow a posting schedule and stick to it. For example, you can decide :

  • Blog A: 20 posts a month ( 5 a Week)
  • Blog B: 8 posts a month ( 2 a week)
  • Blog C: 4 Posts a month (1 a Week)

Now, on the first of every month, schedule posts on all these blogs as you have decided. This way, you don’t need to worry about blog updates in between the month. And, as you get time, you can post new and fresh content right away.

Proper Management:

Preparing a plan or a team might be easy for you but managing your blogs according to your plan and handling team is very important. Keeping the schedules according to your plan for all the blogs and keep on checking the errors or problems in your blogs is very important. Links of all the blogs should work properly, technically all the blogs should be good and without error is really important. Apart from that Keeping your writers motivated and giving proper feedback is the next thing you need to do.

Investment:

If you are planning to go big, you have to think big “Money makes money”. Have a decent budget for the marketing of your blog and for other work and tools. There are many paid and free tools which you will be needing over the period, and also as I mentioned, you need to outsource lots of work.

Investment  factor depends on individual that how much he want to invest on his blog network but few basic things are always required such as having a reliable web hosting for all your blogs thus to avoid downtimes or poor maintenance. Thus it is important to avoid free webhosting service. Apart from that paying to your team or investing on SEO services or designing your blogs can also increase your investment.

One hard part is managing so many social media profile at one time and keeping them updated. I suggest use a professional tool like Hootsuite, which will help you to manage all your Social profiles, including you can also set auto publishing on Google + pages.

You should always remember, maintaining so many blogs is not going to be one men job and you need to learn how to delicate the work and get work done.  Many Bloggers, Including me find it hard to delegate work and do most of the work ourselves, which is a really wrong approach. If your target is to build a big network of Blogs, you need to create a hierarchy of team and assign one blog to one team. You also need a SEO guy, a designer, a marketer, a B.D.O and more people, as you grow.

You need to be really focus and aim at something really high, for example you can set your goal as: “I want to create a network of blogs bigger than Lifehacker.” Though, never ever compramize on quality of your blog and give every blog as their own identity. Try to take advantage of branding by keeping something similar in all your blog network, that could be design or could be name of domain. For example, here at ShoutMeLoud we use SHOUT as brand name.

I hope above tips will help you in starting a blog network of your own. But, if you have more questions related to maintaining and management for your network, do let me know via comments.

These are few factors which you should keep in mind before starting your blog network. If you are aware of more important tips to start a blog network do share with us. We would love to know your views.

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  • Kevin

    Thanks for a great article Whiztechy.

    Very good tips for those trying to create a network or even one great site. It might be hard for most as most new bloggers start off with no budget which means no team. Any tips for that?

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  • Arun@ dailywiki

    Excellent article harsh, i have started my own website similar to suite101 and ezine articles. Hope i will succeed from that venture. I have certain goals to be reached at the end of each year.

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  • Rahul @ MazaKaro

    proper planning is essential , i would add looking for more , when you start doing this kind of things, even if you believe you’re very good at it and you don’t need to search about it ,you’re wrong , i believe in looking for experiences and knowing more about it , cause that helps a lot !! thank You

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  • rathna

    hi very useful website

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  • Irfan Siddiqui | RealTimeTricks

    I think its sense before starting anything either its blog or your daily stuff you need a proper planning without it you might face failure. I remember one of my friend started blogging a while ago but suddenly after a month or so from its starts he quite, why? Just because he have no planning, only reason he had started blogging was me. :)

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  • Jai Prakash

    I agree must know about all thing at staring point.
    Image logo also good.Thanks for sharing

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  • Arif Nezami

    Not an easy task…. thanks for share….

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  • Samantha Wright

    Top post, thoroughly enjoyed reading thanks for sharing. Its also important that people understant if your concentration is on 5 different blogs instead on one then you’re going to be disheartened by slow progress you can only do so much.

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  • Swamykant

    Proper Management and the frequency of post matters alot.

    Nice Post. Thanks for sharing your knowledge

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  • AJEET

    you must also have a well established blog ,that help you a lot..

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  • kbharath

    Thanks for sharing this awesome article. i am new to blogging platform i am getting some invitation from other blogger to get merged with them and to start a blog network were all the team members can work on one blog. so these are the things i should keep in mind befor starting a blog network thanks for sharing this article it really helps me thank you.

    WR
    Bharath

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  • Bilal Ahmad

    Planning and Management is the key factors that will lead you to success. Saying “No” to every thing is the big hurdle so always be positive and thing will happen they you want.

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  • Athul @ Juniorhero

    hey gr8 points…. so the key behind SML network revealed by Ruchi ;)

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  • Mani Viswanathan

    Well starting a blog network is easy. Perhaps, maintaining it is where the difficult part lies. Thanks for this post Ruchi. Currently, I don’t have any plans for blog networks. Maybe me in the coming years that may change :P

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  • Abhishek-seekersfind.com

    Hi Whiztechy
    Great post and building network is must.This tips really works.Planning and smart work really needs some bloggers who can think and try new

    Thanks For Sharing
    -Abhishek

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  • Rahul

    I have plans but i am finding very difficulty in executing things.
    1) Setting up new blog
    2) Content
    3) Backlinks
    4) Waiting for search engine traffic to come.

    It is impossible for person who do job and maintain blog network. First 6 month for every blog needs lot of articles promotion and work behind. Then you have to repeat this process again and again. Hence successful team building or investment is necessary.

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    • Whiztechy

      Rahul if you are facing problems in above points then I would suggest you to read few related articles on ShoutMeLoud because we always write articles after experience thus I am sure you will get few working tips. Working in a team is always good.

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  • Chief

    Great points! I like your heading format, very creative and effective. We started our blogging club just to primarily use peer pressure to get a critical mass of posts going. It is not as sophisticated as your network but the social aspects help to sift in some education along the way. We are all learning about the tools, what is interesting content and how to make the most of social media.

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    • Whiztechy

      Hey chief, I guess in blogging we all are learning and I would love to know more about tools, social media about which you are gaining knowledge. Do share your views and experience with us.

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  • Imran

    I agree, its not only blogging it is very thing what you want do and you require proper planing hard and smart work and a dedicated team handling their own set of jobs.

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    • Whiztechy

      Right Imran, because of lack of planning and smart work many bloggers fail to get successful and thus finally quit.

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  • Poonam

    Well said about team building…..helpful article for pro blogger :)

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    • Whiztechy

      Thanks for comment Poonam, hope others find it useful :).

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  • Vijay

    Thanks for providing the nice information. I will try to fix my missing part.

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  • SathishKumar

    Interesting Ideas. I am thinking of a creating a blog network of my own, but I recognized it clearly, that I can’t do it along. Hope I will get my team members soon. Thanks for providing these useful tips.

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    • Whiztechy

      Yeah Satish, its better to have someone with you who can take care of your blog network when you are busy. Wish you luck for blog network.

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  • tushar

    no doubt if you are interested in starting your own blog network, you have to to do some really hard work very smartly….
    and a lot depends that team members are dedicated

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    • Whiztechy

      Agree with you Tushar, Blogging is more of smart work rather than hard work.

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  • Jens P. Berget

    Very interesting article. I would probably never start a blog network myself, but I would be interested in joining one and to contribute.

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    • Whiztechy

      Glad you like the article Jens, hope you get good network to join soon.

      Reply

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