I have started working on building up two new blogs. I have tried to build a network of blogs before, but failed miserably. Read my post on my failed blog network to find out why. This time, I am going to take it really slowly and use everything I have learned over the last three years in hopes of making them a success.
One issue I have always had is that I pay my writers too much. While it might not be as much as I make currently, it is more per post than I made when I started, and when you work it out, they are making well over minimum wage for their time and effort currently.
Sure, it is nice to be able to pay writers, but the less I pay them now, the more likely I will be able to run these blogs long term, as they won’t cut too far into the money I need to make to pay my own bills. I am not rich by any stretch of the imagination, so I have to be careful how much I pay a writer, but balance that with the quality I will expect from the writer.
That means, I can’t expect pieces of art for pennies, but at the same time, I won’t be able to afford many pieces of art if the site is making nothing, and I am spending a lot.
Finding the balance is very difficult, but very important.
I don’t have much time in my days, as I spend most of my time working on Splashpress Media blogs. A fair bit of my day involves writing back and forth to people, and really helping connect them with the Splashpress brand. This doesn’t always leave much time for creative writing, promotion and other things that are needed in today’s market to make new blogs successful.
This is another reason I am taking things slow. Last time I created my own network of blogs, I wrote on all of them, I designed them all, I pretty much did everything, though with a little help from a friend of mine, Nick.
I tried to do too much too fast, and without any free time available, and that is another reason why I have failed in the past. Currently, I am only working on developing two new blogs that I won’t be writing on often. One of them is Solar Hype and the other is Tablet Watch. Two subjects that I am passionate about, and have found writers for.
I am going to build them up the best that I can, and then start fleshing out with a few more blogs. I want to stay in the black when it comes to the network’s profit, and I will be investing the money that eXtra for Every Publisher makes into these sites to start them off.