First things first, I want to thank all of the new forum members for stopping by and sharing their knowledge with others. It’s becoming a great place to share tips, tricks, strategies, and cool finds with other bloggers that happen to read SFU. That said, the forum is officially out of beta mode, and it has a fresh redesign. It’s clean, simple, and it above all else - FUNCTIONAL! Check out the Site Flipping Forum now!
Next item on the agenda is the contest winner. I apologize for not announcing it yet, as I’ve been super busy trying to work on my flipper blogs, get the forums running, post on a semi-regular basis here… and then there’s my life outside of the internet. Hectic! I’ll go over the statistics sometime this week, and we’ll announce a winner as soon as I find one. A couple of my sponsors have become unreachable, but we’ll figure out a way to make the winner happy, even if I have to pay for the stuff myself. The winner will get his/her prizes!
Finally, I want to talk a little bit about my last post, and my new idea about flipping blogs.
First, let me tell you my inspiration behind the idea, and then maybe through the genius that is SFU readers, you can help me to realize it. The idea is to start with one blog as an experiment. If successful, I had planned to break you up into small groups, while adding more people, and to keep building flipper blogs as a team. Since there are so many of you, it would limit your actual workload to almost non-existent (think 2 posts a week), and it would still bring you more cash than most of you are currently bringing in with your flagship blogs. The idea was to make you money, while I watch, help, and above all else… contribute. So depending on how many people we get to take part, we could have more than one blog to do, therefore, we wouldn’t all be stuck working on a topic that you didn’t enjoy.
The first thought that pops into my head, as far as blog topics, is blogging. I’ve become somewhat of an authority in the niche, which will help with credibility… and we can all bring different things to the table. When I say blogging, don’t immediately picture Make Money Online blogging. My vision is a bit deeper than that. I mean blogging as a whole. In this “superblog”, we can teach people things like –
- Effective headlines
- Design (themes, designers, graphics, etc)
- Outsourcing (job board, freelancers, finding freelance work)
- Niche Selection
- Video Blogging
- Blogging 101 (installation, plug-ins, explanations)
Now, I know some of these categories fall into the MMO niche, but think of it as a blog that will help ALL bloggers, not just a simple MMO blog. We would cater to bloggers in general, and in ALL niches. The objective would be to become the best blogger you can be, and to build your readerbase accordingly. Think less Problogger, and more along the lines of a blogging encyclopedia.
The reason I chose this topic is because across the board, it’s something that MOST of us are pretty familiar with. If you aren’t interested in monetzation, I be you would certainly like to know how to become a better writer… right?
So the idea is that we choose categories based on who we have taking part. Each person gets to pick 3 categories, and I’ll draw (at random) a winner to take that category. That person essentially becomes the writer for the category they are selected for. That will be your ONLY source of focus when it comes to writing.
This blog is a logistical nightmare, but I’ve come up with a few ideas to help us out there too. One, I’ll make a “private” section of the forum, where I select who will be allowed entry. These people will be the one’s taking part in our project, and nothing will be visible to outsiders. Two, you’ll all have access to general accounts like Feedburner, and Google Analytics - so that you can check statistics at will. I will not be giving administrative access to the blog, or the server to anyone. The reason is, it only takes one mistake by one person to totally wipe out all of the work we’ve done, and I don’t think any of us want that. That said, you will be granted contributor access to the blog, so you’ll be able to write and submit your posts to me for editing.
The last bit of business is monetization, which is another logistical nightmare. Since I don’t expect anyone to trust me to distribute the money evenly, and I’m not giving everyone access to my accounts, the blog will go un-monetized. We should be able to sell it on traffic, subscribers, and statistics alone, and get a good amount.
As always, send me your suggestions in the comment fields. DON’T try to pick a topic yet. We’ll work that out later. I also need a definitive answer of who will be taking part, as to help with the rest of the planning.