True, there always has been the discussion whether one should put all eggs in one basket, or spread the eggs among more baskets.

In blogging, I have the feel that one should stick to those baskets one totally feels confident with. Do not create 30 blogs on topics you know nothing about. I too have learnt this the hard way, but it just is no use.

So instead, if you do want to spread your internet activities and you are willing to learn to work with other backends than just WordPress for instance… here are some options to increase your overall income from sites:

  1. Create a forum
  2. Create a community
  3. Transform your abandoned blogs into passive income sites
  4. Create a MySpace profile
  5. Transfer your booming site to a better system

Some of these points you might find controversial, but for some steps in life you have to dare…

  1. Create a forum
    Although in most of the cases it is not the intention of the blogger, a forum can highly contribute to your site. Except from comments on posts and comments on comments, one often forgets that that group of visitors mights also want to discuss related topics amongst eachother. Giving them an option to start related topics and generate own discussions truly can improve the quality level and easily enables your visitor-group to grow.
  2. Create a community
    Bringing your visitor group even to another level. When you have the possibility, trying to create a community can ease your way of working and put you in another role… more of an overseeing admin and moderator, rather than an blogger. Let your community members write and you do the stearing.
  3. Transform your abandoned blogs into passive income sites
    As mentioned above, I have made a mistake with creating blogs that were not my cup of tea. Just because I thought it was a good idea, I started some specific niche related blogs. Those are the ones that have not been updated for a while. :’(
    What I did with a few though, is the following. Changing the site’s structure from regular blog to a site with a few pages (for WordPress: Static Front Page plugin), all the old posts remain and can be accessible by direct type-in or linked referral. I added RSS feeds from other own sites and optimized the site’s ad layout. Now, I do not have to face the fact that they are not updated and they display like a simple yet neat website.
  4. Create a MySpace profile
    Oh yeah… Jumping the MySpace bandwagon. I had not expected it, but this is a matter of large figures. Creating a highly related MySpace profile for one of your sites, generating a large friends group and posting regularly in both MySpace blog and bulletin-post really can drive traffic to your site. Moreover, if you tweak your MySpace site accordingly, the driven traffic is well targeted. And finding the right people on MySpace (just search for their interests that relate to your site) is really a piece of cake
  5. Transfer your booming site to a better system
    If you feel that your site starts shaking because of high traffic and visitors/members that use your site to the max… do not be afraid to change and take your site to a higher platform. Switching from WordPress to Drupal for instance to extend the user’s possibilities is something that we have seen before… just take a look at PopSugar.
    Although change might look terrifying, the options and tweaks available to smoothly convert your site are abundant.

It is all quite simple, although some steps require time… but taking the steps is a matter of doing. The result – a possible increase in overall income due to more contribution and more traffic – is the very pleasant side-effect…

What are your experiences while diversifying your web-activities?

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