With and without the latest Penguin update, I thought about this for some time. I'm self thought affiliate marketer running multiple websites on multiple topics.
Some years ago, I created several blogs on different hosting plans, and used them to link back to my websites.
Content was always original and on the topic, low price, linking back to my sites. As long as I was posting new articles, Alexa rank was growing on all blogs, hitting around 700-800k the most on some. Stat program reports about 100-200 daily visits.
A schema, although I wasn't really into gaming as much as to gain some traffic and have some SEO done through linking back via selected anchor text.
Some time last year, I got tired of this as it's really too artificial. My posts went from once a week to once a month, and I totally abandoned some of those blogs.
Now I wonder about best next step strategy while using all the content:
- leave it as it is and continue with fresh content and back links?
- consolidate into fewer or even one blog only?
- consolidate content into new pages on my sites?
- any other idea?
Everything is under my control so redirects are not a problem. I'm not trying to hide anything from Google. Still I don't wont to let those articles go down the river just like that.