SincerelySandy - 4:38 pm on Jan 8, 2006 (gmt 0)
To all those who have sticky mailed me asking to see an example of one of my site... I'm sorry. I really enjoy my anonymity or I would be happy to. I'm not that concerned about content theft or scrapers, I just value my anonymity or I would be happy to show an example.
Here's a few answers to some of your questions though... I have over a dozen sites ranging from 2 pages to a couple hundred. I try to set my sites up so they require very little maintenance. Even though they do not need much maintenance, I try to make at least a subtle change to a least a few pages of each site once every month or two so the SE's know that the pages are being maintained and the info is not outdated. I do NOT link all my sites together, I don't even use any of my own established sites to link to the new ones to get them indexed. I don't create multiple sites on the same subject. I've never done any paid advertising (there's nothing wrong with it though, I just haven't). I have and will pay for a link if I think it will bring me some traffic, generally the best links aren't for sale though.
I also try to come up with ideas for sites that do not require SE's for traffic (although currently most of my traffic does come from SE's). One of my favorite sites is a "funny" site that gets hardly any traffic from the SE's and is one of those sites that you e-mail to a friend because you thought it was funny. I don't sell anything on it and there is hardly any advertising on it. I use it to funnel traffic to an informational site I have on the same subject that does run advertising. I'd love to show you all this site by putting it in my profile because it's such a good example in a lot of ways, but again, I value my anonymity to much.
As for someones question about if I focus on quantity or quality, both. Here's my opinion on what constitutes a quality informational webpage. It should be very focused with a minimal number of links to directly related subjects. It should have as little else as possible on it other than the information you are trying to provide. It should be easy to read. It should have as few images and ads as possible. Ads should not be everywhere, just one or two locations. In other words don't put an ad at the top, one on the bottom, one blended in content, one on the left... The thing I like to do is the old "Keep it Simple" style. As for quantity, once I have set up a site and have done what I can to get good positions for it in the SERP's, I move on and create something else or add content to one of my other sites. There is a lot to be said for the difference in traffic from being in the #1 position and being in the #4 spot, but there is also alot to be said for not putting all your eggs in one basket (one site). The more sites you have, the less the changes the SE's make will effect you (unless you interlink all your sites). The more subjects you have, the less the seasons of the year effect your overall earnings.
That's all I can think of for now. On a final note, and I hesitate to say this or surely someone will think there is an ulterior motive... WebmasterWorld is the only forum I have ever read on a regular basis or participated in. Not because of some sense of loyalty, one of my reasons is that the inability of people to link to their sites in their posts adds more credibility to what they have to say. I take everything I read with a grain of salt. I also place a little more importance on post from older members than new ones like me, (actually I've been hanging out here for a few years now). This does not always apply since many new members have been webmasters for a long time.