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If you want to be vague and general, then rather than thinking of # of sites, think # of visitors.
Say you want to make $3000/month, then you need $100/day. If you get $0.10 per click then you will need 1000 clicks per day. If you have a 1% CTR then you will need 100,000 page views per day.
Assuming you can achieve the stats above, you could have one site that gets 100k views/day or 100 sites that get 1000 views/day. The smaller sites will obviously be easier to build but that quantity could be a maintence nightmare. Your best bet is to shoot for somewhere between those numbers.
I do computer stuff for a living and while I could make all of it nicely into one site, I've split it up into 4.
Also, use a Content Management System right off the bat. Don't bother with static HTML. It's WAY too much maintenance later on when the site gets bigger, and if you set up a CMS right the end user/bot can't tell the difference anyway.
Also, use a Content Management System right off the bat. Don't bother with static HTML. It's WAY too much maintenance.
I Know it's off-topic, but why the hell it's too much maintenance.
Static html can do as good as an CMS. Many well known, established webmasters on this forum are using it.
[edited by: Bddmed at 7:44 pm (utc) on May 15, 2006]
With TextPattern now I've been able to add way more stuff much easier. Not to mention that I only have to backup a database now as opposed to tons of pages.
The conversion was a pain though, that's why I was suggesting doing it from the beginning.
Picking good topics for a site and for articles makes a big difference.
I get so tired of wading through serps of shallow content obviously made for AdSense....
I have several sites i think 5 or 6 and some domains that i have rented to affiliate programs.
The most important thing is that you have total control! Now and in the future. Building a quality network will IMHO give the best opportunity to earn a stable = descent income.
Dont putt all your eggs on one ad supplier, after a few years of stable building you should get cheques from different companie's if you do right.
Build a site for users that search for houses! hehe High income in that niche.
Im a PHP man, but for little static sites HTML rocks! Back to basic... Goooooooooooodluck