So obviously we need some cash to get this project rolling.
The cost for outsourcing 80 articles more less is about $400,- right?
Hhmm.. gotta find a way to come up with at least that much of cash very soon.
We got a promo at the moment where you get 400+ word articles from $6 per article.
We are still working on our WP plugin which will automate the publishing from our content portal. Once this plugin is done I will save a heap of time, I am sick and tired of copy / pasting articles :)
So to outsource a full site I would calculate something like this:
$10 - 1 .com domain for a year
$600 - 100 articles
$50 - Blog Commenting *
$40 - Directory Submission **
$100 - 10-15 article submissions ***
* - There are a lot of offers out there, make sure you talk to the guy you outsource to and make sure he knows that you want full comments, not just "nice site", "nice theme", "merry xmas" etc. Those kind of comments will not be approved and/or get deleted as soon as the blog owner become aware of them.
** - I am not always doing this as I am not completely sure it actually has an effect other than helping you in to Google Sandbox if done too soon. If done slowly or after the site has been up for a few months it is probably a good idea, but again I have plenty of good producing sites which never had the directory submissions done.
*** - Check out various deals - for example here, DP, SP, Warrior, I would go for a deal where the article is submitted at least to Ezinearticles and then to a distributing service. You could also go for less articles and have them macro'ed so each submission from the distribution service is a unique article.
I mix this up a bit from site to site to make sure I have each site done a little different so I wont have the same kind of links to all my sites.
The $800 is your main investment, if a site starts to make good money after 3 months time, then it is a good idea to invest a little more in to it, a good rule I am trying to live by with my sites is to re-invest 20% back in to each site, so a site making $5 a day = $150 a week would get $30 put back in to it in form of more content / article submissions / blog comments. That still leaves $120 a month which will cover your initial investment pretty quick :)
The thing is, I don't know if anyone would pay $800,- for such package, however I know there's a website selling a backlink building campaign package for around $200,-/mo, hhmmm... let me think about it....... a ha...http://www.clipartof.com/images/emot...to_turn_on.gif
Awesome post, man! Too bad that best post contest has already come and gone.
Congrats about the well thought and implemented plan! I have just a few questions for you, if you are feeling like answering them of course:
1. Do you mass submit the articles in article directories or you submit to a top10 list for example?
2. Are you doing the do-follow blog commenting link building on a targeted list in your current niche or just "spamming" around random blogs with high PR?
3. Do you have a way to precisely measure the benefits from all the listed link building methods and to compare them to each other?
4. How do you menage to get around the sandbox?
I just notice something interesting. A while ago I started a micro article marketing campaign (only 6 articles submitted to 10 directories) for my blog, and then about a week later I did a research whether this campaign return any result. What I found was, those articles already started to spread everywhere, some are in full article form (backlink included) and some are just an rss feed also with backlink.
Also for certain keywords (targeted keywords) those articles manage to be on Page 1 google SERP. So my initial conclusion is, article marketing does work if you target the right keywords. It helps your web rank better and even dominate SERP. CMIIW