How to Create and Use a Blog Farm

Learn how to Create a Blog Farm Network to Dominate the Search Engine Results

So I want to talk about blog farming today – or more specifically, how to create a blog farm network, from your money site all the way down to low level blog farms. More importantly, I want to teach you not only how to create a blog farm network, but how to utilize it to dominate your niche keywords. It’s nice to create a blog farm, but if you don’t utilize it correctly, it won’t help. This requires a bit of planning from a top down level. If you are looking for a quick, short read, go elsewhere. This is a large post packed full of useful information.

As a disclaimer, I want to say that this is sort of a taboo topic to talk about in the MMO world — at least openly. It’s taboo because if Google suspects you of blog farming, they bring the smack down, HARD. If you browse the Make Money Online forums, there are many tales of woe and sorry about how entire farm networks get deindexed in one fell swoop, shortly followed by money sites.

This is a risk you take when you use blog farms. However, I want to say for the most part, blog farms are pretty safe, if you don’t be an idiot and do something stupid. Every savvy internet marketer has a blog farm – and if you want to make money online in the competitive niches, you’re going to need them. If you are adverse to risk, then don’t bother reading this.

Now, blog farms really walk the line between greyhat and blackhat SEO – more so the blackhat, especially if you start to use automated software to do your farming. If you are a whitehat SEO, then don’t bother reading this. Blog farming is definitely not whitehat SEO. Personally, I don’t feel there is any type of “hat” SEO. The difference is only in how well you hide the blackhat. The bottom line: if you want to dominate the SERP’s, you need to use every tool at your disposal.

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If you’ve been doing everything by the book and working your ass off and still not seeing results, it’s probably because your competition is cheating. Many people get into the make money online world full of passion and fire and start churning out their proud new sites. They go through the usual channels to get links: post on comment boards, participate on forums, participate in link carnivals, get an occasional link exchange. These said people, after getting nowhere in the SERP’s, wonder why they can’t beat the competition. The reason is that your competition cheats. They use blog farms, they use blackhat tools, they buy links. For some, internet marketing is not a part time hobby. It’s a full time job. It’s their main source of income and they treat it as such. These people won’t play by the rules, they won’t play nice. If you want to play with the big boys, you are going to have to do what they do. In the “pro” world of sports, if you want to compete, you have to cheat (steroids). The same goes with this make money online game. Your competition won’t be following Google’s TOS. What path you decide is up to you, but at the very least, be aware what you will face. Is it possible to win the whitehat way? Yes, but it’s about just as easy as climbing Everest on your hands and knees — it’s possible, but very difficult. You will essentially be handicapped.

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Ok, Now first of all, what is a blog farm? A blog farm is simply a collection of blogs (or websites) that are created solely for the purpose of passing link juice to other sites. Farms can be any size, from a half a dozen blogger blogs to sophisticated networks of thousands of different blogs spread across different servers.

So why have a farm? Because it’s an incredible tool for generating link juice to whatever site/s you want. As the ultimate owner and controller of your own blog farm, you can add links to your sites at will rather than wait upon the vagaries of getting natural links or trying to hunt down link exchange partners. You are the ultimate master of these websites, so you never have to worry about some shady web admin taking your links down or adding a “no follow” to the links. Once you put a link up, it stays up unless you remove it yourself. A blog farm is called a “farm” because you can “harvest” your links. And like a real farm, your blogs will “grow” in both PR and search ranking with time and work.

There are many techniques for how to create a blog farm. I’m going to shy away from discussing the sophisticated auto blog farming that many blackhatters use. You can, if you know what you are doing and have the right blackhat tools, automate your blog farm process somewhat. However, when you go into blackhat blog farming, your blogs eventually WILL get banned if you don’t know exactly what you are doing.

I’m going to shy away from the complicated blog farm strategies and just focus on a simple blog farm formula that will help you dominate the search engines for your keywords. The method I am teaching (well, I don’t claim credit for this “method,” it’s just a strategy that many successful Internet Marketers use to dominate the search engines – especially Grizzly from Make Money Online for Beginners) involves using free blogging hosts. If you are willing to spend money and you want to go the way of the automated blog farms, you can opt to get a reseller web hosting account, a bunch of domain names, and use self-hosted wordpress blogs. I won’t go into this method of blog farming – perhaps later. I just want you to be aware that there are other methods of blog farming, should you wish to experiment.

We’ve established that a blog farm is a collection of blogs. So how do you make a blog farm from scratch? The first thing you need to do is to use a bunch the dozens of free blog hosts on the web. The top free blog hosts are www.blogger.com and www.wordpress.com, but there are a lot of other free blog hosts out there. I’ll add a list of some of those blogs here later in a future edits of this post.

To have an effective farm, you need as many different unique IP’s as possible. This means you don’t want to have 100 blog farms about the same topic on blogger.com. Google begins to discount too many links from the same C class IP. So say you use those 100 blogger.com blogs to all link to the same website. Google might only count 10 of them – so that’s 90 blogs you won’t get any link juice from.

Now let’s discuss the general theory of what we are trying to accomplish here, then I’ll give some specific steps.

It’s essential that you separate your blog farm from your “money” sites. You NEVER want to directly link from your blog farm to your money site/s. Why? Think about it for a second. If your blog farm gets found out and Google deindexes the farm, isn’t it likely that Google will suspect the site being pointed to by the farm? Now, in general Google won’t penalize a site that has shady one way links pointing to it…but if they suspect the site of actually being owned by the person who owns the blog farm, they will deindex.

Now let’s take this to the next level. Say you have 50 money sites and you have a blog farm of a couple hundred blogs pointing to one of those money sites. All 50 money sites have Adsense on them. Google knows “you” own all 50. If Google finds out you are the owner of the blog farm (say you are stupid enough to point ALL 100 blogs to the single money site with the exact same anchor text, or you use the same email address to register the blog farms as is on your Adsense account), they may deindex ALL 50 of your money sites in one fell swoop. That’s all your online income, instantly gone.

So to protect against his nightmare scenario, you need to create a buffer layer between your money sites and your blog farm. This buffer layer is called the “support” layer. The support layer gets links from a variety of sources, your blog farms, legit sites, article directories. Your support blogs then link to your money sites.

What we are doing is essentially laundering your blog farms links to your money sites. Blog farms are so useful because you can get so many links from them. All this link power can be used to help propel your money sites up in the SERP’s.

Now, I want to say that if you decide to go deep into blackhat territory and find some software that lets you create 10k blogs, you should have more than 3 layers – I’d say 4 at the very least. The extra layers will help protect you – if Google suspects you of using blackhat, they will hunt you down, so you better make sure you put as much distance between you thousands of blackhat blogs and your money site.

What content to you put on your blog farm? I suggest spun content or auto generated, search engine content. You can use a tool like Frank’s Blog Content Wizard to really pump out keyword rich English phrases that won’t usually get flagged as spam because the sentences are real English sentence. Another thing you can do is to copy someone’s article and convert it to a spin notation, then use the spin notation to generate unique “rewrites” of this. The problem with this is that you don’t get very many keyword rich, legible long tail phrases indexed by Google. I’ll take more about how to populate your blog farm later.

So, let’s get cracking and create our first blog farm network. I am not just teaching you how to create a blog farm, but how to create an entire network of supporting sites and farm blogs to dominate a keyword niche in the search engine results.

Here is an image of a potential blog farm. Don’t take the number of blogs listed in the picture “literally” — it’s just to clarify how all the layers of your blog network should look. The arrows are all 1 way links. Make sure you note that the support blogs are not interlinked. The little circles are minisites and hubpages. Also, I don’t show any external links in the picture.

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So now that you have a general idea (and a picture), let’s get into the gritty nitty.

How to Create an Effective Blog Farm

1. Know Your Keywords
Make sure you know what keywords you are targeting. I’m going to assume you already have your money site set up, and your money site targets a specific keyword or keyword phrase. This money site is the site that will be supported by your blog farm. For my money sites, I try to have specific set of 2nd layer of support blogs and a 3rd layer of farm blogs that all work together to support the 1st level blog, also called “the money site.”

2. Create Support Blogs for your Money Site
You want to create a second layer of blogs that support your money site. It’s very important to have this support layer of blogs because not only will they provide good solid link juice to your money site, but we will use this layer to catch all the “bad” links from your low level blog farm and transfer all that yummy link juice to your money sites.

—2012 update—

You have a choice when it comes to creating blogs. You can opt to host your own blog network on your own servers or use free blogs/free web 2.0′s to build your network. It’s my experience that having your own network is by far the most effective and the safest, but you are going to have to pay to play.

The Self Hosted Blog Network / Link Farm

You will need multiple IP hosting. See my post about seo hosting.

You will need to register your own domains. 10-50 should do. You could also opt to buy expired domains with PR and links. You’ll have to pay a lot more money for this (and it’s time consuming), but you get a very powerful network. If you start your own network from scratch, it’s really going to take 4 months to a year of link building to your network before it’s effective.

You can of course mix in web 2.0′s into the network or use them to support your self hosted blog network.

The Free Web 2.0 Network

Go to blogger.com and create 8 blogs about a topic. The point here is to try and have a varied about of blogs that relate to the niche. If your niche is about “fishing lures”, don’t have every single support blog about fishing lures. Create a blog about fishing lures, a blog about fishing rods, a blog about fishing, a blog about the best fishing spots, a blog about fishing line, a blog about hotels for fishermen, a general blog about your life as a fisherman. The point is to try and touch on the many areas in the general niche. This will help get your money site to the top because you can use these support blogs, each relating to a different aspect of the niche, to lend authority for different long tail keywords in their sub niche.

So try to make sure the blogs have some of your targeted keywords in the domain. For example, if you are targeting the cancer niche, don’t register “tireworld” or “johnnyblog” as the domain names. Include the world “cancer” somewhere in the domain. The less excess words in the domain, the better. The goal is to have the essential keywords in the domains.

For example, if your money site targets the “how to cure cancer with beans”, you want to create 3 or so blogs that are general about cancer, such as: “cancertips” and “bestcancercures” “cancerblog.” Create a couple more blogs that are as close as possible to your keyword, such as www.howtocurecancer.blogger.com. If you are lucky enough to get the exact keywords your are targeting as a domain on blogger, you may consider keeping this as a money site, or if you already have a money site, you can use it as a quality supporting blog. At the end of this process, you should have 8 blogs that touch in various sub niches (or long tail keywords).

Again, to make this clear, I’ll go over this (many people seem to be confused about this). If I am targeting “black fishing lures” with my money site, my 8 support blogs will each target a related category in the “fishing” niche. One might target “fishing lures” and be called www.fishinglures4you.blogger.com, another might target “fishing” and be called www.fishingguides.blogger.com, another one might target “fishing roads” and be called www.bestfishingrods.blogger.com.

Now, create 4-8 wordpress.com blogs as well, using the same strategy outlined above. You want to keep on doing this for different free blogging hosts. How many “support” blogs do you need? It depends on the niche, but the more you have from different free blogging hosts, the better. Let’s say at the end of the day, you have 8 blogger.com blogs,, 8 wordpress blogs, and another 50 blogs spread across a dozen or so hosts. This would be a pretty strong support blog network.

Now, I want to make it crystal clear: you need to have as many different blog sources as possible. If your support sites only consist of wordpress and blogger blogs then you won’t have an effective support layer. You should try to have as many different IP addresses in your support blog layer as possible. If you end up with 30 blogs in your support layer, make sure most of the blogs are from different sources!

You should also mix in static/mini sites into your support blog mix. Squidoo, ezinearticles, hubpage blogs, etc are some examples. These mini sites should surround your money site. You should also surround your second layer with links from minisites as well. In general, I try to send links from a dozen or more hubsites/minisites to my money site. Then for each of my support blogs, I surround with half a dozen hubsites/minisites. Refer to the image I’ve given above if you are confused about this.

Depending on the level of competition in a niche, the number of needed support blogs will vary. If there is no competition at all, you might not even need a blog farm network to dominate that keyword. A simple legit backlink or two from a related site might be enough. If there a little competition, a blog farm of 6 support blogs and 10 blog farm blogs might be enough. If it’s a super competitive keyword, 100 support blogs and 300 blog farm blogs might be needed (or more). It’s dynamic, so it’s up to you to experiment. I’m just showing you the formula – you need to modify it to your own needs.

Also, the ratio of support blogs and the blogs below the support blogs (more on this later) will vary. You may want to have more support blogs than lower level blogs, or you may want to have more lower level blogs. Ultimately, you are just going to have to experiment and see what works best. I personally like to have more lower level blogs than support blogs – but that’s just me.

Also, I want to say when I mention “support blogs” and “blog farms”, they are both part of the same thing: a blog farm network. The distinction is that support blogs have legit, unique, decent content on them, while the “blog farms” comprise the 3rd level and have generated content or crappy spun or duplicated content. The 3rd layer of blogs are meant only to be read by the search engines and not for humans. The support blogs are for human eyes.

3 Create the 3rd layer of blogs.

Go out and make a 6 blogger.com blogs, a 6 wordpress.com blogs, and a bunch of other free host blogs from different sources. Aim for 30 or so blogs (this can change, but for now, aim for 30). All these blogs will have shitty content on them. As i’ve stated before: if your blog farm are only wordpress or blogger blogs, then your farm will, frankly, suck. And what’s the point of that?

Now, you need to generate some content. You may be able to use duplicate content, but I don’t recommend it. Search engines won’t to index dupe content or if they do, you get penalized. I recommend Frank’s Blog Content Wizard to do this job. It’s a program that randomly selects from thousands of English phrases and injects the keyword phrases you specify into those phrases. It’s an easy and fast way to get content. Note that if you get the program, you should run the result through MS Word spell checker to fix up the grammar and punctuation mistakes. You should also write an opening and closing paragraph which will make the content seem legit. Use the program to fill up each post. Note, blogger.com will flag your blog as spam if you post too fast. If you get fagged, don’t worry. Just flick on their link and fill in the textbox to prove you are a human. A few days latter, the blog won’t be flagged anymore.

You can also convert an article to spin notation, then use the spin notation to generate unique copies. This will get you something that will be more on topic than Frank’s program, though the phrases will sound weird.

Make sure you populate each blog with between 3-10 posts. If possible try to schedule posts to release a couple times a week – this will keep the blog fresh in Google’s eyes and it will be less likely to be flagged as spam. So is this a lot of work? Yes it is, but making money online takes a lot of work!

When you really start to make a lot of blogs and websites (as you will have to if you hope to generate a real online income), the one problem you will find yourself facing is how to get enough content to fill your websites and blogs. I’ll share some different strategies to accomplish this in future post.

4. Get (crappy) Links to Your 3rd Level Blogs.
This is very important to do – it’s these links which will give your 3rd tier blogs link juice. Sure, you can just create a couple hundred blogs without sending any backlinks to them. But the link juice each of these blogs will give you will be minimal. It’s a lot more work trying to send backlinks to them, but by doing so, these blogs will start to get some real PR and move up in the search results for the keywords. A few hundred PR 1 or 2 blogs are worth more than thousands of unranked blogs, so get as many links to your third tier blogs as possible. These links should be shitty links, originating from comments, article directories, backlink networks (see a list of my recommended backlink software to see these programs), social bookmark links (use Book Marking Demon). You can also interlink the blogs together, but be careful. If some of your blogs get found out by Google, you don’t want them to follow the chain and find all your other blogs. When you interlink, you should only interlink in clusters of 3-10 blogs. Different clusters should not directly link to each other. Just make sure you are smart about how you interlink them. Eventually, all this juice can then be transferred to the support blogs.

4. Link the Three Layers Together
If you actively work the backlinks to the 3rd level blogs you should start to see some PR in 3-6 months. Once your 3rd level blogs start to get some PR (3-6 months), it’s time to start hooking up your 3rd level to your second level. However, you don’t want to link the 3rd layer blogs to the support blogs too soon. It looks mighty suspicious if all the sudden your new support blogs suddenly has 50-100 new backlinks coming to it. The key is to make the whole process look natural. Is it natural for new blogs to get lots of links?

No. If a blogs has 10 links, it’s not natural to get another 10 links right away…one or two, yes, but not dozens. If a blog has hundreds of links, then you can get 10 links a day without drawing suspicion. If you have thousands of links, then getting a hundred a day won’t draw attention. There is no firm rule here and opinions vary — but follow this rule of thumb and you won’t get yourself into trouble: always make linking seem natural.

This not only applies to how many links you get per day, but in the anchor text used in the links and the source of those links. Does it look natural to have 100 blogger.com blogs link to your 1 month-old site using the exact same anchor text? Not at all! So try to vary up your anchor text and source of links. It’s ok to have a few “website” as anchor text in – this is natural. It’s not natural to have all backlink anchor text with the same SEO-friendly keyword or keyword phrase.

Now, when linking your 3rd level to your 2nd level, you want to try to hook them up in such a way as that if some of your 3rd layer blogs get compromised, all your second level blogs are not implicated. This means you should not take all your 3rd level blogs and link to every single one of your support sites. So if you have 20 support sites and 100 farm blogs, you don’t want each of those 100 sites linking to each of those 20 support sites. It’s a big finger for google (or your competitors) to follow. So, link everything into separate clusters. If you have those 100 3rd layer blogs, take 30 of them and send 3 links to 10 support blogs. Take another 30 blogs and send 3 links per blog to a different 30 support blogs. And finally, do the same thing again. Now, MAKE SURE you DON’T interlink your second layer blogs.

Wait a bit of time, then start hooking your second layer blogs to your money site. Again, don’t do everything the same day. Try spreading the process out over weeks. Eventually, everything will be hooked up.

So that, my friends, is how to make a powerful blog farm to support your niches. Now, I know many of you are reading this and saying “That’s a fucking a lot of work.” Yes it is, but the work is work that will pay you back many times. Once you have a farm and it grows it will be a permanent link resource that will only get stronger with time.

With each new niche you start, you (if you follow this outline) will have a farm to back it up. Your farm blog network starts to expand and you can use your farm blogs to send links to your NEW niche sites. Yes, it hard at the beginning since you have to start it all from scratch. But once you start to do this process for a year or more, you will have a large network of PR’ed farms that only grows in size and strength.

Eventually, you will have a huge leg up in new niches, since you will have access to your own personal link farms to get your new sites up and running.

Now, before finishing, I just want to mention a few obvious things that you should NOT do. Or to rephrase it, do them if you really want to get banned from Adsense and your money sites deindexed.

Warning: Things NEVER to Do

1. NEVER directly link from your 3rd tier blog to your money site.

2. NEVER use the same email address that’s been used for your money site to register your second level support blogs or your 3rd level blog farms.

3. NEVER use your Adsense or google analytics email address to register your blog farms. NEVER put Adsense on your blog farms unless you want to leave Google a clear trail to your money sites.

4. NEVER link your second tier blogs together unless you have a very good reason. Don’t linkd them together just for the sake of “linking them together.”

5. NEVER use the same anchor text for all your backlinks. Use synonyms and vary it up.

6. NEVER use the same default template for your blogs. Try and blend up your farm blog template. It’s ridiculously easy to track someone’s footprint if they use the same theme.

7. If at all possible, enable privacy on your domains

So there you have it. How to create a blog farm to dominate niche keywords. Now go out and create your blog farm. But, I didn’t tell you how to do it!

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Comments

  1. janet says:

    Nice post Ben
    Would like to add a couple of points.
    Nice as WordPress is to use don’t just use it on all your blogs. Mix it up with other programs and static sites. I’ve started using B2evolution on some sites which is almost as good.
    I’m experimenting with using http://www.myarticlenetwork.com/ to add content to some of my support sites. It uses spun articles but the originality varies a lot depending on how much work the authors put into the spinning. You can specify that you only want articles spun more than 30% but that is a low level the way they calculate it. It certainly doesn’t equate to 30% original content which is needed to pass duplicate content filters.

  2. admin says:

    Yea, I’ll make a note of that on my edit. The core of my farms are usually wordpress/blogger just because they are so easy, but yea, you should definetly mix in more blogs. I’m going to mention something about static sites as well.

    I’ve being hearing about the magic article rewriter tool (or is that that name…I heard you talk about it on Grizz’s MMWA site and a few other people have mentioned it). How long does it take you to rewrite an article that you rip from the web? For my second tier blogs, I’ve been hand writing spin notataion, which takes hours. That tool may just be what I’m looking for!

    How is that article network? I’m currently UAW, AMA, will soon use BS as well. Does the other network offer good boosts in the SERPS?

  3. janet says:

    Magic article rewriter is easy to use and fast. Click on a word and a box pops up with synonyms, click on the synonym and it add the spin notation and the alternatives. Definitely faster than doing it all by hand, which I was doing, or rewriting sentence by sentence. The spin notation is [spin]xxx|xxx[/spin] so I have to change that to {xxx~xxx} but that’s easy with find and replace. I usually have to rewrite a few sentences too that don’t lend themselves to word spinning but it’s really increased the speed I can set up articles.

    My Article Network I believe (I read it somewhere) uses the same network of blogs as AMA. So far all the blogs are either PR0 or no rank but they are relevant so I guess that’s more important.

  4. Scott says:

    Hi

    I think thats the best explanation on how to set up a blog farm I have read on the web. This page has been bookmarked for me to follow.

    One question. I understand why you left out the external links from the diagram but is there any particular rule you follow regarding external links for your 3rd teir and supporting sites?

    Do you link out often? Sometimes? Never?

    Thanks once again for the post.

    Scott

  5. admin says:

    There is no particular rule I follow here. The basic rule is simply this: get as many backlinks to your 3rd ter blogs as possible. Now these will all be low quality, spammy, type links.

    The sources should be article directory submissions (you REALLy need to either join a paying link network that will mass submit an article to like 500+ directories, unless you want to spend every waking hour), backlink network blogs, social bookmarking sites (something like Bookmarking Demon), forum/comment links, and interlinking some of your blogs.

    In essence, most of your 3rd tier links will come from software assisted backlinks — either via something like Bookmarking Demon, autopligg submissions, or access to a backlink network. This is where I find those 30 buck a month backlink networks so useful — NOT getting backlinks to your money sites, but for really propping up the 3rd tier farm blogs.

    This is how you can get like 500-2k backlinks per each farm blog. Each of these backlinklinks will be shit, but given enough, you can get PR out of em. You won’t be getting a PR 4 or 5 out of this type of strategy, but PR 1/2, maybe even 3, is certainly possible with enough work…and giving PR 2/3 links to your supporting site, especially if you ahve a lot of them, will really prop up your support sites, and thus your money sites.

    I use support sites in a lot of my link exchanges. So I get external links to my support sites and I also give links with them to both my money site and to other people’s money sites. My 3rd tier blogs will ONLY ever link to my support blogs, though if you want to make them more legit, you can throw a few links up to authority sites like cnn.com or wikipedia — it makes them look less like a blog farm.

  6. limette says:

    Thanks for writing this. I learned a lot but have a few questions.

    1. Do the support blogs and lower level blogs have to be the same or similar topics as the money blogs? Is there some kind of penalty for links to unrelated sites? I ask, because it can be hard for me to write a huge number of multiple posts on the same subject.

    2. Instead of doing spun content on the farm blogs I was thinking of churning out original content for topics that won’t make money but have little competition. Is this a good idea?

    3. How to keep track of all the passwords, blogs, and other stuff? Especially with hundreds of blogs.

  7. admin says:

    the support blogs should be about various topics that tie in with the topic of the money blog.

    If my money blog is about Alo Vera Cancer Treatments, and I had 12 support blogs, the would be “Cancer Treatments”, “How to Cope with Cancer”, “Cancer Herbal Remedies”, “Treat Cancer with Aloe Vera”, “How to Get Rid of Cancer with Herbs”, “Cancer Support Group”, “Surviving Cancer Tips”, etc.

    1: Sure, I would have a couple support blogs that are the same topic — if only to deprive the blogger domain names from competition. But I would say most of the support blogs should be in the general niche but not the same topic. In fact, the more general the support blog, the better it can be used to support other money sites as well.

    For farm blogs, I don’t care — as long as they relate to the niche in some way. That means some could be about the same topic and some could be a general topic in the niche. The more variety you have, the better.

    2: Sure. The point of a farm blog really is to get PR and link juice to transfer to money sites, either directly if it’s a support blog, or indirectly through a support blog. Now, if I have am generating content for a support blog, I ALWAYS use original content — though I don’t mind using spun content, as long as It’s myself who writes the spin notation. I have a few tools I’ll be sharing that make rewriting articles into spin format so much faster.

    I’d say if you want to write content for your support yourself, go for it — hand written/rewritten content will always be superior to spun content for the human reader. For the search engine, as long as you have long tail keywords in your article it won’t matter. If you want to generate natural links from people linking to your support blog and you want to get readers, you should hand write. If you only care about links and you want quantity over quality, use spun.

    Now, if you do make content for niches with no competition, it will be easier to rank that content high in the SERP’s — always a good thing.

    3. Use an excel spreadsheet to keep track of this. I’ll make a future post with some sample pictures of what to do.

    Ben

  8. pete says:

    Great, great post. One question: How do we know the difference or what is the difference between a “blog” and a “minisite/hubsite”
    I assume it is that blogs can be updated and a minisite is more “static” in that it does not really change. I get confused because people throw the term “blog” around for everything, even Squidoo (which I believe is a “minisite”) Any tips for finding blogs and minisites and how to tell which one it is once we find it. Thanks so much.

    • admin says:

      Yes, a minisite is a static site — usually a one page site about a single topic. You don’t “post” new content to a minisite, though you can edit it. They are very good to use as support sites for your money sites, or support sites for you support blogs. I am currently creating 200 of these minisites (hubpages) to see if you can actually use them as money making support sites.

      The best mini sites are hubpages (www.hubpages.com) and squidoo pages (squidoo.com). I’m not very impressed with squidoo though, since it takes a long time to get a squidoo lense up, and Google has now punished squidoo — if you make a new lens, forget about having it indexed in any reasonable amount of time. Hupages are much higher quality and their QA ensures that there is a minimum quality level of each hub.

      I have a list of minisites that I’ll post for my readers. You can also go to Make Money Online Grizzly’s Support site — he has a big list of minisites and free blog hosts. A minisite will ONLY ever be single page websites — usually about a specific topic. This is much different than a blog.

  9. Fred says:

    This is really a great piece of information. It drives my interest to build my own blog farm. May I ask you:

    1. Do we need to use separate accounts for creating mini-sites on hubpage, squidoo, etc., so not to leave any trace for Google?

    2. What about registering those domain names for the support sites and mini-sites? Do you think we should use separate accounts in registrar to obtain the domains? The reason is again, not to leave any trace for Google…

    3. So this is a blog farm for one niche. For another niche, we should build another separate blog farm, am I correct?

    Thanks so much.

  10. admin says:

    HI Fred. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Yes, I would use separate accounts for the mini sites. If you have a hubpage acccount with say 100 hubs on it, sure, use them to boost some of your sites. But it’s not a good idea to use the same account to link to ALL of your money sites. Your competition or google could, with a bit of searching, find all your money sites. Having multiple accounts will keep you safer.

    2. For support sites, I suggest you use free blogs. It can be expensive registering domains just for support site usage. Now, there are a couple exceptions here.

    1. Your money (domain) site doesn’t pan out. However, it has good PR/baclkinks/authority. Make it a support site.

    2. You are intentionally building a general blog in a niche that you want to use as a “flagship” blog to help boost money niches. For example, if you have a money site that’s about “curing cancer with mineral vitamins”, you could purpose by a used domain or register one called “cancerstrategies” and use it to touch in every area of “cancer” niche. In time it will get PR and authority and you can use it to support many specific cancer niches.

    Separate accounts, I can’t really say too much about this because I don’t know. I think if you REALLY want to make sure, then use, use a couple different domain registrars with different registration info. Different websites can be traced to you from the WHOIS information. Also, Google is a registar so I *believe* they have access to this information.

    However, I wouldn’t be this concerned, unless you have substantial web properties to lose or you are engaging in blackhat to send laundered links to your money sites.

    3. Yes, this is a blog farm for ONE single niche. However. as your farm grows you can use it to support other similar niches. For example, you have a blog farm for cancer. Well, you can use these cancer farm blogs to support other medical-related niches. If you have an “oil filter blog network” you could then use it to support other “oil” niches — or even something automotive related.

  11. KrisBelucci says:

    Hi, good post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back to your site.

  12. JaneRadriges says:

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  14. GarykPatton says:

    Hi! I like your srticle and I would like very much to read some more information on this issue. Will you post some more?

    • admin says:

      There seems to be some interest in this issue. I think I’ll follow up with a sequel to it in the future and expand it somewhat.

      ben

  15. Haraye says:

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  18. CrisBetewsky says:

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  22. sundait says:

    This is the most comprehensive explanation that I ever read about blog farm. Good one!

    However, keep tracking and recording them in spreadsheet, msft words or notepad seem like pretty hard to do. I mean, to remarks which is on 2nd level, 3rd level and so on, so we are able to maintain/edit them easily in future, plus to avoid stupid mistake. I think it pain in the ass to remember the whole structure when they grows to thousand blogs.

    Do you have any method or software that could make it easier? Thanks man.

    • admin says:

      Blog farms are a pain to make, but they can yield good results if you spend time building authority to them with links. For keeping track, spreadsheets are your best bet that I’ve found. If there is some software, we’ll, i’d buy it too.

      Keep in mind that you don’t necessarly need thousands of sites. I’d rather have 200-300 blog farms that have some PR + domain authority than 3 thousand no authority blogs any day. Quantity is not the goal really, quality. And that means building backlinks to your structure.

  23. Mary Record says:

    @Sundait

    This may make NO SENSE TO ANYONE BUT ME!!!

    Although I do not have a blog farm, I am working on a farm “garden” I do it slightly differently and IMHO it is an easier method to remember what links to what. Dunno if you have ever taken biology or genetics in school (i’m sure other subjects have used this grid but I do not know what ones)

    Basicly you make a grid with 1-10 across the top and 1-10 down the side. Now you will notice that there is a diagonal line with all numbers matching themselves. Everything below this line is ignored because it would be recriprical.

    I link blog 1 to blogs 2-9 skipping 10

    link blog 2 to 3-10 and from here on out each blog is linked to every blog that is higher in number.

    when you get to 10 10 just links back to 1. Using a grid like this ALL blogs are linked to each other with no reciprical links at all.

    Then you just have to remember which blog is which number and you’ll know who it should link to.

    Now you may not want to use 10 but any number will work with this grid.

    @admin
    I notice you have none of your hubs and info’s linking together and was wondering the reason for this?

    What i’m doing is taking the grid i described above and then I attach 5 hubs, 5 infobarrels, and 5 squidoo’s (all unique) to each blog, i’m connecting hub 1->squidoo->info
    hub 1-> infobarrel then infobarrel 1->hub2 and so on to make a loop thru all the “support sites”. then infobarrels and squidoo’s link to the blogs which link to hubpages.

    The hubpages I’m working on connecting using the grid, and I’ll probably do the same with info’s. Not sure if you have have unlimited squidoo to squidoo links though.

    I’ll end up with 10 blogs with 10 posts connected together with 150 support sites all interconnected with no recriprical links.

    Could you do me a favor if you have a minute and try to shoot holes in my linking system? My brain does not normally follow a logical pattern so having another pair of eyes (if what i typed makes sense to you) look it over would be great.

    Mary

  24. nomad says:

    Hey Ben,

    I’ve been following your stuff for a while and everything I’ve found on here is pure gold. Great stuff, I really appreciate your time spent making this blog.

    You’ve inspired me to set up my own blog farm. I’m slightly obsessed at the moment with getting the organisation under control before I start. I’ve just spent the whole day trying to figure out a way to track and organize my blog farm as it grows through excel or diagram/flow chart software, but it seems near impossible to figure out something that will work. Would it be ok if you could post some screen shots, or dare I say a blank template, of your excel workbook that you use to keep track of all this?

    I’m going a little crazy right now trying to figure out how to approach it :-)

    Cheers,
    nomad

    • admin says:

      Thank’s nomad. I can post something about this. It’s really pretty simple. Get an excel spreadsheet

      Col1 | Col 2 |Col 3 | Col 4
      ROW 1 URL1 SITE LINKING TO URL1 | SITE LINKING TO URL 1
      ROW 2 URL2 etc,

      All you want to do is keep track of each tier and the sites linking to each of those URL’s in the tier. You can add more info about anchor text, etc if you want.

  25. DinoEntrails says:

    How do you change your IP adresses? You mention that you need different IPs for each site, but I do not know much about those things and do not feel like setting up 100 proxies or what not…

    • admin says:

      You need to add another IP from your host. It depends on your hosts — many hosts allow you to add unique IP’s for each domain, but you are going to have to pay 5-10 bucks a month extra for each IP address (depending on the host account). I believe hostgator offers this service as well — you can buy a certain number of unique IP’s. At this point, I have not been buying unique IP’s, not yet at least.

  26. DinoEntrails says:

    I do not use host gator or host blogs at all. I use blogger blogs to do all of my MFAs. They are free and as far as I am concerned, have no drawbacks except that you can not sell them, and they are indexed slower.

  27. becky says:

    this might be a silly question, but should all sites be monitored in separate google analytic accounts?

  28. The Coach says:

    Great post on blog farming. There are many ways to create a blog farm. In my opinion what it boils down to is creating an authority site to get a link from. @becky. You should avoid using analytics accounts for farm sites and even your own sites. Use Awstats for statistics.

  29. adam says:

    I just want to make sure I have the content part down right;

    Money Site – is BEST niche content (natural cancer cures)

    Support blogs – 5 to 10 posts around 500 words ORIGINAL content (hand spun/re-written for variety) generally niche related content (cancer cures)

    3rd tier blogs – 3 to 10 posts each 400 words, crappy content industry related (health and medicine)

    mini/hubsites – 1 page static site with legit content 1000 words.

    Is that correct?

    • admin says:

      Yep, that’s about right. You can mix in web 2.0 sites in between tiers as well, as long as you don’t have adsense on them.. below the support blog level

  30. Josh says:

    Hey, Ben,

    I just started reading your blog recently, but I’m really enjoying it. I’ve been thinking about a network model like this one for a long time now, but your post has made me rethink some thinks… honestly, I think I’ve been working too hard, lol. Anyway, I have one question:

    When it comes to your blogger/wordpress/whatever blogs, how many different accounts should you use? That is, if you have 8 blogger sites, should you have 8 separate accounts with blogger as well? Or is it safe to let them all be attached to one account so long as you have a differrent account for each tier/layer of the farm?

  31. adam says:

    So I am I seeing this correctly, blogger requires a gmail account to set up the free blog, so of course I create a totally unique gmail account for each blogger blog right?

    • admin says:

      Correcto. Just remember though, if you slap on the same adsense account on all your blogger blogs, you are not hiding anything from google. Same goes for adding them all onto a few analytics accounts.

      It’s probably better to put 5-10 blogs per blogger account though. Having say 10 accounts, all with diff email addresses, probably will make it harder for the blogger team to delete all your accounts, than say if you have them all on one accounts — they would have to use extra resources to track link all your blogger blogs to adsense. Maybe it’s a click of a button for them or maybe they have to ask another google team for permission. Not sure, but play it safe.

      • KC says:

        If you are using the same computer to create your new gmail and blogger accounts they will know its you.

        How? Every time you create a new account Google see’s your computers unique IP address.

        The only way to get around this is to use a different computer every time you set-up a new account.

        Right Ben?

        • KC says:

          Also, this goes for any service you sign-up for (hubpages, Infobarrel, free blog platforms…). They are able to collect you computer’s IP at sign-up the same way Statcounter collects IP’s form visitors to your sites.

        • admin says:

          yea, it’s true that. You are not fooling google creating various google accounts with the same IP. Now, there are cases where IP’s may be the same but the person could be different. If everything (say different adsense accounts) are legitimately different entities — i don’t think they will start a banning spree unless there are clear links other than IP. But yea, it’s good to be safe.

          To be “truly” safe, you need to use a proxy or a different IP or have a dynamic IP — old school router setup. I’m actually thinking of getting a modem internet connection just for checking adsense/starting new accounts etc. Something like hidemyass.com is good to use too.

          For my networks, i really have not focused too much on hiding my footprint — i’ve been focusing more on actually trying to make money. But now that I am making money with my network, I’m going to spend a lot of time trying to hide my tracks the second network (i.e. different adsense accounts, different gmails, all from different IP’s computers, etc). It’s important that you don’t link between your networks as well. If one networks goes down, your others are safe because there is no link between the two. It sucks that you can’t use your first network to build up your second (or if you do, you need to be very careful), but it’s just safer.

          I’d say for most of you making a couple bucks here and there online, it’s not worth the effort of masking absolutely everything — it takes a while. I mean, don’t be stupid obvious like having the same profile name for all your web 2.0 properties and email. But if you are not making any money, you probably are in no danger of google looking close at your profiles.

  32. Eric says:

    One question for you Ben,

    Are the external links from your first layer of support the only links you run out of the site? Or do you throw in some trust rank with a link to a reputable site in the given niche?

    • admin says:

      Eric, you should throw a couple links to some trusted sites — wikiepedia, cnn, etc. Obviously, don’t give out an anchored text link for a term you are trying to compete for, but you should link out to a few very trusted sites — it really adds an air of legitamacy to your support sites.

  33. Geoff says:

    Hi Ben. Can you link to multiple money sites from each of your 1st layer support blogs? If so, won’t that be too obvious to google seeing that each of your money sites is using the same adsense account / same IP (if using shared hosting).

  34. Ben says:

    This has given me a lot of food for thought. Fantastic post. Thanks Ben.

  35. Iggy says:

    Question about using crappy blogs. Can I use those blogs ( and I have Blog Content Wizard) to link to my EzineArticles and GoArticles articles? Of course my EZA and GA link to my money sites

  36. John says:

    Very interesting and amusing subject. I read with great pleasure.

  37. arshumum says:

    I got almost everything in my head :) but there is another “IMP” point, i think you missed during this explanation funnel.

    1. Let say i have to create 2nd layer sites (blog farm which will link to main site)

    2. I have to register as new domain as :newdomainmykeyword.com

    OR

    I have to find some aged domains, which could be relevant to my niche (than i have to negotiate with the owner of the domain)

    OR

    I have to find some expired domains, which could be relevant to my niche (if it contains my keyword than could be plus point)

    And, if am buying expired or expiring domains, is there any way from where i can get them cheaply for maximum ranking.

    I know this is a big question, but i do think, it will contribute towards post/comments as well :)

    Will look for your expert insight :D

    Regards,
    Arshumum

  38. I’ve found link farm evolution to be the ultimate tool for this.

  39. Emmanuel KC says:

    Do you know the Nigerian internet marketer Henry Omenogor? I just came back from his seminar and one of his paid ebooks on blog farming features the exact same image featured in this article.

  40. Chet Payne says:

    Excellent! Ben, I am setting up a very small farm using wordpress and most of the sites are 1 page sites and I am not trying to make online money. Do I have to be concerned with any red flags as long as I set these up rather slowly???

  41. Luis Miguel says:

    Excellent blog!

    Worked as I never saw before, you have put a lot of time here!

    My question: “NEVER put Adsense on your blog farms unless you want to leave Google a clear trail to your money sites”…is this also for the “support blogs”?, I mean, wouldn’t be legit to have a money site obviosusly interlinked with 1 or 2 support sites that may have diffe scope although being in the same niche?…

    Sorry for my english, I guess you get what I’m saying…

    • admin says:

      You can interlink support blogs in the same niche. If you are self hosting them all, try and keep your money site on a different IP address/host than your support sites. If they are web 2.0′s, then no worries. I’d say it’s probably best to keep adsense off your support sites UNLESS the adsense id’s are different. You can certainly use adsense on all your support blogs, IF the quality is good. But having say 10 support sites with same adsense id all linking to a single money site with the same adsense ID could spell trouble for your whole network IF you do something that merits a manual inspection and the person inspecting doesn’t like what they see…

  42. Kimkay says:

    Damn it Ben, you are a f*****G genius! I can’t believe I never thought of this. Bookmarked!

  43. Matt says:

    Hello. Can I please get some feedback with regards to article submission services such as uniquearticlewizard.com and articleranks.com As these services do all the setting up of the blog networks and site owners simply spin and submit their content do these massive blog networks pose a risk to sites simply submitting content for distribution.

    One very important issue to note is that some blogs within these networks both submit and except content so I imagine there is a lot of interlinking going on from participating sites. But given that there are thousands of sites involved often with different IP addresses is this practice traceable for someone who only submits content for distribution but does not accept content onto
    their blogs from within the network?

  44. Steve Shaw says:

    Sounds a whole lot of work and an unnecessarily risky approach … there are plenty of legitimate whitehat seo methods that are highly effective, give you high rankings, and don’t leave you at Google’s mercy should they ‘find you out’. For example, having genuine content that’s genuinely about something, good enough so that people genuinely want to link to you and refer others to you, and publicized with stuff like effective article marketing and social media strategies … far better approach than trying to fill up the rankings with junk sites and artificially create the link juice. Shaky foundation for a ‘business’ if you ask me, and certainly not one to build long-term success on.

    • jason says:

      thats all very well, but how do you get natural links for your website about ‘oil filters’.

      • Steve Shaw says:

        Article marketing can be used very effectively for that type of keyword phrase (or any other) … for example, writing articles about vehicles/autos and linking back from the resource box using ‘oil filters’ as one of your linked keyword terms. And making sure that your website is actually about or focused on oil filters.

  45. LOL says:

    Thank you .. finally making money online .. TY TY TY…. also might try add AuthorityPro

  46. Mike says:

    Very nice post. I having been trying for a long time to get good pr. I went with auto blogging for my farms. Made 30 across 5 different domains. Then 6 more support blogs on other free hosting. In just a few weeks my links to my site have tripled. Thanks for a wonderful post and wealth of information.

  47. Ty says:

    Hey Ben trying to make my blog farm but having a hard time filling the support sites with content. Do you recommend hand written original content for these sites of does spun content work better?

    • admin says:

      hand is always better, however time (and money) may be a constraint. for anything that’s T3 or lower, use spun. T2 and T1 (money site) should be hand written.

  48. Joe Schmoe says:

    What parts of the tiers do you actually buy domains for?

    and what domain extensions?.. .com?.net?

    I have been buying aged domains for this purpose. Kinda wondering on how deep of a level you go into buying the domains.

  49. Josep - FP says:

    Excellent post!

    it’s necessary that all have the same domain extension?

  50. Bill says:

    Thank You Ben,
    This is working smarter, not harder. Great presentation. What is your take on outsourcing (since I can reach a point of ‘not fun anymore’) ? When & where to outsource the farm?
    I have been working on content clusters as a passive form of cash flow. Works great with the proper hosting. Time to start a farm.

    • admin says:

      Honestly, the best way to do it is yourself. With something like blog farms, it’s a tricky business and no one can do it better than you can. You can use tools like SENuke to help set up some of the mass web 2.0′s.

      In terms of content outsoucing, it’s the best way to go. Outsourcing of backlinks, not so great — most of the outsourced backlinks are shit, done by people who don’t know what they are doing and cutting corners. Your best do them yourself of just hire people directly and train them.

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