Going Pro: Network or Indie?
Over on Yugatech there is a post talking about which route bloggers should take in becoming a problogger: joining a network or independent?
I, personally, think joining a network, or even just a group of bloggers willing to promote each other is a faster way to get to that “pro” level.
Here are some details from Yuga’s post:
Case in point, Filipina Soul is one of b5â€™s blog and since it joined Pinoy Top Blogs last August 2006, it has garnered a total of 274,000 pageviews. Using their rate card, that goes down to $411 ($1.5/k x 274k) or roughly $37/month. Add to that the additional base pay of $50 – $100 per month. At an average of between $87 to $137 every month for 11 months, not bad at all. Very few people I know can sustain that amount of revenue if they did it on their own (though I admire/applaud those who have managed to do so).
But that shouldnâ€™t prevent you from starting your own blogs too. Call it an insurance of sorts. If one day you decided to quit and take a rest, youâ€™ll have your own stable of revenue source not tied up with the network. And even if you donâ€™t update it, Iâ€™m sure youâ€™d get a dollar or two still (think TLA).
Great advice, and information for would-be probloggers. If you haven’t been diving in head first to learn the rates of the networks out there looking for people, you might wind up spending a whole bunch of time on your blog, and not even coming close to the rates you would have secured in a network.