In this post, I will explain how you can take advantage of this domain registrars offer of registrations for only 88 cents to build a test network that you can use to perfect your search engine optimization skills. I initially shared the concept in this thread over on the GSA Forum, since then I have explained the same strategy to a number of people so I thought I would make a blog post on it to refer people to rather than having to repeat myself each time.
Back when I first got into search engine optimization I used a bunch of manually created web 2.0 sites for the exact same thing. Unfortunately, times have changed and with my methods, web 2.0 sites don’t seem to rank anywhere near as well as they used to but in this game, there is always an ongoing requirement for testing.
I decided to look for a way to build myself a test network of sites to practice on. After searching around I found this offer where I was able to register fresh domains for as little as 88 cents and decided to take advantage.
How Do You Build A Test Network?
Step 2 – Put Them On A Cheap Hosting Plan
Step 3 – Test
It’s literally that simple, you can then run any test you can think of on your test network and see how your theory turns out. I currently have 70 domains in my test network and only three of them have been totally deindexed due to things I have done to them.
No matter the outcome, they all receive minimal traffic and require minimal disk space while part of the test network so they can be put onto the smallest hosting packages that allow unlimited domain hosting saving even more money.
To Monetize Or Not To Monetize
I have always put some form of display advertising on my test networks, display advertising offers an advantage of being able to gain an income from any niche or keyword possible no matter how obscure or strange. It also give me a way to gauge the potential of a test before moving it from my test network into my money site network.
When I tell people this they usually reply asking if I am worried about leaving a footprint, this is usually because they are having some cross over with private blog network theory. It is important to understand this is not a private blog network, this is a test network. With a private blog network, your domains are your tier one links and are linking to a money site above them meaning putting display ads or affiliate links on them can leave a footprint.
With a test network, your domains are essentially your money sites at the top of the pyramid so they act as any other individual domain you are trying to rank.
The third most common question I am asked regarding this concept is if you can use these cheap domains from money sites. Although I have never actually tried it as I usually go for .coms I see no reason why it wouldn’t work. As I have said I have moved domains from my test network into my money site network in the past due to their performance.
Wrapping It All Up
As I said at the beginning of the post, the main reason I typed this up is to prevent me having to repeat myself on the concept in the future. If I keep getting asked additional similar questions on the subject I will add them to the post in the future to try and help people as much as possible.
I hope this helps some readers develop their skill set as well as an advantage over their competition from the knowledge they gain from implementing the concept.