Epik has been around for some time now and just yesterday Winged Media launched DevName, the latest entry to the domain development platform space. A few years ago, platform development service DevHub sent a shockwave through the Domaining community when many of their sites were de-indexed from Google. This scared a lot of Domainers away from platform development for fear of having their sites de-indexed.
Now, fast-forward to 2012 and there are people who are ranking well using Epik and making money every month. I’ve spoken to people like Ian Lopuch who have used Epik as a very effective tool for monetizing his domains. Last night I did a post about the launch of DevName and got a comment telling me to use extreme caution and referencing the DevHub debacle.
So I thought, heck let’s put the two of these platforms to the test, build real sites with unique content, custom logos, etc. It is clear that the entire de-indexing event that took place is hard for people to look past. However, I think it’s only fair to see what happens if you use these solutions to build real sites with unique content, custom graphics, and all the things a regular website would have.
I personally believe that Google is looking for websites that add value, contribute unique content, and help their users find what they are looking for. Both Epik and DevName can deliver in this respect, so why not give them a chance?
While both of these companies are sponsors of my blog, I am first and foremost here for you, my readers. If at the end of the day I expose that one of these services doesn’t deliver, I will publish it, I’m here to show people what works and what doesn’t through my own personal experience.
So here’s the plan:
- Develop one site using Epik and DevName
- Add one article of unique content every week for three months (yielding 12 articles/site)
- Add custom logos created by LogoNerds for each
- List each site in a few high authority directories
- Build a few backlinks by reaching-out to bloggers in the niche
- Promote both sites using Twitter and Facebook
Most of the sites I’ve developed over the last five years take about 6-months to really get going. This means that the process above should take place over a six-month time period. While there is always the chance that something will start ranking and making money within the first month I find six-months really is about my average.
So get ready, it’s time to see these two platforms in action and determine if building a real site with real content can rank well and generate revenue. Once launched I will be updating everyone once every two weeks so you can all follow-along every step of the way!