I manually build and update about 20 buffer sites for every client that I have. (A buffer site is a site built to assist with the SEO efforts of another site. Usually to pass link juice to the main site.)
All of my SEO buffer sites are high quality blogs or websites with unique content that I have created, they include images and videos, and they are each manually built and updated.
For low to medium competition keyword terms, my buffer sites tend to rank on the front page of Google along with my client’s site.
6 out of the 20 sites are built on WordPress.com, Blogger.com, and Tumblr.com. The other 14 are built on various other web 2.0 platforms. Weebly, Wix, Squidoo, sites like that.
Because of how effective they are in my search positioning strategy, I am constantly on the lookout for new blogging platforms that I can use to build quick and effective buffer sites.
Luckily, quite a bumper crop of new blogging platforms popped up this year. Some of them actually look pretty interesting and might be useful, and I have been eager to try them out.
This week I am going to test these new platforms and see if they meet my “blogging platform buffer sites criteria”.
Blogging Platform Buffer Sites Criteria:
- Needs to be free to use.
- Needs to be quick and easy to setup.
- Needs to allow post scheduling.
- Needs to have SEO controllable features.
- Needs to rank well in Google.
As I test each new blogging platform, I will let you know which ones made the grade, which ones didn’t, and why.
Blogging Platforms To Be Tested:
Here are some of the sites I plan to test. If you know of any other recently launched blogging platforms, please let me know in the comments, and I will test them as well.
- https://roon.io/ (retesting)
- http://www.postagon.com/ (retesting)
- http://jux.com (retesting)
Buffer Sites I Have Stopped Using:
Here are a few sites that made the grade at one point but they no longer work.
- Blog – blogs have had errors for a few weeks
- Posterous – closed
- Blogetery – database errors
- BlogDive – closed to new registrations
So, this week, I will be testing these sites and will let you know how each site did.
Some sites may prove to be wonderful blogging platforms but just not suitable for buffer sites, some may prove to be perfect for buffer sites, and some may prove to be not useful at all.
Please post in the comments if you have any other recommendations or any experiences with other buffer sites that may be useful!