In terms of making money online with a website or whatever, do you believe it to be better if you were to work as a team with other people and share the money, or go at it solo? If you go at it solo, what keeps you from being interested in working as a team?
I'm an individualist. I like to do things my own way. Usually my own way it's not the other's own ways LOL
Solo, I am a greedy person and paranoid that someone else will cheat me...... lol
Actually my personal belief that it would actually be easier if you could find a few other people in similar niches to yourself that you can then link with for backlinks and promotion would be more beneficial.. So if there is anyone out there with pages and blogs and such like in the manufacturing / business / etc niches then get in touch and lets see how we can help each other out!!
This one is one a lot of us aren't all that comfortable admitting in public, but I'm not a big fan of being on a team. I like people, but I don't want them involved in what I'm working on. I like the way it is on HubPages - everyone does his own thing and then touches base with others, supports others, etc. I wrote on another site, but they started to talk about being a "writing collaborative" and a "team". I don't really think too many writers want to turn their writing efforts into team efforts. (In fact, I don't want anything in my life being a team effort; but maybe that's just the mood I'm in these days *)
* see "Rants" thread
That's an interesting idea Origin. Very interesting.
I was pondering the other day the idea of a "content collective" where a small group of committed people would team up to accelerate their online activities.
For example. 4 people decide to form a content collective. They decide that a manageable amount of writing for each is 10 hubs. Each person in the collective then writes 10 hubs around a topic that one of them chooses (the order of who goes first being random)over the space of say, a week. All of the hubs written that week are delivered to the person who chose the topic, so they can publish them under thier name. Then the cycle repeats for the next week with one of the remaining 3 choosing the topic. Over the space of about a month, each person in the collective would have about 40 hubs to their name.
It has the benefit of allowing you to learn to write authoritatively on a range of topics, and spreads the quality of writing and style between the group, plus it can speed content generation up a bit. I find it to be suitable for people who can't spend a huge amount of time online every single day, but instead find themself with a large block of time on one day.
What's to stop people from ripping each other off? Nothing really. But I find when you give people a chance to show the best in themself, they'll often deliver.
Anyone interested in doing something like this, i'm in.
Search engines love regularly updated content, so even if 3-4 people got together and wrote on the same blog about the same type of thing (if they are doing a niche field) it might actually rank better just because of it.
I would say both. Recently we just completed the 60 day challenge, initiated by Sunforged and he perfectly blended both the individualistic and team approach.
And I must say it was very effective . So definitely I would very much want to work with a team.
Yes, it worked out very well(my page views jumped from 150 to 500 and now averaging atleast $3 daily).
And you are certainly right that working online as a team is certainly very easier. I have just started working now and many team members have a problem with my over-enthusiasm as they think I am trying too hard to impress everybody by sitting long hours and 'coz of me they have to work too.
When I first started writing online it was for a 'good' friends website. He had built a site that was doing well traffic wise etc. but wanted fresh content and couldn't be bothered to write it himself.
Initially I had 3 ad blocks plus an Adsense search box within all my articles (as agreed). A few months after and as my articles started drawing relatively good traffic he e-mailed to suggest that as he was paying the hosting etc. he should probably have one of his ad boxes on my content to cover basic costs. This seemed fair so I agreed.
As the months passed my share of the ad boxes shrank without word or explanation and more and more Amazon widgets etc. were crowded on without me gaining in any way from them.
I let him know that I wasn't pleased but as he was such a good friend I ultimately let it pass and went it alone.
I wouldn't work as part of a team again without some kind of written contract. Greed can change even the best of us.
I would go solo - because my critical tendencies would find me solo in a short amount of time anyway.
Any time there are two or more humans doing something together, there will be differences of ideas and ways of doing things. Once in a while, I like team writing because it helps me to be more cooperative with others and to listen better to others and to be less self-centered with my own words and ideas.
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