While preparing to head down the road for another day at the office, I always check in on traffic reports (to my websites, that is) and look in on the serps. When looking around Google, I keep coming up on “Bloggers Market Group.com”. This is one on my sites! However, I only use this site as a “test bed”. I actually have two test beds, the other is; “Bloggers Market.net”
I manage 11 blogs so ……… needless to say I stay pretty busy. The last thing I need is to make a change to one of my sites with a time-line in mine and then have something fail along the way. Whether it be a rouge plug-in, rouge code, or just plain carelessness on my part; a break in the rhythm is a total “Buzz Kill”.
I like to push the edge of the envelope when it comes to blogging and the CMS. When attempting to challenge the limits of physics for a blog it really is a good idea to have a test bed so that if your site should suddenly go back in time, you want have to wonder what to do next while your readers are wondering what is going on with your site. If you break, you can just walk away and worry about it later. Man …….. what a luxury.
Of the two test bed sites that I use, I have one that I completely blow-up every time I experiment with it just to see what the CMS will stand. The other is for long term testing to see, if say ……. an ad is received well by others that I ask to review it, or a particular hard code remains stable, or I just wish to see how a new theme will look. When I expect it to break, it doesn’t; when I am absolutely sure it will work, it doesn’t.
One thing is certain, I have never regretted the use of test bed blog websites. Just remember to restrict Google from crawling your online experiments by setting your “Privicy settings in your Dashboard or setting your “Robots.txt” file (I actually use both). If you fail to do so, you just may find that your “Frankenstein” Online has been indexed for all the world to see.