Before anything else, let me tell you right away that I am not being paid to write this post. The following is my experience with my new web host…
I was with another web host when I started with this blog. But since I experienced several inexplicable and unreasonable downtimes with that web host, I started looking for a new one. I was afraid to transfer at first because I have several worries then:
Downtime – I am monetizing most of my blogs. I was afraid that it might take me 24 hours before I can transfer all my domains. THE TRUTH IS, it took me a couple of hours, if I remember it right, 5 hours to transfer the main domains. I did it on a weekend so there was little interruption.
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I don’t know why all of a sudden my feed count is down to the 70+. I used to have close to 200 feed subscribers/readers and I know when one unsubscribes because Feedburner sends information to me. I think Feedburner is not registering the right numbers anymore? Is that it? Because I haven’t received any email indicating someone unsubscribed to my blog. In fact, I know a couple of people who subscribed!
Are you having the same ‘problem’? If you do, how did you address it? I haven’t seen any news about it from friends so I’m thinking is this an isolated case?
I will go check some more and when I have an update about this ‘problem’ of mine, I will write about it here.
I was a bit disappointed with yesterday’s Cyber Monday! There wasn’t really that many good deals for bloggers like me who were looking for deals on web hosting and domain registration. Or I might have been focused on Bluehost and Godaddy only. Ha!
You see, I am a loyal customer. When I find a service I am satisfied with, I don’t go looking anywhere else anymore. I am a very satisfied Bluehost and Godaddy customer for years! All my domains are registered at Godaddy while I’ve been with Bluehost for years as well. I was expecting a big discount on renewals on both companies but I guess they didn’t focus on that this year. Last year, I was able to get really, really good discounts.
Oh well, better luck next year for me!
I just have to take note here that both Bluehost Tech supports and Godaddy people were very accommodating, even helping me check deals applicable to me. I am really hats off to these companies who know how to value their loyal customers!
I used to have a blog solely dedicated for the stuff about my college education, board exams, Accountancy and work life. I had a lot of things to write about and I shared it there. But maintaining a niche blog is hard. I realized that when I started struggling with specific entries to write. Plus, I have other blogs to maintain that I kept forgetting about that one. I stopped and let the domain expire after about a year. Sayang ano?
What I did was make a back-up copy of all the entries I wrote. I know that one of these days I will make use of all those entries by either opening a new blog similar to the last one or by posting it as part of this blog. I am undecided yet though I already have specific plans for it in my mind.
This time around, I will include some other topics in it, still related to work/jobs. I will let you know about it once I made a decision. I am sure it will be a new blog instead of incorporating the entries here.
The thing with maintaining a large number of sites is that you have to be ready for the time when you will be renewing the domain names attached to each.
I know some bloggers who made sure to register their domain names for three to five years in one go. I couldn’t do that lest I will be out of money in my online account. So what I do is I register for a year and wait until its due date to renew each. Of course, there are domain names which will expire on the same day so the renewal cost can be too much for me.
Well, what I am trying to say here is that be sure that you have the capacity to maintain a site including renewal of its domain name before you start one. You can choose to go the free way with Blogger DOT com and WordPress DOT com but if you want a personalized site, your own URL, that is, then be prepared to shell out a small amount every year for the domain name renewal.
I am telling you, if you have more than three domains to renew in one go, it will make a big dent on your pocket unless you have a discount coupon code to use.
You what they say, some good things must come to an end. And no matter how much you struggle to keep it going, at a certain point you will have to relinquish control and give up. Because the end is in sight and you really can’t do anything about it anymore. It is beyond your control.
The good old blogging days of mine is coming to an end. I can see it already. No, I won’t stop blogging. Ever! I will be old and gray but I will still be a blogger. But this profitable blogging journey of mine is coming to a close, and pretty soon, I believe.
Bloggers like me have to thank G00gle for The End. With their recent updates, it made us impossible to earn anymore. Fewer and fewer advertisers are risking their search engine rankings buying posts from small time web owners like us. Well, thanks to the penalty they are being threatened with they are not risking it if it means the lord of the internet will punish them for it. Sigh.
I am sad that my profitable blogging days might end soon. Blogging has served me well and I’ve been really happy working from home and being with my family while earning a living. A part of me is excited as well. A new journey is on the horizon and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.