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I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you find this blog an interesting read. I've been blogging since April of 2006, currently the author of six public and two private blogs. In the beginning I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. Over the years through trial and error, frustration and elation, and a few tears I've learned a lot. However, the learning process when it comes to blogging continues to evolve. Here you will find a hodge podge of my blogging experiences, useful codes and how-tos, sprinkled liberally with my opinions. Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Shutting Down A Blog

No, I'm not shutting down any of my blogs although the thought does cross my mind from time to time.  There are numerous reasons why a blogger may want to shut down a blog as well as several ways to do so.  I'm not sure whether any one method is better than another.  Most experts agree that simply leaving a blog as is in limbo and still assessable to search engines is the best policy.   A blog that has been monetized then left in limbo can still generate a small income although eventually that will likely dwindle to almost nothing but you never know.  Some bloggers simply delete the blog in its entirety.  This method is permanent with respect to losing the former blog url and guarantees no possibility of earning an income.  If there is a chance you want to keep the blog url, then simply setting the blog to private or password access only works well allowing you to resume the blog with its same url at a later date if desired.  A private blog can still generate money and it will show in search results but only those with the password will be able to view the actual blog.  So if you have 40 loyal readers that you have perhaps developed a friendship with, you could give them the password for them to still enjoy your blog even though it is not being updated on a regular basis.  Another method that was popular for awhile for bloggers with several blogs was to amalgamate them into one large blog.  This really only worked well if the blogs were along the same general themes but not so well if they were different themes.  For example, I could merge my cooking, gardening and homemaking blogs into one large blog but my other three blogs really wouldn't fit in well with that general theme. 

So there you have it.  Regardless of the method you choose to shut down your blog(s), I highly recommend keeping a back-up copy (XML) file or you can keep the HTML of parts of your blog(s).  I still have all the HTML for each page of my first website which could easily be used to create a new blog.  You never know when it will come in handy.  Of course, it goes without saying that any images you used on your blog should be kept as well in the event you want to restore the blog or use the pictures for other purposes.


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