| 7:42 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I'm having a new site designed right now. I'll keep the other site for referrals, and maybe eventually sell it if it continues to have traffic.
I should have had the site evolve.
| 8:29 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|I regularly get emails from people not happy, even angry, with the content. |
Ah ha. I thought "pull the pin" was a mistake for "pull the plug" but there you are. Don't shut it down: sell it and run like hell.
| 9:05 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I have a couple of sites in this postition but I am leaving them there for the present in case there is a miracle around the corner. :(
| 1:30 pm on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I've shut down a few sites over the years. If you shut it down sooner rather than later you can redirect that drip of traffic to where it's more useful to you. You may also be able to salvage certain sections or types of content. Just look at what's giving you the most hassle, such as UGC or free tools you don't have time to provide support for, and transfer the uncontroversial money-making pages to other domains.
It wasn't until I closed down one of my websites that people came out of the woodwork and told me they'd miss it and it was a shame I wanted to close it. Up until then I'd got more negative feedback than positive. People don't appreciate free until you take it away.
| 3:13 pm on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|People don't appreciate free until you take it away. |
Welcome to the internet.
| 2:16 am on Dec 15, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I tossed one non-performer onto the market and it paid for some home improvements. Maybe the new owners will make a go of it, maybe they'll harvest the internal rank of 2-4 on most pages to sell links, maybe they'll boost their other sites or move content, who knows.
It's usefulness to me was done, one mans trash is another man's gold.
| 5:35 am on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)|
I know I am late to the discussion but if you don't mind me asking. What happened? Is it due to Google changes or lack of user engagement or what?
| 11:21 am on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Google Penguin and Panda.
| 11:47 am on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)|
If that's the case then there's chance of recovery if the site is not a "spam" site. I have seen recoveries and personally handled few of those so IMHO fight back if you think you are right, it's hard initially and motivation is low but recovery is easier than starting a new site, isn't it?
| 12:11 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Not so far IME.