I am not expecting any type of refund or anything like that. I want to move it somewhere else...get another company to host it. Will they gove me a disk of some sort with the site on it?
I think the only thing they did was Google pay per click.
I kept asking them what else they needed do to generate more, but they said the Google feeds and pay per click were enough. Apparently not! They did not want me to cancel the site, but I was to the point were their promises were empty.
This is a tough one... Folks sometimes start up websites with high expectations of "getting rich" and the real world just does not work that way.
However, if your costs exceeded your income, then yes, it is time to cut loses and move on.
SOME folks can make a living from google ads, but the VAST majority do not. If google covers operation costs, then go from there. Anything above that is money to either reinvest in the site or put in the bank.
If you did not retain a copy of the website before shutting it down then you'll either have to go back to the developer and get a copy (and pay for it most likely) or start over from scratch.
There are viable host solutions in the less than $100/yr cost which are generally suitable for beginning a web business, and there are many coders/developers that will do a turn key generic site for less than $1,000. After that you'll have to get your hands dirty and update/maintain the site to grow it into profitability.
You should always keep the three things different. Domain registrar, hosting and development firm. Have your own domain registrar and do not host with them. Get your own hosting account and do not register or transfer domain with them. And last, do not leave your domain registration and hosting with the develpers. In your case, you own the site and you should get a copy of website from developer without paying anything if you initially paid for site development. There are few firms which do not charge any design costs and charge on monthly basis. They may not give you a copy of site.
Not to be a downer, but if this is one of those "companies" where they basically do everything for you, you are wasting your time. Nothing is going to come of it. You need to get in there and do this stuff yourself. The people that offer to do everything for you make their money from you... Nothing else. In other words, they couldn't care less if you ever make any money, because they're already making their money from you. Hopefully you didn't pay them too much. You can literally run your own content site for next to nothing. That's what you should be doing. Pick something you like and other people like... Start a site and just start chipping away at it. If you get traffic, you can make some money. It all depends on the subject and how much traffic.
Honestly, I really did not do any promotions. All the company did was the Google Feeds. I was receiving 4-5 orders a week. they were mostly lower priced items mostly, but every know and then we would get lucky and get a decent order.
I even charged shipping, which is unheard of in my industry.
It's a very competitive market, but all it takes is 3-4 good orders a month and we would have made money.
You are correct when saying that. It was weak....very weak. My problem was that I was relying on the company to do the work. I do not have all day to do the things that needed to be done.
I'll be the first to admit that I am not all that knowledgeable when it comes to all of these things. That is why I was paying them to help me out with the site. Which I thought was good. Same thing some of the people on here get hired to do.
I have a good site (design), great name but lacked a good business plan.