joined:Nov 4, 2002
It's still about content, it's always been about content, and it's always going to be about content.
True. So why is there so little discussion, by comparison, on this forum about "content" .. especially written content?
I hope I'm not misreading what you meant to say, old_expat, but the lack of focus on content is what made me drift away, along with the over-moderation.
I run a website for an ENGO, which will never have Adsense on it, or try to make money just by being a website. It only exists to share information, and gain interest in our cause. In the early days, Webmasterworld was a real asset for me. I learnt how to present things so we would be found by all the SE's, and was constantly made aware of how important content was. It was a perfect fit, because content was the essence of what we do - reports, fieldnotes, maps, and many, many words of pertinent text. The website, as a result, has done incredibly well for many years, and just keeps doing better. Truly massive traffic for what we are, and many unsolicited inbound links from blogs, wikipedia, travel companies, you name it. I thank Brett's 26 steps for most of it.
After a while at WW, I started seeing a shift to all Adsense, all the time. It seemed to be the only reason most people joined. To me, that's the crap that pollutes the internet. I read less, and when I posted it was just to growl about it. Content was gone - it was all about how to scam Google with BS sites to make money. So, I found my comments over-moderated, and at the end, I just said to hell with it, other than checking the Apache forum at times, because JD is a true expert, and a terrific resource.
Even if the moderation changes here, I still don't know how much I would check in. Inevitably, I'll growl in response to some obvious MFA post again, and it will get deleted/edited. If the incredible happens, and someone wants to know how to make a successful site based on content, I could really help. But I think it unlikely.