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Area for regular ol' hobby websites

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3:13 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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One of the things I particularly liked when I first start reading on here (a good number of years ago) was that there were other folks like me that had a hobby website with adsense or some other similar method for bringing in some money to help pay for the basic costs of the site.

I'm sure there are still a good number of us lurking around, but so often the discussions get overrun by insane I-just-want-to-make-money types.

Not that I mind folks making money - quite the opposite. But the perspectives and approaches to website issues is altogether different if one is primarily interested in doing well in SERPs so that folks can find the information that I provide rather than so they'll click on an ad that happens to be on that same page.

totally random P.S. - I just noticed that I first registered on here 8 years ago yesterday!
4:24 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I really like this idea. Most of the talk seems to be focused on AdSense sites or commercial websites. I'd love to see something for the "regular" guys.
8:52 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I go for this as well but would extend coverage slightly for all the small community sites with volunteer webmasters. The only concern that I would have is that it would cut across all the "verticals" in the forum. Affilaites on hobby sites, Adsense on hobby sites, HTML.... etc and give multiple places to look for the same topics.

If some of the regulars were more understanding of the issues that are relevant for hobby and community sites it might not be necessary. For Example I used to be webmaster for a community arts organisation, Adsense brought in two dollars a week. The Adsense regulars would have told me to take it off the site, but I would have been running the site anyway, that two dollars added up to pay for the hosting which I would otherwise have had to fund from my own pocket or bill to an organisation that was already short of cash.
9:18 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yeah I'd be interested in a forum for informational sites
9:29 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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dcheney I do agree with you , I have noticed much more of the webmasters following number 1 positions for competitive keywords in the serps dominating nearly all the discussions , for my type of site I dont even check keyword positions so tend not to get involved in most discussions anymore
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I would like that as well though piatkow has a point with "cut across all the "verticals" in the forum"

Maybe this could be overcome by not setting up a special section but by prefixing the thread title with an agreed specifier, ex. INFO or whatever else that's appropriate.

Then the "I-just-want-to-make-money types" could ignore these posts if they want to and it would make the posts stand out to those interested in the "genre" ;)
11:20 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have two purely informational sites (with no ads or products), that I created to try to promote protection of the natural environment. I spend a lot of time working on content, but I also use SEO methods to try to increase traffic. I glad to see that other members have these types of sites, and would like to participate in a forum for them too.
11:47 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I sort of agree at least in principal. On the one hand, all of the skills and information needed for to setup, maintain and promote a hobby site are here in various forums. But the granularity of the WebmasterWorld - the numerous forums - is something I've had a hard time with because I think it's too granular and the GUI lacks a few key navigational elements to address the hobbyists and newbies alike. Perhaps some simple navigational aids pointing to collections of threads - not hundreds but maybe 3 or 4 key threads that can act as abstracts and point people to more involved discussions on various topics.
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+1 to dcheney and piatkow's comments. I'm a webmaster for several small educational sites, but it's strictly volunteer, and definitely not my day job. Sure, SEO is nice, but accessibility and security is far more important to me.

I'm glad to hear others are around that care about webmastering, but aren't necessarily professional.
 

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