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What to do with inactive site I want to revive

     
9:33 pm on Apr 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have a small content site I started about a year and a half ago. It has about fifty articles. I got busy with other projects and sort of forgot about it. Now I want to put it to use and hopefully get some traffic to it.

It never had PR more than 0 and while it did have Alexa rank at one time, that is now "n/a." Obviously, I need to get inbound links - all I have now are reciprocal links which I understand may be worthless. Should I get a new domain to start over? What other considerations do I need to take into account?

10:36 pm on Apr 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Reciprocal links are not useless just not anywhere near as effective as they used to be, but they can still generate traffic too.

If the articles are origional content and the site has not been zapped before for bad practices by G, Y! or MSN why not develop the site you have rather than start over.

Promote in social networks like Digg and Delicious and Stumble to generate links fast - although the articles need to be of some quality to begin with.

4:59 am on Apr 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm with SandPetra - if it's a good site, develop it.

If you have some kind of RSS setup with the site, start feeding it into FeedBurner, etc., as well as push to Technorati. I've noticed that I get a lot of links from other sites that way (anecdotal, but that appears to be how many find one of my sites).

I wouldn't necessarily look at it as trying to get traffic by itself at this point, but rather trying to get some awareness among other websites. That sounds confusing, but a lot of blogs, etc., watch Technorati, Digg, etc., for new topics to write about or things that are related to their site, and you're liable to find some good solid inbound links that way.

12:57 pm on Apr 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Absolutely! Don't throw away a perfectly good domain just because you ignored it for a while!
If you didn't do anything bannable on it then don't treat it as banned!
:)

... or you could give it to me if you don't want it ;)

3:26 pm on Apr 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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We had a website that we put a heavy code laden dynamic script on, and it sat around doing nothing for about six months.

Last June we decided to revive it, get rid of the script and use some CSS, and it did fine, and here recently changed it to a CMS and it's doing even better.

You just never know till you try it.