Friday, October 24, 2014

Your Junk Content GONE

Now that the dust at Bloggers Market.com has settled from the first of the year re-build; I’ve got new problems! I can’t exactly recall the issue that I was looking into now, but I found myself over at Studio Press and thought that I would look into the upgrades for my template, only to find out that the single most popular WordPress template ever to be designed by Brian Gardner has now been relegated to the dustbin of history.

I’m Not Really Interested In Surfing With These Aliens!

This spells trouble; not now initially but in the not to distant galaxy the bugs or aliens will begin to creep-in as WordPress continues to improve and add features. Oh Joy.

Trying to work out the smallest of details can sometimes run into hours of searching and testing. Of course if you had a team …….

I’m sure that by the time that this starts to happen I will have moved on the happier times, but it brought to mind a thought that I take with me as I work my Blogs on a daily basis.

Time For Some Fun

Eventually you will have to work with or on; upgrade or rebuild your Blog. This can be done pretty quickly. A major re-build can take about six hours (It took me three hours to install WordPress for the first time using the “famous five-minute install” instructions over at the codex) and in the grand scheme of things this is a very short period of time. The only thing that really stands in your way is two things really, the number of Plug-ins you have and the amount of content you have written.

If you’re like most folks, you’ll only have one or two database based Plug-ins. So you shouldn’t have a whole lot to worry about. However, the major concern with any upgrade is the content that you have written over the past several months or years.

If you do multiple back-ups of your database. Three for the whole database in case your modem skips a beat. And three for each of your tables especially your content, comments and Plug-ins, you’ll be fine. If the whole thing explodes. You at least have all of your Blogs materials backed-up. This is what happened here at Bloggers Market at the first of the year (causing Blogging 2011 to be released in 2020) causing a major headache, but no real damage.

I’d Rather Surf With These Aliens Then Father Google!

When my site was done, Father Google came calling and burned down my Blog (made him mad by golly). I can’t recall exactly what I was doing ….. I was checking my AW-Stats; checking my outbound links or something and Bloggers Market.com was gone ……… WHAT !!!

I started poking around and there was no traffic to my Blog, save for an Aussie or two, my listing or content in the SERP’s was none-existent. In a word or two I, or rather my Blog was gone. Ain’t life grand!

That’s amazing ……. as quickly as I get indexed with my content, it was gone. The good, the bad, the ugly …… GONE!

But ……… it got me to thinking.

A Quite Time Of Refelection

When I look back on my Content that I wrote in the beginning, it wasn’t really bad, but it wasn’t really great either. I wanted to get rid of it, but I like yourself have hit broken links before while researching on Google and I didn’t want a bunch of broken Google links back to my Blog. But this is truly the exception, not the rule.

I figured as fast as the Internet moves that if I limit myself to managing three years of content and archive the rest, that my life as a Blogger would be much simpler. See if you keep it to three years of content Online, Google is able to manage the de-indexing much better.

For myself all I have to manage is about 150 different pieces at a time, if ever the need arouse for me to move or re-build my Blog the task is not monumental. It also makes managing and discarding or de-indexing my bad content a whole lot easier. I urge you to do the same with your poor quality content. No one really wants to read your sorry post about Google Orkut or Google Buzz anyway.

Truth Or Consequences

If Darren Rowse goes down, I can assure you it will be a fricken nightmare for him ……. and his team. More than likely if disaster were to visit, most would go with the last couple of years of content instead of fighting the mess and just scrape the rest. Oh well, all that great content gone ….. FOREVER!

As for myself, if disaster ever visits me all I’ve got to do is re-build from my back-ups the last three years and the rest of my content is safe. I store it in blocks ….. server-side.

I lose none of my content ever …….. the good content that is! :lol:

Comments

  1. Makes sense Jeffrey … ohh man I can’t even imagine if Darren Rowse goes down, that would be so terrible on their behalf. But you bring up good points in regards to out of date content, as for me, I’m keeping all of it. It’s a good reference and backlinks, as well as a precise timeline of growth. I’m one of those people that likes to look back at things and say “well that was then, and this is now”.
    Thanks for sharing as per usual Jeffrey.

    • Jeffrey says:

      Hi Vitaly,
      Great minds think alike my friend ……… I don’t delete any of my material either. I just store what I want on server-side and then delete the really bad stuff.

      I then place the older materials up as an opt-in for those that are interested. As for the back-links; while still valid today, I think that Google will eventually do away with aged back-links considering all of the trouble that they have had with Black-Hat and Back-Link Farms.

      There would be exceptions of course such as Universities and Wikipedia, but for the most parts old back-links serve no purpose for Google as they are focusing on content that is state-of-the-art and cutting edge.

      In another 10 years if Google hangs on to it all they will need a ton of 1000 Yoda-byte hard drives that would fill a football field just to keep up with it all. I can’t see that happening.

      In the word’s of Client Eastwood “A man’s search engine’s got to know his it’s limits”.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Don’t even say those words out loud.. I’ve been very fortunate and I intend to stay that way. But yes, you’ll be very proud of me because I do back up my blog. Maybe not to the extent that you do but mine is no where near what yours is either. So I like to continue to stay positive and never even have those thoughts cross my mind.

    I could clean it up though. When I started my blog I was blogging about affiliate marketing and those posts got no traffic at all so they are really pretty worthless to me. But it’s taking the time to clean it up is where I fall short. Yep, it’s that team I have working for me that I’ll put to good use soon!

    See you around my man. Sorry I’m so late coming by. Been one of those weeks.

    Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted..How To Make Your Links Stand Out On LinkedIn

    • Jeffrey says:

      Hi Adrienne,
      You’re starting to sound like Joel Osteen!

      You need to start sorting your content as soon a possible. You have to make time for your content, both coming and going ………. leaving it in a manageable state at all times. This is indeed the best course of action, unless you have a staff to assist you.

      Things change so fast with WordPress and Template Design that you have to be able to move at the drop of a hat, otherwise you’ll become stale with your Blogs look and feel for fear of doing anything that will collapse the whole show …….. much like when Bloggers Market went down earlier this year. I had just two years of content and I thought I was going to go nuts restoring a piece of it at a time.

      Speaking of nuts “Adrienne’s Fine Linen” is driving me there. I have hit a HUGH snag in it’s design. I’m actually trying to provide a background for the background by coding a “container” with CSS at the footer location of the template and I’m almost there but not quite. I’m going to try to do some work on it tomorrow, but I’m afraid I’m in for a long haul.

      I saw your LinkedIn Video which was very good. I’ve got an account, but I’m afraid like a lot of folks, I’ve yet to get around to it. A lot of the material in your video I am just now learning.

      The work goes on with the move. I’ve just about wrapped up things here at Bloggers Market and am focusing on bringing all the pieces Online. I’m right on track for the first of the year.

      Take care and I’ll see you soon!

  3. Dee Ann Rice says:

    Jeffrey,

    Well, my blog is only a few months old so I don’t have much content but some of it could be weeded out.

    I do back up my blog. I keep several backups at a time especially after my experience of deleting it.

    I guess as I get more content I will have to become more concerned with what to keep and what not to.

    Sorry to hear all of the trouble you have had. I was not blogging at the beginning of the year so missed that your blog went down.

    Dee Ann Rice
    Dee Ann Rice recently posted..How To Upload A Video To A Blog Post

    • Jeffrey says:

      Hi Dee Ann,
      Thinking back on the issues that took my Blog down, I’m thinking that it had to do with how WordPress index’s category’s within the database. I had made categories changes before I moved the database.

      Looking back I should have moved the database in tact and then made my changes. I tried to reverse the order but WordPress would not respond to the changes. So essentially I was stuck with a ton of posts and comments that had no category assigned to it.

      I could have taken the default back-up and started from scratch, but I had already made two dozen major changes to the template. So I chose to press on.

      I was working with a new child theme (which is what you are seeing here at Bloggers Market). After 8 months of work, I’m not really sure this is the way to go. You are limited as to the options you have in the end look of the Blog.

      Come the first of next year I am going to look into the possibly of building my own theme framework. I have a feeling with what I know so far that it is going to be easier for me ( as creative as I am ) to just work with the standard template design instead of trying to hack a “Parent / Child” set-up.

      I’ll see you soon. Thanks for coming by today!

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