I have too many websites and will be winnowing them down. My original goal, in addition to sharing and reaching out to multiple target groups, was to monetize the sites at least enough to pay for their maintenance and upkeep. With 37, I don’t get to them fast enough to keep them interesting.
I’ve had to upgrade WordPress and plugins and themes on all of them and have taken the time to see how many have people signing-up. I’ve already taken a few down that weren’t being used much.
As part of this system, each website has three components–a primary website (like this one), a mobile website (though I don’t have that for JoelMonty.info), and a website dedicated to Facebook–to be a Facebook Fan page. This also means that I need to keep multiple Facebook pages up to date. I am working on several, though a much more manageable number.
The idea was (and is) a good one–reach people wherever they are and however they connect.
You may be interested in some new posts on https://JoelMontyLoves.com/blog and on the Facebook page for JoelMontyPresents. I even have new ones on https://about-personal-development.info and IntegrativeLearningAndHealingCenter.org/blog.
Whew! Keeping websites current with both content and infrastructure is very time consuming. (The image above is from one of them.) I’m almost finished upgrading all of my websites. I’m having a few challenges with some of my mobile sites and a few have problems with a new caching plugin that will make the sites work faster.
I’m way behind in content. On some sites I use articles I found interesting from other people. I need to be writing my own and can’t seem to make the time to do that. I started a project like that today and that’s as far as I got, a start.
The overall purposes of my websites are to share information people will find to be of value, to get some people who want to be my clients or to purchase something that will monetize these sites (they really need to pay for themselves). I also want to create a source of steady income that helps me live a “debt-free” lifestyle allowing me the freedom to take on projects that I enjoy and to be available for my family–my 99-year-old Mom at the moment.
I’ve been relying on these websites for Internet marketing and haven’t been doing enough with them for the marketing to actually happen. That will be part of the next phase.
Several of my sites are tied to Facebook and I need to rework them to make them more attractive and useful.
I had not expected the project of upgrading the multiple websites of JoelMonty.net to take more than a day or two. Instead, it’s taken the better part of a week and that’s just for the infrastructure. I’m going to need to go into the content as well.
I have multiple websites and this year I used the number of users and comments on the sites as an indicator as to which ones I should hang on to and which ones I should let go of.
Keeping up with the communication itself is also a challenge. I’ll need to have a better strategy and plan for that in this coming year. I created many of these sites as part of a plan to monetize what I do over the Internet. I need to revise my strategy and plan to accomplish that this year.
I’m almost up-to-date–until a plugin developer creates something new and different everyone must have…
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