Four Things You Need to Do After a Writing Site Closes

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Writing Sites Sometimes Close With No Warning


Four Things You Need to Do After a Writing Site ClosesYesterday we just learned that another site I was writing on, Persona Paper, is closing. In the past two years Squidoo, Bubblews, Zujava, Wikinut, Seekyt, and sites I never even joined have closed or stopped paying. The site administrators, who have always been upfront with us, gave us  fair warning so that we would have time to save our work. It’s not too late yet for members of the site to do the four things  you need to do after a writing site closes. 

Checklist for Exiting a Writing Site

  1. Make copies of your work
  2. Delete links to your work
  3. Edit your social media automated feeds
  4. Invest more in your self-hosted sites

Make Copies of Your Work

If you’ve been through a sudden site closure with no warning before, you probably already know you should be making backups for every single post or article you write. When Bubblews closed, many were caught off-guard and lost their work.

There’s another lesson I learned at Bubblews, though. A site can also make a site-wide change that will butcher what you have written. This happened during an update where Bubblews stripped most of the content from many posts that had used multiple images. I lost many photo essays, even though I had drafts of the text.

Four Things You Need to Do After a Writing Site ClosesFrom now on, I plan to save every post with multiple images as a complete web page through my browser. In Chrome this is really easy. Just go to the lines in the top right corner. Click. Choose “More Tools” from the drop-down menu that appears. When you mouse over it, you can click “Save page as.” A window will appear to allow you to choose a file to save to. Choose and save. Wait for the download and you’re finished.  What a simple way to have a model of your page exactly as it appeared when published so you can reconstruct it later.

Delete Links to Your Work

This is the part that is not fun. If you’ve been writing very long, you have probably been crosslinking articles you’ve written on different sites. When Squidoo closed I had lots of links going to my lenses from my blogs and from my Hubs on HubPages and from articles on other sites. Fortunately, many of those links forwarded to HubPages for pages that had been transferred, but I didn’t allow all my articles to transfer.

I have 350 articles on Persona Paper, and a good portion of those are articles I tweeted as recently as last week. I have linked to them  from blogs. I have pinned them on Pinterest and shared them on Google + and Facebook. I  have linked to them from content web sites I own. Now those are all dead links. They need to be removed. Maybe you also have some link cleaning to do if you have backlinks to work on closed or closing sites.

Edit Your Social Media Feeds

Many people have automated collections of tweets and Facebook posts which they set up ahead of time for a couple of hundred evergreen posts in a service like Hootsuite. They just keep being posted over time until you change them. If links to  posts or sites no longer functioning are being tweeted, you will lose credibility.

Invest in More in Your Self-Hosted Sites

Sometimes I feel like I’m on a merry-go-round. Gather closes so I post an old Gather post to Bubblews. Bubblews closes so I republish that same post to Persona Paper. Persona Paper closes… Then what?

Four Things You Need to Do After a Writing Site Closes
Are You on the Content Writing Merry-Go-Round? Courtesy of Pixabay

People are still trying to find new homes for their old Squidoo lenses and hubs that aren’t doing well. Many are starting their own blogs or spending more time creating or republishing content to blogs or sites they already own. I wrote recently about how to move writing from content sites to your own site.

Aside: As I was looking over those recently written posts I just linked to, I still saw links back to Persona Paper that I now need to remove.

If you’ve been stuck on the content writing site merry-go-round, maybe it’s time to get off and invest in your own self-hosted sites. If your sites are already set up, invest more time in updating them and adding new content. Many who have moved posts from HubPages to their own sites are seeing increased earnings from them now.

If you don’t yet have your own blog, join Pajama Affiliates so you can learn to set up a self-hosted WordPress site correctly from the beginning.  It’s a small investment up front, but most get it back in earnings if they apply what they learn there.  I have found it valuable for myself.

My Pajama Affiliate Courses are Worth Every Penny I Paid for Them. The teachers are making thousands a year in affiliate income without being spammy.  They can teach you to monetize your own blogs in a reputable way. The courses go on sale often. While you’re waiting for a sale, you can clean out your dead links in cyberspace. There may be an important one on right now that ends soon.

Hope this post helps you set goals that don’t depend on a third party site to help you earn. Be adventurous. Step out on your own. Take control of your own destiny in cyberspace. I think you will enjoy creating and looking back on your accomplishments.

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14 thoughts on “Four Things You Need to Do After a Writing Site Closes”

  1. Thanks Barb. Not looking forward to it, but I feel a link clean up coming on. Off to check out the pyjama affiliate fuggestion.

    1. Pajama Affiliates are a great group of people trying to learn together from the best. The teachers are much like us, many who have been focused on content writing sites like Squidoo that closed leaving them high and dry. Unlike many blogging courses focused mainly on building lists and generating leads, this one is focused on affiliate selling from your own sites. Take the Step-by-Step Beginner’s Course if you can and sign up right away. The WordPress course will be integrated with it in a day or two and then the price will go up. Anyone getting the course now has the updates grandfathered in.

  2. All good advice of course. I have already removed what content I wish to keep from there which isn’t a lot, actually – most of what I wrote there were ‘throw-away’ posts. The closure of PP wasn’t unexpected and I have already set up my own blog (up and running for 11 weeks now!) and I intend to concentrate on that.

    1. We all know it was coming. What we need to do now, I think, is help each other be successful with our blogs by helping each other promote them.

    1. I’m sorry the site closed, too. But it seems they all close sooner or later. I’m wondering how much longer HubPages will last. I just can’t see investing more time into those sites. I’m glad the PJ affiliates entered my life when they did and I’m hoping for great things to come as a result of it.

    1. Hope to see you there soon. There is a special sale ending Feb 8 on the Affiliate Marketing Course. I’ve never seen the price lower. Go for it.

  3. Thanks for the tips Barb. Can one do the pajama affiliate program, even if they are not on facebook. Or do you need to be a member of the facebook group to get maximum value?

    1. The Facebook group is where you get support and ask questions. You can take the course and watch the videos without that. The Facebook groups offer a way for members to support each other and help each other promote, as well as to share tips and things they’ve learned. I’m curious as to why you don’t want to be part of Facebook. You could join and not post anything to your wall if you are worried about privacy. The Facebook groups we use for the course are private and course members only.

      1. I found it difficult to separate personal and private business interests on FB. Also, when I had FB I had a time keeping up with the privacy changes whenever they made significant changes on the site. I do like google + which gives you an opportunity to separate followers into private circles. If you have any work around ideas for these issues, please share. Thanks again.

        1. I just haven’t worried as much about the privacy issues. I don’t post anything very personal on Facebook anymore. I don’t really think there is much privacy no matter what your settings are. I also like Google+ because you can post to only the circles you think will be most interested in your posts.

What thoughts do you have about this?