How to Make Backup Copies of Your Posts on Closing Sites

How to Make Backup Copies of Your Posts on Closing Sites

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Niume Is Gone

It disappeared on October 2, 2017. I’m glad I made  copies of my work the instant I suspected it was on the way out. My sign it was fading was when they stopped paying. I started checking my backups immediately and they were in place by the time the site closed.

I usually make a backup copy of any important post when I publish it. I used to do this only with a text document. Recently I also started making copies as complete web pages as explained below. I like being able to see which photos and videos I used and where I put them.

How to Make Backup Copies of Your Posts on Closing Sites
How to Make Backup Copies of Your Posts on Closing Sites

 

Here’s How I Copied My Data

This will work for any site. Go to the post you want to copy and copy as complete webpage in your browser. I use Chrome, and this is how I do it.

  1. Click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of your browser bar.
  2. Mouse over “More Tools.”
  3. Select “Save page as.”
  4. A “Save” screen will appear.
  5. Choose a name for your file and a folder to put it in.
  6. Make sure the “Save as” type says “Webpage, Complete” as in the image below.
  7. Here’s the image I snipped an image of that screen.
How to Make Backup Copies of Your Posts on Closing Sites
How to Save as Complete Webpage

I have a folder for blog backups and a subfolder for each blog or writing site. I normally make text files as I write posts now and save them — just in case. You can see I saved this under niume backups, and I gave this a file name. (In this case, I saved this edit page as the file name, since I wasn’t going to save it, just snip the process.) Although I usually have the text file files for my posts saved, I also like to save them as they looked online so I can remember which images I used where.

What Next?

Now you have to decide what to do with all your beautiful work. I will be trying to move it into my own blogs or websites. If you don’t have your own blog yet, I’d recommend hosting one yourself that no one can take out from under you. I use SiteGround for hosting my most important WordPress.org sites. Here’s why.

Web Hosting

 

I no longer use free blogging sites because they are harder to monetize and because the owners can change the rules or even disappear. Self-hosted WordPress sites offer features free sites don’t. They also give you complete control over your site. Of course, it’s up to you to follow Google or other advertiser guidelines if you want to monetize with ads. And you will also need to follow any rules your affiliated sites or networks set for their affiliates.

You may also want to check out these posts: Four Things You Need to Do When a Writing Site Closes and Should You Start a Blog?

If you have questions on what to do next, feel free to leave it in the comments. Or you may want to share what you plan to do with those niume posts. Godspeed on the next step of your blogging journey.

To stay in touch with your blogging buddies from every site, you may want to join myLot. It’s free and still pays a bit for participating in its discussions. Meet me there and connect.

How to Make Backup Copies of Your Posts on Closing Sites

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6 thoughts on “How to Make Backup Copies of Your Posts on Closing Sites”

    1. I did love Niume and the way it made our pages look. I can’t quite jump on the Virily bandwagon. I’m through with the merry-go-round of moving work from site to site as sites close while I neglect my own sites.

  1. Now, I know what site you referred to in your comment on my refresh old blog content post. I never used Nuime but I did use Squidoo back in the day. I didn’t have to remove all my stuff as they just pushed it to Hubpages. I only removed stuff I ended up putting on my blog.

    Good tip about saving the complete webpage – didn’t know to check for that.

    1. I still haven’t found new homes for most of my old lenses that are asleep or unpublished on HubPages. I haven’t been updating many of them, but I keep promoting the ones that are awake until I can finally move them all. I’m saving those as complete web pages, as well. Wish I’d done it with the Squidoo lenses. I only transferred a fraction of them since I knew most weren’t appropriate for HubPages. My original HubPages account doesn’t have as many hubs sleeping as my Squidoo transfer account. I’m hoping HubPages stays around long enough to get me to payout on that transfer account and then I will close it.

  2. I would add that it’s a good idea to screen shot your posts when you’re saving them as a web page. Why? Because these crowd-sourced writing sites often fall prey to unscrupulous businesses that set up scraper blogs fuelled by your content.

    These predators will target paid to write sites because they know most of the sites have no financial or legal clout. And generally speaking, the people who publish there have even less power. Especially if it looks like a site might be about ready to close, scrapers will gather up all the articles and republish them. And once a company has the entire content of your post, they may even publish it to multiple sites at once. They grab thousands of people’s articles this way, and make money from the ads on the pages.

    If you discover your content on one of these scraper blogs and want to report it, you’ll need proof that the content is yours. Not so easy to do if all you have is a saved web page from a site that’s no longer online!

    I recommend taking a screen shot that shows the headline and some of the content, as well as your byline & the publication date, and the URL of the page where your post appeared. If you need to send a DMCA takedown notice after a social writing site goes under, this info can help you prove original authorship.

    1. Have you written a post on this anywhere? I had no idea. If you do’t have a post, maybe you should write one — in less you are afraid it will give more crooks inspiration. I’ve always made back-ups in text files before or just after publishing, except for Squidoo, but I never thought of making screen shots, too. It seems spending all the time it takes to foil thieves added to promotion time doesn’t leave too much time left to write.

What thoughts do you have about this?