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  1. #61
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    I'm sorry too. However, I understand.

  2. #62
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    I thought cutting time investment was Lisa's main point. It sounds like other projects return more for the effort involved.

  3. #63
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    Quote Originally Posted by arichardc View Post
    I thought cutting time investment was Lisa's main point. It sounds like other projects return more for the effort involved.
    Correct and now that I've disabled new registrations that cut down on the bot activity since they can't register. So at least I won't have that headache. And since I'm working on a course membership site, I will be putting my efforts into that in the future.

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    How much do you spend per month on hosting of this forum? I always wanted to start a forum, and as you are closing this, I would like to know if you can sell it to me? If yes, what will be the price and other information this forum. You can contact me at hello at taimoorsultan dot com

  5. #65
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    I don't blame you Lisa. Will stay on your mailing list but I gave up websites ages ago. Was buzzing when first started a few years ago but lost interest in them. I gave my site up later than I should have - just hanging on - sometimes you gotta let it go. Things have changed. I am rubbish at websites to be honest and it was never for me. I'm still using WP.org but have my own little local biz set up which is so much easier to rank for. I also had a forum at one time and it was manic. Never again!!

  6. #66
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    Long thank you note, but worth it.

    Eight years ago my business got crushed in the economy. I had $600,000 debt, 15 employees and a wife that was just diagnosed with cancer. I believe I have walked through the valley of darkness.

    I had dabbled with website since 1999 and there was a growing demand and felt that I could make a few dollars on the side. I was only getting about 3 hours sleep a night and decided to focus on making money online.

    My background is marketing major and my head is wired that way. Plus, I have a love for technology and what it does. It seemed more fruitful to spend those sleepless hours being productive versus playing video games.

    I found this place in the research that I did. It turns out monetizing websites did not work well for me, but the understanding of traffic, SEO and my marketing background went in another direction.

    5 years ago, I took a leap and went full time. I still had money in retirement to live off as I took the chance. I closed the other business and sold most the assets to cover debt and got a renter to cover the cost of our facility. Last week, that finally sold and the last $250,000 of debt is gone and I feel like a free person.

    Fast forward to now. I am a full time website developer who assists with social media and SEO. I have one full time employee and 3 subs. The business has multiple revenue legs of not only building websites, but also, maintenance, certified Google partner, SEO software certified and miscellaneous. Even my Godaddy reseller account is closing in on $300 per month.

    I may not be getting rich (yet) but am making enough to have to pay taxes again; the business has zero debt and is growing.

    Through a miracle and experimental treatment at Mayo clinic, my wife is fighting the good fight. Although, this past month things are rough again and we will be have to do chemo in 6-12 months. At least this time, the other parts of life are balanced out.

    This is a long note, but I hope represents the appreciation and thanks to Lisa and this forum for helping me get to where I am today.
    Like Bill at Facebook and Twitter.

    and now Bill's Blog.

  7. #67
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    Yes James, that was a great suggestion. I was so frustrated that day that I didn't even think of that.

    Wow Bill! First of all, let me say that I wish your wife well and I hope that the experimental treatment is ultimately a success in fighting that beast we call cancer. You and many others here have been such a loyal member of this forum and I appreciate every single one of you. Thank YOU!

    MrJohn, I'm not selling this forum. Sorry. Even if it closes at a later time, I am keeping the name. Branding and keeping the name for possible future use is more important than money I could earn selling it.

  8. #68
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    How could I miss this?

    So sad to know that there will be no ideas coming

  9. #69
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    An investment of 1 or 2 posts a week is enough to sustain the forum. Once the forum goes dead, your ability to restart it or sell to members as prospects deminishes very quickly. I can say this based on past experience . If you kill your forum it should be because there's no activity. You could easily add adsense on to these forums and gain a few cents here and there (not enough to make it worthwhile, but it's something).

  10. #70
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    Its really saddening to see the something closed so soon where I use to come on regular basis. I wish it may not happen, but its ok. Good luck Lisa

  11. #71
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    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the memories and education over the years. I totally understand your decision and the reasoning behind it.

    Good luck with all of your future projects!

    Until we meet again,
    Greg

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    Well, looks like I am pretty late to the party. I can't register how sad I am to learn that Website Babble will be gone soon.

    I want to thank Lisa for having established it, and to all the moderators James, Scott, TG, etc. for their selfless dedication to housekeeping this forum. I never thought any good thing could ever come to an end. I hope some form of solution or monetization platform can be found for this forum to make it worth running.

  13. #73
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    I am so glad I stopped by today. I totally understand your reasons for ending your participation with WB.

    I just made a post in the Affiliate section of this site giving a huge shout out to you Lisa. You are such an amazing mentor.

    I guess in its prime, this site helped me more than any other. I quit coming here when the spammers got so ridiculous. That wasn't the only reason though, I actually decided to get totally focused on my own pursuit of succeeding online.

  14. #74
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    Sad that this website may be leaving us. Actually, I agree with you about WordPress. They have come a long way. There is a plugin that does just about everything you need it to. It's a solid choice over some of the other really expensive software that can't extend their functionality like WordPress does. With a few cheap plugins you could easily import data. The problem would probably be link structure. I'm sure you would want to go with url friendly links next time. Fortunately, WordPress has pretty good plugins that do most of the things you would probably need. I also think it's easier to monetize a WordPress site. Just my opinion but nevertheless, good luck to all of your future endeavors.

  15. #75
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    Hi Lisa
    Sorry to read that you have to shutdown this great forum, but I do understand why you have too. It must be a lot of work and you have always been very active in here. Sad that spammers and other "bad" people are trying to take advantage of this great forum you have provided us for free all these years.

    I hope you find better time for your other projects and are sure I will see you around on the big Internet in other ways
    Best regards
    Thomas
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