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Should you kill your blog after three years?

In the publishing industry, a magazine is usually killed if it has not turned profitable after 36 months in the business. First year gains visibility, second year makes up for year one and hopefully third year at least breaks even.

Case in point is GamesMaster strong yet unprofitable 3 year-reign.

So my question is, does the same apply with blogs? OK wait, I’m referring to blogs that are there to make money. If significant traffic cannot be generated after three years of posting, what do you do?

Again, if blogging is just a hobby, then it really doesn’t matter. In fact, if you’re earning “one mocha frap a month” from your site, then it still makes sense to continue.

I guess the best factor to consider would be that commercial publications have huge liabilities while blogs don’t. You can say that your blog is in the red, by losing the invested P2,000 per year on hosting and domain registration, but it’s also like saying that your multi million dollar company is losing one dollar a month. Blogs, at least independent non-network ones do not have huge liabilities.

Therefore, no, you should not kill your blog after three years. Maybe you should get writing lessons. Hehe.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

9 replies on “Should you kill your blog after three years?”

Or start cooperating with other blog writers. I can imagine that a collection (team blog?) of different sources may raise the level of interest. Especially if the authors keep commenting the latest posts and taking care of some dialog for the reader to follow. Blogs are not forums but I am sure blog readers love reading forums too and so a one man show could become something like a live reality show featuring different points of view and ideas.

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The older your blog domain is, the better its google ranking becomes. So don’t kill it as it can earn potential revenue. The mysql database size for text driven blog isn’t that much to require a lot of hosting space.

hey noemi, i actually neglected that aspect. i guess i was referring to frustrations about people not reading your blog, thus causing you to explore and stop altogether.

so the other option is to sell your domain 🙂

@jayvee- yes old domains start at $200. I have a customer who neglected to renew her domain. It’s only a year old but it was auctioned off at a starting offer of $200. I can just imagine if it’s a 3 year old domain.

I agree. Trying to build on an already existing site makes more sense than trying to raise a blog from scratch. It’s much more SEO friendly.

If it’s a blog meant for money-making only, three years is a long wait before you kill it. Before that time you should’ve realized that it really has no potential or you’re simply doing everything wrong. 😉 Hehehe. The good thing about blogs, minimal lang ang losses. 🙂

Wow, in 3 years, sarap na siguro ng traffic non lalo na pag on track naman ang SEO mo.. yumyum na ang revenue non ha! You Should not kill your blog! Correct si Jayvee!

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