Here is information on some decisions I’ve made regarding GeneaBloggers.com and transitioning the GeneaBloggers concept to a community owned/administered asset . . . meaning run by genealogy bloggers as a community resource.
- I really don’t think there is any economic advantage for me or my business in having a subscription or membership site. When I look at the income I make via affiliate marketing using the Geneabloggers.com traffic (1.5 million hits per month), I can’t justify the administrative time element and costs of running a community site – either for free or a subscription. Also, I really feel I need to make a clean break with the community admin aspect of GeneaBloggers – I think we’ve made great progress over the past eight years but I really need to move on.
- I will be retaining the geneabloggers.com domain – not selling it- and redirecting traffic to abundantgenealogy.com – it is just too valuable an asset. Right now I am seeing my domain and site priced at a minimum of $25,000 and up to $350,000 based on various online models and emails from domain brokers. This may seem like a lot of money, but consider that I’ve put in eight years of “sweat equity” meaning 20+ hours per week – GeneaBloggers.com has only been profitable the past three years and I am slowly repaying all my retirement funds that I used to live on between 2008 and 2014.
- I will be converting all GeneaBloggers social media assets over to Abundant Genealogy as of June 1, 2017.
- I am currently working with key leaders in the genealogy blogging community to:
a. Administer the GeneaBloggers Facebook GROUP and continue it as a resource for blogging and genealogy.
b. Set up a new GeneaBloggers site to serve as a community resource.
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This has not been an easy decision for me but right now I need to do what is best for me, my family, and my business. I will always be available for guidance and recommendations to the genealogy blogging community.
Another update will be posted one week from today, Monday, May 29th and then a permanent post on Thursday, June 1st, 2017.
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