Pruning domains and hosting can help you focus

pruning domains and hostingI have been pruning domains and hosting today. I had several old projects that never really got off the ground. With hindsight I spread myself far too thinly instead of focusing more. But I get bored easily and enjoyed creating new and pretty blogs 🙂

Anyway, over the last few days I've been taking a cold hard look at what some of the sites are achieving and pruning domains and hosting that aren't profitable. It's quite tough to kiss some of them goodbye, as I've put hours of work into them.

On the bright side, I've learned a lot from doing them so it's time now to focus on what is working and what isn't. It will be a relief not to have to keep updating – and paying for – so many different sites.

The other thing that came out of my excess of sites was being able to find a clear winner when compared to several non-starters. I hadn't chosen well to start with, so being able to watch the performance of several different sites helped me learn what had gone wrong. There may have been easier ways, but everyone seems to have different opinions, so I decided to just see for myself.

 Pruning domains and hosting – options

Having decided which are to go, I have the choice of waiting until the domain names expire or just cutting them dead. I shall probably do the former and maybe try auctioning them somewhere. Some are “quite nice” names – in my opinion of course.

Hopefully YOU learned the “focus” lesson earlier than I did. If not, perhaps now is time to spend an hour or so just listing your projects and how much time you can devote to them all.

Not much else going on today as my son dropped in for a surprise visit and stayed overnight. Being able to drop everything and spend time with him is certainly one of the best bonuses of being self-employed.

Ah well, he's gone now, so back to pruning domains and hosting:-(


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Angela McCall - January 26, 2013

Hahaha…you are so like me. I love it when you said, “But I get bored easily and enjoyed creating new and pretty blogs.” I’m that way too. In fact, on my last comment to you on my Skype post, I asked you how many domains are you handling?

I have another domain in the back burner that I’ve been holding (angeldove.net)…but that’s because I cannot figure out what to do with this website. At first I thought I should put pets…pets…pets…support adoption. But nah. I might start then never finish that project. So I better do something I’m really, really passionate about and what people NEED. That is. Concentrate on what “people needs” to help their life become easier!

Joy - January 28, 2013

Yes, you’re right. Find people’s problem and then offer them a solution!

Angela McCall - January 31, 2013

Hi Joy, I came back here to tell you that me too I have prune some of my websites. Deleted 2 of them anf only manage 3 now. I was managing 5 blogs!! *phew* I tell you this is tiring!!!! Rob said be doesn’t think anyone can manage 100 sites, it’s only hosting service that can do that. So after I pruned to 3 blogs only I feel so much lighter and now all my projects are done. All I need is to update them.

Joy - January 31, 2013

Good grief – I agree. 100 would be impossible. I’m still working on too many and I know I’m not giving some of them my best effort. Part of my new approach is to improve my focus, but I’ll be the first to admit I have much more to do!

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