A lot of good advice Srinivas, I agree that the only way to build a following is to keep plugging away at what you do. But the web is full of elephant traps. It had taken me ten years to build up a regular traffic flow of about 15–20 K page views per day when in 2015 the blog host simply shut us down. They gave notice so all our archives could be saved, but though the blog posts were shifted to Wordpress — but our SEO juice did not follow us.

This is one of the big risks with any venture that depends on services which are provided free of charge.

Unfortunately I hate Wordpress and have never done much to rebuild my traffic. And I insist on doing what interests me, so I ignore what is ‘trending’ and post on a wide range of topics.

Instead of blogging now I concentrate on my digital publishing venture which I promote through a site I built in my own rented web space so if the ISP goes bust I can shift my domains elsewhere. It’s always worth maintaining a mirror site in case of sudden loss of service

Fortunately I do not need to earn from the internet, so what I do is for my own enjoyment. Still frustrating when you lose an audience that has taken so much work and effort to build up.

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