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General Category => General Discussion => : DragoSapien June 09, 2019, 12:27:57 PM

: Desert Rat Preppers is no more.
: DragoSapien June 09, 2019, 12:27:57 PM
 I just wanted to notify everyone that my website no longer exists.  After a whole year Iíve pretty much been dead and no activity, I decided not to waste anymore time or money on it.  All I have left is a small  Desert rat preppers group on Facebook which consists of mostly West Texas folks.  I plan to start livening up this website and coming over here more often now.

 So for those of you that were advertising my website on your sites and blogs you can go ahead and remove it.  I thank you all for the support and Advertisement of my website.

: Re: Desert Rat Preppers is no more.
: Tevin June 09, 2019, 06:16:22 PM
Sorry it did not work out, Drago. I noticed you went dark a week or two ago, so I changed the link on Off Grid Ham to send readers to your new Facebook page.

I know from personal experience that it can cost big $$ to run a website, so if there's no action, then yeah, decisions need to be made.

This past winter I shelled out about $300 to upgrade Off Grid Ham to add security features and automatic backups. This is on top of what it was already costing me to run the site. These will be yearly, recurring costs  :o

I don't mind so much doing it as long as OGH continues to be successful. I found out the hard way that the more popular your website is, the more security you need.

Thanks for all your efforts. We'll see you on the other side.
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: AD June 14, 2019, 02:52:37 PM
Yep been there thinking about that.

Trying to come up with some cost-effective means of getting traffic back here.
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: DragoSapien June 16, 2019, 08:51:46 PM
 Well itís clear to me that social media sites have killed the private website.  I just remembered you have a Facebook page for prepared ham.  Maybe we should start using it.  I know the Ham Radio Go Box group on Facebook is full of activity.
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: AD June 18, 2019, 04:01:23 PM
You may be right about FB.
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: Tevin June 23, 2019, 12:38:22 PM
I thought about starting a Facebook page for Off Grid Ham.

My reservation is that the FB page would get a lot of activity, but that would not result in more visits to my website.

Off Grid Ham already gets a respectable level of traffic but I'd like to take it to the next level. I'm not sure Facebook would do that.
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: spacecase0 June 24, 2019, 01:47:09 AM
I don't like facebook for the tracking and filtering they use.
any prepared ideas seem to be filtered out...
or at least once they get noticed
if you are using facebook keeping in mind that, your best bet is only to use it to advertise this website
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: ghrit June 24, 2019, 07:45:14 AM
FWIW, facebook and I will never interact.  I'll trust them about as far as I can throw a bull elephant, so even setting up an account for any reason just will not happen.  I'm a throwback when it comes to trust.
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: DragoSapien June 24, 2019, 10:35:24 AM
 I can tell you from experience having both the main website and the Facebook page does not work at all. The Facebook page will most likely take everyone away from the main page and it will die.  If your main page is getting some decent traffic I would stick with that.  The only plus to the Facebook page is that itís free and yes it has good advertisement potential.  Because of the nature of the site, prepping and  being prepared,  most of your loyal members donít even go to other social media websites so if theyíre regular on your site I would keep it.  My site started dying down quite a bit before I created the Facebook page and never did pick up after that. The Facebook page took off.  But hereís the big difference.  On the main site everybody discussed projects and teachings of their own personal life and prepping.  On Facebook everybody is just cut and pasting things they fine at a different site but nothing that theyíre actually doing.