A short while ago, I noticed that my blog at sisu.co.cc was getting a lot less traffic than it had been before. After signing in to my Google Webmaster Tools account, I found the reason: Google had decided my site violated their guidelines and would therefore no longer be listed in their search listings.
I immediately appealed the decision, hoping for at least an explanation of why my site had been suspended. I know for a fact that my site has never hosted any malware, so I was unsure of the reason myself. However, upon sending my request for reconsideration, text appeared saying something along the lines of “please allow three weeks for the decision to be made… we cannot answer to each individual request”. So the most likely outcome was that they were going to maintain the removal of my site, without saying why. I had to investigate myself.
I very quickly discovered that Google dropped all .co.cc domains a couple of months ago, because, apparently, a high proportion of them do contain malware. Some eleven million websites were affected. I think that was a terrible decision, because spammers can automatically create dozens of identical websites at different addresses, while legitimate site owners such as myself face huge inconvenience. Google is so dominant as a search technology that I don’t think it’s an understatement to say no Google = no new traffic = no point in running a website. I was also cheesed off that they didn’t either inform me personally or publicise it to a greater extent.
So it was time for a new domain. I decided to look for a new web host at the same time, as my previous (free) one had severe restrictions on Twitter, RSS feeds, and other useful features. I’m now with NearlyFreeSpeech.net, who have a very cheap and innovative pay-as-you-go pricing structure, and no such restrictions. My new URL is thefrozenpitch.com.
There are a number of things to note about this new site:
- I have moved all the old posts over, but removed the majority of pictures from them, because I would have had to edit them all manually to make them work properly, which would have been a pain, and because it saves storage space and bandwidth.
- The layout has changed, because I wanted something simpler to work with, rather than the old theme which I had to edit myself quite a lot. It’s not necessarily final, but I quite like it.
- The RSS feed URL has changed. This is the last post I will make at the old address, so if you were subscribing to the posts there, you should unsubscribe from that and then subscribe to the new one. If you aren’t a subscriber, why not give it a try?
I should also apologise for the recent inactivity. It was very poor of me to write that I wanted to expand this blog, to domestic football for example, and then not post at all for two months. I have been busy, but the main reason is that I often find it difficult to maintain an interest in one thing over a period of time. I like to follow cricket, formula one, rugby, tennis, snooker, and a few other sports, and of course I have non-sporting interests too, as well as a girlfriend who I love spending time with.
I’m realising that it’s foolish of me to commit to any fixed schedule, because my level of interest and my schedule changes all the time. So I won’t be making any more commitments like that – except for that one, obviously. I’ll just try to update it when I can.
Lastly, I need your help! I need to spread my new address around, so I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell a friend or two about it. Posting it on Twitter or Facebook would be perfect. Having more readers would encourage me to update more often, so it’s a win-win situation, right? Here are my posts from the last couple of days, in case you missed them: Väyrynen heading to Leeds United, and Netherlands reflections: No excuses, Perpa.
In Mixu We Trust?
If you notice anything broken on this new site, please let me know via Twitter or the comments form at the bottom of this page. Or just let me know what you think!