Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:59 pm
The problem is I offered other people's stuff right along with my own. Some stuff was time sensitive other stuff I purchased and rebranded as my own, Even more stuff was or rather is now just plain out of date. A lot of stuff now is just gone.
When Google's animals got out my site got trampled. But I didn't worry about it. My other sites were doing well and recovered from Google Panda and Penguin very nicely. Consequently I let BWT stagnate. It was moving along pretty well without any attention. No worries, that was in 2013. By 2017 I had lost 80% of my traffic and hadn't made any sales.
I decided early this year that I would refurbish the site on a part time basis. I did a template update and began cleaining the place up. And the site started coming back. Then disaster struck. The power went out while the hard drive on my computer was spinning. It (the hard drive) took a hit in a sector that controlled the operating system. I tried real hard to save everything but it died on the table. Fortunately for me (and all the rest of us) SBI allows you to download anything from their servers pertaining to your site that is. That means I can recover the site from the SBI servers.
But recovering a site is a lot harder for me because I am an UYOHer. All my content originates offline and is then uploaded to SBI. When I lost my computer I lost years worth of content. So now to fix a page I need to download it from SBI apply the fixes then reupload it. I have 341 pages.
What does this have to do with https, you might wonder. The HTTPS Checker is the perfect tool for recovering the site. I started with 47 pages of errors in my site. After I weeded out the easy stuff I got that down to 8 pages of errors to deal with. While looking through the list I notice it contains all the bad stuff that Google's animals chewed up. So the https checker has bonus value for me. It is finding all the stuff I neglected to fix over the years.
For me the plan is continue to refurbish Best Website Tools and go secure by the end of the year. In the end I expect to have a shiny new, very clean, secure website (even though it will be 11y/o). I am going page by page now and working through the list. No more easy stuff to fix just hard to find stuff. The https checker is doing that for me. Thank you SBI for helping me even though I didn't know I needed to do all this.
Meanwhile I am front-burnering this project until finished. It's like cleaning out your grandfather's attic. You know there are a few treasurs in there but they are lost in all the junk. I'm cleaning out the junk and polishing the treasure.
Never again will I sponsor other peoples stuff unless I can purchase and rebrand it. That means I'll sponsor just a few tools. My problem was I over-stuffed the attic. My site got to be 'grandfather's attic.'
So for me https = How To reTool a Poor webSite.