GeoCities is Closing – I Told You to Stay Away From Free Hosting!

by Mike on April 23, 2009
in Hosting

Yahoo has made a huge announcement that they’re no longer accepting new Geocities customers and later this year they’ll be closing all accounts and deleting all Geocities websites.

Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…you should never rely on free website hosting.

If you have any Geocities sites that send you traffic or revenue you’d better hustle and get all of the content moved to a paid host.  Obviously Yahoo is hoping you’ll migrate all of your sites onto their own paid service (which will create quite a revenue spike for them), but there are many other options when it comes to web hosting.

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13 Responses to “GeoCities is Closing – I Told You to Stay Away From Free Hosting!”
  1. Dennis Edell (46 comments.) says:

    Wow I never woulda realized they were still around anyway. lol

    Dennis Edells last blog post..Business Mentors, Advisers & Coaches

  2. How to Get Rid of Ants - Bill (3 comments.) says:

    this really sucks for everyone that have quite a few high quality sites over there, most notable the ones with groups (those tend to have thousands of members sometimes)

    -Bill

    How to Get Rid of Ants – Bills last blog post..How to Get Rid of Ants Without Killing Them

  3. Stu @ Toronto Health Centre (5 comments.) says:

    It’s also an opportunity for people to start grabbing as much content as they can from the geocities domain.

    There’s millions of forgotten pages of content there, which can be, um, re-purposed for use on your own domains once the geocities domain starts to disappear from the index…

  4. Mike Collins says:

    @Stu, you definitely can’t do that. Just because a site goes down doesn’t mean you can’t steal their content. That’s not cool.

    @Dennis, yea you don’t see much of them anymore but some of them had some decent page rank and long tail traffic.

  5. Tom - Internet Marketing Tips (2 comments.) says:

    Always invest in hosting and your own domain name (.com) if you are going to make money online.I have heard of many cases where someone has spent years in building an online business and one day everything had disappeared because they had free hosting.

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  6. Erica (1 comments.) says:

    Uh oh! Better save those images I hosted back in High School. I had to save them as .txt files because Geocities didn’t allow direct image linking. They were terrible, but it will still be sad to watch the last of the dinosaurs die out.

  7. AA @ Discount Airfares (1 comments.) says:

    @Tom – you’re right.

    I really feel sorry for people in this situation, especially people with no money.

    But really, around $8 for a domain name and a couple bucks a month for hosting isn’t that much, is it?

  8. Dennis Edell (46 comments.) says:

    LOL@back in high school. Thanks a lot Erica! s if just passing year 39 wasn’t bad enough.

    ;)

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  9. Web design SEO (6 comments.) says:

    I have had a hosting company for several years now. In January I will be adding a free hosting service. I have researched some of the competition and now would like to know what the potential clients would like.

  10. Michael@TheBloggerSource (2 comments.) says:

    Geo has been around it seems forever. Seriously is anyone still using it??? Oh I guess not since they are closing it down.

  11. Scott5430 (9 comments.) says:

    i think that using free services for anything important is risky. there’s something to be said for paying for a service if it’s important to you.

    Scott5430s last blog post..CDL Test

  12. michelle (1 comments.) says:

    If Geo is closing then what about the webmasters those are taking there hosting services from them.Is that websites will go down?

  13. Huggies Diaper Coupons (2 comments.) says:

    Couldn’t agree more with you about free site hosting. When I first started on the net I had a geocites account and an Angelfire site.

    I made nothing from them and really since they were free I didn’t put in the effort needed to make them work.

    Sucks for the thousands of site owners but getting your domain and hosting costs next to nothing. Especially since you can earn that back in days.

    Steve

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