| Hi Folks - I'm sure many of you have been wondering what happened to the
monthly newsletter. I've received a few emails along those lines. The truth is
that I've been spending the last 3-4 months pondering the future direction of
the newsletter and the site.
The announcementAfter nearly 9 years of hosting success-with-options and just over 8 years of
publishing a monthly newsletter, I've made the difficult decision to close
everything down. That includes the web site, video store, newsletters -
BackgroundIn reality, I've been finding it more and more difficult to find time to work on
the site and keep up with newsletters. That in turn has likely been the cause of
lower page hits, which in turn drives Google ad revenue, which is basically what
keeps the lights on.
The site has operated on a fairly simple revenue model.
- Google AdSense - You click on ads that are on the site. This has been
slowly shrinking due to lower traffic, but also I suspect less generous
- YouTube Video ads - Google recently revoked revenue from videos with
less that a certain # of hours
- Affiliate links - You go to one of the affiliates I offer and make a
purchase, commission is paid back to me. There are frankly very few I trust
though and payouts have been pretty light over the last year.
- Video sales - I've offered a number of for sale videos as well as the
free ones on YouTube. I had intended to offer additional videos on a variety of
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topics but just haven't found the time. Video sales have
also dropped off of late, which is no surprise.
The result is that the combination of these sources is just barely covering
operating costs on a monthly basis.
The Bottom LineThe ultimate result of all of this is that I'll be shutting down the site, all
content and videos over the next month or so. Expect the site to go down by July
1. It's going to take a little time to do that and I don't want to just pull the
plug. I'll be putting a similar notice on the web site and will give folks a bit
of time to review the content that's there.
This leads me to my last point. I do have several videos for sale and I'll be
pulling these as well at the end of June. It actually costs me to host those
videos and offer the store front in addition to web hosting, so all of that will
be shut down as well.
Closeout OfferAs a final offer, I'm going to
make everything available there for 60% off until
the end of June. That's 60% off everything in your cart, which is probably the
best deal I've ever offered. You can find the videos here.
You can obtain your 60% discount by using the discount code closeout2018
in the shopping cart.
ConclusionI want to close by thanking everyone who's followed the website, subscribed to
the newsletter, sent in questions, provided kind and constructive feedback and
generally supported this effort one way or another. It's all of you who have
kept me doing this for so long and it's the one aspect that has made this a very