Two Months Later – Life After The Third WordPress Suspension
Posted by Versatile
In the middle of May, our blog was suspended from WordPress, and it all boiled down to the fact that we had some questionable tutorials. More specifically, I had a guide that showed users how to bypass Steam to play L4D on Garena and Hamachi. Before the suspension, we got great hits on this site, about 5k views a month easily. Now we are barely hitting 2K a month. See below chart to see our history for the past couple months:
Because of the suspension, we took a nosedive for the month of May. Two months later the stats speak for themselves. How do we feel? Well, I can’t speak for the authors, but I can at least speak for myself below.
It is sort of funny what happens when something you love was taken away from you, especially if it was nine long days. Ever since we came back, I have had new ideas forming in my head.
First of all, my L4D guides have migrated to a different site. Maybe you seen it? www.tinyurl.com/l4dguide is the shortcut to see the site. I expect in the future when L4D 2 comes, the site will be expanded to see that.
Second of all, more time was given to revamp the Sister site at www.tug.cjb.net. Here articles that are more questionable are put there. It is a friend’s server, so there is no real fear of having it violate a Terms of Service for example.
Thirdly, I’ve started to think differently in terms of how I write. I have rewritten many PS2 tutorials for example not only to make them clearer, but I have also added a disclaimer to more of my educational tutorials. We here want to help you learn, but we do not condone piracy or illegal activities. Remember that.
Oh yes, and who could forget the birth of the Underground Newsletter? Two newsletters are done, and already we have a sick idea to put into the third one! We can’t wait to reveal it!
On the side, we have also started the E-Book project. So far it looks very good, and maybe over the course of weeks a few sneak peaks will be released? We’ll see.
As you can see, life is not so bad after all. I still have a huge community on youtube. I and Voltaire have a twitter account to keep you guys posted in the case the blog goes down, and a lot of other miscellaneous projects going on.
If you want to become an author or want to submit an article, please do! We are always looking for new blood. Other than that, be on the lookout for the next bounce back tutorial since the L4D days. ;0
Posted on July 20, 2009, in News and tagged Gaming, Left 4 Dead, Newsletter, Suspended, Terms of Service, Wordpress. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
What if you add the number of views for this site and the L4D guide?
Maybe it’s just because a ton of viewers were simply L4D players looking for information.
True, in that case its not that bad overall. :0
I can only speak for myself, but I got interested in this blog when you guys had the demonoid invite circle. You were going to have a TL one, but it never materialized. I hung through the last suspension of this blog and still visit from time to time, but I am not seeing any good “underground” content.
I know. Underground content is so subjective, and depending what I want to do could equal suspension #4. However, I do have something special in store for tug blog that will happen sometime this week.
Do you have any suggestions on the kind of topics you want to see? That will help me brainstorm some ideas.