Maintenance Mode Taking Care of your Website

Maintenance Mode is what I like to call the rinse and repeat of the Online Business Reef model. By now you should have a site that is getting traffic, is built out and designed to how you want it, and is making a steady stream of revenue. If not then you need to go back and continue to get traffic to your site and learn how to monetize it. Once you are in a steady stream of income you need to go into maintenance mode. Since the goal here is to make sites you can either move on to other ventures or continue to work on one site as your main site.

But now you want to go into a maintenance mode. If you are moving on to other ventures and you want this site to stand alone then a small maintenance plan will work. If this is your main site then another plan will be better.

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See a sample plan for each type of site…

Let’s say you built this site and you just want to have it run and make money for you. It brings in about $100 to $500 a month in revenue and you want to move on and do other things. There is nothing wrong with this type of plan as you can build a 100 sites and if they all are making that amount of revenue…well you can do the math.

A sample maintenance plan for this type of site would be as follows:

  • Log on every 1-2 weeks to make sure you update all plugins, themes, and make sure there are no issues with the code, any spam comments, or other WordPress related problems.
  • Write at least 1-2 new articles to add to your site each month. Add a few things to some pages within the site.
  • Each year or twice a year do an overhaul of your website front page.
  • Check monthly all revenue links and make sure they are working, check and analyze the traffic to make sure you are getting traffic to the site.
  • Check revenue stream monthly and adjust with more monetization techniques if needed.
  • Every 6 months check all links, photos, and articles for any possible updates.
  • If you have more sites you can modify this to every other month.
  • Change your password every 6 months.

If you are not keen on building a ton of websites but want to concentrate your efforts on one main website then a different type of plan will be needed. You want to focus this plan on building great and exciting content and building meaningful depth to your website.

A sample maintenance plan for this type of site would be as follows:

  • Log on every 1-2 days to make sure you update all plugins, themes, and make sure there are no issues with the code, any spam comments, or other WordPress related problems. Go over the navigation to make sure all the pages in your site navigate properly.
  • Write at least 1-2 new articles to add to your site each week. Add some new text and internal links to some pages within the site. Make sure when you are writing new articles that some are over 1200 words and very detailed.
  • Every six months or so change up the main page of your site with new graphics or even a theme change.
  • Check weekly all revenue links and make sure they are working, check and analyze the traffic to make sure you are getting traffic to the site. Check Google Analytics and monitor with a spreadsheet your traffic patterns.
  • Check revenue stream daily and adjust with more monetization techniques if needed.
  • Every month check all links, photos, and articles for any possible updates.
  • Change your passwords often.

CONCLUSION

In the end you have built a great website, one you should be proud of. Remember it is your site, your voice, and your life’s passion. So whatever you do make sure you use your voice and you be yourself. Let your own passion and know how shine through. People will like you if you are passionate about what you do.  And if this is really your passion and love then take care of it and maintain it, grow and develop it, and make it something great!

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What other things do you do to make sure your site is properly maintained and updated?

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