Boy, it’s been forever since I’ve written here on NJFM. The site is mostly dead. I checked my stats and found that I get an average of 3 or 4 visits a day. That’s okay because except for the motivational posts, the rest of the stuff is pretty much outdated. The Internet kept evolving while No Job for Mom sat.
It is not my intention to revive NJFM. My original intention when I created No Job for Mom was to use the site as a filing system for my research and notes. No matter how well I organize my computer’s filing system, I’m never able to find previously saved information and documents when I need them. But, when I file things here on NJFM I can always find it thanks to WordPress and it’s categories, tags and search functions.
Doing Some Internet Cleaning (Again)
I have several sites that sat dormant just like NJFM. I’ve added posts to one or two of the sites, but the remainder were just there. I combined the ones of similar subject matter and am in the process of cleaning up the remaining . My goal is to reduce my online clutter. I’m streamlining things to make them more manageable. Who knows, maybe if they’re more manageable, I might write more often.
My sites now fall into one of two categories. They’re either dormant or active. NJFM falls under the dormant category. There will be posts from time to time, but the activity will remain sparse.
The active blogs are those that continued to bring in income (albeit small income) over the past couple of years even though I had not added new content. When a blog pays for its existence without input from me, it’s earned its right to survive.
So, with this effective WordPress filing system, I’m filing an additional entry under the redirect 301 tag. I know I’ll need to find this information at a later date because as long as I blog, I’m sure I’ll be combining blogs from time to time.
Forwarding readers from an existing blog to a new one involves a lot of redirecting. I’ve found that the most permanent and accurate way to redirect readers is by using the command “redirect 301.” I won’t reinvent the wheel here since I’ve already blogged about 301 redirects before.
Redirecting WordPress Tags and Categories
When I wrote about this subject before, I neglected to mention the need to redirect WordPress tags and categories. In the past I had never redirected the WordPress tags or categories and as a result, they generated an avalanche of “Page not found” errors.
Redirecting tags and categories in addition to the blog posts and pages quadruples the amount of time it takes to properly redirect a blog, but it significantly reduces page not found errors. Upon discovering the need to redirect tags/categories, I went looking around for a plugin to make things easier. The thought of manually redirecting all the tags/categories made my head spin.
Redirect Plugins to Ease the Load
There are several redirection plugins available. Here’s a blog post that gives a quick summary of 7 of them.
After looking at the various plugins I decided to skip them and modify my .htaccess file directly. In the past I used a plugin (not one listed in the above article) to redirect posts and found that it was about 75% effective. There were times when redirected pages wouldn’t redirect so I had to modify the .htaccess file anyway. Not wanting to go through the double checking process and redirecting previously redirected pages, I opted to do it right and only once.
I created a daily redirection plan and went about getting it done. Once completed I make sure to check the crawl errors in Google’s Search Console. I check frequently for newly redirected blogs and less frequently after things settle down.
I’ve found there are some crawl errors that are so weird that they’ll forever be an error. I fix those that are fixable, and let rest take care of themselves.
I know it’s been quite a while, but if any of the NJFM old timers happen to read this post, I’d be interested to know what you’ve been up to.