What the hell happened to Team Tutorials?
Hi there, it’s probably been awhile since you’ve seen a post here on Team Tutorials. It’s really been way to long. I used to be able to post a tutorial every week and then that slowly started becoming every month. At this pace it could end up being one post per year and that’s not cool.
I hate to make excuses (can you tell I’m about to make an excuse?) but I’ve been really busy with my career, family, commuting way to long, health issues, and what at times seems like an endless battle with depression. So much so that I’ve been neglecting this site. We used to reach about 100,000 page views per month. With the lack of updates combined with Google’s penguin updates we’ve seen that number drop to about 10,000 per month. It’s somewhat demotivational to know that your content isn’t being read as much as it used to. I actually attempted to sell the site before the downfall but was disappointed by the offers.
The traffic curve.
I can’t blame all of the drop in traffic on Google’s algorithm changes. I know that even when I have written posts in the past few months, they have been crap. I can look at several of my past posts and see that I wrote these posts for the search engines and not for you, our readers. I’m sorry for that and maybe I can make it up to you.
This site never was profitable, but we didn’t really ever expect to make a living off of it. Our hope was always that advertising revenue would cover our server costs. That’s not happening any more. I’m paying for that out of pocket. I don’t want anyone to think this is some sob story about ad-blockers or something like that, but the advertising model doesn’t seem to be working out for our site. I want you to know that this isn’t your fault in anyway.
If my recent track record is any indication, I can’t promise that I will revive this site but I do have some ideas. One of those include removing all advertising after we hit the payout threshold for AdSense. Another thing I would love to do is update the look and feel of the site with the primary goal being readability. It’s funny that ads we used to smack right in the center of the content were a little bit more profitable, but it really created a bad user experience. It’s possible that I will look into less intrusive ways to monetize the site in the future.
The final thing I want to do is go back and update some of our old content. I look back at someone of my most popular posts and they were written around 2008. The web has change over the years and so has my skill level. I’m embarrassed by some of the things I have posted and I need to make that right. For example, some of the PHP/MySQL tutorials are ripe for SQL injection attacks. What I posted may have been OK in 2008, or maybe it was even really bad back then, but it’s not OK in the modern day. I almost feel that it is a disservice to aspiring web developers to teach them the wrong way.
I used to really enjoy the positive feedback I received when something I wrote was able to help someone out half-way across the world. I didn’t even mind the occasional trolls and spam bots. So if there is still anyone out there reading this post, or maybe still subscribed to our RSS feed, feel free to leave a comment if you think the site should live.