What do you do when your freelance work may or may not be something you want to show off to friends, prospective employers, etc? I’ve been facing that dilemma for a while now. On the one hand, I’m not ashamed of mrsmicah.com. But I don’t think prospective employers should read about the amount of debt we’re paying off or any of the other personal details which have come out on this site. Nor would I want all my coworkers and friends to have access to such a vault of information.
That’s fine, I can mention where appropriate that I have a blog but just not mention the address. The problem comes in when a relevant site is closely tied to a site you don’t want everyone to read. I’ve had a few people ask me for my business card, for example. Or for the address of my consulting website.
Since it’s http://hire.mrsmicah.com, I can presume that many of them will also visit mrsmicah.com itself. Moreover, the sites interlink and make it an even greater possibility.
The solution became clear, mrsmicah.com and Hire.mrsmicah.com had to “divorce.” Hire.mrsmicah.com has moved to BlogCrafted. She will now be going as “Ms. Crafty.” mrsmicah.com will continue sending alimony in the form of linking to articles I think readers here might like and just linking to the site in general.
However the new site will not link to mrsmicah.com and will delete all incoming trackbacks. (Hire.mrsmicah.com has been redirected to the new site.)
I’m still compiling a list of incoming links (not too many yet, fortunately) from sites which reference it as “Mrs. Micah.” I plan to e-mail the owners of these sites with information about the switch and the exact location of the link. I hope to make it very easy for them to swap out. Fortunately, all the links have the same form except for the .com. Same posts slugs, etc.
Obviously, someone dedicated to finding mrsmicah.com would be able to do so if they searched for incoming links, etc. My goal is simply to keep people from discovering it by asking “hmm, I wonder what’s at mrsmicah.com” or “where does this link go.”
This change will free me up to market my consulting completely separately from mrsmicah.com. So I can talk to friends, coworkers, and even prospective employers (this one particularly concerned me, since I’d like to be able to give proof of what I say I’ve been doing) about the business and start marketing offline.
If you’re trying to disentangle two sites, here are some things to look out for:
- Links in the theme itself. I had a couple back to mrsmicah.com in my header and sidebar. And while most were relative links (i.e. just “/contact/” instead of http://blogcrafted.com/contact/) and would immediately transfer over, some links were to http://hire.financefreelancelife.com/etc.
- Images. A few times I referenced things I’d done to mrsmicah.com and used screenshots. So I changed the text a bit and took some innocuous screenshots on another of my sites.
- Downloads. It’s a good idea to include your blog’s information in any resources you create. But when you change urls, all that has to be changed. Especially if you’re trying not to have people connect the site to yours.
If you want to completely disentangle two sites (which I didn’t), then I also suggest buying separate hosting accounts for them, doing the above on both sites and contacting people who’ve connected one to another to ask for their help in either getting rid of the link or editing it. Not to mention editing all the inter-linking posts on the sites themselves.
Best way to keep two sites separate? Start thinking about the repercussions before you build the second site and inter-link. In my case, I chose hire.mrsmicah.com so that I’d actually go through with it. I was finding all sorts of domain-related reasons to stall. So I don’t regret my decision. But if I’d been able to come up with domain name back in June, things could have been a lot smoother.
What about you? Do you have something you’d share with more people if only it weren’t connected so strongly to your blog?