Some of you may already be in the new year, while others may be waiting patiently for the clock to reach midnight to celebrate the beginning of the new year. Looking back I have to admit that it was a year of ups and downs here on Ghacks which I can almost solely attribute to Google making that many changes that even experienced webmasters ran into troubles keeping up with all of them.
I have been working on the site for the past two months to improve it a lot, and while I'm nowhere near finished, I hope this was the right decision. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but I did reduce the amount of tags this year from about 15k to now less than 800. I did not just delete the tags obviously as it would be a bad sign for search engines, I did redirect them to the most appropriate location on site.
I also started to do a massive category cleanup which is also still underway. Categories too were redirected to the most appropriate target, the spyware category for instance was moved into security to give you one example.
Besides that, I'm also going through all articles posted here on site to clean them up, rewrite them if necessary, add alternatives to them if old programs or services are now broken or no longer available. You may have noticed that I'm trying to add more contents to each article these days, and that I removed a couple of nuisances like in-content text ads that many users do not like.
As I said, a massive undertaking that is tiring me out a lot. That's one of the reasons why I won't go out today to party. I prefer to turn off the computer in a couple of minutes to watch some television and go to bed early.
Ghacks would not be what it is without its reader and I hope that I will see you soon again here on the site, leave comments, send me tips, refer the site to others or spread its word just to help me out.
I can't thank you enough for that and hope that you will have a nice night where ever you are in the world, and that the next year will be better than the one ending today.
Thanks again. Martin out, for this year.
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