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Sat. Apr. 26, 2008

Would You Call Genghis Khan a Ruthless Warrior? *

In the book “Genghis Khan or the Emperor of All Men” by Harold Lamb, Khan was described as such:

Eight hundred or so years ago, a man almost conquered the earth. He made himself master of half the known world and inspired humankind with a fear that lasted for generations. Genghis Khan, meaning universal ruler, was a man difficult to measure by ordinary standards. When he marched with his army, it was by degrees of latitude and longitude instead of miles; cities in his path were often obliterated and rivers diverted from their courses; deserts were populated with the fleeing and dying, and after he had passed, wolves and ravens were often the sole living things in a once populous area.

If you could stand face to face with Genghis Khan and call him a “Ruthless Warrior”, do you think this would offend him? Probably not, since it is true and he would take great pride in his accomplishments.

Somehow my wife does not understand this concept when she tries to shame me into doing things by calling me “cheap”. I have long since learned not to say “thank you” when she calls me “cheap”.

However, there are downsides to being naturally and inherently frugal (I prefer frugal to cheap). I have been blogging since November/2007 and until last week had not spent a penny on by new-found hobby. I use Blogger for the blog, Media Max to host my files and Gmail for email; all of which are free. However there can be a dark side to frugal.

Last week I decided to go ahead and upgrade my domain to a custom domain (www.Dividends4Life.com). It was only $10, but I am still sorting out several issues including trying to get my ranking and ratings back. On Alexa my 3-month rank had reached about half a million and my one week rank was closing in on 100,000; now I am back over 9 million for a 3-month rank and 248k for a one-week rank. On Technorati I saw my authority go from the high 80′s to 0. My Google page rank went from 3 to 0. Of course you have the normal feed issues and such.

Just as I was finally getting a handle on the domain issue, I got an email from Media Max that they are changing their name and domain and will not be transferring the “free” accounts. So I started scurrying around to manually move my account to their new domain. Curently, I am trying yet another free file hosting service. If you have clicked on one of my PDFs or spreadsheets over the last week you will have noticed it does not work quite as efficient as the old Media Max link. I will continue to sort through these issues. In the mean time, when you find a broke link, let me know and I will correct it.

My wife feeling somewhat smug looked at me and said, “I hope you have learned something from this!”. When I replied, “I sure did. When you rely on free stuff you better have a good backup plan.”

She just sighed and walked off. Go figure.

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5 Responses to “Would You Call Genghis Khan a Ruthless Warrior? *”

  1. Brooke says:

    Ha ha – cheap and funny! I love it. The headaches with your hosting build character, right!?!?

  2. Father Sez says:

    Looks like the transfer got sorted out okay.

    And I am sure the rankings etc will sort themselves out and come back roaring!

    Regards

  3. TheLocoMono says:

    That’s one of the troubles with ranking sites because of different domain names, for example, dividendsrlife.blogspot.com is a sub-domain of blogspot whereas dividends4life.com is an entirely different domain name. You could contact Technorati to see if they can redirect towards the new domain name.

    It is the same with every single traffic ranking sites on the Internet. Even my sub-domains are treated differently than my home domain.

    It is all about control, so if you want free stuff, you have to submit to your benefactor’s control. If you want your stuff, then you need to take control.

    You will be fine, I have all the confidence in the Internet that you made a great choice with dividends4life.com.

    See if Blogger has a redirect from their own sub-domain to yours.

  4. Dividends4Life says:

    Brooke: Opposites really do attract. No one will ever accuse my wife of being cheap. :)

    Father Sez: I am still sorting out some issues and trying to fix some old links to PDF files. I’ll get there though.

    TheLocoMono: I have not contacted Technorati, but Alexa said they would combine the stats for me. The .blogspot. domain is gone from their system but I still have a 9m ranking so it hasn’t been factored in.

    Blogger actually did the best job redirecting to my new domain. No glitches there. I still have a small glitch with Feedburner to work out.

    Best Wishes,
    D4L

  5. Dividend Growth Investor says:

    D4L,

    You are definitely getting upgraded. First you got a new layout for the blog, now you are getting your own domain.
    I have always been afraid that one day blogger would shut down and then I would lose the opportunity to be able to express myself online through my blog.