Today a friend of mine made me aware of Yahoos choice on dropping Geocities. This is one good reason to why you should not trust third parties, but more on this in another entry. Since it’s hardwired into me to think about how to benefit from everything I took a few minutes today to thing about how you can benefit from Geocities.
How to benefit
I did a quick search and found out that there are currently estimated to be over 23 000 000 Geocities-pages indexed by Google. I have no references to back up this, but I would say about 90 percent of the information currently on Geocities will be lost, since Yahoo will not take a backup.
If you do not download your files and images before October 26, 2009, you will no longer be able to access that data. After October 26, your GeoCities files will be deleted from our servers, and will not be recoverable. If you’d like to move your web site, or save the images and other files you’ve posted online, you need to act now.
As you can see, this will result in millions of pages disappearing from internet and search engines. Since there are no backup on most of the information you can simply copy a whole web site, create a WordPress site and start to republish all the information all over again (niche site).
There might be a small chance of the author finding your site, but if you ask politely for permission or ask him to continue to update it while you pay for domain and host, I’m sure he will not mind.
How to find good content
Since I believe you should keep your niche sites within the same niche I recommend you to use Google and search for a specific niche.
By doing this you will get all the content related to your niche, ordered after how Google values it. Remember there are other factors as well when it comes to ranking high on search engines, but it is a good start.
The main question is, should you do it? The content is written by someone else and by law you have no permission to republish it. With that said, most of the content will be gone forever and you might see it as an obligation to make it available to future generations. What are your take on it?