Google has announced that it in the process of shutting a number of products including Google Wave and Knol.
Find below the list products/services which are going to be closed by Google.
- Google Bookmarks Lists
- Google Friend Connect
- Google Gears
- Google Search Timeline
- Google Wave
- Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal
Google Friend Connect (GFC) allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code It will be retired on March 1, 2012. Google recommends to use Google+ badge instead of this retiring service.
Google Gears will be stopped on December 1, 2011. Instead of Google Gear, Google is going to focus on HTML5 for implementing offline browsing capabilities.
Google Wave we will turned off completely on April 3,2012. Wave users can export the individual wave to pdf files.
Knol will work as usual until April 30, 2012, and the knol authors can download their knols to a file and/or migrate them to WordPress.com.
Google recommends the Knol users to use Annotum.org, which is powered by WordPress and was built in collaboration with Solvitor and Crowd Favorite for moving the knol content.
We have lot of knols and Knol Collections including a knol about QTP Automation which is getting around 2000 page views every week without doing any promotion.
I am analyzing the best way to transfer this traffic to our websites. Google knol has given an option to specify the redirect url for every knol. I am planning to redirect our QTP knol to our QTPbook.com site.
But I am not sure whether it will transfer the SEO advantage too. I need to do more analysis about finding the best way to do the redirection.
Anyway, I believe closure of knol will be useful for me. Because I had spent lot of time/effort to create knols and collections. But CTR for the AdSense ads in the knols is very low. Since knol is allowing redirection now, I think we can transfer the traffic to our own sites which will be having good CTR and therefore good revenue.
And, I can help the knol authors to set up their own websites at affordable price. And, they can choose HostGator as hosting. And they can use my coupon code QUALITYPOINTHG to get $9.94 OFF, or use QUALITYPOINT25 to get 25% OFF.
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