Licensing Deals and Other Information[edit source]
Since the last update I've been working to contact OEM manufacturers regarding licensing agreements. (PS if you know anything about these or know someone who can help, please email email@example.com, the more info I have, the better) More information about this will come as it develops but I'm getting excited about the OEM authorized information we'll be able to provide.
A lot of brainpower has also gone into how to pay for Gearhead Wiki. As you see there are now Adsense ads on the sidebar and footer. These are more of a test than anything to see what levels of income they bring in. Everyone knows ads are annoying but I have tried to do it in the most tasteful way possible without pop ups or ads that get in your way at all. I won't turn Gearhead into one of those shady car sites that ask for donations every click or redirect you through 5 pages of ads to get the information you want. My philosophy is that I help build the best car information site on the web without those annoying monetization tactics or I don't build it at all. It's Gearheads first here! :) Gearhead (talk) 21:52, 8 December 2017 (UTC)
Over 10,000 Pages Plus New Homepage[edit source]
So we are now over 10,00 pages!! We also have over 100,000 uploaded images making Gearhead Wiki the largest automotive wiki on the web! There are a lot of backend things going on making sure everything is working perfectly from a server standpoint. Next on the list is a homepage revamp which will be out in the next few days making it easier for people to get started and understand the Gearhead Wiki mission. Gearhead (talk) 07:11, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
5000 Pages!![edit source]
First Blog post[edit source]
So I've been thinking that a blog is in order. Wasn't sure whether I should set up a separate wordpress blog or just use the wiki for it. I think for now I'll use this wiki page.
What's Been Going On[edit source]
For the past few months I've pretty much been full time adding information to the site. I realized a while back that "If you build it, they will come' doesn't apply to a bare website with an idea. So I've been building a database information and rough structure of pages. I've also been tackling the back end server stuff. The site is now off of the old shared hosting and on it's own server. This has made the site way faster as well as more robust and able to handle more traffic. There was also a lot of cleanup work to be done to make the site less cluttered but also to increase visibility in search engines.
What's next?[edit source]
I have a store of information that I've gathered over the years being a Gearhead that I'll continue to add to the site as fast as I can. I am continuing to check on the search engine health. Good news is that our rankings are getting better, bad news is there is always more that can be done.
Want to help?[edit source]
If you are reading this far you are probably a Gearhead and you probably have info you can share with the world. Check out the Getting Started Guide If you have any questions or comments I really want to hear about it. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit 'edit' on my talk page and type away.