What Happened to DoshDosh.com?

By Daniel Scocco

I would guess that most of you guys have been to DoshDosh.com in the past. Maybe not recently, but certainly a couple of years ago. The Internet marketing blog was authored by a friend of mine called Maki, and it was one of the most popular around. In fact if you check the lists with the best Internet marketing blogs you probably find it mentioned.

Around 18 months ago Maki got tired of publishing content on the blog, and decided to take a break. We exchanged some emails about it, and he told me he would focus on his niche websites and on finishing his Psychology degree. Despite that the blog kept received a large amount of traffic from search engines, and given the amount of useful content already published it remained a good resource for people wanting to learn about Internet marketing.

I am guessing that even without any updates the blog was receiving some 200,000 monthly visitors and probably making $2,000 monthly from AdSense and affiliate offers (though it could be more than that). Not a bad asset to have, if you ask me.

Then a couple of weeks ago I typed DoshDosh.com on my browser to see how the site was doing, and to my surprise I found a blank page (that is why I am not linking there, as Google wouldn’t like it). I figured it could be a normal downtime, so I checked again on the following day, and it was still giving a blank page. I checked the domain name, but it was not expired. I checked the web hosting, but it seems that the the website is up, only displaying no content. It looks like someone uploaded a blank HTML page and left it there.

I tried to email Maki, but got no answer, so at this point I don’t know what is going on. I don’t think he would just erase the website, as he could easily have sold it for $100,000 or so if he didn’t want to keep it anymore. I also hope nothing happened to him, but it could be the case.

Anyway I just figured posting about it could help solve the problem, in the case someone knows him or what is going on. Do you?



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51 Responses to “What Happened to DoshDosh.com?”

  • Harsh Agrawal

    Till recent time, I remember landing on Doshdosh.com when ever I search anything.. This is weird to see an informative site getting vanished from Internet..
    Also I see Google has already deindexed most of the pages from Doshdosh:
    site:doshdosh.com

  • Zac Johnson

    Wow that’s crazy. I’ve ended up on that web site many times and always wondered what happened to it and why it was never updated again. Great branding on their part with the anime art. Very interested in seeing what happens there next.

  • DailyPhotographyTips

    And PR is still 6 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Codrut Turcanu

    Hmm.. I mailed the guy months ago, still no response.

    The blog usually shows a blank page like that when you didn’t update its latest version or when a plugin is out of date and you forget to upgrade it.

    Nothing to do with hacking IMO. Anybody who’d have got access to it, would at least re-direct to a domain parking or landing page, right?

  • Rahul Bansal

    @Daniel
    This is slightly off-topic.
    You said – “that is why I am not linking there, as Google wouldnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt like it” as a reason for not linking to DoshDosh.
    I guess that is what rel=nofollow is for?

    Do you think if “linking with rel=nofollow” and “not linking at all” are different from Google search engine’s perspective?

    • Daniel Scocco

      Yes I think it’s different. Linking with nofollow means there is a website on the other end, but you can’t endorse its content (or it was an advertising deal). Linking to a website that is non-existent, on the other hand, is a bad thing even if you put a nofollow tag on the link.

      • Rahul Bansal

        Got it.
        I was not thinking about “non-existent site”. I was looking at a site which is “temporarily down”.
        Also I feel, once we declare rel=nofllow, Google should not be bothered to check its existence (that will save time of their spiders on other hand)

      • JohnTP

        Daniel, what about sites you linked in your old posts that are dead now? I have links to dead sites on my blog, so I am wondering what I should do. How can we find these links to remove?

        About DoshDosh.com, just yesterday I visited the site and found it was showing a blank page and I was surprised. I really liked Makis blog and hope he returns.

      • Daniel Scocco

        It’s a good practice indeed to clean your website from dead links every 6 months or so. You can use a tool called “Xenu” (just Google it) to find those dead links.

      • JohnTP

        Thank you Daniel. I will try it out.

  • Jerry

    He’s done this before, and frequently tweeted about taking extended breaks from the web. But at least his content was still accessible =/

  • Madhav Tripathi

    I also have visited doshdosh many times in past while it was not updating so I have read only old posts but I was surprised to see Google page rank and Alexa rank of doshdosh.

    The comment from costa is enough informative. Blog was hacked and may be data had been erased so Maki should have lost his interest.

  • Tilen Hrovatic

    ๐Ÿ™ sad think for blogosphere. DoshDosh.com is one of my favorite blogs and I’ve learned a lot from it. I really hope Maki will fix the problem and his blog will be available again.

  • Young

    Sorry to hear about that. I’ve recommended and translated a few post of DoshDosh’s in my Chinese blog before, since it is really a great blog with nice posts.

    Hope the blog can recover soon, or I have to remove a lot of dead links of it. ๐Ÿ™

  • Smith

    I’ve learned many things from Maki. We’ve just lost a great resource from the online world.

  • Eunus Hosen

    A few weeks ago, I was chatting with one of my friend and he told me, “today is the last day of doshdosh.com!” I’ve become thundered! Then I’ve checked domain information on who.is and noticed that it has only a few hours to be expired the domain. The next day, I’ve checked it again and noticed that someone else transfered the domain ๐Ÿ™

  • Ngjobsncareers

    Never heard of the site before but went there now. Blank. Maybe the guy is gone.

  • Mighty

    I read a lot of great insights from DoshDosh.com in the past. It’s helpful stuff. I sure hope nothing bad is going on with Maki.

  • Costa

    DoshDosh was hacked some months ago. It was still accessible then but the whole front page has been turned into a “link farm” Wrote about it here with a screenshot of the hacked front page.

    http://blogigs.com/pr6-wordpress-blog-hacked-for-links/

    Tried emailing and tweeting Maki to warn him but there was no response. About a month back I heard the the blog was for sale and from then, the contents has been removed.

    Haven’t heard anything new till now.

  • Eric Martindale

    Wow, thanks Daniel! I completely forgot about DoshDosh, it was pivotal in my early days in internet marketing. It was a great resource, and it’s a shame to see it down. I miss Maki’s posts, and hopefully he’ll be finishing up his degree soon.

  • Sheila Atwood

    That is strange. I had not noticed. The links on my site still pointed to his site…..but as you said it is blank.

    He has not Tweeted since June 2010.

    Hoping all is well.

  • Arwen Taylor

    He was on Twitter for awhile but I don’t know if he still tweets. I remember because at one point he had said he was going to return to blogging but never did. I hope nothing happened to him either. He was a cool person.

  • Justin

    So basically you could start a website, write some good content, and then leave it alone, and you would still make some money. And he just closed up shop.

  • Geet

    Ohhh you just reminded me of DoshDosh! I had visited DoshDosh many times during 2009-10. His Twitter a/c is active till June 30, 2010.

  • Emma

    Interesting post I used to read Dosh Dosh all the time, Maki even commented on my site a couple of times. Hope he is OK.

  • Himanshu Chanda

    I too have been on DoshDosh a million times… The stuff was simply brilliant and his style was unique (the manga cartoons too)… God knows why he stopped blogging. Though there might be other reasons which were pressing I dont see why a guy like Maki should kill a blog of this caliber….. I guess its high time Maki pops up back and answers where the hell is he !!!

  • rishil

    I have tried to email Maki a few times – noticed thios a while ago, and havent had a response.

  • Nathalie Lussier

    I’ve also been wondering where DoshDosh went – and Maki too! He used to post on friendfeed and it’s been a long time since I haven’t seen anything.

    That’s the thing with the internet: you could technically leave no trace.

  • Dave

    I remember going to his page for advice on selling direct advertising a few years ago, and that it wasn’t actively being updated. Mysterious!

  • Steven Snell

    I also went to DoshDosh.com a few weeks ago and was surprised to find a blank page.

  • Maaike Quinn

    {Laughing at myself for getting that you can’t simply paste html code into a comment box}

    • Daniel Scocco

      Yeah I saw the source code of his page too. That is why I said it’s like someone just dropped a blank page there.

  • LGR

    I was wondering this same thing a little while ago. I remember reading his blog regularly a few years ago. He had some great content. You are right though, if he choose to sell he could do well. Hope the mystery gets solved with a happy ending.

  • Maaike Quinn

    <html>
    <body>
    <!– default –>
    </body>
    </html>

  • Maaike Quinn

    Well, I’m so new to blogging that I’ve never even heard of DoshDosh.com. Mysterious though. The html of the site only says this:

  • sajitha

    Oh my God! You read my mind.

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