Saturday, January 31, 2009

* Introducing Dividends Value

I am pleased to announce the official launch of Dividends Value. This new site will replace Dividends4Life as my flagship investing site focusing on dividend investing using a value-based approach. Dividends Value is a self-hosted site running on the latest version of WordPress (v2.7). All the historical posts from Dividends4Life and the feed have been converted over to the new site. If you are reading this post via a RSS reader or email then the feed conversion worked and you don't have to do a thing. If you aren't reading this, drop me an email and let me know. ;)

So what happened to Dividends4Life? Over the last 30 days I had some hosting issues that were difficult to resolve and determined that Dividends4Life had grown to point it was time to move to a self-hosted environment and take advantage of the numerous features offered by WordPress.

Why didn't you move the Dividends4Life domain to the new site? I considered this and weighed the pros and cons and determined there were more cons to moving it. Most of the cons related to site setup and the way Blogger defines URLs. I have been working on Dividends Value behind the scenes for the last month. There were a couple of deletes and start overs. This would have been difficult to do and try to maintain the continuity of blog.

What's going to happen to the old Dividends4Life site? It will live on in a lesser role. I plan to periodically post new material on it and will post the best of Dividends Value on it also. In addition, I will continue to write under the name Dividends4Life.

Why do some of the links still take me back to Dividends4Life? As mentioned above, WordPress uses a different URL format. I will have to manually change each link to point to Dividends Value. I have updated the items listed in the header menu above and am converting the posts starting with the most recent and working backwards in time. By maintaining Dividends4Life you will still have access to the older posts on that site until I map the links to Dividends Value. WordPress uses the feed to convert the data, so if you see "Thank you for subscribing..." at the bottom of a post, that means I have not yet edited that post and updated it URLs.

What can I do to help? In many ways this is like starting over. If you have a blog that links to Dividends4Life, please consider also linking to Dividends Value at

I appreciate your patience through this transition. If something doesn't appear to be working, leave me a comment or send me an email.

Please take a few minutes to check out the new site. I would love to hear what you think of it!