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Blog & Death: What Will Happen To My Blog When I’m Gone?

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No one likes to think about death but we all know it’s inevitable. And not to sound like I’m trying to use sensationalism to influence your decision, but you never know when something dreadful might happen. Your demise isn’t the only thing you need to be concerned about. What if your incapacitated for an extended period of time. What happens to your blog – and your income – if you suddenly can’t get online?

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It’s something we all need to think about. Especially if your income is coming from your online business. And it’s even more important if someone other than you is relying on that income. Are you married? Do you have children? What happens to them if you’re suddenly incapacitated and can’t access your online business? What happens to them if you die?

Things to do to prepare for the inevitable

Make a list of all user names and passwords: Include your Paypal account, any affiliate networks you belong to, including your Amazon affiliate account. Include log in information to access your web hosting account and all of your blogs and websites. Don’t forget other content accounts you might have like Squidoo or HubPages, and Aweber or iContact. If you have accounts with online service providers like UAW, include that information, too.

It might seem unnecessary to provide information to every single site you belong to but if you’re only going to be offline for a short period of time someone from your family may be willing to take over the upkeep for all your sites and content. To do that, they’ll need to be able to access everything.

And, heaven forbid the worst should happen, you may have a substantial online empire that family members want to carry on with. You just never know what’s going to happen so start making lists of all your access information for every site you access.

Make Sure Someone Knows These Two Things

Make sure you sit down with someone and show them how to access your online financial accounts and how to get that money out. It’s a good idea to do this first because in some cases you may have to set up alternate accounts or get approvals that you may have to wait for.

Make Sure Someone Knows How To Notify Your Online Family

If you can get past the creepiness factor, write some type of notice that can be posted on your blog. Write one that says you’ll be offline for a while and write another that says you’ll never be back. Show someone how to post this to your blog or how to get in touch with an online friend who can take care of notifying all your friends and followers.

Notify Clients

Set up a separate email folder to hold contact information for your clients and show someone you trust how to communicate with these clients in case of an emergency. To make it easy for everyone involved, you could always write two separate emails, like I mentioned above, and hold them in a Drafts folder. Have them already addressed and just keep those addresses updated as needed.

Notifying your clients is especially important if you’ve accepted advance payments and you still need to deliver. These clients could think you simply ran off with your money and file a complaint with Paypal. If the claim is large enough Paypal might freeze your entire account and then your family members wouldn’t be able to access your funds.

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  1. Freddy Olsson

    Thanks, very interesting reading. Never thought about it really!

    1. Hey Freddy, I’m glad if it helped!

  2. Hopefully it goes without saying that the “someone” who you entrust with your bank details is extremely honest and loyal. You wouldn’t want to wake up one day and find your bank account cleared!!

    1. Of course!

      It can be your wife/husband, a brother/sister…

  3. Annetta Powell

    Very interesting article. One of my clients who makes thousands of dollars through AdSense asked me the same question. I was in fact clueless and still is.

    This person has a personal account with AdSense and he gets funds through automatic bank transfer every month from Google. Well, it comes to his US savings account and he does not have a business account.

    Any ideas about Google AdSense policy on the account status after the publisher’s death?

    1. I don’t know the exact policy of Google AdSense so I am not sure… I would advise him to do 2 things: first, look around the help forums of adsense to see if there is any information about it. Second, give his login credentials to someone he trusts and ask them to update the Payee name, address and bank information, when he dies.

  4. It’s good that you’re thinking about this in advance, as too few people do, and it’s good that you’re raising awareness to these important issues.

    Managing our digital and online assets is just as important as managing our physical assets. I realize people would rather not think about death, yet writing a will is seen as the responsible, grown up thing to do nevertheless. We should just learn to include our digital legacy in it.

    Many companies now offer solutions for managing our digital legacy – including what you wrote about here.

    1. Thanks for your comment Vered.