GEOCITIES IS CLOSING ON OCTOBER 26, 2009 and New GeoCities accounts are no longer available.
Important notice: GeoCities is closing!
Yahoo has sent out millions of emails to inform past users that Yahoo! GeoCities, the free web site building service and community, is closing on October 26, 2009. On October 26, 2009, your GeoCities website will no longer appear on the Web, and you will no longer be able to access your GeoCities account and files.
What You Need to Do – If you’d like to move your web site, or save the images and other files you’ve posted online, you need to act now by downloading your GeoCities files to your own computer. After you have saved your pages and images saved offline, you can re-create your site with any hosting provider. To quickly download your published files, visit your GeoCities web site, right-click on each page, and choose Save Page As… from the menu that appears. Choose a location on your computer to save your files, then click OK or Save. More help on this available here…
Move your site to other Web Hosting
We know your files are important to you, and we want to make moving to Web Hosting as easy and affordable as we can. We would advise considering also looking at StudioCoast who offer quality ASP.net hosting from just $AUD10/month which is cheaper than the Yahoo! Web Hosting deal.
For a limited time, Yahoo allows you to move your files automatically, take advantage of terrific features like a personalized domain name and email, even redirect your GeoCities web address to your new site.
Yahoo Webhosting offers 3 plans:
12 Months $US4.99/month then ($US9.95/mth)
3 Months $US8.96/month then ($US11.95/mth)
1 Month $US12.95/month then ($US12.95/month)
Get a GeoCities offer on Yahoo! Web Hosting
* Get a personalized web address (e.g., www.learn2yoga.com)
* Design a great-looking site with easy-to-use tools.
* Never worry about ads appearing on your site.
* Get unlimited disk space to store all your pictures and audio tracks.
* Welcome as many visitors as you like, thanks to unlimited data transfer. Details.
* Get answers even at 2 a.m. with 24-hour phone support.
Yahoo advise Don’t Wait!
Please be aware that after October 26, your GeoCities files will be deleted from our servers, and will not be recoverable. If you’d like to save your files, you must download them now or move to Yahoo! Web Hosting. If you need assistance, please visit the GeoCities closing help center.
Some of the other free hosted sites that have been listed include:
How will it affect me?
This will not affect many users as Myspace is the new GeoCities, but the biggest impact will be in the search optimisation rankings, with around 31 million external links benefiting from older trust GeoCities websites. So if you currently have high rankings because of old Geocities pages, from the 27th October 2009, you will likely notice a massive shift in your rankings.
Since Yahoo has closed Geocities it seems that Geocities now benefits Yahoo SEO.