It Is Boring Waiting For The Big Traffic Explosion

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Things appear grim.  The last two posts on this blog received no comments.  After almost two years online daily traffic with more then 200 visitors is cause for celebration.  I make more money digging my couch for loose change then I make from this website.

My pillow should be soaked with tears.

But actually, things are going really well.  You can not see it in the money, in the traffic, in the number of RSS subscribers, or in the comments.  It is what is happening under the covers that is interesting.

Mother peeps into Timmy’s bedroom and thinks he is sleeping, but if she pulls the covers she finds a blushing Jenny from Math class – Timmy is wide awake.

If You Do Not Socialize Having a Website Can Be Boring

Nothing exciting is going on – almost boring.  It got to the point were I was sitting at the computer thinking of what to do next.  Twiddle my fingers, look out the window, look at the keyboard.  Nothing happening.

At one point it got desperate.  Sitting at the computer and nothing to do, I almost opened a Twitter account.  Fortunately as soon as I saw the little blue bird I closed the window.  It was a close call.  I quickly left the computer and went to get some air with the dog.

Bored enough to open a Twitter account.  What the hell is going on?

The problem is that ever since the website was designed and completed there has been nothing new to do.  At the beginning everything was fresh and exciting.  Creating a website, learning how, discovering new words: SEO, Webmaster, PageRank, SERPS.  Great stuff.  But when it is done – then what?

After the fun stuff came the monotonous work.  For the previous year and a half it has been always the same:

  1. Write content for the website.
  2. Read old content on website and make edits.
  3. Write guest posts

Writing and edit this website.  Writing for another website.  Same thing over and over again.

Some say.  You need to get out there.  Make friends.  Join social networks, read other blogs, write comments, participate in forums.

I did that.  It was fun for the first 3 months but then it drained me.  Just the thought of opening up the forum and having to read the new entries sucks all my energy.

I never tried Twitter but I am certain that within a few days I would forget about it – just like Facebook.  Fun at first but the shine wears off.  It is people talking, endlessly talking.  Over and over again, same thing round and round.

Now I try to ignore everything in my niche – try to avoid all the chatter.  Every now and then I will have a quick look around just to verify that there is nothing new.  I might leave a comment somewhere but only because I want to, not because I believe it will better this website.

In high school Timmy arrives exactly at the morning bell, sits quietly through class, eats his lunch under the bleachers and heads straight home after the bell.  The endless chatter in the halls drives him insane.

Not that I am a social misfit.  I like people.  I like to help people.  I answer all emails with paragraphs.  I respond to comments directed at me.  There are a couple of bloggers that I exchange emails with.  I do not exist in a cave – I interact. I simply avoid the giddy school girls at a pajama party type socializing.

This website has no Facebook followers.  No twitter followers.  And only 80 very dedicated RSS subscribers.

Some website gage their success by the number of Twitter followers and Facebook friends.  Fortunately this website does not.

Waiting For The Big Traffic Explosion

What is happening under the covers? It is slow going but positive results are coming in.

According to the Google keyword tools there are 110,000 global searches for “website money”.  If I could get on position 1 for those terms then I could potentially get 3500 visitors a day from Google.  The key is to get to position 1 for these terms.

Currently this website is position 13.  Real progress.

Moving from position 70,908 to 13 does not increase my traffic, it does not make me more money, it does not bring fame.  But it is progress.  Position 13 is the same as 70,908 – it is invisible.  Very rarely do search engine users go to the second page.  Beyond page 1 is nothing.  This website is still nothing, but it is moving closer to something.

Only 12 positions to go until the explosion.  If I can get a top 3 spot for these keywords then my traffic will suddenly shoot up.

More progress:  6 months ago this website was nowhere to be found for the term ‘make money website’.  Then it appeared on the radar at position 730.  Then a few months later 380.  Few weeks ago at 120. Now 70 – the 4th O in GOOOOOOOOOGLE.  Still far, far away, but progress.

And some more progress:  The most relevant, ‘how a website makes money’.  Number 7.

So I yawn and:

  1. Write content for the website.
  2. Read old content on website and make edits.
  3. Write guest posts

  1. Jake
    October 10th, 2010 at 23:01 | #1

    I think you need to put ads on your blog posts.

    If I had to guess, I would suggest these are the pages where you get the most search engine traffic and it would be a shame if you weren’t choosing to monetize them.

    It’s admirable that you choose to leave ads out of your blog but you could be giving up quite a bit of revenue in doing so.

    With your niche, 200 visitors per day should equate to something like $10 per day.

  2. Jake
    October 10th, 2010 at 23:04 | #2

    Sorry, did I say $10 per day? $5 per day would probably be more realistic.

  3. roman
    October 11th, 2010 at 06:34 | #3

    Hello Jake,

    I am not admirable. There are advertisements on the blog. Just not for you or any of the regular readers.

    This WordPress blog uses a plugin called “Ozh’ Who Sees Ads”. It shows ads only to people that arrive via search engines. It is OK to show ads to them because they are probably going to leave and never come back. But you, and all the return readers are spared the burden of ads – and that is fine because return readers do not click on ads.

    As for 200 visitors and 5 per day. Good point – I should be making more. Besides the blog, you will also notice that there is barely any advertising on the website. There is just a square block on the right side panel. There is no main body advertising.

    The reason this website makes so little is because for now the advertising is just a token gesture. A way to make some money so that I can change the dollar amount animation on the home screen every once and a while.

    I have little advertising because I want traffic first. And the way to get more search traffic is to get more backlinks and the way to get more backlinks is to have a good site. A site looks better if it has less advertising. So for now, while I am traffic building I will leave most of the advertisements out. True, I am losing a few dollars here and there everyday. But hopefully one day, in my lifetime, it will pay off. This website will get 1000’s of visitors a day and each of them will be bombard with advertisements. I am retaining earnings now to enable me to receive more later.

  4. October 26th, 2010 at 21:28 | #4

    Is there some kind of plan here? What is the point of getting traffic? I’m not crass enough to say “But you’re not selling anything. How do you expect to make any money?” So, like I said, is there some kind of plan here?

  5. roman
    October 26th, 2010 at 22:19 | #5

    You made me laugh – “Is there some kind of plan here”. Yes there is a plan. The plan is to make the most amount of money possible. You have a good point with – “I am not selling anything”. True – I am not selling anything now. But there is no point selling anything if there is nobody to sell to. So I am waiting. Waiting for the traffic. When the traffic comes I will sell.

  6. Just some friendly advice.
    October 28th, 2010 at 20:09 | #6

    You’re missing out on the most basic form of marketing online. The way to build blog traffic is not by waiting around and HOPING that one day Google will like you and send you tons of traffic.

    The #1 goal of your blog is to capture an email address. Offer a free ebook or downloadable mini-course. Have an optin-form with email address and name (or just email ) on every single page of your blog.

    By building a list, you can keep sending people back to your blog, time and time again, most of the time without selling them anything. With 200 a day, let’s say 5% sign up that’s 10 leads a day. Assuming your traffic stays at 200 a day, over a year, that’s a list of 3,650.
    You can email these people every so often, once a week,twice a month, whatever… that’s how you build traffic.
    Now, optimizing your blog for best monetization is a whole other project.Good luck.

  7. roman
    October 29th, 2010 at 19:20 | #7

    Hello,

    Interesting…. You are leaving comments without leaving a URL.

    Without a URL you receive no benefit. You are leaving comments with no thought of receiving anything in return. No backlink, no traffic to your website.

    Why? Why do you leave comments?

    Do not get me wrong. I am glad that you are leaving comments. I just do not understand your motivation. Is it a pure altruistic gesture? I ask because I have been told that pure altruism does not exist.

    I tried emailing you but the email address you left is not valid. I do not understand. Is it really ‘just friendly advice’ as your name suggests?

  8. Jake
    November 17th, 2010 at 01:17 | #8

    I am not “Just some friendly advice”. However, you would have noticed that I do not leave a URL either nor is the email address I have used valid.

    To answer your question (which I believe would apply to me too), my comments are left because I find your website somewhat unique and interesting and your constant self-deprecation humorous.

    I do run several websites. However, I do not feel getting one or two visits (if that) by leaving a URL here would be worth it.

  9. December 9th, 2010 at 09:02 | #9

    Could you explain how you created this website? Did you use a WP theme or some other tool? This website looks pretty cool…

  10. December 9th, 2010 at 17:40 | #10

    I am glad that you like the website. To explain how it was created in a blog comment is impossible. But the key principle behind its design is space and simplicity. No bells or whistles – just header, body and side panel. There are 2 reasons for this. 1) I am not graphically artistic so I cannot come up with fancy web designs. 2) For a information based website the focus needs to be the information.

    This blog is a WordPress blog using a free template. The website was made from scratch with Dreamweaver. It took about 5 hours to integrate the blog into the website so that they look the same.

  11. February 15th, 2011 at 05:58 | #11

    Hi. I checked your Google position for “website money” and you are on the first page. How’s your traffic?

  12. roman
    February 15th, 2011 at 07:22 | #12

    Hello Yevgeniy,

    You are right to ask, ‘how is traffic?’ You probably expect that it is doing well. According to google keyword tool over 60,000 people a month do a search for ‘website money’. So how much traffic do I get for that term? 0. First page for that term and I get no traffic. Honestly, I do not know what is going on. Maybe the keyword tool is not that accurate, or maybe because my website is at position 7 nobody goes down that far – they click the top 6 and never go lower. Although it is hard to believe that out of 60,000 people none of them click on position 7. I don’t know.

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