Have you ever sat down to watch the paint dry after painting a wall? Or walked around the lawn staring at the grass waiting for it to grow after mowing it.

Not?

But I am sure you have been in and out of Google Analytics several times per day to see if anything is happening or ran your site through Alexa just to find out that your site still is in the 18.000.000 range in the world, and then done it again the next day to see if it's improved.

Don't get me wrong. Keeping track of the stats is important. It will help you analyze user behavior, build a better site and find out if what you do is good or not.

But when you have a new site, building traffic take time. Sometimes a very long time.

It's like watching grass grow. You will not see any significant growth at once, but eventually, maybe without you even noticing, it will get long enough. Even if you absolutely love to mow the lawn, the grass will not grow faster if you watch it.

The same applies to your traffic stats. They will improve eventually.

But still, you will check Analytics every day, just as you from time to time have to put your finger on the wall to see if the paint has dried some more.

Just don't let it kill your motivation to see low to zero in traffic on your site.

Instead, let it inspire you to fertilize your site with better keyword research, better SEO and many more articles.

And even if your site is number 18.000.000 on Alexa you are still among the top 1.4% of the 1.297.000.000 websites out there.

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Oneij28 Premium
very reassuring
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks for reading
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Kashia Premium
This is an awesome post and just the thing I needed at the right time. I've got 20+ posts on my website and have a social presence on most social media, but not many traffic to my site.

I started to doubt my content because it wasn't ranking high enough, but this blog helped remind me I'm only two months in, and shouldn't be too worried about traffic numbers at this point.

Thanks for the reminder.

Regards,
Kashia
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JHaugland Premium
Glad that you liked the post :) Just be patient, write more posts and never underestimate the power of keywords.
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JohnProbert1 Premium
Like this post, wish my grass stopped growing so I can concentrate on writing content (good or bad)
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks for reading :)
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frex6 Premium
Good post, something most people would want to do. Instead of realizing that writing more, good content, is the best thing to be doing.
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JHaugland Premium
You are so right. Thanks for reading
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Similar to children asking ever 2 minutes during a long car drive: Are we there yet?

All good things in time...
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JHaugland Premium
I want ice cream.... I need toilet.....
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Too funny, Jorn!
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miamibeach7 Premium
Good points...and I do not look every day, because I am way to busy working on my site...BUT I get it. Thanks
Have a great weekend!
Tom
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JHaugland Premium
Seems like you have your priorities in order :)
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miamibeach7 Premium
I sure HOPE so...I have only been here for 6-7 weeks, so I am still learning on a daily basis...and its a LOT to learn.
Have a great weekend!
If you don't mind asking, where do you reside?
Tom
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JHaugland Premium
It's true, there is a lot to learn.
I am currently in Norway.
Have a great weekend :)
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miamibeach7 Premium
Oh boy, currently means...not for long?
For me after 8-9 years in Asia, I will most likely go back to Europa in 1-2 years...Its the culture here that eventually gets on your nerves...LOL. NOT my wife...
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JHaugland Premium
Currently means that normally I would be in the Philippines this time of year, but the trip was postponed this year. Hopefully, we will travel in January.
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miamibeach7 Premium
Small world...I am in the Philippines! I am guessing you will stay in Cebu or Manila? I live in Butuan City for the last 8-9 years. I am selling my house and moving to Manila, but I will be here in Butuan City/Mindanao at least until March or April 2018.Let me know IF and when you are here...maybe we can meet up?
Tom
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JHaugland Premium
I spend my time in Negros Oriental, not far from Dumaguete.
I have never been to Butuan, but I have spent some time in the Dapitan - Ozamiz area.
Travel plans are a bit uncertain yet but at some point in the start of 2018 I plan to be there.
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miamibeach7 Premium
Well it sounds like a plan.
So lets see if we can connect when you are here...I have a friend visiting me in January, since I have a guesthouse, so he is very comfortable when he is here.
My cell # is 0927 93 28 185.
Ring me up Scotty...lol
Tom
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JHaugland Premium
I have saved your number. I will not have any Phil numbers again until I get there, so until then you can reach me here. (It's only my wife who keeps the roaming service between our visits) :)
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miamibeach7 Premium
OK, thanks! The best place to meet, if we do meet up...would probably be Cebu...
Just a thought.
Tom
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Loes Premium
Great, 2 minds, same thoughts:)) I wrote this morning a blog on the same subject.
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JHaugland Premium
Watch out for duplicate content :) hehe
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Loes Premium
No chance, I write everything myself, and although we had the same idea, the 2 blogs are totally different.
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JHaugland Premium
Of course :) I never expected anything else :)
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Loes Premium
My English is that bad, no-one wants to duplicate it anyway;)
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JHaugland Premium
If it's any comfort, it can not be as bad as mine :)
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Loes Premium
Hmm yes that really comforts me;)
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karlaswink Premium
I really like what you wrote. It motivates a lot! We should't give up and we should keep looking at the goal.
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JHaugland Premium
Thank you
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TaniaHersel Premium
This is a solid great piece of advice to keep us on track. Thank you. It is what makes Wealthy Affiliate great.
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks for reading
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botipton Premium
If you spend the time you spend checking your stats everyday building more traffic you would be better off.
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JHaugland Premium
That is absolutely correct
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MarkSm1 Premium
Thank you, great advice.
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks for reading
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rich6153 Premium
Sensational! Happy Holiday to you and thank you.
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JHaugland Premium
Happy holidays to you as well
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Stella2 Premium
Very good advice!
One thing that is helpful if you do this is to put it to good use instead of lamenting, especially in Google Search Console.
If you are low on traffic, you are probably still getting some info on keywords (queries).
Jay encourages looking at those keywords to get ideas for new content. Even in the beginning with little stats you can find ideas to work on.
Do a switch and change the disappointment to inspiration for new content.
Great post! :-)
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JHaugland Premium
Work on keywords and write more posts - that's the answer :)
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Surfdude123 Premium
I am around 3 million on Alexa. But my site still isn't worth much
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JHaugland Premium
Never pay attention to what Alexa think your site is worth. Just produce enough good content so make traffic so you can make sales.
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Thanks for an amazing piece of advice!
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks
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Flash4 Premium
I get it. Like watching a pot that will never boil, turn your back a minute and it's all over the place.
Thanks for the reminder.
Jae
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JHaugland Premium
Thank you for reading :)
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JasonLo Premium
I like the analogies used here. Darn this is first rate content!!
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Thanks
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STARREIRE Premium
Definitely. Very true.
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks for reading
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jtaienao Premium
Well said a Jorn. It is more important to concentrate on adding good quality content to our sites. In time, traffic and ranking will start to increase. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Jerome
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Thank you as well
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PatrickM1 Premium
Jorn - Great perspective. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks
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adreyna Premium
Great advice and very true! Thanks for sharing.
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JHaugland Premium
Thank you
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PNielsen Premium
Still new to site.
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JHaugland Premium
Just focus on content :)
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GApt Premium
Awesome advice, thank you Sir!
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JHaugland Premium
Thank you for reading
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TRPEng Premium
It’s like you were in my office watching me.
Trevor
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JHaugland Premium
hehe :) Thanks for reading
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Cindyda1 Premium
Thanks for the reminder.

I don't really check my stats (rarely) at least until I get my site content and the rest they way I want/need it to be. But either/or, I am viewing it like it's winter time (a long winter) and I know the grass won't need cutting near as much as it will in the summer...everything is dormant....waiting for spring to appear for new hope and growth and the ground to get good and warm again come summer! ;-)
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Thank you for reading
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cjevansco Premium
Nice!
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Thanks
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verazhelvis Premium
Thanks. Great analogies. Everything takes time.:)
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Thank you as well
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verazhelvis Premium
:)
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DEversley Premium
Yes! My stats are not impressive but I know that they will climb to the top eventually. Thanks for this.
David
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Thank you for reading
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imthedamo Premium
Haha, you caught me, guilty. You know and that is the great thing about this place. I just keep going through the training and Kyle keeps harping like a broken record and I am glad he does. Content, content, content. It is actually a relief to just focus on that and so I have to go now to check my analytics haha just kidding.
Damo
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JHaugland Premium
I have just one thing to say; content, content, content :)
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Armlemt Premium
I do not see the point in watching paint dry or water boil. I just keep on writing and researching and writing. I did look up a couple of good live training videos that Jay did on SEO and learned that there were some things that I could be doing to help improve my ranking in Google, which in turn, may bring more traffic to my site. Other than that, I will just keep on keeping on.
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JHaugland Premium
Keep on writing articles and mind the SEO, that's the solution.
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Armlemt Premium
That's the plan.
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iJared Premium
As usual, more great insights. This is indeed a labour of love. We have to plant the seeds, and continue to water them.

Thanks again for sharing, this is indeed great perspective.
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JHaugland Premium
Thank you for reading
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Jorn,

I now really have to go and see if I am in the 1.4% as I have no idea as I never checked this.

Greetings from the cooler south, Taetske
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JHaugland Premium
Don't worry about Alexa. Just write :)
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MKearns Premium
These factors are a lot more dynamic than paint or grass Jorn!
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JHaugland Premium
That is true. But that was not really my point :)
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1signbanner Premium
Good read j.

You're such a giving guy, here's sumpthin'
from me, I hope you like it!

Your brother from a different mother!
Merry Christmas!
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JHaugland Premium
Hehe thanks :) You changed my beer barrel to a sixpack :)
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1signbanner Premium
Even caricatures can have "special effects!"

hee hee hee.

Glad I put a smile on your face!....
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JeffL61 Premium
So incredibly true what you wrote in this article. I read right here at WA so many articles written by members who are practically obsessed with their website stats on Google Analytics.

As you stated in cases within niches that are competitive, one's analytics are not going to change overnight, or in one day, one week or even significantly within a month.

Your suggestion as to a person instead building up his/her website with highly relevant content is a task that people SHOULD focus their efforts on. Conversely instead not wasting time in checking at the Google analytic site a half dozen times or more every 24 hours.
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JHaugland Premium
That is correct. Thanks for reading
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Like they say "A watched pot never boils!"
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks for reading
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gjshawk Premium
Good post. And so true.
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks
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ColleenF1 Premium
Thanks for this!
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JHaugland Premium
Thank you as well
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LisaY Premium
Great advice. As a newbie, I find myself checking analytics when I know sometimes I get discouraged if the stats aren't growing. You are right, time is better spent writing new content and doing keyword research.
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JHaugland Premium
Absolutely correct. Keep on producing content
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msubhadeep Premium
Cant agree more on that. We have to divert our restlessness to something useful. Thanks for the reminder.
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JHaugland Premium
Thank you for reading
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Memorylaneuk Premium
Love this. It made me laugh. Not sure this was your intention but your analogy struck home. I think I was laughing at myself.
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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JHaugland Premium
I am always happy if I make somebody laugh. Even if we are into serious business we should never forget to have fun. And if a point can be made in a way that makes people smile, it's even better. Thank you for reading.
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PaulaWaldeck Premium
I have decided to only check google analytics a few times a week. Seeing the numbers change down to zero can be very discouraging. So, I am going to focus on content for awhile.
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JHaugland Premium
Good choice :) Thanks for reading
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fadiznasser Premium
I like the mindset and analogy. U don't plant a seed and start digging it every 5 minutes to see if it growing. U end up killing it.
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JHaugland Premium
That is true. Thanks for reading
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Harizan Premium
Fully agree - I would add as an example watching on everyday basis the fluctuation of the stock market - you will see lots of donws which may discourage you, while in a long term your shares will be statistically proven profitable.
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JHaugland Premium
Yes, the stock market is the same. If your long-term investment goes on small daily downs you will get panic and sell prematurely
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