I Don't Know What to Do Now - Advice Urgently Requested

Last Update: October 24, 2019

It's been 20 months to the day that I started my site at ChartXGames.com and I I have had my ups and downs, to say the least.

Not usually one for public displays of how I am feeling, I feel at this point it might be necessary.

First of all, for those who don't know me, I suffer from epilepsy and undergo regular siezures, this makes doing something like blogging that bit harder when all you want to do is sleep and you can't concentrate - anyone who also has epilepsy and is reading this will know exactly what I mean.

I mention this because I have been going through a rough patch with my site recently, in that I am finding it hard to carry on, which makes me feel even worse because I love doing it and it's all I have.

I won't quit it but I am finding it harder to concentrate and get excited about my posts.

I have read on some other blogs that this is normal and a lot of bloggers go through these times.

However, there are a lot of reasons apart from epilepsy why I am struggling:

1. Traffic is stagnant; I have read tons of blogs on how to get more traffic and I understand the principles of SEO. But my traffic, after 20 months, is still around 100 user per day - on a good day.

2. The niche I am involved in (video games) is extremely toxic; This isn't news for anyone who know video games, but the industry has changed in a big way. You can expect a tirade of abuse for voicing an opinion. I have had death threats, spamming and even attempts at hacking from the gaming community.

3. Negative actions are common; I will get some views (not many) for my YouTube videos and some arse hole will always hit the dislike button, even when there is nothing to dislike; I report the video game news.

4. This may be most important one. When I go through epileptic depression and I can't write, I feel like I am letting down my frequent users; I know they deserve more and they are coming back to my site because they like it and I don't like wasting people's time.

I often feel like giving up. I don't think I will, but I sometomes struggle to see why I should carry on with so many negative things affecting me.

Is the handful of users worth the WA fees and spending all my time writing for no money? I haven't made a penny yet.

I love what I do, I love my site and I love the WA community. I don't know what to do and if I will be able to continue doing this, which would be a shame as I feel that I have built something good, and I am proud of it.

Please help and provide me with some of the great advice I know everyone here at WA can do. I value the opinions of everyone here and although I help people a lot, I too need help sometimes and I know it isn't shameful to ask for it.

That was a ramble, but thanks for reading if you made it the end without scratching out your eyes.


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Traveller75 Premium
Hi - yes this happens to all of us I think, sometimes you have to take a break for a bit and recoup it give the old brain a rest and we can just relax a bit. Most of all you must look after yourself first.

MichaelGore Premium
Cheers, Wayne.

I think I may just need a little break while I recover.

Thanks for the advice.
doug48 Premium
Hello Michael. I know exactly what you mean, Sometimes when i get home from work its hard to even turn my computer on. Its so easy to sit down, turn on the T.V, and before you know it, its 11.00. time for bed. Anyway, theres a few things you can try.
A/ Check in your content editor if your articles are indexed. At the bottom, theres a little G which should be a red, green and blue colour, next to the bucket and publish icon
B /Are you hitting arount the 1000 word mark. This seems to be the minimum word count Google will accept
C/ Are your articles targeted at key words? In our good old friend Jaaxy, you need to put the title, or some of the title in the introduction paragraph..Whatever comes up in Jaaxy, is what you need to put in the first paragraph.
Id love to have a look at your website.I still have a long way to go myself. Im not an expert Micheal, but i hope this has helped.You should be proud of yourself mate
MichaelGore Premium
Thanks Doug.

I will take a look at my older posts and see what I can do with them.

Cheers for the great advice as always.
CarolAfrica Premium
Hi Michael,

Sorry for the hard times you are going through. We might never understand fully what it is like but we wish you better times ahead.

JonLake's advice is very sound.
MichaelGore Premium
Thanks Carol.
JonLake Premium
Hi Michael,
Our son suffers with epilepsy so I know how much it saps his energy levels after a seizure. He is unable to function for several hours. My sympathies are with you for that.

I took a quick look at your website - looks very nice by the way, and one thing I did notice was this.

You have sections for reviews, but none of the blog post titles mention the word review in them. If someone is looking for a review on a game, they would probably have the word in their search term.

This could be why your traffic figures are not where you would like them to be.

Just a thought!

Keep going as 20 months in I would agree it is hard to suddenly change course, especially when you are in a very lucrative niche.

Maybe DM the WA member RodneyJr who is also in your niche and maybe pick his brain about some things to see if he can help you move forward.

We wish you every success

Jon and Debbie
MichaelGore Premium
Cheers John.

I think a revision of titles and SEO may be in order.

Thanks for the great advice.
Aussiemuso Premium
It's rough Michael that you have been having such a bad time.

If you are enjoying having a website and being in the WA community perhaps you might start a second website in a less toxic and competitive niche.

Just a thought.

Lily 😊
MichaelGore Premium
Thanks Lily.

I don't think I could start a new niche now since I have put so much into this one.

I think I need to take a step back, revise some things and plan.

I think I may have been trying to do too much too quickly.

Cheers for the advice.