I've been away for awhile
Well, as the post title says, I've been away for awhile. I haven't really done much to grow my websites in about a year and it shows. Not only have they not had an increase in traffic, they've had a drastic decrease in traffic and sales.
If you look at when I joined WA, you would think that I would be making a living full-time off of Internet Marketing, but that is definitely not the case. I only mention this, so that I can be more specific in my posts and give you hard numbers instead of just giving you percentages and not have freak out when they see that my websites aren't getting millions of visitors to them despite me being a member for 7 years.. There are definitely people who have been successful at WA, but I'm not one of them. This is probably due to a consistent lack of effort and failure to implement.
My (Lack of) Results
Let's get to it. About a year ago, my most visited site was getting about 3,000 visitors a month. Now it's only getting about 800 to 900 visitors a month. Last year the site made about $500 off of Amazon commissions this years it's only made $50 so far. Last year my Youtube channel made about $500 off of ad revenue, this year it's made only $150( thank you Leoemery for your instructional videos on Youtube, if I hadn't followed your advice about annotations I probably would have made far less Amazon commissions.)
As you can see, not actively working on your sites can hurt your progress. Not only do you lose out on where you could have been, you can also lose the ground you have gained thus far.
I'm by no means down and out, I am just admitting that obviously my priorities haven't been with growing my Internet Marketing business. If there's one thing I have realized over the years it is that you've got to make this a priority if you want to reap the big dividends of making enough money to do it full time. Just doing it when you feel like it is not going to cut it. What would happen if you just showed up to your day job when you felt up to it? Chances are you wouldn't make a lot of money at a day job either.
To be honest, I don't plan on making any drastic changes. I don't plan on writing ten blog posts a day(or one for that matter.) However, I do plan on getting one blog post in every week. When I look back if I had just done one blog post every week on my sites for the past 7 years then each site would have well over 350 posts!
I'm also moving towards e-commerce. I've bought some inventory and I'm transitioning one of my affiliate sites into an e-commerce. I've been thinking for a while that the niche for one of my websites might be more suited for physical products. This has come with its own set of challenges that I've had to work through. Pretty much it all boils down to being out of my comfort zone.
Over the years I've realized that when ever I reach the edge of my comfort zone I tend to freeze and do nothing. Kind of stupid, but that's the truth. I've been aware of it for a while now and I'm getting better, but it's still something I have to deal with. I know that once I reach the other side it won't be nearly as big of a deal as I made it out to be.
Well, there you have it. I guess if there is anything you can learn from me it's probably to take consistent action. Work on your websites consistently and keep them growing.