Hi WA family, I am 10 months into my journey and loving it, but I just wish I would have reached a better traffic flow by now.

I have quite a few ranking articles but perhaps not enough to expect consistent traffic?

I do social media Facebook page and Pinterest but just don't get the traffic out of any to get good traffic flow and my daily visits are in the single figures what makes me sad.

I try to join Facebook groups as somebody suggested and started one too.

I did have my first sale last month, but I still feel I don't progress (or the progress is perhaps invisible?)

I use site comments, but perhaps I have to be way more active using them?

There is only that much hours in a day, and I wonder what is, in your opinion, the most effective way to create more traffic? Just focus on writing high-quality content?

I have 2 Facebook ads running, and I reckon they look great and I get heaps of likes but nihil transfer to website visit though.

I have experimented with making pins different ways and may get a lot of impressions, but still, it doesn't give me heaps of clicks to my website. Just one gets saved by others now and then.

What Am I doing wrong and where shall I focus on to create stable traffic flow to my website?

Thanks for your insight.

Jude

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J-KWest Premium Plus
Hi Jude, I can't express how deeply I relate to your frustration. I know it probably doesn't help but you are not alone. I may have shared this story with you already, but I can tell you I lived that frustration day in and day out for nearly 2 years before I felt I was finally getting some real traction.

I had tried multiple websites and several different strategies (spending many thousands of dollars as well on other course, paid traffic etc.) but it was really in that second year that things started to click. Looking back, that frustration pretty much defined who I was at the time. It's all I thought about, every hour of every day and I just kind of gave into it.

As strange as it sounds... frustration, failure and I are all very good friends today, LOL. 😂

I've kind of embraced them and it doesn't matter what the next mountain I climb is, I know they'll be there with me and to be honest, I find them helpful. It just means I have to modify my approach or learn a new skill to overcome an obstacle. If frustration and failure are not present, the challenge wasn't big enough. I could have aimed higher.

Again, I think I've mentioned this in our PM's, but that moment I kind of surrendered was the moment I just stopped doing anything other than creating content, which I did for the better part of a year. What I mean by that is I focused ONLY on content.

I did keyword research (and more importantly, SERP research to qualify my keywords) and I published posts. NO opt-in points or affiliate links were added to any of those posts for most of that year. I couldn't get depressed about not making money if I wasn't even trying to make money.

And I didn't pay attention to my traffic for most of that year because I didn't want to get depressed about that either, lol.

I just wanted to build a helpful and relevant site based on valuable keywords that I hoped would one day rank well. I had a number in mind which was 1000 visitors a day by the end of that year, but it was just a number. I had no actual control over it. The only thing I had control over was keyword research and creating content so that's all I really worried about.

So I know exactly how you're feeling and I also echo what Diane said about number of posts and researching your keywords in Google, not just Jaaxy (SERP research). Jaaxy is great but it's only a starting point. A lot of keywords may have a great QSR but even if it's as low as 10... those 10 results might all be extremely high authority websites with 5000+ word articles and original research like consumer surveys and case studies for example.

Conversely, you may find that something with a relatively high QSR but the articles only "touch" on the topic with poor relevancy and they don't really help anyone.

Those are often the ones you want to create an epic piece of content for and just let them sit there in the SERPS for a few months (or more) as they gradually climb up the rankings as your site grows and develops more authority and maturity.

If your content is great "relative to what's already in the SERP's" and you continue to build up your brand and site authority, it has a really good chance of making it to the first page and even the first spot.

The critical point there is "relative to what's already in the SERP's". Whenever I'm doing SERP research one of the biggest questions I ask is whether I can create a piece of content that "deserves" to be on page one.

As far as the number of posts, Diane is right about that too. 30 or 40 isn't really enough to build significant traffic. You can certainly rank some low competition keywords and get some traction, but depending on your niche (and yours is relatively competitive) it'll take more. I can't remember exactly, but I had for sure over a hundred before I started to seeing any serious traffic.

Having said that, you don't necessarily need several hundred or thousands either. I was getting around 200K per month last fall with somewhere between 200 and 250 posts (probably closer to 250).

I wish I had some more advice on getting traffic with social media but as I've mentioned before in our PM's, I haven't had any success with social media unfortunately 😕

Anyway, I know that doesn't help the feeling you have when you're struggling, but I hope you know you're not alone in feeling that way.
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Jude81 Premium
Hi Jay, thank you so much for your support, and it does help to not feel alone in my struggle. It always help to get some constructive feedback; I let it sink in and will keep going forwards step by step.
I am determined I will get there😅. I feel the same my website is very much a reflection of my personal development and shows me all the time where I have to improve with.
Sometimes you can hear many times advice and tip, but my head often is full of processing new information, and until there is space in the brain, it just doesn't get processed yet.
Thank you for walking beside my journey; it means a lot.
Jude
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Debrocks Premium
I know this is for Jude but I really appreciated it too. I'm in the same boat and what you said about focusing solely on content makes so much sense. In the beginning there is so much to learn and so many things to distract us, but the focus really needs to be on the content so thank you for the helpful reminder.
Debbie
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J-KWest Premium Plus
Hi Debbie, you are absolutely right. Google is in the business of delivering high quality and relevant content to people who are searching online. Their entire business depends on it.

If searchers only see low quality articles that are not relevant to their query, they would switch to a new search engine that delivers better results.

And there are other good search engines out there so Google can't rest for a second. They can't give anyone a reason to switch.

Knowing Google's number one priority is delivering quality content that is relevant to the search query (keyword), it's clear what our number one priority must be...

Creating quality content that is relevant to the search query (keyword).

More than anything else, that is what matters to Google.

Things like site authority, site speed, backlinks etc. are signals that "help" the algorithm determine the quality of your content, but they are ONLY signals. They don't make up for content that's not up to par... and yet a lot of people spend more time getting those signals right than they do on their actual content.

Not that the signals are unimportant. They tell Google if your site might have additional content and resources that might help the searcher (because your site is niche specific and rich in related content) and whether it will provide a good experience with things like speed and encryption for example.

But at the end of the day, you're absolutely right. Our focus must be on our content.
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Debrocks Premium
I feel you Jude. It's so frustrating. I'm still in single numbers too x
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Jude81 Premium
Thanks Deb, it is hard isn't it? I know I should prodduce more content but I seriously spend so much time on my website, but writing content just cost me a lot of time.
I am thinking to start a new website soon and try it all over again. 🤔
Thanks for your support hun.
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Debrocks Premium
I did that, have a new one on the go but the same story, and now I have less time for each. I was hoping to at least earn enough to pay for my membership but doesn't look like that is going to happen. I hope things pick up for both of us xxx
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Jude81 Premium
Hi, Deb, my traffic have all disappeared now, it was just starting to roll between the 6 and 8 months.

I thought maybe I am penalised by Google, and perhaps I am, but I also believe my traffic start dropping after Google algorithm change two/ three weeks ago.

All articles ranking the first page of Google previously are now dropped pretty much.

Not happy. However, I am determined and will keep going. Some day I will make it work and I just keep learning, it is one big learning curve.
Jude
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Debrocks Premium
I have never even made it near the 1st page, I think I'm ranking somewhere in the 60s area. It's really hard to stay motivated. I fair a bit better in Bing, even have a snippet, but hasn't made any difference to the traffic and I've yet to make a sale.

It's really hard to stay motivated, but they say that this is where the amateurs quit and successful people keep on going.
Keep going Jude. We don't have much choice but to see it through. So much work has already gone into it.

I have to admit I'm taking a bit of breather at the moment. Am just starting a new job and needed a little break. But now that my finances are safe and I'm not panicking about making it work to make some money I feel like I can stick it out for the long run.

Take a week off. Recharge. Then come back with some new energy. With our traffic numbers it's not gonna make much difference anyway 🤣🤣

Take care, Deb
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Jude81 Premium
Congratulations on your new job and enjoy your little break. X
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I took a look at your site, and you have 28 posts added over 8 months. To be honest, that isn't really enough to be attracting Google's attention. If you were adding the recommended minimum of 2 per week, you would have 60 by now, and Google would be seeing you as an authority and ranking your posts higher.

There is no easy answer, its the amount of content that is key.

When looking for keywords, don't just go by the results in Jaaxy, take a look at the actual results in Google. For example, your latest review of Pat Pat baby clothes. Yes, the QSR is low, but when you look at what is on page 1 of Google, the first 9 results are YouTube, followed by Amazon.

That tells you that people actually want to see the clothes, as being worn in real life. Your niche is very visual.
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Jude81 Premium
Thanks for your feedback, I appreciate it. I turned 9 of my articles into pages so I should have 37 articles in total, however I am aware I struggle to produce the recommended amount of comment.

Thank you for sharing your insight, I appreciate it. I am not sure yet how to attack he issue but I have some more food for the thoughts. Thank you.
Jude
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Triblu Premium
Hey Jude,

Are you following other's on Pinterest whose interests are in baby items? If not, perhaps that may be your issue.

You would also need to know how flooded your post topics are too, as that MAY be holding your site back from ranking well.

Are you using creative, alluring titles for your posts? Hope you find this helpful.
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Jude81 Premium
Hi Trish, yes I following heaps of people with baby related pins.
I thought about the point you making about flooded topics and a lot of areas seem to be flooded and I notice on almost first page of Google many paid adds take space up.
I trying hard to come up with what alluring titles but maybe I am the only one who think they are great lol.
I check out your traning,
thank you Trish
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Triblu Premium
What I found worked best for me in searching for better titles was to walk away from my blog and take a break. Thinking about my posts... what would I be searching for that I might find the information that I have shared.

Chances are... when you visit your website with fresh eyes... though seeing it for the first time, you may spot what it is about your titles that aren't grabbing searcher's attentions.

Let me give you a gardening issue as an example.

Years ago, I had something really odd happening to my annual flowers, known as impatiens. At first, I thought it was being done by a human trying to freak me out, as the petals of each blossom were being removed, though very carefully... starting with the lightest coloured ones first.

Next day, it was the leaves... then the next day, the stems were removed right down flush to the ground, with no hope of the flowers ever being able to recover.

It took me 6 months of searching off and on, using different search words, in order to find what was doing this. It wasn't until I asked Google "What was eating my impatiens" that I discovered what it was.

It took another 6 months or more for me to be able to PROVE to my wildlife fella' what it was that I discovered was doing this.

In the meantime, I decided to SHARE what I discovered on my personal blog.

Know what I used as a title?

You GOT it... the search phrase (well, as close as I can remember using anyway) that found me that one tiny discussions on a forum that gave me the info I needed.

Today, this is one of my most popular posts.

Titles for reviews are another issue.

For those you could use something like... "Look What Happens When Putting Baby in [name of item]"

Also... "The Worst Baby [name of items reviewed] I Bought This Year".

Hoping this inspires you.
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Jude81 Premium
Thank you so much Trish for enlighting my day with some inspiration. I appreciate it and realise I can be more inventive with my titles. I am lucky to have this bunch of people here to walking along Side my journey, it helps, and I feel supported in my journey.
Thank you, Trish, you rock.
Jude
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Triblu Premium
...and, that is why I LOVE Wealthy Affiliate. We all work together to help one another.

You rock too Jude! :-)
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Jude81 Premium
Haha, thank you Trish and I totally agree. One thing is for sure, I couldn't do it without all of you.
You know what Trish, thinking more about it, I think I might have been penalised by Google for some reason as my traffic is now pretty much all gone. Between the 6 and 8 months Mark I was starting to see a tiny increase in my traffic which was exciting but it all gone now :(
I may just have to focus on just writing content for a while and making great titles as watching my traffic is just frustrating at the moment and not happening.
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DeniseG7 Premium
You are far more advanced than I am, but I wonder about these things. Do you check your Google Analytics to see what type of traffic you are getting. Is it repeat people or not. I am wondering how to get people to come back, and do not have any sort of email list at this point. I'm guessing we want to make sure to get folks to come back more than once.

Denise
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Jude81 Premium
Hi Denise, my traffic numbers are still that low there is really not much to read out just yet. I get some organic traffic and social media traffic.

I have a newsletter to sign up on my homepage since couple of weeks but I wonder too if people would do this quickly, until now nobody did just yet I has asked if I should have it as a pop up(not sure how I would do this though).
I have not a high number of returning visitors yet. It would be beneficial if I did.

I struggle to create enough content and always juggle where to spend my valuable time on. I know we have to be patient for results, but I am working hard but a ted more progress would be muchly appreciated.

Jude
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DeniseG7 Premium
Hell Jude. I wish you the best of luck with increasing your traffic. Let me know if you learn any tricks you want to share. :)

denise
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Jude81 Premium
Sure thing. Thank you for stopping by.
Jude
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