So there I was, working on my new site after having basically abandoned the one that would go on to earn me $1,000 later. One day, I popped into Google Analytics and something caught my eye. 10,000 things caught my eye actually.
That site was getting traffic!
Lots of it! There were roughly 10,000 unique visitors over the course of a month! This was a big deal to me. My previous sites had barely got 1,000 a month (I did abandon them quite early to be honest). So while I had given up on this site, I hadn't deleted it, and I'd just gone to work on my next site. (I tend to bounce around a bit too much from project to project).
Meanwhile, traffic had been slowly picking up, Google had been giving me search rankings, and before I knew it, I had a very real site.
Now that I had traffic, money must have been right around the corner. It was just a matter of time I figured. I just had to find a way to monetize the site! If only that was as easy as I thought.
Here's a lesson for you. Traffic is by no means the be all and end all of Internet Marketing. It's simply the first step up the ladder to success. It's arguably the easiest part of the whole deal.
Once you've got visitors, you need to figure out how to make money off them. It's not as easy as you might think. Being too promotional, spammy, or throwing products in their faces left right and center is just going to drive them away.
I was still a complete beginner at the time, I'd basically fluked my way to good traffic. I'd found some great keywords and written some adequate content for the site, and somehow I'd got some traffic.
What an anti-climax it turned out to be.
I'd picked a niche that was great for traffic, but tricky for conversions. Google Ads didn't get clicked, Clickbank offers got clicked but no sales. Various different CPA offers were placed, but no conversions.
I was rich for traffic, but broke for sales. I literally spent the next two months trying and failing at almost every type of monetization I could find.
In hindsight, that's why I failed. I kept adopting and abandoning new ideas instead of testing and improving one or two. (Hey, I was a beginner..)
Can you imagine having hundreds of people visiting your site every day and not being able to get anything out of it? There were several days where I got 1,000 visitors a day. I was bouncing off the walls and had NO IDEA how to utilize it.
Serious torture. Really.
If you know anything about Internet Marketing (and if you don't, read here), you'll surely be able to empathize with me here.
Eventually I realized that I just might not have been cut out for Internet Marketing, and maybe someone else would be able to make thousands with the site.
I was also spending too much time racking my brain trying to monetize this traffic, instead of doing more productive things like working on one of my other new sites. I've always been one for focusing on the wrong thing, but this was really driving me crazy.
Enough was enough.
Remember, I said that this was about “making your own luck”. I didn't realize it at the time, but by crazily exploring every possibility, I was about to stumble upon something gold.
Yep. I'm going to make you wait one more day to find out how I finally made some money.
In the meantime, check out what I do now and take my affiliate marketing course, so you'll never have the dilemma that I had.