Staying motivated is a big piece of the puzzle to keep things going for yourself online. At one time money was my trigger. Seeing a nice juicy commish pop into my affiliate account got the juices flowing but good.
I still enjoy watching the money tally rise day after day, but I’ve sorta outgrown that. Now I get a kick out of organic traffic. Not only is it my motivator, it’s also this fascinating puzzle for me.
- Why did that linkbait idea work, but not the other?
- Why did readers respond to this post so well yet not that one?
- Word of mouth is keeping that website going–what’s so special about it? Why are visitors so inspired to spread the word about it?
I have one little blog that’s nothing special really. Had no links in, no traffic, no search results. Content was dry and uninspired (hey the topic sounded like a good fit for me at the time!). I had a brain flash late one night and tried a linkbait-y type blog post. Spent a few hours getting the word out and the next thing you know bloggers are linking in, some comments are happening and most of all–traffic kicked in.
People are bookmarking, search engine traffic now exists, and I’m riding a rush. One simple blog post and Boom!–the blog is alive!
Search engine results are sweet, but I’m more ‘into’ how visitors are responding to my content, what’s inspiring links, and successful methods of getting traffic kick started.
How to make things grow organically is one sweet ticket to success IMO. I love the process of figuring all that out.