Rather than jump right into internet marketing and online business posts, I'll start today off with an easy, personal blog post for myself. One of the hardest things for me is taking a vacation and getting back to work. Some people say that they get bored on vacations, and by the end of their time off they are ready to get back to work with a ‘new energy'.
Vacation is awesome.
But, like anything else, too much of a good thing is never good for you, and I do have some work that needs to get done on my websites, so today marks the day where I get ‘back to the grindstone'.
The bad news is that my coffee machine is broken and I'm too cheap to spend $4 for a coffee at Starbucks.
Please Amazon, hurry up with my Hamilton Beach Flexbrew!
Seriously, how does a coffee machine break while not in use? I made a cup of coffee before I left, and the damn thing just wouldn't turn on when I got home!
But let's be positive here.
1) It worked on the day I left. Maybe that was simply it's last cup of coffee. That's pretty awesome timing I think.
2) It's was only $50 for the first one and it lasted more than 6 months. That's less $10 per month to rent a reliable K Cup coffee maker. If you buy one of those $200 ones, you'd need to use it for 2 years before you got that kind of value from it!
3) It's just another reminder that I should have kept my receipts.
Seriously, if you're on a budget, lazy, and love coffee, K Cups are the way to go. You can get an instant cup of coffee with no cleanup for 50 cents versus $4 at Starbucks. You could probably save another 10 or 20 cents per cup if you go the traditional route with ground coffee, but who has the time and patience for that?
Enough about coffee
How did I get 10x more traffic?
Google has done this many times to me before. It's almost like Google is unsure of whether or not it likes my site, and then one day, it decides that it does like it.
I spent Jan – May with 5 or fewer visitors per day to One More Cup of Coffee. Terrible, I know.
Yesterday we hit 82 visitors in one day!
And it all happened while I was away on vacation.
It's just another example of it just being the right time for an event to happen. We'll see if those traffic stats hold, but for now, I'm ecstatic. In fact, I've set the lofty goal of 1000 visitors per day by the end of this year. I mean, if I can get 10x traffic in 5 months, why couldn't I do it again?
But how did I do it? Hard work. Consistency. Preparation. It was like getting all the work ready for a rocket launch. Once the prep is done, it's just a waiting game to see when the spark finally ignites.
So, back to the grindstone.
… back to YouTube
… back to Podcasting
… back to posting
I've also done lots of consolidation of previous websites I created. I had previously wanted to sell some on Flippa, but I found out that it costs $29 dollars to list a site, and I think I could sell them for MAX $100. Instead, I'll let the 6 sites pass. Their time has come, and the small amount of revenue they bring me is not worth the time (however little) I dedicated to them.
Lastly, there are improvements slated for some of my other, more profitable projects. So things are looking good, and though I've got too much work on my plate as usual, it's better than not knowing what to do!
How have things been going with your business? Give us some updates on the things you've been working on, goals and hurdles included!