You know the rush. A guest post you’ve written goes live on a huge site, you finally launch the product you’ve been working on for months, or an older article of yours gets Gizmodo’d.
You watch your traffic spike and you can’t peel yourself away from the analytics for the whole day.
“Look at all those visitors!” you yell to your significant other as they feign interest.
But what really matters during these big days?
What metrics and stats should you actually be tracking and which don’t mean jack squat? (Hint: Traffic doesn’t matter as much as you may think.)
In this post we’ll make sure you know the difference between vanity and actionable metrics, which ones you should track, which stats really matter to the bottom line of your business, and share a few of our most important metrics. [Continue reading…]
Fear is something every entrepreneur has to deal with from time to time.
For me it recently came in the form of interviewing a hero of mine. (Not in the superpowers from Krypton sense of the word, but in the successful online entrepreneur kind of way.)
When it comes to fear you can do one of two things.
- Let it in and give up.
- Punch it in the mouth.
In this post I’ll walk through how I almost gave in to fear and let a big opportunity slip through my hands. I’ll also cover a simple exercise you can do each time you’re afraid of doing something.
Interviewing Gary Vaynerchuk
Last week I had the honor of interviewing Gary Vaynerchuk for my podcast, but it almost didn’t happen because I almost gave into fear.
You’ve probably heard Google is shutting down Google Reader on July 1st. What does this mean for bloggers? Should you be worried?
If you run a blog there are a lot of things to know about and consider doing with this change coming up that you’ll want to take care of in the next couple months.
In this post I’ll explain why Feedburner feed counts are going to take a huge hit, why you should transfer your RSS feed from Feedburner to another platform like FeedBlitz, and give you a few of the best alternatives to Google Reader if you are using it to read your RSS feeds. [Continue reading…]
It has been a few months since we’ve done an “ask the readers” post here on Think Traffic and since it one my favorite things we do here on the blog, let’s get back to it!
Piggybacking off our post earlier this week about how epic content really does work, we’d love to have you share:
What is your most popular piece of content and why?
Whether you measure it in total social media shares, unique visitors, or some other metric, let us know in the comments below this post what your most popular piece of content of all time is (written, video, or audio) and why you think it is.
The point of this isn’t to just pat ourselves on the back and talk about how great we are. The comments will end up being a place for you to look at what other people have created and see how you can do the same for your audience and platform.
In your comment, explain your thought process behind why you created the piece, how you went about titling it, and if you modeled it after someone else’s content (no shame in that) share who it was. [Continue reading…]
January 1st. The busiest day at the gym, the most Google searches for “diet”, and the beginning of all the other New Year’s resolutions people set for themselves. We all know most people fail at these goals, but everyone still makes them.
Why is that?
Because planning what you want to achieve is easier, sexier, and more fun than doing the work to actually get there.
So what happens? We fail a few weeks or months in.
Now don’t get me wrong, failing can be a good thing (even Seth Godin thinks so). But if you don’t learn anything valuable from your failures you will just have wasted your time, money, and energy.
And let’s face it, an “annual plan” is basically just business jargon for New Year’s resolution. [Continue reading…]
One of our favorite things to do at Think Traffic is ask you, the readers, what you think about various topics and debates within blogging, entrepreneurship, and online business.
Some of our “ask the readers“ posts are mentioned all over the web, like this one about pop-ups, and this one was even mentioned on stage at the World Domination Summit by Chris Guillebeau.
Well, today we’d like to know:
What is holding you back from where you want to be online? [Continue reading…]