A Guided Tour of Lifestyle Design, Location Independence and Digital Nomading

As mentioned last week, we’re going to feature more of the “big picture” and the stories behind entrepreneurship and online business building here. This is the first…

The famous “working poolside” cliché really exists.

In 2009 I set off on a road trip that would change my life. My wife and I packed up our Subaru with everything we thought we’d need over 9 months and headed off on our first sabbatical. We even brought our dog Kinsey along.

The plan was to head south into Mexico and travel around the country, stopping for between one night and a month in different places.

I had just left the startup I poured almost three years of blood, sweat and tears into. Caught with our pants down in the 2008 financial crisis without revenue to keep the company afloat, we had to go back to the VCs with hat in hand. It was terrible timing.

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A New Chapter

Today I announced a big change involving my personal blog over at CorbettBarr.com. This change marks a new chapter for Think Traffic, so I’m also going explain what’s going on and how it will affect Think Traffic here.

Many of you may be familiar with my other blog. I’ve been writing there for nearly 3.5 years about entrepreneurship and the relationship between work and life.

That blog has meant a lot to me, and it was the foundation that all the other projects I started in the past few years have grown out of, including Think Traffic.

In 2010 I started Think Traffic to take things further. Instead of just talking about entrepreneurship and lifestyle issues, I wanted to create a forum where I could share what I’d learned about building an online business, and have conversations with you about specific business strategies.

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Think Traffic Monthly Report – July 2012

Each month we recap the traffic/growth stats for Think Traffic and share what we’ve done and what we’ve learned (see all the monthly reports here).

This is the report for July, 2012.

One of the hopefully interesting and useful aspects of these reports is that we show our raw stats (visitors, pageviews, popular content, etc.) each month, no matter if it was a great month or a mediocre one. This month happened to be a down month as far as traffic is concerned, so let’s talk about that.

We’d also love to hear from you in the comments: what do you when your site has a down traffic month?

When should you be concerned, and when is it nothing to worry about?

For Think Traffic this month, we attribute the lighter traffic to a few things.

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Behind the New Think Traffic Design (Results + How We Did It) with Chase Reeves

Think Traffic was completely redesigned less than two months ago. Today we’re introducing our very talented designer and friend, Chase Reeves. We’re also going to share some results about how the new design is helping Think Traffic grow faster than ever.

We’ve often talked here about the importance of design online. You have precious seconds to make an impression on new visitors. A great design can buy you time because it stands out and gives your visitors a warm fuzzy feeling about your site long enough for them to get hooked on your incredible content.

After two years with the same design, we wanted to do something new. It was time to differentiate Think Traffic through a new design and time to put more focus on converting visitors into email subscribers.

We’ve hinted a couple of times about our “secret weapon” web designer. Today it’s time to introduce Chase Reeves, the man behind our new digs.

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Think Traffic Monthly Report – June 2012

Each month we recap the traffic/growth stats for Think Traffic and share what we’ve done and what we’ve learned (see all the monthly reports here).

This is the report for June, 2012.

If you’re new to Think Traffic, the site is a little over two years old now. We grew to 1,000 subscribers within our first three months and have since grown to a site that attracts over 42,000 visits per month as you’ll see in the report below. Think Traffic is also now a business that supports a team of two full time.

Our approach to growing this site has been fairly straightforward. No tricks, no “secret” tactics, never anything black hat, and no paid advertising.

Here’s our basic recipe for growing an audience online (please tell the social media gurus and SEO salesmen that it really is this simple). Every week we:

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If You Had to Start Over Online, What Would You Do Differently?

It’s time for another ask the readers segment.

We’d love to know: if you had to start over online, what would you do differently?

Think about your experience with growing websites or blogs or anything online. When you look back, what did you do wrong in the beginning? What did you do right? What did you waste time or money on?

How would you do things differently? What would you avoid? What would you spend more time on this go-round?

Share your answer in the comments below.
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