Ask the Readers

Ask the Readers: Do You Blog to Make Money or to Make Meaning (or Both)?

  • February 9, 2012 by Caleb Wojcik
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It has been a while since we’ve done an ask the readers post, so we’d love to hear from you on this one.

Does your website exist simply to make money or are you working to create something that matters?

Obviously the two options aren’t mutually exclusive. Also, the definition of “what matters” is up to you.

If you can’t think of your answer, think about it this way: When you first started out blogging or creating your website, what was the main driving force? We’d love to here your answers in the comments below this post. [Continue reading…]

Ask The Readers: How Did You “Get on the Map?”

  • July 14, 2011 by Corbett Barr
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I have a special question today for those of you who have already achieved some recognition and/or reputation online.

How did you “get on the map?”

In other words, what tactic, connection, action, event, or chain of events led to a breakthrough and earned your first major recognition or the initial gathering of your “tribe?”

I’d love to hear what put you on the map in the comments below.

From the prior ask the readers segment, I asked “should you be intimidated by competition or just go for it?

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Ask The Readers: Should You Be Intimidated by Competition, or Just Go For It?

  • May 26, 2011 by Corbett Barr
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Get your thinking caps on. Today I’m going to ask you a question that hopefully you’ve asked yourself from time-to-time.

How do you know if you should enter a market, or if there is too much competition already?

I’m asking specifically about starting websites and blogs. I’m sure you’ve wondered about this yourself already. How do you know if you should jump in, or look for other opportunities?

I can’t wait to hear your answers in the comments below.

The idea for this post came from Shane Ketterman who sent me an email last week with this:

When you originally left for Mexico that first time and came back with the idea of starting Think Traffic, were you intimidated at all by the sheer volume of sites out there talking about “how to get traffic”, etc. or did you just figure you would add your own angle and go for it?

Here’s what I responded with:
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Ask the Readers: Why Do Most Websites Fail?

  • April 21, 2011 by Corbett Barr
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Websites fail. They fail all the time. I don’t have any hard statistics, but if my experience reflects the Internet in general, then four out of five website projects will fail.

Websites and blogs fail in the sense that a site doesn’t reach whatever goal the creator set out for it, whether that goal was fame, fortune, a book deal or the next viral hit. After the failure some sites sit around collecting web dust and others shut down altogether.

I’ve watched plenty of my own online projects fail over the years. I’ll share the reasons why they didn’t succeed in upcoming posts, but first I want to hear your take on online failure.

Why do most websites fail?

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Ask the Readers: What’s Your Magic Number? How Many Visitors Do You Need?

  • March 10, 2011 by Corbett Barr
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Welcome to another ask the readers segment. These posts are meant to be a broader discussion on an important topic related to getting more traffic for your website or blog.

This time, I’d like to find out how many visitors you’re aiming for to reach your next major milestone for your site.

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Ask the Readers: What Will You Do Differently to Grow Your Online Audience This Year?

  • January 3, 2011 by Corbett Barr
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It’s been while since we ran an ask the readers post here, so let’s kick the new year off with one.

If you’re working towards building a bigger online audience for your website or blog this year, you may have recently considered what you plan to do differently this year vs. last year.

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (according to Albert Einstein), doing same things over and over to build your site’s traffic without seeing results must be insane.

So I’m curious to know, what do you plan to do differently this year to grow your online audience?

If this is your first “ask the readers” post here, feel free to jump in with your answer. There is no right or wrong way to answer. These posts are a great way for all of us to share information about what works and doesn’t work when it comes to building online audiences. Your contribution is welcome and appreciated.

Oh, and if you plan to do the same things this year that you did last year, tell us what you plan to do and why it has been working.

Happy 2011 everyone. Here’s to a breakout year for you and your site!