Monthly Report

Think Traffic Monthly Report – April 2012 (Compound Revenue and The 4 Points of Leverage)

  • May 8, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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Welcome to another Think Traffic monthly report!

April was a fantastic month. We had record revenue in April owing mostly to the launch of Traffic School. This was the third time we have offered the program, and it was the third time it has sold out (in record time this launch, just 32 hours).

I’ve realized something over the past year about growing revenue for a business like we run at Insanely Useful Media (the “umbrella” business name that includes Think Traffic and our other sites).

In order to grow an online business beyond a modest income, on the level of what you might make as a salary at a job, you have to find ways to leverage yourself and your time.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Think Traffic! (Annual Revenue / Growth Details Inside)

  • April 6, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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Think Traffic turned 2 years old in mid-March!

Today we’re going to take a look at what happened here over the last year in this special annual report.

If you have a minute today to help us out, we have a couple of questions at the end of this post for you. We would love to get your feedback.

First, I want to start by saying thank you. Thanks for being here. Thanks for supporting us. Thanks for reading our posts, watching our videos, linking to us, writing us and commenting here.

I have to pinch myself sometimes to see if this all is real.

Not to be too cheesy here, but I can’t believe this is what I get to do for work.

It’s all because of you that I get to wake up every morning to do something incredible: I connect with amazing people all around the world through the content we publish, through social media, and through the products we create.

We get to help so many great people create and grow meaningful websites and blogs. It’s a dream come true. Thank you again for helping make it possible.

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Think Traffic Monthly Report – February 2012

  • March 7, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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Welcome to another Think Traffic monthly report!

If you’re new here, these reports are an insider’s view into exactly how we’ve been growing this site and our business over the past month.

Think Traffic will be two years old this month, so watch out for our second annual report in early April.

What Happened Around Here in February

You might already know that I spend a few months every winter in Mexico. I’m writing this now from our beachfront condo on the Pacific Coast.

Living in Mexico in the winter is fantastic. I only have to walk 5 minutes to go surfing. Tacos and beer are incredibly cheap down here, and there’s plenty of sun and fun things to do.

For the most part business runs smoothly while I’m down here as well. Our internet connection is pretty good (DSL at around 3.5Mbps download / 0.37Mbps upload), and I’m usually great about getting work done, despite all the opportunity for distraction.

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Huge Month! January 2012 Monthly Report – Think Traffic, Expert Enough and Million Dollar Blog Project

  • February 2, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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Welcome to another Think Traffic monthly report!

If you’re new here, in these reports we dive into exactly what we’ve done to grow this blog each month. We also share full details about the growth and revenue for our 3-month-old case study blog called Expert Enough.

This was a HUGE month for us. We launched a new course called How to Start a Blog that Matters. We saw record traffic to both Think Traffic and Expert Enough (full details below).

We also saw record month for revenue from Expert Enough.

Oh, and we have an exciting update on the Million Dollar Blog Project below in this post as well.

Are you ready to dive in? I’m pumped to share this with you.

Let’s get started.

Product Launch = BIG Traffic Boost and More

Here’s something I hear over and over again from bloggers who haven’t yet created a product for sale:

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December 2011 Monthly Report – Think Traffic and Expert Enough

  • January 5, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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Its time for another Think Traffic monthly report! In this report we’ll also be including details of what went on over at our case study blog Expert Enough.

Last month was interesting for a number of reasons. It was the first full month for Expert Enough. Between the two blogs we published 22 posts, (with over half written by guest authors). We launched the Expert Enough podcast and published content on all kinds of topics from chocolate to blogging to goal setting.

We now run three blogs through our tiny business with just two full time people. Over the past few months, we’ve become a micro publisher.

No longer are we simply bloggers. This isn’t a good or bad thing necessarily, but it does present some unique challenges, which I’ll discuss later in this report.

We saw 30,113 visits this month (versus 32,441 last month). There was a slight decline in this month’s traffic to TT, as we also saw last December, but if you include traffic from our case study blog of Expert Enough we had over 47,000 visits to our two sites in December.

Now let’s talk about some specific Think Traffic stats for the month.

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Don’t Let Your Brand Hold Back Your Content

  • December 6, 2011 by Corbett Barr
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Welcome to another Think Traffic monthly report!

If you’re new here, this is where we explain exactly what we did to grow this site over the past month and reflect on things you can do to build your own audience online.

This month I want to talk about one of the most important mindsets you can adopt when building a content-based site (like a blog, YouTube channel, etc.).

I talk with new entrepreneurs every week about their businesses. Most are at the point where they haven’t discovered their “secret sauce” yet. They don’t know exactly what makes their business stand out, and why people should really care about the content they produce.

In cases like these, there’s usually an unfortunate similarity. It’s unfortunate because it holds these entrepreneurs back, but it’s actually an easy thing to break through, with the right mindset.

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