8 months ago I made a website based on one of my hobbies at the time. I created several tutorials, complete with videos and a couple of video tutorials. These were completely unique tutorials that I knew people were looking for because there were many threads in the main niche forum asking: "Are there any tutorials to do...?"
This was before I had heard of internet marketing, so I was just doing it for fun. The only way I monetized this was through one adsense ad in the sidebar of every page(to subsidize the hosting costs).
After a few weeks I lost interest, but kept the site up because I was getting around 40 visitors/day via Google mainly and a few tutorial directories. I more or less forgot about it, but check up every so often when I'm logged into Google Analytics.
Today I logged in and WOW!
1540 visitors in the past 2 days!
I know this isn't a huge amount, but keep in mind this site was holding steady at 40 visitors/day.
My first thoughts: Must be a SPAM Site!
But I took a look at incoming links, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the largest authority site in the entire niche(a blog), had linked to one of the tutorials in their latest post!
The downside to all this?
The really big bummer, and one of the reasons I lost interest in the website and niche in general, is that it is basically unmonetizable.
The people in it are usually extremely tech savvy, even more than most warriors, and the tutorials were for a free open source software product.
It was a pretty cool experience for someone just starting out in internet publishing and marketing, and there was one thing I learned from it:
Pick your niches carefully!
So what would you guys do with a sudden spike in traffic like this?