Advice Needed: What to do with 1540 free visitors in 2 days?

by dar 3 replies
Hi guys, this is my first thread here.

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?

-Darek
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony Hull
    Hi Darek,

    Welcome to the forum!

    To be honest with you, I'm not sure there's anything you can do with a "spike" like this, simply because it is most probably just a "one-off" and won't happen again....

    Especially if you think the niche won't make any money... why waste your energy doing anything on it?

    Just pick a better niche next time

    Cheers,

    Anthony
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi,
      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.
      Just make sure that you have triple checked that your assertion that it is unmonetizable is absolutely correct.

      In my experience most traffic is monetizable in some way - even if you basically end up 'selling it on.' I prefer to see traffic as 'more monetizable or less monetizable/harder to monetize.'

      So for example, what were the specifics regarding the traffic?

      You are using google analytics, so was the bounce rate bad? Did they stop and watch the video? Did they go elsewhere on the site (were they 'engaged'?)

      Are there any more tutorials you could make? Are there any you could also sell to them?

      Just some thoughts, would hate to see you getting nothing from a good thing, or missing a trick.
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      • Profile picture of the author dar
        Thanks for the tips guys.

        Anthony: I'll probably take your advice. My time and energy is probably better spent elsewhere.

        ExRat: I think selling in this niche is almost out of the question. There are reams and reams of free tutorials. The people don't expect to pay for anything, and would get mad that someone is making money off the program creators' backs(the program is open source). Lots of people use the program because it is free.

        Most of the people dedicate lots of time, but it is a hobby, not something to spend money on. There aren't any "problems" that need to be desperately solved.

        Basically all these things come together which is why I kinda gave up a while ago. These people probably spend hours on the internet/day and never buy anything.

        However, there are similar commercial programs that cost hundreds of dollars(By the way this isn't photoshop .). They work in basically the same way as the free one. I think creating video courses/memberships for those programs may be a much better way to go. It took me a couple of years to really learn how to use the program in question to the point of becoming an "expert".
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