I own MilPages and it's a great site. We have about 20 writers, run a fairly successful FB page, have a twitter, pinterest, and even Tumblr account/presence. We are active in promoting on social media, built links, and I have been reading these forums and others for years. I feel like I am fairly knowledgeable on marketing.
I mean I get the basics that everyone always says: build links, content is king, social media, PPC, article submissions, PR's, directories, and all the jazz. We do it ALL. We have hired some professionals to even assist along the way.
Today we still only average 500 visits per day which is a drop in the bucket. We are coming up on 2 years of working this thing so it's not a new website (owned since 2008). We are even expending into new content areas which obviously should help, but I need more.
Something isn't happening here. By now with everything I have been doing I would think even 1000 visits a day wouldn't be too much to expect. I am reaching out, looking for what I am doing wrong and what I am doing right.
I want to hire someone that would do SEO monthly on autopilot, but I don't want to hire someone that is going to do a couple link wheels and be done. I don't want someone who is going to drop a couple hundred links and hope for the best. I am looking for a professional that has my concerns at hand. I know, I know...good luck.
Can anyone on the forum give me some useful direction? What am I missing? What would you do with this site if you were in my shoes. I got a few thousand dollars to use, but I want to use it wisely. Biggest bang for the buck kind of thing. I want to build our newsletter subscription, amp up our daily visits, and really excite our writers that LOTS of people are checking out their content. I also want to explode our forum into something exciting.
Anyways, maybe you can offer some advice? I want to go from average to well-known.
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