Does this site have any chance?

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Hi all,

I own four websites. I'm still working on three of them, but the first one I created has been left unattended for months... jogginglife.com.

The reason is that I didn't appreciate just how competitive the topic of jogging/weight loss, etc, was when I started! I've had much more success with my subsequent three sites, which are in more targeted niches.

JoggingLife is bringing in practically no traffic - about 50 visitors a month last time I checked! But, I do like the domain name and it could be valuable if I could find a way to make it work...

What do you think? Should I tackle this niche? Drill down to a "sub-niche"? Or just give up and focus on sites that are working?!

Thanks in advance
Adam

P.S. If you're wondering about the rubbish drawings - the thinking was: gives the site a distinctive (hopefully "fun") style and royalty-free images to use!!
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  • Profile picture of the author China Newz
    Maybe you could re-brand the site into a more specific jogging niche, like jogging shoes or something. That way you don't have to give up on your site, especially if you are passionate about the topic. Don't think that you would have to change to url but just refocus your content.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrMonetize
    This site is bland and colorless. Inject some personality to keep viewers interested. Post real pictures and get a new graphical header and logo. All I'm seeing is text and stick men and I've lost interest after two pages. I'm guessing the bounce rate will be high with this look.

    Here's an example of an interesting site in this niche - http://runnersworld.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Giftys
    I agree. The content is good but people also want to be visually stimulized. Think about those commercials with a close-up of the cheeseburger oozing juices out the side. It just makes you want to go out and buy one.

    I like the name jogginglife.com. I think it's very strong and identifiable.
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  • Profile picture of the author murielcrom
    your site brings up an interesting topic and it might just work. I think you have to focus more on things that are helpful and interesting, like tips or fun facts that some, if not most people, might not know. It's a bit of work but it might bring you better results. All in all, I think that a site like yours is a great idea. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    I took one look at it and wanted to leave. The design is easy on the eyes, but the overall presentation is boring.

    If you are getting only 50 visitors per month then there is something wrong with the existing content. Get things on there that people are searching for, they are willing to share and other sites link to.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Bizzarely, I think the design is quite charming...somehow.

      It certainly makes a change from overused stock photos!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ripster
    It's up to you whether your site has a chance or not; not anyone else.

    If you are willing to work hard on driving traffic to your website then you will reap the rewards over time. If not then nothing will change.
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  • Profile picture of the author keith88
    Originally Posted by AdamJ85 View Post

    Hi all,

    I own four websites. I'm still working on three of them, but the first one I created has been left unattended for months... jogginglife.com.

    The reason is that I didn't appreciate just how competitive the topic of jogging/weight loss, etc, was when I started! I've had much more success with my subsequent three sites, which are in more targeted niches.

    JoggingLife is bringing in practically no traffic - about 50 visitors a month last time I checked! But, I do like the domain name and it could be valuable if I could find a way to make it work...

    What do you think? Should I tackle this niche? Drill down to a "sub-niche"? Or just give up and focus on sites that are working?!

    Thanks in advance
    Adam

    P.S. If you're wondering about the rubbish drawings - the thinking was: gives the site a distinctive (hopefully "fun") style and royalty-free images to use!!
    Drill down but brace yourself. Your going to need time and money to make it work. Focus on what's working for now and take those profits to build up the jogging site.

    It can work but it will take more effort and expert positioning on your part !!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Fantastic
    I'd redo the design of the site...

    And go back through and update all of your content.

    If you play your cards right...

    The site definitely has a chance.
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    • Profile picture of the author GlenH
      I agree with most of the other comments...the design is colorless and a somewhat boring.

      I'd be interested to know how long each of those 50 visitors actually stayed on your page.

      My guess is not very long.

      You have to do 'stuff' you're competitors aren't

      A simple ideas to keep visitors involved as soon as they land on your site, would be set a series of provocative survey questions in the form of a 'survey style' landing page.

      Ask your visitors to respond to some questions about their jogging habits...what their greatest challenges are using jogging to lose weight.

      I'm sure you can come up with a heap of questions.

      Get your visitors involved.

      Get them thinking about what they want to get out of jogging.

      Show them you're interested in what they think, and they'll come to respect and trust you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Just focus on one site. How are you going to make 4 sites successful if you can't get 1 to pop off?

    You jogging site is nice looking... i dont see any monetization options though. Try adsense, affiliate products, your own products.... and a better headline.
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    • Profile picture of the author Fredbou
      O.k. The domain name is excellent. The site is not. The domain name could be worth money, one day, if you do it properly!

      I can see at a glance why you're only getting 50 visits per month. Is that AWStats or Google Analytics?

      The theme is baaaaaad! It defies all logic in terms of being search engine friendly.

      You will never get this site listed with any search engine with any ranking. PM me if you want to learn why. I'll tell you for free!

      I did a Google search for jogging and scrolled through 12 pages and didn't find you.

      Global rank, 22,028,174
      Daily Pageviews per Visitor
      1.00

      Doesn't even have a 0 page rank.

      IMPORTANT: N/A (not available) - it is not possible to show any pagerank now.

      You have zero backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    The stickmen are cute but the color scheme is too wishy-washy.

    Probably you're better off selling the site and growing your winners into $$$$$ earners.
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    Strangely, bizarrely....I like the design. However, the font is a little skinny and the titles and page names too long.
    Go for it!
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  • Profile picture of the author bertyounger
    The domain name is strong and good for branding but it definitely needs some TLC.
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    • Profile picture of the author hoganeye
      I agree the stick men are charming, but the page does seem a little washed out looking. Might be worth paying someone a few dollars to get to inject a little life into it.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    You have to rebuild the site, but I don't think you should really do it. As many others have already said, you should sell this jogging domain and concentrate your attention on the websites that are making money.






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  • Profile picture of the author NeshSab
    Like the others said, the site has potential and the domain name is very good. If I were your, I would focus on this things first:

    1. The Design. There is nothing wrong with this color, but it's very monotonous. For a start you need some colorful post thumbnails, custom header and custom logo (optional).

    2. Then Monetization. You said, that you have other successful sites, so I consider you're familiar with some monetization techniques. Implement them on your site.

    3. Traffic. What is your main traffic source ?

    For a start, make a Facebook page and other social profiles.You can get very targeted likes with FB ads.
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