Good morning Gary,
This is the first time for me to write something on this forum, even though I've been running my SBI website for 9 years now.
I am writing to you because we are in the same position now. We have both just started a new website, and as we progress and encounter common issues, perhaps we could be of help to each other.
My 9-year-old site (serving my Toronto Hypnosis Clinic) is [Domain Private]
, and will be devoted to self-hypnosis through the practice of daily affirmations.
You may think: What is this guy talking about? He's been running a website for 9 years and expects some help from a newbie?
Well, yes ... That's exactly what it is, and I'll tell you why.
My website has been serving as a "face-to-face", patient-traffick generator for my business named Toronto Hypnosis Clinic. The site-concept-keyword is Toronto Hypnosis. The website used to show up on the 1st page of the searches, under the search for "toronto hypnosis" for a long time, but as the competition in this area has become fierce, and as I've stopped writing, it doesn't show on the 1st page of the searches anymore under "toronto hypnosis" keyword. Today, I found it on Chrome, at the top of the 3rd page. But it doesn't matter because it still shows up on the first page of the searches for: "fear hypnosis toronto", "depression hypnosis toronto", "anxiety hypnosis toronto", "anger hypnosis toronto" - and this is what my clients / patients are searching for. They are interested in resolving their particular / specific problems.
I am in basically the same position in which you are now, because all I've done for my website for the past 9 years was just writing, writing and again writing. I've not incorporated into it any of the SBI features (not even the SBI email).
I have never made any effort to grow the traffic except writing. I am not on Facebook or Tweeter, or any other social platform. There has never been any need for it, as the website has been generating enough of the local traffic, and that was all I used to be interested in.
Today, however, I am semi-retired and not interested in seeing as many people as I used to see earlier. I want to create a new website that would serve me in two ways: as a creative outlet for writing (which I love to do) and the passive income generator.
This means that I am interested in generating as much traffic as possible, and in this area my experience is ZERO. This is why (I assume) that we are in the same position, in spite of my 9-year-long engagement with SBI.
Please let me know if you would like to connect wit me directly. You can go to my site and access my email there. Don't know if this forum allows for the posting of an email. Will type it here and see what happens.
dr.walterorlowski (only something like this so spiders don't eat it up) gmail.com
Have a great day!
Am waiting for your email.