So, today I wanted to write about something “pretty interesting” that has happened to me recently. The whole point of this post is to emphasize HOW important it is to jump on opportunities when they present themselves. Believe me, opportunities will present themselves to you often. You may just not see the signs.
Anyhow, about 4 months or so ago I noticed that I was starting to get quite a lot of web traffic to one of my software sites. It’s a site that I setup back in October 2014 to sell a software product. Since then I have done very well with that particular product however, this post isn’t really about that.
The traffic to this site was pouring in daily and I couldn’t understand WHO these people were. There was no way that this number of people will be searching in Google and the other search engines for my software. As my software is very niche and not mass market.
One day I stopped what I was doing to investigate. What I found was rather interesting. A small-time game developer had decided to use the exact SAME name for a new game of his as my software. His game had started to go viral on Youtube and social networks and soon lots of people turned to Google to search for this game.
Of course, with me buying the domain name back in 2014 it was solidly ranked in Google for the name of my software (and this game).
This means when anyone searched for information about this game my site was near the top on page 1. Boom! Instant traffic.
So, I checked my sites analytics (visitor stats) to find that a few hundred thousand visitors had passed through my site. I never made any money from these because my site wasn’t “monetized” for it. I have nothing on my site that was remotely to do with this game.
Essentially, I was LOSING lots of money.
So, I quickly looked at ways I could turn these website visitors onto money. The were a few options but the simplest method was “ads”.
I decide to quickly re-purpose the site by creating a few content pages, added some relevant Youtube videos and written some content for each page.
I also added all the required legal pages to the footer so that I was safely within the ad networks guidelines.
After setting that up it was around 11pm at night. I was tired but thought I’d place the ads on the pages and see what happens. After about 2 minutes I refreshed my “stats” in the ad network. It shown $0.00. I thought, ok… maybe people don’t click ads anymore. I waited another few minutes. When I clicked again it shown around £5.00. I was taken back. I refreshed the stats again 12 minutes after placing my ads and it shown over £12.
I knew I was onto a winner.
This is nearly a month ago and since then I’ve made nearly £8,000 ($12,000) from those ads and every day brings in a few hundred pounds.
This is automated money from FREE, organic traffic. I do not have to do anything else to earn this money and it is extra to my usual income.
The reason for this post is… seize the moment. If any opportunity arises within your business then jump on it. Don’t hang around as you never know when that door will close. I wasted over 3 months of traffic and after working out that number in terms of “income”… damn… I don’t even want to post it. It’s painful.
Keep your eyes peeled… as sometimes in life good things can happen. If you blink, you’ll miss it.