Authors: If you’ve been watching your article traffic reports, you may have noticed that March came in roaring like a LION and is ending like a lamb.
Here’s an important lesson to keep in mind: Just like the stock market, our traffic patterns rarely go only straight up. There are often cycles and ups/downs based on the ebb and flow of the Internet.
In December 2005, we were feeling a little down because traffic wasn’t climbing through the roof like we expected it to but we made an important decision: To do NOTHING different… meaning, we believed in the business model and kept on approving articles, educating authors, and driving the business forward.
Know what happened in February? We had a record month, which is amazing considering it was a short 28-day month. This success was largely thanks to our quality expert authors who kept on driving right through the fog to continue writing and submitting quality original articles combined with our persistent efforts in December 2005 when things were looking more bleak than they are today.
What to do: If you already believe in article syndication as a business strategy for all of the benefits that it delivers, then be consistent and persistent if you want to be rewarded when the traffic sunshine comes again.
The authors who kept on sending in their best articles in December and January were rewarded big-time when traffic spiked in February.
Keeping the faith in the plan: It’s also important to keep the perspective that we’re still delivering tens of thousands of daily visitors to tens of thousands of authors…(and had over 2 million repeat visits this month!)
…meaning, if you’re in it for the long-term as we are… the authors who continue without regard to whether it’s a heavy traffic day/week or not will continue to find value for their time invested creating original articles and submitting them.
Lastly, how come I couldn’t find any articles in our database about the origin of the history of why weather meterologists talk about whether March comes in or exits like a lamb or lion? There must be a reason why this lamb/lion or lion/lamb thing for March started, no? :)?