Every now and again, traffic growth on Lazy Man and Money hits a plateau. I'm not overly concerned about that for two reasons:
- I rarely try to write for traffic. Okay, every now and again I try to write a sensational title for fun and amusement. However, in general I write whatever is on my mind with regard to money.
- I think hitting plateaus is natural. I think of it a little bit like dieting. Some weeks you lose more weight and other weeks it just stops. If you stick with it over time, chances are you'll see results.
Nonetheless, hitting plateaus does trigger the thought, "what could I do differently to bust out of this?" My thoughts often turn to ideas of finding effective advertising. My problem with that is measuring what's "effective" is difficult and time consuming for me. I think about ways that I could create other products, perhaps an eBook, that might garner attention. Unfortunately, I don't have the time for that. I have the money to outsource it, but when you read Lazy Man and Money, I'm going to assume you want to read my words, not something I outsourced. So to this day, I don't have a solution.
If I get out the Lazy Man brand though, possibilities start to open up. I can outsource writing for other blogs or websites and effectively be an editor. However, can I duplicate the success of Lazy Man in those topics? I think it's possible, but it would require building a lot of relationships. That's where time becomes a factor again. Also, if my writer is writing about basket weaving am I, a non-basket weaver, going to be able to build those relationships? I don't think so. I think you have to show that you know what you are talking about before others take you seriously.
That said, I see a lot of advantages to investing in websites. If you know what you are doing, they can deliver cash flow. My experience is that the cash flow is fairly erratic. However, like an volatile investment, it seems to become more predictable when looked at over the long term.
The big problems with investing in websites? The time and/or money to keep the cash flow can be a little bit like being a landlord. If you want it to be truly passive, you can hire more people, but it may end up costing you as much money as you making. What's the point in that? The other big problem with websites is one of diversity. Search engines can often be the lifeblood of a website, and one search engine, that shall not be named, is at the point where it create and destroy entire incomes overnight. That's a huge concern.
Peter Lynch says to invest in what you know... and I know websites and blogs. Now if I can come up with a couple of solutions to the above questions, I'll have interesting diversification in my investment portfolio.
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