I've heard a lot of different answers when I ask how much traffic per day is "good" traffic for a website. I always count unique hits, not page views.
There is a big difference between unique hits and page view hits. Some seem to think 500 or more unique hits a day is good, while others seem to think around 20,000 and over!
I have sites doing over 3,500 unique a day and others only getting 100 after 2 years. Of course what really counts is how much your making off them.
I'll take making 50 bucks a day with a site of 100 unique hits a day over one with 50,000 unique hits a day but only making 10 bucks a day.
So what do you consider "good" traffic for a website?
I would consider "good" traffic to be traffic that generates enough money for me to pay 25% or more of my bills lol. Unfortunately, I am not there yet. Does anyone know of a Hub that I can read, or have some adivce to help me get my traffic up? With all the websites, hubs, and blogs that I've ever created, I get roughly 10-20 hits a day per media.
I found a scale once that I thought was very appropriate. It is here if anyone is still interested in this topic <snipped>
Based on that I am aiming for 1000 visitors per day for my niche site.
I consider 100-500 pageviews(not uniques) a good traffic and $2 a day good money for small niche websites where you haven't worked hard.
But for sites that are your passion and you have really worked hard on them, you should be making AT LEAST 30-50 bucks a day with them.
Enough traffic to make good money. I write very targeted copy, so I don't see the huge traffic levels of some. But from what I've read here, I have a much higher conversion ratio than alot of top hubbers.
Bill, I would say that depends on the website. I have some websites that convert sales with extremely low levels of traffic, but they are highly niche topics. So the readers that get there are already very motivated to buy.
It also depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you are looking for outside advertisers you would need to be able to prove to them that you get a specific amount of traffic for them to want to pay for ads.
Thanks for all the replies.
I tend to be the type that tries for niche subjects, which means low traffic but high quality that pays.
This year I'm buying many very niche targeted names and setting them up. Then not only do I hope to make money with sponsors off them but also sell them in a year.
However I do have a few big ones I would love to get enough traffic for to sell ads, or at least more ads than I do now.
I know some people that make much more just off selling ads in their site than I do for everything combined. Selling ad spots has got to be the easiest way to make money online.
It depends very much on your objectives.
If it is for earnings then however much that traffic is worth. But high quantities of low value traffic can bring about certain opportunities.
You are likely to be able to build up a large mailing list for a start, and Alexa rankings are important when attempting to sell a website.
But ultimately, whatever works financially. An alexa top 200000 website could easily be sitting there making much more money than an Alexa top 10000 website, but I know which one would be easier to sell. When it comes to selling banner space on one of the many sites that specialise in this, the Alexa ranking is the most commonly used indicator to price too.
You can also build outwards if your traffic is very broad, whereas if your traffic is extremely targeted you are a little limited when it comes to the direction that a site can take.
When it comes to sales pages, traffic value. One of my two successful sales sites gets 300 page views per day, the other gets 400. I am happy with that, each article adding say 10 per day. As long as the sites are working I will see no reason to sell, and as long as they are generating sales I see no reason to sell banner space, and as such Alexa ranking becomes irrelevant. In fact, if you are trying to hide a niche, a strong Alexa ranking may put your secretive and lucrative niche at higher risk of being copied.
With Excerptz, the writers will be attracted to a high Alexa ranking and a decent PageRank, when I get there, so I treat low value traffic as highly as I do high value traffic. Not that I can really dictate the topics
I've never been able to understand why the Alexa ranking is important. It only counts people that use it, and I have never met anyone that even knows what it is!
I think the Alexa ranking is very flawed and not good at all. So I don't know why people keep up with what it says for websites.
It is said to be most accurate for US traffic, and the higher the sites rank the more accurate the ranking is.
Your right though, poor sampling (anything but random). The only people that are going to install the toolbar are Internet marketers, webmasters, or other marketing type folk.
That rules out most children or elderly people, and would see a blog about SEO achieve an Alexa ranking far superior to one about knitting or toys which achieve the same traffic.
That said, it is still widely used, whether we like it or not. On Flippa, banner advertising sites, pretty much exclusively. And it will be that way until Quantcast and others start tracking smaller websites.
What it does tell us though is that Internet Marketers, webmasters and marketing types, watch A LOT of porn Probably because they are glued to their computers too much to go and find the real thing.
Now Ryan, don't you have a new wife living with you???
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