I've been looking at my site traffic a ton lately. Mostly it's just because I've been trying a lot of new strategies for growing the site in the last month or so, and thankfully they are working really well.
But, it also started to make me think about how I'm literally never satisfied with how the site is doing, which is pretty annoying.
I never feel like it's enough traffic, enough email signups, etc. A lot of that goes into the “why” I've been able to be successful with my efforts so far. If I was happy with where things were, I'm sure I would work WAY less than I do.
Lately I've noticed that a lot of you are kinda down on yourself sometimes about your progress on various things, and I don't think you should be at all.
Everyone starts at the bottom in their journey
So when I was looking at my analytics, I decided to go allllll the way back to when the site started. It looks like this:
Now, please don't mistake this as a “look how much traffic I have” post, because it's really not. I am really proud of where the site is, but I also know 70% of my audience couldn't care less about my analytics.
This post is much more about what the numbers represent than how many views M$M gets every day.
I think that there's a really important and relatable message in the above picture that everyone who reads this site regularly can understand. If you look at the far left of the graph, I didn't have ANY traffic, and absolutely hadn't made any money from M$M.
Whether you're paying off your student loans like I did, starting some type of online business or blog, or even trying to grow your net worth, we all start at zero.
There aren't many exceptions really (unless you're a trust fund baby or something awesome like that).
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Don't get too caught up in where you are right now
As you've probably seen on Facebook or if you've emailed me lately, I try to respond to every message from readers and I definitely see all of them.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, it's pretty common for me to get stuff from people who feel like they are stuck in whatever they are trying to do.
There's a lot of “I feel like I'm not having enough progress” or “it feels like I'm never going to get ahead.”
I can relate 100%
Just a few days ago, I was tripping because I wanted to pass up $20k in revenue this month, and I'm not sure if I will or not. Like…actually worried as if that's some kind of bad thing. *face palm*
And yes – I am fully aware how completely dumb and out of touch with the real world that sounds. A year and a half ago I was making $3,500 a month teaching.
But, it doesn't sound any sillier to me than “I've only paid off $24,325 of my $60,000 in student loans.” That's a BIG accomplishment that a ton of student loan borrowers may never get to.
It definitely doesn't sound much worse than “I've been working so hard but my net worth is only $20,000″ (which happens to be WAY more than the average millennial).
The point is that everyone falls into those traps (myself fully included); we just all happen to be on different parts of the journey and lose perspective from time to time.
Do you remember what it was like when you first started?
From the student loan perspective, I barely remember making the first payment, but I do know that it was $398.13.
A few months later, I was making $1,300 payments every two weeks, and then a few months after that – my $40k of loans were gone.
I had no idea it was going to go down like that in the beginning.
For this site, my first post was on Medium. There wasn't any sponsorship money or ad revenue. It was just me writing some random stuff down about loans that I thought nobody would ever read.
To date, 417,827 people have been to the site and looked at 1,349,125 pages. I'm on track for 400,000+ page views in the next 30 days.
I brought in $70k of revenue last year in my first full year working online (just did my taxes haha), and I'm easily on pace to double that this year.
That's freaking crazy to me.
So, no matter where you are on your part of the journey – just remember that it's OK to not be satisfied. It's fine to think you're behind. You need that as fuel.
But, you also need to understand how far you've come since the beginning and how extraordinary it is that you're even going above and beyond.
Most people just go through the motions in life. That's not you at all.