Should I focus on Search Traffic or my Email List?

What the Truck is going on? I need to grow my Search Traffic ASAP!

This year will be the best year ever.

I have already accepted it in my mind.


The challenge I’m faced with now is taking that next step.

“It’s like, where should I put my foot? “


Earlier today I posted an awesome quote that I found from a 90 year old women, check it out here.

My favorite line was:

When in doubt, just take the next small step.


So, that’s what I’m doing today.


Big shout out to Pat Flynn from SPI who’s latest income report really inspired me to take a closer look at my traffic statistics.


I originally set up TruckLicense.net after reading how Pat set up Security Guard Training.

I ended up taking a different path though, I eventually canned the unique article wizard because I didn’t like the fact that you couldn’t get confirmation of where the articles would be published.

Since then I’ve been promoting my niche site using my own techniques and I have been very happy with the results.

I disclose my earnings to the Holiday Insiders Club.


However, lately it feels like I’ve been hitting a wall.


I need a way to increase my traffic at a higher rate without doubling my promotional efforts.

There’s only one source that will fit this bill:



Don’t get me wrong, It’s not like I’m complaining, I did build my blog from scratch to over 3000 hits per month:


And when my earnings dipped I brought those back too.

But after seeing Pat’s stats for January part of me feels like I may be doing it the hard way:

SPI's Jan 2013

From Patt Flynn’s Smart Passive Income

 If the image above doesn’t open try this link.


This presents a real conundrum.


Should I focus on search traffic or stay the course?

A – Change gears, focus on SEO. 


1. Get traffic without having to DO anything.
2. I already know how to rank for terms, I’m ranked #1 for “truck license”.


1. Could risk getting smacked down by Google Panda.
2. SEO results have been known to take some time to work.

B – Stay the Course – Keep doing what I’m doing.


1. Maintain the traffic that I have through my existing promotion activities.

2. Grow my search traffic organically through my growing email subscriber list.


1.  This is taking too long.

2.  Doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity.


What about my email list?

I am very happy about the growth rate of my subscriber list.

The emails go out and the subscribers seem happy so I’m tempted to stay the course.




But I didn’t want to make this decision alone.

I want to connect with you and ask what you think I should do?


Also, it would be cool if you could share your URL and story of how you grew your blog.

Everybody help Everybody.




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What's up! I'm Darnell the founder of Your Online Biz. I believe "We come from absolute greatness. Accomplishing the extraordinary is the least that we should expect from ourselves." In 2012 I launched TruckLicense.net which redefined how to get a CDL without expensive trucking school. I also created the #IBCT - International Blogger Championship Tournament which features the top 64 blogs worldwide in a competitive comparative analysis. When you support me you help #PayItForward as I contribute 10% of my online income to help children in need.

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3 comments on “What the Truck is going on? I need to grow my Search Traffic ASAP!
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  2. Alex says:

    I see SEO as free traffic in time, but i think it requires way more things than “nothing”.
    The experimented guys go in using some complicated strategies to make sure they target a niche where they will get traffic + will get in top 10 fast.
    Stats show that over 60% of the traffic usually ends up in the top 3 positions, so some hard work may be needed to end up there.

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