It has been amazing
Through Narrow Bridge I have built a small business that supplements my income.
I recently spent a weekend in Chicago because of Narrow Bridge.
I have poured out my heart and soul to my readers.
I have given advice to people who needed it.
Blogging at Narrow Bridge has been a life changing experience and I am thrilled to have written my 600th post this week.
It all came crashing to a halt
But on Friday, October 14th, 2011, it all changed. Google ran a massive update codenamed Panda and my traffic came crashing to a halt. About 60% of my daily traffic is gone.
Traffic is everything on the web. While it has recovered a bit in the last week, it is still far below where I was a week ago today. When your traffic goes away, so does income. So does a feeling of success. So does some of your inspiration to keep going.
I have a few options for what to do next, and I hope you all share your thoughts in the comments for this post. At the end of the day, I was blogging because I love the topic and the readers and the community (and the money and the delusional celebrity status).
- Keep on trucking. Just keep writing and hope my traffic comes back and keeps growing over time.
- Start a new site. I bought a new finance related domain that is ripe for content.
- Give it up. I am not really going to do this. No way.
- Other ideas?
Right now, I am thinking about a combination of keeping Narrow Bridge alive but posting less often while starting a new site that gets the bulk of my attention and affection. I just don’t know.
What I do know is that my favorite company in the world, Google, a company that I have cheered for, beta tested for, visited, received a free laptop from, used for income, suggested to friends, bought a phone from, got a web browser from, and use to keep track of my life, has turned its back on me.
Yes, it was not like I was singled out of the crowd. Thousands of sites were hit just like mine. But I am angry and upset and a little depressed when I visit my blog. It is like the balloon of inspiration was deflated.
I could use your thoughts and words of encouragement. Proceed to comments.
(PS – My five year old Israel blog did not have the same traffic loss from Panda as Narrow Bridge. It also makes about $10 per month compared to hundreds at Narrow Bridge.)
Image by Håkan Dahlström.