What if you built a website with a ton of traffic only to realize it could never end up supporting you?
There are metrics that matter A TON in your business.
However, you might be making critical errors about which ones matter and which do not.
I met a founder recently who made one of those errors. She built a site with loads of traffic, tons of visitors. She had the dream many of us wish for.
But for all that traffic she couldn’t sell a thing. She thought the traffic numbers would mean success… but they didn’t. After all that work she had to go back to the beginning and focus on metrics that matter.
What’s the difference between a meaningful metric and a meaningless metric? Find out in the audio below and take back control of your business (instead of simply reacting to whatever metric some social network throws at you).
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Beyond Traffic: How to Measure What Really Matters — Think Traffic — “This is the trouble with just measuring traffic, it doesn’t really tell you much on it’s own. In our case, we aren’t setting records in terms of revenue, so it’s time to make some changes and focus on measuring what really matters.”
The Trembling 2am Voice Note: Caleb Wojcik’s Journey (FZS 005) — Caleb’s story about meeting Chris Guillebeau and getting started in blogging has some great insights about what metrics matter.
Fizzle Founder’s Story: Sahil Lavingia — if you’re a Fizzler, this is an awesome example of building an audience alongside of building a product and letting the two shape each other. Really great interview.
David Sacks Founder of Yammer- TWiST#354 | ThisWeekIn Startups — the hard part is in the building of the thing, not the idea. Lots to glean in this interview. (Though I haven’t been a fan of Calacanis, he’s grown on me through listening to this show. Like Derek Halpern, there’s a lot more under the surface than you initially thought).
The Only Real Secret of Effective Website Design (unmissable video + course release) — Think Traffic — Definitely check this out if you haven’t.
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The Top 10 Mistakes in Online Business
Every week we talk with entrepreneurs. We talk about what’s working and what isn’t. We talk about successes and failures. We spend time with complete newbies, seasoned veterans, and everything in between.
One topic that comes up over and over again with both groups is mistakes made in starting businesses. Newbies love to learn about mistakes so they can avoid them. Veterans love to talk about what they wish they had known when starting out.
These conversations have been fascinating, so we compiled a list of the 10 mistakes we hear most often into a nifty lil' guide. Get the 10 Most Common Mistakes in Starting an Online Business here »