How Not Checking My Site’s Metrics Cost Me $70,000+ in Lost Business
I’ve chosen to keep the website url anonymous because it could affect the brand image of the site but I thought it’s important to share this lesson.
They say, ‘ignorance is bliss’. You can’t be stressed by something you don’t know or don’t think about. So here I was, living this wonderful stress-free life, happy and content with everything going on with my real estate website because I had a few sign ups here and there and things “seemed” to be going alright. When you’re in such a state, there will come a time, and hopefully reading this article will be that time, when you realize that this ignorance of not tracking or measuring key metrics can be the cause of many a pain in the future…
Even though I would consider myself to be quite tech savvy and also aware that keeping a tab on your stats is important, I never really got down to looking at any of my site’s stats for a long, long time. I was only looking at sign ups, sales and enquiries and the numbers always used to be volatile, so nothing struck me as being abnormal. I was not aware that the traffic to my site had actually been on a steady decline. I was slowly losing rankings for my key terms. A few of my older articles had links to sites that did not exist anymore (I later realized there were 14 broken links spread across 173 of my blog posts).. In short, things were not going well and what’s worse, I didn’t realize any of this.
Then, doomsday struck. Read More