I've worked my way up to between 1,500 and 3,000 avg daily visitors and I'm just a month and a week. So considering that nothing was payed for with anything but time and typing, I'd say I'm on to something.. Actually, the last article I wrote has gotten over 200 facebook likes and 6,000 views in two days. This might not mean much to a lot of you because you actually know what you're doing, but I'm proud. My problem is going to be an obvious one that many have asked, so admins I apologize to you. But for the love of this community, I need your help.
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Now that you know my situation, I need to ask.. Wtf am I doing wrong? I've got the traffic. 85% is from the US my bounce rate has been under 1% for two weeks. I've got social media presence and likes. Very easy to find on google because of my linux post.. I cannot tell you what writing that did for my traffic, but there isn't anymore money coming in. I understand that the popularity of my best post did wonders as far as SEO, but shouldn't that come with at least a littler more money or clicks or anything?? I just don't get it!
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