Somewhat irrelevant to this story, but have you ever wondered why we say things like ‘under your nose’, instead of ‘below your ear,’ ‘behind your butt’ or ‘beneath your feet’? I am guessing “there are business opportunities right behind your knees” doesn’t have the same ring to it. *shrugs*
This is a website relaunch story. A tale of missed (and hopefully reclaimed) opportunities.
A year ago I quietly launched Dream Travel Jobs as an experiment. It was mostly to test out a new SEO approach I was working on called the “keyword family.” (It’s a chapter in my SEO ebook if you must know – we’ll save that story for another time.)
I set things up, pushed the big ass save button, and let Dream Travel Jobs set sail off into the sunset, wishing it safe travels, then went right back to beavering away in my workshop.
I didn’t promote it to my lists, to my social media, or anything. Heck, I nearly forgot about the poor thing until one day I was poking around in my Google Analytics account, when I saw:
Well. Needless to say I was floored. Checking and double-checking, these stats were accurate.
I shouldn’t have been surprised. You see, this site is now my 2nd biggest email list. It’s growing the most rapidly. That I had seen. Why?
Every 2nd or 4th Monday, an email goes out to the list with some of my usual cheery, pithy wisdoms. And every 2nd or 4th Monday, I’d get heaps of emails. “Oh Andy I really needed to hear this right now, thank you.” “Andy, this site is SO AWESOME. Thank you so much for this wonderful resource.” “Andy, I just got a job. Couldn’t be more excited. You are a godsend.” Same themes, piling in, week after week.
I totally missed the opportunity on this one. I wasn’t making a lot of revenue off of the site, and despite having a built-in survey and feedback on what my job seekers and wanderlusters wanted, I had neglected them. So last week, the site got a much-needed makeover and fantastic relaunch.
I’m glad I am back on track with this project – and I’m reminding myself to be forever thankful for the connections I’ve made on those Monday emails and their patience with me for finally hearing their needs.
I’ll continue to do the things that I did do right – the content is clearly what people want, and I’m not hurting for traffic either. And I’ve learned my lesson: Don’t overlook the assets and valuable opportunities right under your nose.