Yesterday, was the first day that I received 100 visitors to my websites. Apart for the Song of the Open Road Travel Blog, which I have been writing off and on since 2004, I’ve only been riding this travel website train for around three months. I now work on four separate sites- Song of the Open Road, Photographs from the Open Road, Vagabond Fieldnotes Travel Guide, and the Vagabond Journey Travel Information Database– that I link all together to form one big website. I do not really know how many pages I have out there, but I am guessing that it is around 350.
Looking at the number of pages that I have alone, I do not regard my first 100 visitor day with much exuberance. But I still celebrate.
This website venture has been a journey, to say the least, that has been filled with trials and errors, dead-ends and detours at every step of the way. But now I think that I have a system down. And although I am not a very systematic individual, I view my system as an accomplishment.
I must say that I am satisfied with my progress so far:
- I learned how to construct a website.
- I learned all about search engines and how to get my pages into them.
- Since putting ads on my pages last May, I made $429 (only $29 from Adsense).
- I made a couple really good friends who also write travel websites.
At this point, I do not think that I have done well, but I have definently built a couple bridges over some turbulent rivers.
I am learning.
My grandmother use to say that you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
I believe her.
Wade from Vagabond Journey- Travel Information Database
Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal
November 21, 2007