Brian, I’ve drunk your Kool aid! Thank you for honesty and transparency – it really gives me hope. Quick question: I am beyond passionate about a niche (UFOs, extraterrestrials, free energy) and know in my bones that an authority site is a long term opportunity. The problem today is that not many products are attached to this niche and so it becomes a subscriber / info product play. However, after 25+ years as an entrepreneur with a financial background and marketing MBA, am I Internet naive to believe that my passion and creativity will win profitability in the end? The target audience is highly passionate too. Feedback?

Visitors’ intent as they browse your website has a direct impact on your conversion rates. Are visitors coming to your website to research products with the intention of buying online? Or are they taking information from your site back to brick-and-mortar stores to buy there? It depends on the nature of the product you offer and how visitors view it. This answer is focused on visitor-centric information and not on factors you control, such as website messaging, design, copy, etc. These are the three different categories of visitors’ intent:
I think your intention to think long term is very smart. PPC is short lived and leaves very little traffic after the payments are gone. I would focus on a long term strategy that includes some serious social bookmarking as well as twitter campaings, facebook likes and google + likes. This will give you excellent visibility on search engines and you will get higher quality traffic which means better sales.
For example, if your accounting software allows non-paying users to send a maximum of ten invoices a month, and a customer has already sent their tenth invoice and it’s nowhere near the end of their free trial yet, you can reach out and encourage them to upgrade their plan so they can send their eleventh invoice and so on. I know it’s bare bones, but I’m sure you get the point.
If you want to get the traffic that you need for your website from genuine people, you must try to check on Web Traffic Experts. I promise that you will not be frustrated with the outcome. I purchased this service a couple of times and it is still the best. not just in terms of the traffic it provides, but also in terms of their customer support. I can say that they work with passion and sincerity and that makes me love Traffic experts even more. Highly recommended!

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