| ||Ask HN: After 2 years of content but low traffic, is it time to give up?|
19 points by eclipse31 5 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 34 comments |
|I started work on a restaurant finder website about 8 years ago (so the domain is that old), took my sweet time building it(!) and finally launched it properly with plenty of content around February 2016. The site is super-fast, follows loads of good best practices & SEO tricks and has over 500 restaurants on there now.|
However, when I look at my Google Analytics, my stats are pretty poor... but improving! About 6 months ago I was getting 350ish users/month. This then grew to about 460 a couple of months ago and now I'm in the 500s/month (the site's based in Dublin, Ireland, population 1.5m). Obviously this is still tiny but does the growth point to better things to come?
One thing about the inbound traffic I am getting is that it's all for direct restaurant searches (e.g. "Johnny's Diner") rather than area searches (e.g. "Newtown restaurants"); the latter is where you see the site's true value, so everyone just bounces from the restaurant page.
I was beginning to get disheartened until this new upswing, so wondering if I should be hopeful? Also, surely a domain of that age must be worth something? Thanks
P.S. I specifically didn't give the site URL, as I didn't want to be seen promoting, but am happy to give it if there are comments requesting it.
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