Step 6 Website Income Expectations

Website income expectations - In step 6, we will talk about what we have learned so far and what an honest outlook for year 1 of running a website looks like.

If you’re here reading this series, chances are you’re interested in starting a website to make some income!

Maybe you saw an income report from another website and ‘thought how great is that, they are making 40k a month and working from home on their own schedule’!

Yes, there are people that make that kind of money running a website (even more actually) but we’ll tell you right now, it’s probably not going to happen overnight.  Sure you can strike a jackpot and start making 2-3k a month within the 1st year, but that’s not going to be true for the majority of the websites out there.

Going in, we knew it would take time, but we thought if we just worked our tails off and produced a huge amount of quality content at the start, we would blow up and start making income once Google indexed us (which usually takes around 6 months). 

That didn’t happen.  We had over 100 recipes by the end of month 2 and 200 recipes by the end of month 6, yet we never got that ‘blast-off’ traffic from Google.

Google Traffic
8 Months of Google Traffic

Instead, what we have gotten is a couple of viral hits on social media, a slow and steady growth from Google traffic, and general positive movement in the right direction as of month 8.  This was especially true for us once we switched hosting to Siteground.

Once you embark on this journey to create your own website, it will test your dedication, perseverance, and mental fortitude, but if you really believe in the content you are producing, one day you will be rewarded! 

It’s important to manage your website income expectations and understand things are going to take time.  It’s hard work but we’re sure you’ll enjoy every minute of it! 

We wish you the best of luck and let us know if you have any questions!

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  1. Hello LCA –

    First off, thank you for providing such fantastic recipes! I found your site (okay, my husband found your site) while searching for a low carb recipe that we could use for the pork chops we had on hand. We settled on the Asian Garlic Pork Chops, and I must say they were delicious! It’s getting harder to find low carb recipes that don’t involve a lot of expensive keto ingredients, but your site is now bookmarked in my Favorites and I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

    While browsing around, I became intrigued by your series “LCA’s 6 STEPS ON HOW TO START A WEBSITE”. I have been thinking about starting a website (not food-related) for a while now and enjoyed reading about the process. I am curious to ask when the series of articles was written as there does not seem to be a date stamp on the articles. I ask because I’ve come to understand that the SEO world (and Google’s expectations) changes very quickly and sometimes material I’ve read is not ‘fresh’, and unfortunately describes outdated procedures. I’m also wondering if you are planning to do more of this type of content, or any sort of follow-up to this series? I’m eager to hear about the continued growth and success of your website.

    Thank you so much for great content!

  2. LowCarbingAsian

    Hello Dawn! Glad you found us and you liked the Asian style pork chops! Our philosophy is that keto/low carb recipes can be made with basic ingredients, so we try to keep all the specialty ingredients optional! Hope you find more recipes here on LCA to your liking!

    As for the ‘how to start a website’ series, this was written about 7 months ago, so all the SEO practices we listed on there should still be relevant. However, for the scope of that series, we didn’t really get into real ‘SEO’ strategies or structures. SEO is super complex and depends quite a bit on the niche of your website, so we would recommend reading up on SEO from bloggers in the particular niche you’re in and see how you can implement those strategies.

    For now, we don’t have any plans to update the series. However, if we get some demand for it (more visitors requesting this), we will be more than happy to update the info!

    In the meantime, if you have any particular questions about SEO, content production/editing, CMS, hosting, business models, etc, let us know and we can try to guide you as much as we can!

    All the best – Mark | LCA

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