One of the things that can be frustrating when you start an online business, is knowing whether or not the hard work youíre putting in is making an impact at all. This can be hard to tell if you donít know the signs, when youíre not making a full-time living yet from your efforts. Here are some good indicators that you’re making an impact.
You Have Regular and Increasing Website/Blog Visitors
Building traffic on a website or blog takes time. Youíre not going to get a million page views overnight. But if your visitors are increasing and regular then that shows that what youíre doing is making an impact. Pay close attention to individual blog posts or other content that is getting the most the most traction and do more content like that.
Your Content Is Being Read, Shared, and Commented On
If people who visit your website read, thatís great, but if they share and comment on what youíre doing, thatís even better. Engagement is a much better indicator of impact than pure site visitors. Be sure to reply to those who comment and if you are notified of shares, thank them.
Youíre Consistently Making New Connections
Are people seeking you out more and more to connect with you on various social media accounts? If so, that is a great sign that youíre making a huge impact on their thoughts and actions with your online presence.
Youíre Being Invited to Speak at Events
A very exciting thing that can happen when youíre making an impact in your niche is getting invited to speak at events – either online or offline. It might frighten you, or feel as if itís way out of your comfort zone, but itís important to accept opportunities as they come that will further your business goals.
Your Content Is Being Curated
If other people are talking about your content on their blogs and websites and sharing it, then youíre absolutely making an impact. This type of engagement is an excellent indication that youíre making waves within your niche as a thought leader.
Youíre Getting New Email Subscribers Every Day
If youíve set up an email subscribe form (and you should) and youíre getting new subscribers every day, then youíre making a huge impact. Every subscriber will take you closer to your online business success goals.
Youíre Building a Community
The more you build your business, the more you will (if you set it up right) build a community consisting of prospects and customers. Your customers will become fans for you, convincing the prospects to join them. You can do this via your Facebook page or a LinkedIn group, or even with a forum on your own website. Often it happens rather organically when youíre making an impact.
Youíre Earning Money
You promote products and services and start making money or someone asks to pay money to put an advertisement on your website. Even just a few dollars means you made an impact on someone.
In addition to these success indicators, some other signs that youíre making an impact are that youíve taken the time to create a professionally designed blog that youíre proud of, and keep it updated regularly.