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Instant Online Success Is Rare

Many new webmasters start a forum, blog, or another website hoping to achieve instant fame, success, and fortune. Whether they’re attempting to earn money or just bring in new community members or subscribers, some web administrators make the mistake of thinking they will be successful quickly. That is not the case, at least not for most websites. Instant online success isn’t a total myth because hundreds, if not thousands, of websites have gone viral within days of opening. However, this should not be expected by everyone. Having your site go viral on Reddit or Facebook, or achieving other forms of instant success online is extremely rare. Keep reading to learn how you can adjust your expectations, follow reasonable guidelines for long-term success, and ultimately be a better webmaster.

The Long Game

Part of being a long-term thinker means focusing on something we call "the long game". In other words, it means striving to achieve goals over a set period of time without being distracted by instant gratification. The effort you put in can have a direct effect on the significant value you bring to your projects, online websites, and life. When you are able to dedicate yourself to a cause for a long period of time, you can truly see better results. There are so many examples of this positive type of thinking. Unfortunately, a lot of people never actually realize the rewards of long-term planning and playing the long game. This is because they give up too early or shift their focus and energy from something that isn’t bringing them instant success to instead follow a trend or easier concept. When Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook from the dorm rooms of Harvard, he could have achieved instant success by allowing anyone in the world to sign up on the social network. However, he and his team knew that the servers the website was hosted on could only handle so much web traffic. Instead of letting anyone access Facebook, they rolled out invites on a per-school basis, and only colleges at first. This is a great example of playing the long game. It’s not that Mark and his fellow classmates wanted to grow Facebook slowly… they just knew that if they "skipped ahead" and tried to gain instant success overnight on a country-wide or global scale that their site would crash, be inaccessible for everyone, and likely be forgotten due to unreliable server hosting. This long-term thinking proved so successful, with Facebook now achieving incredible server up time for billions of users across the globe.

Don’t Quit Too Early

Playing the long game and focusing on goals that bring you sustainable profits, happiness, and success can be difficult. This is especially true if you are not seeing any results. Many people do the right thing by focusing on what they can achieve on the internet over the course of 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, etc. However, a lot of these efforts go unappreciated because the creators of these online websites, YouTube channels, forums, blogs, and other projects give up too early. It’s sad too see so many people give up, and it happens frequently too.

Knowing When To Give Up

The flip side of giving up too early is never quitting or sticking with something for too long. One of the best ways successful people continue to grow and achieve their goals is knowing when it’s time to stop. Certain ideas simply do not come to fruition, and staying with these plans can be awful for your personal life, career, online success, and more. There is a happy medium between giving up too early and quitting at the right time. It’s not an exact science, although it is often still very easy to understand when someone else should stop pursuing their dreams because of how much energy, time, and even money they are pouring into their ideas. The main problem is that it can be extremely difficult to self reflect and criticize your own efforts in the same way. Succeeding online is partially about sticking with great ideas with a long-term mindset, not quitting when it’s hard, but choosing to stop "beating a dead horse" or in other words, failing. Knowing the right time to leave an idea behind is a fantastic way to save money, time, and energy, and we can see this all throughout the world. For example, knowing when to sell a stock or other asset can be very profitable, while holding on to that stock can lose you a lot of money. Try to apply this to your life in the same way.

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This really resonates with me and one way of looking at success could be whether you enjoy doing what you do and having the site you have. I'm not saying don't strive for better! I started a new forum recently and mainly it's for ME because it's about crafts and it's what I love to do so even if it doesn't take off I'll still have a place that I can fill up with projects I've done, projects I want to do and whatever.

My point is that I find the OP to be encouraging :D
 
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TopSilver

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I find this to be a very powerful and encouraging article. I want to simply say well done. I feel the same way. My sites traffic has gotten a boost after not giving up and making sure we had content (over 5.6K posts now). The job still isn't done and I still need to get us to our next goal of 2K threads and 15K posts but I don't think it will be as hard and should be much easier. I appreciate you taking the time to share your views. I agree with them completely. Quitting one of my other sites in the past was actually the right decision as I also agree with the last part of the article. I had worked on it for 3 years straight and it was online that whole time but only had 1.2K posts by the end and realized it was bar none impossible for me to get it going because the genre was Xbox modding and I just couldn't manage to get people interested. I inevitably realized I could do so much better if I focused my energy on discussions themselves and not simple threads with download links. I recently made 2 styles for my site, a light and dark one and I have never been more satisfied with a theme in my entire life.

We have a long ways to go and still need to get more people but what matters is at the very least we've got off the ground and onto our feet with a fairly decent start. Great job ~TopSilver
 

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Yes, very true.

I personally experienced quitting too early is very often we do. Even I did the same with my money-making forum, where I inspired by some of the top forums and quit when seeing no success and scared of spam posts.

But now I see, I could wait for a few months. As a forum where I am registered is doing the same job and I have seen how he started and now his site appears on the first page on google.