Very few Thailand bloggers operating in Thailand share anything about their traffic and pageviews.
Here are some stats to help Thailand expat bloggers figure out what to do online… because blogging for dollars probably isn’t it.
I’ve got about 12 sites that are pulling any kind of traffic, total that’s about 51,000 unique visitors per month. That’s not even a million per year. Let’s say 600,000 uniques per year. Average page views is between 1.5 and 3. Let’s say, 2.
So, from websites I get about 1.2 million pageviews per year.
It sounds good until you consider a couple of things.
I have 600 posts at Thaipulse.com/blog here.Â 2,500+ pages at Thaipulse.com main.Â 240 something posts at JoysThaiFood.com.Â AimforAwesome.com has about 300 posts.
The other sites all together have maybe another 450 pages.
That’s about 4,000 posts or pages written. That’s a lot of work. Most of it was fun, some of it just seemed like work.
Now, lets have a look at YouTube videos.
I’ve made 175+ videos about the most ridiculous things – lizards, snakes, bugs, eating bugs, animals with genetic disorders I found in Thailand, life in Thailand type videos. Right now as a group they’re doing like 12,000 views per day. That’s 360,000 per month.
That’s 4.3 Million views per year from YouTube videos versus 600,000 pageviews per month from websites.
Bells are dinging from Udonthani to Helsinki.
YouTube has so much more power for anyone that wants to do something online. Sure it’s difficult to come up with an idea that kills it – but, you know what? My brother sent me a link to a video about rain – here I’ll go find it. It has over 2 million views. WTF? Rain.
Rain Video at YouTube with 2M plus views ->
YouTube is by far the WAY better path to online success than websites at the present moment.
Oh, I did forget to mention something…
I’ve been working on this batch of websites since 2006.
I’ve been doing the YouTube videos sporadically since somewhere around then too – but, with YouTube you need not wait for Google to like your site because you built up trust with links. You need not build up authority.
When PageRank used to mean something I was floored that the YouTube channel I have – has a PageRank 5 versus my blog and some other sites that are at PR 4. AimforAwesome fluctuates between 4 and 5.
So, Google (YouTube) trusts themselves quite a lot and already links off my profile page at Youtube mean something.
My YouTube Profile page – Thailand Travel Channel ->
If you’re an expat in Thailand and considering starting a blog because you think – ah, in 2-3 years I’ll have enough money to stop teaching… it likely won’t happen. It could happen. Probably, it won’t happen.
Instead, consider focusing on video – and creating a channel that many people find funny. There are some real loser shows on YouTube that are doing a couple hundred thousand views per DAY. That’s enough to live on when they run ads on them through the YouTube partner program. Give it a shot if you like video…