>>>>My hope is that all of us will prosper in the coming year.
>>>>Everyone seems to be upset about almost everything related to website traffic.
actually i'm with you mike, i've been really pleased with these last few months of my web presence and i plan to do whatever it takes in 2002 too.
i'd add that as a retailer my internet sales have grown in the last 2 years from nothing to something i'm rightly proud of. i can't compare to the ease of 1999 because i wasn't in the game then.
i've gone from a basic html version of a catalogue using free webspace and having no visits and no sales, to a cluster of themed sites (all work in progress of course) which i've worked like hell on and now get decent traffic and sales... my belief is that there is a LOT of room for the smaller people who are willing to learn, adapt and impliment quickly, this is what gives us the edge over bigger more muscly but slower competitors.
i started at an adult education "learn basic html" course in nov '99 having only just (knowingly) touched a computer for the first time,
my inspiration since has been elsewhere, and once i realised there "was more to it" (about jan 01) i've experimented and researched and failed and succeeded, but i've gone in the right direction.
i'd say get access to your log files, reseach as much as possible in any way you can, if you can't program (like me) there are a ton of freeware and cheap shareware applications which can be used in all kinds of ways to help (i've spent many hours just looking throu listings at dave central looking at stuff like a child in a sweetshop)
it can work, you can do it successfully like i have, i think its a given that internet traffic in one form or another will increase year on year for a while yet, and why can't you and me have a slice of the action, i think its also a given that what works today may well not work tommorow, be prepared to change and not moan about it.
i'm not showing off (i feel sure that most pro's here earn more money than me - if thats how you measure success) but just showing its possible to make good progress.