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Blogging Challenge To Make Money Online – Week 6 and 7 Report

I skipped a week reporting my results of the blogging challenge to make money online. It happened for two reasons. First, week 6 was a bit lackluster and second, I was doing a lot of extra work behind the scenes. Somehow the time just flew by me. Today I will provide you with two sets of results and a bit of a breakdown of what I have been doing in the last couple of weeks.

Over the past couple of weeks I have have been brushing up on list building and email marketing. In my posts I have been telling you that the “money is in the list”, but if your list is not responsive the “money is not in the list”. I have been finding that my list’s responsiveness is not as good as it could be. So, I have been learning how to improve the responsiveness of my list, to improve CTR of my lists, create squeeze/optin pages, and so on.

I have been following Bertus Engelbrecht’s Elite Email Marketing course, learning how to create effective squeeze pages, sales funnels and email sequences to increase my list of subscribers and to improve the responsiveness of my list.

As well, I have been taking steps to protect my blogs from hackers. You may be aware that there is a dangerous situation in the cyberspace with respect to the security of our WordPress blogs. For that reason I wrote a few articles to help you tighten the security of your blogs.

With respect to the blogging challenge to make money, I continued to make my rounds commenting on forums and on blogs. Last week I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed a significant spike in the traffic to my blog.

While examining my stats last week I noticed that a lot of the traffic coming to my blog was from a blog I commented on previously. I knew that the site is a commentluv blog. That is why I love commenting on commentluv blogs.

Just in case you are not familiar with commetluv plugin, let me digress a bit and explain the significance of commentluv blogs. Blogs that have commentluv plugin allow the commentators to share a link to one of their latest posts at the end of the comment. That way, if the link is interesting, other commentators will click on the link and it will, of course, lead them to the blog.

I was pretty pleased to think that other people liked my link. Well, that was not the case. Even a better thing happened. Adrienne Smith, the owner of the blog where I left the comment, liked my post so much that she actually mentioned my name and recommended my post to her readers. How cool is that?

I could go on about all the other things I have done during the past few weeks but I am sure you would like to see how my blog and the challenge is progressing.


Blogging Challenge To make Money Online – Week 6 Results

Traffic Results

  • Total traffic: 168, off from last week
  • Unique visitors: 143

Organic traffic was slightly down at 40%.

  • Page views: 587 pages
  • Average pages per visit: 3.49,  higher than last week’s figure
  • Bounce rate was down at a low of 0.60%

Visitors still spent quite a bit of time on my site. Over 16 minutes on average per visit!

Week 6 Sales Results

During week 6 of the blogging challenge to make money online, the blog sold 2 products, namely Simple Traffic Solutions course.


Blogging Challenge To make Money Online – Week 7 Results

Traffic Results

  • Total traffic: 232, up significantly from week 6
  • Unique visitors: 178

Organic traffic slightly down at 37%

  • Page views: 773 pages
  • Average pages per visit: 3.33
  • Bounce rate was low at 0.86%

Visitors spent quite a bit of time on my site. Over 27 minutes on average per visit!

34 people visited my site from Adrienne’s blog.


Week 7 Sales Results

During week 7 Blogging Spree site sold one product.

This past two weeks of the blogging challenge to make money online were pretty exciting. I was really pleased with results, especially during week 7. You can imagine how thirlled I was that Adrienne linked her post to one of my posts. To be recognized for one of my posts felt much better than making a sale. I guess it is because to me contributing to the blogging community and helping other people is more rewarding that just making sales.

Now don’t take me wrong, I definitely blog to make money online but this is secondary to my desire to share what I know with my readers and to help others. Knowing that I was able to help someone is very gratifying.

Please be sure to leave a comment, I do have commentluv. In fact, here is a post all about commentluv and why you should use it too. There I explain why I use it and how it helps bring me traffic to my blog.


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19 Responses to Blogging Challenge To Make Money Online – Week 6 and 7 Report

  1. Dipra Sen December 5, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Your results are very encouraging and 16 minutes per visit is just awesome.
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  2. ugo November 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Would you recommend Bertus Engelbrecht’s course?
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    • Dita Irvine December 6, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Bertus Engelbrecht is a very clever marketer and he offers many good course. His training is always very powerful and quite easy to understand. So I guess my answer would be yes.

  3. Make Money Online June 20, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Excellent blog post! I love reading about other people seeing success on the internet. It’s such a valuable source of income accessible to anyone. As a college student myself finding a job is hard enough let alone one that pays more than minimum wage. I’ve been trying to make a living online as well lately and I have to say it’s been tough. However, reading articles like this one really helps to keep me motivated and stay on my goals.

    Thanks for the quality post!


    • Dita Irvine June 22, 2013 at 10:45 am #


      I hope you will make it. Being consistent and persistent really helps.


  4. ProfHariz June 11, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Make money with a blog is every blogger’s dream. At first I considered blogging but convey a sense of place. But I was wrong that the blog could make money. Thank you for writing on.
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    • Dita Irvine June 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      Hi ProfHariz,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  5. David Hood May 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    The thing about driving traffic to the blog is that you have to make the efforts. This just shows that whatever efforts your are doing, they are starting yo pay off. Consistence and persistence matter.
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  6. Chadrack May 28, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    I must say reading through your results have challenged me. I’ve been thinking of doing a challenge like this one but because of time (I have a job on the side) I’ve not been able to do this. I’m really inspired and may be doing something like very soon.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • Dita Irvine May 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Hi Chadrack,

      I also have a job offline, but 60 minutes per day is not much to spend. It will take longer but better to be consistent than not.

      All the best,


  7. AkmaOmar May 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Nice tips. First time I took part in the seminar to make money online. I do not expect a lot of opportunities to make money online.. thank you for sharing. It’s is really help me to understand more.
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  8. Jems R May 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    I Am Newbie Here And Recently Start A Blog To Make Money Online. I Heard Blogging Is The Most Effective Ways to Earn Massive Cash Online, So I Decide To Start Blogging But Which Topic Is Most Effective To Earn Massive Cash?
    Thanks For Your Great Content
    Jems R recently posted…How To Make Money Online FreeMy Profile

    • Dita Irvine May 27, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

      Hi Jems,

      That is a very difficult question to answer. People make excellent income with various topics that they have passion about. I think if you have a passion about the topic you can make money with it (of course, providing that your topic has an audience). Lot of people make money with IM, Health and fitness, Sports, movies and so on. If you have a passion about a topic you can sell it.

      Good luck,


  9. Carlie Hamilton May 15, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    Hey Dita,

    Nice update on your results. What kinds of things are you doing to drive traffic to your website? If you need to, point me to a post on your site that says this. I am curious to know!

    I have been doing a lot of commenting on other blogs (I aim for three/day), and now I have two guest posts that have been published. Now I am going to try and get about one guest post a week if possible.

    My biggest source was from a blog post on a popular blog, and my second biggest is twitter.

    Good luck for the future, and let’s all help each other grow! (my tag line is to “grow your online presence”)
    Carlie Hamilton recently posted…Understanding Your Analytics – Bounce RateMy Profile

    • Dita Irvine May 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

      Hi Carrie,

      For this project, because of the time constraints, I essentially commented on a lot of blogs and also commented on some posts on a couple of forums. As well I am a participant in various Facebook groups and when I published a post that was of help to the topic of the group I would post it there too.

      I also think that the way my site is structured is helping. I always make sure to link to another post from the one I am writing and when I finish writing it I go back to another post and link back to the new post.

      I do quite a bit of keyword research and I try to write my articles in groups, linking them together like pearls. It seems to be working because when you will get to read my final “challenge to make money blogging” results you will find that I had a significant rise in organic traffic.

      Hope this helps,


  10. Tim Bonner May 5, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    Hey Dita

    Your results are encouraging and I’m thinking I maybe need to consider the Elite Email Marketing Course as well.

    My traffic is growing but my list isn’t so much. I’m not offering a freebie at the moment which is something I need to rectify.
    Tim Bonner recently posted…WordFence To The RescueMy Profile

    • Dita Irvine May 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi Tim,

      I am very pleased with the course. The training videos are awesome, we have a skype group and a Fb group and the interaction between students is first class