Running the challenge to make money blogging seems to be making my weeks pass by at a speed of light. It seems that one minute I wrote my last post reporting the results of week 3 and next minute it is time to report again.
In addition to this challenge I am trying to keep up with the rest of my internet marketing tasks and projects and this week I felt a bit like a clumsy juggler. A part of the reason for this was that I wanted to introduce a couple of new elements to the project in order to improve the traffic I am getting.
What I wanted to do is to establish a Twitter account and link it to Blogging Spree website. Twitter seems to go through stages of cycles of popularity. Lately, I have been hearing a lot of marketers swear by Twitter as a traffic source. But I was not sure so I posted a question on Warrior forum: “Internet Marketing Dilemma – Tweet Or Not To Tweet” to see if I could get some opinions from different marketers. The opinions varied from positive to negative. A few of them are shown in the box below.
►I don’t think that Twitter is a very effective tool for traffic. I’d say its usefulness is limited to networking, but that’s about it. I’m not the only one who feels that way either, as many of my friends don’t use Twitter either and they do amazingly without it.
►It depends on the quality and quantity of your twitter followers. If your followers are related to the niche you are targeting, there is more likely to have a high value in using twitter.
►Twitter is how the world communicates now. It is how businesses connect to their customers. “Don’t get the hang of it” is not an excuse. I have nearly 1 million twitter followers and it does wonders for me.
Based on some of the answers I decided to set up BloggingSpree Twitter account. I have not done that for a very long time and a few things have changed. I got distracted by the set up, the background and all the “stuff” that could have waited…I forgot my mentor’s words: “It does not have to be perfect, just get it going!”
I fiddled with it for hours and in the end I have it done but because I spend so much time on trying to customize my page (and it is still not completed), I did not have time to start tweeting. So really, the lesson learned here is that I should have listened to the wise words of my mentor. I would have been much further along if I had just tweeted and not obsessed about how my background is going to look…
During the week I also posted a couple of posts that were well received and a number of marketers left comments. Receiving comments from other internet marketers feels really gratifying and it is very motivational. (Just in case one of you is reading this – thanks a million.)
Challenge To Make Money Blogging – Week 4 Summary
- Total traffic: 202
- Unique visitors: 156
Organic traffic rose again. Almost 21% of the traffic was organic. That is very exciting and encouraging.
- Page views: 706 pages
- Average pages per visit: 3.50, slightly lower than last week’s figure
- Bounce rate was up at a low of 1.98%
It is nice to see that the time that visitors spent on my site is still rising. Over 31 minutes on average per visit!
Apart from the organic traffic, most of the traffic is from other blogs and a couple of forums, including the Warrior Forum.
This week my site sold another product. So as you can see the money is trickling in. As I said in week 3 post, perhaps in the middle of the challenge to make money blogging, I will put together a summary of products and I’ll provide you with the exact earnings related to the sales.
So my friends, it is time to finish this Challenge To make Money Blogging post and attack the other tasks at hand. I’d love to hear from you. As I said above, your comments help push me along. Until week 5 report…