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How To Spring Back When Blogging Wears You Out – Week 5 Report

The fifth week of the challenge to make money blogging was right smack in the middle of the 60 day undertaking. Often during a longer term challenge, somewhere around the middle of it, participants begin to lose the momentum. It is no different for many of us who are participating in this project. The blogging is wearing us out and we have to spring back. I too was beginning to feel the loss of the momentum.

Sometimes a bit of inspiration and a reminder of the purpose and the goal are all one needs to refocus, to rejuvenate and to jump right back into the game.

We only need to remind ourselves that success is intentional and deliberate and if we want it badly enough we will achieve it.

So if we get hit and knocked down we need to jump right back and remember how badly we want to succeed.

You see, most people don’t really want to succeed. They only think that they do, but deep inside they don’t really believe it. For many, achieving success is only a wishful thinking or a daydream.

To succeed, a person needs to want it as badly as he wants to breathe!

  • A successful person or a champion, unlike a wishful thinker, pursues his goal with sheer vigor and  crystal clear focus.
  • A champion will train while everyone else is tired and relaxing
  • A champion will not give up when everyone else is saying that it is too hard
  • A champion will find a way when others find a way not to
  • A champion knows defeat but understands victory better
  • A champion knows that with 3 seconds left there is plenty of time
  • A champion loves the challenge, loathes the lull and enjoys the sweat
  • A champion is the captain of his journey and his vessel, the champion-ship (adapted from The Lies We Tell Ourselves)

A couple days ago I came across an amazing video that I would like to share with you. After I watched it I read a few comments below the video. One of them struck the nail right on the head:

I watch this video everyday and im blessed i watched it. I watch it everyday because i want to lose weight and watching this, its huge motivation

At times, we all need a little inspiration and motivation.  This video certainly put me right back on track.

 

 

As you might have gathered I lost my drive this week and I have not worked on my blog as much as I should have. I lost my focus a bit when I purchased an amazing list building course, List Frenzy (sorry I cannot provide a link at this time because the course is closed for now). The course cost me $16.55 and I took the money out of my initial $100.00 budget I allocated to my self at the beginning of the 60 day challenge.

The reason I purchased the course is because I am not building my list of subscribers as fast as I would like to. List Frenzy course is giving me the tools and the know how.

I definitely need to have a bigger list in order to implement a couple of free traffic generating methods discussed in the Simple Traffic Solution course I mentioned to you before.

During the week I have spent a lot of time learning how to set up sales funnels. I was working with HTML templates for Squeeze pages and Sales pages. I know there is software to do that and I am sure I have some of them in my arsenal of shiny objects but I wanted to be able to do this the harder way because I got some lovely squeeze page templates that require HTML input. Finally, after almost a week I finally succeeded in creating a funnel. That was an awesome feeling and a great learning experience for me, but unfortunately my blogging and the challenge suffered on account of it.

 

Make Money Blogging Challenge – Week 5 Results

Traffic Results

  • Total traffic: 181, off from last week
  • Unique visitors: 142

Organic traffic is still rising significantly. Almost 49% of the traffic was organic. That is awesome.

  • Page views: 555 pages
  • Average pages per visit: 3.07, slightly lower than last week’s figure
  • Bounce rate was up at a low of 2.29% but this does not concern me as it is a still very low bounce rate

Visitors spent quite a bit of time on my site. Over 29 minutes on average per visit!

Besides organic traffic, most of the traffic is from other blogs and a couple of forums, including the Warrior Forum.

Sales Results

During week 5, Blogging Spree site sold another product. It was a very low cost product but it was a sale none the less. As you can see the money is still slowly trickling in.

So my friends, I needed a bit of motivation to spring back into action. But that is OK. This sometimes happens to anyone. As long as we don’t give up and get right back on track, nothing  is lost. I just need to look at it as a lesson learned. I’d love to hear from you. Please make sure to leave a comment. Until next week then…

 

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0 Responses to How To Spring Back When Blogging Wears You Out – Week 5 Report

  1. sherman smith April 27, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    Hey Dita,

    This video remind of of the days when I use to run track. I would train heavy. I found a michael johnson workout and whenever I was on off season, I would follow that training consistently.. even when i didn’t want to do it, I go back to the reason why I was running track.

    And today, when with blogging, there are times I just want to give up when it wears me out, but I go back to the reason why I got involved in the first place. With this inspiration, I start reading different blogs, and they give me ideas of what to write.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Dita Irvine May 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      I am glad you found this post helpful. Sometimes we just need a little inspiration to put us back on track.

      Wishing you the best,

      Dita

  2. Dakota April 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Hey Dita…and all the awesome commentators,

    Glad to see the updates. It is nice to know that it isn’t an easy street. Then, there would be many more than 5% making it. The bar is high. With the right applications and work, it can be done. At least, I believe it can!

    ~Dakota

  3. Joy Healey April 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi Dita

    Thanks for the suggestions for keeping up motivation.

    I’m currently working through a Facebook Challenge and getting good results, but I know that any daily blogging challenge would just be setting myself up for failure. (I did it once and was totally drained by it, so congratulations to anyone who is doing it.)

    It’s great that you have published your results to encourage others to keep going.

    I bought the course you recommended but have to confess it’s still on the “to-do list” – but near the top!

    Good luck with the rest of your challenges.

    Joy

    • Dita Irvine April 23, 2013 at 1:12 am #

      Hey Joy,

      nice to see you here. I am looking forward to hearing all about your Facebook challenge. I know what you mean, though. There is only so much time and I can totally understand that you can only do so much in a day. But do have a look at the course you bought. You can use what you learn there in all your niches.

      Take care,

      Dita

  4. Guy Martin April 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    I came upon your site through your generous comments on my site.

    I really like the way you’ve set up this blog. It’s true that blogging takes time and effort plus commitment. We must be willing to spend time on helping and encouraging one another.

    Understandingly, making money is a goal, but the journey and the unfolding of friendships along the way remain priceless.

    I’m glad I came upon your site. Keep on blogging!

    Guy

    • Dita Irvine April 23, 2013 at 1:15 am #

      Hi Guy,

      Nice to see you here. It is not all about money, at least not for me. I have met amazing people online through my blog and by commenting on other people’s blogs. I agree with you wholeheartedly, that it is priceless.

      Cheers,

      Dita

  5. Paul Henderson April 19, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Hi Dita, Glenn & Sandy

    yep, I’m gonna speak to you all in one go.

    Firstly, you guys know exactly where I’m at. I’m not some guru that’s already made it to the top. I’m just like you, – keepin’ on keepin’ on.

    If I may say so, I think what you guys are experiencing is the very reason why around 95% of people that try to make it in this business, don’t stick around long enough to get there.

    There’s all sorts of talk everywhere you look of easy money and press button this and that. But like me and others besides, you guys are discovering that it’s a long hard slog if you want to be one of the 5%.

    Please don’t even think about quitting. I’ve found that as you progress, things that seemed hard, become clear. The more you do and the longer you stick at it, the better tricks and tips you pick up to speed up the journey.

    Then the more ‘buttons’ you put out there (meaning buttons on which people can click to get something that you’re offering), success begins to trickle your way. And before you know it, the compounding effect of your diligence, time and effort turns the trickle into a stream, then a river, then a raging unstoppable torrent.

    But everyone starts at the trickle end of it. If the torrent were that easy to find, hey we’d all be drinking out of the holy grail.

    Glenn, sorry to hear of your health issues buddy. And also your dear mum. It doesn’t help much I know, but I lost my mum whilst on my last holiday 3 years ago. I cut it short to come home and bury her. Afterwards, I found it helped to remember the great laughs we had together. I have a beautifully framed pic of her right on the wall where I’m working now. So I see her every day and I say a few words to her too. More so when it first happened. I just found it helped a great deal.

    But time IS a great healer Glenn. And in time you’ll be able to remember the great times without being sad.

    Keep your chin up pal.

    All the best to you all,
    Paul
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  6. Sandy Halliday April 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    I am starting to think there has to be an easier way. It’s the mind numbing commenting in forums and on blogs that is getting me down. But I am sticking to the routine of at least 60 minutes a day.

    The fact the we are on a challenge is keeping me going at the moment. I do like to see things thorugh to the end and I am determined to keep it up for the 60 days.

    I think it pays to visualize success. Reading your post and watching the video reminded me that I used to watch a couple of short “mind movies” that I was given every morning and I have just realized that I haven’t watched them for months.

    There are sites where you can create your own or a even simple vision board online.

    I’m off to watch them again right now!

    Well done on your sale even if it was a low cost one. You know what they say – Big things have small beginnings.

    Have a great weekend.

    Sandy
    Sandy Halliday recently posted…Turn $100 Into $2000 In 60 Days Challenge – Week 4 ResultsMy Profile

    • Dita Irvine April 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      Hi Sandy,

      I am glad you are continuing the challenge despite its own “challenges”. It does get a bit overwhelming to constantly comment on blogs and WF. I was spending more that 60 minutes and it was cutting into the time I wanted to spend on my blog.

      Given that my organic results are improving all the time I really need to spend most on my time on writing content for my site.

      Thanks for your comment, Sandy and you too have a great weekend.

      Dita

      • Glenn Shepherd April 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

        Hi Dita and Sandy,

        I know exactly what you mean. I’d find it a lot easier if there were more threads and posts to comment on that are suitable but I’ve spent what must be hours on the WF over the last couple of days and only posted maybe a total of two or three times – I just haven’t been able to find anything to which I can contribute. I know that maybe some people find a topic in forums, for example, and then Google the answer, but that’s not for me.

        So, what with my being ill with my M.E. then being ill with a chest infection, I’ve slipped a bit and I, too, have been feeling somewhat frustrated. Add to that the financial worries that keep haunting me, worries about my surviving dear pussycat who is now appearing to having a few difficulties and the fact that it’s almost a year since I lost my mum and I’m missing her so, so much right now, I’ve actually felt really down today.

        This doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in what I’ve been doing, as I definitely do and, as I have often said in my blog, I have seen the results and recognise the importance of consistancy, sticking with it and keeping going even when it’s a hard slog. But for me, I could just do with a breakthrough – just a little one – something just to take the heat off for a short while.

        Having said that, my forum comments and blog posts have been getting good responses so this shows that my contributions are valuable. In fact only today I had an e-mail from a local marketer who came to my site after seeing me on the WF, likes my style and has informed me of a group of local entrepreneurs and IMers who meet up and network once a month, so he invited me to go along. Although I can’t on this instance I think it would be a great opportunity for the future to build some connections.

        Also I had the idea (prompted from a tip I heard or read a few days ago) of using each blog post to make a CTA. So, in addition to installing Loveclaw on my site, I have now done what Craig’s done and set up a mailing list for people to subscribe to in order to get updates about the challenge, ensuring that I include the opt-in right at the end of the blog post. Now, getting opt-ins on my site is something that I’ve been struggling with but on the first day of having my new opt-in box in each post I received a subscriber.

        So, it’s not all doom and gloom and, so far, everything I’ve been trying has clearly been working, no matter how slowly. But, as I said, it is hard work and sometimes I have to admit to feeling the strain, not through the work itself but just trying to maintain clarity, focus and positivity with all the other pressures of life weighing down.

        We’ll get there in the end, I have no doubt of that, it’s just that the journey feels a little slow and bumpy right now
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        • Dita Irvine April 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

          Hi Glen,

          Thank you for the “from your heart” comment. I am so touched. I sent you a message via FB.

          I have heard of your recent successes and I am so pleased for you. I have come across your comments on WF as well and I am not surprised that people want you to join them or even ask you for help.

          Your comments are always so thoughtful and so helpful and I can say without a reservation that you are one example of an internet marketer with a heart. You always try to give to others. If you will continue this route it will eventually pay off.

          I hope your health improves soon. My heart goes out to you. I know how you feel about your mom. I lost both my parents recently.

          Take care,

          Dita