One week already passed since the beginning of the 60 Minutes to Success Challenge. The aim of the challenge (in case you are not familiar with it) was to find out if it is possible to make money blogging in 60 days, spending at least 60 focused minutes per day on online activities related to the blog. What a week!
The main objective of the first week for me was to write the post that described the challenge to make money from a blog and to drive traffic to the blog using free traffic methods.
To drive traffic to my blog this week I used 3 free methods: forum posting, blog hopping and posting the newly published post(s) to Facebook groups I belong to.
This is an underused free method of driving traffic to your money making blog. The benefit of forum posting is two fold. First, forums in general, allow you to have a signature link. This link is directed to your website and as a result you will be receiving some link love to your blog. Secondly, when you comment on other people posts or write your own thread other forum participants will see your link. When your comments or posts are of value to them they may click on your signature link to learn more about you and your blog.
This week I concentrated on Warrior Forum. This is the most popular internet marketing forum and a good thread there may get thousands of views. So the potential to capture some traffic to your blog is pretty good.
Sometimes it is not easy to find posts you can contribute to, because the questions asked may not be in your field of expertise. Again, if you cannot give an answer of value then don’t post. A lame answer is not going to do you any good and your reputation on the forum may even suffer.
On the forum you can start your own thread. You can ask questions, for example. If your question is more of a general interest you may potentially receive quite a large number of views, hence more opportunity for your signature link to get clicked.
That was a hard lesson to learn. So make sure that your forum signature link is descriptive. Your description still can contain the keywords you are targeting. This mistake certainly did not help the chances of my money making challenge.
2. Blog Hopping
Blog hopping is nothing more than commenting on other blogs within your niche or related niches. Easy, wouldn’t you think? Well, yes and no. First of all you have to find reputable blogs to comment on because if you post a comment on a blog with a bad reputation it may come to haunt you. Think about, if you hang around bad neighborhoods soon you will be considered guilty as well. You are who you hang out with and that applies to your blog as well. If some of the bad reputation would rub off on your blog, it may lose its ranking and you could lose all traffic from searches. That could affect your chances to make money blogging, especially if your financial success depended on the traffic to your blog alone.
I used the following ways to find blogs to comment on:
- Recent posts – used keyword specific Google search for blogs in my niche. I narrowed the search down to blogs that were no more than one month old (I tried to reduce the search to posts published in the last 24 hours, but for some reason it did not work out too well for my niche). The idea here was to find freshly posted articles with only a few comments on them.
- Established blogs – a regular all time search using the same keywords. The reason for this search was to find high ranking blogs related to my niche. The reason to choose these is that these blogs are of an excellent reputation, have a great following and contain excellent material to read.
- Google Alerts – set up Google Alert to send me daily information of posts or article being published.
- Commentluv blogs – looked for blogs that have commentluv. The reason for finding these blogs is because they allow the links to your latest posts to be published. Because of this feature commentluv blogs can also be used as a vehicle to find other blogs that interest you and make blog hopping an easier task.
Blog hopping was hard work. I take commenting very seriously as, I feel, I owe it to the blogger to submit a comment of value. In order to do that you have to read the article you are commenting on. Something like “Great post, thanks” just does not cut it. It may in fact result in having your comment sent to a spam box and if not, your comment may not get approved by the mediator. That would be a total waste of your time. You need to submit a comment that will catch the eye of other commenters in order to improve your chances for your site to be visited by them as well.
My results from blog hopping were encouraging. A large percentage of mediators checked out my blog and even commented on my post. A few of these people also subscribed to my mailing list. Unfortunately it took me longer than 60 minutes to post comments. Double that time is more accurate.
3. Facebook Group Posting
If you belong to a Facebook group, in most instances, you are allowed to share your blog posts, providing they are of value to the other members of the group and are not promotional. (Always check the rules of the group you are belonging to.
I often post my newest posts to the groups I am belonging to. They appear to be quite welcome and the group members are pretty responsive to my posts providing, as I said, I offer them value.
“How To Make Money Blogging – 60 Minutes To Success” post (initial post of the challenge) was well received. Many people are curious how the challenge will develop and want to hear about the progress and of course, the final outcome.
Keeping Up With My Blog
I posted only one additional blog post to my site since the beginning of the challenge simply because organizing and driving traffic to my site was taking far more time than I expected it to take. I will not do that again because my main objective apart from this challenge is to keep my blog fresh and interesting for my readers to enjoy. My blog is only in its infancy and it is important that I publish or else my blog will perish.
The Results After One Week Of “Make Money Blogging Challenge”
- Traffic to my blog has doubled since I initiated the project.
- Time taken to do the job was over 60 minutes per day. In fact it was more like 3 hours per day (that included writing the two posts last week).
- Received 4 sign-ups for the newsletter and updates
- Received 2 sign-ups to BloggingSpree Feedburner feeds
- Received one friend request on the Warrior forum
- 3 emails at the Warrior forum from people who needed more information or help from me
Overall the whole week was very productive, but I was disappointed that I had to spend more time on the challenge than I anticipated.
In week two of the challenge to make money blogging I will be reducing the amount of time I will be commenting. I will introduce one or two new free traffic methods I learned from the Simple Traffic Solutions course. As well, I want to publish at least two new blog posts.
I’d love to hear from you. Any suggestions or constructive criticism are welcome. Until next week then!