The second week of the “Making Money Blogging challenge has come to an end. It was an interesting week with some excitement, obstacles and even some disappointments.
The objective of the week was to continue to drive traffic to my blog with the methods described in week one of the challenge. As well, I wanted to add one or two new free traffic methods I learned from the Simple Traffic Solutions Course. In addition, I wanted to continue to update my blog with fresh content and write at least two new articles aside from the week one report.
Let me first cover the “disappointment” or rather the “unpleasantness” before moving on to the exciting developments.
As you may remember from my week one report, I posted the first post that described our group’s effort to find out if a new blogger can make money blogging in 60 days in various Facebook groups I belong to. The post was received with much enthusiasm by the members of these groups. Many left comments on the post expressing their encouragement and desire to learn more as the time went on. As the post was not promoting a product but seemed to be of a helpful nature to other bloggers all administrators allowed it to remain posted.
Shortly after I reported week one results of the money blogging challenge on my post, I thought I would take a break from writing and I decided to check my email messages. One email message piqued my interest. It was from a marketer that I don’t know very well, but because I recently purchased a product from him I was allowed to join his Facebook group and he had me on his subscribers’ list.
The subject line of the email was: “Why This Customer Pissed Me Off “. I am enclosing the excerpt of the message that the marketer sent to his list (including me):
A post from a member in one of my Facebook groups yesterday really PISSED me off!
The content wasn’t offensive…Nor was she spamming…
But I felt it was something much, much WORSE!She was trying to round-up the lost and uneducated to join in one of those “60 day blogging
Where, over the next TWO MONTHS, you try and figure out if you can make money online just from blogging. Personally, I can’t think of a bigger waste of time…
Obviously, I went back to the Facebook group and posted this ridiculous message there. He and I talked back and forth, and although his vocabulary softened a bit, his attitude was that of a tight ass who cannot accept any approach other than the one he is preaching.
The man obviously did not understand the significance of this experiment, nor the fact that I was not “rounding up” anyone to follow me. I have not seen an experiment where a group of dedicated bloggers (many with a lot of experience) have taken it upon themselves to determine if making money blogging in 60 days can still be possible in today.
I am not aware that any such experiment has been undertaken by a group of marketers. If all of us who are involved in this project will stay in and complete the challenge, this experiment may be one of a kind and the results will be of real value to bloggers who are new to blogging or the ones who are not making much money with their blogs.
Our pooled results together, we show that either making money blogging can be done or it simply cannot be done. Whatever the results are (I am sure they will be mixed) we will be able to report to our readers the lessons learned, good or bad.
To me, not our challenge but an arrogant marketer’s attitude is a waste of time!
Although this incident left me greatly disappointed, there was also a positive aspect to this story. As a result of mine and the marketer’s discussion on Facebook, other members were curious what the talk was about. That led to increased traffic to my site from Facebook. I do not recommend this method of driving traffic to your blog, however.
Once I recovered from that nonsense I moved forward and continued with my quest to learn whether making money blogging in 60 days is possible. The following are the tasks I performed:
1. Created a Squidoo lens – The reason for doing that was twofold:
- I wanted to acquire a high PR backlink to my blog. Hi PR backlinks help your blog get noticed by the search engines. Squidoo PR is 7. The Squidoo lens I made is about this challenge and I linked it back to my blog
- The second reason for creating the lens was to help drive some traffic to my blog. Because Squidoo lenses rank so high, I am hoping that in time it will reach the first page of the search engines and the visitors my Squidoo lens will click on to the link to my blog and visit it.
2. Posted two posts aside from the report. One post explained WordPress plugins and the other post described how to make columns on your pages or posts. All posts were well received an I got nice comments on them. That was very encouraging.
3. Created a youtube video on creating columns to accompany the post. I find that some people like written instructions other people like to watch videos. This way I tried to accommodate both groups. As well, the idea behind making this video was to drive traffic to my site. Once the video will rank well (I will have to do some magic here this week), because in the description I linked the video to my site, some of the traffic to the video should spill over to my blog.
4. Continued to leave helpful answers on the Warrior Forum.
5. Continued to comment on other bloggers blogs.
Making Money Blogging – Week 2 Results
The traffic dropped significantly at the beginning of the week because I was busy with the Squidoo lens. I have not made one for a long time and it took me longer than I anticipated. As a result, I had less time to comment on other blogs or visit the Warrior Forum. The traffic has recovered towards the end of the week.
Traffic For Week 2
- Total traffic: 203
- Unique visitors: 150
What was encouraging is that the organic traffic is steadily rising.
733 page views and the average pages per visit at 3.61 is also quite an accomplishment.
Lastly the bounce rate is consistently very low at 0.49%. That suggests to me that people are staying on the site longer and are reading different posts.
Sales For Week 2
I am pleased to report that the site made it’s first two sales this week!
Overall week two of making money blogging challenge, despite the nasty hiccup I talked about initially, was very successful. The most encouraging are the consistently increasing organic results because it means that when people search online, the blog comes up in the search results.
I look forward to hearing your feedback, so please don’t be shy to leave a comment. Until next week.