Apr
07

Turn $100 into $2000 Challenge Week 3 Results

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I’m a bit late with this update for the third week of the about the Turn $100 into $2000 Challenge in 60 days.

I want to point out here that this is not the same challenge as the Quick Start Challenge . It seems from questions I have been getting some people are confusing the two.

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If you have been following along you will know that I have been trying to do this Challenge while I was on a 4 week break in Spain and the end of the 3rd week coincided with us returning home.

We were out virtually all day on the Thursday, taking advantage of the glorious sunny weather, and there was a lot to do the day before we left as we don’t have the luxury of anyone to clean the place after we leave so I didn’t get time to write this post.

I did manage  a post this week about the sad demise of Google Reader as I wanted to try to post more than once a week to see if it helps with traffic.

I am back home now so I can really get stuck into this although there was a huge pile of mail to sort through and I have already been booked for day’s baby sitting for two of our grandchildren on Tuesdday.

Well, enough about all that let’s get on with the results.

Forum Posting & Blog Commenting

Although we were out quite a lot over Easter I just managed to put in my 60 minutes a day adding my helpful ( hopefully) comments to the threads on the Warrior forum and Website Babble as well as doing blog commenting although I am having trouble finding blogs that get a both a lot of traffic and comments and I can be one of the first to comment.

I am following some of my favorite blogs in Google Reader  and get my Google alerts directed to it but I often miss out because of the time difference between here and the USA. When they are posting I am asleep.

Others on the Challenge have seen their traffic drop over Easter but mine fortunately hasn’t. It’s been fairly consistent since I started this challenge although I had high hopes of it increasing.

I spent some time on the Digital Point Forum but your comments have to get 3 “likes” before you can have a signature and that can take some time.  Some members on there are complaining that they have been posting a lot of comments without getting any likes.

You also have to have 3 likes before you can like anyone elses post. I suppose they have imposed this so people don’t just spam the site with worthless comments just to get the required number of posts before your signature displays as they do on some other forums.

I’m not sure yet if it’s going to be worth my while but I will try for a bit a longer.

Traffic results

I continue to get traffic from the Warrior Forum & Website Babble. I noticed that I got some visits from Plurk which may have come as a result of the Fiverr Social Bookmarking Gig I bought the second week or a backlinks WSO I bought.

These came out of the $100 as I did not have to spend it on a domain or autoresponder service. So far I have spent just $24.

These are the figures from my Google Analytics for this past week.

4.69% Search Traffic Visits
62.50% Referral Traffic
32.03% Direct Traffic

If you don’t already know:

Referral traffic  is Google’s method of reporting visits that came to your site from sources outside of its search engine.  It can come from visitors that click a link on another site and land on your site. Referral traffic can indicate  social media marketing success

Direct Traffic is a term Google uses to describe traffic that they simply cannot accurately measure the source of.  It could come from someone typing your URL into the browser’s address bar, clicking on a bookmark, or  clicking on a link in an email.

Search Traffic  is of course search engine traffic that comes from visitors clicking on links on a search results page for any search engine.

The end result for this traffic is that I only got one sign up to my list and I did not make any sales from this blog yet. :(

Is Blogging Dead?

I was on a webinar the other evening and the presenter happended to say that 81% of bloggers did not ever make more than $100 with their blogs. I wonder how many of the millions of blogs there are online that actually try to make money from them?

I do make money from my detox blog but I have have been blogging on that for a few years. I don’t remember now how long it took before I made my first commission from it.

According to some free reports I got from Ryan Deiss promoting his Authority ROI course, blogging as we know it is dead and he suggests that we have to approach it a different way. It will be interesting to see if his ideas will catch on. His Authority ROI course has just reopened for 72 hours so grab it while you can here .

I have 5 weeks left to before the  end of this challenge so I am still hopeful that things will turn around for me soon.

Some of the others on this Challenge have already made some commissions which is encouraging.

Do you blog to make money? Have you made any money blogging.  I and my readers would love to know so please share your experiences with my readers in the comments.

Categories : Making Money Online

Comments

  1. Glenn Shepherd says:

    Hi Sandy,

    I hope you had a fantastic time in Spain – of course I’m very jealous! ;-)

    I’m glad your traffic has been good and that you haven’t had a slump, that’s really good.

    “Is blogging dead?” That’s an interesting question, right up there with “Is e-mail marketing dead?”, “Is SEO dead?”, “Is affiliate marketing dead?” and so forth. In fact, I think there’s a thread on the Warrior Forum at the moment about this very thing. My take on it is no, it isn’t. However, all these methods, just like anything, require adaptation, so it’s important for us to be on the ball and sometimes adjust our gameplan accordingly. I haven’t looked at Ryan Deiss’ thoughts, it would be interesting to see his ideas
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  2. Web Design says:

    I don\’t think blogging is dead, there are still a lot of great blogs putting out useful content consistently!

    • Sandy says:

      You are right Web Design. I don’t think Blogging is dead either. Ryan has a habit of saying things are dead when he’s trying to sell a product. It creates a bit of a stir. What he is really saying is that blogging the way most teach it is dead and he’s suggesting a different model.

      Sandy

  3. Farrell Conejos says:

    Hey Sandy,

    It’s nice to hear that your still consistent in your traffic despite the fact that your co-challenger’s traffic are dropping. About the news regarding Google Reader, it’s a sad news for all of us. Google Reader is a very helpful tool to be used and for Google to end it is just frustrating. Well, got to find another alternative though like what you early posted. Anyway, regardless of that news, I am still amaze on how you manage your time. Blogging while having the challenge and still, you have a spare time to watch your grandchildren. I might as well call you “Wonder Sandy”. Well, don’t mind me though, I was just caught in the middle of the moment. Thanks for sharing your progress report Sandy and also your thought about blogging being dead. More luck on your challenge.
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    • Sandy says:

      Thanks for you encouraging words Farrell. I do wonder myself how I am going to fit it all in but having a daily “to do” list and prioritizing it helps. I get my 60 minutes of forum and blog posting done first thing every morning before I do anything else. I try not to get distracted reading too many threads in the forums or blog posts. If I find anything interesting which I often do I just make a note of them and go back later to read them when I have a spare moment or two!

      Sandy

  4. Saanvi says:

    I’d go to a library and take some books out then chuck together as many websites with about 12 articles on each, they seem to sell for about $80 each. Depending on your speed you may scrape $2000 in the week.
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    • Sandy says:

      Well that’s certainly a thought Saanvi. You have to show that a site is making money though before you can sell it and that takes quite a lot of work.

      Thanks for stopping by with your suggestion.

      Sandy

  5. Adrienne says:

    Hi Sandy,

    Ah, life does seem to get in the way at times doesn’t it but glad you had an enjoyable time in Spain.

    I appreciate the fact that you’re still doing this course and reporting about it even if you aren’t able to spend as much time online as you had hoped.

    I’m not familiar with Ryan’s course and I know he’s a very successful internet marketer but does he even have a blog anymore? I really do not like learning about blogging from people who aren’t walking the talk. That really does hit a sore spot with me, not that he’s not knowledgeable about how things work online so don’t get me wrong.

    Whichever the case I won’t be purchasing his course. I happen to know what’s working with blogging so I’ll keep doing what I’m doing.

    Good luck!

    ~Adrienne
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    • Sandy says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      Ryan definitely walks the talk. He may not have a personal blog but he has has a number of niche blogs which he shows in the video presentations.
      He showed how he was able to take one of his blogs to 100,000 visits by using some tweaks.

      His course is essentially about becoming an authority in a sustainable market by using other people’s existing authority and making money from it.
      In other words if you want to take your business to the next level by turning it into an expert site in your niche and make it more profitable then Authority ROI is a good fit for you.

      Great to hear that what you do is working for you. I know you have a great blog and give great value.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

      Sandy

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