Weekly results of blogging goals: 7/24/16

Last week my blogging goals all involved social media. I had mixed results with my goals but overall kept moving forward at a good pace with progress. We increased visitors to the blog by quite a few and this was the overall goal for the week.

Last week my blogging goals all involved social media. I had mixed results with my goals but overall kept moving forward at a good pace with progress. We increased visitors to the blog by quite a few and this was the overall goal for the week.

Some of this week’s goals involve social media but not all. Other goals involve SEO improvements, content creation, starting our mail list, an Amazon surge and getting more personal with potential customers.

We had 11 specific goals for last week and one overall goal.

I hit 5 out of 11 specific blogging goals last week.

The overall impact from the week’s goals was to increase social media traffic to the blog.

We had a great week for social media visits to the blog!

Last weeks traffic goal – increase social media visits from 372 to 466

Actual visits were 564

Overall goal results = 204% to GOAL!

Increasing social media visits from 372 to 564 in a week is more than I was expecting.

Facebook – I did not meet any of the three specific goals for Facebook last week.

  1.  Increase the group membership for How to earn money online from 22,433 to 22,750. Membership did increase, but to just 22,601. While I fell short of the goal, constant increases in the size of this group is a long term goal and will continue.
  2. Grow the page Free Online Earning Opportunities from 870 to 900 likes. We ended at 886. Not to goal, but positive numbers nonetheless.
  3. Increase likes of the page Exploring Online Opportunities from 10 to 20. We got three more likes for the week for a total of 13. I shared blog posts to this page and then posted the share to groups. I did not market this group on its own.

Twitter – I had mixed success with my Twitter goals this week.

  1. Increase followers from 37 to 70. We ended the week at 76. This was great progress and with the help of my social media automation software we should be over 100 followers soon.
  2. Increase blog visitors from 3 to 6. We had just one visitor for the week. I only posted once to Twitter for the week so this is understandable.

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StumbleUpon – I nailed both my goals for this site last week.

  1. I linked to StumbleUpon from this site six days last week. This was my goal.
  2. We wanted to increase blog visitors from this site from 209 to 250. We got 321 visitors for the week so a great increase. This site is a great way to get visits to the blog.

Reddit –  I continue to struggle finding ways to use Reddit for the blog.

  1. Start a thread or comment every day. I commented two days last week. I’m not sure Reddit is worth my time.
  2. Increase blogs visits from Reddit from 4 to 25. We got just 3 visitors. Not much activity means not many visitors.

Pinterest – Pinterest growth is on track. But we have not been able to take advantage of it yet.

  1. Increase followers from 919 to 950. We ended the week at 964. My social media automation software makes it easy to get followers on this platform.
  2. Pin every day and increase blog visits from 3 to 10 for the week. Well, I only posted two days to Pinterest and it showed. We only got 3 visitors to the blog again this week. I need to find a way to pin regularly without new blog content available to post.

So to wrap up last week’s results, we hit some but not all of our specific goals. The goals we did meet were important and did help us exceed our overall goal of increasing blog visitors from social media by 25%. We ended up increasing this number by over 50%.

Thank you for following our progress. Check out these other great articles.

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Commenting on blogs = traffic to yours

Bloggers all have the same problem, especially beginning bloggers.

We need traffic! How to get it??

I use so many tactics and tools to get traffic but I today I want to focus on one thing that can be a gold mine for traffic.

Commenting on other blogs.

Here’s the idea. Leave a comment on this post and if it links to a real blog, not a landing page, not a splash page but an active blog then I will approve it!

Here are the steps you should take.

  1. Subscribe to this blog. I typically write a post up to once a day and at least once a week.
  2. Leave a comment below with a description of your blog, your target audience and a link.
  3. Look through other comments and visit their blogs. Subscribe and leave a comment.
  4. Repeat on other blogs.
  5. Watch the views and comments accumulate to your blog!

Here is what will happen when you perform all of these steps.

  1. Your blog will get visits! I and others will visit every one that comments and take actions on them ie. likes, shares, +1s and we might follow you on other social media as well. This can be huge for your exposure.
  2. Your blog will get comments! Search engines not only rank visits but how connected you are as well. Anyone who visits to comment with a link to their blog will increase your outbound link score to the search engines as well. You should allow this and not view them as competition or spam as long as they have a quality site. Especially if they are in your niche or share a target audience. Trust me!
  3. Your SEO ranking will go up! Comments get included in total word count, did you know that? So the more comments you have, the more content you have. And content is still king in rankings for organic traffic.
  4. You should be commenting on related blogs as much as possible. Search engines see this and determine that you are relevant in your niche. This can be a big boost to your ranking.

A recent study done on bloggers who comment on other blogs found these things:

For every brief comment on a post with just a few words you get about 3 visits to your site in return.

A brief comment can = 3 visits to your site.

For every valued comment with good information, adding something to the conversation and getting you seen as an authority you get an average of 17 visits to your site in return!

A valued comment can = 17 visits to your site.

Here are a couple of other interesting things the study found.

These results come not from commenting on the biggest baddest authority sites in the niche. The comments that have the most impact on your traffic come from small active sites. That’s right, any site you find that is getting some views and still active is worth commenting on!

Commenting on smaller blogs has the most impact.

If you are one of the first people to comment you get the most impact. The higher you are in the comment chain, the more people will see your comment!

Commenting soon after a post is published has the most impact.

Lets take this info to the  bank. A great way to get visits is to comment on related blogs, as soon as the post is published. The best way to accomplish this is to subscribe to blogs. When you get notification of a new post, visit the site and put in your two cents!

This is a great tactic and one I employ often. Not only do you get the benefit of some traffic back to your site, you get to read what people are posting in your niche and others. I have gained much knowledge about blogging and how to write posts, gather followers and just general info by reading other blogs and commenting on them.

So, now is the time to start subscribing and commenting. Good luck!

How do I start a blog? (and why would I?)

Do you have something to say? Soemthing you want or even need other people to know? Start a blog!

People are making tons of money writing blogs!

I know, if you’re new to this you have so many questions. But let me answer an important one. Can you earn money by writing a blog? No matter who you are, where you are, what your computer skills, no matter what your writing skills…

Yes you can!

You are going to start a blog today and paste a link to it in the comments of this post for everyone to see. Sound like a plan? OK great let’s talk about it.

Once you spend some time breaking this down into steps it is so simple. There are four basic things to keep in mind and focus on when blogging for money. I call them the four C’s. They are –

  1.  CONTENT – Show the reader something they might value.
  2. CONSISTENT – Publish new content every day. This is key for growth.
  3. CAPTIVATE – Spend time finding readers and connecting to them.
  4. CASH IN – monetize your blog and find bigger revenue streams.

OK those are enough high level ideas for a moment. Some people can get overwhelmed at the idea of owning their own website so just relax. One little step at a time, ok? Please be sure to bookmark this blog and subscribe to it so you don’t lose this info. It can change your life like it did for me.

I want to step back and tell you why I am sharing this with you. I am an affiliate with many companies and make a good income from affiliate links which you will find sprinkled through this website.

Let me share my personal journey that led me to blog for money. My ‘why’

In the spring of 2014 I found myself without a job. One day while looking online and searching high and low for a new job, probably banging my head against the wall in frustration, I came across a survey site. They promised I could make some money from home answering questions so I signed up. I had no idea this was a life changing moment for me and it was the beginning of something huge.

Little did I know at the time that I would become hooked on making money from home on the internet. After that first survey where I earned $1, I started signing up for all the survey sites I could find and learning how to do this cool new thing I had found. Within a month I was making $100 a month doing this, just filling out surveys. I wanted more. I devoted more time to it, started setting goals and the next month I made $200. I did this for awhile and found my earnings had topped out at around $200 a month. Now that is great if you want to earn some extra cash in your spare time (I still take surveys!) and I love connecting people to them in this blog. But I had a family to feed and needed more. What to do next?

Many of these survey sites had referral programs, meaning that you agree to become an affiliate for the site and get people to register to fill out surveys for money. The site compensates you for this and it is free to do. They sometimes give you some coaching on how to do this and it can be a great thing for the member and the site. By the next month I was making an additional $100 or so by promoting survey sites. I did this for two months and wanted more. I kept learning.

I needed somewhere to promote my survey sites so I started a blog in August. It was a free blog on wordpress.com and they allow you to post your affiliate links. Things were going well and I had found a job but I wanted more. I posted to the blog, and shared the posts in Facebook groups where people were looking to make money from home. Through trial and error I learned how to get my offers out there to more and more people. Here is the link to my first blog post from August of 2014.

https://igetpaidforonlinesurveys.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/you-should-be-making-money-from-all-of-these-sites/

As you can see I took all the affiliate links I was using and listed them in one post. As of today, this post has been viewed over 11,000 times and I have earned hundreds of dollars from it. My very first post! This was the beginning of my blogging story.

So now you know my ‘why’. I had a family to support and got creative in a tough time to help make ends meet. In the meantime I had gotten a new job but continued to publish and earn money online. I discovered and joined a great affiliate network that fall and

by November of 2014 I had my first $1000 month from blogging.

So in the span of eight months I had gone from making my first dollar online to having a blog, belonging to affiliate networks, purchasing marketing tools and software and I had never heard of these things the previous year.

Within your first year you can make a solid part time income from blogging. I am proof of this and before that year I never would have thought this was possible. My story will be different from yours but yours could be even better. Ok you have waited long enough.

Here are the details of how to start your first blog.

This is really simple, do not be intimidated. Take it one step at a time, you can come back and keep working on it in your spare time. Before you know it your blog is going to be up and running and it is going to look great. Go to wordpress. Register and fill out your profile. Then go to this page called ‘get started’. The reason there are millions of blogs on wordpress is that they are so so good at making it easy. They will guide you through the steps to create your new site. Step by step. Take your time. Explore and look around the site. Use the help tab generously.

I could link a video here of all these steps but seriously wordpress is so good at what they do that I cannot deliver better training on the nuts and bolts of getting your blog started than they have available to you for free. For more detailed info on all aspects of blogging, SEO, how to use social media and more you should bookmark and subscribe to this blog.

Now that you have started your blog, I invite you to link it in the comments. Also follow the blogs you see linked. We will all grow together! Let’s see where your passion is going to take you! Good luck and thank you for taking the time to read this post. Come back to see us soon!

Link your blog in the comments!


3 great places you should do it! (backlinks)

You need traffic to your site!

You’ve heard that SEO is so important, but what is it and how do you get it?

The professionals are not eager to give away their secrets. And why would they? They make a living from having you believe that SEO is some magic that only they can provide.

If SEO is just a big puzzle to you, I want to help you put the pieces together.

Here is one piece. I want to show you some quality backlinks. Backlinks are important and indicate to search engines that your site is connected and well regarded. If a well respected and popular site has a link to your little site on it, your site gets huge benefit in the form of search results rankings and trust. Find as many as you can from forums, blog comments, article comments, social media groups and pages and the list goes on.

Your goal is to get on the first page of someone’s search results. Let’s add backlinks!

We’re going to get you started with three links from some great sites back to yours that search engines love to see! Below are three social bookmarking sites. You want these.

Exchangle.com – click it. Press the red plus sign. Enter your link address. Hit Next. Enter the category of your link, the title and description. Hit Exchangle. Done.

Digg.com – click it. Sign in or create a simple profile. Go to the bottom of the page and hit ‘submit a link’. Paste your link. Hit enter or press submit. Done.

Stumbleupon.com – click it. Paste your link. Enter some keywords. Click submit. Done.

Enter your link to each of these 3 sites for each post or page or article you create!

These three links will not only improve your ranking with search engines compared to other sites, they can also lead to more traffic.

Keep focus on the four C’s of making money through blogging.

  1. CONTENT  – Publish quality content that gives value to the reader.
  2. CONSISTENT – Publish every single day. Consistency is key.
  3. CAPTIVATE – Keep learning ways to attract more visitors.
  4. CASH IN – Monetize the site and keep finding bigger revenue streams.

As always, thank you for reading. My sincere hope is that you set lofty goals and achieve each one. Come back soon to keep Exploring Online Opportunities!

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