Neil Patel's $100,000 per month challenge - Month 1

by Liarspoker 27 replies
Ok so I have been a follower of Neil Patel for some time. The guy just provides so much excellent information for free that you should really follow him.

Anyway I have decided to try his $100,000 challenge step by step to see if it can be done by someone as useless as me.

There are a few twists and turns but first a little disclaimer: I already have a site that makes a little money each month from which I have linked to my 'new' site (just like Neil did in his challenge). This shouldn't make much of a difference though.

Instead of going the white label route I will try both the affiliate route AND the white label route. The reason being that my budget is very small so I may not get any white label agreements (time will tell).

My 'new' site is actually around a year old and already has a few posts on it. I haven't worked on it since it was initially set up but I am aiming to post 1 post per week day (.ie Monday - Friday).

While I am concentrating on the new site I have hired a writer to work on my established site just to keep the content coming along. I'll post there 2 - 3 times a week. Link building and content marketing I am doing myself for both sites.

My budget is around $500 and I aim to spend 2 hours a (weekday) morning working on the new site. This is enough time to post an article and do some link building.

I've already spend around $100 on FB ads and am doing outreach as stated in the article plus I am spending some of that budgets on the writer mentioned above.

So, who is with me? Who wants to do this challenge. Let's motivate each other to work very hard for 1 year and see what happens.

My goal: to generate $2,000 a month income by March next year.

What's your goal?

PS Because I have limited time to work on the sites I won't be checking this post too often but I will post my updates each month (and yes I have kids and plan to take holidays when they take holidays :-) )

Edit:

Month 1:

Ok so the second month is nearly up so I'd better post an update about month 1.

I actually made some sales on the new site for a total of around $88. I wasn't expecting many sales especially since I made around $5 for the first month of my more established site. So $88 in the bank is a nice bonus.

I ended up publishing 1 article per week day in the first month plus I had a give away for an Amazon voucher just to get some traffic and blog comments happening.

The content was all fairly basic consisting of reviews and informative posts. The big lesson that I learned was even though the searches for the main product of the new site are way lower than searched for the keyword of my established site the profit per sale is much bigger. I guess that the key take away is not to put too much weight on monthly search figures but also look at pricing.

Most of my competitors are only focusing on lower cost products while I reviewed both higher and lower cost product. By doing this I found a few higher priced items which other people are not covering so I am ranking top 10 for those keywords without any major link building.

I only had 2,481 views for the month according to wordpress figures. I had installed analytics but that messed up my theme big time so I spend a day sorting that out. The view figure was boosted by the give away though and I have similar figures for this month but without any traffic bait such as giveaways.

I only starting a major link building campaign yesterday so hopefully May traffic will be much higher.

Currently I'm between a rock and a hard place as the winter season has gone so my main sites earnings are plummeting and it's a bit too early for the summer season to kick in. Hopefully things will really get going in May.

The Facebook shout out idea didn't really work out well. I had a few interested people but when I shouted out for them they didn't return the favour. I have a new FB strategy though which I'll describe for month 2.

I also have a new content strategy which I'l also go into in my next post.

How is every one else doing with their blogs? Let us know below.

Month 2

The 2nd month was an absolute disaster in terms of how much time I had to spend on the site. I did manage to post a few new posts and towards the end of the month I started my link building campaign.

Once thing that I have already noticed is that FB shout out for shout out deals don't work well. You are much better creating an excellent piece of content and suggest that if the FB (or twitter etc) page shares your article you will share or retweet one of theirs. Approx 1 in 10 will do this.

The best thing is that once they have done that you just say that it would be cool to mention each other and share or retweet posts going forward. Once you have reciprocated in the initial exchange everyone will want to partner up going forward. So the next time you have an epic post you can simply ask for these pages to share your post and they will.

Earnings for the new site were about $120 so I'm happy with that......I can't wait for the true summer weather to begin.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    It's good you posted this, posting will let everyone know your goals and help hold yourself accountable.

    You probably know this, but that link is from 2015, I'm sure this is all still applicable, just giving a heads up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Liarspoker
      Yes, I know. Perhaps I should have said that in the above post but people will see it here anyway. Hope business is good for you. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    The guy just provides so much excellent information for free that you should really follow him.
    Be a leader, not a follower...
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by Liarspoker View Post

    PS Because I have limited time to work on the sites I won't be checking this post too often but I will post my updates each month (and yes I have kids and plan to take holidays when they take holidays :-) )
    Follow-me threads never used to be allowed on this forum (not sure if that's changed under the current regime), but in any case, your best bet would be to chart your progress on your own blog, and put a link to it in your signature.

    Also, not to burst your bubble, but purely money-related targets are among the least effective and rarely work. If I were you, I'd come up with a more tangible motivation.
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    • Profile picture of the author salegurus
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      Follow-me threads never used to be allowed on this forum (not sure if that's changed under the current regime),
      And i'm sure they are still not allowed... Report and we shall see...
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    • Profile picture of the author shiftyeyes
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      Also, not to burst your bubble, but purely money-related targets are among the least effective and rarely work. If I were you, I'd come up with a more tangible motivation.
      Solid advice. Everybody starts with monetary goals as motivation. It's disappointing, but sometimes a necessary phase to go through
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  • Profile picture of the author pam2011
    I went on a simmilar journey a few years back. Although i didn't hit my goal, i came pretty close and a few months after that, i actually smashed my original goal! I truly wish you all the success in the world and i'm rooting for you!

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    • Profile picture of the author Liarspoker
      Thanks Pam. It's appreciated. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I reported it hours ago - suggested a move to "challenges"...nuttin' happened.

    Guess follow me threads are allowed now.
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    I tried this and lost 40 pounds.

    I'm not kidding.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Chapple
    I don't know if follow me threads or bitching is allowed or not.

    What I do know is there is support for you here and I welcome the fact someone is taking action (most don't), you have made yourself accountable by posting that's excellent. You have set yourself a target/ goal, but for me, I had a burning desire a real why that got me off my backside and made it happen.

    Do you have a real why that will keep you motivated if not bit by bit it will become a chore posting on your sites and you may never reach your targets without that desire driving you.

    Either way, I wish you all the best in your endeavours.
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  • Profile picture of the author stanton
    Originally Posted by Liarspoker View Post


    Anyway I have decided to try his $100,000 challenge step by step to see if it can be done by someone as useless as me.
    That challenge was rigged, he made a deal with a nutritionist to write all the content for him, and in return the nutritionist would get the site after a year.

    That is hardly the type of deal that anyone on here would do, and it would be hard to convince someone to do all that writing for free if you weren't Neil Patel.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by stanton View Post

      That challenge was rigged, he made a deal with a nutritionist to write all the content for him, and in return the nutritionist would get the site after a year.

      That is hardly the type of deal that anyone on here would do, and it would be hard to convince someone to do all that writing for free if you weren't Neil Patel.
      ah, these guys do it all the time.

      Its good marketing, but at first glance I thought there was something about it that smelled a bit fishy i think.
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  • Profile picture of the author snallanon
    Sounds good, I liked the article you wrote.

    I would just like to say do yourself a favor and loose the "see if it can be done by someone as useless as me." we live in a universe of attraction so if you think like that you will attract that type of influence back. Think and see yourself already making it there and you will. Your already doing better then I am as I am not making an money yet. I have but, just a couple of times.

    Go and check out The Secret on YouTube.

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  • Profile picture of the author Heather Leigh 93
    That's awesome, it really inspires me to see people taking action towards their goals in this way and it's clear that your super motivated which often leads to success. Wishing you the best of luck in your endeavours.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by stanton View Post

    That challenge was rigged, he made a deal with a nutritionist to write all the content for him, and in return the nutritionist would get the site after a year.

    That is hardly the type of deal that anyone on here would do, and it would be hard to convince someone to do all that writing for free if you weren't Neil Patel.
    What? Neil misled people? No. Never.
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  • Profile picture of the author stephenm44
    In my experience, though goal setting is important as it helps you to focus, relying on other people's systems is not always the right way to go. Some of these challenges are smoke and mirrors and you can end up wasting heaps of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    There was a reason why "follow my progress" threads used to be banned - because it is very easy to start one, but few people see them through, let alone actually succeed in them. Let's see, eh?
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  • Profile picture of the author Paulk59
    Also agree, good to post your goals, makes you accountable, especially to yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Young
    Good for you. Go for it! Can't wait to hear an update. I am also building out 2 blogs this year and I am helping my wife build out a food blog.
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    Month 2 is updated in the opening post.
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    Cool stuff. Anything Neil does rocks, so getting on board with his challenge will pull you through.

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