Newbies Journey Continues - Week 3(ish)

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The past 3 weeks learning this stuff has been a lot of fun. I am becoming more comfortable with Wordpress and have been playing around Adwords a lot. I am literally addicted to adding keywords and watching which ones get the most impressions and whatnot.

New things I did this week:

- Bought a stock image from Dreamstime that I used to make graphic ads for Google adwords.

- Signed up for Articlesbase (and submitted article of course)

- Installed Google XML Sitemap Generator on my blog.


Things I learned this week:

- WP Cache sucks. At least on my blog it was causing all sort of problems with adding and removing widgets. I would remove widgets in the control panel but they would never leave my blog. Once I turned off WP Cache everything was fine.

- Stumbleupon advertising sucks for my blog. I bought $10 worth of impressions (about 2000 impressions) and nothing converted to a sale that I can see.

- Even if a keyword is expensive, you can still get clicks even if you only bid 20 cents. I have had two clicks for less than 20 cents this week on keywords where google is telling me I should increase my bid to $1.75!


Traffic is still low, but growing. I am putting new content on the blog just about every day and am submitting articles around the web. Still doing things slow at this point to see what works and what doesn't. Google is indexing my stuff and it's showing up in SERPs, but at a low position for now of course.

Total sales so far : 6, just need one more for my commission bump.

Total income : $7.99 (maybe $8 if Amazon rounds up the item that sold yesterday lol).

So I am convinced that this stuff can work, I just need to keep plugging away and playing with what works and what doesn't. Once I start making real money I am definitely going to outsource the initial design of my blogs cause I suck at visual arts.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Keep up the great work. It sounds like you have your head screwed on and are not afraid of some hard work. My hat goes off to you.

    90% of the stuff you need to know you will pick up along the way. The other 10% can be found in the Warrior Forums.

    Stay focused and you will be a success.
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  • Profile picture of the author reynoldscorb
    Sounds like you're finding success fast!

    6 sales in your first three weeks in wonderful. Depending on your niche, you may want to focus more on free traffic. Adwords will really take a hit on your wallet if your site isn't converting real well.

    I would keep submitting articles to articlebase, and even consider free social media traffic like facebook and twitter. Keep up the good work!
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  • Profile picture of the author meph
    That's great, and pretty fast progress for a newbie.
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  • Profile picture of the author pyles
    Only suggestion is to be careful with adwords when starting out, can cost you lots more than you can make, best to learn slowly for adwords a build some income from other methods first, unless of course you have money to burn.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbento
    Good job.

    Doing, learning during the process, analyzing the numbers and make something better today then yesterday... you'll get there in no time.

    Just a question: do you have a "business plan"? Something that tells you you're on the right track with the right numbers?

    Cheers

    Jorge
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    • Profile picture of the author GameVoid
      Originally Posted by jbento View Post

      Good job.

      Doing, learning during the process, analyzing the numbers and make something better today then yesterday... you'll get there in no time.

      Just a question: do you have a "business plan"? Something that tells you you're on the right track with the right numbers?

      Cheers

      Jorge
      The current blog is a total test lab. As I am progressing I have a separate document where I am documenting what needs to be done when Blog #2 launches, and in what order, so when that day comes I can have that one up and running in days instead of weeks.

      Once Blog #2 is ready to start working on then I will be doing all the actual business stuff like keeping track of expenses for taxes, more closely monitoring budgets, etc.

      I am still working on a lot of stuff, but yeah once I know that this can actually work as a business then I will be treating it like a business. I'll admit that I am not as knowledgeable in business as in other areas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Originally Posted by GameVoid View Post

    - Stumbleupon advertising sucks for my blog. I bought $10 worth of impressions (about 2000 impressions) and nothing converted to a sale that I can see.
    Here's a question. Does stumbleupon suck, or does your blog suck?
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    • Profile picture of the author GameVoid
      Originally Posted by avenuegirl View Post

      Here's a question. Does stumbleupon suck, or does your blog suck?
      I am sure my blog is a big part of it. But from what I can tell the Stumbleupon traffic is no where near as targeted as they make it sound.

      People who have in the past expressed interest in Niche A are randomly sent to a website about that Niche. From what I can see SU does not track people who are interested in BUYING something from Niche A, just people who LIKE niche A. So 90% of the SU traffic that hit my blog I am sure were looking for nothing related to my part of Niche A, nor buying anything at the time, whether from my Niche or any Niche.
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      • Profile picture of the author Agoge Warrior
        Gamevoid.......

        Just thought that since you are familiar with Wordpress it would be of interest to you to check out Gary Gregory's My Online Business Strategy system being released in August.
        It focuses around using Wordpress as the website's foundation and think it would work very well for you.
        I have been building a couple of "MOBS" sites to test and it is a piece of cake if you know Wordpress and a very effective system.

        Just wanted to throw the bug in your ear....
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Lincoln
    Congrats on your success. Be careful with how much you plug and play though. I would still recommend that you also try free traffic methods. Everything, as always with any online venture, depends on your niche.
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