Early Returns On My First Blog...Time To Eat Crow

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Well, I've been doing a lot of this lately...eating crow.

For those of you who know me, you know that I essentially did all my writing
for EZA and as a guest author for other people's blogs and never bothered
putting articles on my own blog...until recently.

I won't bore you with all the details. I now have 100 articles on my blog and
the results are impressive. Adsense income, affiliate sales, my own product
sales, etc. A blog that was taking up space is now a money maker.

So once again, I was wrong about building up somebody else's VRE and
ignoring my own.

Yes, I am going to continue to submit to EZA and do my guest blogging,
but I'm no longer going to ignore my own real estate.

If I have to eat any more crow these days, I'm going to have to go on a
diet.
#blogtime #crow #early #eat #returns
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Steven,

    Just add a little A1 sauce and the crow doesn't taste as bad.

    Congrats on the blog success!

    Have a Great Day!
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author ragnartm
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    Well, I've been doing a lot of this lately...eating crow.

    For those of you who know me, you know that I essentially did all my writing
    for EZA and as a guest author for other people's blogs and never bothered
    putting articles on my own blog...until recently.

    I won't bore you with all the details. I now have 100 articles on my blog and
    the results are impressive. Adsense income, affiliate sales, my own product
    sales, etc. A blog that was taking up space is now a money maker.

    So once again, I was wrong about building up somebody else's VRE and
    ignoring my own.

    Yes, I am going to continue to submit to EZA and do my guest blogging,
    but I'm no longer going to ignore my own real estate.

    If I have to eat any more crow these days, I'm going to have to go on a
    diet.
    When did you start seeing decent traffic? After how many articles ? I hope I'm not 100 articles away from seeing any results
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    • Profile picture of the author John S. Rhodes
      Steven:

      A blog can also help you drive traffic to other sites. You can use your words to build up
      quite a little empire. Of course, you can extract revenue right from your own blog.

      Don't forget that you are building and maintaining a relationship too. We use 2-3 blogs to
      shovel a ton of good (free) content to our readers. Build up trust and find ways to help
      others, and you will profit even more.

      I know you know these little things. Just trying to remind other folks. ;-)

      ~ John

      p.s. Don't forget to build your list too. (We need to get better at that...)
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    Good for you Steve!

    Now if some of us could get as good as you when it comes to creating all that content/writing..
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    • Profile picture of the author Ross Kenny
      Originally Posted by Ron Killian View Post

      Good for you Steve!

      Now if some of us could get as good as you when it comes to creating all that content/writing..
      Blogs are really great at bringing in free traffic. I have checked one of my niche blog stats very recently and have seen my visitors at 3000+ a month with only 40 entries all targetting Keywords I had researched using the same principles as Bum Marketing.

      This was mainly a experiment because I normally stick with Ezine Articles mainly for driving traffic but stumbled upon this accidently building up an authority in a niche outside of IM.

      I didn't actually realise this was so powerful.

      I am in the middle of putting a Blueprint together for myself to follow over the next few months and I will be concentrating on blogging (on my own host obviously). I will still use Article Marketing as a way to bring traffic into my blog until it's established and gets some good organic rankings and PR.

      Yes Steven this is a great way to bring in traffic along with Article Marketing.

      Let's see what happens over the next few months.
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      • Profile picture of the author CarolStep
        I am still plodding along and getting ready to start a major campaign to send traffic to my cooking blog.

        I was wondering if you experts could answer a question for me. I have a list of long tail keywords for my niche. I have some experience in writing articles for a different niche but I was not doing it right I am sure.

        Do you write a series of articles focusing on one keyword and then do the same for another? As you write articles on your blog do you target ezine articles to that keyword?

        Any suggestions you might have would be appreciated.

        Carol
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        • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
          I'm always happy to be proven wrong if it makes me more money as a result! Thanks for posting...
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        • Profile picture of the author Ross Kenny
          Originally Posted by CarolStep View Post

          I am still plodding along and getting ready to start a major campaign to send traffic to my cooking blog.

          I was wondering if you experts could answer a question for me. I have a list of long tail keywords for my niche. I have some experience in writing articles for a different niche but I was not doing it right I am sure.

          Do you write a series of articles focusing on one keyword and then do the same for another? As you write articles on your blog do you target ezine articles to that keyword?

          Any suggestions you might have would be appreciated.

          Carol
          I focus writing my blog post on keeping readers interested. I will target the main keyword in the title of my blog post similar to the techniques used in Article Marketing.

          Whilst I am writing the post I will have a list of other highly searched keywords within the niche (that I've uncovered during the Keyword Researh Phase) that I will sprinkle in when I can.

          Have you heard of LSI..? Check the forum if you haven't. This also helps Google rank your blog post/site as Google finds your site relevant by checking other related keywords.

          Hope this helps some.

          Ross
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    Steven, this must be a mistake. Wired magazine says blogs are dead and we should take them all down!
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    • Profile picture of the author Ross Kenny
      Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

      Steven, this must be a mistake. Wired magazine says blogs are dead and we should take them all down!

      Blogs can be made very sticky and interactive and I'm sure Google will keep up the love if visitors keep visiting and content keeps being added.. :rolleyes:


      Where is this article... Do you have a link??
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn Newsome
    Dang, and I thought I came here to see the impossible.
    Headline:
    Steven Wagenheim accomplishes an unknown feat.
    He "crashed and burned" on his latest project!

    I knew there was no way this could happen. Whew, had me worried there Steven.:p
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  • Profile picture of the author flnz400
    Just a quick one...

    I know you write all over the place, but did you choose to throw many categories into thew mix, or keep it tightened up to certain niche/sub market?
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    • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
      Congrats Steven. Wow, a hundred articles! That would take me months!
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  • Profile picture of the author chris_surfrider
    I won't bore you with all the details. I now have 100 articles on my blog and
    the results are impressive. Adsense income, affiliate sales, my own product
    sales, etc. A blog that was taking up space is now a money maker.

    So once again, I was wrong about building up somebody else's VRE and
    ignoring my own.
    It's about freakin time Steven :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by chris_surfrider View Post

      It's about freakin time Steven :-)
      Yeah, yeah, yeah...kick a guy when he's up.

      I should have one of those bulls eyes painted on my backside so people can
      just take shots at it for the rest of the year.

      Okay, so I'm a slow learner and a stubborn cuss. At least I finally gave in.

      Besides, at the rate I crank out articles, that blog'll be at the top of the SEs
      in less than a year.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark McWilliams
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Besides, at the rate I crank out articles, that blog'll be at the top of the SEs in less than a year.
        You fancy cranking out some articles for a few of my blogs?

        I've also got a couple of domains that I want to sell, so thought about setting them up as blogs with articles and flipping instead! At the speed you do things, it could be for sale with 25 articles in a couple of days! HEHE

        A whole year has gone by on my blog, and I still haven't reached 100 articles, I dunno how you do it! :p

        Thanks
        Mark
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