$2000 done!

Last Update: January 01, 2018

This is StubearBlack's official Stats and Goals page :)

New Revisions: 6/8/17, 7/4/17, 11/18/17, 1/1/18

Well, I was working on a revision to this post and it somehow got deleted which is really irritating. Whatever. I had all my stats laid out perfectly and then it just disappeared. Awesome.

For those that would like to hear about my actual journey,

Anyways, I'm going to do this in 2 increments this time to save me the headache.

Now that I've cooled down a bit, I hope you all get some insight into just how important staying the course is, and WRITING WRITING WRITING!! :)

Dec 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2015

  • Sessions: 12,534
  • Users: 10,848
  • Page Views: 19,800
  • Pages/Session: 1.58
  • Avg: Session Duration: 1:22
  • Bounce Rate: 86.55%
  • Return Visitor: 13.4%

December 1st, 2014 - June 8th, 2017

  • Sessions: 449,850
  • Users: 359,332
  • Page Views: 654,974
  • Pages/Session: 1.46
  • Avg: Session Duration: 1:40
  • Bounce Rate: 80.19%
  • Return Visitor: 20%

Since Google Webmaster Tools doesn't track data going all the way back to the sites inception, I will start over and give the most current. Again, I had it laid out from the beginning but it got deleted somehow.

GOOGLE WEBMASTER TOOLS

Last 3 Months: (3/9/17 - 6/6/17)

  • Total Clicks: 85,984
  • Total Impressions: 1,200,095
  • Avg. CTR: 7.16%
  • Avg. Position: 13 (This number has gone up from 11.3 earlier this year, and does concern me a little since my goal was to get it down to 10).

Goals pursuing

  • 100 pieces of gear tested for 2018.
  • 100 Youtube videos recorded for 2018.

More Coming soon.

Goals Reached

  • $2,000 in the month of December 2016. Particularly proud of this one because I had set the goal on 12/31/15. Logged in 1/1/17 at 12:01 and it was almost surreal to see the number.
  • Create a logo/branding, and figure out how to put it in the header. There are some real challenges inside the Hiero theme, lol.
  • 52 posts in 3 months.
  • 30 posts in 30 days.
  • $1000 in a month.
  • Implement eBay Partner Network links in all of my articles.
  • Make money on that network for 2016 ($82.37 for July, 22.80 for August).
  • 200 blog posts.
  • Make the header of my homepage scroll down as you are scrolling, making it more convenient for readers to click around the site.
  • 20% Return Visitors Overall (5/9/17).
  • 25 pieces of equipment tested for my readers for 2017.
  • 72 posts in a 3 month span (October - December 2017).
  • Get a camera (G7X), and start recording good quality Youtube videos. Did not purchase a new camera, but started the channel and recorded 12 videos so far. Quality is good but a new camera may help moving forward.
  • Renovate/update my how to build a home studio guide and make it better.

Goals that failed

  • $5000/month by years end (2017).
  • Get 532 comments by the end of 2017, putting me at 1,500 (Got to 1,406).
  • 200 additional posts for the year 2017 (Completed 181).
  • Get avg. position in WMT to 10.
  • Comment on all embedded Youtube videos within my articles.
  • 36 posts in 3 months (12/13/15, only completed 20).
  • 200 articles by 9/1/16 (currently at 193).
  • 72 posts in 3 months (only got to 34, which prompted the 30 posts in 30 days goal).
  • Test out 15 new pieces of equipment by Dec. 18, 2016 and provide audio samples and/or reviews for my readers (6/15 complete). Samson Go mic, Samson Meteor, Samson Meteorite, AT2020, AKG K240, Audio Technica ATH M40x.
  • Get 130 comments by Dec.18, 2016, putting me at 1,000 (Made it to 968).
  • 72 posts by my 30th birthday, Dec. 18, 2016. (Made it to 60).
  • Comment on all embedded Youtube videos within my articles.
  • Renovate/update my how to build a home studio guide and make it better.
  • Start a Facebook page.
  • Be more efficient with my time. I know I get distracted easily, and moving forward my goal is to cut down on that significantly. For 2017, this didn't happen. I had a tendency to do a million things at once. While stuff got done, I can't help but think I can improve on it and get more work done if I could focus better.

Hope you guys found this inspiring. This blog is meant for me to keep track of my progress, but also for those who are struggling or are new. WA has been a Godsend. Put in the hours and you will see results.

Well that's about it for now. Hope to hear from you all soon.

All the best and God bless,

-Stu

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Alpha369 Premium
Nothing but true inspiration here...thanks bro just what I needed!
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Alpha glad to help out! :)
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skmorrow Premium
Thanks for the update, this is awesome. Sorry, your stuff got deleted, that is irritating!
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem man! Yeah it was really irritating at the time lol. Stay tuned for future updates!
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sybull Premium
So motivating, especially seeing the early time frame. Thanks for sharing.
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StubearBlack Premium
Glad to do it, but please don't get caught up in time frames. It's not really a bout an end result, and that's something that I will probably blog about in more detail sometime soon considering I was always about "when is going to happen" etc. etc. Even now, the way I envisioned my business going hasn't really panned out like I thought it was going to. That's why it's important that you care about what you're doing because if not, you'll burn out and quit.
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sybull Premium
Great advice
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JackSoko1 Premium
You've done great, man! Thank you for sharing.
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StubearBlack Premium
Glad to do it. :)
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TDomena Premium
Awesome post!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks! :)
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Fleeky Premium
You are a genius!
Tell us how you did that
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StubearBlack Premium
Really dude? Lol.
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Fleeky Premium
Really!
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StubearBlack Premium
Lol sensationalist much? There's nothing ground breaking about SEO. From an outsiders perspective I always thought people who were marketers were geniuses as well, but there's a formula to it like anything else and that's really it. I'm sure on some level there's some innate ability involved. Not everyone can write effectively and I feel blessed that God gave me that, but I'm of the mindset that nearly anything can be learned, and that goes for writing as well. It's about acquiring the right information. Sadly, most of what we hear on a day to day basis is flat out lies, so it becomes tough to decipher what works and what's fluff. The fitness industry is a prime example of this. I always thought there was some super secret to getting a six pack. I mean that's what everyone says right? "Buy my supplement! You'll get abs overnight!" Nobody ever says "Well actually, you have to eat less calories than you burn for a long enough period of time to get abs" which is the truth. But people are allergic to the truth. I could go on and on lol. Marketing suffers this same sort of epidemic. We're made to believe by scammers that it's complicated. "Just buy my program and I'll show you." But it's always a lie. That's why WA was such a Godsend for me. I was finally told the truth.
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GailLowe Premium
This is amazing and so inspirational. Thank you, thank you. Gail
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Gail glad it helped you in some way :)
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mbouteiller Premium
Wow... congrats!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you! Check out my 3 year blog as well. It gives more of an insight into the truth about this stuff. :)
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mbouteiller Premium
Thank you Stu I just did. I responded back there...

Very cool...
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StubearBlack Premium
:)
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Fleeky Premium
Mmm... your bouncing rate is high...
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StubearBlack Premium
What you have to understand is that if the bulk of your articles are pointing to Amazon towards the end (with a Call to Action), a higher bounce rate is actually good! Lol that means people are clicking away to potentially buy something. Now that doesn't always mean I want people to click away. Sometimes I want them to click to a separate article before making a decision.
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Fleeky Premium
:-)

Very smart!
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IvyT Premium
Congrats on all your progress! That’s really consistent and well-summarised. I absolutely love stats. Thanks for sharing!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Ivy! Be on the lookout for my 3 year blog!
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IvyT Premium
Just say ‘stats’ or say ‘data analytics’ and I’ll come running to read it all. :)
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karynW Premium
About how much time are you able to dedicate to working this site, do you think?
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StubearBlack Premium
It's such a broad question and varies a lot. I try to write an article or two every day, or improve the site in some way every day.
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MishPurisima Premium
Feel frustrated today, your post somehow eased that frustration. Thanks! :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Keep pushing!
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JeremyBarker Premium
That is awesome! Looking forward to reaching the same milestones! Keep us updated on your progress!
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StubearBlack Premium
Will do Jeremy. A 3 year blog is in the works! :)
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CoachGom Premium
Great one, Stu! This convinced me further that gadgets are best sellers online. Thanks for sharing! :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Not a problem glad to be of service :)
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herinnelson Premium
Wow! A wealth of information! Thanks for the encouragement and insight! I will definitely follow your lead!
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem glad to help :)
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viyee Premium
Brilliant and thanks for posting this. Gives people struggling a lot of hope.
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StubearBlack Premium
Yeah it feels good being able to inspire or encourage someone. :) Because I was in that frustrated place at one time. Thanks for stopping by!
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Karsha Premium
This is awesome to see! well done !
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you :)
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Zoosh Premium
hope you are doing well.
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StubearBlack Premium
I am thank you! How about you?
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Zoosh Premium
You welcome. I just started. Hope everything will be okay
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StubearBlack Premium
Just don't give up
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MattSwarner Premium
Very nice work!!! Inspiring stuff!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Matt! Glad it helped you out in some way. :)
-Stu
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MattSwarner Premium
Thank you, Stu.
Generally, how long are your articles? Do you find longer, more informative articles rank better?
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StubearBlack Premium
Usually around 1,000-1,500 words. The longer the better man. Right now I'm working on a comprehensive guide and it's already about 6,500 and I'm not that close to being finished, lol. I've been researching lately and google does like really long informative stuff. 1,000 is a nice sweet spot for me, but a lot of my very short articles are on the first page so yeah. Sometimes what I'm writing about doesn't really require a lot of words. I just write naturally and when I'm done I'm done.
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MattSwarner Premium
Cool. Thanks so much for the detailed reply!
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ThomasRicco1 Premium
Amazing and inspiring to see, thx Stu.
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StubearBlack Premium
You're welcome Thomas! Glad I could encourage you in some way.
-Stu
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asmithxu Premium
That is awesome! You are taking this by storm!!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you asmith!
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work4nobody Premium
Congrats to you. Very uplifting. Thank you for sharing.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem! Glad I could inspire in some way. :)
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
I believe you are the poster child for keeping at it. Best of luck in the things that you do.
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StubearBlack Premium
Wow, thank you for such kind words! I struggled a lot in the beginning, so that means a lot to me :)
-Stu
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jarciga Premium
Really great post. I find some much inspiration from this and it inspires me to keep reaching the goals I have set out for myself.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you man and keep on pushing!
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PeterSkarp Premium
Wow, you did it! You continue reach your goals and dreams! I am happy for you! Now I am going to read your post, 9-5 paradigm.
Anyway, Congratulations! :-)
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you kindly!
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That is such encouragement. Congratulations.
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StubearBlack Premium
thank you!!
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Dmk71152 Premium
you are an inspiration
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you kind sir!
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WarkHardR09 Premium
Brand new here. How do you get so many clicks and followers?
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RandyL1 Premium
The clicks come from your SEO and content, start with the green certification course one you will soon get both. You can follow other people who will generally return and follow you.

Randy
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StubearBlack Premium
At the beginning I referred you to my First $200 and $250 blog. Check it out for some tips.
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WarkHardR09 Premium
Thanks RandyL1.
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WarkHardR09 Premium
I will. Thanks Stu. And congrats!
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem man. Thank you!
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flafun53 Premium
Hi Robert,
When you go through your email.. watch for people who contribute great answers and offer good solutions to problems. Follow them, most will follow back. Also, when I ask a question, I will generally follow anyone who answers.
Also, you can go here:
Go to your profile page.. on the right hand side you will see, welcome new members.
Just a couple ways to get followers.
Kathi
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KatieMac Premium
This is a very useful break down and really encourages everyone well done and it goes to show it takes time to build thank you for sharing
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Katie great to hear from you!!
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jeremy111 Premium
Way to go STU!!
Your batting average is looking pretty sweet :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks man great to hear from you! How is everything going on your end?
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That's great! hats off to you @StubearBlack. Congratulations!!!!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks bud! Let me know if ever need anything.
-Stu
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PrismaticJoy Premium
I've read a couple of your blogs and this is awesome! I can't wait to hear more about your results!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you! I'm due for some sort of blog post hehe.
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work4nobody Premium
Congrats to you. I hope you get many more.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you I very much appreciate that. :)
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LCrowle Premium
Great work. Thanks for sharing.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem thanks for taking the time out to read. :)
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Hraybal Premium
Very inspiring, thanks for sharing your successes. A lot of people will be encouraged by your story, including myself....thank you.
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StubearBlack Premium
You're quite welcome and I'm glad it helped you out. :)
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viyee Premium
This is very inspiration! Thanks for sharing. All you hard work has paid off. Congratulations.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you!!
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ChrisSawyer Premium
Very inspirational. I love to see people achieve their goals.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Chris. Much appreciated!
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Borneoman Premium
Wow! This is so inspiring. I get less than a hundred visitors to my site per month. So far I only got a few sales every month since December last year. I have less than 20 content for my dog site and maybe that's the reason why I dont have enough traffic.

Currently I'm working on adding more content for my dog site and also another site related to health and wellness. My brother is taking care of the dog site and I'm working on the health site.

Hopefully with more content, I would be able to get more traffic and sales :-)
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StubearBlack Premium
I would say just keep writing man. Write write write. Quality content. It's hammered home here and after 2 years I can truly say Kyle wasn't over exaggerating. It is that important! :)

You will get to where you want to be as long as you keep pushing.

Blessings,
-Stu
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Borneoman Premium
Thanks Stu! Your story is really inspiring and I will certainly bookmark this post :-)

I'm working hard every day to grow my site especially adding more quality content.

Pls keep in touch :-)
-Raynold
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StubearBlack Premium
Will do my friend :)
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Paul1916 Premium
Thrilled for you - well done.
I am starting to see results but not at the level i would like...
One question if that is ok - have you done any PPC and if so did you get any results from it?
Thanks - Paul
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you Paul, I really appreciate that! As for PPC, I have not experimented with that. My main focus is just writing the best content that I can. :)
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Paul1916 Premium
That's super results from writing, you have worked hard and you deserve all the success you get.
Hope the rest of the year is also rewarding for you
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BobbyCorno Premium
Excellent! As you point out, goal-setting is only half the battle, tracking and continued adjusting and improving is what gets the job done! Great post! May God bless you, as well.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you Bobby! I'm kind of re-adjusting now in these slow months, so yeah you're right on target.
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Gunnertwist Premium
Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing. I found your article fascinating. Well done!

carl
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Carl I really appreciate that!
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ContentBySue Premium
Yes! Extremely motivating! Thanks for posting this.
Sue
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Sue, glad it helped!
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Alan-C Premium
Thanks for taking the time to share the stats. Very motivational.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem Melson, glad you found it helpful!
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KayL Premium
That's great!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you Klairy!
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skandy85 Premium
How many posts did you have on your site before you started to see a big change in traffic?
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StubearBlack Premium
The traffic is a steady rise. You will see occasional spikes, but for the most part it's like a plane taking off the more you write quality content. My turning point was less about quantity at first and more about quality. I would highly recommend scouring all of Jay's Live webinars. That's when the light bulb went off for me. I give some good examples in my first $200 and $250 month blog to the right.
-Stu
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skandy85 Premium
Yep. All about quality! :-) Thanks for taking the time to reply. Much appreciated.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem man don't hesitate to reach out if you ever need a hand.
-Stu
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem man if you ever need anything just holler.
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schong3 Premium
Big up yuhself Stu!
Hope to be able to post something similar within a year.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks bro! You will if you keep at it consistently and don't give up.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Love it.

Thanks for this.
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem dude, glad it helped.
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DavePage Premium
Thanks for this post, really helpful
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StubearBlack Premium
No problem man, glad it was of value. :)
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NRosales Premium
Congratulations!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you much N!
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Tasna Premium
That's an awesome effort. congrats :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you Tasna!
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Dean702777 Premium
Excellent!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you good sir :)
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NatNiches Premium
Fantastic results! Well done!! :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Thank you! Very much appreciated :)
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Borneoman Premium
Awesome results! Keep it up my friend.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks man!
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jvranjes Premium
What a nice and steady progress. You came to WA one day before me. Congratulations, you will have great time ahead.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks man great to hear from you! How are things going?
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jvranjes Premium
I want to think that I am on the right track, but clearly you are doing better. Really, you had a struggle in the first half a year or so, a lot of persistence and determination was needed to continue, but you managed so nicely. This is something beginners should see to understand real struggle and success.

My way was different, I spent first 12 months only building authority site about mountaineering, and only after that started writing reviews for equipment. So I can see my own data in yours, but I am behind you.

Let's hope for the best. Good luck, just keep going, I am sure nothing can go wrong with you now.
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StubearBlack Premium
What keeps me going is the fact that I'm really passionate about my niche, which was imparted right when I first started WA. Kyle and Carson really know what they're talking about!
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OgGrover Premium
Your work on your site speaks for itself. Well done.
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks OG! How have you been? Glad to see you back around these parts
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OgGrover Premium
During good, my young friend, during good. It's good to hear of your success.
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Marcel92 Premium
Thank you. Excellent work and planning on your part.
Marcel...
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Marcel!
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MaxDrljic Premium
Good job :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks man!
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GinaGo Premium
That is awesome! Good for you.:) ~Gina
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks Gina :)
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Lilika84 Premium
Congratulations :)
I hope that one day I will write something like this :)
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StubearBlack Premium
Oh you will, as long as you keep on persisting :) One of my problems in life has always been consistency and focus. I'm always bouncing from one thing to the next. With WA I vowed to change that.
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Lilika84 Premium
Good to hear that. If you could do it I can too ;)
Keep on going and good luck!
Keep in touch :)
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rufat Premium
My congrats!
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks bud :)
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IMc Premium
Nice work. Just wait until Christmas. I'd be surprised if you didn't have a $3000 December given you're making 1000 at a usually quiet time of year.
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StubearBlack Premium
Ah that would be so awesome, lol. Who knows!! Thanks for the encouragement :)
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IMc Premium
Start thinking now about what people in your niche will be searching for at Black Friday & Xmas. Eg. Check the best selling items in your niche, as they're also going to be the most popular.

Then get your ' < product name > Black Friday deals' 'Christmas gifts for people who love <niche area >' or 'Ideal <product > for kids' etc posts, which include these best selling items, planned & written in advance, so you can get them online at the first mention of the end of year sales. Which will probably be sometime next month.
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StubearBlack Premium
Perfect.. Thanks man! Just the push I needed.
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