My 6 Month Progress: 400K Words and 167 Blog Posts.Still Waiting on the Big Affiliate $
It's been awhile since I've written a progress report.... I joined WA on 25 January and created my focus website on 1 February. My first month or two, I was working on multiple sites, but I quickly saw how diversifying was slowing my progress and I shelfed the other sites for later.
If you go back to my previous progress posts, you can see I was having some success and I immediately started taking action once I got here. I took no time on skepticism or questioning whether it would work. I went all in immediately.
At 6 months, I was actually expecting to be further along than I am, but since coming here, I've had a reality check. Watching Little Mama, Jerry Huang, and others who write their case studies clearly has helped to have a more realistic perspective on what can be expected. I'm grateful for that because I may have quit without seeing that my experience isn't abnormal, but can still pan out.
Either way, according to Kyle's training, it says at 6 months, it's reasonable to expect:
If you're doing 3 posts per week x 6 months = 72 posts
If the 72 posts each get 5 clicks/day, then you'd have 360 visitors per day
If you have 360 visitors per day, then you'd have 10,800 visitors every 30 days
With 10,800 visitors per month, it should be safe to expect consistent sales and income, right?
I decided to do more than what was recommended because I expected to get a better outcome. I did lots of research on publishing frequence and even did a training called "How Often Should I Publish on a Blog?" with the stats to share. Check it out! So, my aggressive publishing schedule was a product of my findings. Sound reasonable?
I've been here for 6 months, almost 7. I have 167 blog posts on my site and 35 pages which means I've written just about one post per day on my primary site at How To Entrepreneur.
I'm pursuing the Internet Marketing Certification route, but my niche (entrepreneurship) is comparable to the Bootcamp route.
- I have had great milestones like I've had 4 premium referrals
- My highest income from affiliate sales so far has been $400
- Added to that, I've made $70 here and $100 there, but not in a predictable way where I can expect it to happen again
- I was earning a full time income online freelancing before joining WA, but since, I've been able to acquire contracts that I wouldn't have before
But, I'm nowhere near 10,800 visitors per month EVEN though I:
-Perform keyword research with every post
-I write daily
- I post twice per day to Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin (increased from one post/day to two in August)
- I post 5 or more pins/day to Pinterest (my main traffic source)
-and, I get lots of shares on my content (some posts have nearly 1000 shares)
What's the deal? Is Google just withholding the love because I'm getting very few organic visitors. Take a look...
Here's Tailwind App share stats from this month...
I'm proud that's showing good signs of going in the right direction, but, here's my traffic....
It looks like maybe it's going up, but not exponentially. WOMP! WOMP! I can do better than this I'm sure. In fact, you can see my site was doing much better before...
I did PPC to start the site out, then I pulled back because I'd prefer to get the SEO working more favorably, and it's hard to pay attention to both. If you look at my stats, February, March, and April had a PPC bump, but June, July, August, or September did not.
If you look, you'll see June was still better than July, August, and September, and my site had LESS domain authority and LESS content. The things is....I was doing better with my social media strategy in June than I was afterwards, but I wanted SEO.
Why isn't the organic traffic picking up more? I HAVE TO FIGURE THIS OUT. You can see Im putting in the work...
I have content planned out and lots of content written and published. I've been working 40 hours per week figuring this whole thing out, so it's not a matter of putting in the work.
I've managed my income by freelancing, hustling offline to get sales, and making B2B connections thru live networking, but I'd like for my site and my hard work online with SEO to kick into gear.
Even tho I'm not where I want to be....I'm not slowing down. In fact, I'm picking it up. My plan is to:
- Ramp up on social media using Tailwind (since I'm getting good signs)
- Write as much as I can 1-2 articles per day
- Go back and optimize old posts - I used to leave the SEO title where it has the separator and Site title, so it was longer than the viewable limit. I'm going back and tweaking old posts to have more of the keyword in the text, fixing SEO titles, and auditing myself
- I'm creating content based on keywords I'd pay for if I were buying PPC, so I'm targeting valuable keywords with high search volume and low competition using the trainings >100 monthly searches and <100 QSR metric
Any other suggestions WA family? What opportunities do you think I'm overlooking? Do you think I'm expecting too much for 6 months, and if so, what's up with the training? Kyle said those expectations are reasonable and I believe him. What am I doing that's stopping me from getting results consistent to what Kyle's said is reasonable? If you want to check out my site, it's at www.howtoentrepreneur.org.
Leave your comments below. I'll try not to be bullheaded, but I am an entrepreneur. LOLOLOL.