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Jan

The 30 Day Blogging Challenge Revisited

I’m a little late on checking back on this one, but I issued the 30 Day Blogging Challenge back on December 17th and just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing? Several people took up the challenge and started at different times (there really is no beginning and no end) so it didn’t really start on Dec 17th. It started, or starts, whenever you decide is best for you and ends 30 days later.

The goal of the 30 day challenge is to build up your writing skills, learn to be consistent and to get noticed. All the top bloggers post from 1 to 5 times a day and if you expect your rss readers to follow you and not delete your feed, then you have to give them something to read every day, at least until you establish yourself with 30 days of consistency.

One reader of Affiliate Confession has already reported he has finished the 30 day challenge and has seen great results. Tim at Yimto Affiliate Marketing Blog has gone from posting every few days to posting every single day and even though he has completed the challenge, he is continuing to blog consistently at least once a day. Tim has seen his number of visitors go from 0 to 130 per day and although he attributes much of that to Entrecard, he believes his results would have been much less significant if he hadn’t have taken the challenge. Take a look at his Analytics screenshot to see his traffic increase.

Tim is now passing on the 30 day blogging challenge to his readers and encouraging them to be consistent as well. He has seen the results and knows that anyone else who takes the challenge will come out of it with positive results.

So, for the rest of you who took the challenge or are in the middle of it, how is it working out? Have you seen traffic increase? Have you seen your writing skills increase? Have you made contact with more bloggers and become part of a larger community? Have you been consistent, or maybe skipped a few days? Feel free to comment on your progress.

And if your blog is not where you want it to be, it’s never too late to start the challenge.

Alan

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8 Responses to “The 30 Day Blogging Challenge Revisited”

  1. Alan:

    Over the last few weeks, I have been researching the prospect of starting a blog. I’ve reviewed many of the top blogs to try to learn the mechanisms — what works, what doesn’t, content creation, etc. I was also trying to find a niche category that wasn’t already flooded with hundreds/thousands of similar blogs. Do you know where I might be able to find statistics on the percentage of ad buys per category? For example, considering the pool of advertising money spent on internet ads per month, is there a breakdown of what percentage of ads comprise the technology sector, medical sector, legal sector, entertainment sector, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.

    Best,

    Sal

  2. I had decided to take up this challege a few days after you issued it. I did great for about 2 weeks straight, and then I didn’t blog once for the next two weeks. There were a lot of factors that contributed to my posting decline, but the biggest was that i was costing me money. plain and simple.

    I was spending at least an hour every day writing a blog post (thinking of ideas, getting screen shots, etc. It all takes time!). I realized that instead of spending that hour writing posts which were bringing me zero income, I could use the time instead building BANS stores and battling with PPC.

    In all honesty, in the two weeks that I posted every single day, my traffic actually DECREASED at a steady rate, which was an interesting phenomenon. I have come up with three possible reasons for this:

    1. I was sacraficing quality for quantity
    2. I was boring people to death
    3. I didn’t have as much time to comment on other blogs.

    I think number 3 is probably the most likely culpret. I have found that if you really want to increase your blog traffic, post often (but not necessarily every day), but COMMENT on other blogs at least twice a day, every day.

    This is also a great way to build incoming links. For a while I was on ZacJohnson’s and UberAffiliate’s “Top commenters” list, which Google loved, and I got something like 700 backlinks (because the list shows up on every one of their blog pages).

    -Eric

  3. Sal, That’s a very good question, but one suited more for a librarian that I. However, I was able to find a couple of articles about the subject here:
    http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9735979-7.html

    And here:
    http://adage.com/datacenter/article?article_id=118652

    The second article lists several more articles that report on trends in all kinds of advertising.

    Hope it helps.

    Alan

  4. Thanks Alan for taking the time to find and post links to the articles.

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to stop by now and then and — in addition to seeing what you have newly posted — maybe get some of your personal insight on issues I encounter as I muddle my way through this new endeavor. I’ve been encouraged by your blog and those of others. While I do not expect to make a zillion dollars like John Chow or Steve Pavlina, I am hoping to generate just enough from my efforts to pay a few bills. And, whether this is possible or not, I guess I’ll find out after taking the next steps.

    Thanks again for your kind help.

    Sal

  5. Thanks a lot for the mention! The 30 day challenge rules, and has not stopped for me yet 😛 Once you get into that flow, you don’t want to stop! This is the best challenge to take on to become a serious blogger.

    Looks like you’re still inspiring others to jump on board too. Great job Alan!

  6. I was doing good all week and then last night I missed it due to being too tired after work so I have to start all over again…..aaahhh.

  7. I started my movie news & review blog last Thurs. I didn’t know about this 30 day challenge, but over the past week or so, I’ve published 22 posts. I know that I had 1 day that I didn’t post, but I want to continue posting daily, even multiple times a day. I’ve received many comments, and I’ve left messages in movie forums around the world, but I think I need to make more comments on other people’s blogs.

    Thanks for bringing up this challenge! I’m in!

  8. And I’m also fascinated by how good you made the routine [admit it: what you just shared has been regurgitated millions of time.

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