I’ve been using Entrecard for quite a while now. And on my main blog, I think I’ve met some great new friends and blogs via their service. But one of the things I’ve always struggled with is getting a number of “drops” per day.
Yes, there are some options…
You can bookmark 100s of Entrecard sites and open up multiple pages in Firefox or IE and go through them a chunk at a time. I have about 150 blogs marked this way and was lucky to get through 50-100 a day.
I recently had an interesting experience. I had someone out of the blue send me an e-mail asking if they could “sponsor” my blog. What it boiled down to was a paid link back to their website and the best income I’ve seen from any blog I’ve created so far.
(Every time I think of sponsorships… I think of NASCAR or the movie Cars from Pixar… Is that odd?)
My only qualm about the whole thing is that its topic (beauty product reviews) isn’t really something I thought of as a target ad for my blog (which is mainly entertainment reviews). That said, I reconciled it with the fact that probably 1/2 of my readers are women (just playing the odds here) and at least a portion of those probably use beauty products.
So I happily took the money, added the link, and was off to the races. The $$ from there will allow me to advertise via Project Wonderful and Google Analytics to further see what kind of revenue I can generate.
What do you guys think of sponsors? Are they a good thing? Let me know!
So it appears I’m getting some hits a day on two of my three sites that are using Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret plug-in for WordPress. And occasionally I’m getting click throughs to my affiliate links.
None of this has translated to a single sale however.
This is now day 13 for blog 1, day 12 for blog 2, and day 10 for blog 3 I believe. So using Neil’s formula and plan, I would expect to see some sales (even just one) from one of these three niches. I don’t believe I’ve picked bad niches. And I understand that not all niches make money. But one of these three diverse areas should have generated one sale you’d think if Shearing’s pattern worked and was reproducible on a regular basis.
That doesn’t appear to be the case. I’m going to let these blogs continue to run until next Monday to see if they need more time to sink in, but I’m doubtful at this point that it will pay off.
Seems I will most likely be requesting a refund within 30 days if this doesn’t pan out, which is a bummer, but it happens. And this may just be one of those cases where “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is”. There are no get rich schemes that work. (Except winning the lottery, and I’ve not had any luck with that.)
So at this point I’m probably going to end up declaring this experiment a failure.
Has anyone actually made any money using this process? (Besides Neil?)
A quick update on this St. Pat’s day for my experiment regarding Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret…
(Note that I’m currently out of town on a business trip, so this isn’t going to be as detailed as my last couple of posts… sorry. I hope to detail things quite a bit once I get back home next week.)
It’s been 10 days since I created my first site using Neil Shearing’s feed tool. Since then it has been indexed and I am getting hits, but have had no sales.
It’s only been 9 days since my second blog was created and 8 days since the third was created, and both of those have also been indexed and are getting hits, but have had no clicks converted to sales.
I have three very different niches — stuffed animals, wines, and college basketball/football merchandise for various teams in the NCAA. The one that has garnered the most interest is the last one, with March Madness making people start foaming at the mouth in certain parts of the U.S. (I too have this disease, which is what made me think of it as a good niche.)
So though I’m hopeful that people will start purchasing via my three blog tests, it’s not looking great. Shearing offers a 30 day guarantee, so I’m going to watch my time carefully and see if anything comes of this experiment. Hopeful but wary I guess would be the best way to describe my current view of these blogs.
That said, since I’m away from home for a while I’m going to let things go until next Monday and then see where they’re at.
Has anyone else had any luck using Neil’s system? I’ve got my fingers crossed.
I’ve been writing about Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret for the last few posts… If you’re looking to pick it up and get going with it, you can click here…
Neil Shearing is working out the kinks (it’s a piece of software — there are ALWAYS kinks — take it from me as a software engineer), but it works pretty well right out of the box which is saying something.
Yes, I’m still waiting for my riches to roll in. But I’m happy with the results so far. Except for the income stream (and I’m not quite to the 10 day mark yet), I have been quite pleased with it!
So be sure to check it out and read the FAQ which was added just a few days after the 10 Day Cash Secret program went live. Neil’s been extremely active on the FAQ, adding new tidbits of information nearly daily. And when I had problems, he was right there in the support forum helping me out.
Definitely worth checking out this program on your own. And I’d love to hear about your own experiments with it.
Site 1 – indexed by Google with 1 keyword search… no sales yet after 6 days
Site 2 – not indexed, no hits, no sales yet after 4 full days
Site 3 – indexed, 2 keyword hits from Google, no sales yet after 3 full days
What’s funny to me is I created Site 2 before I created Site 3 (not a brilliant deduction there, since 2 does come before 3), yet Site 3 has been indexed and is receiving search hits before site #2.
This is my guess… Site 3 is still being updated, therefore the pingers are pinging and the sitemap is being recreated regularly. Site 2 has gone through all of the items in the affiliate feeds and is done updating. Site 1 is also done with all the items in the affiliate feeds and is done updating (I’m waiting for another affiliate to approve my application so I can add another feed to it).
That said… Shearing talks about updating the site every 5, 10, 15 minutes… But in the FAQ he recently put up, he’s changed his mind and is going every hour. This makes a lot of sense. So if you have a lot of items, you can go more frequently or go frequently at first and then gradually increase the time between posts. Maybe do the first 100 or so at 5 minute increments, but then increase it to 30 minutes or an hour between posts thereafter.
Wish I’d thought of that a lot earlier!
Anyway… If you’re using Neil Shearing’s process, let me know how your results are going. I’d love to hear from you!
Thought I’d update you on my progress with the 10 Day Cash Secret experiment…
I have created three separate sub-domains with three separate feed-related blogs. The one I created on Friday (3/7), another I created early (2am) Sunday (3/9) morning, and a final one I created yesterday (3/10). These are all three in separate niches using feeds from Shareasale using three to five separate product feeds.
So far following Neil’s directions, the first one I created on Friday has been indexed. The other two have not yet. I have submitted all three to Google, Yahoo, and Live Search separately as well as StumbleUpon, which has brought in a few visitors already. No real traffic to speak of beyond that generated by StumbleUpon however.
I am hopeful for an affiliate sale in the first 10 days of each of the three sites. For those in the studio audience keeping score, it looks like this so far:
Site 1 – indexed by Google, no sales yet after three full days
Site 2 – not indexed, no sales yet after 2 full days
Site 3 – not indexed, no sales yet after 1 full day
There you have it. I will update everyone again on Friday (3/14, giving 3 more days) and then sometime on Monday (3/17), which would be 10 days since Site 1 went live.
Note that any posts next week, including the one Monday may be delayed as I am out of town on business for my job. But I’ll do my best to see that results get posted.
Using the steps and tools from the program, I’ve created a blog using an affiliate feed and the 10 Day WordPress plug-in, so we’ll see how it goes. I set it up yesterday, March 7. So we’ll see if I’ve made any money by March 17th (St. Pat’s day, which should be lucky for me being Irish!).
Has anyone else tried out Shearing’s process? I ran into a few glitches here and there, but got it working with some work and help from Shearing’s support site. So I’ll be curious to see how this works out.
The process is simple enough that you can set up a number of blogs pretty quickly, which would then start steamrolling your profits hopefully.
So we’ll see how this goes. I’m curious as to results anyone else has seen with these tools and this process. Let me know and we can compare notes!
Well, when I tried this experiment to hide the RSS feed count on my other major blog, I got a boost of 2 or 3 readers according to FeedBurner.
I now have 9 readers for my Lair of the Green Knight RSS feed, which is more than I’ve had in the past (I tend to hover around 7).
So was this particular experiment a success? Not really. I’m going to leave the count hidden for now, as I don’t think it’ll hurt anything. More than anything else I think having the big RSS feed button in the top right of the blog makes it easier to subscribe than having to hunt for the link further down the blog.
There you have it. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!