I think I have to call this a failure officially now…
Here are some stats for you…
Blog #1… Started March 8th (16 days ago). Total hits – roughly 245 as of today according to StatCounter. Average of 8 visits a day with 17 page views. 38 clickthroughs to my affiliate from the blog.
Blog #2… Started March 9 (15 days ago). Total hits – roughly 31 as of today according to StatCounter. Average of 2 visits a day with 4 page views. 9 clickthroughs to my affiliate from the blog.
Blog #3… Started March 10 (14 days ago). Total hits – roughly 257 as of today according to StatCounter. Average of 8 visits a day with 17 page loads. 10 clickthroughs to the affiliate.
Money earned – $0. Money spent on the 10 Day Cash Secret program – $99.
Doesn’t seem like money well spent to me. What about you?
I think I’m going to let this run up to the first week of April and then request a refund (would be within the 30 days) from Neil if it continues to go this route.
Hope somebody else is having better luck.
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.
So I’m a day early, but wanted to update you… (If you have no clue what I’m talking about, you can check out the first two posts in this series… Experiment Testing Out Neil Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret and Experiment Follow Up #1.
- 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.
Thanks for reading!
I’ve purchased Neil & Linda Shearing’s 10 Day Cash Secret program to see how it works. Relatively low price and simple process sucked me in, so that’s one plus for the program so far.
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!
So I did the pretty girls experiment… I had some in my last post here and here.
What did it prove? Not much actually…
EntreCard, even though I didn’t drop any cards yesterday, still provided the majority of my pageviews, and the Jessica Alba photos didn’t get any hits. Marion Cotillard however is continuing to generate a lot of search engine traffic for me, which is hilarious.
Where does that leave me?
Continue reading “Pretty Girls Experiment Results…”
I decided I would perform a bit of a test today… On my other site, I’ve posted an article about Mike Myers and Jessica Alba’s new film called Love Guru which comes out in June. Near the top of the article, I have a picture of Jessica Alba. This is to test the prevailing theory that if you have pictures of pretty girls you’ll get more traffic.
This is the picture…
Funny enough, I had a picture of Marion Cotillard (who won an Oscar recently) in one of my other postings and it continues to get search engine traffic day after day, so we’ll see if it holds true in this case also.
(Here’s the picture of Marion Cotillard…)
I’ve decided NOT to drop any Entrecards to see what the result is. I’ll post the results later in the week.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been attempting to do the EntreCard dance every day… Dropping at least 100 cards, sometimes more than 200 if time allowed, and my traffic has grown considerably. I’m getting about as much traffic as cards I drop in a day. It’s averaging about 100 pageviews a day at any rate.
That said, the process of dropping every day is very time consuming. Yes, I’ve come across some great blogs and sites in that time of dropping all these EntreCard cards, but still… Is it quality traffic or just people flying by to drop cards on my site to get their own stats up?
Continue reading “Is EntreCard Really Worth It??”
I’m still experimenting with various review tools to raise the awareness of this blog and make some money. I’ve seen Smorty ads just about everywhere on the internet and decided to give them a try.
So if you’ve seen the Smorty ads, you know a few things already… It’s a get-paid-for-reviews kind of system that helps drive ads and revenue back to your site.
Smorty connects advertisers with bloggers. Advertisers, just like in some of the other review-related sites, pay bloggers to write opinions about their sites or products and provide links back to the advertiser’s site. Basically we bloggers do what we do best, which is write blog posts, and we get paid for blogging. What more could you ask for?
Once you sign up and get your blog(s) approved, you get a list of opportunities to write about. After you accept and write a post, you get paid for it via a PayPal account. The more blogs and opinions you write about advertisers on them, the more money you can make. Easy enough, right?
So we’ll see how this works. Check out Smorty for details if you haven’t already! Blog for money at Smorty!