If you run any site with a large audience, it’s easy to fall into the trap of producing just any old content and forgetting why people followed you in the first place. Though what I’m about to share in this post is going to be highly focused on paid traffic, there are a large number of insights for those who have no interest in doing the same.
I’ve always thought that it is better to master one main traffic source versus becoming only fairly proficient in a lot of them and for now I think I have a pretty perfect grasp on the old SEO game. In all honesty, I’ve never really given paid traffic (and specifically PPC) too much thought throughout my years of experimenting online. That changed recently when I met up with some friends in Bangkok who are making more money than any blogger income reports you’ve seen. I have no desire to enter the same industries as them, but I have the spare cash to put into an experiment, so I thought “why not”.
Nothing to do with the fact that we share the same birthday, Louis Theroux is without a doubt my favourite journalist / documentary producer. His shows cover everything from brothels and the porn industry to profitable infomercial companies and even cities ravaged by drugs.
In a scene from one documentary, Louis and the Nazis, he’s asked over and over again whether he is Jewish while filming a family in their home. At one point the self-professed Nazi’s he is interviewing get pretty hostile, asking for the camera to be turned off as they want to ‘kick his ass’ for being a Jew. They convince themselves he’s Jewish without him answering the question.
How would it help your business if you could look over my shoulder and watch as I take a plain website and turn it into an email marketing and monetisation machine? Seeing exactly what I do, step-by-step, on a site that is already getting hundreds of targeted visitors every single day (but it’s only 3 pages).
That’s exactly what you have the opportunity to watch today with the public launch of Backlinks XXX. It has been out for one month now to my private email list – that’s why we have so many awesome testimonials – but there are still lots of big things coming.
Myself and Diggy would love for you to check it out (note: there’s an autoplaying video on that page).
Have you ever had that feeling when you’re making something and you’re really excited to keep going. Where you know the process is going to be as awesome as the end result? That’s how I feel about writing this post. I just want my fingers to keep moving, as there’s a lot of insights to come.
Before I do that, I want to do something I never do and that’s push a project or idea, but here we go: Sign-up to my email list at the bottom of this post or in the right sidebar here. Click through to ViperChill if you’re reading this elsewhere. The emails I have been sharing lately include information you won’t find on any other website (even here) mostly focused around unique SEO ideas. I actually have two more videos going live to the list this week.
Some of the biggest news in the blogging world over the last week was without a doubt Google’s announcement that on June 1st, they’re closing Google Reader. Paraphrasing their own words, the usage of Reader is smaller than ever, and Google want to focus on fewer products. I don’t believe the latter for a second, since new products like Google Keep are being spotted in the wild, and instead think it’s all about, well…money. Reader simply isn’t paying for itself.
Countless news articles have been written by the BBC, New York Times, the Verge and many other huge publications, all highlighting other services that people can be using instead. What people haven’t been writing about though is how this affects us as bloggers and what we can do about it (if anything). Here’s the jist of it: Reader’s closure is going to hit a lot of us very, very hard.
Way back in the day when I used to run PluginID, I took an afternoon out to make a few graphics for my blog sidebar which would feature my most popular blog posts. Though they did look attractive – and I quickly found other bloggers imitating the idea – I found myself constantly having to make new images any time I made a hit post.
With ViperChill, I was fortunate to have a plugin come with my theme called ‘Popular Posts’. It’s basically just a widget that you currently see in my sidebar (for now). When I designed Butterflyist for Andrea for the blogging case study project, we made sure she purchased a theme which had a similar plugin installed. Without them we would have been a little lost. Until now.
Update: It turns out that to set a price above $50 on Clickbank, they need to do it for you. So I’m just waiting for confirmation then the price will be increased. I expect it to be done 24 hours from now. This isn’t a post based on any marketing tactics or insights I have to share with you, so I’m going to keep it fairly brief, since I know you’re all busy. After Sunday, we’ll be raising the price of OptinSkin from $47 to $67. That’s pretty much 96 hours from now (and dropping) until the launch price disappears.
I had been pushed by a few people when I first announced the product to raise the price, but I wanted to keep it affordable and get it in the hands of people who really need the solution it offers. We’re closing in on 3,000 customers now, so I definitely think that’s happened.
When I introduced Ramsay as a new member of the ViperChill team, one of the things we asked you all to do was share some of the challenges you face when it comes to blogging. Though ViperChill isn’t solely focused on the blog medium, it’s an area we’ve both had a lot of success in, and something a large portion of you clearly care about — the post has resulted in over 400 comments since it went live.
Our plan was to use these problems to plan future content that addresses specific needs you have (and we’ll do that), but recently we had the idea to actually answer a lot of them, in public, and hopefully solve a lot of the dilemmas that the average blogger faces. Especially since we’ve both “been there and done that” and know how frustrating it can be when you really want to get going but have some hurdle in the way. I think we’ve solved that…