Million Dollar Blog Project – Journal 2

April 2, 2012 Mike 0 Comment

Let’s start with a brief recap for those just joining us. We recently launched a new blog called bestpsdfreebies.com, and like every blogger we wanted it to be wildly successful. After doing some searching online we decided to sign up for the Million Dollar Blog Project put on by Think Traffic. You can learn more about it here http://thinktraffic.net/mdbp/.

On one of the MDBP posts they said, “people who keep an accountability journal consistently outperform those who don’t keep journals by a wide margin”. This is our journal.

If you missed our first journal entry, you can read it here http://www.yastech.ca/blog/million-dollar-blog-project-were-in/.

We have been learning a lot, so let’s dive in…

What we did

Over the past two weeks we have dedicated ourselves to posting new freebies on the website at least three times a week. This might be a tough trend to keep up with but one way this has helped is with search engine traffic. More and more people each day are finding our site by searching new key terms.

We have also been able to find a couple more great places where we can place our content online that drives traffic back to our website. Our top two referral sites are Creattica.com and Design-Newz.com.

One new thing we have started is Pay-With-a-Tweet Friday’s. On Friday’s we release a premium design freebie and only give visitors the download link after they have tweeted or liked our post. To be honest I thought this would have helped our social media traffic more than it has.

Lastly, we have been able to convince a couple bigger blogs to post one of our freebies to their site. Both of these sites will be posting our content this week and we stoked to find out how much this might help our traffic numbers.

What we learned

Be consistent and always learn from others. We were denied guest posts on a couple large blogs but by making our content better and continuing to ask, we have landed some fairly large opportunities to expand our audience.

We have feel like the quality of our freebies has gone up. Sure there has been a couple days where we had to scramble to get something up and could have spent more time on something, but overall the experience has been good.

Google is a powerful source of website traffic. We have had days where we have seen over 140+ visitors just from Google organic searches. Quality content, strong titles, and a growing list of back-links have helped us rank well for many keywords.

What we plan to do

Our email subscribers are trickling in quite slow, so we are going to be working on an exclusive freebie for visitors who sign up for our newsletter. We are confident this will help our numbers.

Our first WordPress design is complete, so we are going to start on the development here in April. We want to launch this theme on Themeforest near the beginning of May, but know we have a lot of work ahead of us if we want to release a quality product.

We still want to create some type of contest to run for a large design blog. Like we said in our last journal entry, this might just mean designing a premium file for Graphic River and give a few of them away for free.

Our Successes

Our first month online has gone quite well. We have seen nearly 5000 unique visitors on our site and over 3500 freebie downloads. We never really set a goal for our first month as we weren’t really sure what to expect. Our goal for our second month is to double our unique traffic.

We continue to make great connections online and hope to continue to build relationships with other bloggers. Others are starting to contact us to have us guest post on their blogs so we hope take advantage of this and continue to build our audience.

 

If you made it all the way to this part of the blog, thank you! I would love to know what you think about our Million Dollar Blog Project posts and know if you are learning anything so please leave a comment below. Stay tuned. In two weeks we will follow up with how we are doing and if we actually did the things we said we were going to do.

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