11 June 2010 ~ 14 Comments

My Journey – End of Stage 1

It seems that a long time has passed since my first blog post here, called The Journey Begins, posted on May, 12. But only 1 month has gone, and if I still have a long, long way in front of me, when I look back I feel really amazed at how far I am now from the beginning of my journey.

When I started I was skeptical and excited at the same time. Skeptical because I’ve tried several strategies and techniques to make money online and none proved to work, at least for me. It’s clear that hoping around without a plan and always looking for the next new thing, trying several marketing strategies without a focus on a defined goal, was leading me to a situation where I spent money and time without results. Would I be starting just another one of those lead-to-nowhere courses?

Excited because I realized that I needed a mentor in order to help me find my way and keep on track and finding Alex Jeffreys was one of my ah-ah moments that I was sure would change my life and the way I face Internet Marketing.

And until this moment Alex’s training is over delivering what was promised and met all my expectations by far. I remember the first live coaching session when Alex told us that we must not follow the money but let the money follow us, that we must change from prospect to marketer.

Those words came directly to the core of my positioning has a marketer-to-be and are engraved in the foundation of my plans being the base of my business development.

Because of Alex coaching, all of us, Alex’s students, started our own blogs where we’re documenting our own journeys toward the success in Internet Marketing. Also we developed 90 days plans, that we broke in 3 monthly plans, which gave birth to weekly and daily plans.

In my plan for the first month in this Journey I had established several goals to meet until June, 10, and I’m so happy that I met all of those goals:

  • Setup my Profit Pulling Platform,which I did and his already receiving visitors and also get some subscribers;
  • Setup my Personal Blog, which is this one and following I’m going to show you the results so far in terms of traffic;
  • Publish 5 articles regarding Traffic Generation which I did and published them in eZine Articles;
  • Study different traffic strategies which I did and you can read about them in various posts in this blog (just select category Traffic Strategies);
  • I’m participating in two giveaways, but is too soon to see any results from them;
  • Implement different traffic strategies which I did: blog comments, forum comments, twitter, social bookmarking, article bookmarking, even one try in video marketing.

Regarding what I have accomplished with my blog in terms of traffic, here is the dashboard from Google Analytics with those results:

Google Analytics

During this period I’ve got 396 visits from 198 unique visitors. The main source of traffic came from Marketing With Alex Forum (34,6%), Direct Traffic (21,21%), 8,33% from Warrior Forum and a lot of traffic from referring sites, like blogs, social directories, twitter and articles.

I created 10 posts and received 100+ comments from visitors. Surprisingly, or not, one of the pages with more visitors is the page About Me. The bounce rate is bellow 50% and visitors, in average, read 2 or more posts, staying around for more then 5 minutes.

I believe those are very nice statistics, at least I’m very proud and I believe the majority of my visitors like to read the content I’m posting.

Looking at Alexa’s information about my blog, there is still a lot of information missing, but the overall numbers are also very nice in my opinion:

Alexa Statistics

Almost reach the rank 500,000, which will be one of my goals for the next month.

Overall, I think this has been a very rewarding journey, I’ve been learning a lot, and although I’m not pushing to hard to get more traffic, I’m quite happy with the results.

It is clear that the traffic generation methods I’ve been using are clearly hard work dependent, because as soon as you lower or stop you activities in blog and forum commenting the numbers immediately go down; I must find some way to have a flood of traffic that is constant and independent of my daily activities.

For the next month, although my plan is already laid out, there is a lot of space for improvement and to change focus a little bit from this to that, so this weekend is a period for analyzing, thinking, planning and focusing on my next goals.

Next Monday I’ll publish my second month plan with new challenges and goals to accomplish.

To Alex Jeffreys, all my fellow students (and there are a lot of them which I would like to name for their help, support, comments and good humor; because I’m afraid I may forget someone, I hug all of them) , my subscribers and all visitors, thank you very much for helping me to build my internet business and for letting me share my results with you.

To our success

Jorge

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14 Responses to “My Journey – End of Stage 1”

  1. Sandy Halliday 11 June 2010 at 8:33 pm Permalink

    You’ve done well Jorge to accomplish all that in such a small space of time. There has been a lot to do and we all want it to happen overnight but we know it doesn’t work like that. It’s building a sound foundation that counts.

    Good luck with Stage 2!

    Sandy
    Sandy Halliday´s last blog post ..Outsource it for a Fiverr!

  2. davy 11 June 2010 at 10:41 pm Permalink

    hey jorde

    Congrats you are doing great we are all doing alot at the min sometime you just have to switch of for a while keep up the good work

    Thanks
    Davy

  3. Alina Hanel 14 June 2010 at 2:14 pm Permalink

    Hi Jorge,

    Great work on meeting all of your goals that you laid out. It has been a very busy and focussed month for you and the results are now showing. Well done and keep it up for the next stage.

    Alina
    Alina Hanel´s last blog post ..Blogging: To be Yourself or Fake it ’til you make it

    • Jorge 14 June 2010 at 2:27 pm Permalink

      Hi Alina

      Thanks a lot for your comment. Yes, it has been busy and a little bit confusing also with so many things to try and test at the same time. I want to focus on a particular strategy next month and see what results I’ll get.

      Cheers

      Jorge

  4. Pauline 15 June 2010 at 10:00 pm Permalink

    Great result for month 1 Jorge and your results are better than mine. It must be the articles you published that really improved your visitor rate as I was doing similar things but came out less than you. Well done! I think I too will concentrate on just one strategy and really go for it.
    Pauline´s last blog post ..Time to do some housekeeping on the blog

  5. Jorge 15 June 2010 at 11:12 pm Permalink

    Gheesh, I’m really late with answers… sorry people, my bad… but I’ve been real busy in offline world.
    @Sandy: thanks for your kind words, definitely I want to “jump” in stage 2, but it seems my offline business is playing trick with me… oh well, can left it alone, it’s paying my bills, right?
    @Davy: hey mate, yes, a lot to do… starting to plan some outsourcing when money arrives, until there… just keep pushing 🙁
    @Pauline: hi Pauline, sometimes it just happens. To be honest I believe that what gave me some traffic (besides MWA 3.0) was the Warrior Forum, but unfortunately I’m not participating there as much as I used to because it’s too time consuming. I’m really focused in one strategy now, I just want to get the time to implement it. If it works, I’ll get plenty of traffic. And I’ll share with you all, of course.
    Keep on track my friends,
    Cheers
    Jorge

  6. Wayne Evans (Joe) 16 June 2010 at 8:20 pm Permalink

    Jorge,

    Your journey is well underway…in fact, you are ahead of plan! Well done.

    Keep the focus because that’s the key early doors to building a lasting following.

    good luck mate

    Joe
    Wayne Evans (Joe)´s last blog post ..My 2 reasons why Newbie’s fail on-line?

    • Jorge 16 June 2010 at 9:38 pm Permalink

      Hi Joe

      Thanks a lot for stopping by. I’m focusing, I hope, although when you have less time to work then what you planned you must review your priorities and it messes the plan.

      Cheers mate

      Jorge

  7. James Stewart 17 June 2010 at 7:53 am Permalink

    Jorge

    Great results man and that’s what I call taking action!!

    I believe traffic will take time…..I really don’t think it can happen overnight but you are steaming along in the right direction!!

    Great going Jorge

    James
    James Stewart´s last blog post ..My Internet Marketing Tool Kit: Part 1

    • Jorge 17 June 2010 at 2:03 pm Permalink

      Hi James

      Yes, traffic will come with time, but I noticed that when you stop doing what’s needed to get traffic, like blog and forum comments, article marketing, etc., it almost stops. So w must start searching for long term traffic sources and strategies.
      Cheers
      Jorge

  8. Justin Dupre 17 June 2010 at 5:22 pm Permalink

    Very nice! You completed your first step very well. Keep up the good work and I’ll be sure to come here to check more of your blog.

  9. Jorge 17 June 2010 at 8:43 pm Permalink

    Thanks Justin

    You’re always welcome.

    Cheers

    Jorge

  10. ashok 26 June 2010 at 5:23 pm Permalink

    it seems nice, BTW what about your earnings and google traffic,, google traffic is very important and it seems that you are not getting any traffic from google,,
    ashok´s last blog post ..How to make your website very simple & attractive

    • Jorge 26 June 2010 at 7:27 pm Permalink

      Hi Ashok

      In fact my main traffic source is blog and forum comments, at least until now.
      I’m also getting some traffic from articles.
      Regarding Google traffic we all know is very important but until now I didn’t out any effort in terms of SEO or any other technique for organic traffic.
      Also we all know that organic traffic is the traffic that take more time go get, so this is something I’m still preparing to do.
      Thanks for highlighting this issue.
      Cheers
      Jorge


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