$2000 in 60 Days Challenge Results
For those of you who don’t know, a few of us who are partnered in Dean Holland’s business embarked on an experiment to see if we could make $2000 from our blogs in just 60 days by spending a minimum of 60 minutes per day and a budget of no more than $100.
Well, the time has absolutely flown by and it doesn’t seem like 60 days have passed. As the challenge went on, some started to take different approaches. For example, some treated it as 7 day per week task and so worked on it each day, I myself being one of these. Others chose to treat it more like a working week task so took weekends and holidays off. So if you come across any of the others’ blogs and notice that they’re still going through the challenge, you’ll understand why.
We all seem to have taken different approaches to chronicling the challenge too. I started out blogging about it daily, but it soon became apparent that it was going to be very difficult to find something worth writing about each day so I decided to then only write when there was something to report.
Well, we’ve all had differing results and different levels of success. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything exciting to report at the end of it all.
Did I make $2000? Nope. I’m only about 99% short….
Was the experiment a failure then? I don’t think so, no. While I didn’t come close to the target I did achieve a lot. It has to be noted that I’ve had a fair bit of ill health over the last couple of months and this kept knocking me back, but I tried my best to work each day and remain consistent.
Here are some things I and others have gained from the challenge:
- I found that there was a direct relation between my traffic-driving and my statistics. For example, if I worked to make forum and blog posts (valuable content and NOT spam, I hasten to add!) then I noticed that I got the traffic. On the days when I let this slip, my visitor numbers dropped and then picked up again when I got back to the task again.
Lesson learned? The methods that I have been using to drive traffic work, but consistency is essential.
- Being conscious about setting time aside to make forum and blog posts has ensured that I have been involved in contributing valuable posts and helping people out when possible.
The result? I have been able to build relationships with others who are just starting out, which will no doubt be mutually beneficial down the line.
- With a few of us doing this challenge at the same time, those involved have helped each other out with various aspects of the challenge, our websites, concerns and various other things.
The result? This has helped us to appreciate even more the different skills that each of us has and how we can help each other gain the success that we desire out of our efforts.
- The challenge itself has generated a fair bit of curiosity among our visitors and those with whom we connect.
The result? We have received sign ups to our mailing lists, sales, requests for help and new visitors to our blogs who have gone on to become regular visitors.
So while it appears that, overall, the challenge hasn’t quite gone according to plan, there have certainly been lots of benefits and lots of lessons learned.
It has to be said, too, that both Dean Holland and his project manager, Craig Crawford, have both been working very hard in improving and tweaking parts of Dean’s business. This has meant that, of course, their primary focus has had to have been on that, so they haven’t been able to always give the rest of us the attention that we may have liked. But we understand that and it’s fine, because ultimately it’s for the benefit of all involved.
The large part of the work that Dean and Craig have been involved in is the transferring of the business over to the Infusionsoft platform, something that has meant that we’ve held back a little from doing as much product promotion as we perhaps would have done ordinarily. But as I said, this is beneficial for all involved so I’m perfectly happy with that fact. It’s just a case of a clash of timing when it came to our challenge.
So what now? Well for me, things will be no different. I shall still be striving to work in the same way as I have for these last 60 days. Additionally, I have been looking into further methods of driving traffic, primarily through social media. Already I have seen results, albeit small, with things such as Tumblr, Google+ and Stumbleupon. I shall be looking further into each one of these in turn, amongst other social sites such as YouTube and Pinterest.
I have also discovered another social media site that could prove to be very beneficial for Internet marketers. I only discovered this yesterday so I need to learn about this a little more, but the the scope appears to be huge. I’m hoping to dedicate a blog post about this because I think it will benefit you greatly.
So I shall leave it there for now. Just thinking about non-paid traffic methods: if you use any yourself right now, which ones are you currently using and which do you find to be the most beneficial? I’d love to hear your feedback on that so if you wouldn’t mind sharing your thoughts by leaving a comment below then that would be awesome!