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The Quick Start Challenge-Week 7

As some of you are aware, over the last few weeks myself along with some of our partners have been undergoing a serious challenge.  The challenge was to take around $100 bucks and got to work on generating traffic to our blogs.  The initial funds were to be able to get the necessary tools for online marketing.  Tools like autoresponders, hosting, domain name, etc.  Afterwards, we were to start finding methods of generating free traffic to our blogs.

The traffic that we all dove right into was mainly forum marketing and blog hopping.  These two types are actually my favorite free methods of traffic generation, but on occasion, I will tap into the social world like facebook and twitter.  I will be the first to admit, that it was not as easy as some would think.  It required a lot of time, energy and effort on my part to keep it rolling.  To be able to accomplish this and to keep “life” going was no easy feat.  It was demanding and it definitely taught me some valuable lessons.

The biggest lesson was consistency.  By being consistent, it afforded most of us an opportunity to drive visitors to our sites that would otherwise not have come here.  When you are doing your typical marketing and blog hopping, you will get some people interested in coming to check you out.  It just happens by default.  So you can see that if you exert a little effort, it will pay off for you.  For those who have a lot more time can definitely get a whole lot more out of this practice.

Some people think that getting free traffic is REALLY free.  Surprise!  It’s not.  It requires you spending minute after minute, and hour after hour to accomplish your set goals.  Some would say it’s easier to just pay for your traffic and you’ll get your visitors to your site a lot faster.  That’s true, but not everyone has the funds set aside to be able to do that.  But, if you can do that, by all means go for it.  You will definitely accomplish your goals a lot quicker for sure.  One thing you have to ask yourself is it really worth your time?  How much is your time worth?  Ten, twenty, thirty dollars an hour or more?  Who knows but you.  If you sit down and count the number of hours that you are spending generating free traffic and multiply that by the amount of money that you make per hour on your job, then you’ll see how inexpensive it may be to pay for advertising.

Now that we are nearing the end of our challenge, I can say that I have a much better appreciation for those who have a plan in their business and actually work that plan each day.  It takes some serious focus and an anticipated outcome to stay completely committed to it.  It can be done if you really want to do it.  My bottom line assessment is that if you really believe in what it is that you are doing and you know for sure that you’re ultimately going to have a positive outcome from your efforts, it’s worth plowing forward and making it happen.  But, only if you truly believe in what it is that you’re trying to accomplish.

I for one truly believe in what we have here and I will continue to move forward with my endeavor.  I will definitely continue in the free traffic strategies as well as paid traffic.  There is nothing wrong with getting more bang for your buck and also finding that happy balance for it to work for you longterm.

The countdown is on and in a few days, I will close the chapter on this “timed” challenge, but I will still challenge myself to accomplish greater things than this.  Stay tuned for more bigger and better updates on my progress.  I think you’ll see a huge difference in a few days, weeks, or months.

Thanks for taking the time to review my progress and please do stay in touch.  Also, leave us some feedback below if you have a moment.  I really appreciate it.

Jerry Handy
 

Jerry is a driven entrepreneur who's primary desire is to empower others to be successful in business. He realizes that true success is first development of mindset and personal development. Being a home business owner is an awesome goal and definitely possible when you take it on as a business and not a hobby.

  • Hey Jerry my man,

    Just as I have been doing recently, you mentioned one of the most important things – consistency. But you also mentioned another very important thing – belief. I think that if you really believe in yourself and what you’re doing then this can make all the difference between reaching your ultimate goals and falling short.

    I think the challenge we’ve been taking has proven to be more difficult that many of us anticipated. Maybe some of us will reach the target, maybe all of us will and then again, maybe none of us will. But this doesn’t have any bearing on my belief. I believe in myself, I believe in the methods I have been taught and I believe that they will prove to be lucrative. Perhaps it will take a little more time and a little more hard work, but it will come good, I am absolutely convinced.

    I think all of the partners are headed for great things and I just hope that everyone keeps the faith and holds fast to it.

    Full steam ahead my friend!

    Glenn 🙂

    • It’s just a matter of time man. We’ve got he right hook up and all we have to do is our part. It’s about to take off for all of us and I’m excited about it.

  • Amy Hagerup says:

    HI Jerry, I missed your challenge but I wanted to check in on your blog here to get to know you and what you offer better. I totally agree about the consistency part. That is so true! I am pretty good about being consistent but what I need to get better at is forum marketing. I’m doing the blog hopping pretty well, but haven’t found a good home or homes for forum marketing in my niches. 🙂 I’ll get there though. Great to meet you online here. Blessings, Amy

    • Thanks so much Amy. It’s been a lot of fun as well as a serious challenge for us all. We learned a lot of valuable lessons to say the least and I think that we are better marketers because of it. We will always have challenges in life and this one will continue to go on in some fashion or another. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your kind words.

  • Viola Tam says:

    Hi Jerry,

    I am pleased that you have the courage to take the challenge and have better appreciation for those who have a plan in their business.

    Almost without exception, all of today’s leaders have taken serious focus before they reach their goals. The kind of laser focus simply cannot be there if the ‘belief’ is not absolute. There is no trying. No quitting. No excuses. Backward steps? Absolutely! But leaders keep charging and move forwards again.

    Success is a plan. It first starts with a decision. Success is a process. A great plan PLUS consistent actions bring about results! Keep up the good work, Jerry!

    Viola Tam (The Business Mum)

    • You are absolutely spot on Viola. I enjoyed reading your blog and I think you have an awesome blog. Your videos are top notch and I to some degree envy you (not really) that they look that good. Thanks for sharing and come back anytime.

  • Hey Jerry,

    Just finding out about your challenge and I believe that is a great idea to really get going with blogging. I wish that I had started like that when I first started blogging.

    As you said, consistency is vital to driving traffic. Without it your going to be stagnant in your business. I heard this saying “It’s simple to do but it ain’t easy”. Yes, the actual action of doing it is simple to do. Engage with like minded people and drive traffic back to your site. The ain’t easy part is to stay consistent in doing it. Sometimes you get those negative voices in your head asking “is it really worth it?”, but if your reason why is strong and stable enough, then this active is worthwhile no matter what negative voices or peers say.

    Great job on your blogging endeavors!

    • I appreciate it Sherman. We all need a consistent lesson in consistency. It is the biggest key factor if you want success in anything. Business, family, spiritual development or whatever. The bottom line is that it pays huge dividends.

  • Neamat Tawadrous says:

    Hi Jerry,

    It’s my first visit to your blog and I don’t know exactly what was the challenge about but from this post I learned that it is a 60-day challenge and you are almost done with it. I really admire your courage with going through with it and you learned the best lesson you can ever learn which is consistency. I believe consistency is the name of the game. It always wins.

    Thanks Jerry for a great encouraging post and keep up the good work!

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

  • John Brewer says:

    Hey Jerry,

    Found you on Alex Jeffreys Forum inside MarketingWithAlex.com. I am trying to follow through on what Alex is teaching but I am somewhat of a scatter brain when it comes to tasks. I am working on this but still learning.

    I agree you that action is what needs to happen and consistency. I have to say that I look back on my life in the business world and the one thing that has tripped me up the most is consistency.

    How can we expect the universe to provide us with what we desire if we are not going to be consistent in our efforts to achieve that goal?

    Thank you for being a part of Alex’s program and allowing me to come here and join you on your journey.

    Well…here is my public statement…

    I am going to be more consistent in my oil rig hopping and forum marketing efforts from this day forth.

    So as I always like to end my blog posts…

    Let’s Ride! Talk to you Soon.

    John Brewer

    • Thanks John for your contribution and welcome to my blog. Also great decision on joining Alex’s program. It’s awesome and has taught me a lot. The key is to take action on what you learn and be consistent with it. The module he taught on time management was one of the biggest eye openers for me. That is one that most people want t o skip over but if you do, you’ll regret it big time. Again I appreciate your feedback and you’re welcome to stop by anytime. Quick question? How are you doing with the program so far other than the inconsistency bug?

  • John Brewer says:

    Jerry,Thanks for getting back with me. I don’t know if you went to my blog but I have got 3 blog posts and I have my site support up. I am trying to get the very long Forward to Basics module. Struggling with it because it is so long and I have a short attention. I try to listen to it on my mp3 but the video helps somewhat as well.

    I posted a little bit about myself on the MWA forum under accountability partners. (Tried to leave a link and it said I had too many links)

    Wanting to know what the daily tasks is something that I am struggling with. I may have a short attention span but when I get into a mode of working on tasks, I just get it done.

    Hope this helps.

    John

    • Yes John I went to your blog and was going to reply to your post, but it requires that a user register in order to leave a comment. I would recommend that you turn this feature off because if you make it hard for people to leave feedback, you will discourage them to engage with you. In regards to the forward to basics module , it is lengthy but well worth it in my opinion. Just think of it as getting a 4 year degree in a few weeks and that helps you be a little more patient. Once you get that knowledge it is valuable to you and you then can spin those experiences back in your own words and bring it back to your niche.

    • The other thing I would recommend is change your avatar. You can go to gravatar.com and set that up. Blog hopping takes on a little more personality when others can see your real photo. Remember you are starting to brand yourself and you always want to represent your business in that fashion.

      • John Brewer says:

        Thanks Jerry.

        I think I have fixed those issues you mentioned. I am going to finish the first module today hopefully.

        I hope the gravatar works and let me know if you are able to leave comments now.

        Thanks,

        John

        • You got it now my man. Looks good and ill check on your blog in just a second. A lot of blog owners frown on faceless contributors. Some wont even approve their comments if they don’t have a picture. I feel that real soon I will be implementing that policy as well, but for now I don’t get a whole lot of them.

          • John Brewer says:

            Thanks for helping me and letting me know this. Never really thought about it.

            Looking forward to working together in the future.

            John

          • No problem John. We are all in this together. I did leave a comment on your blog and one other suggestion I would make is that you moderate your comments so that they need your approval before going live. If not in will get a lot of spammy comments from automated bots and you definitely don’t want that. Also your photo is now live and active. Looks good.

  • Chery Schmidt says:

    HI Jerry, It’s my first visit to your blog and I do the know the importance of blog hopping as you put it.. Of course this is how I found you 🙂

    I love challenges they certainly will help to change your mindset.. I am not sure what this was about but I can tell from this post that this was a Good Thing!! Taking Action and Consistency go hand in hand in this business..

    Keep up the great work!! Chery 🙂

    • Cheryl, thanks for dropping by. I can tell you from experience that if you’re not consistent it will definitely show up in your business results. It amazes me with some people who have big goals but hesitate to discipline themselves to doing the things necessary to accomplish them. Thanks again for popping in on me and I look forward to seeing you again.

  • Andrew says:

    Jerry

    Great points! Wondering if you think the quality of the visitors who come because of these “free’ techniques would be more engaged and relevant than visitors who arrived because you advertised and spent money. Somehow my gut tells me that people who find you more organically would be more interested in our message than someone who is responding to a google ad. I wonder? Any thoughts or data?

    Andrew

    • Andrew, I only pay for traffic to a squeeze page and not to my blog. The free methods are designed to drive targeted traffic back to the blog and engage with them here. When they opt in via my squeeze page, I build a relationship with them and ultimately bring them back here to share more content. Which methods have you found are working better for you?

      • Andrew says:

        Great question! I’ve tried blogging and paid methods and both have got people to engage and on my list…but ultimately the two most effective ways for me has been webinars and getting in front of the crowd in places like Udemy and the Warrior Forum. So bring folks back to my site has been a little less effective than getting out there and engaging in busier places. Make sense?

        Andrew

        • I agree about getting in front of people. The Warrior Forum has been responsible for the majority of my free traffic for sure. I haven’t heard too much about Udemy until a couple of days ago. I might have to research that a little and see how I can tap into that stream. But in order to get them back to your site, you need to share more valuable content there on the forums and trust me, they’ll find you through your signature link. You do have that in place, right?

  • John Brewer says:

    Hey Jerry,

    Was wondering when you will be updating how the challenge went. Love watching these things happen. I am wondering what I can do that will help people on my blog. Not getting much traffic but I am finding more blogs to leave comments on to see what that will do for traffic and sales.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am still working on my membership site and wanted to get a little further along before I have you take a look.

    Talk to you later,

    John

    • John, I appreciate you keeping up to date with everything. I’m about to finalize everything here in a bit. Having mother’s day and spending time with the family has set us back on our site, but it should be up momentarily. On another note, the key to getting traffic back to your site is to make sure that you are posting in relevant forums (niche related) and help others solve some of the issues they are dealing with. Don’t just go in for one day out of the week. Take the time to get in there daily. The more you show your face in those forums, the more you will become trusted and respected for the knowledge you have. Please, don’t go in and try to blast a link. You will quickly be removed from the forums and possibly banned. Remember to give and then you’ll receive back. Make sure you are showing your pic and not a generic avatar. People want to see who they are dealing with. Thanks again for stopping by.

      • John Brewer says:

        Jerry,

        What you said is so true. I know when I first started visiting the Warrior Forum, the person who I was working with made that abundantly clear. Value over quantity is must in forum marketing. I have found 5 other forums that I am going to begin frequenting to ramp up my forum marketing traffic tactic.

        I am finding more blogs to post comments on as well. Trying to comment on all our MWA members may not get a lot of different people outside of MWA.

        Jerry…thanks for allowing me to be here on your blog and be part of your community.

        John

        • No problem at all John. I really appreciate you visiting and becoming a part of the conversation. That is exactly why I have this blog online. I was once there and I understand how it can be a little overwhelming and lonely if you don’t have a community working together with you trying to accomplish the same goal. That’s one of the things that I am thankful for in our group in MWA and QSC. Especially us who are a part of the License Rights Program. Thanks again for contributing.

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