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Challenge Update #3: My First Report

It’s been a little over a month now since I decided to get in the trenches, build a new blog from scratch and prove it’s possible to build a successful, blogging-based freelance writing business based on the tips I give on this blog – in less than 6 months.

A lot of things have happened in the past few weeks; from announcing the challenge to setting up the blog and sharing my strategy.

If you want all updates in regards to the challenge, they can be found on this page.

Income and Traffic Report for the First Month of this Challenge

The purpose of this challenge is to show you what is possible and I want to achieve that by being transparent throughout the challenge.

The new blog has been intentionally “dormant” in the first month.

When I announced the challenge on this blog, I mentioned the new blog but didn’t link to it. Some of you believed that even mentioning the challenge here can skew the results in some way. For that very purpose, I decided to do very little with the blog until the first report was posted.

I did publish a few articles in the first month, but marketing is non-existent.

Traffic Screenshot for the first Month



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Traffic Sources for the first Month of the Challenge


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The total number of visits to the new blog in the first month is 371; 84.9% of which is direct and 12.94% of which is from search engines.

It’s obvious that the direct traffic is from those who read the first challenge post on this blog, saw the URL and probably decided to bookmark the new blog and follow the challenge.

In regards to the search traffic, though not obvious, I announced in one of the challenge articles that the new blog now ranks for its EMD (exact match domain) keyword “guest blogging tactics”. Ever since making that announcement, I started noticing a trickle of visits related to the EMD; in other words, every visit to the blog via search engines was a variation of the keyword.

So obviously, visits to the new blog in the first month were from those who came via this blog?

I’m I Trying to Skew the Results?

Since I announced in the challenge post that my purpose is to make this challenge as fair as possible, I decided to make the first month of the challenge “an experiment within an experiment” to see if this could really skew the result.

It didn’t!

That’s if we look at the right metrics.

WritersinCharge obviously had its own audience so it’s natural that people want to check out the challenge blog, but it’s mostly out of curiosity. After all, how will you follow a challenge and know if it’s genuine, or how will you know the exact things I’m doing to bring results, unless you can see the blog for yourself.

From the beginning my purpose hasn’t been to prevent readers of this blog – who are following the challenge – from checking out the blog. Not linking to the blog, however, is intentional since that would have skewed the search engine rankings.

With that said, I couldn’t care less about traffic.

For all I know, the majority of YoungPrepro readers following this challenge also couldn’t care less about traffic. What you all want is clients, and I think this first month proves that WritersinCharge readers are not the target audience of the new blog. In other words, visit from this blog doesn’t influence the challenge.

This is a critical part of this challenge.

Income Report for the First Month

Since the traffic issue is out of the question, it’s now time to report the income for the first month.

As you’d have guessed, it’s $0.00.

There was no single client request and since the purpose of the blog is to get clients and not make money in another way, there was no income in the first month.

Content Update

A total of 4 articles were posted on the blog in the first month.

3 quality articles and a case study; 4 articles in total.

Most of these articles meet my standard of what I call “great content” and the case study showed how I was able to get significant results via guest blogging.

I believe these articles, to some extent, show that I know what I’m talking about when it comes to guest blogging and serves as foundation content for the blog.

My purpose this month is to start guest blogging, start being active on community sites and to publish some more articles.

Hopefully, when I publish the next challenge report there’ll be one or two clients and some earnings 🙂

What Do You Think?

Is this interesting and transparent? What do you think about this challenge so far? Please share in the comments below!

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21 Comments on "Challenge Update #3: My First Report"

  1. Mr.X says:

    It’s normal to make no revenue in the first month when you’re starting out. Yes, brand visibility would be increased over time through guest posts and other marketing strategies.

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      Exactly. I’ve already started planning my marketing and I’m on track; I can’t wait to see how the next income report will look like 🙂

  2. Deb Lamb says:

    I love following this challenge. Its very informative and educational.

    I would love you to guest post on my blog, if you are interested.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Deb 🙂

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      Thanks, Deb! I’m very glad that you find the challenge informative and educational 🙂

      In regards to the guest post, do you mean a guest post from the YoungPrePro “me” or a guest post for the challenge blog “me”?

      Best Regards,

      • Deb Lamb says:

        Hi, Oni,
        I’d be happy with either one. Whatever you prefer to do will work for me.

        I’d be honored!

        Thank you.

        Deb 🙂

  3. Al Herd says:

    I am following your challenge. Good luck and I hope to see your traffic soar over the next few reports!
    Btw, when my site grows just a little more, would you be interested in writing some high quality content for it? The site address is .
    Al Herd

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      Thanks, Al!

      By writing a post for your site, are you referring to YoungPrePro or the new challenge blog?

  4. Olawale Daniel says:

    To my own understanding, this report is more transparent than others I’ve been reading – some would prefer to inflate the rate to encourage others to believe what doesn’t works do work whereas, they have nothing to show for it.

    I believe with this challenge, you would be able to get 2-5 clients by the time you are done with the guest posting activities because that’s where the money – I mean the client will come from 🙂

    Keep it up bro and see you achieving more and more in coming months.

    – Olawale Daniel

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      Thanks, bro!

      The purpose of this challenge is to be as transparent as possible and show people how it can be done. No inflation at all.

      I think this challenge will result in more than 5 clients by the time it’s over; I can’t say until the challenge is over, though, but we’ll see 🙂

  5. Susan @ Travel Junkette says:

    Thanks, Bamidele! I think that this experiment is interesting AND transparent, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes. Best of luck!

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      That’s great to hear, Susan! Thanks a lot for the support! 🙂

  6. Kingsley Agu says:

    Nice job Oni! like what you just said – Guestblogging is the key! the more the guestpost; the better the traffic. I’m following all your tactics on my blog, and since guestpost is what you’ll be doing this month – I will start guestposting too.. Hopefully soon, clients will also start coming for me.

    Thanks for starting this challenge!

  7. Lola Sosanya says:

    I am following the challenge don’t mind guest blogging on your blog, YoungPrePro. Can I send you an email of the article I will like to contribute? Thanks

  8. Kola says:

    i think it’s both interesting and transparent. thanks for keeping us up to date. can’t wait to see your next report! : )

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      Thanks, Kola! I’m sure you’ll love the next report! 🙂

  9. That is a remarkable result; I love it. Remember i told you will play this game alongside you, well I got 159 visitors for 23 days,62.26% New Visitor and 37.74% Returning Visitor. I got 19.50% Search Traffic,26.42% Referral Traffic and 54.09% Direct Traffic.i will like you to comment on my progress.

  10. Maricel says:

    This is getting really exciting. I’m a freelance writer myself and I’m certain this is going to benefit me in ways more than one. And Oni, like Deb above, I would like to invite you to guest post on my blog, too, if you feel like it. Whichever “you” should be fine with me. 😀

  11. Samved says:

    Thanks, Bamidele! This is a great challenge and it motivates people like me who are just starting to blog.
    Great work and keep sharing with us.

  12. Nikhil Arora says:

    Seems like this challenge is going to be more interesting with time. I am eager to see the final result.

  13. Siva says:

    Hi dude, thanks for the series of articles that are targeting beginners like me. Well, would you expose that new niche blog to us to take a preview of how’s it shaping up lively?

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      I have actually revealed the blog in one of the posts in this series; if you take a look carefully you’ll see it 🙂


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