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.
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.
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!