[Contest] Win 1 of 5 Blog Engage Standard Accounts

I got to admit it. This is my first contest organized here at ReginaldChan.net and thus, do accept my apologies for any wrong doing etc.

To start off my first contest with a bang, I think this is a no brainer to work along with Brian Belfitt from Blog Engage.

Brian, if you are reading this, thank you for your kind assistance and support.

Yes the contest is open to EVERYONE and it is absolutely free.

What will you win from this contest?

Joining this contest will entitle you to win one out of five Blog Engage Standard account.

So, what's so great about Blog Engage Standard account? You will get:

  1. An account worth £19.99
  2. Submission of URLs to more than 1,000 active members of Blog Engage
  3. Adsense Revenue Program (all URL's shared are integrated with your Adsense ads)
  4. Joining various groups to enhance your traffic and authority building
  5. Community blog of PR 6 (even more guest posts, backlinks etc)
  6. Free SEO Marketing eBook written by Brian Belfitt (founder of Blog Engage)
  7. 3,000 worth of Just ReTweet points to your account

Do I have to remind you that Blog Engage is a great place to build backlinks, SEO ranknig and even creating more blog traffic for your website?

The requirements to join the Blog Engage contest

To win this juicy Blog Engage account, all you got to do are to follow this easy steps:

  1. Become a fan for Blog Engage on Facebook
  2. Follow Blog Engage on Twitter
  3. Like Blog Engage on Facebook
  4. Become a fan for Blogging Moments
  5. Follow me on Twitter
  6. Like Blogging Moments on Facebook
  7. Share it on Twitter to further boost your chance of earning

*Make sure you perform all the 7 steps to entitle for the draw.

Yes. It only take 7 steps to join this 'once-in-a-lifetime' contest. Don't wait any further!

Update: The Blog Engage contest is over and here are your winners:

  1. Navid Moazzez
  2. Gilbert Samuel
  3. Sampath Sam
  4. Srikanth Sri
  5. Gautam Kumar

On behalf of Blog Engage and this blog, I would like to take the opportunity to thank for my readers and followers who had joined the fun.

Want more contest like this? More coming soon and stay tune!

*p/s You may also signup for my newsletter to get the notifications on such events too 🙂

5 Insights You Should Know About Make Money Blogging

According to one source, there are about 60 million blogs out there and the number is increasing every day.

You might be asking why there are so many bloggers out there and the answer is simple; They believe that they can make money blogging.

Your mind might be playing tricks on you right now, wondering if it is really possible to make a living out of blogging.

And the truth is yes, it is very possible to make a living out of several blogs ... which leads to my second question.

So, why there are so many bloggers who failed to make money?

Here are a few reasons. Yes, dive in and enjoy 🙂

Could it be caused by:

Honestly, I could list down a dozen more but does the above seems obvious to you?

Most bloggers are too obsessed with making money blogging. Seriously.

Before we proceed further, here's a quick video I had done in regards to make money through blogging.

Is it possible to really make money blogging?

The answer is yes. There's no doubt you can make money through your blog or website but the biggest question is "How?"

Question of the day: How do you make money through blogging?

Let's see what other successful bloggers say about this:

So to recap, yes it darn possible to make money through your blogs.

I too make money but I am no where close to them ... honestly 🙂

Okay. This brings to the next part of our discussion; How to make money through your blogs?

How to monetize a blog?

1. The relationship between traffic and blog earnings

Fact 101 - Traffic and blog earnings are inter-related

A blog is nothing without traffic and a low traffic blog doesn't really make a lot of money.

Now, how much do you agree with this?

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Debate all you want but the truth is, you can make money through your blog with both high and low traffic. It all boils down to your own 'blogging game plan'.

Don't worry. I know you are pretty confused now but let's head over to the next part to make things ... clearer.

High traffic but low blog earnings?

Let's assume you have a blog and it is doing very well. You are getting like 1,000 visitors a day but you are not able to convert them into successful sales.

So, what's wrong?

The problem could probably lies in you and your plan.

Conversion rate has a long history with bloggers and even myself. I could get 500 traffic a day but at times, zero sales or very less sales.

And what did I learn from this?

High traffic doesn't guarantees a good blog earnings but ... good amount of traffic does increase the chances of you landing a sale, click etc on your blog.

Make sense to you?

I am not saying that high amount of traffic doesn't help in blog earning and I am saying it absolutely does!

However, if you are not focusing on the right visitor or traffic, you are wasting your effort.

My recommendation: Have a read what Steve Scott wrote in his eBook, 8 Simple Steps to Get 100,000 Blog Visitors without Working 8 Days a Week.

Low traffic but high earnings?

Now, let's say you want to go the Mexican style (okay I made that up) and aim for low traffic instead.

Why not? Chances is that you may earn more money with low traffic compared to a high traffic blog.

This is extremely useful when it comes to building a niche website. The trick here is to focus on specific traffic and not general traffic.

Personally, I would rather have just 50 traffic a day (who are very determine to buy something) instead of 500 traffic who are here for shopping.

Ever heard about targeted traffic? There you go.

To wrap this up, imagine you have 50 traffic a day which is highly optimized and targeted. This means that you would have an idea on what they are looking for.

Here, you need to provide them with the right solutions and you would have a high chance of closing the sale.

2. Monetizing a blog

I could discuss about this the whole night long when it comes to monetizing. When we talk about make money through blogging or monetizing a blog, there are several ways you can go with such as using advertisement banners, affiliate sales and providing a service.

There's no trick on this! Really.

You just got to know what is your goal, who are your potential customers and of course, not putting all your eggs in one basket.

Google Adsense and other advertising companies

In early stages of a blog development, Google Adsense and these advertising banners really help when it comes to generating income.

This is a good way to start to earn few dollars a day but nothing more unless you are doing a very specific niche blog.

For example, blogging niche has a superb low payout of less than $0.50 per click while some other niches could fetch up to $25 per click and maybe even more.

You could monetize a blog using Google Adsense or ad banners but unless you are having a high traffic blog, you won't be earning a lot.

Remember that you cannot control what advertisements are shown on your site and all you can do is to specify the categories of the advertisements shown.

Tip: Don't place too many banners on one page but instead, focus on placing them on hot spots to increase click rates.

Affiliate sales

This is actually my major contributor when it comes to monetizing my blog. When it comes to affiliate sales, providing a solution will potentially lead to a sale.

Affiliate sales offer huge monetizing chances for blogger but the reason behind so many failed bloggers is because they focus too much on closing the sales or making money out of their blogs.

C'mon guys. Let's face it.

It is always great to see the extra money in your account from affiliate sales right?

Yup, I know how that feels like ~ Felt like jumping around especially when you are getting $100 or more per successful sales.

Here's the 'not-so-good' part about affiliate sales. You could probably go weeks long without earning a single cent.

When I wrote my blogging journey in the first 60 days, I shared my earnings and many readers (some emailed me) said that it was great to see that I am able to earn like well over $200 thanks to ShareASale (which you can sign up for free) in just 60 days on a fresh blog.

Some said it was good planning but for me, affiliate sales is all about luck. You could probably write a damn good article but without luck, you might not even close a sale.

Of course, unless you are a very successful blogger with thousands of followers, we are on the same boat 🙂

How do you make money from blogging?

Make money providing a service

You could probably earn money by serving ads and doing affiliate sales but those earning (in my honest opinion) are mainly due to luck.

When you are popular or having the right type of blog traffic, you might decide that "Hey, it's time to venture out to the open sea". You know ... stepping out of your comfort zone.

That's when you can start deciding if you want to provide a service instead.

Providing a service could actually turn out to be a very lucrative profession if you have the skills.

Okay guys, before you grab a piece of paper and pen to write down your brilliant idea, this 'service' is harder than you think.

Let me ask you these:

  1. Do you think you have the expertise to provide such service?
  2. Are you experienced enough to provide one hell of a service?
  3. How many times have you done that before? (providing that service of your choice)

Now, you are not ready if your you have these terms in your answer: "I think", "probably", "may be" etc.

Yes. If you are going to provide a service, do not have the plan that sounds like this; "If A doesn't work, I will think of B."

You need to tell your potential clients like "Hey, I know what I am talking about and this is my advise" sort of thing.

Sound harsh? Not really.

Here's another example which I received from Facebook two days ago. This dude was asking if I need any SEO service for my website (duh). 

Doesn't sound like a problem? It was disastrous ... for him and here's why.

The problem is he didn't have a tiny piece of clue what SEO is! He just wanted to sell his 'how to SEO' to me. 

Do you think he made the sale? Obviously not.

Making money through blogging depends on you

Do you have any tricks when it comes to make money blogging?

I am always very interested to learn new ways to make money online or more specifically through my blogs. The truth is, 9 out of 10 times of trying would leave us nothing but disappointment.

When you find the momentum you are looking for, you need to learn how to 'plug' that into your blogging business and grow it from there.

Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to monetizing your blog? Let's discuss it using the comment form below.

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6 Easy Ways To Choose The Best Genesis Child Themes

A good WordPress theme offers not only mobility and rich features but it also plays a crucial role when it comes to SEO and website security matters.

If you are looking for a great WordPress theme, you don't have to look any further as Genesis framework and Genesis child themes are already a household name when it comes to premium WordPress themes.

StudioPress (the company behind Genesis framework) offers more than 40 breath-taking, eye-catching and mouth-watering themes. With over 96,000 website owners using Genesis themes, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't.

Before we choose Genesis or it's child themes, we got to know what is Genesis all about right?

So, what is Genesis framework all about?

Genesis Framework Features

Genesis framework offers not only one but 8 different features for bloggers

1. Genesis framework and child themes are search engine friendly - This means that every child themes are SEO ready out of the box. All you need to do is to choose the right child theme to work with and you are basically 'ready for battle'.

2. Great looking turn key designs - This means that changing the looks of your website is extremely easy and you don't need a designer or developer to do it. Change it every day or week, the choice is in your hands.

3. Genesis gives you unlimited everything - Unlike any other premium WordPress themes, there is no such thing as 'Developer Option' for Genesis. This means that all you need is to pay once and you get unlimited support plus updates ... for life.

4. State-of-the-art security features - With thousand of websites being hacked yearly, you need to know that your websites are secure ... and Genesis can offer you that. With Mark Jaquith, the security expert and core WordPress developer working closely with StudioPress, you know that you are in good hands.

5. Hassle free and instant upgrade - Forget about calling your developer or webmaster to perform the upgrades as with Genesis framework and child themes, you can easily update them with just a few clicks of the button.

6. Customizing Genesis themes are incredibly easy - From auto-sizing images to advertising ready, the guys behind StudioPress had thought about them. All you need to do is to spend an hour or so in customizing your own child themes and NOT a few hundred dollars for hiring web developers to do the customizations for you.

7. Custom widgets and layout options - Need some customized widgets and layouts for different pages? It is easily doable when it comes to Genesis framework and its child themes.

8. Availability of trustworthy Genesis developers - Let's say you still need help and want to build your own custom theme. Well, there's a truckload of skilled and trusted Genesis developers at your disposal.

Now ... take a moment and have a closer look at StudioPress's theme gallery. I know you will be impressed!

Related article: Advantages Of Genesis 2.0 and How To Convert To HTML5?

Brian Gardner is the man behind StudioPress and the highly successful Genesis themes

Brian Gardner, the strong man in StudioPress and Genesis Framework 

Choosing the right Genesis child themes - How?

Welcome back! Glad you made it back here 🙂

When I first saw Genesis framework and its child themes, I was mesmerized and I had absolutely NO IDEA where to start.

If you are at the same spot with me right now, then you definitely got to read what I have to say below.

When it comes to deciding a Genesis child theme, you got to know a few basic information which are:

  1. What that your website is all about?
  2. The basic layout you are looking for?
  3. Minimalistic or colourful?
  4. Corporate or leisure?

For me, choosing the best Genesis child themes is actually easy as long as you know what you really want.

I have listed down several top child themes which I truly love and I classified them in a very logical manner which is ... according to your niche.

What is your 'type'?

1. Balance website themes between images and words:

Genesis child theme: Magazine

Genesis child theme Magazine

Genesis child theme: Metro

Genesis child theme Metro

2. Business and corporate genres:

Genesis child theme: Agency

Genesis child theme Agency

Genesis child theme: Corporate

Genesis child theme Corporate

Genesis child theme: Executive

Genesis child theme Executive

3. General genres:

Genesis child theme: Blissful

Genesis child theme Blissful

Genesis child theme: Pretty Pictures

Genesis child theme Pretty Pictures

4. Photography genres:

Genesis child theme: Crystal

Genesis child theme Crystal
Genesis child theme: Landscape

Genesis child theme Landscape

5. Very specific genres:

Genesis child theme: Education

Genesis child theme Education

Genesis child theme: AgentPress

Genesis child theme AgentPress

6. My personal favorites:

Genesis child theme: Eleven40

Genesis child theme Eleven40

Genesis child theme: Focus

Genesis child theme Focus

Genesis child theme: Going Green

Genesis child theme Going Green

Genesis child theme: Mindstream

Genesis child theme Mindstream

Genesis child theme: Prose

Genesis child theme Prose

Genesis child theme: Genesis Framework

Genesis child themes and Genesis Framework

Are you an outgoing and adventurous blogger?

It is no secret that I am extremely picky and choosy when it comes to choosing a theme.

And for those who know me, there is a tendency for me to change my website theme nearly every month.

If you are looking for unique themes for customization, I would recommend you to try using either Prose or Genesis Framework (most basic).

Currently, I am using Genesis Sample child theme with some customization on this website (as you can see now) with the help of Genesis Extender Plugin.

Help! I still can't find the right Genesis child theme that suits me!

With so many child themes, you are having a hard time to decide (plus getting a Pro Package for all child themes does not fit into your budget).

Don't freak out and no fuss. I get it!

Have you ever thought of creating your own Genesis child themes instead? 

If you are doubting your ability about creating a child theme, you shouldn't.

I came across Dynamik Website Builder which offers more than 800 options to build your website theme from scratch.

So, what's the catch?

You don't need a type a single line of code ... EVER!

The plugin is also highly recommended by StudioPress team (and myself since I have a copy of it).

If you are interested, check out my review on the Dynamik Website Builder here.

What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed reading and looking at the images here. Regardless how many times I see Genesis themes, I am still thrilled!

So, are you a Genesis user already? Share with me what you like about Genesis and do you have any favorite child themes using the comment form below.

Wait! You are NOT a Genesis user yet?

Take Genesis for a spin or have a look at StudioPress can offer by clicking the banner below. Don't worry, no string attached and no obligations.

StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes
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What is SEO? Understand what SEO is all about in 521 seconds

Recently, I read an article about SEO written by Brent Carnduff, CEO of Echelon SEO which you can find it here.

That article ... struck my mind about search engine optimization.

Let me ask you something.

What do you know about SEO? Go on ... think about it for a moment.

SEO plays a huge role when it comes to blog ranking

Let's learn SEO today!

What is SEO all about?

Search engine optimization (SEO) is indeed very simple but why on Earth, everyone is saying that SEO is hard?

Like what Brent said, it is us who confuse ourselves and when I think about it, it make sense.

Let me tell you why.

I had been doing search engine optimization research and practicing multiple techniques over the years (since 2005 to be exact) and it is no secret that we get all our SEO scoop from no other than ... other blogs and websites.

There are some reputable SEO sites out there like Moz and Search Engine Journal. However, we usually don't get enough from these sites and we venture out to the open sea looking for more sources.

I bet you do right?

And there comes other so-called SEO blogs that we assume are providing valuable insight on the matter. The question here is ... how many of these sites are trust worthy?

I am not saying that my blog is 100% correct but at least, they worked for me (ding!).

Extra reading: Find out why SEO 2013 And Beyond written by Dr Andy Williams got more than 97 satisfied customers!

Understand what SEO is all about ... in just 521 seconds

This time around, I am going to cut the chase. Good by wall of text (do I hear the crowd cheering?) and hello Youtube.

I am a good story teller so ... do bear with me alright?

Search engine optimization is rather huge and therefore, I am keeping the video as simple as possible (plus as general as possible).

Basically, search engine optimization (SEO) could easily be divided into 4 very distinct categories which are:

  1. Traditional SEO (some call this white hat)
  2. Black hat
  3. Content marketing
  4. Social SEO

For more, watch this video:

I hope you enjoyed watching the video and remember to like it as well on Youtube!

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CommentLuv Premium Comment Plugin: Love It Or Hate It?

Leaving constructive comments is a great way to boost blogger's authority and an undeniable way to build backlinks.

So, how do you actually leave a comment and at the same time, placing a link within the comment without being labelled as spam?

This is where a great WordPress comment plugin called CommentLuv Premium comes into the limelight.

CommentLuv Premium is one of the best WordPress comment system

CommentLuv is a WordPress comment system that is widely used by bloggers

What is CommentLuv Premium?

CommentLuv is a WordPress commenting system (plugin) and it is used by thousands of blogs out there.

For every comment submitted, commenters are able to share one link in their comment which is  good especially when it comes to search engine optimization.

CommentLuv Premium allows blog owners to control the number links shared in the comment, placing a DoFollow or NoFollow option and many more.

Due to this indirect link building method, CommentLuv is used by many major blogs and gained a lot of popularity among bloggers.

For more information about this lovely WordPress comment system, you can have a look at their official website here.

What I really love about CommentLuv Premium?

Ms Ileane from Basic Blog Tips is the ambassador for CommentLuv and thus, it is a no brainer to try it right?

As for the record, CommentLuv Premium has more than 24 features which is extremely great for both bloggers and blog owners.

Before going deeper into why I actually decide not to use some of CommentLuv's functions, let me tell you why I love this WordPress plugin so much.

I am a huge fan of social engagement (huge could very well be an understatement). I wanted my readers to drop me a comment and leave valuable insight. Yes this is great especially when the blog is new and you need boost your engagement level.

Having CommentLuv Premium enabled on my blog are able to convince readers (and spammers ~ ouch) to leave comment and in return, getting a backlink from my site.

You might think, "Hey, that's a good deal right?" ... and so do I!

I wanted to do something extra and I added some spice into it by allowing an automatic DoFollow if the commenter share the article on social media.

What did I get in return? 320 comments and counting. Not bad for a figure right?

Related article: My blogging journey after 60 days and 7,977 blog traffic.

The moment of truth - Turning CommentLuv Premium plugin off (partially)

Problem with CommentLuv Premium comment system

Why did I decided to turn CommentLuv link sharing feature off?

I am quite well verse in SEO and I know one day, this will back fire. And by saying 'this', I mean the ability to link out through CommentLuv plugin.

Now, here's a few bad thing about linking out:

  1. The links might return a 404-error which means the page is not found or down
  2. The links could be from a penalized website or blog
  3. The links could be redirecting too much
  4. The links might originated from a site which has very less information
  5. And probably a few more down the road

Thought it was very real at the back of my head, I wouldn't really bother thinking about it since my blog is like 60 days old. No biggy right?

Here was where I was so ... W-R-O-N-G!

I am a big fan of Adrienne Smith's blog and I recently came across her latest article, Blog Maintenance: The Essential Guide written by no other than, Tim Bonner.

In the article, he said about broken links and immediately, it struck me like a thunderbolt straight through my heart.

As recommended by Tim, I used Broken Link Checker (web version) to find for broken links on my blog. I let it run and after sometime, the numbers keep increasing.

Yes! The numbers of broken links. From 10 to 20 to 30 ... and finally 60. I thought that was it but again, I was wrong. The process was still running! I ended up with over 160 broken links.

That was bad ... real bad. With rumors of coming Google update, I can't afford to do any mistake now. I basically slapped myself multiple times (virtually) as I been seeing the alert on Google Webmaster Tool on 404 errors and I thought they weren't important.

Lesson learned!

After some quick checking, majority of these broken links comes from CommentLuv plugin (remember the link building feature?). The thing is even though the broken links were coming from CommentLuv commenting system (indirectly), it doesn't mean that the plugin is at wrong.

What really happened to CommentLuv Premium?

Honestly speaking ... nothing.

So, what contributed to the broken links on the comments?

The answer would be the commenters themselves. From time to time, we change our permalinks, URL etc. And this is very common for new blogs. Let's say you are visited by these users and they share a link.

Through GASP which comes with CommentLuv Premium plugin, all URLs basically go through some sort of filtering before it goes into your comment box awaiting for moderation.

*If you are interested to read more about GASP, Ana Hoffman from Traffic Generation Cafe wrote about something about it here.

Now it all starts when these URL's go bad. This means that if the URL changes or goes into 404-error, there is no way to get notified automatically.

Unless you are using a link checker tool, then you would probably find the answer. Otherwise, you are left with ... nothing more than just plain dead links.

If broken links on your blog doesn't sounds bad for SEO, I don't know what else will!

Obviously, this isn't a problem with CommentLuv plugin but instead, the problem lies (as said above), on the commenters and the blog owners.

As a blog owner, we got to ensure that those links on our websites are good and therefore, we can't be lazy (like me). 

My new CommentLuv Premium settings

After several discussions with my web host and an hour searching for the answer on Google, I decided that I am going to remove CommentLuv highly-rated feature; the link sharing ability ... for at least, a couple of months for some testing reasons.

I am absolutely sure that this is going to leave a huge impact on the my blog and the number of comments is going to drop rapidly.

In my point of view, I got to consider the SEO ranking and what Google actually sees on my blog. It is suppose to be a good website that shares quality content and NOT a site for linking out.

I even went the extra miles by setting the number of words and the duration before posting to further reduce the chance of spammers.

Why am I still using CommentLuv Premium?

Are you deciding to get CommentLuv Premium WordPress plugin?

Should I or should I not use CommentLuv Premium for my WordPress site?

Basically, disabling the link sharing could mean that I could easily ditch the comment system right?

Yes, I could but I choose not to because I wanted the GASP and ReplyMe features. GASP is the shortform for Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin which is great to control the number of spam on your blogs.

As a blogger, it is a known fact that spam is definitely your number one enemy.

On the other hand, ReplyMe is great to create a chance of engagement with both first time and repeat readers who leave comments. Don't forget, a simple 'hi' or 'hello' could go a long way when it comes to relationship building!

Related: Read more about CommentLuv Premium plugin here.

How to overcome these 'obstacles'?

If you are using CommentLuv Premium plugin like I do, then you probably might not want to face the same issue.

The way out is actually very simple. Here are a few methods:

  1. Use broken link checker plugin
  2. Use broken link checker web version
  3. Using Google Webmaster Tool
  4. Ensure that links are automatically NoFollow using CommentLuv setting

Here's a few thing you SHOULD know.

The first two methods have loopholes such as not able to detect broken links completely (possibility). For example, method #1 told me that I have 60 broken links but method #2 told me I have 80 broken links instead!

So here, you just got to be a little hardworking and double check from time to time.

On the other hand, Google Webmaster Tool is great and its track record is squeaky clean. Here's a little problem: It only detects broken links on indexed pages.

Method #4 is strictly to avoid sharing your link juice. All you need to do is to set all URL's shared to be a NoFollow and you would be fine. This method is great when it comes to URL control but it doesn't help in checking for bad URL's.

Question: Should I get CommentLuv Premium plugin?

YES ... Yes ... and yes!

I would still recommend CommentLuv Premium plugin to anyone who asked. It is one hell of a WordPress commenting system and I am sure it will always be that way.

Remember that CommentLuv doesn't only helps you control the number of spam comments but as well as the rich features of ReplyMe and it increases the chances for readers to leave comments on your blog.

Personally, I am not a hardworking person and thus, checking thousands of links monthly isn't really my cup of tea. After all, anything could happen anytime right?

What I am trying to say is that CommentLuv Premium is a very sweet plugin that you should get for yourself if you want to boost blog traffic.

Many bloggers are already using it and I see no reasons why you shouldn't.

Want to try out CommentLuv Premium plugin? Hover and click on this link to see what it is all about ... or simply click on the banner below!


*Important update: CommentLuv link sharing is enabled back to the site on 26th August 2013 after some short testings done for 72 hours.

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7,977 Blog Traffic And 60 Days Later - My Blogging Journey

Today is 13th August 2013 and this marks exactly 2 months since the day this website is created.

This blogging journey had taught me a lot especially when it comes to building authority, increasing traffic to blogs and foster relationships with other bloggers.

Before that, I had created a simple video (yes, my second YouTube video) as a summary of this whole article:

Did you enjoy the video? I hope you do! (p/s it would be great if you could just give me a 'Like' on YouTube)

Let's see how far this website had gone, shall we?

My blog traffic stats

This is how my website traffic looks like during the first 60 days

Total traffic: 7,977 (100%)

Organic traffic / Google: 2,446 (30.66%)

Direct traffic: 2,302 (28.86%)

Referral traffic: 3,229 (40.48%)

On an average,  the website is getting about 132 traffic a day or approximately 3,988 traffic a month. No biggy right?

I got to admit, I am ashamed of publishing the stats but for the sake of learning and sharing, I believe this is the best interest for all 🙂

Here's a quick summary of what this whole article is all about:

It all comes down to blog traffic

If you are planning to start blogging, then you got to know that traffic is the lifeline of a blog. It doesn't really matter if you are blogging for money, passion or as a hobby.

You need traffic to sustain and maintain your site. Moreover, running a self hosted domain isn't that cheap after all.

When I started this blog, I wanted to make this blog different. This means that I do NOT want to do the same mistakes I did years back with probably a dozen or more websites.

Instead of focusing on organic traffic, I wanted to focus on referral traffic instead. Let's see what makes them different. 

1. The differences between organic and referral traffic 

Organic traffic vs Referral Trafffic

Which is the better choice when it comes to building traffic for your blogs?

Organic traffic vs Referral traffic ... what?!

Let's see what the web has to say about them:

Organic traffic - Visitors who come to your website from unpaid organic or natural search engine results

Referral traffic -  Visitors who come to your website from other domains (and pages in those domains)

Source: Google

In my own words ...

Organic traffic can easily be defined as traffic gained from search engines. If you are getting more of this, it is safe to say that you are doing the right search engine optimization techniques to rank well on SERP's.

Referral traffic (aka referred traffic) is traffic that comes from a second party and it doesn't come through search engines. This type of traffic usually comes from social media, other domains and blogs who are sharing your links.

2. Why I decided NOT to be normal - focus more on referral traffic

Organic traffic vs Referral traffic

Are you focusing in the conventional (organic traffic) or the unconventional (referral traffic) for your blog?

Some bloggers say focusing on organic traffic is risky and I got to agree with this.

Google can easily change its algorithm several times a year but building a website from scratch would take months or maybe longer. You can't just change your game plan overnight even if you have the manpower to do so.

So yes, I took the road less taken and I know what I did would actually be beneficial for my organic traffic as well (indirectly).

This brings me to the next related point below. Before that, ask yourself why did you do blogging. Could it be:

For me, I blog because I love it and the ability to earn some side income is definitely a good plus point.

Okay you will be asking, "So, what would these have to do with referral traffic?"

I want to make sure that every traffic that lands on my blog counts. This means that if I can have 100 readers daily who really enjoy my writing, then I would have struck the gold mine ... literally speaking.

Here's what I think. Readers won't click on a link shared on Twitter or Facebook if they are not interested with the topic. Therefore, is it safe to say that referral traffic means targeted traffic?

Yup, you can say that!

Now, do you see where this is going?

Monetizating my blog with referral traffic

Make money blogging tips for bloggers

How you make money blogging ... the smart way?

Personally, I think I did rather okay even though I wish I could do more 🙂

Here are the stats after 60 days of uptime:

Google Adsense: $ 1.69

Affiliate sales: $ 209.96

Again, I know most of you guys could be earning more than this. Shame on me!

But here's the thing. For those who been visiting my site during June would realized that I have more Google Adsense banners.

Compared to now, I only place Google Adsense banners on several spots or categories. But why? I had replaced them with specific banners that are closely related to the said categories.

For example, I will be featuring a web hosting affiliate banner if that category is about website creation. Chances is, those targeted readers will be probably looking for a cheap hosting to go with their self hosted domains.

Oh yes, this is rather crazy as I ended up with 68 widgets on my blog.

Like what I said, the earnings above could just be a fraction of what many other bloggers are earning. Nonetheless, it is a good start. At least, I know that what I did (mostly) are bearing fruits 🙂

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You can't please everyone. So, stop trying!

You can't satisfy everyone as a blogger 

1. Making your readers happy ...

As a blogger, you can't possibly make everyone happy and you are bound to have lots of enemies when you are above the rest.

When I wrote "3 Disappointing Truth About MailChimp Email Marketing Solutions", I was so sure that what I wrote is going to spark anger among MailChimp fans.

And for the record, I do receive hate mails and some super epic comments (which sadly, still lying in my moderation folder due to too many 4-letters words).

Here's the thing about blogging. As long as you are doing it right, you don't worry about what others think.

I very interesting quote I would love to share from someone I really respect:

It is impossible for a blogger to please all his readers.

Source: Smart Passive Income

The above is taken from Pat Flynn (the guy behind SPI) and the author of the eBook, 'Let Go' which explains how unemployment changed his life completely and currently earning more than $100,000 monthly.

2. Unforeseen issues with blog subscribers

I had just a small number of followers for my newsletter and I too, received some feedbacks from them. Here are some of those:

  1. My emails are either too long or too short
  2. Wanting more freebies
  3. 15% of them subscribed as they thought I was doing more reviews instead
  4. Some of them were expecting me to email them during specific days of the week
  5. And the list continues ...

Disclaimer: Feel free to think if I'm BS-ing but these are the things that REALLY happened to me recently.

My reply to them are the same (including the ones who leave comments on my blogs); I am not forcing you to subscribe to my newsletter and you are free to unsubscribe at any time.

I'm sorry if it might feel a little cocky but I am just one man and obviously, I don't have super powers to make everyone happy.

Note: It is still rather sad to see that there are people who doesn't really appreciate you and your writings.

Brighter sky after some stormy days

Building blogger's authority is important to main website ranking and trust.

There is always sunlight after a stormy day

I am sure that all of us have our ups and downs.

Being a blogger is very fun and I am very honored to meet up with some seriously great friends (bloggers).

There are definitely more than this list but they are the ones that truly make my day:

Adrienne Smith ~ Lovely woman who never STOP giving you encouragements especially in blogging and life.

Barry Wells ~ Nice guy and pretty good in IT related stuffs. LOVE his writings too! He's also one of the guys behind Marketing Mini Classes.

Corina Ramos ~ Another nice lady. If I would give her a nickname, it would definitely be 'Work From Home GURU'!

Adam Connell ~ Great writer and one hell of a marketer. Learned from him a lot especially when it comes to building authority and Internet marketing.

Harleena ~ One of the most inspiring bloggers I ever seen. She teaches me that you can be good in anything as long as you have the passion.

Again, I felt truly honored to meet up with so many bloggers and lovely friends. I would possibly given up last week or earlier but thanks to them, I felt that everything will be just A-okay for me.

60 days and 7,977 website traffic later ...

So, what did I actually learn about blogging after this life changing experience?

We need to:

  1. Focus on the right traffic for our blog.
  2. Make friends with other bloggers and most importantly, learn from them.
  3. Mistakes are common in blogging. Use them to improve yourself.
  4. If you want to make money blogging, start improving your blogging skills and focus on traffic first.
  5. There are many ways to build your blog traffic. Choose the one that fits you best.
  6. Don't ever give up on negative feedbacks. They will make you stronger!

Before I end

I truly hope that you enjoy this blog post as much as I do. So, did I miss out anything? Hit the reply button below and tell me what you think!

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