September 2008


2 1/2 months, 87 posts, and over 2,200 visitors later – now what?

Well – when it comes to our Thirty Day Challenge blogs – we’re working on the fundamentals.  We watched all the videos, printed out and took notes on the transcripts – we even managed to keep this blog going as a way to organize and reinforce the things we are learning.  So, we’re going through some of the lessons again – working on the basics…

For instance, one of the cornerstones of being successful at internet marketing is content.  And guess what doesn’t come easily for a 10 year-old….writing content.  For that matter, it’s not always easy for me either.

The good news is – we did manage to get our blogs up with some content and an offer.  And with some social bookmarking, we have seen some traffic.  But we realize that we still have lots left to do – and a lot of it will require coming up with more content.

So we’re reviewing some of the training from Day Four and Day Five – where we learn about “slippery copy” and being a “news master.”  We’re also working on writing in a “conversational style” and using short two-three sentence paragraphs to improve readability.

It’s a bit of a departure from Stephen’s English lessons in school, which started back up last week.  I’m not sure his teacher will approve, but I’m trying to help him understand the difference between writing a paper for school and writing a blog post for the internet.  So far, I think he’s getting it.

Did we make our $10 yet?  The short answer is no.  Not yet.  But, I kind of figured that this might turn out to be a 60 or even 90 day challenge for us.  Not a big deal to me…

Plus, we did have a setback – but I still like to look at the bright side. You know what they say about the bright side, don’t you?

“If you can’t see the bright side, try polishing the dull side…”

So – we’ll keep going on our Thirty Day Challenge projects.  And we’ll post about our progress with some additional tips and tricks along the way.

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The 30DC Conclusion

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 17 minutes.  The Finale runs about 40 minutes.

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.

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Day 31 Introduction Video – 30DC

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Ed Dale Concludes The Thirty Day Challenge

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It’s the last official day of the Thirty Day Challenge for 2008.

Ed takes us through a summary of what we’ve been doing for the last 30 days, talks about the work of the team that put the challenge together and says a few well-deserved thank yous. Ed also talks about the future, and what’s in store for the Thirty Day Challenge website and forum moving forward.

Remember, the Thirty Day Challenge training will still be here after the challenge has concluded.

The 30DC Kiva Page – Click here to find out why we support Kiva.

The 30DC Kiva Auction – Click here to see the brilliant auctions on offer raising money for Kiva.

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The Finale – 30DC TV

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Mistakes Marketers Make

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 23 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: It’s not so much an action step day as it is a time to review and reflect – and stay on top of updates to WordPressDirect.

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.

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Day 30 Introduction Video – 30DC

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Mistakes That Marketers Make Online

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Ed covers some common mistakes and ways to avoid them as you go forward.

Remember the Magnificent Symphony of Four Parts:

  • Market Research
  • Traffic
  • Conversion
  • Product

Most mistakes are made during market research – and a lot of effort and time could be saved by spending ample time on the research.

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WordPressDirect Update

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GuruBob takes us through an important WordPressDirect update.

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30DC Meetups – With the official challenge drawing to a close, make sure you check in on where meetups are happening in your area. Keeping in touch with people doing the same thing you are is enormously beneficial.

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High Authority Backlinks

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 16 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: You could spend 15 minutes on this, you could also spend hours – it’s probably best to limit your link creation to 3-5 a day.  Much more than that could look spammy.  This should be considered an ongoing activity.  You may not need to do this daily, but a few times a week wouldn’t hurt…

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.

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Day 29 Introduction Video – 30DC

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Get Authority Backlinks Using Market Samurai

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Use the promotion module in Market Samurai to find areas within Yahoo Answers related to your niche – so you can answer and create a backlink.  In addition, find .edu and .gov boards related to your niche, for more authority linking.

Remember, anytime you leave a comment or post on a forum – you should use SocialMarker and/or OnlyWire to bookmark that site or page.  Anytime you can increase the ranking or authority of a place that links back to your site – is a good thing.

Market Samurai – Click here for your 30DC free trial of the Market Samurai software.

Market Samurai Support – Click here for Market Samurai Support.

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Creating Blog Authority

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 19 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: The “OnlyWire” part of today’s training is something that should be done every time you create a new post.  Once you’re set-up, this only takes a few minutes.

The additional backlinks can take a little bit more time, but Market Samurai makes it very easy to be organized and systematic about it.  Your first few times through this may take you 30 to 60 minutes or more.  Once you’re used to it, you should be able to create a few new links for your site within a matter of minutes.

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.

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Day 28 Introduction Video-30DC

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Get More Links Using Market Samurai

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Learn how to use OnlyWire to create post-level book-marks for deep-linking.

OnlyWire – Click here to create your OnlyWire account.

Use Market Samurai’s “Promotion” feature to find Squidoo lenses, HubPages, Forums, Weebly Sites and other blogs (relevant to your niche) so you can contribute by leaving quality comments which link back to your site.

In addition, utilize the “pingback” feature to create additional links.  Used correctly, this is a powerful way to build links and increase traffic to your blog.

Market Samurai – Click here for your 30DC free trial of the Market Samurai software.

Market Samurai Support – Click here for Market Samurai Support.

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Getting More Exposure

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 26 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: This could be and should be an ongoing process – you may spend 10-30 minutes researching additional keywords.  You could spend 30 to 60 minutes or more working on additional content.  And it’s something you should probably do on at least a weekly basis…The idea is to increase the reach and exposure of your blog, which will increase its value as a byproduct.

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.

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Day 27 Introduction Video – 30DC

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Search For Long Tail Derivative Keywords

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Use Market Samurai to find more “long-tail” keyword phrases with good traffic and competition numbers.  You may also find additional keywords from your Google Analytics reports.

Market Samurai – Click here for the 30DC Special Offer.

Market Samurai Support – Click here for Market Samurai Support.

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Auto Content on WordPressdirect For Long Tail

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Organize and categorize your keywords so you can use the auto content and manual post features of WordPressDirect to create content related to each of your key phrases.  Ed shows us how to use the auto content side of WordPressDirect with the proper methodology.

WordPress Direct – Click here for the 30DC Special Offer.

WordPress Direct Support – Click here for WordPress Direct support.

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