For those of you who have been following my blog closely, you know that I’ve been very open and honest with each of you about this journey I am on. I’ve been either sharing what I have been doing each week in order to continue driving traffic to my sites and make those sales or I have been sharing something I have learned that I felt might be of benefit to you.
When the end of the month rolls around, I share my statistics for that month and we see how well I’ve done.
Each New Month
This journey began when I joined the “Forward to Marketing” training community. My sole purpose was to learn how to build an affiliate marketing business from scratch. I will tell you that I have definitely accomplished this task.
With each new month we continued to learn the various ways of driving traffic to our sites. I have shared everything I have learned each week with you and that was all going very well until this past March. But you can read about my misgivings in my post “Okay, So What’s The Next Step“. I won’t bore you again with all the details.
I continued with the ”Forward to Marketing” training community until the 28th of May. Yep, my time with them has come to an end. The last thing they were sharing with us before they closed their doors was how to create your own product. I went through that training but it’s not the type of product I want to create for myself.
Luckily for me, I asked for your help and support with what type of product you felt I should create since a lot of you have gotten to know me quite well. You can read all the wonderful suggestions I received when you all commented on my post “How Do The Pros Really Make Money Online?”
Thanks to all of you I’ve got a lot of really great ideas rolling around in my head now. You all have been so supportive and helpful to me when I asked your opinion so thank you so much for that. I’m really excited about this next step.
So why the title, “Confession Time, My May Stats Are In”? Because my heart was just not in it this past month. I admit, I’ve had some other things going as well. I created another business on top of this one and then I had a conference out of town so I’ve been quite busy during the month of May.
I did promise you when I started this journey that I would alway be honest with you. Now I have to show you what happens when you don’t do the work. So, are you ready to see my results?
I continue to see a slow increase in traffic to my site and the time spent here is still hovering around three minutes. I am certainly not going to complain about that. And look at the new visits! 56% are new visitors to my site, I’m loving that.
I mentioned last month that I needed to get myself into gear and rev some things up if I wanted to keep seeing steady increases but I just fell down on the job. I know that we all get busy and life gets in the way. We can take on more than we can handle but that’s when decision times rolls around. I’m not going to beat myself up over it because overall I’ve done exceptionally well up to this point.
My traffic is still coming in from the same places I’ve reported in my past posts.
- #1 continues to be Google organic traffic (I must be doing something right)
- Facebook holds steady in the #2 spot (be sure to connect with me on my profile and Fan Page if you haven’t already)
- Twitter is right behind Facebook so I’m thrilled with that (I love the RSS feed comments, they get retweeted a lot. Now if we haven’t connected, don’t forget to follow me)
- Clever Marketer Community is next in line! (Heather Stephen is the creator of this fabulous blogging community. I so appreciate each and every one of you. )
- Next we have my blog commenting champions… The list is so long but I thank you all for your continued support.
- Following right in between all of them is my main blog, adriennesmith.net. I love that my faithful readers are interested in what I’m doing over here.
I still have around 95 different sources of traffic coming to my site so I’m still extremely pleased with these results.
Another thing I would like to mention is my Alexa ranking. My blog is only six months old but I continue to see my ranking drop lower and lower with each new month. At the time I’m writing this it is at 129,132. I know it’s not always accurate but I must admit I’m thrilled watching that number drop as the months go by. That is something that I’m very proud of.
Split Testing Squeeze Pages
I’ve been sharing with you the results of the squeeze pages I have been split testing but I’m at the same place I was last month. I can’t believe there is still no clear winner between these two so it looks like I’m going to have to take matters into my own hands.
I will share with you that I mostly drive traffic to my blog instead of the squeeze pages which is why I’m not seeing a lot of traffic or a clear winner yet. So I’m not going to bore you with those results since there is clearly nothing to report.
Here Come My Opt-Ins Results
This month I’m up to 138 opt-ins total and that’s only 19 more than last month. I was holding steady at 25 new opt-ins for the past two months but what can I say. Now here comes the part that hurts the most.
I made NO sales the entire month of May. This is what I want to bring to your attention more than anything. Every single month since I started I’ve been making sales. More than most have accomplished since starting this journey with me. I’m still holding steady at having made $391 in commissions so far. This is my first month that I’ve sold absolutely nothing at all. Ouch, that hurts!!!
You can continue to drive traffic to your site, continue to see good results, continue to get those comments on your posts and continue to get opt-ins on your list. But without any sales you aren’t making any money. This is what happens when you don’t do the work.
I openly admit I failed miserably this past month. Can I guarantee you that I will step up my game and do the work this month? I’m not going to make promises that I can’t keep. Will I continue to share with you what I’m doing and help you continue to learn? You bet I will.
For now I will continue promoting my New Super Affiliate Bootcamp product because I still stand behind it 100%. I think for a whole measly $27 it’s a darn good deal. But it’s time to step up my game and change some things around. I now have to decide what type of product I’m going to create that will be all mine. This is the reason I started this journey and am sharing this experience with you.
I’m Still Learning
I’m still learning, I’m still growing and I’m still having a blast. I’m living proof that you can fall down on the job and this is what happens when you stop doing the work. Okay, so I continue to drive traffic to my site but I stopped promoting my product. I guess it’s just time for me to move on so it’s been difficult for me to keep pumped about it.
I just don’t want the month of June and July to drag by without me having accomplished anything further. So I will continue learning and growing from this experience and share it with you.
I really appreciate all of your support and for those who have stood by me through this entire process. I know that I will go on to do great things and I just have to start making some decisions. I’m going to chalk up May as a huge learning process and taking on a little more than I can chew.
I have now gotten one guest post under my belt and two interviews with another one coming up on the 8th of June. I’ve been mentioned on several blogs now so obviously I must still be doing something right. I’m so flattered by everyone’s overwhelming support so that alone will keep driving me forward.
So let me have it! I know I’m not the only one who has run across these same issues. We have been going full steam ahead and then things just happen. How did you work through them and did they detour you in any way? Would you say you’ve come out on the other side a much better person and has your business grown because of it? I would be curious to hear from you about your own experiences as well. You know I always appreciate your advice.
Okay, signing off for my end of May report and praying that I get myself into gear and see some much better results for the month of June. You ready? I sure am…