This is December, guys! Can you believe it? This year really flew by. For us bloggers, online marketers and entrepreneurs it’s time to evaluate what we’ve done so far, and what we want to accomplish next years with our online business.
For me 2012 was definitely a turning point and I kind of made a 180° degree twist to my online business. Until July of last year I was still very much involved with affiliate marketing, while I was already working as a freelance writer. However, my blogs were kind of neglected because I was mainly focusing on selling my affiliate products using those blogs as selling platforms rather than targeting faithful readers by building relationships, especially with other bloggers.
As a matter of fact, I had no connection with other bloggers until July of 2011.
5 Blogs Gone 3 Remaining
Toward the second half of 2011 I decided to totally rethink my blogging strategies, and that meant making the choice of getting rid of 5 of my 7 blogs. The choice was easy, I had to keep my writing/online marketing blog which is the very blog you are on right now (my Freelance Writing platform).
Then, of course I had to keep my personal development blog which is the platform where I promote my knowledge in this area, giving weekly personal development advice. And of course, there’s my traveling blog where I like to write about home, travels, recipes and other related topics.
In 2012 My Blog Traffic Triple
My writing blog went from around a dozen comments per post in the second part of 2011 to over 30 – 40 on a regular basis and over 60 to 100 in some cases. I would say that’s an increase!
Then, second comes my personal development, which is still way under estimated if you ask me with only about 20 comments per post. To tell you the truth, I know what I should be doing to increase the traffic of this blog, but haven’t got around it yet. This is one of my goals for 2012.
My travel and food blog’s got noticed as I received guest post invitations and guest post request which hopefully will help to increase my traffic for this one which gets under 20 comments in most posts.
So to sum it all up, am I happy with my blogs interaction’s yet? No. Heck no! I want way better than this! But I’m doing better, and I shall be content for this at least!
Earlier this Year came New Looks and New Header
In January of this year I decided that I had to adopt a more professional look for all my blogs, so I purchased a thesis theme that I installed on all three of them. In February I decided to purchase a custom made header for this blog while I changed its name from Persuasive Article Marketing to my “own band name” as you can see.
By the way, the guy who created my header, Steve B, is very good at what he’s doing and very easy to work with. I’ll recommend him anytime. He did the header of this blog, my personal development blog, my coaching business widget and the cover of my free eBook right here. If you want a talented guy who can understand what you want right away, he’s the guy. I met Steve through my blogger friend Barry Well who had told me good things about his work and the way he dealt with him. If you want to contact Steve though my own affiliate link you can do so right here.
This is what my blog looked like less than a year ago!
Overview of my 2012 Posts
I have gone through all me 2012 posts and made a list of my most read posts; the posts that I think didn’t get the traffic they deserved; the interviews I’ve conducted on all three blogs, and my guest posts on other blogs. You can see them all bellow!
My Most Read Posts!
- How Can Freelance Writer Get Clients And Keep Them
- Five Golden Rules To Leave Blog Comments That Will Benefit You And Your Site
- 5 Different Channels To Create Excellent Content
- What You Need To Know About Google Penguin Updates (guest post)
- How to Fight Distractions When Working Online
- How To Write Like An Except With Sylviane (guest post)
- Passing Along The Sisterhood Of The Worlds Bloggers Award
- Disable Comments? Now What?
- Automating Content Creation – Good Or Bad? (guest post)
- Squidoo or Hubpages – Which One Is Worth Your Time?
- How To Use GIF Images Effectively With Article Marketing (guest post)
- 5 Reasons Why People Will Stop Commenting On Your Blog
- Blogging = Writing? Oh Curd What Now! (guest post)
The Posts I Think didn’t Get the Attention they Deserved
- How To Turn A Browser Into A Reader – Part One
- How To Turn A Browser Into A Reader – Part Two
- How To Turn A Browser Into A Reader – Part Three
- The Three Main Components Of A Converting Sales Page
- Five Blogging Lessons I Learned From A Mother Bird
- Barry Wells From Barry-Wells.com (The interview/discussion on YouTube)
- Carol Lynn Rivera from WebSearchSocial.com
- Adrienne Smith from AdrienneSmith.net
- Donna Merrill from DonnaMerrillTrib.com
- Melody Fletcher from DeliberateReceiving.com
- Annie Andre from AnnieAndre.com Practical Adventure-ology
- Oliver Tausend from AskOliverTausend.com
- My Own Internet Radio Interview
My Guest Posts on other Blogs for 2012
- What are the two Main Writing Motivators of the online marketer?
- How important is it to you to build a blogging community?
- Four Vital Steps To Build Your Blog From Ground Zero
- What Are The Three Main Channels To Make Money Online
- Making True Connections Online Could Make a Difference in your Life
- 3 Reasons Why You Have Been Using The Law Of Attraction The Wrong Way And How To Fix It
- Five Mistakes That Make Your Article Marketing Campaign Fail
- Making The Right Decisions When It Comes To Blogging
- The Three Fears That Will Prevent You From Succeeding
- Taking Responsibility For Your Lack Of Success And Where You Need To Start
So, what about you, tell us about your blogging/marketing story for this year 2012 and your plans for next year!