The week 2 of Quick Start Challenge is about getting traffic to your website. Dean Holland reveals 2 free traffic methods that helped him get thousands of visitors to his blog when he was still a newbie.
So what are these 2 methods? Well, Dean Holland calls them the Bloghop method and the SigniTraffic method. Basically, they mean blog commenting and forum signature.
To be honest, I already knew these 2 methods way before I join The Quick Start Challenge. So I am not going to tell you that these are the 2 things I learn this week.
But upon further reflection, it is not just about the traffic methods. It is about the lessons that I learn.
Here are the 4 new lessons I learn from week 2 challenge, not necessary based on what Dean said, but rather from my reflection on the training.
Lesson 1: Simple Is Powerful Provided You Do It The Right Way
Dean Holland has many years of coaching experience. So he already knew some people will say things like, “Ya, I already know this. Nothing new. Just blog commenting and forum signature”.
That is why he reminded us not to underestimate those methods. They may be simple but they can be powerful if done right.
This reminds me of the experience that I have in the past. Back in 2008 when I was first starting out, like most people, I started buying products after products.
When you started buying so many products, even if you don’t make your money back, you will usually start to see some similarities between them.
In 2008, article marketing was a very popular and effective method for driving traffic and making affiliate sales. So obviously, most of those products mention about article marketing.
(Note: I know different people have different definition for article marketing. But for the purpose of this blog post, article marketing simply means submitting articles to top article directories.)
Basically, all you have to do is to write a bunch of 250 word articles and submit them to top article directories such as EzineArticles and you will be able to make money that way, either by driving the traffic to your website or directly to the affiliate offer.
I did wrote a few articles but didn’t make any sales. So I gave up soon after.
One fine day, I decided to attend a live workshop conducted by a famous affiliate marketer. And you know what. He also recommend using articles to drive traffic. My initial reaction was, “Article marketing again? Is it really that simple?”
So this got me thinking. If so many marketers are teaching the same method, no matter how simple it seems, there must be a reason behind it.
That is when I decided to take article marketing more seriously. I started writing more articles and improve my article writing skill. Eventually, I did start to see some serious results, to the tune of $100 per day.
Obviously, submitting articles to article directories no longer work so well today. And I am no longer making $100 per day now.
So why am I telling you such a long and boring story?
Well, I just want to remind you not to dismiss a method simply because it seems too simple or you have heard of it many times.
I used to think article marketing is too simple. I used to think that I have heard of article marketing many times. That is why I didn’t take action. It is only when I started taking article marketing seriously, learning how to do it the right way that I started to get serious result.
The beauty of blog commenting and forum signature is this. Unlike article marketing, I don’t think these 2 methods will lose their effectiveness in the future. As long as these simple methods are done the right way, they can be very effective.
The key here is the “RIGHT WAY”. If all you do is to spam the forums and blogs and not contributing to the discussion, it is probably not going to work.
Lesson 2: Trust The Method And Don’t Let Emotions Get In The Way
As I mention above, when I first started to implement article marketing, I wrote a few articles and gave up soon after. Why is that so? Because I don’t believe in the method. And most importantly, I let emotions get in the way.
I wasn’t making any sales from the first few articles. Panic and doubts started to creep in and I stop writing articles.
Do you see a pattern here? If you think about it, it is probably emotions that cause so many people to jump from one program to another and suffer from the shiny object syndrome.
How To Minimize The Impact Of Emotions On Your Progress
I don’t think it is possible to turn off your emotions completely. We are humans after all. But I think it is possible to minimize the impact of emotions on your progress.
Make A Pact With Yourself
One way to do so is to make a pact with yourself. For example, maybe you have the tendency to give up easily. So after 2 days of commenting, you decided to give up because you are not seeing any results.
So what should you do? Well, make a pact with yourself. Commit to say 300 comments or 5 comments a day for 60 days. Track yourself using a journal. If you want to give up before that, you will know that your emotions is getting in the way. Push yourself back on track.
By doing so, you are less likely to fall prey to shiny object syndrome. To be honest, I am not sure whether this method will work for you. At least, it works for me when I was trying to push myself to write more articles in the early days of my online journey.
Lesson 3: You Need Time Or Money To Build A Business
As Dean mentioned, there is no such thing as free traffic. This concept is not new to me but it does serve as a good reminder.
Traditionally, when we talk about free traffic, we are usually referring to traffic methods such as SEO, social media, video traffic, slide sharing sites, forum marketing, blog commenting etc.
However, it is important to understand that these methods are not really free. It may be free in the “monetary” sense but that means you have to spend more time. So free traffic is not really free.
If you can afford it, you can usually get faster result using paid traffic methods such as solo ads and ppc. However, when your budget is tight, you will have no choice but to spend more time to get free traffic.
Essentially, this means you either need time or money to build a business. There is no shortcut.
Lesson 4: Success Is About Breaking Out Of Your Comfort Zone
The assignment for this week challenge is to record a video of yourself. This is a very challenging task for most people. After all, most people are camera shy and I am no exception.
But Dean reminded us that growth only happen when you move out of your comfort zone. We can see many successful marketers who are comfortable speaking in front of the camera. But I believe most of them were uncomfortable when they were first starting out. Yet, they didn’t let fear stop them from making that first video.
So I guess we really have no excuse not to make our first video. After all, success is about breaking out of your comfort zone.