This is a sales funnel website case study. I log of everything I do on the FunnelXpert site.
This post contains the first two months of the blog, the continuation is in my next case study post.
Checked the domain on Archive.org. Confirms anchor texts, about 5-6 page website going back to 2012, of an internet marketing company from India servicing also Australia. No spam, also found their logo.
It's becoming quite a nice resource page... This will be my opt-in offer. Maybe I will also publish it as an e-book.
My home page says,
"Want to create a $5K funnel? Learn how."
"Click here to test my funnel."
And now I am pressing "Publish" on this post and with this I have a total of 2 live posts, plus the About Page, Disclaimer and Privacy.
I read the first two lessons of the 6-Figure Sales Funnel on the bus. The two reason why people buy was enlightening. Now I understand the tactics that internet marketing "gurus" use.
One email source keeps telling me that my domain is about to expire and I need to renew it... BS
The other one is telling me to submit my site to the search engines.
Actually Google Analytics says 4 visitors for 0 second, 100 percent bounce rate, 3 direct, 1 referral. Not sure what this is about.
My home page now says,
"Learn the difference between 5-figure income and making a dime."
"Click here to experience my funnel."
Unfortunately no word on Thrive Themes yet.
I only have a few hours today, I am working 12 hour shifts through the weekend, 6 pm to 6 am in my "day job"...
It's deadly. Be happy if you only have 9 to 5. It motivates e even more.
I realized that the resource page is even better idea than I thought - I can ask the people who are on it to share it with their audience.
I have over a hundred more resources to add... however I am not going to continue that right now, but I am adding my own posts to the resource page and fixing them up to fit this new site.
I worked all night in my day job and I slept till 1 pm. I am going again tonight for an all-nighter, therefore I didn't have much time.
However, some great things have happened:
I got the download link for Thrive Themes and the product price comparison plugin.
This means I can now finalize the look of my site.
And one more thing:
My site is indexed in Google:
I received Thrive Themes and I updated my home page.
It looks absolutely fantastic.
I added a John Chow sales funnel video for now.
I had to do another research on autoresponder companies.
I figured out that SendGrid is unable to send a welcome campaign or a drip campaign.
Seems like I will go with MailerLite.
And I decided to do an autoresponder review.
My home page is now pretty much set up with the Pressive Thrive Themes template.
It is not very intuitive to build a page with it, and the documentation doesn't always match the reality, but I made it.
I finally connected my autoresponder and wrote my welcome email, plus my first email.
I completely re-wrote my About Page to make it different. I added my story.
18 keywords showed up in my Search Console account, with an average position of 140. This is from the indexing of my home page. Yeah! Progress.
I finalized my email sign-up Thank You Page with Thrive.
I picked a nice clean e-mail template, I wrote the first two e-mails of my welcome campaign, and I tested it. It looks great!
My guest post is going live tomorrow on Mostly Blogging, I want to be ready to get subscribers from it.
OK, so my guest post on Mostly Blogging that mentions FunnelXpert has gone live.
Janice is an awesome host. She built a powerful blog with no tech experience and she is definitely a blogging expert and knows how to drive traffic.
She is very willing to publish high quality guest posts and she has a whole system of promotion that she executes after every single post.
This is her recipe for success - regular high quality articles from herself and guest bloggers with an effective promotional strategy. That's all you need to build a successful blog.
I spent the entire day writing my email course, 19 or so parts, one going out each day.
I also updated all my posts to have H2 tags instead of H4 tags.
I also added a "Read More" tag to each post so that not the entire post shows up in the Blog section, but only a preview.
i finished updating all my affiliate links.
45 page views of the blog today.
Got my first 2 email subscribers
I joined one Facebook group that looks really promising, the Bloggers Nest, run by Maya Maceka. Te difference is that this group really has a community. I can feel it. I signed up for her list to see her opt-in freebie and it's an amazing resource, similar to my resource list in usefulness.
I am working on two things today:
54 page views on the blog today
4 email subscribers total
I started to do trade some promotion...
I was reading the 5-Figure Sales Funnel on the bus to work.
I checked on Google how much my site is indexed - site:funnelxpert.com - and 20 items come up in the search results. In Search Console my site shows up for 73 keywords with an average position of 169. Something is starting to happen.
I started the day with trading some comments in Maya's group. I submitted my $5K challenge page for comments.
I have to admit that I have a great advantage in these groups. And that is the fact that the purpose of my blog/site is to help other bloggers build their funnel get traffic, get sales. This way, even if someone reads my post only to reciprocate a comment I left on their blog, they just can't help entering my funnel, as my page is about them.
And I got some great comments that shows that my post gets people's engagement.
As you can see, my list is growing a bit each day...
The good news is that my niche idea really got validated. There is a chapter in the 5-Figure Sales Funnel on "Downloading your target audience's brain", this is exactly what was happening by my participation in the Nest. Look at all these answers from members:
Do you see all these new bloggers? And the variety of subjects?
And this also brought up an important question in me, in alignment with the 6-Figure Funnel course...
Am I targeting people who are starting their blog from scratch and need to build their funnel, or am I targeting the people who already have their opt-in page and autoresponder all set up? Because I can't send the same message to both... And I decided to go with the second option.
While I was at work, I kept thinking about sales and my email sequence. 18 emails are just too many, they are really a huge course and there is no product sales mentioned in them at all. I only have some affiliate links in the posts where I direct the people, which is pretty weak.
My next thought was that I don't really have a main product either, I am pushing a bunch of small products and the results are not consistent. There are just some random sales from my old blog. It's not a sales machine.
I came to the realization that I needed to find an actual funnel building course that I could promote. I immediately Googled the subject and I found a course, but I didn't know if it had an affiliate program. However I found the exact copy I was looking for from the beginning.
My copy on the challenge page is not bad, but I need more of it, and my original idea was to lead my visitors through my funnel as a "tour" and they experience it by going through the funnel and they would get sold that way. And I found the copy for this!!!
I decided that I would need to scratch my entire email series and rewrite it to only contain a few emails with insane value...
I haven't done much in the past two days. Yesterday I was working on another blog of mine, building its sales funnel.
I ran into an interesting problem with this site: I have no product and I have no tripwire.
This hit me hard after I saw what the new people were saying in their intros at the Blog Nest. They are building all kinds of blogs.
And I have a tripwire offer for keyword research and building an Amazon site... I am not saying that the data in them is completely unrelated, but at the same time they are off subject, which kills conversions.
I realized that random affiliate offers on hosting and other things are just set up for low conversions. I need products that are laser targeted.
I am thinking about putting together a funnel diagnostic checklist. But at the same time I don't want to spend days creating a product. I need to find an affiliate program that fits.
Also I am tweaking my challenge page further.
One thing happened today: A page has appeared on the second page of google search results:
Unfortunately I haven't worked on my blog as much as I wanted to...
Also, I stopped with promotion a few days ago and the number of visitors of course decreased.
It's not because I don't have a plan, it's just that there is so much to do, so little time...
I was actually at work both on Saturday and Sunday. If you have a 9-5 job, be happy.
I had to wake up 4:15 am on Saturday to catch my bus to start work at 5:50 am, I came off work at 6 pm, I had 3 breaks in these 12 hours - 10 min, 20 min and 20 min. I got home by 7:30 pm, went to sleep at 10 pm, to wake up at 3:45 am to catch the bus again to do the exact same schedule on Sunday.
But I am taking the entire next week off and I will be visiting my mom, and I will have a LOT of time to work on FunnelXpert.
To my big surprise, I received a message in my contact form from Jeanette S. Hall, thanking me for what I share on this page. This was really inspiring, I didn't know anyone was reading this.
By the way, I used the (free) JetPack WordPress plugin to create my contact form. It literally take a push of a button to create one, and it shows up under "Feedback" and I also get an email notification.
JetPack also has other useful features, like the stats you can see below on my dashboard. Do you see the traffic spike that came from my Facebook group participation? And when I stopped, it died off after a few days. But the good news for you is that it is that easy to create traffic to your site.
I want to call your attention to one more thing on this dashboard - bottom right corner. 407 Blocked malicious log-in attempts blocked by JetPack. My other site had over 7,000 malicious log-in attempts. At one point it was increasing 1,000 per day!
This is serious and this is why you should install JetPack. I researched this and what I found was really crazy: there is an army of bots attacking WordPress sites in order to take them over and use them to attack more sites.
But going back to Jeanette S. Hall, thanks for your note. I looked at your blog, and one recommendation I have is to make your opt-in form description more specific and exciting. People don't sign up for free newsletters any more, there are so many people trying to get attention on the internet.
First your blog should say its name in the top left corner. It should also give its slogan, e. g. "For the chronically ill".
Then, your opt-in form needs to state what you will be sending to them. E. g. it could say something like "Sign up for tips to ease the life of the chronically ill".
Do you already have a Twitter account? If not, you should make one for your blog and start getting followers using these Twitter tips.
I have learned a lot more things in the past few days... I am building my funnel.
I am already getting daily spam comments about duplicate content and about monetizing my site...
69 pages indexed in Google, per Search Console.
93 keywords registered in Search Console, average position: 122
511 malicious login attempts
4 organic clicks to the site
I was traveling to my mom and I was writing my tripwire on the train... It will be a great e-book and I will price it at $15.
I actually haven't touched the site itself in 3 days, but still my dashboard registered 22 visitors for 12 Dec and 11 visitors for 13 Dec.
7 total organic clicks in the last 30 days.
1208 malicious login attempts
5 backlinks showed up in Search Console, one of them is from the Mostly Blogging guest post
Probably as a result the average search position for last 7 days changed to: 38 (!)
Got a Pinterest.co.uk link that I didn't build and 3 links from the blog comments I did.
OK, so I basically completed writing my tripwire e-book, 4-Figure Funnels. It's been a lot of work.
I found a nice website to format it professionally, it is called Beacon. It looks wonderful.
I am going to use E-Junkie to sell it.
I rewrote my e-mail confirmation page that you will absolutely need to see...
I set up my IP and cookie based countdown timer plugin that I use to create scarcity.
I also created 5 of my new Welcome email series.
I will be ready to launch tomorrow...
I completed setting up my email series and tested it with an email address.
I had to change my countdown timer from IP address detection to cookie.
I added my e-book to JvZoo.
I created a Facebook page for FunnelXpert and invited my friends to like it...
Traffic has spiked 40 visitors today.
75 pages indexed in Google
Also, I spoke to someone about the best affiliate program on funnels...
I only did one thing today... while I traveled back from my mom.
I completely re-wrote my welcome email series...
I realized I can't put a sale at the very beginning because the people are simply not ready to buy.
Now it is much better.
Three weeks have gone by since I started FunnelXpert... All this time was spent on setting up the website and the funnel itself.
I published a post today on the "cool factor", website user engagement. I used a long-tail keyword and submitted it to Search console for indexing. The post was already written a few days ago.
And I started to promote in different Facebook groups.
From now on, with the basic setup done, I will do promotion and writing new posts.
Set up my Pinterest profile getting ready to promote - got approved for rich pins.
40 page views today.
I haven't posted anything on this page for 4 days.
Things have been boiling in me and I have had some OMG moments.
I mentioned before that when I started this site, I was very far from being an expert. I am forcing myself to become one.
While interacting with other people on Facebook groups, I see that many of them are light years behind me.
I have been talking with Sophie, the blog coach at SophieVL.com and I realized that I actually know a lot of things and she also knows a lot of things, and we both know things from different areas of online marketing.
Also, she is doing a different funnel course from the one I am doing, and we are giving tips to each other.
She told me an interesting fact - many bloggers are not interested in blogging for money. They just do it as a hobby, it became a fashionable activity. Well, an email sequence can be built to get them to desire to make money with their blogs.
I did a couple of things with this post also - I updated the title to include a keyword - unfortunately it is too late at this point to change the URL to also include the keyword... It's already in emails and tweets. See, this is the kind of stuff you need to think about and prevent from happening when you start a blog/site, however at that point it is extremely difficult, as you don't see the scope of your work.
The keywords I included are from the 10-100/month range.
I also added several TAGS to this post, keywords 10-100/month and 100-1K/month.
I also changed all the dates to H2 tags, to make it more visible.
We are over 4,200 words with this post and it will become a monster over time and will definitely rank for "sales funnel case study" and similar keywords.
I am also getting Google to re-index it right after I press publish.
And yes, I paused my email sequence this morning and I am not doing any promotion either at the moment - let people have their XMas.
I have 10 days off work and I don't have a family, therefore I will spend these 10 days writing.
I already had a plan to crank out another 10-15 pages of blog content with long-tail keywords, and I will also be rewriting my e-mail sequence for the third time... More about this below.
I put "Autogrow.co" into the Google Keyword Planner and I downloaded all the keywords associated to the site, and it is true, most of them are long-tail keywords and many of them are from one single post...
I also entered "sales funnel" and got another set of keywords.
But I will also be writing about autoresponders, opt-in freebies, email marketing and email services.
Now about my OMG moments.
I found some missing links that I am really exciting about and you should also be. I will share some of them here and some in my email sequence... Sorry, I need to get email subscribers, I can't just give everything out in this post.
The first missing link for me was... Well let's start with content. Sophie described my content as "crazy deep".
Yes, I have been writing content like this for 6 months. But not a lot of results. Just a few random affiliate sales.
But the sales are not consistent!!! This is what I set out to resolve for myself: What do I need to do to get consistent sales?
I have several websites and they are all built for a different experiment.
The first one is YourExpiredDomains.com. When I built this site, I didn't know anything about social media, and it was built fully based on SEO. That site is now 6 months old, it has about 70 pages of epic content. I didn't use social media, except for a few random tweets, I didn't build links, except for some blog comments and the ones that the domain already had when I re-registered it (see at the top of this post). I can report to you that the site has 1,000 organic keywords ranking somewhere, and an average of 7 organic visitors.
And here you can see that leap of traffic, in the SEMRUSH dashboard, from zero:
You can also see the organic traffic being worth $20 and the backlinks the domain has.
Now I cannot tell you if this is 6 months for a new site to come out of the sandbox with using the "Content is king" formula only. That was my first thought, but now I am changing my analysis. It is the long-tail keyword content strategy that I implemented 2 months ago. Then the visitors have good on-page times and Google favors the site more and sends more visitors.
The takeaway is, don't pay for low-quality traffic that will worsen your visitor metrics. It will set your site back. And if you want to put into use my successful content strategy, here is a more complete version of it.
This is one reason
And I was thinking to myself, "OK, it's time to monetize it.... Let's Google how to monetize the subject of expired domains.
And guess what I received back form Google... midway down the first page of search results, my own crazy long blog post on how to monetize a $5K site built on an expired domain.
This was my first OMG moment - a domain name doesn't cost a lot of money, therefore it is a strategy to re-register a bunch of deleted domains with OK link structure, throw up a WordPress blog and some posts (I have unlimited domain hosting, therefore this doesn't make a difference) then just let it age for 6 months and sell them or monetize them.
I just need to figure out the best content strategy, as I am definitely not going to be able to write all the content myself... Maybe it makes sense to spend $100 to get 20 articles written. I have been thinking about having 1 site with syndicated-only content and see what happens.
I already bought this domain at a GoDaddy domain auction last year, and it had a turnkey Forex site on it with PLR articles, some of them slightly rewritten. It looks ugly as hell. A few months ago I decided to get rid of it, took the site down and listed the domain for sale, but it didn't go anywhere, therefore I decided to renew the domain, I felt sorry to just let go an 8-year old domain.
I transferred it to my current registrar, NameSilo, $8.99 plus free domain privacy.
I threw up a WordPress blog and I did something really interesting - I dug out all the old posts that were saved by Archive.org from the previous life of the website and I got Google to index it. It now has about 70 indexed pages and I will let it sit and see what happens.
This is where the next OMG moment came...
I started this site from copied content from my earlier site, plus a few unique pages.
It has the deep content, but I also started to apply some social media, and let me tell you, I am getting the following from my Google Analytics, last one week:
8 organic search clicks, a 9:44 average session duration.
9 from email, 2:46
37 direct, 1:16
30 social, 0:34
I did sporadic promotion, as you can see here from the traffic graph:
Now combine those traffic spikes with those session duration numbers, and this is what you get in terms of average Google rankings:
And I can tell you that the three bounces you can see are from the promotion and user engagement that happened just before.
Do you see the importance of engagement and jump starting traffic before Google drives it? This is literally like jump starting the dead battery in your car.
I read more on traffic generation in my AutoGrow.co course, and this one I am not going to tell you fully, because it is from a paid course, but here is the next problem - only 10 percent of all blog posts written get more than 100 shares.
Obviously, if you want real results - the above screenshots are no more than just dabbling in the subject - then you need to put your content in front of influencers who will share it with their followers, and that is how you can jump start your brand new site.
So the above answers the content plus traffic equitation, however this is still not enough to make consistent money.
And here is the next OMG moment - again I am not telling you everything.
Just a few affiliate links that you randomly throw onto your site are not going to make you consistent income.
If you have the affiliate links AND you have consistent traffic, then you will earn affiliate income, however even this means leaving 97 percent of the money on the table.
Believe or not, the answer was in a free e-book that was on my computer, and I needed the knowledge that I have now to fully understand the consequences.
The answer lies in your email list and a very specific thing you need to do with your email list.
However I am not going to write this down at this time, it will be built into my email funnel. You can sign up for it when I relaunch it and experience it for yourself.
First I had a long email sequence. Then I cut it down. Now I am actually setting up a 1-year email sequence, all emails providing awesome value...
This is what I was able to share with you at the moment... We are at 5,300 words in this post.
Hope you will have a great Xmas.
Wow, I am starting to lose track of things... Can't remember what I did.
I had a cold, running nose.
Oh yeah, yesterday I wrote two long-form posts for YourExpired Domains.com.
Today I wrote one for FunnelXpert, it is about themes that you should use for building a funnel. As part of that post I also demonstrated the use of the home page templates and I published the extra templates belonging to the Pressive theme that I am not using. Well, it increases the number of pages that are published and it engages users, decreases the bounce rate by getting them to view more than one page.
Now I wrote my next post, on AutoGrow.
I have a plan to publish 2-3 posts a day, all with long-term keywords.
The strategy seems to be working, FunnelXpert got 15 organic visitors the last 4 weeks, and 3 of those came in the last day Search Console registers, which is 22 Dec.
I wrote a post on what hot products are to sell. Had to research some products to demonstrate.
I wrote the email that corresponds to it.
I separated my $5K Funnel challenge post... Now it has the stuff on the funnel challenge only, and I created a completely new post that contains all the comments and the funnel basic stuff, and it is now targeting the keyword "free funnel course".
I submitted all the changes to Google Search Console.
Did a little bit of Xmas break, went to see the new Star Wars movie and got some pizza.
I hate being alone, but at least no one disrupts my work and no one complains in disbelief why I stare at the screen all day.
Got to 18 organic visitors.
150 organic keywords, position: 123
I found an important information about duplicate content.
As you know, I just transferred a bunch of posts from my old site, without any alteration.
Affilorama recommends that based on their experience you should have 50 percent unique content in a blog post.
They also say that you currently can get away even with only 20 percent unique content in a blog post, but you should change the title, the first 50 words and add images, these all make your post unique.
They also talk about using and rewriting PLR content on a site -a lot of people use straight PLR or rewritten PLR content, or rewritten article directory stuff.
The only real problem with this approach is that PLR articles usually lack the depth that is needed these days to rank on Google.
22 organic visitors. Slow but steady progress.
I wrote 5 blog posts in the past two days, they are all part of my email funnel.
Getting regular spam comments. Right now from some dude from India trying to link to his spinned content on his blog.
These people are completely nuts.
I put my email series back online. I don't the complete series written yet, but the first few are ready to go.
I have also written nice conversational emails to the new posts I wrote.
There is a workflow in my email series, it goes like this:
Do you see how it is a complete mini course?
As these new posts are earlier in my sequence than some of the subscribers already got to, I sent one out as a broadcast email (called campaign in MailerLite).
In addition to this I answered a few questions on Quora regarding funnels, resulting in some links.
I also started to study stuff about Pinterest, as that will be my next strategy to get subscribers, in addition to Facebook.
I bought another expired domain for experimenting/sale.
YourWPThemes.com. DA: 36, PA: 46, TF: 13, CF: 20
Nice metrics, the only trouble is that all links are to the home page, will need to dilute it.
25 organic visitors. (This refers to the last 30 days.)
I got a like to one of my new posts.
I am adding a link to this page from all my emails.
I am diving into Pinterest... and Facebook.
This is what I have right now, the past month of Google Analytics.
As you can see, quite a lot of direct traffic. That increases search engine rankings.
And the average session duration is not bad. That measures the quality of the content.
There is a trickle of traffic every day, without me touching anything.
This will now increase...
OK, I have no explanation other than Pinterest voodoo.
I did a big marathon of going through all my blog posts and creating pins for each one with Canva.
By the time I got to the end, I had a spike of traffic, at 29 visitors.
I saved a pin from another board and minutes later someone already saved it...
Now I am working on my Facebook groups and Pinterest at the same time.
I did a bunch of pinning today and some Facebook sharing.
Maya Maceka has a list of Pinterest boards that accept contributors.
I sent out a bunch of emails and I got accepted for a few boards.
I just got a notification that two of my pins were saved.
Honestly I have no clue what I am doing, I only understand that having pins on my board that people save increases my authority.
It's like a card game. But apparently it needs to be done in volume, that's why it needs to be automated.
I pinned a bunch of Star Wars pins also, which is not recommended, because it is personal preference, has nothing to do with business, but I don't care. I read somewhere that you should pin things that people save, and people had been saving my Star Wars pins.
Somehow I ended up with some Pinterest.com.au pins... not sure how.
Again a spike of traffic today. 16 visitors so far.
13 email subscribers.
I saw a couple of desperate requests about traffic. I will update my blog post on traffic to make it more killer and I will do a promotion on it.
That's the next thing I need to figure out, how to promote my blog posts.
A nice surprise, Janice Wald covered me on Mostly Blogging. How to Improve Blog Traffic for Free: Get 1,000+ Hits Quickly, half of the post is about me and my challenge that went viral and did 1,000 page views in a short time on her blog.
Happy New Year!
I can't believe it's 2018!
After last night's blind dabbling in Pinterest I was a bit shocked to open my account this morning.
For a moment I thought it was someone else's account.
Last night my monthly views were at 57. Look at this, 905 views:
OK, so I did something completely different than the general advice regarding Pinterest:
I took one of my boards, I searched for a similar board, clicked on the followers of the owner.
then I looked at who has a few thousand followers at least and I invited them to collaborate with my board.
We'll see what happens... Three people accepted my invite and added a pin!
Derek sent out a really nice email and asked for comments on the video.
He wanted to know,
"What do you have planned this year and how do you plan to accomplish it?"
I left a nice comment about my Funnel Challenge and the fact that I mentioned him on my About Page.
There is also a chance to win a free course!
You guys should learn from this, it is a great way to get engagement to your blog or video.
I may also get traffic to my About Page from his YouTube video, and he might even share my story, I think it's inspiring enough and it shows how he is influencing the world around him. We'll see what happens...
I don't have a lot to say -
And I almost forgot: 1.7K Pinterest views,
15 email subscribers,
44% email open rate
I am working on getting my content shared.
Viral Content Bee - shared others' stuff on Twitter and Pinterest, thereby made some credits and I posted my post that I want to make viral - The Clueless Blogger's Guide To Free Website Traffic. I also greatly upgraded this posts, it is now over 4,200 words. I added some Yoda and Alice In Wonderland pictures to make it more interesting and I tweeted it out with the Yoda picture.
Inboung.org - I made two comments that fit my project and linked to this site on one, and to my Mostly Blogging guest post in the other one.
Pinterest - Got e few followers and accepts from group boards. I don't really have much of a strategy. When i get an email that someone saved my pin, I go there and save any pins that I like.
Facebook groups - posting as much as possible.
My overall strategy is to share two posts everywhere:
And get subscribers.
My email sequence is set up at a basic level. I have a Welcome series with 13 email and a main Relation Builder series with 20 emails.
I really like my autoresponder service, MailerLite. It is simple and logical, much better than MailChimp.
And I need to upgrade my tripwire e-book.
I changed my home page text again:
"Did your website make a sale yesterday??"
Button: "No, help me fix it".
I took off the direct link to my opt-in page. I don't want people to sign up for my list without having a clue and reading my post on funnels, otherwise they just will not be opening my emails.
I don't care that this is opposite to what other experts say. I want engagement and not just robbed email addresses. Less subscribers but real ones.
I don't have a lot to report.
Quora has started to send me floods of questions from people. I write answers that tries to solve the real problem of people, not just advertise something. Interestingly enough, almost every time I already have a blog post that answers their question, which was my goal, and should be your goal for your blog.
Today I got a notification from Quora that my views have surpassed 2,500.
On Pinterest I am at 3,000 monthly views.
And my post got shared 16 times and 2 people follow me on Inbound.
Today's realization: You need to build authority on your social media accounts. Likes, follows, upvotes, shares. These make your authority higher and your profile more powerful.
I did no promotion on Facebook.
Instead I am working on a crazy strategy to get 1,000 subscribers in 1 week. I will tell you more when I launch it. It has to do with an expired domain. you will be shocked.
I haven't done any new promotion in about 4 days, and still, this is the traffic to my website per JetPack:
And per Google:
If you look at how little promotion I did, it's not that difficult to generate traffic.
I also updated my email confirmation page to deliver a bigger impact. What I found was that people open the first few emails, then they don't open it that much.
I am still at 40 percent open rate, but the click through rate is only 13 percent.
I can see that some email titles don't generate click-throughs at all.
I have been working on another revision of my email series and the implementation of my new lead magnet.
My first four emails will concentrate on the high-interest subjects: traffic, content creation to rank in Google, monetization and email list building.
I ran into an exciting site with an exciting product that I will promote as an affiliate and will use it to earn affiliate commissions.
Remember the problem of ranking posts on your own site?
And remember how you can rank a product on someone else's site that has a high authority?
Imagine posting your long-tail article on a high authority site with your own affiliate links in it.
And imagine that site also promoting it for you by putting it to the sidebar, showing it on the home page.
And imagine that site also helping you rank your article in Google.
And if you don't make money despite all this, which is unlikely if you put the work in, then they will still pay you a commission to make up for the lack of results.
Here it is, the 30 day program to make money.
I have been working a lot in the last few days...
I launched Review Your WP Theme And Get A High DA Backlink.
I updated my email confirmation page to really create an impact on my subscribers. That is the page where I still have their attention.
I submitted a guest post to Mostly Blogging. It is on the subject of 1,000 email subscribers in one week.
I wrote a unique post for Kingged.com and submitted it. This was for email subscribers also.
These two posts will be vital for getting email sign-ups, and as you can see, I decided to get my email subscribers to 1,000 in a short order.
I updated another post on How To Create A Profitable (Sales Funnel) Website From Scratch. That post is now a crazy 5,000 words long. I added some outgoing liks to other sites and I re-submitted it to Google.
Sophie messaged me today that she got her first sale based on my recommendation to make her free consulting a $19 paid service, a tripwire. Awesome!
I also updated How To Be A Blogger And Get Paid Consistently.
I also updated How To Get Your Website On The First Page Of Google Guaranteed. I had new data on user experience and this is now another crazy deep epic post. I re-submitted it to Google.
I wrote another post on An EzineArticles Alternative And Strategy For 2018. This may surprise you... But this has multiple purposes. First of all, it is a post to promote my affiliate link to Kingged.com. I simply noticed that Kingged.com is a kind of site that is mimicking Bum Marketing and EzineArticles.com at a much higher level, avoiding all of its failures. And I saw that nobody is trying to rank for EzineArticles (over 1,000 searches) and very few for Bum Marketing (10-100 searches). And I posted it to YourWPThemes.com, DA 35, because I wanted to test how it is going to rank on this high DA domain. If it ranks well, that opens a new world in terms of ranking in Google. The main problem with that site is twofold:
I also updated my Google sandbox post. Small update only.
Per my search console, there are 48 total organic clicks for the last 30 days and believe it or not, on 12 January it shows 8 organic clicks.
Average position for that day is 40.
I am ranking on page #1 for
Page #2 for
And my website is not even two months old.
Going over to Google Analytics, I have a 7:10 average time spent on-page for my sales funnel post - the videos there seem to be working...
Another tag on sales funnels has an over 9 minute time spent on the page.
And another page, the one with ClickFunnels alternatives has a 21 minute average time spent on the page, between 4 visits.
As you can see, these metrics are quite amazing for a new website.
One more thing I want to point out is that I have a lot of duplicate content between FunnelXpert and YourExpiredDomains, and as you can see, I have no problem ranking. If my content appears in two places as the exact same, it is not a big deal, especially that I am only updating the version on FunnelXpert with any new findings.
Te next thing I will be doing is an epic post on keyword research. This is not going to rank in the search engines for sure, because it is very competitive. I am writing it for my readers specifically and it will be part of my email course - how to use long-tail keywords to rank in Google.
At the same time I will use the data to do my own keyword research, which I will use for writing new posts.
And after that I am really going into promotion...
This was the most horrible day in the existence of my website.
It was down for 9 hours, DDoS attack on the server:
Make sure you always back up your site...
I am basically done with key content writing.
Today I posted my backlink offer to about 15 Facebook groups.
This is the result:
30 email subscribers
53 organic visitors in past 30 days
239 keywords showing up in Search Console
99 Pages indexed in Google
Starting to rank on Page #1 on some insignificant keywords, and Funny enough, I actually got an organic click-through for AutoGrow.co.
I also updated 2 posts on my expired domain site, which is at 269 organic visitors per month, plus some referral traffic.
It is very solidly on page #1 for certain long-tail keywords.
Additionally I wrote a review on Scala Hosting, where one of my sites is hosted. I posted it on YourWPThemes.com and I contacted them with a support ticket to tell them about it. They were very happy, shared it on their FB page and it got me 24 visitors.
The post is ranking on page 2. I am going to move all my non-funnel affiliate offers onto this site, as it is high DA.
I am also planning to link back to FunnelXpert from the home page to give it some boost, but I will wait a little bit. Per Matt Diggity expired domain backlinks should be placed after 1 month to avoid Google's PBN SEO filter.
I got an email and asked to contribute to an expert roundup on the subject of motivation.
This is awesome, can give more exposure.
I am working on a new post on the subject of funnels, with long-tail keywords.
Yesterday I mentioned that 239 keywords are showing up in my search console. Basically what happens is that whenever new keywords show up, your average rankings tank. On January 13, I had 41.2 average ranking. Then on Jan 14 it was 154.
But then if Google sees your good metrics, it will give you a boost. On Jan 15 it was 87, Jan 16 it was 48.9.
And look at my average time spent on page, which is giving the boost:
This post is now actually 8,400 words long. And I added some keywords to it and submitting it to Google.
As you can see, it has the third most views, with a 5:07 average time on page. It's a valuable resource.
I did something interesting today - I built a Wikipedia backlink, point #19:
And I jumped headlong into Pinterest. I actually opened a BoardBooster account, 10-day trial with 500 pins, and then it costs $5/month for 500 pins.
We'll see what happens, but it is supposed to increase traffic.
Oh yes, at the same time I am also collecting Facebook likes to my FunnelXpert page...
Also, I applied for the affiliate program of Chelsea At HerPaperRoute, which is a comprehensive make money blogging course. It is also affordable at $149.
I also followed her email instructions to reply to her email and reached out to her, told her about FunnelXpert.
I received an answer from Nadiale ItsAllYouBoo, that she liked my pitch for the expert roundup. I suggested that we share ideas with each other.
My guest post at Mostly Blogging is going live on Sunday...
As you can see, I am doing a lot of things all at once.
I am writing a new comprehensive post on sales funnels. I have been collecting the information.
And the debate is, should I write a brand new post or extend the one I already have on the Free Sales Funnel Course.
I think I will do both. I rank for "free sales funnel course" on page 2, but it is a very low-search keyword (zero).
Affiliate marketing: I learned something important.
I suddenly started seeing sales from my NameSilo domains affiliate program. This is from the coupon yexpd, where people can take $1 off the domain price. I have made $4.60 affiliate commission from NameSilo, which is not a huge amount, but it's a start.
I answered a question on Quora on how to find high authority expired domains, linked to a post I had on it. The guy was really happy, he upvoted me. I have about 1,800 views on Quora, and I get between 1-4 referrals to my Expired domain site every day.
I just made a pin for Pinterest on this.
Also I ran into a website that has a very high conversion to email subscribers from readers:
"My free 5-day course to Grow Your Traffic converts at almost 50%."
I am going to change my sign-up forms.
I completed my epic post on sales funnels. I used two long-tail keywords in the title, under 100 monthly searches - "WordPress sales funnel" and "sales funnel training".
I started a Facebook likes thread for my page in one of the groups.
I spent the rest of the day updating on rewriting my sign-up forms, email confirmation page and my email sequence.
I also collected my inactive subscribers under an "Inactive" tab.
Here is the insight on all these actions.
From the moment of the sign-up to the opening of the welcome email I was losing 35 percent of the subscribers.
Therefore I needed to strengthen this section.
In my opt-in boxes I added "$150 value email course for free".
On the email confirmation page I took out some words so that you can see above the fold that the page is continuing.
In the welcome email, I added some value, a story, and I called it a special course and I stated that it is 10 emails long.
This is really to set expectation and increase engagement.
I also increased the length of the home page article on YourWPThemes.com and I linked back to FinnelXpert to send some link juice.
I did some commenting on Inbound.org and I got some more upvotes.
I also answered some question on Quora on domains.
Today I have some news on my expired domains site.
A few days ago I put a NameSilo banner into the sidebar with a $1 off promo code from domain prices, and I also pur several affiliate links on Quora. I got 3 affiliate sales today, and my total commissions (pending) are $8.50 for January from SameSilo.
Also, monthly organic traffic is now at 288 for that site for the last month, steadily increasing.
All I did was to update some old blog posts.
OK, so I decided to close this specific blog post - it contains the first two months. I started a new one.