Blogging Success – Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

by Mavis Nong on December 30, 2011

Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011With 2011 drawing to an end, it’s time for some reflection….

What a year it has been! I can hardly believe it will be over in the next few hours.

Like most serious bloggers and marketers, I set myself some goals at the end of 201o.

And, one of them was to take my blog to a whole new level of success… The outcome?

I surely did! Agree?

I stepped out of my comfort zone, pushed and challenged myself in order to get my blog to where it is today.

Truth be told, if you want to grow as an entrepreneur and a person and build a profitable business, then you need to push yourself, challenge yourself.

This is what will change your life in a very big way. There’s no other way around it.

So, here’s what I got up to in 2011…

1. Prove it Blogging Challenge

I participated in the Clever Marketer Prove It! Challenge 2011, initiated by my good friend and fellow blogger, Heather Stephens.

It involved creating 70 pieces of unique high-value blog posts for 3 months. The good news is that I went for it with everything I had and finished 2 weeks early.

What did I achieve from participating in the challenge?

1. I dropped my Alexa ranking.

2. I increased my daily traffic, blog subscribers, leads and sales.

3. I met incredible like-minded people and learned a lot from them.

4. I improved my blogging skills in a big way.

5. I had loads of fun Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Was it easy? Of course not, otherwise it wouldn’t be called a challenge, right? So, what helped me to stay the course?

I made a promise to myself that I will not quit, no matter what happens and I held myself accountable. I made some sacrifices and took risks along the way to reach my goals.

2. Traffic Generation Blogging Contest

I also entered the Traffic Generation blogging contest and I rocked it, considering that it was my first experience. I placed 4th. I should have been in the top 3 in all fairness, but there you go.Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Here’s how my entry performed:

1. Comments: 528

2. Facebook shares: 913

3. Retweets: 354

4. Stumbles: 343

5. Linkedin shares: 153

How did the contest help me?

1. It definitely put me and my blog on the map.

2. It opened the floodgates of opportunities for me and for my blog.

3. It gave me massive exposure beyond belief.

3. My First Pillar Post

As part of driving more traffic to my blog, I decided to write and publish a pillar post on my blog. It was a huge post, providing 101 Attraction Marketing strategies.

My readers loved it (coined “The Attraction Marketing Bible”, “The Ultimate Attraction Marketing Guide”, by some), shared it all over the web, referred/linked to it over and over again. It was a hit and generated some buzz on my blog. It attracted a flood of traffic and had a huge impact on my blog’s success.

Doubtlessly, this post definitely laid a solid foundation for my blog. Check it out and be amazed:

4. My First Product

I entered the new blogging era and launched my very first product, co-created with my very good friend and now my mentor, Phill Turner, called Underground Blogging Secrets. Without a hint of a doubt, this was the highlight of 2011 for me.

Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

The launch of my first product was even more exciting than my immediate past experiences.  It increased the awareness of my blog in the community and presented a lot of great opportunities.

It was absolutely amazing to see so many affiliates promoting and writing about a blogging product with my name on it. It was also heartwarming to see some affiliates making money online or on Clickbank for the very first time, promoting my product… Priceless! Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Was it easy to launch a product for the first time?

Not at all, I was nervous about the response that I would get and all that. “What if people don’t buy it?”, “What would they think of me?”, I wondered.

Fortunately, I had a product creation expert, Mr Phill Turner, behind me.

To my surprise, it exceeded my expectations. I was told that people can have products on Clickbank for 3 months or so, without making a single sale and we made 20 in the first 24 hours of the launch.

5. Guest Posting

I wasn’t comfortable with writing for other blogs, during my early days of blogging. I thought I sucked at writing on my own blog, so I didn’t think my guest posts would be accepted.

Having realised the great benefits that guest posting offers, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and let go of my fears and insecurities.

And I nervously submitted my very first guest post on a high authority blog. It got approved and it was a huge success.

It was an amazing article, even if I have to say so myself. From that day, guest post invites started rolling in and I started guest posting on several blogs.

Even more exciting, I started accepting guest posts on my blog when I took a break back in the summer. If you wish to write on my blog, then check out my guest posting requirements.

6. Public Speaking

In June, I was invited to share my blogging strategies in front of a live audience at the Ministry of Traffic Event in London.

Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

It was truly an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G experience for me.

A few days before the event I was fighting a nasty cold and I was worried that my presentation would go pear-shaped. Well, it didn’t – it went really well and I received fantastic feedback.

7. Blog Services

As part of my mission to help others build amazing blogs like mine, my blog got graced with the addition of a new page, the Hire Mavis page.

Thanks to my exciting journey and my knowledge about blogging, AND mainly because so many readers have asked me to do this I decided to offer my blog set up, blog audit, blog post writing and maintenance services.

8. New Theme and Design

With my blog growing rapidly, I needed to step up and go for a more professional and better look. My blog didn’t look like this before, you know.

I went for a complete transformation, following in the top bloggers’ footsteps. I switched to the best and SEO-ready theme, Thesis and changed the design, colours, navigation and layout.

I must admit, I was a bit nervous about all the changes, but excited at the same time Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

9. Product Creation

Since I created my first product with Phill, it was time for me to start creating products on my own. Phill handed his One Day Product Creation blueprint over to me.

And, I ran with it. With what result?

I went from not knowing anything about product creation to making value-packed products, selling like hot cakes in less than 2 months.

I now have people who buy every product I make, because they know the kind of content I put out there. It’s really amazing to have my inbox popping with payment notifications while I sleep or something!

I have also created my highly coveted fast product creation blueprint to help others to create their very own products  fast and make money on demand!

10. Top 50 MLM Blogs Contest

I recently entered the Top 50 MLM Blogs Contest hosted by George Fourie, the creator of

137 entries and 5,192 votes were received. And, I placed 2nd. See how:

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see my name next to my mentor and industry leader, Mr Ray Higdon! Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Why am I Sharing My Achievements With You?

Firstly, when you set your goals for the following year, you need to begin with where you’re at. This is when you review and reflect on the previous year to see what has worked, what didn’t, what were your successes, failures, good and bad decisions.

It’s very important that you do this and think about how you can improve. And, this is exactly what I’m doing here.

Secondly, I’m not here to brag but to show you that you can follow in my footsteps if you want to achieve blogging Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011success.

Imagine, if you would, how these strategies can have a profound impact on your blog and business in 2012 and beyond.

If I can do it, anyone can!

Sometimes we get too accustomed to being comfortable. We forget to strive, to grow and to reach out to our goals.

As you can see from my exciting journey I just shared with you, it’s important to step out of the comfort zone if we want to achieve our goals and create success.

Honouring My 11 Amazing Guest Bloggers in 2011

When contemplating my much-deserved break back in the summer, I thought of abandoning my blog but thankfully, I decided against that.

As I mentioned before, I have worked so hard to get it to where it is today. I have built a loyal blog reader base in a short space of time and I just didn’t want to spoil that.

So, my good friends and fellow bloggers stepped in and held the fort while I was having a break. And they did a fantastic job – they shared some amazing tips and resources and interacted with my readers in a very professional manner.

You guys ROCK! I cannot thank you enough for making guest posting on Attraction Marketing Online a success! Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

I’ll list their posts below in case you missed them:

Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Dr Bob Clarke

25 Ways to Improve Your Blogging Productivity This Week


Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Janet Callaway

Triberr – Do You Really Know What it is and How it Works?


Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Ilka Flood

Klout – Klout Score Basics Explained 


Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Adrienne Smith

10 Ways to Build a Blog You Can Be Proud Of


Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Jym Tarrant

Blogging Success – 5 Simple Habits of the Dynamite Blogger 


Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Stella Anokam

3 Secrets of Crushing It With Attraction Marketing, No Matter What Business You’re In 

And, I started accepting guest posts since then:

Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Joanna Vaiou

10 Hot Link Building Tips to Fuel Your SEO Marketing Plan


Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Devesh Sharma

How to Add an Author Box on Your Posts in WordPress


Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Faissal Alhaithami

How to Fail in Generating Facebook Traffic


Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Radu Dascalul

Google+ Pages – Are They a Good Deal For Your Business?


Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

Ryan Biddulph

Blogging Tips – How to Slap Your Next Post Into Orbit

Be sure to visit these amazing bloggers, connect with them and give them some love, if you enjoy reading their content.

Will you make the list in 2012? Be sure to check out my guest posting guidelines and put your content in front of a new audience.

Highlighting My 11 Popular Posts in 2011:

1. 101 Surefire Ways to Attract Targeted and Endless Prospects

2. How to Speed Up Your Blog So You Stop Annoying Your Visitors

3. Pinging Content – How to Avoid Getting Your Blog Banned for Spamming Search Engines

4. Search Engine Ranking – Are You Really on the First Page of Google?

5. Blog Commenting – Still Leaving Comments Without Your Own Picture?

6. How I Use My Blog to Generate Up to 50 Leads a Day Without Pop-ups and PPC Ads

7. Blog Post Writing – How to Write Content that Grabs Your Reader’s Attention

8. How to Get More Retweets, Exposure, Traffic and Sales on Twitter

9. 21 Reasons Why Affiliate Marketing is NOT a Winning Strategy

10. CommentLuv Premium – What’s the Fuss All About?

11. 3 Blogging Secrets to Increase Blog Traffic, Leads and Sales

There you go. So, what was your favourite?

From the Bottom of my Heart…

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and profound appreciation for your unending support over the past year. I couldn’t have grown my blog without your regular visits, meaningful comments and countless social media shares.

You have contributed massively to my exciting blogging journey. And, I just cannot thank you enough for your kind words and encouragement which keep me going.

I sincerely hope that the strategies, tips and ideas that I keep sharing here, have been helpful on your blog and in your business.

I can’t wait for 2012 as it’s going to be even more exciting and rewarding! Blogging Success   Reflecting on my Exciting Blogging Journey in 2011

I wish you and yours all the very best!

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Ryan Biddulph December 30, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Hi Mavis,

What a year!

It’s been fun watching your growth from across the pond…or….across a few continents ;) Love your note of pushing yourself. All growth happens outside of your comfort zone. Change can be ‘interesting’, as all types of stuff comes up, but without pushing forward, you never grow and you certainly never learn.

Your achievements all started within. You made a decision to reach your goals, and change your approach, and push the limits of what you could do. So, you accomplished amazing stuff.

Thanks also for your kind mention, and allowing me to share my insight with your audience. I feel grateful that you were so generous, and I think I mentioned it but…the invitation to write for RBs Keys is open to you, whenever you want to ;)

Thanks again for sharing your inspiration with us Mavis. To a successful 2012 :)

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Mavis Nong December 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Aww, thank you very much, Ryan. You’re right, it all started with having a passion for blogging and a burning desire to succeed.

You’re truly amazing, Ryan. I can’t thank you enough for your unending support. I’m excited to announce you as my Fan of the Week today :)

Thanks for the invite, I don’t recall you mentioning it…

Much continued success to you in 2012 and beyond! :)



Rick from Cheap Website Visitors December 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Pretty impressive achievements! I did a lot of things before i started blogging – or blog commenting, like endless forum posts, directory submissions, buying links, article marketing ++ But i have to say that blogging is a lot more fun and profitable. Really enjoyed your post on 101 Surefire Ways To Attract Targeted Prospects.
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Mavis Nong December 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Thanks very much, Rick. Agreed, blogging is fun and rewarding.

Glad you enjoyed my pillar post :) …. Welcome to my blog!



Radu December 30, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Hey Mavis,
You totally rocked it in 2011. This is a proof that everything is possible as long as you believe in yourself. No matter how the situation looks like you can always turn it in your favor..from zero to hero :)
In a single year you achieved so many great things that other don’t even dare to dream about.

Congratulations for completing that challenge and ranking so well in the other contests!!
You inspired me to grow as a blogger and online the beginning I was afraid to pick up blogging as my main marketing strategy but with your help I took the challenge..I don’t regret a second that decision.
Thank you as well for the kind mention. It was my pleasure to share the knowledge I got with your readership and meet all the other amazing bloggers featured here.
That’s the beauty of building relationships.
As Ryan said, you are always welcome to guest post on my blog.

Have a splendid 2012 and keep up doing this awesome work.
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Mavis Nong December 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Thanks very much for your kind words and encouragement, Radu. I’m glad to hear that I and played some role in your achievements this year :)

I wish you unending success in 2012 and beyond!



JosephJYoung December 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Incredible Mavis, and what a year! Thank God the fingers CAN get a brief moment of rest! Congrats on such a great year of blogging! I believe I have asked this before, but will put the note in again about wanting you to be a guest blogger at our site. I’d love to feature you in the wealth building category because I believe blogging is an asset that generates wealth.

Happy New Year,
Joe Young
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Mavis Nong December 31, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Thanks very much, Joe. Yes, trying to rest my fingers now, lol!

Yes, you can email me the registration link.

All the very best to you and family,


ernest December 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I must say you really did a good job this 2011. And just like everybody else I am hoping for more successes in the coming year. Hard work does pays off and hard working people like you who are always willing to take risks deserves much and more of this. Cheers for 2012!


Mavis Nong December 30, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Thanks very much, Ernest. I wish you much success!



Dr. Bob Clarke December 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Holy Cow, Mavis.
I knew you had put in massive effort this past year to get your blog and your business where it is today, but I had no idea just how MUCH you did, until I read this post.

Congratulations on all your successes and accolades… you deserve each and every one.

Thanks for the mention, and thank you for being an inspiring mentor to me over the past year. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

Happy New Year!

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Mavis Nong December 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Thanks very much for your kind words and encouragement, Bob.

I’m glad I helped where I could :)

Here we come… Hope 2012 is ready for us, lol!

All the very best to you and family in the new year, Bob!



James Buckley December 30, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Well done Mavis
I will have to say that after reading this post it has really encouraged me to
step up with my onlone presence and make my blog a gathering place of great
minds like yours. My first goal is also start with the Thesis theme.
Thanks Mavis for your leadership in this skill and I know I will be referring to you

In Christ & to your Success
James A. Buckley
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Mavis Nong December 30, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Thanks very much for your kind words, James.

You’ll like Thesis :)

Much success to you too,


barb December 30, 2011 at 5:20 PM

thanks for this inspiration! Blogging can seem daunting and you make it look so simple and easy! I will take away lots of great nuggests to put in action! Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a blessed 2012!!


Mavis Nong December 30, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Thanks, Barb.


Stacy December 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Hi Mavis,

Congratulations on a fantastic year! You have really grown a lot and come so far! You’ve worked hard, accomplished much and are an inspiration to many! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for next year! :)

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Mavis Nong December 30, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Thanks very much for your kind words, Stacy.

Much success to you too :)



Yaisa Hagood December 30, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Very impressive Mavis,

I just found your blog a few months ago but it has been a valuable resource for me. What an amazing year 2011 was for you and I’m sure 2012 will be another great year for you.

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Mavis Nong December 31, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Thanks very much, Yaisa. Glad to hear that my blog has been a valuable resource for you :)

All the best to you and yours,


Darren December 30, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Great work Mavis. I guess a lot can be done in one year. I’m going to start setting monthly goals in 2012 to get myself motivated to do more. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck in 2012.
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Mavis Nong December 31, 2011 at 7:20 PM

You’re welcome, Darren.

Best wishes to you too,


Sandy Moore December 31, 2011 at 12:51 AM

I concur with everything that your loyal peers have said about you Mavis.
You have achieved some amazing leaps this year and all this whilst being a mother and wife.
I take my hat off to you for being a amazing leader, friend and inspiration to all who are fortunate enough to be within your sphere.

Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

Warmest regards,

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Mavis Nong December 31, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Thank you ever so much, Sandy. I truly appreciate your kind words and unending support :)

I guess it’s already 2012, down under… I wish you and family the very best :)



Adrienne December 31, 2011 at 3:07 AM

You know Mavis, I am not at all surprised at everything you’ve achieved this year. You are the type of person that when you put your mind to something there is no turning back. You just go for it full force and you are living proof of what a little hard work and consistency will achieve.

There is no one I’ve met so far who is more deserving and I’m just so honored that you asked me to guest post while you were taking a very much needed break earlier this year. We can only aspire to accomplish even a quarter of what you have. You are our inspiration Mavis.

Congratulations on all your accomplishments for this year and I get to say I knew her when. I have no doubt that whatever goals you have set for 2012 you’ll achieve them all.

Thank you so much for continuing to provide us with high quality content that has helped me learn and grow as a blogger. I so admire everything you have done. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us next year.

Best wishes to you Mavis and Happy New Year!

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Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Aww, thank you very much for your kind words and vote of confidence, Adrienne.

It’s been an amazing experience – thank you for being a part of it! :)

Best wishes to you too, my friend! Let’s ROCK it in 2012!



Kristen December 31, 2011 at 6:36 AM

Congrats on all of your successes! What an exciting year for you. I am just happy to have started the blog this year! Best to you in 2012.


Mavis Nong December 31, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Thanks, the same to you.


sam December 31, 2011 at 6:36 AM

Hi Mavis,

You mentioned each and every thing very nicely in this post how we should start our blogging life and how curve it into success with different kind of way.


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Oliver Tausend December 31, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Hi Mavis,

what an amazing is passing by in the next few hours. Oh yes, and it started with Heather’s amazing Prove it-blogging challenge. I owe it a lot, such as steady flow of search traffic and new friendships.

Congratulations to your achievements.

Be blessed and Happy New Year !

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Mavis Nong December 31, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Thanks very much, Oliver. The same to you, my friend :)

To a very successful 2012,


Michael from List Building System December 31, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Congratulations Mavis! Your hard work and dedication certainly has been rewarded. I hope you enjoy continued success in the year ahead – you are certainly an inspiration to us all!
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Mavis Nong December 31, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Thanks very much, Michael. All the best to you too in 2012! :)



Dan Keller January 1, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Wow! That does seems like a very successful year. I am just now discovering your blog, I came over from GrowMap. I will be working on some of the same things you achieved this year, namely pillar content and guest posting. Best of Luck in 2012 and I look forward to seeing you around the blogosphere.
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Mavis Nong January 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Thanks very much, Dan. Welcome to my blog! :)

To your blogging success in 2012,


Fouad Al Zomir January 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Dear Mavis,
Impress us in 2012 – As you impressed us on 2011.
Congratulation for the event you done!!


Mavis Nong January 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Thanks, Fouad.



Mark January 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I appreciate the posts that you posted here..I used most of the tips that you stated which helped me alot with my blog. Thank you an happy new year.


Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

That’s great to hear, Mark.

All the best for 2012.


VaNessa Duplessie January 2, 2012 at 12:07 AM

It has been my sincere pleasure to get to know you a little bit as we ended 2011. I look forward to getting to know you better in 2012.

As for this post, all I have to say is WOW. You make me want to be a better blogger. And more importantly you’ve helped encourage me to participate in these challenges and to guest blog and so much more!

I was a last minute entrant into the Top 50 MLM blogs contest (I’m talking 15 minutes before George closed it). Why? Because I had self doubt and didn’t think I was a good enough blogger compared to the competition. I finished in space #11. and it exceeded my expectations. I also started guest blogging in December and my blogging confidence has soared.

Thank you for being an inspiration to those of us who are not so knew to the online world and especially to those who are new. We all need mentors and I am glad to know and follow you.

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Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Thanks very much, VaNessa. I’m also glad that our paths crossed towards the end of last year :)

Congratulations on grabbing the 11th position in the Top 50 MLM Blogs contest and you joined at the very last minute – wow! Be proud of yourself :)

Well done on getting started with guest blogging – I look forward to your guest post here ;)

All the very best for 2012, VaNessa!



Cheolsu January 2, 2012 at 5:27 AM

You did great in the blogging challenge and had a great year. Congratulations! I started my blogging journey in early 2010 and set aside a few goals. Although I did not achieve all the goals, I am happy that I put in a dedicated effort. Guesting posting is something I definitely want to try and thanks for highlighting the benefits.


Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Thanks, Cheolsu.


Jym from Blogging January 2, 2012 at 5:33 AM

Happy New Year Mavis!

It’s been a true pleasure to have a guest post featured here on your blog, just as it has been to network with you throughout 2011.

Yours is one of the blogs I highly rate for quality tips on attraction marketing, blogging, social media, traffic generation and all the other areas you share content on, and I know you’ll go from strength to strength in 2012!

Look forward to sharing some of the journey forward with you.

All the best for continuing success all round!
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Michael Harrington January 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Well done Mavis!!
Congratulations on your success so far!
You are a true inspiration and I hope to learn as much as I can from you. Thank you so much for sharing your Blog with all of us here.

Happy New Year, and may 2012 bring you many blessings.
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Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Thanks very much for your kind words and encouragement, Michael.

All the best for 2012,


Lorene January 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Hello mavis, You’ve done enough for 2011 and this year I will always watching your updates and more.All of my best wishes be with you always for the year.
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Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Thanks very much, Lorene.

See you soon.



Rachael Macgregor January 2, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Well done Mavis! All the best for 2012!
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Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Thanks very much, Rachael.

All the best for 2012!



John J Callanan January 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Hi Mavis, great post. I was wondering….I started a blog on the new company I am working with ( a company specific bog ) which I want to get ranked. Do you have any advice on content I should add? Should it be all about the company or should I add other content as well? Thanks for your input! John
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Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM

It depends on the niche. You can write about other relevant stuff like social media etc.

What’s your company about?



Larry Rivera January 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Sounds like you had a very exciting 2011. I can tell you I have enjoyed reading your post in 2011. You really do provide lots of value to your readers..

I have picked up many good blog writing tips and met some great people. Thanks for letting me be a part of your blog community. Also after reading your post I am inspired to make 2012 explosive!
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Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

You’re most welcome, Larry. That’s very encouraging to hear :)

All the best for 2012!



ivin January 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Hello Mavis. I didn’t expect any blogger to be writing a blog post this time of year. I sort of expected them all to be idle. Here are a couple of my thoughts from your post. I’ve also seen a significant drop in Alexa rank when my blog did a post at least once a day in a week. It got to about 97k. Then, when we slowed down because of all my writers having increased commitments, we dropped, heavily. I think that is a secret to lowering Alexa, doing a post everyday.

I’m SO excited about your pillar post. Looking at the reaction, what Yaro taught was a pillar post back then would probably be considered to be a viral post today… do you agree?

About products. I have realized the other day, if you want to make serious money: you have to come up with soemthing super unique, have a lot of support and leverage (affiliates behind) and you have to be in the top ten of that niche. Otherwise it won’t work.

I will also be focusing a lot more on guest posting to promote my personally branded site/blog. And you’ll be one of them ;)

And finally, I would have to report that I noticed a lot of top bloggers adding a ‘hire me’ tab to their blog. Do you think it’s because blogs itself aren’t making that great revenue to pay the bills with like we thought it would. I know my services pay the bills and not the ad revenue on my blogs.

However it may be, happy new year and wish all sort of success in 2012!
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Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Yes, Ivin, posting daily is one of the strategies to lower your Alexa rank.

What do you mean super unique? I know of 3 marketers who made a killing with their Facebook marketing products even after Jonathan Budd launched his. All about one thing – Facebook marketing.

You’re very welcome to guest post here, Ivin :)

There are various ways to make money blogging and providing services is one of them. It’s all about what works best for you.

Thanks for the best wishes and I wish you the same, Ivin!



bbrian017 from RSS Services January 2, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Hello Mavis. I am very glad 2011 was such a great year for you an enjoyed working with you in this year. All those points you mentioned are probably the making of a successful online entrepreneur, and boy, did you have a lot of them. I also didn’t think many bloggers were posting posts this time of the year and that is why you’re so successful; dedication and resilience. I wish you all the best for 2012.
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Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Thanks very much for your kind words and encouragement, Brian.

Let’s make 2012 the best year ever! :)



Rick Castro from Apartment for Rent January 3, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Interesting to see your 2011 journey and how you manage to become successful. As I quote “I stepped out of my comfort zone, pushed and challenged myself in order to get my blog to where it is today.” very true, meeting challenges is tough, but if a person was able to manage to overcome it, I’m sure that people would be so proud. I just can see that your very proud of what you have achieved. And that inspires me a lot more. Thanks Mavis for sharing.


Mavis Nong January 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

You’re welcome, Rick. Thanks for your kind words and encouragement :)

All the best for 2012,


Rita Brooks January 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Seems like you’ve had a great year, it’s very inspiring! Congratulations :)


Mavis Nong January 4, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Thanks very much, Rita.



Fiona Scott January 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Very best wishes to your and your family Mavis. It’s been a great pleasure “meeting” you and reading your posts last year, and I’m sure you will keep us all enlightened in twenty twelve.

We’ve recorded a vid to wish you a Prosperous, Productive and Prolific 2012 which you can watch here:
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Mavis Nong January 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Thanks very much for your kind words and best wishes, Fiona.

It was nice “meeting” you too :) … Thanks for the video, it looks like you had a fun time :)

All the very best to you both,


Lilach Bullock January 3, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Mavis what an awesome 2011 you’ve had – I’m sure 2012 will be even more fabulous for you.

Thanks for your blog, I’ve enjoyed reading it over the last few months:)

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Mavis Nong January 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Thanks very much, Lilach. Great to hear that you enjoyed reading my content :)

I’m glad our paths crossed last year :)

All the best for 2012,


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