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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 4 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 thatMLMbeat.com.
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!
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.
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!
I’ll list their posts below in case you missed them:
And, I started accepting guest posts since then:
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:
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!
I wish you and yours all the very best!
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