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Yay… It’s My 100th Post!

by Steve Scott | Join Him On Facebook

Today, I’ve reached a mini-milestone. This is the 100th post of the Steve Scott Site. So to recognize the occasion, I want to go over a few things I’ve learned since I started this blog in January.

First, let’s cover…

…What I’ve Learned

#1- Blog on a Consistent Basis- I’ve now come to realize that I was a little spoiled with my past affiliate marketing experiences. While I’ve always worked hard, there were times when I could take a day off without feeling guilty.

This isn’t the case with blogging. I’ve learned that it’s extremely important to blog on a consistent basis. So I’ve made it a point to post every single day (and sometimes even twice a day). I haven’t missed a day since the middle of February and I plan to keep this streak going.

One of the main reasons I’ve been able to blog on a daily basis is through the use of a publishing schedule. I keep this file open on my laptop at all times. This makes it easy to develop posts throughout the week and ensure that I never miss a day.

The problem is I’ve come across a number of blogs that post two, three, or even four times a day. This can be a little discouraging because I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface on the content I’m providing to my readership. I hope to get to the point of publishing two to three times a day. But this probably won’t happen till I finish with my travels.

#2- The Value of Friendships- Again, I’ve come to discover that I’ve developed a number of bad habits with my past Internet Marketing experiences. For many years, I was able to quietly develop an online business without really interacting with other people.

Now as you probably know, there is a strong community aspect to developing a blog. If you’re not forming friendships and connecting to your audience, then you’re not really taking advantage of all the benefits that can be found with a blog.

I am extremely thankful to the people who read my posts on a regular basis. Without their constant support, I would have given up a long time ago. So with that said, I encourage you to check out all the sites listed in my “Top Commentators” list that’s shown on the right sidebar. These are people who have given me a lot of encouragement over the last few months. So please take a few minutes to take a look at their sites.

#3- Be Yourself- For a long time, I’ve had a very clear dividing line between my personal life and my ‘online identity.’ Sure, once in awhile I would mention something personal, but this was the exception, not the rule.

After writing 100 posts, I’ve learned that people respond the best to posts which come from the heart. There are a few posts on this site that took a lot of emotional effort to create. One discussed the difficulty I was having with a failed relationship. Another showed my twisted sense of humor. And there a few like this video which demonstrated some of the weirder things that always seem to happen to me.

The funny thing is none of these posts are particularly relevant to the overall theme of this site. Yet, they are all representative of what I’m like as a person. I feel that since the Internet is becoming increasingly crowded, it’s absolutely vital that you do the little things to stand out from the masses.

Now it hasn’t been all roses and sunshine with this site. In fact, if I’m completely honest with myself, there are a number of…

…Things I NEED to Improve

#1- Better Networking with Other Sites- While I just mentioned all the friendships I’ve formed with other sites, I feel like I could do a much better job with networking. If you pay close attention to the top blogs in every industry, you would see that each owner is a master at networking and forming friendships.

I know to move this site forward I have to be more proactive with regularly visiting sites and forming relationships with each owner. Furthermore, it’s important that I interact with my visitors and create the kind of content that they want to see.

Bottom line is you can’t have success without people. So I have to step out a little from my little personal bubble and make an effort to form lasting connections.

#2- Create a Strategy Plan- I’ve fallen into the trap of only paying attention to the day-to-day activities. As a result, I’ve haven’t created many long-term mechanisms that will turn this “hobby blog” into something that provides a real income.

The sad thing is I should know better. With my other businesses, I’ve always been good about following a set plan.

So in the next few months I’ll be creating certain sections of this site that will focus on generating long-term profits. The trick here is to do this in the way that won’t impede upon the free information that I like to give to my regular readers.

#3- Leverage the Power of Outsourcing- Like I mentioned before, I will be doing a lot of traveling in the next few months. In fact, I don’t think I’ll see my home again till the middle of autumn.

All this traveling provides a unique challenge. I want to grow this site, but I’m starting to realize that it’s extremely hard to increase readership when you have a limited time to dedicate to a blog.

But in the last week, I’ve started to use my outsourcers to help with a number of areas on this site. Specifically, I’m using them to work on a concept that I call “Passive Web Traffic.” The idea here is I give a set of instructions to my one of outsourcers and she follows this process to increase the number of visitors to this site. So far, it seems to be working pretty well. For instance, one of these small techniques helped double my traffic for a few days. (Here’s a screenshot of the results.)

My point is simple. There are a number of small processes that can generate incredible results. All I have to do is put my thinking cap on and utilize the efforts of some extremely gifted outsourcers.

What’s Next???

I would love to say that I’m going to accomplish a lot of things in the next month. Unfortunately that’s probably not going to happen.

For the most part, I’m going to build up my ‘street cred’ and use this blog to show a lot of my travels and experiences. But with that said, I hope the next hundred posts will give an honest demonstration of how it’s possible to live your dreams while still generating a steady income.

As of today, I’ve identified a few key areas to improve. My focus for the next couple of months will be on the ‘things to improve’ that I just mentioned. They should set the framework for many of the long-term goals I hope to achieve once I’m back into a “work mindset” in the fall.

Finally, I would like to extend you a hearty thanks for reading the posts on this site. You’re the reason that I’m able to blog on a consistent basis. So far, I’ve only earned a few dollars. What keeps me going is the knowledge that some of these articles are helping others move a little closer to their dreams.

So thanks for being a consistent reader and wish me luck on the next 100 posts!

Take Action. Get Results.



{ 15 comments }

Gurl

Hey, Scott.
Not been a reader long, but I’ve got your free book and am trying to make time to read it LOL As a fellow blogger, seems like I spend way to much time on the blog…from planning to posting to…you know how it goes!
Congrats on the 100th post. I was absolutely amazed when I hit my 100th…at 200 we are gonna party…just don’t know how yet. Keep on learning and growing! Its part of what makes this adventure in Blogistan so much fun!
Gurl
.-= Gurl´s last blog ..Top 6 Worst Chores =-.

Steve Scott

Congrats on reaching the 100th post as well. It’s definitely a challenge to do this on a daily basis.

Anyway, thanks for the comment…hope to see you again.

Joanna

Congratulations on your posting achievement! I am just getting my own blog set up and preparing the re-launch of my existing business and the addition of other strings to my bow – or placing my eggs in more than one basket.

My dream is to be successful without making myself ill in the process and reading about other people and the things they experience is an excellent way to learn

I have read a lot of your posts but not commented – been “lurking” in the shadows – really enjoy your posts and they are often very useful and relevant.

So as requested – Good luck for your second hundred! 🙂

Steve Scott

Sounds like you have a lot of stuff on your plate. I wish you the best of luck as well with getting everything going. Thanks again for commenting… hope you find usefulness on some of the stuff on this site which will make you not “lurk” as much 🙂

butterfly

all i have to say…is congratulations..i have never counted mine….imagine that…

Steve Scott

You should start! Makes things more interesting…

kie

Hey Steve,
congratulations! Your doing a really great job. I enjoy your posts every morning with my morning coffee. It makes my morning!

But I have a question:
You wrote that one purpose of your travel is to show that it is possible to do what ever you want, while having an automated internet business. Before I read your todays post, I was believing that you must make enouh money to live from your internet business. But you wrote “So far, I’ve only earned a few dollars.”…

Do you have yet another internet busniess?

Greetings from europe!

Steve Scott

Glad to hear you’re a regular reader…hope some of my posts have been useful.

Here’s a quick answer to your question:

Yes, I do have a number of other Internet businesses. Specifically they center on “affiliate marketing” and “information products”. All of these sites is what makes me a full-time income.

With that being said, I do hope to eventually apply the same principles and duplicate this success with this site.

If you have questions about this, feel free to contact me.

rob sellen

Steve,

Congrats, and you got a good blog here mate, keep it going and I don’t doubt you will reach the goals you set yourself.

You got another regular reader now too, and thanks for popping by my blog at times too. 😉

Thought it was about time I added a comment here and no doubt it won’t be the last, this is what blogging is all about. 😀

Good stuff, here’s to the next 100 post of yours! 🙂
.-= rob sellen´s last blog ..Portland’s sunset on the beach =-.

Steve Scott

Thanks Rob for stopping by and commenting. Sorry it took so long to respond…been traveling through Spain for the last few days.

Will definitely stop by your site again once I have a little more free time.

Karen

Congats on the 100th post, Steve!

I’m so very near that magic number myself, so I can appreciate all the hard work that went into it 🙂

It was interesting to read what you’ve learned so far from blogging and what you need to concentrate on more. I feel the same way.
.-= Karen´s last blog ..Stop Lying To Yourself =-.

Steve Scott

Honestly, I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface on what I have to do. Hopefully the next 100 will move me towards building up my audience a little and perhaps starting to monetize this sucker.

Steve Scott

I’m sure you won’t be too far behind me. Now, I’m looking forward to getting to the 200th mark.

David Black

100 posts in under 4 months… of *quality* too. Do you want to come work for me??? Hehe 😉
.-= David Black´s last blog ..How To Date An Older Woman (Cougar Dating) =-.

Steve Scott

haha…I don’t know that sounds too much like a “real” job to me.

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