My Goals For Success In 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010


We’ll start off by wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s hard to believe but yes, it’s 2010 and I wonder how many of you have made New Years resolutions. I used to make new resolutions every year but that’s when I was much younger. Now I figure I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m entitled to have a few vices so no more resolutions for me. Besides let’s face it, most of us have blown it by the end of January.

Okay, now for the reason I’m writing this post today. As I was sipping on my coffee looking out the window at the snow falling (again) I paid a visit to a few blogs of people I know and they have already posted their goals for 2010. Congrats to those of you who have done so and best of luck reaching those goals.

When I woke up this morning I had no intentions of posting my goals for this year because I haven’t even thought about it. For crying out loud, it’s only Jan 2. I haven’t even had time to reflect on what happened last year.

Okay, give me 30 seconds.

Done.

Well that didn’t take long, but I didn’t need much time to figure out what went wrong in 2009.

It’s simple.

Even though I had some success it wasn’t quite what I had expected. I simply didn’t do what I set out to do.

I’m going to liken last years experience to a horse race.

Out of the gate I came out strong as I just finished Alex Jeffreys Coaching Program and was all fired up and ready to knock em’ dead. As I approached the first turn I was still going strong.

Coming out of the first turn onto the backstretch is when I noticed I was starting to falter.

I was losing my focus.

Halfway down the backstretch my legs started cramping and thought I was going to pull up lame but I kept on pushing.

As I started into the stretch turn I had worked out the cramps and regained my full stride again.

I had my focus back and was ready to finish the year with a bang.

Coming out of the stretch turn my legs felt it again and I turned wide almost into the outside rail.

Starting to lose focus again.

Going down the stretch I started to pull up again and was falling back in the field.

At the wire I had completely lost it and spit the bit.

I’ve completely lost focus now and was going in a different direction.

I want to start out the new year with blinkers on to block out any distractions and keep me focusing straight ahead.

With that being said I’m going mention a few of my goals for this year but as I mentioned in the beginning of this post I haven’t even given it a thought yet but these are what I came up with as I was writing.

  • My list is just over 1,000 subscribers now and I’d like to hit 10,000 subscribers by year end. I’m aiming high. If you want to do an adswap let me know in your comment.
  • My traffic has always been in spurts so I’d like to have a substantial increase in steady traffic to my blog.
  • I’m really going out on a limb here as I haven’t created my first product yet. But this year I’d like to create one new product each quarter.
  • Sometimes I go through long stretches without posting to my blog so this year’s goal is to write one post a week.

These aren’t all my goals as I told you I hadn’t given it any thought until now. But these are the four things that give me the most trouble. To some this may not seem like a lot but to me this is going to be a ton of work. If I can pull this off any other goals that I set for myself should take care of themselves.

Well that’s all for now. I’ll see you at the Race Track early in 2011.

BTW, if you want to put down your goals you’ve set for 2010 here in your comment please feel free to do so.

Later,
Jeff Sargent

5 Tips For More Comments On Your Blog

You know what, I just want to go on a little rant today.

Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning or maybe it had something to do with the fact that it’s only 35 F outside and Old Man Winter is knocking on our door.

I was just on Twitter going through my Direct Messages
trying to answer some of them and I found one of interest
and it led me to their blog.

Upon arriving at their blog I gave it the quick eyeball
glance and it looked very nice. You know the ones I mean,
easy on the eyes.

So I started reading some of their blog posts and they
were very good but I started noticing a pattern.

There were no comments! Why you might ask?

Because they had one of those captcha things where
you had to enter the code before you could enter your
comment.

I can’t stand those things because I can’t read them
half the time and have to refresh them several times
to make them work.

I’m sorry but I don’t have the time or patience to be
wasting entering those captcha codes so I can leave
a comment that will benefit their blog. Even though it
deserves one.

And apparantly neither does anyone else because this
is a nice blog and their just are not any comments.

Now I understand why they are doing this and it’s to
keep spammers away but you’re also scaring off your readers.

My advice, get rid of that captcha and you will start seeing
some comments on your blog.

And here are a few more tips that might get you a few
more comments on your blog
.

Tip #1
Don’t be bashful, sometimes you just need to ask you readers for comments. Something as simple as; “What do you think about this post?” Or “Tell me what you think”.

Tip #2
You want to make it easy for visitors to leave comments. (ie. no captcha codes)

Tip #3
If they do leave a comment that’s worth approving then you absolutely must reply to them either to answer their question or elaborate on what it was they said or to even disagree, in a nice way of course.

Tip #4
You’ve got to get people to interact on your blog and if you don’t reply to their comments your dead in the water. Most people will return to a blog to see if you responded to their comment and if you didn’t you’ve lost that person forever.

Tip #5
Now I don’t do this on every comment because I’d never be able to get any other work done but if they have taken the time to leave a comment that gives my readers something of value then I’ll jump over to their blog and reciprocate by leaving them a nice comment of some value at least I hope it is to their readers.

After writing this post I did a Google search on part of my title
and found another great blog with more tips on getting
more comments on your blog
.

Now this is obviously just my opinion of course
so please let me know here if I’m full of crap or
if you agree with me by leaving me a comment.

See what I mean, I asked you to leave
a comment and it didn’t hurt a bit. LOL!

til next time…

Jeff Sargent

Well here I am almost a month later after I told you I was doing a major overhaul of my blog and if memory serves me correctly I said I would be done in a couple of days. So much for meeting my deadline. I just ran into many unexpected problems along the way and the final straw was when I couldn’t get online for three days. Three days may not seem like much but in Internet time it’s like an eternity. And if I’m going to be perfectly honest with you I must admit that I just got lazy for awhile and took some time off to boot.

But I’m back now and all fired up full of piss and vinegar ready to start giving you some great quality content here.

Even though the bulk of my blog overhaul is complete I expect it will be forever changing. So if you come here and things don’t look quite right come back in a bit and things may have changed, for the better I hope. I like the way it is pretty much but I still have plenty of tweaking to get it where I want it to be.

I have created this blog for you to enjoy so I want to make it work for you. If there’s something about the new design you like then tell me. On the other hand, if there’s something about the new design you don’t like then keep it to yourself. Just Kidding.

I want to know one way or another how you feel about the new look.

So Please, give it a mulling over and let me know what you think.

til next time…

I’m Doing A Major Overhaul Of My Blog

Hopefully this will be my last post using this theme. Not that I don’t like this theme it’s just that I’ve grown tired of it and I think it’s time for a change. This theme was actually a little hard to maintain. Some things just didn’t work right and I had to do too much coding to correct them. Hopefully I can spend less time coding and more time posting as this new theme is much easier to maintain. I’ve been pondering changing it for some time now but there just never seems to be enough time in the day.

I have been working on this new theme on my test blog and I really like it. I do all my testing there before I roll out anything new to make sure it works OK. I can thank my good friend Garry Parkes for turning me on to this theme. Although he didn’t exactly tell me about it I did read the link in the footer of his blog telling me who designed it. So I paid the site a visit and really liked what I saw. Sorry Garry, I’m not stealing from you and I will try not to make it look too much like yours.

I hope to have it changed around in the next couple days but it will still be a work in progress so if something doesn’t work right or doesn’t look right just give it a few days and come back and visit and hopefully I’ve fixed it.

So please feel free to leave comments on what you think of my new blog.

til next time…

I’m going to be giving an audio interview with my fellow Marketing With Alex students Mark Call, Garry Parkes and Mark Austin. The interview will be posted sometime in January on StudentsOfAlex.com. I will let you know as I find out a few more details.

When I was asked if I wanted to do this at first I said you’ve got to be kidding me, what have I got to offer. There must be some more interesting people than me they could be interviewing. But then I thought why not me, I have as much to offer as anyone else.

All right calm down. After my head had swelled to the size of a basketball thinking I was some great Guru or something it just as quickly deflated back to normal when I found out they were trying to interview as many of Alex Jeffreys students as they could.

Actually I agreed to do this and to be honest I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m excited to be given the opportunity but then again scared sh**less because this is way out of my comfort zone.

And as long as we’re being honest, I thought hey, we’re supposed to be trying to get traffic to our blogs and what better way to do it than to give an interview. :-)

While this may be true, the real reason is to do my part in giving a helping hand to some of the students or anyone else for that matter that could use it. The way I see it, this is an I’ll scratch your back now and maybe you’ll scratch mine later type of business.

I’ll always be more than willing to help someone if I can. It’s just a great feeling when someone asks for your help with a problem they can’t seem to solve and you come to their rescue and fix their problem for them. There’s no better feeling in the world.

Plus I know at some point I will need their help and I know they will be there for me.

til next time…

Jeff Sargent

How I Plan On Driving Traffic To My Blog

I’m back. I finally managed to pry the snow blower and shovel out of my hand long enough to sit down and write this post. The last time I talked to you was last Friday and I told you how Alex Jeffreys was holding a competition for his students. He’s going to give away $1,000 to the one who has the most traffic to their blog in a two week period.

I also said I was going to tell you what I’m going to do to drive traffic to my blog before I do it, then I will post the results on my blog.

First off, let me show you where my traffic was at starting Dec. 12 before this competition started. The starting date for the competition was supposed to be Dec 19, 2008 but because of some problems getting information to some of the students the starting date will be pushed back a couple days. I’ll let you know as soon a I know.

Here’s a screen shot of my traffic from Dec. 12 to Dec. 22, 2008.


google analytics

As you can see it’s nothing to brag about. But as sad as it was it did start climbing on the 19th. That’s a direct result of a few posts, commenting on my fellow students blogs, and them commenting on mine. All that really got started the week before but didn’t show up right away. In fact, from the 12th to the 18th my traffic was between 7 and 17 visitors a day. That’s the period when we had a terrible ice storm and we were without electricity for 4 days.

Then when we did get power back I was working on my computer trying to catch up and bang, we lost power again. This kept happening for a couple days with the power cycling on and off as I was working. Well, one time we had a big power surge and it took out my computer and I had to bring it to the repair shop. So there’s two more days without doing anything. All is well now so I have no more excuses.

But I wanted to put this in here to show you what happens when you take a break and don’t do anything, especially early on in the life of your blog when you haven’t established a following yet.

So here’s my preliminary plan of attack.

  • Keep visiting my fellow students blogs and keep leaving comments on them.
  • Start visiting other blogs outside of our little network and become interactive with them.
  • Outsource some articles and put links in the resource box pointing back to my blog. Submit these articles to article directories, mainly EzineArticles and GoArticles. I have also signed up with Article Marketer which will distribute my articles to hundreds of directories. I don’t have time to write these articles as I have way to many other things to keep up with.
  • Start entering some giveaways so I can start concentrating on building my list. As that list grows I will be sending autoresponder emails to that list every time I enter a new post and ask them if they would please read each post and it would be nice if they could leave a comment telling me what they thought.
  • I was already a member of Twitter but I plan on being more active and this should bring me more traffic.
  • I want to join Squidoo, which I know nothing about as I’ve heard this is another great way to get free traffic.

I think this is enough to keep me busy for now.

As I think of new ways to drive traffic I will let you know before I actually start doing it so you can see if I fall on my face or not. :-)

let the traffic begin…

Jeff Sargent