Hi everyone, Lee contacted me about the contest and I decided to post my story, even though I find it difficult to write about my own successes, usually I think that it is better if you let other people do that and stay humble.
Anyway, back in 2006 I was working for a multinational company, and I had a couple of small blogs running. The blogs were just a hobby, where I would share material coming from my past university thesis and occasionally from my work.
After some months, though, I started to notice that specific actions on the blogs would result into specific outcomes. Some would work, and some would not, but every time and I learned a new thing.
Late in 2006, therefore, I decided to create a blog where I would share all these tips and techniques, both the ones that were working and the ones where I had messed up. The domain I choose was dailyblogtips.com.
The first couple of months were pretty slow in traffic, but I was not expecting otherwise. Things got bumpy when I published an article titled "101 Blog Tips I learned in 2006", which was the winner on a contest over Problogger.net and it generated a huge traffic spike.
Soon afterwards the blog, despite being 3 months old, was also nominated for the 2007 Weblog Awards under the "Best Web Development Blog" category. I am not sure how this happen, but it was crazy. Just think that one of the other competitors on that category was A List Apart. By this time I had already quit my job to work on the Internet full time.
Things skyrockets from there, and I made sure to keep up with the hype producing quality and original content on a consistent basis. The blog is not 1 year old yet, and it is averaging 12,000 daily page views with over 6000 RSS subscribers.
Now, don't get me wrong, I really don't think my numbers are outstanding, there are other blogs out there that grew even faster. The blog is generating a solid monthly income though, so it works for me.
A lot of people ask me what was the secret. In reality there was no secret, but some key components:
-hard work with planning, analysis and execution(forget magic bullets or "get rich quick" schemes)
-quality and original content (you cant grow if you are doing just what others are)
-networking (sometimes it is more about "who you know" and not "what you know")
That is it, sorry if it was boring! I share pretty much all the tips and strategies I used along the way on the blog, so you might want to check it out.
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