Before I plow right in, I have a side issue that has been bothering me with my blog. Every time that I check my admin dashboard, I have literally hundreds of spam comments to check through. Normally, I would just hit the “delete all spam” button, but I have discovered a few legitimate comments in the spam folder from time to time. I don’t want to delete those comments. So I find myself looking over all of them just to decide their validity, which ends up killing more time than I have or want to use in this way.
I don’t know why I am getting all of those spam comments in the first place, and just on this blog. I have 10 other active site, and none of them experience anything close to this blog’s spam. Then it occurred to me, I am using a free theme! And not only a free theme, but a woo theme. 99% of my spam comes from Asia. Put 2 and 2 together and get Asia spam comments = free woo theme (hidden links). So I will be changing over to another theme when I have the time (which will also serve to verify or disprove my theory).
Yesterday, I lost more time with my online business by spending most of the day with my brother and his friend. We traveled an hour each way just to walk around a flea market (other places call them rummage sales or bazaars). I must have walked miles to see loads and loads of other peoples, aah… treasures, with around 65-70% of it coming from their cleaned out attics, garages and basements. However, I did find a nice gift for my wife and made a contact I can use when I am ready to dispense with my mom’s turquoise jewelry. It is important for me to make the most out of any situation, regardless of what it is.
Now to my initial solo ad results. After combing through literally dozens and dozens of providers, I have selected 3-4 providers to test out first. During this process, I have experienced a new issue that came into play, getting ahold of them and then getting them to respond back. I contacted three of them on Thursday evening with the final provider being contacted yesterday. Only one of them contacted me within minutes (which surprised me). I even used Skype for the first time to communicate with him to get the ball rolling.
Another provider finally sent an email to me today. He basically didn’t even pay attention to what I had emailed to him initially. So I sent him a followup email this evening which serves to continue to delay the process. The other two providers have yet to contact me. If I don’t hear from either one tomorrow, then I will cut them loose and continue to look for two more providers. After all, there are hundreds of providers currently online hungry to do business.
Now for the initial results of my first provider’ solo ad delivery are in. I purchased just 100 unique clicks to send to the iPro partnership offer squeeze page. The provider delivered 110 clicks with 29 opt ins and zero sales (I know, many don’t buy on the first try. Fortunately, they are now in the system). That is just a smidgen over 26% opt in rate.
The first ad’s results are not as great as I had hoped for or that I’ve seen other members get, but it is better than what I have gotten from FREE traffic sources (avg 1% opt in rate – poor) up to this point. I am eager to hear from the other providers so I can complete my results and find who is best for me. I am excited about getting more prospects into the system and increase my chance for sales.
Once all my results are in, I will be happy to report them in a follow up post. The biggest factor for doing this is getting enough sales to cover my expenses and generate enough cash to continue to grow my leads. Everything is in place, it is just a matter of time before it all pays off. Fingers crossed!