This is a Social Marketing Experiment For the last few weeks I have been exploring ways of get visitors to a website in my case My Music Blog.. Now unlike other I offer all my music and art for free
thats just the artist and Musician in me I do cause I find it fun to create music and art and audio software. ON the other hand I like the concept of marketing and driving traffic. I don't plan on ever making any real money from it but I find it funny sometimes to read all though's get Rich now Ads. So has of last week I tried out the traffic exchange marketing world to see what would happen. ( Read post below to see my views! )
Now we all have some kind ad system in place to try to make a little money. ( cause we all need it to surive! ) even though I did get a huge boost in traffic it was a waste of traffic casue out of 500+ views in two days which I know is not huge number for some of you but with a small music blog usally only getting 50 or so at the most 250 in a day is a big jump. Like I said though it was junk visits and Im not a professional marketer. Anyways back to the 500 views I got 0 clicks on my ads and lets face it the money is in ad revenue not impressions.
Impression = Almost Nothing!! for a 1000 impressions = 0.10
Like a said being in the treches of though traffic exchanges a overhelming theme was a stupid ad like this MAKE $75 hr with are Stupid Ass System it seems these system are a dime a dozen but id did get me thinking. I'm not a greedy person hell if I could make just $75 bucks a day I'd be amazed I personal could live off that no problem but could you do it with a blog? ( I Still don't think thats possible ) because after playing around with numbers that I was getting with the traffic exchange just driving faceless impressions the number you have to send is Huge.
Meaning to make $75 off Impressions alone you have to have 75,000 visits a day and for a tiny experimental artist no way in a million years is that going to happen. Even with this blog being on something more main stream and what seems to be a popular topic or tag..75,000 visits just wont happen on a daily bases.
So thats not a option but then I was reading about interaction with other bloggers to drive traffic and real followers which I have been doing then a came across a section of blog promoting groups and I saw people posting ads or forum post saying leave a comment or visit my blog and I will do the same.
So I started looking into this a little more and saw that there was almost a subculture of these kinds of posts. I even say a few post that said click on my ad and follow and will do the same.. So beening interested in different marketing ideas I decided Ive al ready wasted 3 days doing traffic exchanges but this seemed more on a personal level..
My first thoughts on this:
1.If you going to click on ads all day you might as well be supporting other bloggers
2.The content is a million times more interesting than though stupid get rich Ads
3.They have a far better Return on there investment
4.Example after reading a few of them I went read a few post and started to follow and clicked on there ads like they asked. I did this for 10 or so blogs with a small comment saying I checked out your blog and started followed I also supported you by clicking on one of your ads please return the favor..
the next day I went to check my ad revenue to see if anyone returned the favor and saw that a few people did I actually what they said they do 50% didnt but still earned $1.35 just off that simple 15 minutes it took I made more than 3 weeks of aggressive marketing.
Now for my Experiment
After getting the results that I did I have decided I'm going to try a social experiment in marketing I'm going to invest the same amount of time I did in traffic exchange experiment which is 3 days and all Im going to do is respond to people that agree to do the following which I have found several blog community that claim to have people asking for the same thing in return.
1.start following the blogs ( shows that you where actually There )
2.leave a shout out or comment ( many of the social blogs let you post a quick comment after visiting a blog
3.Of course click on there one of there Ads
4.HAVE A REAL BLOG OR SITE ( NOT GET RICH CRAP ) no one whats to read that stuff share something that actually interests you cause thats what blog are about.
So The concept works like this do the 3 things above then post your Comment with a link to your Blog if you like to be part of this experiment.
If you do the following 3 steps as above I will return the favor
The Experiment list
To create a on going list say people looking for comments and ad clicks
so the first day I post an link to my blog as I will start this off
say 3 people come and add to the list and do the following I should get 3 clicks if everyone clicks on all the ads above them then add there comment with a link then they are automatically added to the list and the next person comes by a does the same. Now I will opt in personal to get emails when people add them selfs to this post and click a return the favor. ( you as comment poster should have the same option)
After 3 days of doing this I will write a post about my results and like to here what people that optin to this experiment have to say after the days. I will compare it other Marketing ideas I've seen and tested and give my honest opinion and results of this experiment..