My Secret To Blogging Success

by Adrienne Smith on December 29, 2011

My Secret To Blogging SuccessI get asked a lot how I’ve been able to have the success with my blog that I have.  I’m always happy to answer anyone’s questions when it comes to what I’ve been doing.  I’ve even been interviewed on this subject many times now.

The one thing I haven’t done is write a post mapping out everything I did to get me to where I am right now.  Since this is my last post what better subject to write about.  At least this way I can never be accused of not sharing my secrets.  Oh and beware because it’s going to be a long one but I hope you’ll find it worth your time.

If your blog isn’t where you want it to be, hopefully this post will help you so that you can implement these same methods and start your new year out right.

My Story

Most of you know my story so I won’t bore you with all the details once again but when I started this blog I was doing affiliate marketing.  Like many people I was taught to do my keyword research, place those keywords in my title and the body of my post.  Anyone searching on Google would find my post, hop on over, read it to their hearts content, opt-in to my list and eventually purchase what I had to offer.

Guess what!  Not much happened and I couldn’t for the life of me understand why.  I was doing everything I was taught, I was consistent in my posting, I was a good person but for some reason my posts were getting ignored.

I can hear you right now saying to yourself well Adrienne, you’ve got to do more than that! You are absolutely right but I didn’t know that then.  I thought I was learning from a “guru”. Dah!!!  Ever feel like that?  Like you’re beating your head against the wall!  That’s why so many people get discouraged. The one thing I didn’t do though was give up.

Over the next year and a half I learned a few more things and implemented those as well but still didn’t have the results I wanted. That’s when I joined the “Forward to Marketing” training program with Alex Jeffrey’s.  If you want to learn how to have success, learn from someone who is where you want to be. So I did!

What You Will Need

Before we dove into the meat of the training we were told there were certain things you needed to have in place.

  • Self Hosted Blog
  • Twitter Account
  • Facebook Profile Page
  • Facebook Fan Page
  • YouTube Channel
  • Account with Article Marketing Sites

Now I joined this program to learn how to build an affiliate marketing business from scratch.  I decided to start a new blog and I only posted on it once a week.  I also took what I learned and applied it for promoting this blog too.

Besides setting up a separate blog I also set up another Twitter account, Facebook Fan Page and YouTube Channel.

Once all of that was in place it was time to start generating content for our blog and writing articles. This was before the Google Panda so writing articles was extremely beneficial.  It didn’t necessarily drive a lot of traffic to my blog but it was more for the high quality links that were pointing to my blog. I also started shooting some videos and had a link going to my YouTube channel as well.  You can also create content on other Web 2.0 sites like Squidoo, Hubpages, Blogger or  Just check out the PR rating on these sites and you’ll see why.

For those who aren’t into article marketing and may be freaking out about now, I share how to get started on my free training site if you’re interested.   Before I started driving traffic to my blog I had all of this in place.  So, want to know how I got my blog recognized?

Let’s Drive That Traffic To Our Site

Here are the next steps I took for driving traffic to my site:

  • Comment on other blogs (start with just five a day)
  • Comment on other videos (remember the tip about video responses?)
  • Visit forums in your niche and answer questions (be helpful and never spam the posts with your links, that’s a big no no)
  • Social bookmark your site and other content you find helpful (this makes you look really good in other people’s eyes)
  • Ping your content (all of it, your articles too)
  • Submit your posts to blog carnivals
  • Submit your blog to blog directories and if you’re a dofollow blog, don’t forget Christian’s site
  • Submit your RSS Feed to RSS directories
  • Join blog networking communities like Blokube, Blog Interact and Blog Engage
  • Join content sharing communities (I’m a member of Triberr and also a private blog commenting group on Facebook )

This may seem like a lot of work and in the beginning if you don’t have any of this set up it can be.  But we are building a business here and this is what it takes to have success with your blog.

You only have to submit your blog to the directories once but with everything else you just need to start taking consistent action and I mean every day.  You will start seeing results within a few short months.  For me it took about three months but you have to be consistent. Absolutely no slacking whatsoever.  I also just did this five days a week so you can take the weekends to relax.

Secret To Blogging Success

So you may be thinking can I just put all of this in place, start driving traffic to my site and I’ll be successful?  Well yes and no so let me explain.

I have found a few characteristics that I believe are very important in having a successful blog and community.  This is how you can start getting the interaction in the comment section everyone wants so badly.

  • Theme that is easy on the eyes
  • Not many ads in the sidebar
  • Great opt-in enticement
  • Content that people can relate to
  • Story telling in your posts
  • Eye catching headlines
  • Your personality
  • A giving heart
  • Interaction with your commenters
  • Valuable information and support to your list in your autoresponder messages

These are the main ingredients which have worked so well for me.

Now I blog about helping people succeed online through learning internet, network and social media marketing plus I share my own personal development experiences as well.  So I write using me as the guinea pig and share my own experiences as I go.  Of course I throw my own personality in there and I do it because I truly want to help people learn.  If you approach this having a me me me attitude you will fail miserably.

Although with time it can become extremely time consuming but when someone visits your blog and they take the time to leave you a comment, visit their blog and do the same.  If you find that what they share is of no interest to you then don’t feel obligated to continue visiting.  It’s nothing personal, you just don’t can’t waste time reading content that is of no interest to you.

Here is one very important piece of advice.  I know you are excited to start receiving comments but don’t approve every single comment that you get especially if it’s spam.  People who spam are only there for the link juice, they could care less about your blog.  If you have the GASP plug-in then some people will try to leave somewhat decent comment.  If they are linking to a website and not a blog, they aren’t there to build up a relationship with you so just a word of warning.  In Google’s eyes, approving these comments can hurt you in the long run.

Always, always, always respond to every single comment that is left on your blog.  Also use the “ReplyMe” plug-in, or one similar, so that when you respond to what the commenter said, they will be notified that you responded.  If at all possible, continue to ask questions and that’s how the conversation can continue.

My Blogging Success

I followed this layout and was consistent in each area mentioned above and I started receiving a good bit of traffic to my site within just a few short months.  On my other blog, the new one I set up, I started making sales my very first month and made them every single month thereafter.  Within just five months my Alexa ranking had dropped to 125,000 and I only posted once a week.

The majority of my traffic did come from blog commenting though.  I started off just visiting five blogs a day but I was very consistent.  Because of that it helped move my content up in the search engines because it was fresh and consistent, Google just loves that.

On this blog I use to post three times a week and I never missed a week.  Because I was keeping up with two blogs, earlier this year I slacked off to only posting twice a week.  I was implementing all these methods for both blogs so it became very time consuming.

My Alexa ranking on this blog is almost below the 50,000 mark and although I don’t solely base my success on these numbers, I base it on actionable steps taken once visitors land on my blog. That my friends is true blogging success.

I’m very pleased with the success I’ve had so far this year and am so thankful I purchased Alex Jeffrey’s training program.  Had it not been for that and making me move outside my comfort zone and start blog commenting, I’m not sure where I’d be right now.

A Special Thank You

Before I wind this very long post down, and please excuse me for that, I have so many people I want to thank.  You see, blog commenting was very uncomfortable for me because I was so intimidated by a lot of these blogs I was visiting.  They seemed so successful and they had it all together and I felt like the kid no one wanted to play with.

But because I told myself I was going to do everything I was taught, I did the blog commenting anyway. Because of that, I’ve met some really amazing people that I would like to personally thank.

Now because this post is already so very long, I won’t name them all here but I’ve set up a thank you page just for them so before you leave, be sure to head over there and take a look. You know if you’re a regular visitor of my blog, your name is on that list.

Plus, if you are searching for some good blogs to comment on, this is prime property my friends.

Goodbye to 2011

Although it’s really no secret, this is exactly what I did to acquire the blogging success I’ve had up till now. If you are still struggling with even a few areas of promoting your blog, I hope you found this post helpful.

  • So are you ready to step up your game and make 2012 your best year ever?
  • Are you ready to finally do what it takes to get your blog where you want it to be?
  • Have you implemented some techniques that work really well for you that I didn’t share here?
  • Do you have some methods you use that I haven’t shared here that may help me and others?

You know I’m always eager to hear your thoughts, opinions and suggestions.

This is definitely the formula I used to start getting lots of comments and interaction on my blog.  If it worked for me, it can work for you.

I hope you are enjoying the last week of the year.  Be sure and make it a good one.  If you are still on vacation then good for you.  If you are finishing up things that need to be finished I wish you the best. If you are gearing up for the new year, let’s go.  Or if you are busy with promoting your blog to new viewers I applaud you.  Whatever you are doing, just savor every moment.  There will never be another one like it!

Happy New Year Everyone!  I’m looking forward to continuing our friendship in the coming years.

NOTE:   This remains to be one of my most popular posts.  As time has gone by I will say that writing articles, submitting to blog carnivals and the blogging networks as well as the directories no longer work due to the ever changing Google algorithms.  The overall process remains the same to this day though there are now other sites you can use to implement some of these same strategies.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask. 

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1 Ryan Biddulph December 29, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Excellent. You hit on all key pointers which I use on a consistent basis.

Commenting. Do it. So simply when you become adept at sharing your viewpoint in an engaging way. Drives a good deal of traffic with a minimal amount of effort, and it’s fun, right?

Write solid content consistently. How? Practice. Write day after day, and visit many blogs, and you gain a pulse on what people need help with. Concerns, worries, questions, all these things are fodder for blog posts. Networking helps you see what folks need help with, and you can provide the service with your blog posts.

Promote the stuffing out of your friends. A really quick way to expand your presence, as many of your blogging buddies will do the same. Make sure most friends are from your niche and you engage in a super targeted form of marketing.

Thanks for sharing your insight Adrienne. Happy 2012 :)



2 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Hi Ryan,

Thank you so much for contributing to this post. As you probably noticed, it was really very long. I know, I could have written a book about it because like you elaborated, there is even more to do to get noticed.

I didn’t even touch on promoting other people’s information because that is a topic I’ve shared before. But you are so right and I appreciate you pointing that out. Everything you mentioned about commenting, writing solid content and promoting your friends is dead on. Consistency is the key in all these areas because it takes time for your content to get out there and for people to take notice of you. I sure wish everything happened over night but that’s just not the way it works.

Now, did you see my thank you list because you are on it. Wanted to thank you for your support throughout this year and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you. I love your positive and upbeat attitude and the simple steps you share with us on your blog. Thank you for all you do for the blogging community Ryan and I’m sure you teammates are thrilled to have met you as well.

Have a Very Happy New Year and I look forward to our continued success. :-)


3 Ryan Biddulph December 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I did see the list Adrienne, thanks so much!


4 Jamella Biegel
December 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

What an awesome post Adrienne! I started my blog in late October of this year. There is so much to learn! I am committed to learning all that I can to be successful. It is because of people like you and posts like this, that will help me along the way. I am definitely ready to step up my game and am excited about the new year.

Happy New Year to you Adrienne! Thanks so much for all that you do.


5 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Thank you Jamella, so glad you enjoyed it.

I love that your blog is new so by implementing some of what I shared you can really start getting the attention to your blog. It’s just consistency with these actions that’s going to get you to where you need to be. I have no doubt you’ll reach that for sure. I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts and you have a lot of really great content to share.

I wish you all the best in the upcoming year and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you a little better these past few months. I’m excited for what the new year will bring for us all. So on that note, Happy New Year!


6 Jamella Biegel
December 29, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Adrienne, I just visited your thank you page in the hopes of finding other bloggers to check out. I was stunned to see my name! Thank you so much. This really means a lot to me. I am truly touched.


7 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Now why would you be stunned to see your name Jamella? I know we’ve just recently connected but you have been a faithful supporter and I truly appreciate that. So my thanks to you for your continued support and have fun checking out other blogs. I’ve got over 100 of them for you to go through! lol… :-)


8 Jamella Biegel
December 29, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I love checking out other blogs. It may take me awhile to get through 100, but I’m up to the challenge!!


9 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 11:22 AM

You go girl! :-)


10 Deeone
December 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Hi Adrienne,

What an awesome way to end a very successful year; sharing your secrets with us and giving thanks to your readers. That was mighty sweet of you. Thank you for including me in your Thank you list as well.

It has truly been a pleasure connecting with you. I’ve not only learned so much from you, but I’ve also gained a really good friend also in the process; looking forward to building upon that friendship in 2012. :)

You’ve loaded this post with a lot of information, a lot I’ve incorporated, a lot I have not; but certainly will going into the new year. A few in particular that I haven’t done yet is bookmarking, adding my site to a directory (I keep meaning too, but time is not a friend), blog carnivals, and commenting on niche forums; each are things I will definitely be doing in 2012.

I have learned the importance of commenting on other’s blogs and websites though. And I really appreciate your advice about the spammers. I realize I’ve let a few slip by, but how I’ve handled it in the past is just take away their link juice. They usually never show back up after that. 😀

All in all, a very awesome post! I’m totally excited for each of us on what 2012 is going to bring. It seems to me like we’re all stepping up our game. So cheers to that! :)

See you in 2012, my friend. And have a most awesome New Year’s Eve! :)


11 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Hi Deeone,

So glad you liked the post and I couldn’t end this year without thanking all my awesome blogging community! I have really enjoyed getting to know you these past few months Deeone, your energy is contagious. Had I not learned some of your history I would have never known you had so many struggles. Your smile just lights up my screen and I feel your energy coming through my monitor. I love what you share with us over at your blog and I’m really enjoying seeing and hearing you on camera. I look forward to visiting your blog each week.

I think we are all a work in progress Deeone and I have no doubt you’re going to take your blog and your business to new heights in the coming year. I hope you know I’m here for you if you ever have any questions or I can hep you in any way.

On that note here is wishing you the very best 2012 ever and please do have a Very Happy New Year! See you then. :-)


12 George Kelly December 29, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Great post, Adrienne! Looks like I have some work to do on my video blog. Thanks for the tips. George Kelly


13 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Thanks George, glad you found it helpful. I think we are all a work in progress but if any of my tips have helped, then that’s all that matters.

Happy New Year and I wish you all the best.


14 Benny
December 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

You sure didn’t leave much out! A great post for anyone looking to grow their blog.

I definitely started with commenting on other blogs. Not trying to leave as many comments as possible, like a certain SEO blogger, but trying to leave meaningful comments. Plus don’t just do it once on that blog. Be a regular visitor. Don’t do it just to get traffic, but look to get to know that other blogger more. That’s more valuable in the long run.

It’s been a pleasure getting to know you this year! It’s been a fun adventure, and look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve in 2012!


15 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Hey Benny,

I could have elaborated in some areas but I think I’ve exhausted you enough by now. Might have to turn this into a free report and expand on the areas you mentioned as well. That’s why I put in that you need to have a giving heart. If you are here for the wrong reasons, link juice for instance, then I really can’t help you or more importantly, I don’t want to help you. :-)

What can I say Benny, it’s but my honor getting to know you this year. So glad we met through Steve Roy’s blog and I so admire what you have achieved this year and just how far you’ve come. Not only are you a successful app creator (I also mention you in my post on Monday) but you ran off and got married to the lovely Eleanor. I sure hope married life is treating you both well. I’m sure it’s been an adjustment.

I know you have big plans for the upcoming year and I have a few that I share in my next post. All I know is I’m excited for what’s in store for us all and I wish you all the best my friend.

Happy New Year!


16 Rusty
December 29, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Fantastic post Adrienne! Great tips! I think one key for sure as you said, you don’t give up! Anything takes time, and I am finding that a real key! To dedicate time, in my my case I have to schedule my time in such a way to include all that you have mentioned. It has been exceptionally hard during this season, but I am sure that 2012 will be a great year! I have so much to learn still and am always grateful for all of the help that you have been! HAPPY NEW YEAR!


17 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Hey Rusty,

I know that a lot of people want to see results quickly but to me it’s like getting a new day job. You walk into that job not knowing how to do things the way that company wants them done. You don’t learn overnight and it takes time to remember how things operate. It may take you months before you get every single thing down. It’s no different here. This time you are going for results and they take time to show up. But to me you have to get up every single morning and go through your day anyway so why not just continue to do the work needed so that those results will finally start to come your way. Giving up too soon is why so many people fail.

I can only imagine the holiday season being so busy trying to get everything done. This is the time to spend with family so I’m sure they aren’t too happy with you heading to the computer. But the new year is almost here, only four more days now.

I wish you all the best in the coming year Rusty and may it be your best one ever. Happy New Year!


18 Claude Nougat
December 29, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Great post, Adrienne, and so full of good tips! I immediately tweeted it and Google+ed it! It’s wonderful to read such an honest article giving out all the indispensable steps to blogging success. Your post might be considered as long but I thought it was short! You know so much and it would be nice to pull it all together in a book maybe?

That’s a thought for 2012!

On a more personal note and reading about how you did it, I realize that I’ve done many things wrong on my blog, the main one being that I don’t stick to a “niche”. I’m all over the place (but that’s because I’m a writer and everything interests me from economics to cooking!) and I know it probably turns off some of my readers…But I can’t help it! In order to have good content on my blog, I simply have to write about what interests me and if I had to go on just about books or just about politics in order to fit into a niche, I’d hate it and quickly run out of things to say!!!

Do you have any advice for bloggers that can’t stick into a niche?


19 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Hi Claude,

Why thank you so much for sharing this post with your friends and followers. I sure hope they will find it helpful to them as well.

I know, there is so much more to elaborate on with this that I’ve blogged about already but putting it all together might be a good idea. I thought about that as I was writing it thinking how can I give them all this great scoop and actually share with them everything else they can do to improve their chances of getting their content viewed. So maybe a report will have to come next. I appreciate your suggestion.

To an extent I can sympathize with you because I felt like earlier this year I was all over the place. I mean I just enjoy helping people learn so I decided to just write about what I have personally learned and it may not be all about social media or all about personal development or all about internet marketing. I learn a lot of different things so I wanted to share that here. But the end result you have to ask yourself is what are you trying to accomplish with your blog? Are you building a business online and if so, what is your area of expertise? Those are the people you want to capture on your blog. You might want to think about maybe having two blogs. One can be your personal one to talk about whatever you want and the other will be in the area of expertise that you are building your business toward. That would be my advice or suggestion.

Hope that’s helpful Claude and thank you for contributing to this conversation. I really appreciate it and hope you’ve been enjoying your week. I’m really looking forward to what this new year will bring so have a Very Happy New Year!


20 Claude Nougat
December 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Thanks for the advice, Adrienne, it makes a lot of sense. Actually I’ve already taken out of my main blog and put into 2 subsidiary blogs (with links on my blog) all the stuff about cooking tips and my short stories (I post them as they come to me – rather uneven scheduling as you can imagine since it depends on my muse that is quite often asleep, ahum!)

But I keep thinking that I’d like to write a blog for the kind of person who’d like to read my books. At least that’s my hope. The problem of course arises because my books are…cross genre: a little bit historical, romance, paranormal, suspense technothriller and coming of age (!) That’s quite a lot for one book (or actually 3 books: my Fear of the Past is a trilogy) And I’m afraid that explains why my blog has such a bizarre profile. Probably the basic problem here is…me!


21 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I think the most important thing you need to think about is what you love doing the most. What do you enjoy blogging about the most and where would you like to lean toward building a business? It sounds to me like it’s promoting your novels.

Maybe you can start thinking about who your ideal reader would be to your books. Although they can cater to many different people due to the subjects, picture who you would like that idea reader to be and cater to their needs. Maybe you can just have a different category for each topic but cater to people who enjoy reading. Just a suggestion.

You definitely have to figure out what you want and then go from there. The rest will start to fall into place.

Best of luck Claude!


22 Claude Nougat
December 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Thanks Adrienne, that’s a very useful comment. You’re absolutely right: I have to figure out who’s my ideal reader and then write for him/her! Or at least try to.


23 Chrysta Bairre
December 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Wow, what a post! Thank you for sharing the details of your successful blogging journey. I absolutely love the wit and wisdom you bring to all of your blog posts.

As I work full time in addition to blogging, I am content to have smaller numbers and lower rankings- for now! Still, I enjoy reading about the success of others because I always seem to pick up a tip or two, even if I don’t have the time to implement all the strategies of a full time blogger.

It’s also great to read about the success of people that I adore and admire, and my dear that is you! Congratulations on your success!

Have a grateful day!



24 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Thank you SO much Chrysta, I really appreciate that. So glad you enjoy my posts and I’m just so thankful that you and many others have enjoyed the way I share what I have learned.

I know that not everyone’s goals are the same with their blog and you working full-time and enjoying your job can really leave you short on time to spend online. But I don’t believe you are building a business for yourself at this moment so your blog is achieving it’s intended desire. I know I enjoy reading what you share so please do keep up the great work over there.

Ah, you are too sweet Chrysta, thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’ve definitely got a big old smile on my face right now.

Thank you for your continued support, it truly means the world to me. I hope you’ve been enjoying your week and are looking forward to the new year. So here is wishing you a Very Happy New Year!


25 Lenia
December 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I am at the very beginning and I find really really helpful this post. I started blogging 2 months ago and off course I feel the way you felt when you started blogging. But your tips and methods help me discover actions that I haven’t done and invest time on them in order to achieve a successful outcome.
Your tips are really well and clearly written and I will follow your advice and apply these methods on my two blogs.

Thank you for this great content.


26 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Hi Lenia,

So you are just starting out so be sure to implement these strategies and stay consistent in your efforts. You will definitely start seeing traffic pick up on your blog over time. I’m excited for you so be sure and let me know how things transpire for you in the coming months. I’ll be anxious to hear about your resuls.

I appreciate your comment and thanks for sharing this with me. Hope you are enjoying your week and I want to wish you a Very Happy New Year!


27 Bill Dorman
December 29, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Yes, you have certainly figured it out and thanks so much for sharing. However, it sounded kind of like work and I think I missed the cut when you mention self-hosted. But, it’s obvious you have been very successful with your methodology so that gives you big credibility in my book.

BTW – I’m not opposed to self-hosted; I just don’t think I need it for now unless I start trying to do something different in here. For what I’m currently doing, the free site is probably serving it’s purpose.

I’m sure it was interesting when you put your thank you list together to actually see how many people have touched you or vice versa along this journey, huh?

As we ride out the year, I look forward to a very rewarding 2012; it will be a pleasure being a part of your crew. Happy New Year.


28 Leora Wenger
December 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM

I greatly enjoyed reading your post. Your journey is fascinating, and one that we can learn from. Your personality shines, and your warmth as you respond to each comment is precious. I have to admit, when my work load gets busy, I need to neglect my blog for a while and find it hard to focus on blogging. I do love your idea of visiting many other blogs, and I hope I can both keep up with posting on my own blog and improving my relationships with other bloggers.


29 Shamelle
December 29, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Reading it here, makes it sound easy but I am sure a lot of hard work, thought, planning and many scarifies went into getting to where you are today.
It’s always inspiring to read these stories..

Thanks for sharing


30 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Hi Shamelle,

The initial set up of everything is the most time consuming part but the rest is not hard at all. Consistency is the key to getting good results and having a good heart with wanting to help others by sharing their content. Over time, everything will start to fall into place.

I appreciate your comment and thank you for stopping by today. Hope this comment finds you well and you’re enjoying your day. I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best.


31 Akos Fintor December 29, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Hello Adrienne,

30 comments in 6 minutes? Is it really possible? I guess it is. :)
Very nice content with some great insight. (I had to bookmark the post itself)
No questions discipline (sickening work ethic) is a key ingredient.
One thing I use for content syndication is I also used to use TubeMogul for video but that’s something I don’t recommend. However Traffic Geyser is an awesome tool to give out the word but it’s a bit pricey with a $100/month price tag attached to it.




32 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Hey Akos,

Well, my post has been live for five hours so it’s actually been 30 comments in five hours, not six minutes. Man, that would be nice though!

So did you learn anything new? Are you implementing everything that I shared here?

I quit using because I had problems with it sending my posts to certain services. It just quit working for me some months back. TubeMogul quit allowing “commercial” content so anything with a link pointing to something you are promoting will get pulled immediately. I don’t use Traffic Geyser and haven’t for a few years now. Actually, I haven’t blasted my videos to any sites other than YouTube for awhile now. I use to do this and found the majority of my views were on YouTube and all I got were spam comments on all the other sites. That’s been my personal experience but glad to hear it’s working for you. Appreciate you sharing that.

Thanks for dropping by Akos and I hope you’re enjoying your day. Here is wishing you a Very Happy New Year! Looking forward to connecting more with you next year.


33 Ryan
December 29, 2011 at 12:33 PM

I only started recently but man is blogging a healthy addiction! I never thought that income streams would come in passively with blogging but it has. Making money is definitely not easy and it takes a lot of work. Some people just jump in, get information overload and give up. It’s a good thing to stay steady but also ahead of your competitors by bringing useful and interesting information – also kindly sharing how you make money also 😉
Until next time, happy new year!


34 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Hey Ryan,

Blogging is a wonderful addiction, I agree.

Thank you for sharing that Ryan and am so happy to hear that you have income coming in from your blog. That’s fabulous news. Keep up the great work in the upcoming year.

Enjoy the rest of your week and Happy New Year!


35 Ed Welch December 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Hi Adrienne,

What a great post. Thank you for sharing that with us. Just what is required. Laid put plain and simple what you need to do and the actions that you have to take if you want to be successful. I think that you could apply that same approach to almost anything. Be genuine in your wish to help others, put a system in place, take consistent action. I will be trying to implement these in 2012. Have a great New year and a great 2012.



36 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Hi Ed,

Thank you, glad you like this one.

I think a lot of people don’t have a laid out plan and that’s where the initial problem is. I know I didn’t before I approached this which is of course why I took Alex’s training so I could understand what exactly I was missing. I’ve had some people contact me who were in the same class asking me why I was getting results and they weren’t. They weren’t taking consistent action and they weren’t posting on a regular basis. It really was that simple.

I think there are a lot of really genuine people out there today but are just misguided with what they’ve been taught. I hope they’ll locate this post and understand that all it really takes is just being yourself and helping enough people get what they want. Your time will come, just have patience.

Thank you Ed and I hope you’ve been enjoying this last week of the year. I wish you all the best in 2012. Happy New Year!


37 Mike Beaumont
December 29, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Adrienne, I am going to go over every word of this several times to soak up all of the content and lessons contained in here. I have been actively blogging for almost two months now and it seems like I am getting nowhere. I have posted 37 blogs, I write articles for Yahoo contributor, blogs for Empower Network, and I have three other wordpress blogs set up, although I still don’t have one that is self-hosted. Does that make a big difference? I don’t know, and am not even sure how to set one up, but you have definitely given me some lessons to think about and implement. I truly look forward to learning more from you, as there is a lot I still need to know. But I will never give up. Thanks for the great advice, I have this page bookmarked and will refer to it often. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated. Do you have to know html to host your own blog?


38 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Hey Mike,

Consistency is the key Mike so two months is not a lot of time if you’ve been implementing a good bit of the strategies that I have mentioned here. Putting up blog posts is one thing but if not too many people find them or even comment then you’ve got to do more.

Here is the thing in a nutshell about having a self hosted blog. You own your content. When you use free blogging platforms, you don’t legally own your content. That means that you could wake up tomorrow morning, head over to your blog and the entire thing has been deleted without notifying you. All that hard work is gone. Plus, you aren’t taken as serious because you haven’t invested in yourself by using a self hosted blog. What you really need to have a successful blog is a domain name ($7.95 at GoDaddy), a hosting service ($5.95 a month with Bluehost) and an autoresponder series ($19 a month with Aweber). You do need to invest a little but it’s so worth it in the end.

It’s so simple to put up a self hosted blog and Mike, I walk you through exactly what to do over at my free training site. I also show you around in the CPanel of the hosting service I use which is BlueHost. Using WordPress is free, it’s the hosting service that will cost you a little. You definitely don’t need to know any HTML. Since you’ve never done this before it might take you a total of 30 minutes to forward your domain name, install your blog and get going but in all honesty, it’s about a 10 minutes process tops.

Hope that was helpful but if you implement what I’ve shared here, take consistent action five days a week, you will start seeing results Mike. If you ever need any assistance, don’t hesitate to ask. That’s what I love doing, helping you get started and on your way.

Hope you’re enjoying your week and looking forward to the new year. If we don’t speak again before that, Happy New Year!


39 Mike Cleveland December 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM

They say that the fastest way to get to where you want to be, is find someone who there and follow them. I hate that I had not found your blog earlier this year. I would have bookmarked it.

I need a lot of work also. My blog happen to be a work in process. But, you encourage me to stay the course. Article writing is a good method for driving traffic back to a blog, but it seem time consuming and take away from the creative juices you would have for blog writing. Do you have any suggestions on how to do both and not spread yourself so thinly?


Mike Cleveland


40 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Hey Mike,

Had you found it earlier this year, we would have been on this journey together my friend. Just glad you’re finally here.

If you especially love what you’re doing, never throw in the towel. I can’t tell you how many times I felt like I was just beating my head up against the wall. But the one thing I never did was give up or give in. I’m so glad I didn’t too.

Article marketing can be time consuming so the only other suggestion I would have is to possibly outsource that part so you won’t have to worry about it. I faithfully wrote an article a day every single day up until the Google slap. I did take the time to rewrite each article and put them on a few other sites but I didn’t auto send them to a bunch of directories. I will say though Mike if you don’t want to spend your time doing articles I would concentrate on blog commenting. It’s so powerful and it’s great for link juice as well. While you are on those posts, share that content on Twitter and some of the other social networking sites so that people will see that you aren’t just here for yourself. You are here to help others get their information noticed. Just be consistent with your efforts, really read the posts and contribute to what they shared. I share a lot of my own experiences in the comment sections so never think you don’t have anything to say.

Hopefully that was helpful. If you need other blogs to comment on, head over to my post A List of 165 CommentLuv Enabled Blogs and start there.

Appreciate you stopping by and hope you are enjoying your week. 2012 will be here before you know it so have a Very Happy New Year!



41 Diane Aksten
December 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM


OMG, I just did something I don’t think I’ve EVER done; I printed out your blog post and am putting it in my office for reference; fantastic post!!

I did make it all the way through and I sure am glad I kept reading; this post is an awesome roadmap for people just getting started in the blogging arena and even for those like myself who really just started in earnest about 3 months ago. I picked up so much information that I can’t wait to use some of these resources myself!!

I’m also honored to be on your “Thank You” list; you have been an incredible inspiration for me the past several months and I feel truly blessed to have connected with you.

Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2012 Adrienne!!


42 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Oh Diane, I’m chuckling over here! You are too funny girl! You printed out my blog post! I LOVE that… Gosh, I now feel like a little part of me is with you every day now. How cool is that.

So glad you made it all the way through. I know it was a lot but sounds like you got a lot from it too. That was my goal. I had actually been blogging for a year and a half before I started learning all of this and now look at me! See, it doesn’t matter where you are because you can always start at the beginning. At least if you already have a lot of that set up you are ahead of the complete newbie. But you still have to get going and be consistent in your efforts.

I know we haven’t been visiting each other’s blogs for very long but you have been very supportive of me and so kind in all your comments. Those are the people who hold a really special place in my heart and in my blogging community. To me, that’s what relationships are all about so it’s been my honor to get to know you these past few months and I have a feeling that 2012 will give us a better opportunity to expand on that. I’m looking forward to it Diane.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful words and I wish you the same. Have a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year!



43 Kirsten Lodge
December 29, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Thanks Adrienne for another super helpful post. Every time I read your blog I find another useful tip (or in this case several!). I have been wondering whether people that comment on my site return to read my replies (I learnt quickly from you to ALWAYS reply). I love that suggestion of the ReplyMe plugin. I’ve just installed that one. ‘Pinging’ is still a foreign concept to me… I’m still learning. Thank you also for taking the time to comment on my blog. Comments are Christmas! Wishing you a fabulous 2012. I can’t wait for it to start!


44 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Hi Kirsten,

Ah, my pleasure Kirsten. So glad I’m able to help you each time you visit. Hope that will keep you coming back more! :-)

Without that cool little plug-in we’ll never know if the blog owner answered our comment or not. I mean who has time to keep going back and checking, I sure don’t. But I love it when I get that email and I get to read what they shared. A lot of times I head back over and the conversation continues. Now that’s priceless real estate there Kirsten. Glad you have that one installed and you’re going to absolutely love it.

With pinging, what you are doing is telling the search engines that you have fresh new content. If you have wordpress then that service is automatically set up on your site but it may not be sending it to all the big sites. You can change that option in your dashboard. But, I also recommend installing the “MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer” plug-in as well. What this does is it prevents pinging your site every single time you update something. For instance if you are updating some posts on your blog, every time you hit save, it’s going to the search engines and after awhile they are going to tag you as a spammer. This little plug-in prevents that from taking place. Check out my post 2011 List Of My Favorite WordPress Plug-ins and you can read about it more there plus all the plug-ins I recommend.

It is my pleasure Kirsten visiting your blog. I promise to stop back by again soon.

Hope you have been enjoying your week and are looking forward to 2012, I sure am. So here is wishing you a Very Happy New Year and to our continued success.



45 Linda December 29, 2011 at 5:07 PM

You summed it up in one post – great job!! You have been working hard to get to where you are today, Adrienne and it surely shows :)

Getting all those directories done in the beginning is a huge help. I had quite the list but with help, I was able to get them all done in a decent amount of time :)

I don’t know why more people don’t use that Reply Me plugin – I don’t go back to their sites to see what their response is, so without it people are losing out in a big way! It is actually a pet peeve of

You got quite the list there of Thank You’s! Thank YOU for adding me to it and I consider myself lucky to have met such a wonderful person through Alex’s training! I too, learned a lot and although I haven’t gotten where I want to be just yet….I hope to get there in 2012!

Here is to the best year ever, Adrienne!!

Happy New Year!


46 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Hey Linda,

I did my best and it’s still pretty long. I could have said a lot more so maybe a free eBook will be coming next. Will be able to include everything there. I really have been steadily at it so thank you for sharing that.

The initial set up is time consuming but once you are past all of that, it’s smooth sailing. I definitely agree with you.

What I did is I landed on a few blogs and I didn’t know any better either. Once I started receiving the emails notifying me that they had responded to my comment, I just sent them an email and asked what plug-in they were using. Everyone I’ve ever contacted has been nothing but helpful and nice to me. Everyone should definitely be using that one.

How could I leave you off the list Linda. Not only were we in the same training community but I consider you a friend. I have enjoyed communicating with you over this past year and having the chance to get to know you a little better. I’m just so glad we connected.

Thank you for your comment Linda and I have no doubt that 2012 will be a fabulous year for us all. So on that note, have a Very Happy New Year!


47 Tom Pinit December 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Hi Adrienne, wow thank you for this incredibly informative post. As you know, I am just getting started in the blogosphere and getting the Choro Music Project ( up and running. This will definitely be a great guidepost for me to get engaged. Thanks again and happy new year to you!


48 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Hi Tom,

My pleasure, glad you found it helpful. Take what you’ve learned here and apply that to getting the news out about your site. I know that others will find your site just as entertaining as I have.

Best of luck to you and Happy New Year!


49 Jeffrey Morgan
December 29, 2011 at 7:16 PM

The fact that you are one exceptional human being is no secret; neither is the fact of your Blog being a success or that your future will be a bright one for that matter.

We’re still unsure if we want to play with you though …….. Kayla …… well, she can come in and play ……… you …….. you have to stay outside……… for the time being anyway! :)


50 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Ah, listen to Jeffrey saying so many nice things about me! Wow, I was so very touched until I got to the part where I can’t come in and play. You do know that Kayla would never abandon her Mom. Well, unless you have some killer treats she’d actually drop me in a heartbeat. That I do know for sure.

Dang, so I have to play nice! Oh man! You’re not going to make this easy on me are you! :-)

Hey Jeffrey (and Carolyn too) you guys have a fabulous new years celebration okay! Even if you are staying in, at least you guys are together. I’m so looking forward to what the new year will have in store for us both. I’m feeling the good vibrations already headed my way. So, onward ho my friend!!!

Happy New Year!


51 Aisha DaCosta December 29, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Hey Adrienne!

This is a GREAT post! As a newbie to the blogging world I must say that the tips you shared will definitely help as I chart the blueprint for success. You always have such great information to share. Btw, your Fiverr tip the other was ‘wicked good’…now I’m hooked! Hope you had a great holiday. Wishing you even more success in 2012…Cheers to your success!


52 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Hey Aisha,

Ah good, so glad you liked this one. What a way to go out this year right! Giving away all my secrets! :-)

See, I told you Fiverr was a really cool site. I mean come on, these people have some goods they are trying to get out there so it’s a great starter place for them to hire out their services. Really glad you liked that tip.

I had a wonderful holiday and hope you did as well. So, let’s kick some you know what next year shall we? Looking forward to watching you grow girl!

Have a Very Happy New Year!



53 Janet Callaway
December 29, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Congratulations to you, beautiful lady, for ending your year with this masterpiece. What a gift you have given us. As far as I am concerned, Adrienne, this post is a “must read” for anyone who wants to start reading for “fun and profit.”

Your organizational skills shine through in the layout and comprehensiveness of what you shared. What a blueprint this is.

As you know from past posts and comments to each other as well as our chat, commenting is at the top of my “to do” list. It is through commenting that you build relationships and build a community as well as hone your writing skills.

Supporting and promoting others is also huge–and why not? Don’t we appreciate it when others support and promote us. To me it is the Golden Rule in action.

Adrienne, your thank you list is a wonderful difference it makes when you recognize other people. Guaranteed each and every one of us felt good for being included on your list.

While the actual steps of what you do are “easy” to do they are also very easy not to do. They take commitment and consistency which is where you excel.

Adrienne, this post is now living on my computer to share with others.

Thank you for being such an important part of my life. Thank you for sharing your what makes you happy and what makes you sad, your triumphs and your struggles, your highs and your lows thus enabling us to learn from you and to feel comfortable asking you questions.

Wishing you a 2012 that is filled with dreams come true and perhaps even the start of a happily ever after. Adrienne, #YouMatter to me. Hauoli Makahiki Hou. Janet


54 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 8:37 PM

I thought long and hard about what I could share that would be worthy of ending this year on a very positive note Janet. I then realized that I’ve given bits and pieces throughout this year in my posts but have never really written one that will give others a semi-blueprint. You know me, always wanting to share what I know so that others can take this knowledge, implement it themselves and take off running. That is why I’m here Janet, that’s what I enjoy more than anything.

I’m happy to hear that you will share this post with your friends as well. Anyone venturing into this arena will find some juicy tips in this post alone. With your help, they can expand.

Supporting each other by commenting and sharing content is key in my book Janet. Where would we be without that really. That’s how we stumble upon certain posts and the next thing you know we are connecting with that blogger and a friendship is formed. I don’t think I would be where I am had it not been for the support of so many wonderful bloggers that I’ve met throughout this journey. You are at the top of that list Janet.

You are so right Janet, doing this really is pretty easy and I kicked myself so many times for not knowing all of this before. Once I did and started taking consistent action I realized just how easy this really was. It’s those who don’t do this consistently that will not get the desired results. I think it all just boils down to how bad do you really want this because it’s just not hard at all.

I appreciate that Janet, thank you so much for your kind words. You always lift me up and make me feel so good about what I’m doing online. That’s why I know I’m here for a reason. To help others learn and grow.

I know that all of my dreams are coming true, some of them already have. The rest have been waiting for me to step up to the plate so I have no doubt they are waiting for me as soon as I step into the new year. I’m so glad you’ll be there beside me as I continue on this journey.

Thank you Janet for your continued support and always know that #YouMatter. Stay blessed and Happy New Year!



55 Janet Callaway
December 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

oops! Just realized I need to use that Oops! button. Darn, where is it?

Meant to say: is a “must read” for anyone who wants to start blogging for “fun and profit.”


56 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Maybe that’s what we need to invent Janet, an oops button. :-)


57 Dave Friant December 29, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Thanks for the great post. I’ve already went and added a plug-in to my blog from reading this article. Also I picked up a few tidbits that I’ll begin implementing right away. Thanks my blog just got little better I stopped to read your post.


58 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 8:39 PM

You are so very welcome Dave, glad you found this post helpful.

No blog should be without the ReplyMe plug-in. You can always be sure that your commenters will know that you responded to their comment. It’s a must have in my book.

Music to my ears, thanks for sharing that with me. I love that! :-)

Happy New Year Dave! Have a wonderful 2012.


59 Jimmy
December 29, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Ah Finally My Friend,

You have done something that I have prompted so long ago. Well, not really that long, only about 3 months back. But thank you for this wonderful information for us all. Even though some of the things you have already told me before, I still found new things to look into for the new year. I am sure it will be most helpful in growing my blog.

I cannot wait to see what will be install for 2012 and visiting your blog will only help me to grow. Many people will have similiar thoughts as well I guess.

Happy New Year Adrienne!


60 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I have written about a lot of what I’ve shared here Jimmy but have never put it all together in just one post. Thought it was an appropriate way to end with this last post.

Your blog is doing so well Jimmy and so are you so I can only imagine where it will be even a few months from now. I can’t wait to watch you explode.

I hope to continue down this same path, sharing information that will help us all continue to move up. That’s the only place any of us really want to go wouldn’t you agree?

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are enjoying your week. I wish you the very best as the new year approaches so Happy New Year Jimmy!


61 Carolyn
December 29, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Hi Adrienne, I almost laughed when I read your title. The “Secret” to your success is you, my friend. Your sparkling personality, warmth, generosity and kindness all combine to contribute to your success. I’m thinking someone could follow all of these steps but without the Adrienne Smith sparkle, well, I don’t know how successful he or she would be.

What I’m saying is that your special qualities are a big part of your success!

But even though you make it seem so easy, Adrienne, you clearly work hard at your success. Every blog I visit you have already been there. You are dedicated to your friends and support them in very many ways, such as your attached Thank You page.

Like Deeone, I’m weak on social bookmarking sites. I also don’t Ping. So I’ve learned a lot from this post, even though I thought I knew all there was to do to spread the word about my blog.

Thank you, Adrienne, for sharing the wisdom of your experience with us. You truly are a gem.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2012. You deserve it!


62 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

I know what you mean Carolyn, I thought long and hard whether I wanted to use that word secret. Who are we kidding, these aren’t any secrets. No one is learning anything new here. They just might not have been taught all of these techniques and how they should be implemented that’s all.

I’m sure you noticed how I shared that you have to have a giving heart and bring your own personality to your posts and comments. I know there is not another me out there but we are all unique in our own special way wouldn’t you agree? I have seen so many others take the ball by the horns and run with it. They truly are having success as well. We’re just a little different that’s all. But a good kind of different.

Ah, you learned a few new things here. That’s good Carolyn.

I am more than happy to share what I have learned since venturing online. I’m just so thrilled that I’m able to help so many people. You know that’s what I enjoy more than anything Carolyn.

Best wishes to you as well young lady and I hope you have a Very Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to what 2012 brings us all.


63 Carolyn
December 29, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Hi Adrienne, I’m so sorry. I meant that I thought your particular success was obvious because pretty much anyone who has ever had a computer knows how awesome you are. But silly me, I learned a lot from this post so there were secrets which were revealed to me through this post.

You rock, Adrienne, so please forgive my ignorance in assuming that I knew it all. :-)

By the way, when you say above that this is your last post, you meant for the year, right?


64 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Oh Carolyn, no apologies needed. I only wish everyone knew who I was. Can you imagine me being a guru some day! Okay, I’m making myself laugh over here on that one but it is kind of funny to me.

Heck, we are all still a work in progress and we’ll never really know everything. It keeps changing all the time on us. It’s never ending Carolyn!

Yep, this is my last post of the year. My next one will be Monday and I’ll share what I’ve got in store for 2012, or some of my ideas. So, that will be the 2nd and it will be here before you know it. So I guess I’ll see you then if I don’t run into you before that! :-)


65 Donna Merrill
December 29, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Adrienne, This should be the “Blogging Manifesto.” You have covered all the bases on how to achieve success with blogging and social networking. The most important thing I could comment on is being consistent. That is the key! Most people do not realize that consistency is the true backbone of all that we do. Bravo Great post!


66 Adrienne Smith
December 29, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Oh I like that title Donna, the “Blogging Manifesto”.

You are so right, that’s where a lot of people fall down on the job. Not being consistent in their daily actions. People will end up kicking themselves once they realize this but until that time comes they’ll just continue to run around in circles.

Appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a Very Happy New Year!

Thanks Donna..


67 Jens P. Berget
December 30, 2011 at 2:43 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This is an awesome recipe for blogging success. I’m not doing half of what you’ve been doing, and especially when it comes to adding my content to various directories and social bookmarking sites.

What’s interesting is that many of the people I’ve talked to still thinks that blogging is an easy way to get a lot of traffic, and as long as you write interesting (or great) content, you’ll get the traffic fairly fast. That’s not my experience, we need to hustle and do everything we can to bring people to our blogs. When we do (and follow your recipe) we’ll experience success. But it won’t take a month or two, most people won’t even be successful in 12 months… at least that’s my experience :)

Thanks a lot for sharing this. I have bookmarked it and will certainly implement your tehniques in 2012.


68 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Hi Jens,

I didn’t know about adding my site to these directories either. You just have to make sure that your site is out there so that different people are able to locate it and these directories are helpful. Now there are a lot of sites that are trash so we aren’t always among other outstanding blogs but that’s just part of it isn’t it?

I speak to a lot of people who are frustrated and upset because they’ve been putting in the work yet getting no results. Faithfully blogging and faithfully sharing their content on their Facebook wall but not understanding why they aren’t getting any visitors. Well, I just laid out the plan for getting yourself out there and that it will take consistent action on your part for people to start flocking to your site. But, if you consistently follow what I’ve shared her you will start getting results. I guess I was fortunate to start having them show up little by little. All you have to do is go back through my archive page and you’ll see when the comments started really happening. That’s all from my consistent action.

My pleasure Jens and your blog has become quite popular so I can only imagine with a few tweaks just how much more traffic you’ll start getting. So my wonderful friend, have a Very Happy New Year and I’ll catch up with you next year! :-)


69 jon buscall December 30, 2011 at 4:43 AM

What a lovely blog post. I really appreciate the generosity of you sharing your experience as well as the frank, personable tone of the piece.

I read a lot of blog posts related to the online marketing industry, not so much on affiliate marketing, particularly aimed at small businesses and a lot of the b2b bloggers out there could take a leaf from the rhetorical tone of your writing.

What a nice discovery for the end of the year! Very best wishes for 2012.



70 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Hi Jon and welcome to my blog!

I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. One thing you’ll learn about me Jon is that I love helping people learn. I was once struggling myself and had no one to turn to. I never want the people who visit my blog to feel left alone.

I enjoy sharing what I learn and what I discover while online. If you want what I have, that’s even better. If not, that’s perfectly fine. I’m good either way. I just hope you can take just one little lesson away after having visited my blog.

So glad you made this discovery Jon and I hope to see more of you in the upcoming year. So, I’ll take this time to wish you a Very Happy New Year!



71 Dan Sumner
December 30, 2011 at 5:32 AM

Well done Adrienne, now that’s a work rate anyone can look up to! Wow.

Thanks for sharing all your traffic sources, some of which I use some of which I don’t. I’m sure I mentioned to you before bout stepping up my Youtube account which I fully intend to do this year.

I also have bigger plans for my blog posting frequency, I to will be posting twice per week next year. Lets hope I can keep up the work rate the same as you 😀

Thanks again Adrienne for sharing



72 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Thank you Dan, I appreciate that coming from you.

I’ll be sharing in my post on Monday what I have planned for the new year so stepping up and shooting more videos is on my agenda as well. Maybe you can share your thoughts with me about what I laid out and it also may give you some food for thought.

I know that with my other blog I started with this course I only blogged once a week but that’s because I took what I learned that week, implemented it and then wrote about it at the end of the week. That was the reason for that but I got just as many comments on my posts as I do here plus a very low Alexa ranking in just five months so consistent good valuable content will definitely keep them coming back for more no matter how many times you post a week. Just as long as you are consistent with your posting.

So glad you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for stopping by right here at the end of the year. Wow, can’t believe 2012 is in just a few more days. I’m ready Dan! So, let’s make it an awesome one shall we? Happy New Year my friend and I’ll be chatting with you next year!


73 Annie Andre December 30, 2011 at 8:58 AM

This wasn’t that long. I wished it was longer. Packed with all your secrets you’ve been guarding close to your chest.

When i started reading this article, i expected that i could guess which techniques and what you did. I was pleasantly surprised to be surprised that you had quite a efw tricks up your sleeve that i didn’t even consider doing.
Blog carnivals for one. And thanks to you, i’ve actually been trying to be more giving. Be proud that you are setting a good example. There’s only one thing. It’s hard to be giving sometimes when you are struggling yourself. It takes a lot of courage to give when you need things yourself. But i’m trying none the less in the blogosphere and in the physical world here by volunteering but that’s another story.

Happy new Years Adrienne. Hugs to you and your cute litle doggy. MWAH!!


74 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Hey Annie,

Where did your picture go? Instead of your beautiful smiling face I’ve got an ugly purple monster. OMG!!! :-)

Aha, gotcha didn’t I! See, I didn’t know some of this either but I tell you one thing… They work and I even wrote a blog post about blog carnivals because I’ve been featured on a few blogs because that’s where they found me. I ended up having a really great friendship with one blogger from ther but he’s since gone to work for a company and they made him take his blog down. Boy, he sure wasn’t happy about that. Heck, I’d even been interviewed over there darn it!

I totally understand what you mean Annie about it hard being so giving when you are really in need yourself. If I have learned anything at all it’s that you have to give freely no matter what your current circumstances are. I’m not talking about being taken advantage of but giving expecting not one darn thing in return. Trust me, over time it will all come back to you and probably fall in your lap all at once. That saying is true, give enough people what they want and you surely will get what you want. Just keep the faith Annie, it’s coming your way.

Happy New Year to you as well my wonderful friend and live it up in France! I know you are and I’m so jealous… Hope to see lots of pictures soon. I’ll give Kayla a big old hug from you.


75 Harleena Singh
December 30, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Beautiful post Adrienne!

Firstly I am sorry for coming over late- as I just got it the post in my RSS, and also as my dad is around- so that sure is keeping me busy, hardly leaving me much time for anything else. And I do want to spend maximum time with him- as these are blessings sent from above for us :)

But I had to stop and read about all the wonderful links and tips you have provided for all of us to once again pick up and learn from. I have so – so much to do as yet, including the YouTube videos and learning more about blog carnivals – never heard about it earlier!

Thank you so much for including me in your list as well, instead I need to thank you for helping me learn so much from you, and giving me the opportunity to connect with so many other wonderful bloggers. I have learnt a great deal from your blog posts, and hope that we develop our friendship further yet in the coming year.

I remain ever so grateful for everything you do and your loving ways :) Wishing you a happy, progressive, and wonderful New Year :)


76 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Thank you Harleena,

No problem at all because you know that I believe family comes first. My blog post isn’t going anywhere that’s for sure. I just hope you have a really great time with your Dad. Cherish every moment with him. :-)

At least what I share here will help you in the coming year implement other methods to help get your blog the attention it deserves. Everything I’ve listed here is exactly what I’ve done so I’m living proof it works.

You are so welcome and I appreciate your continued support Harleena. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you these past few months and it’s been a real honor. So glad you were able to meet other fabulous bloggers through my site so I’m really happy to hear that.

I really appreciate all your kinds words, that means the world to me. I feel so very blessed to have met so many wonderful people since starting this journey and I’m excited about what the new year will bring us all. So have a Very Happy New Year Harleena and I wish you all the prosperity and success you deserve.



77 Rick Lelchuk December 30, 2011 at 11:58 AM


Congrats on all your success blogging. And, you’ve got a great smile!
I’m sure you won’t mind me keeping this post for future reference. It’s just loading with great basics to use. I am creating this year as a year of discomfort for me. The play book seems to be shaping up too thanks to post like yours.

Happy New Year!!



78 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Hi Rick,

Thank you, I’m extremely happy about how far I’ve come. It’s helped that I’ve been able to meet so many wonderful people along the way too!

Stepping outside our comfort zone is the only way to grow Rick. Had I not done a lot of that myself this year I wouldn’t be where I am today. Let me tell you thing I have learned for sure. It’s only uncomfortable for a few minutes plus it was mostly all in my head. It’s just the fear of the unknown and 99% of the time the other side is way better!

Here is to you stepping outside your comfort zone in 2012 and exploding your business. If I can do it, anyone can.

Happy New Year Rick and thank you for your comment. See you next year!


79 Financial Samurai
December 30, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Congrats on your success!

I’m still waiting to see when I can comfortably say that I’ve been successful with my site. Perhaps in 5 years or so.

Any specific tips for and would be great!



80 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Thanks Sam, I appreciate that!

Every tip I have is laid out in this post so you be the judge of that. Consistent action over time is the real key! Good luck with that and I want to wish you a Very Happy New Year!


81 Financial Samurai
December 30, 2011 at 10:57 PM

I’ve currently got about 150,000 pageviews a month on Financial Samurai. How do you think that stacks up in the blogosphere, and in your niche?

I haven’t been paying attention to stats and such, but like to look every six months or so.

What about blogging income? Do you have any idea how the various levels stack up eg $5,000/month, $10,000/month, $20,000/month etc?

Thx for your advice!




82 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

150,000 page views a month is fabulous so are you making any money from those who visit your blog? I mean people visiting, reading your content and commenting is all well and good but are you making any money? I mean isn’t that our main goal? Having lots of comments is all well and good because people will start viewing you as an authority in your niche and that’s how you start to build relationships but your main goal is to get them on your list and eventually make them a client. So that’s the main question here.

I’m not sure what you mean by how the various levels stack up. You might have to elaborate on that.

Most blogs are mainly used for a marketing tool and don’t actually bring in big bucks. In other words you want people to read your content, leave comments, interact with other bloggers and then opt-in to your list. After that you continue to offer good valuable information and then you have products, courses or training programs you can promote to them. Whatever it is you are offering. So the blog is really a tool you use for people to get to know who you are. Does that make sense?

Hope that helped somewhat Sam. :-)


83 Financial Samurai
December 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

OK, cool. I’m just trying to get some perspective, as I’ve just been focused on writing and building the Yakezie Network of personal finance bloggers and haven’t paid attention to metrics.

How does 150,000 pageviews a month stack up in the blogosphere? For example, how does that compare to this site right here? What do you think 150,000 pageviews a month can bring in in terms of revenue? A monthly income range would be great.

I guess we are a different niche, which is why I do believe you can make money just from blogging in the personal finance space. I should follow your lead and create the list and sell as well.

In terms of the income question, I’m just wondering what your thoughts are one what percentage of people make $50K, 100K, 200K+ etc a year blogging? I just want to gain some perspective, as I have a feeling my thoughts are a little bit warped.




84 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 11:55 AM

That’s a great number for page views but you also have to look at how many are new visitors, how many are returning and how long are they staying on your site? This blog right now is getting about 8,000 page views a month but over 63% of them are new visitors. 36% are returning visitors but each visitor stays on my blog for an average of 3 minutes. I’m also getting opt-ins every single day so my list is really growing. For my blog those are great statistics and they continue to climb up each month so you can see how mine stacks up to yours with page views.

If you can keep people engaged on your site, start building relationships with them, entice them to opt-in to your list by offering them something very valuable then depending on what you are promoting, you can end up making a six figure income from this. I highly recommend you check out David Risley’s free report he offers when you opt-in to his blog. He has the perfect explanation mapped out for you and he is making six figures from his blog. I don’t really know the percentage of people having this type of success from their blogs but I think it would be safe to say only about 1% do.

Check out David’s report, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks Sam!


85 Financial Samurai
December 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Cool, thanks for the advice and points of reference. I’ll have a look, and implement the opt-in stuff for 2012.

HNY Adrienne!


86 Rob December 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

A great inspirational post Adrienne, it’s great that people like you are so honest and open with us. It lets us know that if we just keep working, keep doing the basics and stop complaining we might actually get somewhere.

Wishing you all the best for 2012, and thanks for 2011!



87 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Thank you Rob, I appreciate that.

I’m living proof Rob that just do what I laid out on a consistent basis and stop complaining that you aren’t seeing results within the time frame you think they should happen. Just be thankful that the results are on their way because keep it up and they will certainly show up.

Have a Very Happy New Year as well Rob and let’s stay in touch okay! I wish you all the best.


88 Jack
December 30, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I always enjoy coming here because I know that the reception is always going to be warm, friendly and inviting. That comes across consistently in your posts and I think that is a big part of why so many people like coming to see you.

That is something that is inimitable and purely you. If you could bottle that up and sell it you would become rich because so many people are in dire need of a sunny attitude.

Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings us all. Have a very happy, healthy and safe new year.


89 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Hi Jack,

So happy to hear you enjoy visiting my place because I know that isn’t the case with everyone. Yey, I pass! :-)

I think people enjoy visiting because you’re not going to find any fluff or bull over here. I share what I know, what I learn and it’s all in my own voice. I don’t know how to be any other way and I think you’ve heard a little bit about my background to know why I always sound like a broken record. I’m truly am so thankful for everyone who visits my blog, for all the comments you guys leave and for all the friendships I’ve formed.

I would love to bottle my attitude and share it with the world. Wouldn’t it be a much better place? Okay, maybe not. Maybe we still need some controversy in order to keep us on our toes. Either way, we’re still stuck with what we have for now.

Thanks Jack, truly. It means a lot, more than you know! I’m excited about 2012 and I wish you a Very Happy New Year as well my friend.

Stay safe!


90 Praveen Rajarao
December 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Hi Adrienne,

This is very extensive and helpful for all of us. You have covered each and every aspect that I can think about.

Wow, I am so glad you remembered me and listed in your thank you page. I am so honored. Thanks for including me.


91 Adrienne Smith
December 30, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Hi Praveen,

I guess that means I was taught well! :-) Darn good thing huh?

You are most welcome and I’m just so happy we met. You have every right to make my list so thank you for your continued support, it means the world.

Have a Very Happy New Year Praveen and I’ll get back to you on that email shortly. Thanks for thinking of me.


92 Cat Alexandra
December 30, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Dear Adrienne,

You’ve been such a treat for me this year. I only wish I had connected with you sooner. :) I’m always impressed with the level of value you share so freely with others in your articles. This article is a perfect example of what I mean. I find this to be more of a blogger’s survival guide than “just an article.” Beautiful!

I think one of the coolest things that I’ve seen you do is the unique way that you dress up your how-to’s in such a personal way. There’s always a nice glimmer of who you are shining through your work and I think that this is one of the reasons why you have skyrocketed. Kudos on the Alexa rating, too! I know that this is all so very well deserved. It’s a reflection of the community you’ve developed here.

You’re my inspiration, Adrienne. I love what you’re doing and appreciate all you do to share with the community. And thank you so much for the generous mention in your Thank You page! :)

I know that 2012 will bring many new beginnings for you – I’m looking forward to growing alongside you!

Happy New Year, Adrienne!



93 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Hey Cat,

I feel the exact same way…better late than never right! At least we finally did connect and we have Ken to thank for that.

The funny thing is Cat that when I started really learning from the “big guys” on how we should present our content we are always told to write for your target audience right! I decided to share what I have learned because I knew that there would be so many others out there who were probably in the exact same place I was and would find it helpful. Even though I don’t consider myself to be a writer, the only way I knew how to do this was just write from my own personal experiences. Praying the entire time that this same audience would be able to relate to me. I’m so thrilled that this all worked out and that’s exactly how everything has fallen into place for me this year. The Alexa ranking is just an added bonus! :-)

I appreciate that Cat, thank you so much. I hope to continue to live up to your praise as 2012 creeps in. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there is no place left but up.

I’m looking forward to continuing our growing friendship in the new year and I wish you all the best.

Happy New Year Cat!


94 Justin Mazza
December 30, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Great point on not approving comments left by websites that don’t allow or have comments enabled on them. Last month I went through 4000 of the comments on my blog and deleted all of the spammy ones and also the ones that were just looking for link juice.

Here is to a successful 2012 and Happy New Year to you. :)


95 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Hi Justin,

I went back to the very beginning several months ago Justin and looking at my comments. Silly me, I actually thought those were people who had come to my blog, liked my stuff and commented. They were all spam bots so I did delete a lot but I’ll be honest with you, I just ran out of time. I’m very impressed that you went back through and deleted so many to. It was time consuming wasn’t it! Oh well, we live and learn.

Thank you so much Justin and I hope you also have a very successful 2012 as well. I have no doubt you’ll achieve everything you set out to do. Happy New Year!


96 VaNessa Duplessie December 30, 2011 at 10:51 PM

You are such an inspiration to me. I have become a better blogger myself from the short time I have been following you. What you have shared above in this post is a goldmine of information and a true path to blogging success. Thank you for ending the year on a high note for me.

Commenting and engaging with other even if it is out of your comfort zone in the beginning is critical to your blogging success. And remember, even if you think someone is experienced and a “guru” blogger, there was a time when they also hit the publish button on their very first post and started just like the rest of us. One step at a time, learning as we go.

Happy New Year and I look forward to what 2012 brings us all!



97 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Hi VaNessa,

Oh my goodness VaNessa, thank you for saying that. Coming from you I’m so very honored.

It breaks my heart to see people struggle. It breaks my heart to know that they are just lacking that one piece of information that can really help them get over that hump. Everything that I share I have learned through free and paid methods so if one thing I share can help someone else, my job here on my blog is done.

What I laid out here is everything I did to get my blog and myself to where I am today. Of course over time and commenting on other blogs we build up a relationship with other bloggers which in turn helps us down the road when we need extra support.

You are right, we are all intimidated in the beginning making those first few comments wondering what those “gurus” are going to think of little old me and what I had to share. Then I come to realize that those people I just visited are just like me thinking the exact same thing. We all have to start somewhere.

Thank you for your wonderful comment and it’s been a pleasure connecting with you recently. I look forward to what the new year holds in store for us all and can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us as well. Happy New Year VaNessa!


98 Mitch Mitchell
December 31, 2011 at 1:43 AM

Alright, I made the “thank you” page! :-) I love this stuff, although I’ll admit I haven’t done it all and don’t see myself doing it all. The one thing I do want to comment on is your statement about responding to “every” comment. I was doing that, then realized that some comments are just bad comments; not quite spam but not given all that much thought. So I decided that I would respond to good comments and not one liner comments. That might seem somewhat discriminatory but I tend to check out a lot of these blogs, and when I visit one and see how well the content is written, then compare it against what I see on my site… well, it just smacks of someone being paid to drop lousy comments for links.

Great success to you in 2012 Adrienne!


99 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Dang right you did Mitch! There’s no way I’m leaving you out.

I’m chuckling over here Mitch as I read your comment because I KNOW you aren’t going to do a lot of what I mentioned. But you know what! That’s what I admire about you. You do what the heck you want to do.

I delete those comments Mitch that I believe they didn’t take enough time to put some thought into them. I’ll only approve a few one liners and that’s if I know these bloggers and know they were rushed but still wanted to drop by. Luckily I don’t have too many of those and that’s a good thing for their sake. 😉 I think if you can’t take the time to leave me a decent comment then it doesn’t warrant me approving it. It’s my blog right!

Thank you Mitch for your continued support and I’m so thrilled I found you through Brankica recommending I visit. I look forward to what you’ll be sharing in the coming year and here is to your continued success.

Happy New Year Mitch!


100 Mitch Mitchell
January 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

You know Adrienne, I say there’s things I won’t do, but I’m not sure how often I say why, so I thought, if you don’t mind, I’d enhance my response.

First, I do have the six things you were told you needed to have.

Second, I do comment on other blogs, obviously. lol I have never commented on a video on YouTube; not sure why except to say I’ve never thought about doing it. I have visited forums & responded to questions, but maybe once every 6 months; not enough time.

I used to bookmark my sites on Delicious, but once they were sold & it changed I quit; actually, I’d stopped much earlier because I was missing the benefit. I don’t trust sites like Stumble Upon & Digg because not only can they be gamed, but I read many stories where out of the blog they drop people. I don’t need to deal with that.

I think with Wordpress all of us automatically ping Ping-O-Matic, so that’s covered. I haven’t submitted anything to a blog carnival in at least a couple of years, though I’m not opposed to it. Truthfully, I’ve gotten more visitors by participating in the occasional meme.

When I first started blogging I submitted a blog to a blog directory. Haven’t done it since, but they seem to pick it up anyway. Same with RSS directories. I’ve been a member of two blogging communities, both folded, and most of the others I don’t trust for one reason or another. And I’m a part of one content sharing community, but we never share any content! lol

When all is said and done there’s definitely a lot of things one can do, but there’s also time involved. As you know, I write 5 blogs of my own, and I write for other people. I’m also a consultant on other levels. I figure everyone can’t do everything, and some things aren’t for everyone either. I don’t know if it’s being jaded or experienced, but I think one has to first trust themselves in working on their own blog and then see where their time takes them.

As to the comments thing… I thought I was tough but maybe I should be a bit tougher so that I can look like I’m responding to everyone; there are definitely a lot of sketchy comments that I do leave that barely pass my comment policy, even the brief one I have above the comment area. That one I may have to think about some more.

Goodness, this was a post! Happy New Year! 😉


101 Adrienne Smith
January 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Thank you so much Mitch for stopping back by and elaborating on that for me.

I will say first off Mitch that when you have five blogs that you keep up with plus writing for others on top of consulting, that in itself is extremely time consuming. I’m not even sure how you’re able to do all of that but obviously you’re able to make time.

I know that what I shared with everyone on how to get their blog on the radar and moving up in the ranks does work but then again, I’m sure there are plenty of other things they can implement as well that will help too. So far, everything I’ve mapped out here has definitely worked for me. The one thing I wanted to point out more than anything is being consistent. A lot of people will get on a roll but slack off, jump around and then wonder why they aren’t getting results. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about because you’ve witnessed this same thing with others I’m sure.

When you put your link in any of the directories, that’s a one time thing. You never have to do that again so although sharing your URL with a lot of directories can be time consuming but thank goodness it only has to be done once.

What I have found the most luck for me is the commenting. Now I know a lot of people will say that these people may not necessarily be your target audience and that is true. But with time they will help spread your content which will continue to catch the eyes of people who are your target audience and that’s exactly how you are picked up on the radar by others. Then you have the recommendation factor of your faithful readers sharing your information with their friends that they think can benefit from what you share and of course, it goes on and on. As your blog moves up in the ranks, the search engines just love new content each week so that’s also how you start moving up in the search engines as well. I have no doubt that with every money making blog that you have, a lot of this occurs.

As far as those so so comments over at your place, it’s your blog Mitch and I personally won’t allow any comments where it’s obvious that they either didn’t take enough time to read my post or they are just lazy and are there for the attention. Either way, I don’t feel one ounce of remorse deleting them. Personally, I would much prefer having people comment on my posts who really found it helpful. or interesting. As for all the others, they can find some place else to go and play.

I loved your mini-post Mitch! :-) Thanks for sharing it all with me. Now, I sure hope you enjoyed your evening and you have a really great day today.

Happy New Year!


102 Viola tam
December 31, 2011 at 6:32 AM

Hi Adrienne,

What an awesome post, FULL of gems! This is a fantastic New Year Gift for us. THANK YOU :)

I am a newbie to blogging. There are TONS of tips that I can learn. I will work out a daily and weekly plan to improve and evolve in 2012 and beyond. Seeing other great bloggers like you is inspiring! I DO appreciate you, Adrienne.

Have another Happy Blogging Year!

Viola Tam


103 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Hi Viola,

So glad you enjoyed this one and what better way to end this year then to help everyone with what can only improve their visibility for the upcoming year. :-) You are so very welcome, it’s totally my pleasure.

Viola, I considered myself a newbie blogger when I took this course because obviously I was doing everything wrong. So I thought I can just start from scratch, learn what the course can teach me, implement what I’ve been taught and consistently do the work. Low and behold, it all just fell into place so I have no doubt you can do the same. Take what I’ve shared, start implementing it and do this on a consistent basis. Trust me, you will start seeing results. I can’t wait to watch you grow.

Thank you for your comment and I also wish you a Very Happy New Year!


104 Hajra
December 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Hey Adrienne,

I am so glad you did this post. I always am eager to learn what makes a blog click and especially blogs with a personal touch, like yours, make it even more special to be connected with. Blog building can be tough. I recently moved to a self hosted blog and can’t chose the perfect theme which I will absolutely love. I love yours, though… we should someday talk about theme selection and all (give me your secrets! ;)… )

You make it so easy and simple for the rest of us. Blog commenting can be a challenge for me, earlier I used to manage about 10 a day! Though a full time job does make it tough for me to be in regular touch with the blogging world, I try my best.

What I most love about blogging is that there are no “secrets”, people bare it all out and always support when needed! And these are the exact reasons of why I love being here. Thanks for this very valuable post!

Hope you have a lovely 2012! :)


105 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Hi Hajra,

Ah, I’m so happy to hear that Hajra. It’s important that you write for your target audience but to me since you really want those people to be able to connect with you, you have to be yourself. By putting your own personality in your posts and of course I use a lot of my own experiences, they will see that you are genuine and something they can really relate to. I believe that’s the real key to building a great blogging community Hajra.

Ah, the perfect theme. There are SO many to chose from so it can be a very overwhelming process. I went with the Thesis theme and you’ll see my little ad in my sidebar for it. I bought it a few years ago and it’s a little confusing in the beginning trying to learn how to tweak it the way you want but all I did was Google what I wanted to know and found all my answers. Since then, I’ve connected with people online who I’ve been able to ask for help too. Brad Holland created my header and I’m extremely pleased with it.

Blog commenting is time consuming but look at all the benefits you get from it. You just said yourself that people bare it all and are so extremely supportive. If visiting 10 blogs a day is too much, back that number down. People will appreciate you visiting their blogs but don’t beat yourself up over it. Just enjoy the process.

Thank you for your wonderful comment and I wish you a Very Happy New year Hajra! It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and I look forward to continuing our relationship in the new year.


106 Joseph P Lampo December 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Hello, Adrienne, and a Happy New Year to you! This is my first post here. I have been meaning to leave a comment for the past two weeks or so, as I first learned of you through my visits to the blogs of Sergio, Jens, and Patrick. Just a few moments ago, I was taking a look at Jens’ latest post, and I spotted your link to this post, The title was intriguing, and here I am. I am currently in the throes of building a WordPress site for both blogging and affiliate marketing. The site is hosted through D9 in the U.K, through its server in the U.S. I’m in Connecticut, so I picked the U.S. facility. I wanted to tell you that this post is absolutely great, and you have addressed many aspects of blogging that I first encountered through Yaro Starak and Darren Rouse. I had contemplated some time ago to take Yaro’s course, when he was affiliated with Gideon Shalwick, but never did; however, I have signed up for John Thornhill’s “ONE MONTH MENTOR” course. This course takes one through the steps, using WordPress, of setting up all the aspects of putting a blog together. Currently, I am at the point of writing the “About” me page, and beginning a first blog post. So, I have not included the web address because the blog page you would see is just the boilerplate content tht WP puts there, as I have not yet published the material I am working on. When I do, I will let you know via a comment and insert the address in the required place.

I like, too, that you have not hesitated to write a lengthy post. My “About” section is going to be a bit lengthy, but I wanted to give the prospective readership something to read to find out who I am. Yes, I will be implementing most, if not all, of what you suggest, in order to drive traffic and maintain a following. Most of my input will probably be done at night, as that is the time (the wee hours) most convenient for me. The house is quiet, the dogs are sleeping,my parrot isn’t mumbling, and my cats are either dozing or looking at me. We have four adopted children, three of them at home, and all teen-agers! So, you know why I wait for the graveyard shift to get anything done.

Well, I guess I’ve talked too much; hope I haven’t bored you. Blogging appeals to me, too, because it could provide me with an outlet for writing. I’m going to try and incorporate some affiliate marketing on this first site, with blogging for that, but I also want to set up a blogging page for serendipitous blogging which, from my viewpoint, would be blogging about diverse topics of potentially common interest.

If you have time, please reply and give me some feedback on my thoughts here. They would be greatly appreciated, and you can be sure I would reciprocate if the need should arise.

Stay well and have a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year. Keep up the good work!


107 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Hi Joseph,

Well welcome to my blog and so glad you finally decided to leave me a comment. And what a comment too! I LOVE these so thank for taking the time to share this with me.

I’ve never purchased anything from John Thornhill but have a few friends who have and they’ve been pleased with what he teaches. It sounds like you are coming through it just fine and setting everything up. My free training site will actually do the same thing. I walk you through how to set up your first wordpress blog plus get around in your hosting account, transfer your domain, etc. So if you need anything to fall back on, give that a go.

The “About Me” section is important because you’re sharing with your new readers more about who you are and why you’re here so it’s one of the most important pages of your blog. It’s the first thing I visit when I’ve never been to that blog before. I like to get a sense of the person behind the blog.

You have a house full so I can see why you’d be working at night. I think I would need to have a quiet house in order to work myself, which I do but my set up is the total opposite of yours.

You did not bore me at all, again I appreciate you sharing this with me and can’t wait until you get your blog up and running. Please do come back by and let me know when it’s up. Would love to be one of the first visitors besides Sergio, Jens and Patrick.

Hope you are having a faublous day and Happy New Year Joseph!



108 Joe Lampo December 31, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Thanks very much, Adrienne, for your positive reply. Your comments are much appreciated. By the way, I meant to tell you about my Twitter ID. PapaZeno was a name I gave to an extremely friendly and lovable cat that set upon our doorstep in July 2005. He stayed outside in our front yard until December, at which time he willingly came in. He passed away in October 2008, and is buried in a section of our front yard alongside Miss Gizzy, a Devon Rex, who died in 2006. Papa and I were real buddies and in his memory I used his name for the ID. I have six cats remaining, the oldest is 14, the youngest is four.

Thanks again for your reply and interest in what I had to say.

Happy New Year, again!


109 Adrienne Smith
January 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

You are most welcome Joe and thanks for sharing with me the history behind your Twitter ID.

You sound like an animal lover and I can definitely appreciate that. I can’t tell you how many of our family pets are buried behind my parent’s garage. But my last child is actually in our family cemetery, buried at the foot of where I will someday lay. I wanted him with me always because he was my precious child. He was a Cocker Spaniel who lived to be 19. I lost him in Sept. of 2005.

Hope you enjoyed ringing in the new year and enjoy your day!


110 Kari December 31, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Consistency is the key. It can be very easy to get pulled in one direction and the other, and before you know you it months have passed and you have barely got anything done! I personally have not been very consistent in my daily habits and that’s one of my huge goals for 2012. I’ve found that during the time I am most consistent with posting, articles, comments and more I get the most results. Makes sense right? But sometimes it’s easier said than done.


111 Adrienne Smith
December 31, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I use the 50/10 rule Kari. Focus on just one project for 50 solid minutes and don’t do anything else. Once that time is up take a 10 min. break. Get away from the computer or answer emails. Whatever you want to do for those 10 min. As soon as they are up, start your next project or if you hadn’t finished the one you were on, dive back in. Set a timer if you have to but do not do anything else for those 50 min. You will find that you can really stay on track and get a whole lot more done.

Hope that helped.

Happy New Year and thanks again for visiting.



112 Kari January 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I like it. I can easily see that becoming a habit that will make staying on track easier. I’ll have to try that out today. Thanks!


113 Adrienne Smith
January 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Hey Kari,

Yey, you got your avatar set up. I love it! :-)

Okay so the first thing you need to do is take the word “try” out of your vocabulary. That just means you may or may not do it and you’re setting yourself up for failure. So toss that nasty old word out altogether.

Being consistent in your daily actions will definitely bring many more results your way. I say go for it and you’ll love the results! 😉


114 Kari January 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Gotchya Adrienne. :) I WILL start using your 50/10 rule today!


115 Dia December 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Hi Adrienne,

You have listed very good points to succeed in the blogging business. Commenting, making the site easy to navigate are very crucial and they help a lot with gettring traffic and building relationships. For me personally, SEO is the main type I use to get traffic to my site. It takes a lot of work and dedication to have a successful blog. Thanks for sharing my friend :)


116 Adrienne Smith
January 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Hi Dia,

Thanks Dia, it’s everything I’ve learned and I guess you can tell by my traffic that it definitely works.

Thank you for sharing what you’ve been doing to get traffic to your site. I know that some people are much better at it than others and I’m not that great in this particular area. It does take a lot of work and research, oh and patience. :-)

Hope you rang in the new year your way and are enjoying your day! Happy New Year Dia! Thank you for your continued support.


117 Simon Duck
January 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for the tips. I am using 2012 as the year where I finally start taking this game seriously. I think I have spent two years posting content and not really getting anywhere, as I haven’t engaged with my readers and built up a good set of friends to help me out.

I always have a month where I start posting on other peoples blogs and start making some progress, but then I fade away again. It’s the first of January, I have started writing comments, and have sent emails to some of my commentors.

Lets hope to a better blogging year.

Thanks for the read,
Simon Duck


118 Adrienne Smith
January 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Hi Simon,

I remember visiting your blog early on but I will admit, I didn’t keep coming back because you didn’t interact with your commenters. But you’ve already admitted that and seen the error of your ways so once you know better, you do better. It sounds like you are ready to correct the things you haven’t been doing and take your blog to the next level now. If you remain consistent in the areas I suggested, you will start getting more traffic to your site.

I look forward to seeing what you do this year so thank you for sharing that with me. Sure hope you had a great time ringing in the new year and let’s make 2012 our best yet!

Happy New Year Simon!



119 Simin Duck
January 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM


I will try my hardest, I’ve got a couple of busy months coming up, and as this isn’t my main activity it isn’t always that easy. Anyway, thanks for being honest, feedback really does help and even I sometimes it’s tough to take, it helps in the long run.

I remember you commenting on my website before, I’m glad I bookmarked yours as since last time I heckled you have posted some great articles.

I hope you have a great year too!
Regards, Simon Duck


120 Adrienne Smith
January 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Hey Simon,

You need to take the word “try” out of your vocabulary. In my opinion since you have several blogs, you need to concentrate on the ones that you’ll profit from the most and let your readers benefit from what you share there. If this particular blog is only for fun and you don’t necessarily care if you get a lot of visits then I wouldn’t worry about it. I would pay more attention to the ones that you intend to grow and profit from. So concentrate on those and let us visit those blogs and help you grow your readership.

I’m so glad you bookmarked my site and decided to finally stop back by. I’ve been on a roll since we last visited each other’s place. I do look forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing this year so I guess we’ll stay in touch?

Thanks Simon and you have a great year too!



121 Simon Duck
January 2, 2012 at 6:04 AM


Very true Adrienne, saying try seems like I am pretty much giving into the fact that everything might not actually happen. The only way I am going to move forward and get what I want, is to be more motivated and instead of ‘trying’ I should be achieving everything that I set out to do!

Profit Duck is actually my only blog which requires updating and promoting regularly. My other two, one is a static information website and one is a fansite for a band, which only needs updating when news is released etc. So that gives me even less of an excuse if I can’t build Profit Duck up.

I have had a look through the last couple months of your posts, and I must say, you have been on a role! A lot more comments and interaction, which has always been your strong point, you only have to look on Twitter to see that.

I look forward to reading your inputs as well, so yes we will stay in touch. Hopefully I will see you around on other blogs to, once I start searching around and commenting more tonight! Have to get through the work day first ha.

Best Wishes,
Simon Duck


122 Adrienne Smith
January 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Thanks for sharing that Simon and I hope that you know if you have any questions or need any assistance that I’m here to offer my advice. I have no doubt that you can get things rolling in the right direction and you just have to work out a better schedule and stick to it. Make that commitment and you’ll be surprised at how well things will turn out if you stick to it. Trust me on this one.

Thanks again Simon and you have a wonderful week. We’ll most definitely be seeing each other around.



123 Samantha Bangayan
January 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Wishing you the happiest new year, Adrienne! =) I loved this thorough post and it was a great way to remind me what blogging and social media is about as I enter 2012. My favorite points were when you mentioned giving and interaction. That’s the basis of the kind of “blogging success” that I’m seeking. =)

What I especially appreciate about your blog and what may be combined about your post re: personality is the humility you express. I can hardly imagine you treated as “the kid no one wants to play with,” but hearing about how you struggled with limited comments in the beginning makes me feel like “I can too” and so can everyone else. =) Thank you for that!

And thank you SOO much for including me on your “Thank You” list! =) I was ecstatic to find my name there and I’m so grateful for your friendship, and that we’ve been able to keep in touch even though my blog isn’t directly related to affiliate marketing. Looking forward to seeing what the new year will bring for the both of us! =)


124 Adrienne Smith
January 1, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Thank you Samantha, I wish you the exact same thing.

I did feel like the kid no one wanted to play with my first few years online Samantha. Like no one liked what I had to say so after awhile you start thinking that you’re doing something wrong. But over time I started learning some of the things I need to do that I haven’t so once I got all that down, it all started falling into place. You definitely can do this because you’re an even better writer than I am.

You are so welcome, there was no way I would leave you off my list. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and I think so highly of you Samantha. I’m so glad we connected this year and I’m looking forward to what this year has to offer for us both.

I wish you all the best and Happy New Year Samantha!


125 Thea
January 2, 2012 at 5:24 AM

Hi Adrienne

Thank you for this wonderful post. I will definitely read through it again, take notes and work out a plan of attack for my own blog.

One thing that worried me though was that you mentioned it was your last post? Please tell me that means your last post for 2011 not your last post ever. I have only just discovered you and your fabulous blog, you can’t go anywhere now :)

Thanks again for all of this great information.


126 Adrienne Smith
January 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Hi Thea,

Glad you found this one helpful.

Most definitely my last post of the year. I’ve already posted my first post for this year and it’s chalked full of what I have in store for 2012. I intend to continue sharing great tips so stay tuned.

Thank you for stopping by and I wish you the very best in 2012.

Have a fabulous week!



127 Sylviane Nuccio
January 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Hello Adrienne,

Just found your blog post and I see over 100 comments! Wow, you’re rolling!

I am totally with you on the fact that focusing on keywords alone aren’t gonna cut it for your blog success. I just wrote a long post that I will publish this evening on my affiliate success blog that tells all the mistakes I made :( and what I learned from them, and this is one of the things I mentioned. I was glad to see that I am not the only one thinking that way!

Thanks for sharing your experience with success and happy new beginnings for 2012 :)


128 Adrienne Smith
January 2, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Hi Sylviane,

I think this one is quite popular because I’m sharing it all.

Girl, I researched and took the time to write each post. I was so proud of myself and continued to learn and tweak things only for it not to work like I had hoped and was so disappointed. That was the way I was taught at that time and I’m still being told to concentrate mostly on SEO but I just write about what I want and although from time to time I’ll work on the headline, I think my posts aren’t doing to shabby.

I can’t wait to read your post on your experience. I learned from my conversation with Janet that she was also taught that very same thing and had about as much luck as I did. SO you’ve got one more to add to that unsuccessful list Sylviane.

I appreciate you stopping by so thank you for sharing that and let me know when that post is published. Will be sure to read that one. :-)


129 Peter Wright January 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Congratulations on your success Adrienne and thank you for this helpful post.

Best wishes for an even better 2012.


130 Adrienne Smith
January 2, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Thank you Peter, this ride has been a great one.

I wish you the same in this coming year and hope it’s your best one ever. :-)


131 Mark of Success January 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Had just come around to wish you and to let you know that you were on my special list of friends to thank, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I was already on your list :-)

By the way, I tried sending you a trackback from my site to this post of yours. Did you receive it?

Thanks so much for your support always! I wish you a very happy and prosperous new year 2012.



132 Adrienne Smith
January 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Hey Mark,

Ah good, we were thinking of each other. I love that Mark so thank you for that!

I don’t have trackbacks enabled on my blog. I did at one time and had nothing but crap coming to me so I decided it was much easier for me to keep tabs on comments then trackbacks. But thank you for that.

You are so very welcome and I’m glad we connected this year. I also want to wish you a very Happy New Year and may all your dreams come true.

Thanks Mark!



133 Doreen Pendgracs January 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Wow, Adrienne! Your blogging success is amazing!

I haven’t investigated Ping or the Social bookmarking sites you mention, so I suspect that will be something I need to do next as I expand my reach.

Best of luck to you in 2012, and thanks for the terrific tips!


134 Adrienne Smith
January 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Hi Doreen,

Thank you, it’s been quite a journey this past year. Wow, I’m already saying this past year. Can’t believe 2011 is now behind us. But, I’ve enjoyed every moment of it because I’ve learned and grown so much.

If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m here to help anyone that needs it.

Thank you for your comment and I wish you the best of everything in 2012 as well.


135 Sergio Felix
January 3, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Wow Adrienne,

I enjoyed a lot your Getting Traffic bit as there are many bits I’ve never done before from those bullet points.

Also a huge THANK YOU for including me on your special list.

You really know how to make me feel amazing, what I’m going to do is try to check them all out because if you’re recommending someone, I bet it is entrepreneurs and wonderful people worth in gold!

Looking forward for your next updates and man, you keep shocking me every single week! haha

Amazing stuff, take care and speak soon Adrienne! 😉



136 Adrienne Smith
January 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Hey Sergio,

My little known secrets my friend, exactly the blueprint that got my blog to where it is. Start implementing some of this and watch yours explode even more. You’ve got great faithful readers over at your place now Sergio and I love your blog. I love your honesty and sharing your own experiences as well. Those are the kind I enjoy visiting the most.

You are so welcome, I had to include you on my list of faithful friends who continue to support me. We hooked up earlier this year on your other blog and then you tossed that one aside and I like this one even better. This list is people who have also visited regularly and supported me so they are some amazing people indeed. Have fun visiting.

Ah you are too sweet Sergio, thank you for that. I hope I continue to shock and amaze you my friend throughout the year.

Have a fabulous week Sergio and I’ll see you again soon.


137 Mavis Nong
January 3, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Wow! What a way to end the year. This is a fantastic blueprint for anyone looking to reach blogging success in no time.

Look at the discussion going on here – it speaks volumes. Well done, my friend. I’m really proud of you, you have achieved a LOT within a short space of time. Congratulations!

You hit on all the key pointers and this post will help a lot of people.

All the best for 2012! :)



138 Adrienne Smith
January 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Hey Mavis,

Yep, I wanted to go out with a bang and really share something that would help a LOT of people. I think this one did it for sure so now any newbies stopping by asking me questions I can just send them to this post.

Thank you Mavis, that means a lot coming from you. I really appreciate your continued support and I’m so glad I met you this past year. You have been a true inspiration to me.

Have a wonderful day and let’s make 2012 the best year ever!



139 Nicky
January 3, 2012 at 3:41 PM

What a fantastic and insightful post – i love reading what steps other bloggers use to drive traffic and it is exactly through posts like these and other great bloggers that I have been able to bring my blog up the rankings and generating lots of comments and shares too.
I may be a little late commenting, but I loved it all the same!


140 Adrienne Smith
January 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Thank you Nicky!

I’m sure I’m not telling a lot of you anything new but I do cater to the newbie’s a lot so I know they will find this information valuable. And it’s like you said, it’s other bloggers that teach us a good bit of what we know which is why I so enjoy reading as many blog posts as I possible can. I love learning and picking up new tips or shall I say, things I didn’t know before.

You are not at all late. This post isn’t even a week old yet and hopefully will still be able to help a lot of people months down the road.

Thank you Nicky and I wish you all the best in 2012.


141 Sonia
January 3, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Amazing post Adrienne! You mentioned some stuff I didn’t even think about and it’s why I love your posts. I appreciate what you did for me throughout the year and I appreciate the blog comments. The tips you provided were extremely helpful and I couldn’t agree more. I know your 2012 will be fab and I can’t wait to see what you do next.


142 Adrienne Smith
January 3, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Thank you Sonia, I appreciate that.

Ah, surprised you with some things you hadn’t thought of. That’s why I love these courses because they introduce us to things that were never on my radar.

Glad you’ve found a good bit of what I share helpful as you progress through your own blogging journey. I’m excited about what 2012 holds in store for us all.

Thank you Sonia!


143 Dr. Bob Clarke
January 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Wow, what an epic post, Adrienne… surely to be one of your most popular.
Thanks for providing your blueprint to blogging success. It’s no wonder that you’ve experienced the popularity that you have.

There is also one special ingredient that is probably hard to duplicate — YOU!

But if we all enter into this with an attitude of helping first, there’s no reason that everyone here cannot be successful, too.

Thanks again and Happy New Year!


144 faissal alhaithami
January 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

You are always awesome! I really Like your smile and how you interact with people 😀
I wish that my blog can reach your success one day 😉


145 Adrienne Smith
January 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Ah Faissal, you say the nicest things! Thank you for those compliments and I intend to keep on smiling and keep on interacting. If you hadn’t noticed already, I’m definitely a people person.

Your blog can reach massive success Faissal. All you need to do is be consistent with your actions and remain genuine which in your case means just be yourself! Ever need any tips, give me a shout. I’m always here for you. :-)

Have a beautiful day!


146 Craig McBreen
January 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM


I keep coming back to this post, because it is THAT good. Thanks!

This link is now in my notes and I have several action steps in place. You did a great job of outlining the steps, but I’ll be taking baby steps for sure :)

Also, I’ll be honest, I’m very naive about approving every single comment. I’ve had people linking only to a website, but they often have really thoughtful comments. I guess when you start climbing in the search engines you have to deal with more of this though, so I have to educate my self on the issue.

So much in this post!

Thank you for including me on your “Thank You” page. I should do something similar.


147 Adrienne Smith
January 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Hey Craig,

Ah thanks, so glad you’ve found it helpful. Learning all of this was a life saver for me Craig. I mean I did a few things but not of them all together. As you can tell from my blog now, they work. :-)

What you can do if you think that the comment is a good one, just remove their website link so that it won’t be giving it any link juice. All you do is when you are responding to comments, hit the “quick edit” button and delete that link. If you have the CommentLuv premium plug-in you can change their link they put in to a nofollow or delete it altogether too. Again, that won’t hurt your blog in any way in the eyes of the search engines. Just a few things you can do.

My problem with them linking to a product or service is they are yelling at you that they are only there for the link juice. Oh sure, it might be a good comment but we both know what they really want. People to click through to their site and buy something from them. Soooooooooooooo…. It’s totally up to you.

You are very welcome and I’m so glad we connected this past year only if it was at the end of it. I look forward to what you’ll be sharing over at your place too. So, see you soon.


148 Craig McBreen
January 8, 2012 at 10:24 PM

My Adrienne Smith to-do list is getting longer every day. :)


149 Adrienne Smith
January 8, 2012 at 11:24 PM

lol… I have no doubt you can handle that Craig! :-)


150 Janus January 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Hey Adrienne,

I love this post! You’ve done a great job mapping out the steps and giving your advice! It becomes even more clear to me that there’s no need to keep searching for the latest traffic strategies. Just by focusing on the steps and being consistent will get results.

I felt exactly the same way when I first tried blog commenting. The popular blogs were all so well established that I felt I was way behind. Your post inspires me that as long as I do the essential things consistently, I can also achieve the success that I want.

Thanks for this great post!



151 Adrienne Smith
January 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Hi Janus,

I’m so happy to hear that. Glad you found this post helpful.

The one thing I learned is find something you really enjoy and learn how to do that to the best of your ability and be consistent in your efforts. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to master every single strategy at once. I also learned through this process that there are no new ways to drive traffic to your site. All of these methods have worked forever and will continue to work as long as you are consistent in your efforts and I don’t mean quitting after 30 days. None of this is really hard either Janus. That’s why I always tell everyone that if I can do this anyone can. I really really mean that too.

I knew I wasn’t the only one intimidated by some of these bloggers. But what I have learned is that they are people just like us and they might have the same impression about us. I’ve made friends with people I never in a million years would have thought. Just keep on going Janus and remain consistent and everything will start falling into place. Just know it, know that your time is coming and you’ll do just fine.

Glad you enjoyed this one and have a wonderful day tomorrow. I’ll see you again soon.


152 Jayne Kopp
January 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

HI Adrienne, this surely was a great post and frankly, I can see how consistent you are. In fact, you blow me away. You have really decided to put the pedal to the metal and go for it. I can see from even where I am that you are everywhere.

Congrats my friend for getting so determined. How’s the affiliate marketing going anyway?
I have a newer improved plan for 2012 as well, it’s going to be tough as I have 6 sites that I wish to build up. My Jayne site is more for branding and sharing topics of the heart and mind. I really do need to stick to a rigid schedule this year and I know that it will be even better than last year!

Thanks for being such an awesome friend Adrienne. all the best my good friend! I wish you nothing but the best in 2012.



153 Adrienne Smith
January 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Hey Jayne,

Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I wanted to end the year on a very high note and with a post that will really help those who are gun ho on improving there visibility online in 2012. I just wanted to share what I have learned and what I have been doing. Consistency is definitely the key and any top income earner will tell you the exact same thing. Things just take time and there is no getting around that.

I’m not concentrating on my affiliate marketing business Jayne and haven’t since last April. I took a different path and joined a network marketing company and am concentrating more on building my team. I drug my feet a little last year still learning some things I needed to learn in order to improve myself so I’m gun ho on that this year for sure so I have no doubt that the same thing will happen with my business as it did with my blog. You can’t hold me back girl.

Six sites, wow.. That’s a lot to keep up with Jayne. I applaud you for taking that one. Are they all different niche sites? I have no doubt that if you put your mind to it, you’ll have success with them all. Me personally, I would only start with one and work on that until you get it where you want and then go from there. That is a lot of work.

Ah Jayne, thank you for that. You are an awesome friend as well and I wish you all the best in 2012. Enjoy the rest of your day and have a really great weekend too. I’ll see you soon.



154 Jayne Kopp
January 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

HI Adrienne, just to clarify, three of my sites are niche sites so it’s really a matter of building them up and building backlinks a few times per week. I may outsource some of that work eventually. Two are getting decent traffic and a few sales so I’m thinking they just need tweaking and some minimal, yet consistent attention to create smaller bonus little income streams.

I have recently completed my Life Coaching Cert although I have done this work for some time, the cert was to ‘show’ a credential. I decided to build a site specifically for this aspect of my business so it can be more targeted and narrow. Along with that I have also put up another little site for women as the majority of my requests for information on how to set up a business online come from entrepreneurial women and stay at homemoms so I set up BlueJeansBizChicks and I have already had quite a number of clients.

Funnily the site is not ‘all that’ impressive yet seems to attract the right people so I need to improve it and drive more traffic.

Last, because I am such an advocate of self esteem and empowerment.. not to mention my love for children, I am just completing a certification pertaining to Self Esteem in Children and Adults, so my ‘moms’ site that I have had for some time and haven’t done much with it will be re-focused on those types of topics.

You are right, it is a lot and that is why I have not been as active lately in the community but I do think that once I get the crucial pieces of content in place, I should be able to ‘maintain’. I figure, I’m working from home anyway, so like you, I just work really hard at home during the day as I did when I worked outside of the home.

I have a soft spot for affiliate marketing as I know so many people who do well, and for me the niche sites are like taking a ‘break’ from the regular things I focus on.

I wish you well with your Network marketing company. Have you found it enjoyable? (that’s probably a dumb question! 😉 ) but since it’s a new direction I am curious about your feelings on it.




155 Adrienne Smith
January 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Thanks for clarifying that for me Jayne. So you have some niche sites you’re working on but the rest sound like they are more along the lines of what you are passionate about.

Wow, you’ve just finished your life coaching program and also one on self esteem. You have been one darn busy lady. Those areas alone can really help a lot of people so I applaud you for the direction you are headed. I know you have a big heart and love to help people and I can relate to wanting to help more women find their place as well. I have no doubt you’ll do extremely well. I can understand why you haven’t been as active because all of that is very time consuming.

I am enjoying network marketing this time around much better. I’ve learned so much and am doing so much better so we all know that when you finally start seeing the fruits of your work appear that it definitely helps move you more in that direction. Plus, I love helpiing people learn how to have a better life for themselves so I’m where I belong.

Thanks so much Jayne and it’s great to see you again. I wish you all the best in 2012. Knock em dead girl! :-)


156 Barry Ranns
January 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I don’t bookmark many blog posts, but this one is top of my bookmarks now. The information you have given us freely is awesome, and some would be charging the earth for it.

Whenever I need advice on something to do with my blog, yours is the first point of call for me, because I know that 9/10 times the answer will be here somewhere.

Have a great 2012



157 Adrienne Smith
January 7, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Hey Barry,

I haven’t seen you around much so Happy New Year my friend. How you are doing well.

That’s awesome to hear Barry and I’m so glad you found it helpful. I know, I continue to be told to charge for this stuff but guess what. I have a feeling a product will be made from this eventually because you very well know I couldn’t include every single tip I’ve done to get to where I am today. I did share what I implemented that started this entire process and I just consistently did the action steps. I learned all of this from a paid training community but you know I love helping my readers and sharing what I’ve learned.

Wow, that’s fabulous Barry and thank you for letting me know that. I’m so happy to hear that you find my blog full of helpful information. That is truly music to my ears.

Thank you again Barry and enjoy your weekend.



158 Sire
January 9, 2012 at 5:52 AM

And I always thought you owed your success to all your hard work, determination to succeed, never give up attitude and your more than charming smile 😉

I always knew you would do well Adrienne and I am honoured to know you.


159 Adrienne Smith
January 9, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Well hey there Sire. So nice to see you here today. What a very pleasant surprise.

Yeah, who would have thought right! But seriously, I’ve really enjoyed the ride this past year and am happy to share what I did with my readers. I know it’s only uphill from here.

Thanks for your oh so kind words. I really appreciate that Sire… I’m so honored to know you as well my friend.

Have a beautiful week and Happy New Year!


160 Sire
January 9, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Yeah, I don’t seem to have as much time to pursue my blogging, commenting and everything else that is going on and so I don’t allow myself as much time to pursue the commenting side of things.

Still, I try to visit my friends blogs when I get a chance and I am so happy to see how well you’re going. Keep it up.


161 Adrienne Smith
January 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I’ve missed you Sire. I’ve stopped by your place a few times but saw nothing new up. I knew you had a lot of niche sites up so figured that was taking a lot of your time. But always a pleasure to see you. Just glad you are doing good too.

I’m hanging in there and things just keep getting better and better. :-)


162 Chadrack
January 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Hmm Adrienne,

This is what I call simple but proven blogging success tips. Must say many bloggers are not hearing this for the first time but the problem most of the time is that only a few are ready to stay the course!

It’s a good thing that you made this post at the close of 2011 and when 2012 is just around the corner. I think this will help many who want set their goals for year 2012. If anyone will but use this as a plan for the year there is really going to be a great turn around for that person.

As there is always something to learn from you. Thanks for sharing.


163 Adrienne Smith
January 9, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Well hey Chadrack,

As you can tell, they’ve definitely done the trick for me my friend. Simple proven methods that if done on a consistent basis will reap rewards. Plus you are right, this will only happen for those action takers.

I wanted to end the year right so that anyone who truly wants to move forward can take what I learned and apply it for their own blogs. I know a lot of my readers have already found the benefits from this post so I’m thrilled with that. Now I want to see some action on their part.

Glad you were able to learn something from me Chadrack. Now, enjoy your week my friend.



164 Paul L January 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Thanks for sharing Adrienne, you used your own suggestion to tell a story and I really enjoyed it. It’s great you found such great success with your blog!


165 Adrienne Smith
January 11, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Hey Paul,

I never thought of myself as a story teller Paul. But I have found what works best for me on my blog is being able to share my own experiences with my readers. I’m just like everyone else. I started at the beginning, fell flat on my face many times over, got back up, learned some more the right way, implemented it and now I’m seeing the results. What better way to learn right!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day. Comments are always welcome here.


166 Barry Overstreet
January 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Holy cow, what another great blog post, Adrienne!! Every time I stop by I learn a bunch of new information. This topic is particularly helpful as I, like many of the people who have commented above, am new to blogging and have only been doing it since the end of October. I’ve got a decent foundation, but this post gives me a ton more ideas to keep moving forward!!

I’ve got the consistency part down, having posted just about daily (5 days a week) since my first real post Oct. 23rd. Now I’m really curious to see the kind of growth your ideas will bring.

One question, though. What’s your opinion on Google Adsense ads? On one side, they’re a clear attempt at monetization of the blog/website. On the other side, they do a pretty good job of targeting the adds to your niche, so it could be argued that the links may be of value to some of your readers. I’ve been experimenting with adding one ad block in my posts. That’s the only place I’ve put Adsense, and they fit into the text for the most part. Just looking for your thoughts.

Thanks again for providing such great value to the blogging community. Your posts are always so insightful and spot-on with current problems I’m facing.



167 Adrienne Smith
January 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Hey Barry,

I’m smiling from ear to ear Barry… So glad you liked this one and yep, I gave away all my secrets in this one. Thought it was a fabulous way to end 2011. :-)

If you’ve got the consistency down then you are on your way Barry.

Me personally, I hate them. Look at your blog as your home. Do you want it all cluttered when people come over? Do you want them having a hard time looking around? That’s what Google Adsense ads do. You want your place inviting and you definitely want to keep them on your page. For the little money you make should they leave your blog in the middle of reading a post because an ad caught their eye, are those few cents you made from that ad worth losing a possible follower?

If you have a niche blog and you are there only to make money with it then I say go for it. But if your blog is specifically being used for a marketing tool to brand you so that people will get to know, like and trust you then I say can the ads and go with building up your brand. Once you get to the point where your blog is really attracting regular readers then you can consider going back and adding some. But to start, it’s not worth the money. Now, that’s only my opinion remember.

Thanks Barry, I appreciate your comment and hope you have a fabulous week. See you again soon I hope.


168 ntathu allen
January 12, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Bless you Adrienne and thank you for putting together such a clear road map ..I appreciate the clarity and practical points covered-especially the five blogs to follow rule/comment on. last year was my first year of getting into blogging and after coming second in Kiesha Easly Surviving the blog contest, I have the bug and the desire to continue blogging as a way to grow my yoga business. So THANK YOU!!! for the road map and as a newbie your site will be one of my five! take special care and thanks again.


169 Adrienne Smith
January 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Hey Ntathu,

You came in second in Kiesha’s blogging contest. Well congratulations young lady. That’s a HUGE accomplishment so I can understand how you would have the bug.

Definitely, follow these tips I’ve shared and comment everyday and be genuine with what you share which I have no doubt that you will be. People will be able to connect with you more on a personal level and then that’s when they’ll get curious to see what you’re up to.

I can’t wait to hear how things go for you and I’m thrilled you’ll be making my blog one of the five. If you need any help, give me a shout and welcome to my place. So happy to have you stop by.

Enjoy your day!


170 ntathu allen
January 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Thanks Andrienne…that was a quick response…exciting times ahead. Thx for your congrats and yes, exciting times ahead. One breath at a time as we say in yoga. Be well.


171 Jym January 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Happy New Year Adrienne!

I don’t get around most of my friends blogs enough, but it’s always good to pop back in and see them, yours is no exception.

Love the whole overview you’ve shared here, and especially that encouraging push to just get out there and start commenting. Even if a blog seems way above our skill level, most bloggers will appreciate and be open to genuine thanks in their comments.

So as not to come across as spammers it’s important to add some detail – a point we piked and why for example, but the point is that it’s always OK to leave a comment – and we certainly should be doing that right from the start to build links and connections to our blogs!

Thanks again, you’re doing a great job here and it’s a pleasure to learn more about your take on blogging success Adrienne. All the best for 2012!


172 Adrienne Smith
January 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Well hey Jym! Happy New Year to you too my friend.

I know the feeling, guilty as charged.. It’s SO hard to hit every single blog I’d like these days because I’m sure you know how time consuming it all is. You always share such great stuff over at your place so I apologize for not stopping by often enough myself.

Thanks Jym, just sharing what I’ve been taught and obviously it’s been working for me. But you are right, we should all leave comments even if we feel somewhat intimidated by some blogs. I’ve had my share of feeling that way I know for sure. Just always be genuine when leaving a comment and if you really don’t know what to say, either move on to another blog or find another of their posts you can relate to. It’s really that easy.

Thanks again Jym, good to see you and I hope you’ve had a wonderful day! Look forward to seeing what the year holds for us both.


173 Doug Gene January 19, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Thanks, Adrienne. Your blogging advice is really helpful.


174 Adrienne Smith
January 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

You’re welcome Doug, glad it was helpful.


175 Bhavesh Sondagar February 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I am agree with you with points and really like your story.Honestly saying I didn’t aware of Video Commenting.I had all thing you mentioned like twitter,Facebook,self hosted blog,YouTube channel etc but never tried video commenting.
Lets try it,thanks for sharing your story it really inspirational one.


176 Adrienne Smith
February 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Hi Bhavesh,

Welcome to my blog and thank you. I appreciate that you liked my story.

I haven’t done as much video commenting as I would like but it can really help move your videos up in the ranks because YouTube all of a sudden says wow, this video must be something because of this type of response. Oh yeah, great strategy Bhavesh.

Thank you and enjoy your day! Always appreciate your comments.


177 Saeeda Ahmed March 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I was searching online for blogging tips and came across your website. I’m really glad I did! Really enjoyed your blog and have lots of tips from a few that I have read already. Especially about the importance of leaving comments, I didn’t realise how important it was to be honest.

I am very new to blogging and have just done my third post. I am lucky in that I have a great community of like minded people supporting me and I am really enjoying it, just coming up with the content can be a challenge. But I am starting a 30 challenge, to post four blogs a week, which I am looking forward to, so wish me luck:)

I particularly enjoyed your style of writing, it’s so natural. I hope I can write like you too one day!

Kind regards



178 Adrienne Smith
March 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Hi Saeeda,

Welcome to my blog and I’m so happy you found this post helpful. It’s definitely what I have learned and been applying since starting my journey. As you can tell, it’s working rather well.

Welcome to blogging and I know you’re going to love it. It’s really great that you have a supportive group behind you already. You have much more than others who are just starting this journey. I have no doubt you’ll be a pro in no time at all.

Just a few suggestions if I may Saeeda. Be yourself because you want people to connect to who you are. People want to work with people they like. Visit other blogs in your niche, leave a genuine comment and then share their posts through social networks. You’ll soon find people showing up at your place but you have to remain consistent with this. It does take some time but as you can tell by my blog, it’s SO worth it!

Thank you so much for visiting today and if you ever need any assistance, don’t hesitate to ask.

Have a beautiful weekend.



179 Alexander March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM


I love reading success stories. Sometimes when you feel like your blog sucks, even though you’ve persevered and put a lot into it, it’s the worst feeling in the world haha.

Just one quick question; When you mention other blog commenting, did you choose the same 5/20/50 blogs to comment on, or did you choose different blogs every time?

I’ve also seen your interview from Benny Hsu’s site ! Good to finally make my way over —



180 Adrienne Smith
March 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Hey Alex,

Welcome to my home my friend, happy to have you stop by today.

I tell you Alex, I love being a success story. I thought I’d NEVER get here but imagine my surprise when people just started showing up more and more every day. What a wonderful feeling.

What I actually did was five different blogs each day. Then when someone would leave a comment on my blog I made sure to follow their link back to their home and leave a comment. With time as I visited blogs I would notice certain comments there and decided I wanted to connect with those people. Thank you CommentLuv! :-) Over time I just started getting more and more visitors to my blog so I decided to continue visiting those faithful followers and those blogs that I really either bonded with the blog owner or really got a lot out of their content. That’s how it all flowed for me personally.

Ah, my buddy Benny! You know what, that interview seems like a lifetime ago now. He’s a great guy and I’m so happy that you decided to stop by for a visit. I do hope you’ll come back by soon. As you probably already know, I’ll stop by yours for a visit. So, see you soon.

Have a fabulous day Alex! Pleasure to meet you!


181 TomM May 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Thank you for providing SUCH VALUABLE content. I’ve jumped off into the pool of internet marketing and have been swimming in circles wondering WHAT steps were “first steps”. This ONE article brought incredible clarity to the whole gig. Thank you thank you.



182 Adrienne Smith
May 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Hi Tom,

You are so welcome and I just love sharing what I’ve learned while on this journey and what definitely works Tom. I know what you mean about having been swimming around in circles, I was once there.

If you need any further clarity about anything else, please don’t hesitate to either drop me an email or give me a call. I’ll be more than happy to help.

Rock on my friend, rock on!



183 Sean G July 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Hi Adrienne,

It is interesting to think about how general marketing principles apply to online marketing, and more specifically blogging.

Two of the most important principles of marketing are having a great product/service in the first place, and then networking. In the case of blogging, creation of a product or service translates to content creation. In other words, writing great posts, pages, newsletters, eBooks etc. The second principle is networking. With blogging, this translates to generating a community of readers and subscribers. You have achieved this community through blog commenting and other related strategies.

I think a lot of your success can be attributed to your following of these important principles. Keep up the good work!



184 Adrienne
July 23, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Hi Sean,

Thank you for your wonderful comment and for your visit to my blog. Always happy to hear from some new readers and I appreciate that fact that you also agree with what I’ve shared. I mean I have just put into place what I’ve learned and I’ve gotten the results. I believe that’s what everyone is searching for right!

Thank you again and enjoy your week.



185 Roz Bennetts
October 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Wonderful article, and I’d just like to say that all my interactions with you have been exactly as you lay out above. If I haven’t made the point already I really appreciate the meaningful comments you’ve left on my blog, the replies to my comments on yours and I actually appreciate the fact that you do it for everyone else too (I see your comments everywhere). I marvel at the speed you must type to be honest.

Thanks Adrienne. Really.


186 Adrienne
October 1, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Hi Roz,

Thank you, I really wanted to share with everyone in this post all that I’ve done in order to get my blog to where it is at that point.

I really appreciate that, thank you so much. I think we all should respond to all comments left on our blogs because no one had to stop by and visit right! I mean each reader took the time to read our posts and then comment so they deserve a response. I also enjoy visiting other blogs and reading what they have to share plus it helps get out in front of some new people. I wish I could just do this all day long and nothing else.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It means a lot.



187 Margarita
October 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM


I was very touched by what you said here. It was from your heart with the only objective to help more people succeed. Huge thanks to you!


188 Adrienne
October 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Hi Margarita,

Oh good, you read this one so now you know what I’m talking about.

Thank you for sharing that and yes, I really do want to help people. We all start off lost and confused so I want to make life a little easier. I hope this was helpful for you and give me a shout if I can help further.



189 Yeremi Akpan
November 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Hey Adirenne,
Great ideas here!

What can I say? There is nothing as good as having a blueprint that works when it comes to blogging. While you may have stumbled on yours, it may not be so easy for the rest of us.

That is why I have to call this a real gem. I have a new blog in the making and would love to follow these strategies as I flesh it out.

Thanks for your generosity. It feels good to have you as friend!


190 Adrienne
November 6, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Hey Yeremi,

You made it, so happy to see you read the post.

Glad you enjoyed the post and Yeremi, I learned all of this from Alex Jeffrey’s, an affiliate marketing genius. Although some things will change with time like different sites for different purposes, this is the formula we were given and I did it step by step. Once this was all in place and set up, blog commenting and building those relationships is what got me the attention I have now.

His last step once you start getting a lot of opt-ins is to join Giveaways and that’s how you can build your list really quickly and start making some good money. I personally didn’t care too much for them but that’s how the big boys do it.

I know I’ll keep up with what you’re doing but do let me know how things are going okay! Love to hear if this helped at all.

Thank you Yeremi for your kind words and you enjoy your week. Best of luck to you!



191 Doug Johnson November 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM


I just got done commenting on your post about getting more YouTube views and completely forgot to comment on the actual article you told me to read! (lol) With that said, this is going to help me a lot. When my blog has a little more success, would it be okay if I shared this link on an article I wrote for reference?

Also, as far as social bookmarking, I’m not sure if this has been said in any previous comments, but there is a Wordpress plugin called, “Socialable” that allows you to post your article(s) to numerous social bookmarking sites without having to visit 10 different pages.

A quick google search will find it. The author should be “Blogplay”. To make sure you have the right one.

Hope this is ok for sharing!

Thanks again!


192 Adrienne
November 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Hey Doug,

Well I’m glad you came back by and commented and you are more then welcome to reference this post. Absolutely, I would love it.

Since I wrote this post there have been a lot of improvements over the web. The social bookmarking site I use to use is no longer free so I took that reference out. Social Marker is a free site where you can also put your information in once and it will bookmark your post to numerous sites for free. But, I appreciate your share about the plug-in. I’m sure others will find this useful.

Also, writing articles is no longer as effective since the Panda update. You have to write more of them and much longer ones in order to get the same response. I recommend just sticking with the blog commenting because that will get you in front of a lot more people.

No problem, always appreciate a recommendation that works.

Thank you Doug and glad you enjoyed the post.



193 HP van Duuren November 29, 2012 at 6:39 AM

It doesn’t really happen often that I encounte any new info that gives me any real new insights that I didn’t already know something about.

This post however, definitely did give me some new insights that I didn’t really think about before it gives me lot’s of new things to think about, and gives lot’s of new ideas for possible improvements I can make on my blog(s). Thanks.


194 Adrienne
November 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Hi HP,

The one thing about the post HP that you have to understand is that you are currently linking a site here that is selling. Selling something isn’t making connections. This is a people industry and we’ll purchasing something from people we know like and trust. You aren’t giving us this option right now. If we can’t go over to your blog, read a post and make our own comments then you aren’t going to have a lot of luck with this particular set up.

Just FYI!


195 HP van Duuren November 30, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Yes, as I wrote in my comment, I have lot’s of things to think about, like a need to think about a way to set it up better, and also to find a way to create content that people can better relate to. (or possibly ‘curate’ some of my previously written content in a way that it is more valuable and interesting to read.)

In principle on my blog everybody is allowed to write their comments, so I do believe that it’s also somewhat of a ‘Chicken and Egg situation’ – while I do actually see a growing number of visitors – when I don’t yet see that much readers particpation yet, it’s also harder to get to know you as a reader better, and know what content you can relate to.


196 Adrienne
November 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

My opinion of your site with I visit is that it’s all about selling. I don’t feel any warmth at all HP and for the most part the most recent post you have it about promoting a book. That’s not going to open up readers to share their opinions with you.

I get that you’re wanting to make money from selling products but in my opinion you’re going about it in the wrong way. But, if you’re making a good bit of money this way then maybe readership and conversations aren’t what you need.

Just my two cents worth.



197 HP van Duuren December 3, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Thanks for your readers feedback, I do think that it can be helpful for setting things up better, and for example also write more Story telling-based posts, that possibly might be more attractive to read, than my current ‘Sales Page’ type Posts.

Possibly it migth also actually make writing them more fun, especially when more readers start to care more about what I write.


198 Adrienne
December 3, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I think if you veer off the sales page type posts and put more of you into them then you’ll attract more of the right people to your blog HP. Just a suggestion but trust me, it works.

Thank you for sharing that.



199 Gamin December 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Even though this post is already several months old, I am glad I stumbled into this. I learned a lot. Blogging is definitely a lot of work, but these tips will definitely make it easier for new bloggers like me.

I immediately created an account in Blog Carnival. I’ll soon do the same with the other sites you mentioned. Thanks for sharing these.


200 Adrienne
December 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Several months old? Try almost a year Gamin!!! But, the majority of these methods still work today. The problem is that people aren’t consistent. If you remain consist in what I’ve shared here you’ll go a long way. I’ll also be writing an update to this pretty soon so be on the lookout.

Blog Carnival is underrated. People love to read great stuff.

Thanks Gamin for sharing this and it’s still one of my most popular posts.



201 Gamin December 12, 2012 at 6:29 AM

You’re right. We just need to be consistent to see results.

No, thank you for letting us learn from your experience. This deserves to get shared a lot.


202 Adrienne
December 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Thank you Gamin and my pleasure!


203 Donna Merrill
December 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

OMG Adrienne!

This is a stellar post! My goodness, this can be an ebook or a webinar for heaven’s sake!
Take this and rock with it girl. You have described in detail everything one needs to know.
People hunger for this knowledge!

Donna Merrill recently posted…Create Your Own Google+ CommunityMy Profile


204 Adrienne
December 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Hey Donna,

You like? Girl, I spill the beans here at my place and when I learn I share.

I know, it’s been recommended to me to update it now and write a Kindle book you know. I’m thinking about it but as we discussed last night, I have some irons in the fire now that are taking me in another direction.

I always point people to this post when they ask me how to get started. Hey, I took the lessons I had learned, applied them all doing everything I pointed out here and well you know what happened next. My blog exploded and this is why!

Thanks Donna for your support and I’ll be by everyone else’s a little later.



205 Donna Merrill
December 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM


Thanks for sending me to this post! It is of the highest quality teaching people that they just cannot blog and do nothing else. You have taken all the elements of social media and created a great “machine” of social media.

Look at all these comments! I love it. Also will bookmark it for others who need this information.

Thanks for saving Me time!

Donna Merrill recently posted…Blog Review Of 2012My Profile


206 Adrienne
January 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Hey Donna,

You are most welcome and I just shaved tons of time for anyone who wants to go through an expensive course to learn everything they need to do. I learned all of this in a monthly membership program and trust me, it works. That’s what most people don’t realize though, it’s no overnight thing. You have to be consistent with your actions but you will see results because I’m living proof.

Thank you Donna and it’s still helping people a year after I wrote it and see where my blog still is today! I followed what I shared here and it keeps getting better and better.

I appreciate you sharing this post Donna and if you ever have any questions you know where to find me.



207 Taswir Haider March 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Hi Adrienne, some real inspiration from your post. However I didn’t see any Adsense or direct advertising like BuySellAds on your blog. It would be great if you could share your main income source from blogging.
Sometimes I think why I am blogging but some good inspirational person like you help me to gain strength again. Thank you so much.


208 Adrienne
March 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Hi Taswir,

Thank you, glad you enjoyed my post.

It’s pretty obvious that I don’t do Adsense or direct advertising on my blog because that’s not the purpose of my blog. My blog is a tool I use to build relationships with my readers, it’s not about making money from ads. I’ll leave that all up to the tech blogs Taswir.



209 Derek Freiman May 3, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Good article, Adrienne.

I have just launched a sports blog to talk about one of the things I am most passionate about. I have a few readers so far and hope to grow it. What advice could you give for further developing my readership? Do I just need to keep on blogging?



210 Adrienne
May 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Thank you Derek,

First off, welcome to blogging and I’m happy to hear that you’re already started getting some readers. That’s a great start for sure.

That’s what I talk a lot about here on my blog so go back through some of my posts in the blogging category and you’ll see where I’ve written about how to further develop your readership. I’ll give you a hint though… Visit more blogs and comment, share their content and start interacting with them. You want to get more attention and that’s the best place to start.

Now the next thing you need to do is set up that gravatar because people are very leery when that’s not set up. Remember this is people connecting with people so get that set up before you do anything else.

Thanks for your comment Derek and good luck.



211 FERNANDO May 5, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Too bad it took ma such a long time to start my blog and find out this amazing blog. Today I guess I spent more than a good one hour reading page after page and learning some awesome blogging techniques form this site.

As you mentioned on this post, I was even intimidated first to go and comment on other blogs, but after hearing from my friend who blogs at I started to do it and the results were impressive.

Thanks for sharing the resources page and I have already opened some pages on amazon for the books you have listed. Maybe I might buy some of then today after reading the book descriptions.

All the best Adrien and many thanks for sharing your knowledge in this awesome blog. I will be keeping an eye on this blog and will be back soon.


212 Adrienne
May 5, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Hey Fernando,

Well we all have to start some time and at least you started right! Just glad that you found my blog as well because I have a wealth of information to share. All what I learned to get me to where I am today.

Happy to hear your results Fernando and just keep up the great work. All the resources I recommend here I stand behind 100% which is why you won’t see me promoting a lot. I don’t believe in that myself.

Hope to see you back again soon.



213 Dana May 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Hi Adrienne!
It’s refreshing to see someone who is successful discuss how they started out – and that they had the growing pains in the beginning.
I had written for someone else’s blog before I started my own and it was part of my “job” to reply to comments. The funny thing was – I would have done it anyway since I enjoyed the interaction and appreciated people reading the articles and offering their perspective.

I was able to get to know people, read their blogs thanks to Comment Luv and I now have some relationships with other bloggers – one of them being YOU – all from responding to comments :)


214 Adrienne
May 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Hi Dana,

Ah, someone who is successful. I love the sound of that, thank you so much.

I think most of us start at the same place but it’s what we do with what we learn that will either take us where we want to go or not.

I’m glad you did have that job of building those relationships because in the end those are the things that will take us the farthest right! I love to respond to comments and I love reading other people’s blogs. I learn so much and meet so many wonderful people too.

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and I’m so honored you visited this post.



215 Chetan Gupta
June 9, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Hey Adrienne
you are absolutely right about these points. I am also wants to be a successful blogger. Blogging is the great way to achieve unexpectable success. Adrienne can you please explain me some thing about pings. I many times heard about this but i don’t know what actually is this. And what’s the importance of this???


216 Adrienne
June 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Hi Chetan,

This is exactly what I did to get me on the map. Of course a few things don’t work as well as they use to but for the most part the rest do. You can definitely have success with this my friend.

I wrote about pinging some time back and it really needs to be updated but this post will give you an idea.

Happy reading!



217 Chetan Gupta
June 25, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Hey Adrienne
Thanks for suggesting me this pinging post. It helped me a a lot to know about pinging. I am also.
Adrienne I am also beating my head against the wall because my blog doesn’t getting traffic. Google analytics always shows only about 10-15 visits daily and I am totally confused about how to get traffic. I only used to comment on other blogs. Is it enough??? Or I need to do all the things which you explained above. Please give me your valuale suggestion which really work for me. :(
Chetan Gupta


218 Adrienne
June 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Hey Chetan,

This post is everything I did to get my blog to where it was up to that point. So for an entire year I did everything I mentioned in this post consistently. Be sure you’re registered with other blog directories as I mentioned here as well.

You can comment on other blogs but it might take you awhile to start getting traffic to your site. Be sure to share their content on the social media sites as well. I’m sure you do reply to all comments too.

This isn’t going to be an overnight thing Chetan. It took me 4 months before I started to see results so be patient and be consistent with your actions. It takes awhile for you and your blog to get noticed.

Good luck!



219 Susan Velez July 24, 2013 at 7:29 AM

I just found your site and read this post, I just started my blog about a month ago. I have to admit it is a lot of work.

It seems like I am posting on the blog and not getting any traffic. I do comment on blogs and social bookmark my posts.

It seems like you did quite a bit to start driving traffic to your site. I will have to begin implementing some of the other methods that you talk about to drive more traffic. I bookmarked your site and will be back for more valuable tips to help me succeed with my blog.
Susan Velez recently posted…Sold My First Site Outside Of Flippa – After It Did Not SellMy Profile


220 Adrienne
July 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Hi Susan,

Well welcome to blogging and to my blog as well. Glad you found this post, it’s quite popular and proven methods of what I did.

You’ve only been blogging for a month, don’t be too hard on yourself. It took me four months before I started to see some repeat traffic and getting consistent. From there it just got better and better and as you can see, I’m still going strong.

You have to get yourself out there and I will tell you that the article marketing and the blogging networks won’t do you much good today. Google slapped the article sites about a year after I wrote this post so you really have to write a ton of them now to even getting a decent link. They also devalued the blogging networks so I personally wouldn’t even waste my time with those. Everything else still works today so hopefully that will help.

If you have any questions, feel free to just email me and I’ll be happy to help you.

Good luck.



221 Susan Velez July 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Thanks for getting back to my comment quickly. I will be using the other methods that you talk about on a daily basis. I did not realize when I got started blogging, how much work goes into it.

I know that posting on the blog is easy, but driving traffic to the site is what really takes work.
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222 Adrienne
July 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

You are more then welcome Susan, I try to respond as fast as I can.

People don’t realize what it takes to blog. Just be consistent in the action steps you take and I promise you will see results. Just be patient because had I not been I wouldn’t be where I am today and able to help everyone else learn how to do it as well.

So good luck with driving that traffic okay! You’ll do fine.



223 Al Green November 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM


You’ve created an addict. Ha Ha. I’ve been on your site most of last night and half of this morning. I had a pretty big comment written last night on this, but I had too many in moderation. That’s okay though.

I wanted to say thanks for making a post like this. It’s always good to see how someone who is having success got their start and what exactly they’ve done. The post read very easily and didn’t seem nearly as long as it was. The thing I took out of it really is about blog commenting. I’ve been doing it consistently for only a week or so outside of a small facebook group I have and I started to see the benefits, but your blog really solidified the fact.

I’ve learned a ton just from browsing blogs, commenting, and trying to add back some value. The one thing I’m going to add is to start commenting on youtube videos. A lot of the better videos have a ton of conversation on them and it should be a great way to start new relationships.

Thanks for refocusing me on the relationship aspect of our businesses. When you’re in the beginning stages you’re so focused on writing content and doing SEO that you forget what it’s all about when everything else is said and done.

Al Green


224 Adrienne
November 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Hey Al,

LOL!!! Oh I so love that Al, thank you for putting a big old smile on my face this Monday morning. I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying what I’ve shared and sorry about the three comment rule. Spammers like to plow by site so this prevents that. Just happy you came back though.

You are very welcome and I had never read a post like this before either. I took what I’d learned and what actually worked and just shared it with my readers. As you can tell from the interaction here on my blog if you consistently do what I shared in this post you WILL get results. Just help enough people and they’ll really appreciate it Al. I’m sure you have no problem at all over at your blog either since it’s health related. I think people just need someone to ask questions to you know and once you build up that trust factor then that’s when they’ll start to buy from you. I’d rather buy from someone I trust anyway and if that relationship is there then that’s even better.

Blog commenting is how I got started, how I was able to put myself in front of enough people and get the recognition. Just put your own experiences in your posts and then people will be able to relate to you.

I think commenting on videos will be a great way to go as well, they are huge too. Your main objective though is to get them to your blog.

Thanks for sharing this with me and if you ever have any questions just let me know okay! I’m here to help you with your journey.



225 Ngah Benoit December 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Such a great and inspiring story. You are my role model Adrienne and I wish to be like you. Your blog is one of top blogs I’ve visited and all I can say is Congrads for the success you are achieving. I can see your alexa ranking as of now is about 21,000. That’s something not easy to achieve and I am proud of you. Keep up with the spirit


226 Adrienne
December 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Hey Ngah,

Thank you and I was so happy to share my results with my readers because I had finally learned what it takes to “get on the map”.

I appreciate that, me being a role model. I’ll gladly accept that Ngah because I want to be there to help others because I didn’t have that when I started.

I got slapped a little over a year ago and my Alexa ranking when up about 30,000 and I had to bring it back down again. I went from a PR4 to a 2 and then back up to a 3. I don’t try to please the Google God’s anymore but luckily for me now, they’re the ones that are coming around to just providing great content that people love to interact on and share. Yay!!!

Thank you again Ngah and you have a wonderful week and a great ending to this year.



227 Angela McCall
December 3, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This is an awesome post. :)

Alex Jeffrey seems like he has everything RIGHT from the very beginning. Glad you took the training program from him. Seems like everything “you will need” you have mentioned it all. And I have it all, so I must be doing alright.

I didn’t know that you used to do affiliate marketing. I’d say I do a few of these affiliate products such as Clickbank, Share-A-Sale, Chitika, and Amazon Associates…but the money is sooooo SLOW. I need more traffic like 100,000 unique visitors/day to really start making more $$. Right now, the money that’s being made from these affiliate products are not enough to buy a new car even. I feel like this is taking forever but I am still being patient.

One thing I haven’t done yet is visit Forums. And I plan to do this in the near future.

BTW, what did you mean when you said, “Ping your content…”? I don’t think I understand this.

Um, RSS directories is new to me and so I bookmarked this on my Evernote and will submit my RSS feed asap.

…and WOW…thank you for sharing your success. It’s very inspirational. You know I’ve noticed that my alexia ranking have dropped down to 275K now. Still a long way to go and I keep working on it.

Have a great evening and have a blessed week!!

Angela McCall recently posted…My Interview With SilviuMy Profile


228 Adrienne
December 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Hi Angela,

Well welcome to my most famous post or at least I think it is!

Oh girl, I still do affiliate marketing. That’s how I make my living and I’ve been doing it now for about five or six years. It can be a slow process getting started but once you’re there you just need to keep the momentum going.

I don’t do forums, I tried and I just don’t feel comfortable there I guess. I’ve yet to find the right ones though.

Back then you needed to ping your content on the pinging networks so that Google will know you have a new post. WordPress has finally gotten so advanced that it does it for you but you definitely want to make sure you have the right services listed.

Yeah, you still should list your blog with RSS directories. You don’t have to join every single one but you definitely want to get your links out there so you’ll be picked up.

My pleasure and I wanted to share with my readers what I’d been doing to get my blog to where it was and this was definitely everything. It’s an older post now but I try to keep it updated with how things change.

Thanks Angela and enjoy your day.



229 Angela McCall
December 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I’m so glad you said that you don’t feel comfortable about the forum. That is exactly how I feel about them. When I go there (i.e. Warrior Forum) I am LOST. So much going on I don’t even know where to start. Guess, Lisa Irby has a forum too.and I told her that I will come and visit her Website Babble forum and yet still I feel uncomfortable.

Guess, I’m looking at your success here…you didn’t really go to forums and yet your blog is successful. And so now I feel like I’m really not missing much when it comes to forums. I should just gi there when I have a question and not devote all my time answering questions but I’d rather read 5-blogs a day and engage with friends.

Also, another thing I was gonna ask you, do you think its worth going to directories like Ezine Articles and submit some of my posts on my blog to them? I used to do this on my other blog — I have submitted about 3 articles to them and also left the posts on my blog, and that’s how my blog got the PR1 in less than a month. But the way algorithm on Google is changed I’m not sure if this is still a good idea. What do you think?

Angela McCall recently posted…My Interview With SilviuMy Profile


230 Adrienne
December 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I haven’t had great experience with forums and I’ve checked a few out but I just really don’t feel like I belong there for some reason. I’ve even been by Lisa’s and the same thing there too. I think we all just have to find what works best for us and forums just aren’t it for me.

I did everything that I put here, and some things that no longer work, and that’s how I started getting noticed. The commenting did it mostly for me but making those connections with people along the way too. Helping people and letting them know I’m here for them, that really did help too Angela.

No, I wouldn’t waste your time with article marketing anymore. The thing with that now is that you have to submit a LOT of articles in order for you to get some attention and they are a lot more strict now and very picky with what they’ll accept. I did a lot of article marketing and that’s what helped get my blog to a PR4 but once they got slapped, I did to. Guilt by association although all of my articles were unique and all mine. You’ve had the same experience but I say keep building those links up naturally. Writing articles takes a lot of time and it’s really not a great link building strategy anymore.



231 Ron Killian December 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Great post Adrienne. Some great ideas.

I agree with your last reply, some things sure don’t work like they use to. I recently messed with article marketing and saw very little traffic from it. That coupled with little SEO value these days, I don’t know if it’s worth it either. Like you said, you’d need to write and submit SO many articles.

Forums for me do help, not just traffic, but backlinks and branding, or getting your name out there. But like you said, it’s not for every one. I will say, some forums can be intimidating as well. Plus it’s annoying all the junk that is allowed to be posted on some forums. Either the owners/mods don’t care or don’t have the time.

Seems more and more social is the way to go, least right now. I just can’t seem to find the time to make it really work.


232 Adrienne
December 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Hey Ron,

Ah, thanks for stopping by. This one might be old but a lot of the original information still works. Some of it not so much anymore so I continue to update my “note” at the bottom because I certainly don’t want anyone wasting their time with something that won’t bring them any results.

The article marketing wasn’t ever really about traffic more then ranking. But they screwed things up when they start accepting crappy content so we all got deranked from that. It’s not even worth it to me anymore because you’ve got to write a heck of a lot of original content for it to do any good these days.

Forums haven’t been nice to me. The ones that are only filled with spam are useless and the other ones some of those people can just be mean. It’s like they know it all and one little thing you say they knock you down. That’s not how I want to be treated when I’m trying to learn and also trying to help others. I prefer playing nice with the other kids.

Blog commenting and building relationships is the best way to go but it’s very time consuming. Trust me though, it’s worth the efforts you have to put in and my blog is living proof.

Thanks Ron and hope your week is going well.



233 Atinder March 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

All these Traffic gaining Tips will work for everyone as you said. Forums didn’t work for me or I haven’t done sufficient hard work. But I love to Drive traffic through Guest Posting and build Reputation.
Also Blogging is the Best Thing I have Donee in My Life. Still am not a Very successful blogger, but working Fine and Growing as Quick as I can.


234 Adrienne Smith
March 31, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Hi Atinder,

Yes they will and it’s exactly what I did to get myself noticed. At that time though I wasn’t introduced to guest blogging but I don’t think I would have had the confidence quite yet to go that direction. Forums just aren’t my thing and they still aren’t but they work for a lot of people.

I’m happy to hear how much you love blogging and I do hope you’ll enjoy it even more in the years to come.

Thank you for your comment and do enjoy your day.



235 abdirahim May 30, 2014 at 3:28 AM

Yet another very useful article. I am happy that you became a successful blogger and a role model for us. my problem is really getting backlinks to my site. recently i contact a SEO company who promised to do forum posting for my site , i am waiting for results soon. even after doing guest posting, the backlinks have not been reflected on my site. i use tools like open site explorer and majestic SEO that take long to index the links.
please can you suggest a better tool to check my backlinks.


236 Adrienne Smith
May 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Hi Abdirahim,

Hiring a company to get you backlinks to me is a huge mistake. The reason I say that is that is what has gotten a lot of people in trouble with Google because they’re just getting you backlinks and they usually aren’t the right ones. Google will come along and penalize you because of them so just be very careful.

You need to just chill my friend. Nothing and I mean nothing will happen overnight. This is a process and it all takes time to build up. When you build those links too fast then once again, Google knows that and they will wipe your site right off the radar. This is a process so build those link naturally or you won’t have any traffic to your blog at all.

Visit some forums yourself and just start being a part of their community and have fun with this.

I think Open Site Explorer is one of the best so again, just be patient. I’m serious, you can’t rush this stuff Abdirahim.



237 harish June 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Hi Adrienne,

thank you for your post,being a new blogger i don’t know the tips how to improve traffic to my site, but after reading your post i can say that my blog will also be a toppest blog among the topics i am concerning and upadting posts in a few days(if your tips are followed).

i think your post is like A to Z guide for all the bloggers for those who want to be successful.
you have mentioned all the points to get more traffic to one’s blog



238 Adrienne Smith
June 26, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Hi Harish,

You are very welcome and I’m glad it helped. I know that since this post is a little old now I try to go back and just at least let you know what doesn’t work as well as it use to but overall the steps here are what you need to do to set things up and put yourself out there. I think we all could use a step-by-step guide which is why I was sharing exactly what I did to get my blog to where it ended up in just one short year.

I appreciate your comment and I wish you the very best.



239 Sonali Joshi July 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM

The best thing after reading this post is it will give boost to beginners in blogging industry, I am now following you from now… The main thing for depression in blogging is not getting traffic, you have explained all the methods and gave us tips on how to get backlinks and traffic, thanks for that…


240 Adrienne Smith
July 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Hi Sonali,

Welcome to my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed my journey! Yep, this is exactly what I learned to do to put myself out there. Although not all of the techniques work like they did you can just replace them with other methods. You definitely have to put yourself out there in order for people to even know who you are so that will help you at least get noticed. We all want that as new bloggers.

I appreciate your comment and you enjoy what’s left of this weekend.



241 Naveen Rajput July 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Hi adrienne smith
I read your secret to success .You done a lot to get this level ,in front of you i am nothing i have to learned a lot a lot to become like you .Now i am your follower .Feeling very fortunate on being on your blog first time


242 Adrienne Smith
July 25, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Hi again Naveen,

I know it’s several years old but there are so many new sites that have come online now but just following this initial process will help tremendously. If you have any questions now let me know and I’m eager to help you okay. If I can do this then I honestly believe that anyone can.

Hang in there and always glad to get a new reader.



243 Ahmad Budairi March 20, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Hi Madam, i have some question.
1. what article marketting do you use?
2. what tool do you use for research the keyword?
3. Do you use any plugin of SEO optimization?

Thanks before, madam.


244 Adrienne Smith
March 20, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Hi Ahmad,

Welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoyed this post.

So to answer your questions:

1) I mentioned in the note at the bottom of the post that article marketing no longer works. That means I don’t use any.

2) I don’t do keyword research any longer but the one I do use when I need to is Micro Niche Finder. I’ve owned it for years.

3) I use the Thesis theme and the SEO function is built into the theme so I don’t need a separate SEO plugin.

Hope that helped answer your questions.



245 Chuck Holmes June 18, 2015 at 11:10 AM

If there are two things I could credit to having a successful blog, it would be: great content and a great voice. So many blogs online have crappy content. Many sound the same. You want content that is engaging, unique and high quality. Typically, my longest posts are my most popular posts. Also, controversial topics do pretty well for me. You want to write for your readers, not for the search engines.

In addition, you need to develop your own unique voice. My writing style is short and to the point with no B.S. That resonates with many of my readers. Sure, it might turn some people off as well, but I’m okay with that.

It also helps to blog frequently, have a good layout, and be long-term. Don’t just try to chase the dollar. Focus on providing value and everything will work itself out. Just my two cents.

Nice blog, Adrienne!

Chuck Holmes


246 Adrienne Smith
June 20, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Hey Chuck,

Welcome back and glad you checked out this post. This was what I learned after having a very successful year with my blog. Of course this post is now four years old and I do my best to update it because I would never want to point people in the wrong direction but I would also hope they would check out the date to make sure because everything is always changing right.

I would agree with you about the great content and great voice. My issue these days is I’ve read that, I haven’t learning anything new and you’re not entertaining me at all. I can’t read those posts anymore, I’m done with them. Who has time these days although I know most are still learning and it will take them awhile to find their own voice so that they can start writing better content. It’s a process though, that I know for sure.

I think if what you write turns people off then they obviously aren’t your audience. Granted, if you are always writing controversial stuff that might start to turn the best of them off which is why I steer clear of those topics. That’s just me personally of course.

Thanks for sharing what you have been doing and how it’s worked for you. I always enjoy hearing from those who are doing well and what’s worked best for them.

Appreciate your comment and hope all is well with you. Take care and have a great week.



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