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Article Writing and Blogging / Re: Blog daily or weekly
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:25:37 PM »
I am just trying to see what would be the best way to proceed since I don't seem to have gotten very far at this point.  I am not getting much for repeat visitors, in the last month, 95% of visitors were new.  Not a surprise with how few hits I get, but it seems I need to do something to keep people coming back.

I just checked out your site.  Looks well done.  Unfortuantely, I'm one of your 95%ers.  I'm just not that much of a car guy.  I get in, turn the key and go where I need to.  Muscle cars just aren't my thing.  I suspect you are getting a lot of casual folks like myself stumbling into the site and not enough car enthusiasts finding it. 

Are there muscle car forums or facebook groups or something like that out there?  If so, you may want to join one of those communities and (without spamming) mention blog posts that you have written that relate to the thread you are reading.  Even if you don't have a blog post on the topic, many forums will show your signature file (w/your website) with your comnment  allowing free advertising in an area with a good target demographic.  Again, just be appropriate and don't be perceived as spamming or mooching.


Email Marketing / Re: Physical Address
« on: September 06, 2012, 10:28:21 AM »
I use Subscribe2 which is a free WordPress plugin. You set exactly what it says on the email. No address required. It comes with default messages, that's what I use, but it is easily changed.

I use subscribe2 as well, and for my needs it works perfectly.  But I'm not trying to do things on the scale that MailChimp can...

The Water Cooler / Re: Anybody heard from Jack?
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:17:40 PM »
No.  I sent him an email 2 weeks ago saying we missed him here, but didn't hear anything back. 

I also saw folks ask him when he's coming back on his 5MWJ Facebook page - on Aug2, Aug 10 (me), and August 17...

Maybe one of the moderators here has more inside info?!?

Knowing Yourself and Your Customer / Re: Is my industry "cheap" ?
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:53:17 PM »
I'll bet if you had guided 3-day few-pitch rope climbs that were beginner-friendly in some beautiful areas you'd be able to charge reasonable trip fees (work with a good local restaurant or caterer, make it gourmet?).  Just a thought. 

I'm another one who used to climb a lot, but not in a while.  I'm trying to get my kids into it, so I can do some more too.  Meanwhile hiring a guide is definitely something I'd consider.  I had a trip to New York a while back (for my life partner's work - she had a conference), so I traveled with her and hired a guide for the day to climb some easy stuff in the Gunks - great day.  Then the next day, I was able to climb some of the same stuff with her.   I'd definitely do that again. 

The guide I picked was really at random - through the local guide service.  I'd much rather climb with someone I followed on a blog site - or at least someone who when I considered climbing with them had an active blog to give me a good idea of what they are about.

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: WHAT NEXT?
« on: August 13, 2012, 01:08:48 PM »
I suggest you start soliciting feedback from your listeners - find out who's listening, and what they want.  This will help you with determining future content.  It will also give you an idea of how to connect with people and what other people might also be interested in listening too.

BTW - I listened to one of your podcasts, I thought it was nicely done.


Social Networking Nirvana / Re: Facebook Likes
« on: August 13, 2012, 08:39:49 AM »
I wrote up a pretty basic Facebook Fan Page Promotional Guide. I hope this will be useful for you guys to get it rolling.

Thanks - this is a great intro.  I'm going to save a link to this thread to come back to when I'm ready to push on Facebook...


Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: I like it rough!
« on: August 08, 2012, 07:46:06 AM »
Looks good when I looked at it this morning, so maybe it was just a minor glitch...

Meet, Greet and Network / Re: Greetings from Connecticut
« on: August 01, 2012, 08:21:36 AM »
Welcome - please share your ideas here.  Folks are very supportive and enjoy helping others.  Besides, we are always curious to see what other folks are doing too.

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: I like it rough!
« on: July 31, 2012, 09:47:10 PM »
I checked out your site and was very distressed at the layout.  I missed your cool banner and everything. 

So I dug around a bit, and it looks to me like http://survivalpunk.com/ works just fine, but the link I typed in first http://www.survivalpunk.com/ doesn't look so hot.  Take a look, maybe it's just me (Win7 IE9 and Win7 Firefox13).

Article Writing and Blogging / Re: polls
« on: July 31, 2012, 09:25:25 PM »
My experience is older, 2-3 years ago, and not on a blog, so I'm not sure how applicable it is.  What i saw was that the polls were useful when you have a number of followers who are less engaged.  It can cause them to take an action and perhaps get more involved.  I don't know how many new folks will show up to vote in a poll like this.

I found that posting controversial opinions / materials was more likely to have new people see it, though getting them to stick around could be trickier.

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: Honesty Hurts Sometimes
« on: July 29, 2012, 09:22:05 PM »
Thank you for your comments. I appreciate the feedback. You are so right about the For Kids page. I need to spend some time making that more useful. I am planning on posting some thoughts on getting young children more involved in the operations of the homestead and how to encourage their interests in gardening and farming. If you have any suggestions I would really appreciate your thoughts.

I'd suggest you tell stories about what you and your kids do together, how you try to teach them, what activities you use, what approach you take, and then how it turned out.  That would be most interesting to me.

Peer Review - Website Blog Critique / Re: Honesty Hurts Sometimes
« on: July 29, 2012, 03:58:19 AM »
I thought your site looked professional.  The articles were in depth and showed good writing skills.  I particularly enjoyed your Peaches and Screams article.  With kids of my own, I appreciate stories like this. 

The one area I was disappointed in was your 'for kids' and books recommendations.  It's fine to have a list, but what I'm looking for is your experience with the product - why do you recomend this book?  The farm game looked really interesting on Amazon, but was too expensive for me to buy for my family without seeing it in a store or having a better idea of it.

If you can blog daily like this - I'm sure you'll do great.  Mind you, this is my do as I say, not as I do.  I'm just getting started out myself, and am not real good on my site - my attitude is do something at least, and keep pushing to get better.

Is this going to be a membership site? How are you planning on making money? I like the content. I'm downloading your episodes right now. Keep the content coming.

TechPreps - I'm working my way through the episodes - still great content - I'm slowing down now as I actually am doing some work (inventorying my main desktop PC, evaluating my backup strategies...) before I go further.

I'm curious like Jrace4fun on what you are thinking for your monetization strategy, but I wouldn't get hung up on that yet.  You are off to a great start.  Build the audience, your email lists, fan base, etc.  and see how things play out.  I believe Jack is absolutely correct - if you create consistently good content, market it to gain fans, you can certainly monetize it.

Thanks for continuing the info - I saw you posted recently on whole house generators - that's something I researched in some depth earlier, so I'm very curious about your thoughts on it.

OK - I'm normally a Google guy, but this week as per Jack's challenge, I'm trying Bing.  So far, I'm not seeing anything much better or worse.  The bird's eye view angle was interesting, but not superb.  I'll keep working it for the week and see if I notice any significant differences.

Meet, Greet and Network / Re: Greetings from SW Florida!
« on: July 21, 2012, 11:10:54 PM »
The most important thing is just to start.  If you worry too much about trying to post every day and that keeps you from making your first post you are in real trouble.  Same thing for trying to make perfect posts.  Get started, get something out there, and then improve from there...

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