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10 February 2010 No Comment

I am soon to implement a small change to my posting style. As you (hopefully) know I spend a good portion of this blog experimenting with products, ideas and services. After all the only way to know if something works (or does not work) for sure, is by testing it out. However in my haste to answer so many questions at once I have ended up with a lot of open articles without conclusions. The problems include:

  1. New articles with only half the content look unfinished and unprofessional
  2. By the time I have concluded an experiment no one is viewing the article because it is already buried in the archives
  3. I assumed I would get some suggestions about an experiment at the beginning which would ultimately lead me to tweak the experiment but this was never the case
  4. Some experiments may break down or need to be changed as new evidence becomes available

So what all this means is that experiments will only be posted when I have completed them and can post the results. The point of telling you all this is to let you know that there are experiments under way even if they are not being posted. Without further ado I would like to let you know about the following experiments underway or under consideration.

Experiments you should already know about

  • Guest Posting Experiment: I want to find out how easy it is to get your post published on popular sites and the effects this will have on traffic and readers.
  • Bookmarking Demon: I personally think that Bookmarking Demon is one of the best pieces of software to assist webmasters. It doesn’t try to do the job of a webmaster, merely assist in automating a time-consuming, but ultimately rewarding task; Social Bookmarking. But first I would like to put it to the test.

New Experiments you don’t know about

  • Social Bookmarking: This site gets good traffic from search engines, referring sites, direct traffic but sees almost no traffic from the social bookmarking sites. Can I improve this situation?
  • Paid Traffic: Do those paid traffic services you read about actually send you traffic you can monetize? Redirected URL’s and the like seem to make their claim at least plausible but I prefer to put it to the test.
  • Paid Diggs: Can an article hit the front page of Digg by paying for Diggs? Its a bit black-hat but the rewards could be great.
  • Clickbank Product/Service: My biggest project this year. I have an idea for a piece of software that will make webmasters lives much easier. Can I create, market and then profit from this massive undertaking?
  • Web Directory: I always had the idea that you could buy a free web directory and convert it to a paid directory rather easily. Will this money making idea work or will it go onto my list of web failures?
  • Building A List: Everywhere you talk to professional bloggers the biggest mistake/regret they almost unanimously say, is they wished they started building a list earlier. Well I think its time I dived in and put this to the test. Can a list really be that beneficial?
  • SEO Company: I have finally decided to hire an Australian SEO company to optimize one omy sites. I have always thought it would be extremely profitable if you could outsource your SEO work and get some quality rankings in the search engines. Its a 12 month contract so the results will be interesting.

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