What Happens When Gizmodo Unleashes a Flood of 42,000+ People on Your Blog

December 9th, 2010: 5:01PM: “It’s up! It’s up! GO GO GO.” I received this IM from my friend Lindsay who had been watching Gizmodo like a hawk ever since I told her that my travel-hacking article, “How to Travel the World for $418″ was going to be syndicated on the tech giant’s website.

For the next 48 hours, it felt like I had taken over the internet.

A week later, I was still trying to get caught up on the hundreds upon hundreds of emails, almost a thousand new subscribers to the site, and even crazy radio interview requests including one with a station in Tokyo, Japan. As of today, that article on Gizmodo has been viewed 330,000 times on Gizmodo, shared thousands and thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook, and was their #2 How-To article for 2010.

That day, I learned the true power of the connected world in which we live…it’s freaking awesome.

While on my big trip around the globe, I reached out to my friend Corbett and asked if I could put together an article for Think Traffic that showed what happened to my site when it was “Gizmodo’d.” Fortunately, he agreed, and right on time (…five months late), here’s that breakdown on what happened, why it happened, and what resulted because of it.

nerd fitness steve kamb gizmodo how to travel the world for $418

The Back Story

Back in December I hit publish around 10AM on an article for my site NerdFitness.com called “How to Travel Around the World for $418.” With my site being a fitness website and having very little to do with travel, it wasn’t exactly in the list of ‘generally discussed topics.’ However, my site deals with a lot of aspects of my life along with fitness tips, and I figured people might be interested in reading about the big adventure I had coming up.

As it turned out, people outside of the Nerd Fitness community were interested in my article as well!

Within thirty minutes of publication, I started getting IM’s from my nerd friends who frequent sites like Digg, Reddit, HackerNews, etc. – all saying generally the same thing: “hey man, your article is popping up on HackerNews, and shooting up the list quickly.”

About thirty minutes after that, I received an email from an editor at Gizmodo that said something to the affect of:

Hey Steve,

We saw your article today, and we’d like to syndicate it on Gizmodo. We get x million page views a month and x million unique monthly visitors. Let us know if you’re interested!

At this point I spit out coffee all over my keyboard, and I wasn’t even drinking any. I did a happy dance around my apartment for ten minutes, replied with an enthusiastic “absolutely,” and then spent the next six hours hitting refresh on Gizmodo’s home page like a hawk (they didn’t tell me when they’d be posting it). As the hours went on, I started to wonder if something had gone wrong or if they decided not to post it. Then, right as the clock struck 5pm, the article had been republished on Gizmodo with custom artwork (which blew me away), and a big header announcing “Steve Kamb wanted to travel the world” and links up the wazoo back to my website.

What Kind of Traffic Did It Send to My Site?

See if you can guess which day the article was posted?

Here are some rough stats for the my site before, during, and after:

  • Average visits per day from 11/8 to 12/8: 844 visits
  • Visits on article: 23,051 visits
  • Visits on day after article: 19,023 visits
  • Average visits per day from 12/16 to 1/16: 1,625 visits

Here are the top sources of incoming traffic to Nerd Fitness for the two days the article “blew up.” Although I have a huge number of “direct traffic” numbers, more than any other source, I have to imagine that most of those are from either one of the big sites and were improperly tracked by my analytics:

If you look at the stats, the bounce rate for Gizmodo people who clicked through was at 45%, way less than every other source, and also had a much higher pages per visit number than other sites as well.

Now, we all know that web traffic isn’t the end all be-all metric. Like stepping on a scale compared to accurately measuring your body fat percentage (fitness reference ftw!)….tracking visits is nothing compared to tracking engaged and active visitors who stick around.

So, what were my subscriber numbers like? According to Feedburner:

  • December 3, 2010 – 2,736 subscribers
  • December 7, 2010 – 2,792 subscribers
  • ARTICLE DAY
  • Decmeber 9th, 2010 – 3,215 subscribers
  • December 13th, 2010 – 3,415 subscribers

I’d say I added somewhere between 500-700 subscribers in the days immediately following the article going viral, which is 1.2% of the 42,000 new visits on those days. After that, the numbers settled in to a more consistent growth, but a growth that was definitely faster than before. I attribute this to obviously the buzz slowing down, but people continued to find the article continuously since then.

My twitter numbers also skyrocketed:

I added 300+ followers over the few days following the article going viral; after growing at a snails pace for two years, it was great to see things take off. My twitter follower growth certainly accelerated after the boost as well.

Now, as far as REALLY engaged readers went, I probably received 350-400 emails from readers who wanted to do one of three things:

  • Wish me luck
  • Offer advice
  • Meet up while I was traveling!

It took me two weeks to get back to everybody (many people wrote emails that were 1000+ words), but I made sure to reply to each and every person that emailed me. I was even able to meet up with a handful of them in each place I went which was cooler than I could have expected.

So, those are the numbers, let’s dig into the lessons learned from it all.

A few things that probably limited my overall conversions:

  • I wrote an article about travel hacking, on a primarily fitness focused website, that got syndicated on a tech website. Although I’ve incorporated some travel posts into my writing (especially now that I’ve begun my epic adventure), the only people that clicked through were people that were interested in travel hacking, and the only people that stuck around were folks that were also interested in fitness.
  • Gizmodo and the other sites that helped me “blow up” are big tech sites that are designed for people who want to read random cool stuff and move onto the next thing. I’m sure quite a few of those 300,000 read the article, said “cool!” and then went back to reading about the next iPad iPod.
  • My site was NOT optimized to capture email addresses and encourage return visits at all. I had a link in my footer asking people to sign up but it wasn’t well designed, and my archives weren’t easy to find if people wanted to read all of my previous posts.

But a few things worked in my favor as well:

  • I had two years of backlogs of articles waiting for people when they showed up. Although it seemed like an “overnight success” to the new people who found the site, I had been two years of daily writing for people to read back on. If somebody wanted to learn more about Nerd Fitness and Steve Kamb, it was all right there for them.
  • I already had 2,700 subscribers and a thriving community when people showed up. It’s like showing up to a party that is already packed with people – you want to stay because other people are there so it must be fun!
  • I announced in the article that although I normally talked about fitness, I planned on blogging about my adventure on the site. I know quite a few people who stuck around who weren’t fitness fans but just wanted to read about my trip.
  • A call to action with a link to my email address was right in the article. Because of that, I was able to make a personal connection with 350-400 people who then became invested in me as a person and my adventure.

So, how did my article get Gizmodo’d?

It’s weird that I truly had nothing to do with promoting my article and getting on Gizmodo. I simply wrote the article, hit “publish” and then followed my normal routine of sending out one tweet and one facebook message to announce it.

That’s it.

Somebody else read it and shared it on HackerNews. Somebody else posted it on Stumbleupon, Reddit, and Digg. Somebody else sent it into Gizmodo.

I started to think about why this article wet viral when nothing else I had written in the past two years had even come close to this amount of buzz. Here’s my conclusion:

This opportunity happened because I wrote “epic shit.”

I’ve come to realize that the posts that have resonated most with my readers and have been shared the most are the posts that do a few key things:

  • Provide specific, actionable, step-by-step information on how to solve a problem
  • Entertain and tell a fun story
  • Show something awesome, but then break it down into bite-sized pieces so the reader can say “hey, I can do that.”

This article did all three of those things, and it was certainly epic. I took a seemingly ridiculous idea “Travel the world for $418,” which hooked the reader, and then explained in excruciating detail exactly HOW I planned on traveling the world for that amount of money.

This article was successful because it removed all of the uncertainty and guesswork from the big scary concept of travel hacking – I covered every single aspect of planning my trip, from which credit cards I signed up for to placing my call to American Airlines to book the trip. I even had a section that covered all of the potential questions I thought I’d get. It was a one-stop-shop for booking an epic global adventure.

What did I learn?

I said it above, I said it before, and I’ll say it again – content is king. My article made it onto Gizmodo because I consistently wrote great content for two years and this one happened to be the one that caught their attention. I didn’t solicit anybody, I didn’t call in any favors, I didn’t (and still haven’t) spent a dollar on advertising – I wrote something worth sharing.

In my first nine months of blogging at NF, I had less than 90 subscribers - I was consistently writing generic fitness articles that people could find anywhere. It wasn’t until I started really focusing on writing great articles, full of unique perspectives and applicable information that Nerd Fitness went from “meh” to “must share” and things started to take off.

Sure Gizmodo helped push me to another level, but there was two years of hundreds of articles, incredibly late nights and very early mornings that got me there. You never know what article will be your tipping point, so you need to consistently write epic shit, over and over.

You can’t count on a big break…I didn’t write my article hoping it would go viral. I haven’t written an article since then that expected to go viral either. Because honestly you never know what will work and what won’t. So, I just keep doing what I’m doing – writing as much great stuff as possible, helping as many people as possible, and working as hard as possible.

I know that more good things will eventually happen if I keep doing enough of the right thing. Last month, I gave a guest lecture at Google. Want to know how I got that gig? They emailed ME!

Don’t focus on writing the next viral article or creating the next viral video – focus on writing great stuff, producing unique content that cannot be found anywhere else, or solving a problem in a completely different way from anybody else, and it will get shared. If it happens to be in the right place at the right time, it might go viral.

But you can give your best stuff away. Although I received a great deal of traffic and subscribers from that particular article, I added almost a thousand engaged and eager subscribers overnight much earlier in my blogging career with a single guest post on The Art of Manliness. I spent THREE months working on that article and even enlisted the help of an author friend to help me edit and rewrite it…ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT.

Cultivate relationships with big bloggers, and never ask for anything – go out of your way to be helpful, and then when you ask about writing a guest post, explain that its an article that you think will be very helpful to their readers.

It’s taken me 2000+ words to get to this point, so let’s do a recap:

  • Write epic shit. If you do this consistently enough, people will start to share your stuff with the world, and one of those people might be the editor of a big site.
  • Write helpful stuff. Most people do nothing because they’re afraid of making a mistake – if you can explain exact steps you’ve taken to solve a problem, people will be more likely to follow those steps for themselves or share it with somebody who has a similar problem.
  • Be unique, dammit. My article wasn’t about the “10 best twitter tips!” or “11 lessons I learned about making money online!” It was a cool article about a ridiculously awesome concept that nobody thought was possible. I’m not telling you that you have to take an epic trip around the world to write something unique, but you do need to do something differently than everybody else if you’re going to stand out.

How can you help your audience in a unique way? Have you solved a problem differently than everybody else? Do you have a great story to tell? How can I help YOU get your next big article shared?

Leave a comment and I’d be glad to help.

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  • http://www.marsdorian.com Mars Dorian

    Wow wow wow man,

    nice story – you deserve all the attention. Your blog is kick-ass, and I admire the energy & passion you put into your posts !
    You wrote 3 months on that article for ArtofManliness ? That is CRA-ZEY !
    But then again – your results show what you are worth –
    Thanx to you, I will now dedicate more time to my writing as well.

    keep rocking it.

    • http://www.nerdfitness.com Steve

      Hey Mars,

      Yeah man, it was 3 months of back and forth emails with my author friend. I remember his first reply after my first draft was something like:

      “you’re better than this, try again.”

      So I continually refined and worked on that article, bouncing it back to him every week or so to get his thoughts…cannot tell you how valuable it was to have somebody else’s eyes on it.

      -S

  • http://cloud-coach.net Ethan Waldman

    Steve. That was truly epic. Thank you for sharing your account and for the reminder to always be putting out your best content. For people who tend to be perfectionists, how do you decide when the article is really ‘ready’ and just hit publish? Did your website/hosting have any trouble handling all that traffic?

    • http://www.nerdfitness.com Steve

      Hey Ethan

      I force myself to stick to a Monday-Thursday schedule for my posts, so even if something isn’t 100% perfect (hint: it never is), I force myself to publish.

      As far as guest posts go, I impose deadlines on those as well…but I still take my time to make sure they’re done right.

      Actually did not have any issues with the site handling all of the traffic. I installed a few plug ins to make sure my site would load as fast as possible, but props to BlueHost for keeping the site up and running throughout.

      • http://www.cityvids.tv marianney | CityVids.tv Denver

        Steve, do you mind sharing those plug ins?

        • http://www.nerdfitness.com Steve

          Hey Marianney!

          The only one that I really used that affected my site’s performance was “WP Super Cache.” Let me know if you have trouble finding it.

          -S

  • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com Roy | Cruisesurfingz

    I’m one of the new readers who came by via Gizmodo :)

    Great advice, Steve. Write well, be helpful and be unique. I need to start writing more like that.

  • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

    Steve,

    I remember I first heard your Gizmodo story on BlogcastFM. I listened to it a few times cause it was so cool. I’m glad you wrote more about it.

    You said Google emailed you about speaking? Do you know how they found you? Any idea why they chose you over other fitness bloggers?

    What is that website you used to track your twitter stats?

    Thanks for a great article. Lots of valuable information inside!

    • http://www.nerdfitness.com Steve

      Hey Benny

      The site is twittercounter.com, and it’s free. just type in:

      twittercounter.com/YOURTWITTERNAME and it will display your stats. you can’t really pick specific dates to check, I just happened to take a screenshot way back then.

      As far as how Google found me, THEY KNOW ALL!!!! hahaha jk. I’m assuming a few employees read Nerd Fitness or saw the Gizmodo article, and when Google started looking for speakers to come in and talk about getting healthy, they figured “hmmm, maybe we should get the guy that does NERD fitness.” I mean honestly, can you think of a more perfect audience for me to get in front of? :)

      -Steve

  • http://www.commonsensemarketing.net Sarah Russell

    How fricking cool, man!!!!

    I’m curious – did you run into any kind of bandwidth limits or have your site crash at all in that flood of traffic? Because – to answer the question posed in the title – I can tell you what would happen if a site like Gizmodo sent that much traffic to my site. I’d be crashed within a few hours, so I should probably start thinking about ways to handle traffic spikes… :)

    Now, off to read the original article on travel hacking… Thanks so much for sharing!

    • http://www.nerdfitness.com Steve

      Hey Sarah!

      I spent most of the day freaking out that my site would crash, but I don’t think it ever did. My site is hosted through Bluehost, and I called them and let them know that I might be getting a surge of bandwidth, but they said other than optimizing my website, there really wasn’t anything else that needed to be done.

      So, I made sure I had a few key plugins installed on WP, namely the WP Super Cache plug in that would help things run more smoothly: http://ocaoimh.ie/wp-super-cache/

      Hope that helps!

      -S

  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    amazing story and congratulations. writing killer content is key indeed. i too have noticed that my best syndicated posts contain the elements you talked about, including hours of preparation and time invested writing and perfecting the post. it definitely helps to have thousands of existing subscribers, which has made it easier for new visitors to subscribe to my blog. good stuff Steve – appreciate the reinforcement.

  • http://www.affluenthealers.com Amy Putkonen

    Wow, snowball!! It just goes to show that consistency is key, but I believe that consistency is also one of the most difficult pieces to master. Great content, of course, is key and so is being UNIQUE! Thanks for this post.

  • http://www.jonalford.com Jon

    The biggest take away is “you can’t count on a big break.” You just have to keep on, keeping on. If you continue to publish epic content then sometime down the line it’s going to take on a life of its own.

    Congrats on working so hard over the years, Steve. Your hard work has positioned you to receive these well-deserved rewards.

  • Amy

    Steve,

    I found your blog about 2 months ago, and I have been obsessed! I have been struggling to lose weight for 5 years, and I have made consistent but slow progress. Your blog gave me the inspiration to run a 5K in November which I have been training for. When my friends and family asked me how I was losing weight, I started my own blog (and share all of your articles to my facebook wall) about how I was losing weight and training for the 5K. Thank you so much for the valuable information and motivation your work has provided to me!

  • Patrick Hitches

    Dude, I enjoye reading that article just a much as all your fitness posts. Loved the story and I wish you continued success brother!

    Patrick

  • http://www.youngprepro.com/welcome Onibalusi Bamidele

    This is really awesome and inspiring to read!

    It’s really great to see how powerful blogging can be.

    Getting on Gizmodo means you’re doing something right – keep it up!

    BTW Did Gizmodo contact you before linking to the articles, or did they just link to you?

    • http://www.nerdfitness.com Steve

      Hey Onibalusi,

      They contacted me before reposting the article….had I said “no, please don’t repost it” then they wouldn’t have run it on Gizmodo.

      Fortunately, I’m not an idiot and obviously said yes, so they posted it on their site later on that day.

      -Steve

      • http://www.teamaguilar.com/sabre-springs-real-estate.html Alex Aguilar

        I never knew sites like Gizmodo contacted authors before reposting their articles – that’s actually very nice of them. I always assumed big sites like Gizmodo or Engadget reposted whatever they wanted and bank on the author being grateful for all the attention/site-traffic.

  • http://www.faranginthailand.com colin

    Now that is epic shit… When will this article go viral?!

  • http://theaveragegenius.net jamesthejust

    Incredible. Epic.

    I’m looking like a spammer here, but I’m at a loss for words – I’ve been hooked on your blog for all of a week (started the primal ‘diet’ and working out again)…

    And have to admit you done write gooder an’ me.

  • http://ijustdid.org/ Jonha | iJustdid.org

    While Gizmodo might have given you an overnight success, it takes an equally amazing attitude to keep you up there and your readers in coming back to your site and you sure have that. I’m so glad there are still people like you who have experienced awesome success and still keep your feet on the ground. Have fun traveling!

  • http://paralegalhq.com David

    Definitely headed over to your site right now. Thanks for the awesome article. I love when guest posters can ACTUALLY WRITE!!! Awesome stuff here.

  • http://www.howtobecome.info/forum Hando

    I did found the article through Twitter link, the Gizmodo did not show up in Google for some reason, wow, 331,646 views now. I must say that was really well written article, If I could write like that I would do it like once a month as the traffic boost was really amazing.

    • http://theaveragegenius.net jamesthejust

      “If I could write like that I would do it like once a month as the traffic boost was really amazing.”

      He can’t – he said it took 3 months for him to compose the post. :D

      • http://www.nerdfitness.com Steve

        Hey James and Hando,

        The article that took me 3 months to write was my guest post for the Art of Manliness; this article that went viral on Gizmodo only took me probably 6-8 hours to write.

        Of course, I wouldn’t have been able to write this article if I hadn’t spent an entire year learning how to travel hacking, three weeks of trip planning, and committing myself to 9 months of international travel while leaving everything I knew and loved behind.

        So, although the article itself didn’t take me very long to write, the backend research and experiences that I needed to write it took forever.

        On top of that, I had no idea that it would go viral, so even if I could write awesome articles like this once a month I wouldn’t be able to control which ones connected with people and which ones didn’t.

        Hope that helps!

        -Steve

        • http://theaveragegenius.net jamesthejust

          I stand corrected (what I get for being a smart@$$) – but the point you’ve made here and on your blog is content is still king. People don’t want to hear that, though – when there’s a million shortcuts along the way.

          For the record, I am now in the middle of making Optimus Prime proud. Your blog, NerdFitness.com, just rocks.

  • http://www.howtobecome.info/forum/ Hando

    Yes, good point, :) every three months then.

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  • http://www.dailytrader.com James Greg

    Steve your story to success isn’t like that we come across everyday. You were the beneficiary of a miracle. Your post has made me realize that content is king. It is true that people crave anything that’s unique for instance “Harry Potter” Thanks for sharing your success story and handing helpful advise the article is mesmerizing I was disappointed it ended so quickly.

  • http://expatdoctormom.com/ Rajka@ExpatDoctorMom

    Wow, thanks for that recap so fun to read with great tips. I loved this statement: It’s like showing up to a party that is already packed with people – you want to stay because other people are there so it must be fun!

    I have been watching what the readers on my site like and gets picked up… It is sometimes tough to figure out. I will agree with you on an article I spent several weeks writing (on safe sunscreens) that did really well in regard to hits. It was painstaking to write but worth it. Also agree on using an editor for the important stuff. i have seen the difference it makes!

    I found you through Kikolani’s post and am glad I did.

    Take care,
    Rajka

  • http://www.mynotetakingnerd.com Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2

    Too many people underestimate the power of an awesome marketer’s endorsement and overestimate the difficulty in getting access to that endorsement.

    And the law of averages says that for the majority of people who don’t underestimate, nor overestimate the above, will go about the task all wrong. Eben Pagan, the info-marketing wizard showed me the right way to go about spreading your message, which in turn, will help you sell a shit-ton more of anything you do sell…

    How Do You Find Partners Who Will Want To Help You Sell Your Stuff?

    Create something that’s REALLY valuable that you can give away to any prospective customers & create a REALLY great marketing piece.

    Using everything in this course, you can create a great video, a great report, or a great tele-class that you can offer to anyone who came to your site AND you’ve created a sales video or a salesletter that tells your full story and sells your product.

    You need both of these. You need some great free-line content to give away AND you need a great marketing piece.

    Next what you’re going to do is do some searches on Google, on Clickbank, on any website that’s relevant to your topic, and try to find websites that would be similar, but wouldn’t see you as a threat

    With his dating business, at the start he asked, “Who’s got a similar business but that doesn’t see me as a threat?”

    And one of the answers that he came up with was, “Dating Websites”. He does dating advice, they put people together. So he called them up and said, “Would you be my affiliate partner, sell my stuff to your list and I’ll give you some of the money?”

    A great question to ask yourself is “What does my customer need to do before and after they get my product/service?” What else are they buying, reading, researching, and when you ask questions like that, you get answers like, “Well, if they’re buying dating advice, they’re highly likely to want to go test it out on an online dating site.”

    Don’t just set up an affiliate program and then hope people sign up for it!!! Call people up on the phone or go meet them in person

    Go to their website, find their number, pick up the phone and call.

    If there’s no phone number, only an email, send them an email and say, “Hi, I found your website and I offer this training or product and I think I figured out a way where you can make a lot more money with your website. Can I give you a call and discuss it with you?”

    Then when they send you their number, call them and while on the phone, use everything that you’ve learned in this course…

    Ask them, “What are biggest challenges and frustrations? What are you trying to do with your website? What are you trying to accomplish? What do you need right now?”

    And then use everything you’ve learned about sales and marketing here, to frame your offer as a benefit to them.

    Whatever they tell you, you can say, “Great, I’ve got some ideas I can give you for doing that,” then try to connect them to other folks or do whatever you can to help them out and then say, “Let me show you what I’m doing.”

    Then show them the free valuable content that you’ve created whether it’s a free video, report or whatever it is, that you’re giving away on your site and then show them your product and your marketing.

    And say, “I think this would be great for your customers, why don’t we give away my video to them and then everyone who comes, we’ll give it to em and anyone who buys, I’ll give you some of the money. It’ll be a real benefit to them. They’ll all get something for free and if anyone buys, we can share the profits.”

    This is a much different approach than most website owners or list owners get.

    Most of the time the call or email they get is, “Will you send my stuff to your list?” not “What are your needs? What are you trying to accomplish? What are your big frustrations? What are your challenges? Let me see if I can help you with those and then let me show you the cool stuff I’ve got and let’s give this away to your list.”

    This is a different approach that works much better.

    Affiliate Relationships Exercise: Building an army of marketing partners to sell your products

    The affiliate marketing model is one of the most powerful marketing models ever created.

    Many of the top e-commerce businesses in the world have built their businesses with very little risk – using affiliate partners to market and grow their businesses.

    Start by setting up an affiliate tracking system and marketing creative, then begin building relationships with marketers who specialize in generating customers for businesses like yours.

    Who specializes in generating traffic and customers in your niche?

    This is a different way of asking, “Who should I have as an affiliate partner?”

    So as you’re searching out partners online and you’re going to realize that some of them get a lot of traffic and you might see that their customers would be perfect for you. A great site to use to help with this is Alexa.com. They’ll show you a sites webrank based on how much traffic they get, how they’re doing in the moment and the past with momentum, and they’ll also show you related websites. Make a list of them…

    What’s the best way to reach out and contact these new potential partners?

    If there’s a phone number listed on the site, use that. If there’s only email, send a message asking to get together on the phone. Get to personal contact.

    How do you present yourself as someone in the know? Someone who gets it. Not an outsider lurking. And it’s best to be seen as someone who’s calling to help them. And this next question helps with this…

    What can you offer these partners to help them with their marketing efforts?

    When you ask people what their biggest fear, frustration or desire is, you’re typically gonna hear that people want more customers, or that they want more traffic, and so you’ve gotta ask yourself…

    “What can you offer them to help them with their marketing?”

    You might have a piece of content that you could put on their site that helps draw more customers to them, or incentivize their customers to buy more stuff, or maybe you know some aspect of marketing you could help them with, you could help them write better headlines or bullets or videos using what you’ve learned here, you can apply everything you’re learning here and apply it to their business.

    You should be talking to at one new affiliate partner a day live from now on.

  • http://www.gothipedia.net/ Brett

    Wow, that’s a great story. That makes me want to focus much more on telling real stories in the topics I write about.

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  • http://www.swsgolf.com Sean W. Saunders

    Wow, found your through Corbett Barr! We share the same passion for fitness! Thanks for helping me think outside the box and focus on producing great content. I’m currently doing an overhaul of my business creating new sites for golf / sports. I read your article at the perfect time! Keep up the great posts & passion for helping people!

  • http://www.lifeskillblog.wordpress.com shubham kale

    excellent article.
    wow, wow !!!
    i don’t have words to describe it.
    really, really thanks for this amazing article.
    keep it up.

  • http://www.ivblogger.com Sheyi @ Ivblogger.com

    After a year or more of posting this, i’m just coming in here to check it out – hope i’m not too late to the party?

    Lovely to see you got this high exposure through the help of people and by hitting the publish button.

    Your blog has been rocking since then and it continues to rock till now

    Sheyi

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  • Noor Shawwa

    Great article Steve,

    I really like the energy you put into your work and life; it just oozes out of your articles and videos. I really like how you planned your trip with almost no prior experience in traveling. You did great research, but I was also amazed how people chipped in to share valuable tips that probably saved you tons of headaches if you had to learn them through experience. Hats off to you for taking the step to commit to this and share it with the world.

    This article on Think Traffic is great. Congrats on the success and validation for your persistence; well deserved! Best of luck to you.

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  • http://www.spotaleopard.com/ Spot a Leopard

    Congrats Steve! Reading this made me smile. So inspiring I had to restart this one article I’ve been writing and I’m courageous now to post it later (currently at 1500 words – at first I was afraid it’s too long, but after observing the word count of those articles i like, I think I’m doing the right thing).

    Thanks!

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