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why isn't my blog profiting...? any tips???

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by paatero, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. paatero

    paatero Junior Member

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    I have this fairly new t-shirt related blog: hxxp://teebl*ast.com (btw, are those 'xx' and '*' signs must when posting a link?)

    I'm affiliating t-shirts there. If you check the blog there's all kinds of t-shirt related stuff there (and I ordered 10 unique articles from pro article writer about t-shirts) and 'buy now' buttons for the t-shirts to purchase.

    I've submitted it to several directories and social bookmarking sites. So far there has been 3114 unique visitors, but not a single purchase.

    I've decided not to give up with this blog as there has been too many times I've quit because of zero profit.

    So what can I do to make this blog profit? Any tips? Perhaps drive more traffic? Should I join in to other t-shirt affiliate programs too and start posting their products also? What other monetizing methods there is for this kind of blog?
     
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  2. KeijoKala

    KeijoKala Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    at least write some content when posting your buy now button and not only the picture. If I came first time on that site lests say from stumbleupon and see only that mario picture there and no any content with it I would quickli click my stumble button to get on the next site, even before I know its about tees....

    also where is your traffic coming from? if they are all from social bookmarking sites its not very targeted and they are not looking for anything to buy.

    Try to get some targeted traffic like from PPC or if you are short on budget just do basic SEO untill you get targeted search engine traffic.
     
  3. Cadbury

    Cadbury Newbie

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    I'm not an expert on this and I won't pretend to be. I looked at your blog from a purely visitors standpoint, and it looks good. Well laid out, frequent updates etc. The one thing I think may be letting you down, is something that's not even on your side.

    When I picked a t-shirt and actually visited the site you're advertising, there's 4 different links to purchase the t-shirt. It's baffling me with options and all I want is to pick the t-shirt, size and time of delivery, but this site is overcomplicating things I think. Then there's 2 more buttons at the bottom saying the same thing.

    So perhaps make a landing page and simplify the options, then link directly to the sale.
     
  4. paatero

    paatero Junior Member

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    golden tips! thanks :)
     
  5. Clayton

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    Something you can consider is to put yourself in your customer's shoes.

    Look through your customer's perspective.

    Where do your customers spend their time online?

    What do the ads look like on the places your customers spend their time?

    Who is your top 5 competitors and what are they doing that you are not?

    Where are your top 5 competitors promoting their sites?

    As you can see, it's all about competitive intelligence.

    Rather than thinking about what you should do about your site...

    Think about what your top competitors and your average customers are doing.

    Once you master this, everything will fall into place and your holes will be filled.

    If you need more assistance on how to perform competitive intelligence research, let me know and i'll give you further guidance.
     
  6. Keedev

    Keedev Regular Member

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    I'd really make it more accessible to people who want to purchase from you.. Half your links, link to outside competitors? Or are those aff links.. I didn't take the time to look at it good..

    The layout of the site is very nice and the name of your page is good..

    I'd put Archive at the bottom and I would really beef up your categories.. I would take my time and drop some links too, unless your getting most your hits from some of you partner?/link pages.. Search is in an awkward place..

    You need a better banner though, not sure how long you worked on it, but so far overall design looks good.. Once you get more stuff one there, from what I seen it's just the head page? Work on getting traffic..

    Find out where their promoting their site like Clayton said.. Search their name under google and see what sites turn up.. If their forums/blog or what not.. Start from there.. Ever think about promoting your own creative designs from CafePress(never tried it, so not sure if it's talk worthy)?. :D
     
  7. paatero

    paatero Junior Member

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    It's a free WP theme I'm using there as a layout. But I'm thinking find something more t-shirt like theme. But first thing I'm going to do is to make my blog/site look more like a shop. Then I'll continue there ;)

    thanks for all the tips guys!
     
  8. revax

    revax Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    The header looks good, maybe add more content describing each tshirt. Your site is relatively new, so it may take some time to build up traffic.

    For traffic you may try posting on related forums (don't spam, use a sig link) and maybe post some classified ads on craigslist since people are in the buying mood there.