Guest Posting Site – From Conception To Paying Members In Just 10 Days

As many of you know I always like to have a handful of SEO clients to work on. I do this for 2 reasons. Firstly, they pay me (I’m not an idiot). Secondly, it helps me stay on top of what is working now in the SEO world.

Over the years I have found myself developing new tools that make my life easier when I do SEO for these clients.

Guest Post Tracker falls under this category.

One of the main branding and link building strategies I like to use is submitting guest posts.

Guest posts are awesome for 2 reasons.

First, if you choose the right blog who has the same audience as yours, it can drive awesome converting traffic instantly (more on that in a bit).

Second, the power you get from an SEO standpoint from links in those guest posts (or author bio) really do make a difference in your rankings.

So what is Guest Post Tracker?

As I was doing the SEO for both my websites and my clients one thing I noticed was that it was extremely time consuming to try and find blogs that would actually allow a guest post.

So then I went to some of the “ultimate” list of blogs that a few bloggers had already put together and probably half of the blogs in those lists didn’t accept guest posts anymore.

So I started putting together my own list. As my list got bigger and bigger it became very easy to find a related blog and submit a guest post.

I shared the list with some SEO friends and they loved it!

I knew I was on to something.

I was working with the list so much that I wanted more features added to it.

For example, I wanted an easy way to track which blogs I had submitted to for each SEO client. I also wanted to easily sort blogs by category.

But the list kept growing. When I got to over 500 websites I realized my Google spreadsheet wasn’t working anymore.

So I set out to build GuestPostTracker.com.

The funny thing was, I had the idea to build it, I got on the phone with my programmer and in less than 10 days it was finished.

It was easily the fastest project I had ever embarked upon.

The website turned out amazing, better than I expected.

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The site has 3 huge advantages over any other list of blogs that accept guest posts out there.

1. The site is always updated. I add (and sometimes remove) new blogs almost every single day. You don’t have to waste time looking for blogs.

2. The list is searchable by category. This makes your life really easy when you only want blogs in a certain category.

3. Submission tracking. The software allows you to mark any blog that you have submitted a guest post to. So when you look down the list you see which blogs you’ve submitted to, that date you submitted and what anchor text you were targeting.

These three features made this list of blogs extremely useful to me as an SEO guy and anyone else that wanted to promote their website through guest posting.

It was ready for the masses.

I decided to charge just $5/mo for people to use the software. This would help cover my programming costs plus the cost to keep the list updated.

How I Started Getting Sign Ups Without Spending A Dime

Like I mentioned earlier, guest posting can be an amazing advertising tool if you do it right.

I found a blog (business2community.com) that I knew was a good match with my new business. I didn’t know how much traffic a guest post there would bring me but I did want a strong link to get my new site indexed.

So I asked one of my SEO friends who is a contributor (he was using the software) to post an article about the new software. He posted the guest post entitled, “3 Must Have SEO Tools For 2016 You’ve Never Heard Of Before“.

2 days after he posted the article it was live on the site.

Now keep in mind the site was brand new and I was just trying to get it indexed from a good authority site.

But once the article went live, people started signing up.

To my surprise not only was the guest post driving traffic, people were signing up.

The conversion rate on the site was close to 3% which is phenomenal.

I knew the guest posting site was useful but I was thrilled to see people agreed with me and were signing up.

This whole process I had just gone through proved how valuable having a good updated list of blogs that accept guest posts really is.

I picked a blog from my list, submitted a guest post and saw a boost in traffic and sales instantly. Awesome.

So as I saw the amazing response to the site with such small amount of traffic I am really excited about the future of this site.

3000 Users By The End Of The Year

I’m setting some ambitious goals for this site. I want to be at 3000 users by the end of the year.

This means that I need to get about 150,000 unique visitors over the rest of the year which averages out to be almost 14,000 visitors per month. From those 14k visitors I need to average about 273 sign ups a month.

The first part of my traffic strategy is to continue to get engaging guest posts on high value blogs that match my audience.

The second part of the strategy is to approach the bloggers who already own the search rankings for all of the “list of guest posting blogs” and pay to advertise on those lists. I’ve already approached 2 of the highest ranking blogs and they have agreed to allow me to do that.

Third strategy is to target through SEO the hundreds of phrases that will drive targeted traffic. One of the cool things about this niche is people not only search for broad terms (ie “guest posting site”) but they also search by category (ie “submit health guest post”). So I will spend time targeting all of those niche phrases as well.

14,000 visitors in a month is a lot but with the right traffic strategies I am confident I can make it happen.

Why you should be your own boss…

One of my favorite things to do when I don’t feel like working on internet marketing stuff is to work on what I affectionately call “Bourne Training”. The Jason Bourne movies are in my top 10 of all time favorite movies.

So today my two brothers and I went to a neighbors house who has a shooting range in his basement and got our Bourne on.

Check me out in action:

The music is actually music made for the trailer of my movie Inspired Guns.

I’m back!!!!

I was recently at Warrior Forum and saw a post there where a user was asking where I went. It was fun to see the responses and speculation as to what happened to me.

My favorite guess was that I had made so much money from flipping websites that I had sailed off into the sunset and retired forever.

In actuality I was filming a feature length movie I wrote and directed. The movie was in theaters in Utah, AZ, Hawaii and Idaho in January and February and
just came out on DVD
on April 1st.

As you can imagine this was a full time endeavor for me that lasted 15 months. It was an amazing experience. I made the movie for the LDS (Mormon) audience although anyone could enjoy it and the response was awesome. Tons of laughs in the theaters.

Here is the trailer for Inspired Guns:

Flipping Websites

ALthough I was away from the internet marketing world fulfilling one of my lifelong dreams I am excited to be back and to tackle the world of website flipping head on. If you are still interested in learning how to buy and sell websites the Prosperly way then stick with me and let’s do this together.

I didn’t vanish from the face of the earth

Hey all, sorry I haven’t posted in so long. Life has been really crazy. As many of you know my true passion and main goal in life is to pursue filmmaking. The reason I do internet business stuff is so I can have the freedom to make movies.

Well after I sold one of my internet businesses I knew the time had come to produce and direct my first feature film. So that is exactly what I am doing. I have been in full preproduction on this film that we will start filming in 2 weeks. There is just so much to do to get a feature film made the right way that it really is taking up all of my time right now.

This film is going to be released locally here in Utah in October most likely and then probably in a few other western states (California, Arizona, Nevada) as well. This movie is an LDS comedy called Inspired Guns (go like us on facebook please) that I am making for the Mormon community but the humor and plot etc can be enjoyed by anyone. It’s kind of like, Dumb and Dumber in the mafia meets The Man Who Knew Too Little with Mormon missionaries.

Pursuing Another Dream
If that wasn’t crazy enough I also was presented with an opportunity to pursue another dream of mine, to own a clothing company. I trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a while and am a big fan of the sport of mixed martial arts. Well the owner of Riven MMA clothing approached me and asked him to help him run the company so I told him I would definitely do it. So we have been in the process of relaunching the brand.

If that wasn’t enough, many people have asked me about the movie I was involved in last year (Chick Magnets – PG) and have asked how they can get a copy of a DVD. Well, we are trying to distribute movie ourselves and so we are running a kickstarter campaign which if you contribute $20 to that will be prepayment for your DVD. So if you are one of those that wants a copy of the movie or wants to help support our project, you can go contribute to Chick Magnets here.

Anyway, that is why I haven’t been posting on Prosperly.

One internet marketing note, one thing I have seen is that you have a website that has been penalized in Google for unnatural links, it may be easier for you to start a brand new site and get it ranking before you will get the old site out of the Google penalty. If that isnt an option for you then I would suggest using a service to help you remove links.

I love being my own Boss

I just got back last night from a trip to Disneyland with my family. My wife on Monday morning says to me “why dont we go to Disneyland today?” I was surprised at this level of spontaneity from her which isnt her style but I liked it so I said yes.

We packed up that day and took off in the afternoon to drive down there. We had a really fun 3 days at the parks. Our kids of course had the time of their lives as well. It was fun being there during Halloween season. That was a first for our kids.

I realize what a great thing it is that I have the freedom to just at any moment pick up and go do something really fun. I didnt have to request time off, or beg an employer to let me go. I also had the means to do it which is obviously an important part of the equation.

I am just feeling grateful for the life I have and the freedom I enjoy. I also finished the short film I emailed all of my Prosperly followers about. It came out really good and I will post a link to it in the near future.