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Lessons Learned

This week has been a bit of work for this blog and the 2 niche sites I have out.

First of all, learning and researching about email lists further showed me that the free methods of gathering email lists are not as efficient as they could be.

  • SumoMe
  • HelloBar
  • MailChimp HTML codes

Those above are all free options to collect emails from your visitors. They don’t allow A/B testing, they have watermarks,¬†and are not very customizable. You could definitely create your own plugins if you are some kind of HTML and CSS wizard, but that’s not for me. I would rather pay $20 subscription fee to get a theme with 24/7 support, different ways to get emails and a close alternative to lead pages.

I’m talking about Thrive Themes.

So besides realizing that the theme you choose is important, it became very clear to me that…

You get what you pay for

Let’s do a comparison between the following;

Thrive Themes
-$19/month
-Unlimited Websites
-10 Themes
-3 Plugins
-Image Optimization

SumoMe
-Free
-All The Apps
-Watermarked Plugins
-No A/B Testing

HelloBar
-Free
-10 Bars
-Ads

LeadPages
-$25/month
-Templates and LeadBoxes

To be honest, I may get LeadPages down the road for better optimization and efficiency. However, for just $20 a month, ThriveThemes seems to be great. The previous theme from ThemeForest was $50. It was alright but had major flaws regarding its font colors and required random plugins to function properly.

After finding several great blogs that use Thrive Themes already, I was sold. It has the same features as SumoMe and HelloBar, as well as similarities to LeadPages. The decision was to be made when I wanted to drop $220 since they do annual billing.

Fortunately, this blog generated $97 on November 30th, something I did not notice until this week. That was $97 in the first month. Holy shit. The purchase was made.

This product takes some time to learn using the “What you see is what you get” editor as well as their plugins that help you get email subscribers.

There are currently 3 ways for me to get the email on this blog, the ribbon at the top, the pop up upon the exit and the fixed widget on the sidebar. Check the resources page to see what plugins I am currently running. Planning on making a little eBook later on to document the process I take to making my Niche Sites, including themes, plugins, social media tips and research tools.

This post was written on the WordPress App on Android – Kind of terrible, the draft version you write in the App is never uploaded to the WordPress cloud and submitting the post actually publishes it. Honestly, I do not recommend it at all in the current state it is now, this post was accidentally published via the app and at 11:40 PM, I’m awake and editing. Use Evernote instead to write your posts and just format them on your computer later.

Either way, since it was posted I am trying to follow a pretty basic process which will hopefully develop into something more complex to get more views. The current routine I’m going for is something like this;

Blog Post Routine

This is the most BASIC process that anyone can do. Suggest you adopt it ASAP if you are not doing this yet.

I don’t have many twitter followers, but that doesn’t matter. Schedule to tweet your new post 10 times and then go ahead and promote your blog right after.

Appreciate you taking the time to read this entire post.

 

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