318,000 Monthly Visitors and $93,826 (Million Dollar Blog Project Update)

  • April 18, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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It’s been over 7 months since we first announced the Million Dollar Blog Project. Let’s check in and see how everyone is doing.

If you haven’t heard about this project yet, here’s the deal: we started a big group blogging challenge last year for fun and as a public case study.

The project has two primary goals. First, our goal (the Think Traffic team) is to create a new blog from scratch, in public and show exactly how we build the blog step-by-step. The second goal is to encourage you to start a blog of your own and follow along with us.

The “million dollar” part of the project comes from our goal of earning $1M from our case study blog over it’s life, and for your participating blogs to earn at least $1M in revenue during the first two years of the project.

You can learn more about the details of the project here, and see all of the posts we’ve written for the project since it started.

It’s Not Too Late to Join!

Before we jump into the progress report, let’s start by clearing something up. It is not too late to join this project. We welcome new members.

The project is free, and we encourage you to participate by:

Sure, you’ll be a little behind everyone else who started months ago, but there’s no reason you can’t make the first page of the leaderboard within a few months with enough effort. Following along with the project will help you build a better blog, even if your goal isn’t to make the top of the leaderboard.

Overall Progress

As you might have guessed from the title, we have some specific results from the project to share with you today.

So far collectively this project has:

  • Attracted over 318,000 monthly visitors in the most recent month
  • Grown to 18,600 total subscribers
  • Earned $93,826 in revenue as a group

Each of these stats is taken from the leaderboard. The monthly visitors and subscriber numbers are actual results as reported via Clicky analytics and Feedburner subscriber tracking. Revenue numbers are self-reported and represent the total all participating blogs have earned since joining the project.

Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to these numbers.

It’s incredible that so many of you have created blogs for this project that are becoming popular and growing every month.

We’re pleased with these results so far and would consider the project a success if this was all we achieved. We’re going to keep pushing on though, and I have a feeling we’ll accomplish much more than this over the coming months.

Expert Enough

As reported on throughout the series, the case study blog we launched as part of this project is Expert Enough. Most of what we’ve done to develop this blog has been reported on through this project.

Expert Enough is now just over 5 months old.

Here are some of the things the blog has accomplished in this time:

Not bad for a 5-month old blog that we spend 5-10 hours a week developing :)

Our plans for Expert Enough are big. We’ll continue to develop the audience and voice over the next several months and plan to release a product for sale there later this year.

We’re still a long way from our $1M goal, but this is a marathon, not a sprint. Investing in the platform up front is all part of our strategy for building a popular and profitable blog in the long run.

New Feature: MDBP Leader Profiles

Now that we’re knee-deep in the project, some very interesting case studies are cropping up on the MDBP leaderboard.

We’ll be reaching out to some of the leaders in coming weeks to ask them some questions and share what you can learn from their success.

For example, check out what Gregory Ciotti (sophistefunk.com) and Thomas Frank (collegeinfogeek.com) are up to for a couple of interesting examples from our leaderboard.

Your Status? Tell Us About Your Progress Below

If you’re in the project already or are thinking about joining, we’d love to get a quick status update from you below.

Tell us the following:

  • What’s your blog (name + URL)?
  • Why should someone visit your blog?
  • What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
  • What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
  • What would you like us to write about or add to the project?

Let’s hear it!

Thanks for participating and following along.

If you have questions about the project, your own participation or the Expert Enough case study blog, please feel free to ask us in the comments.

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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Shayna April 18, 2012 at 6:17 am

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
Espresso English
http://www.espressoenglish.net

Why should someone visit your blog?
For fun, fast, online English as a Second Language lessons

What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
– 800 subscribers in 3.5 months
– Great initial feedback through Facebook and Twitter
– Recognition and links from two older and larger English-learning blogs

What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
– Product development
– Continued networking with other blogs in English-learning and teaching sphere

What would you like us to write about or add to the project?
– How to develop a useful, high-quality info product that your audience will LOVE and want to buy and recommend to all their friends!

DJ Yabis April 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

Blog Name: Dream Euro Trip
URL: http://dreameurotrip.com

You must visit my blog if you want to plan, budget and live up your most EPIC Euro Trip yet. Despite the fact that millions of people make their way to Europe and have amazing experiences every year, not to mention all the guidebooks available out there, there really isn’t much readily available info on how to plan and budget a Euro Trip let alone on record time. My website will try to bridge this gap.

I am really proud of my online Euro Trip calculator that will help people estimate the cost of their dream Euro Trip and I’m also proud of my design aesthetic. I hope people will love it too. Plus I have created a launch page to create some buzz before my main launch later this month. So far I have almost 1000 people subscribed already! Also, I have managed to interview an A-list blogger (at least on his niche) as material for my main launch! Not too shabby for someone who have no connections or experience with all these things before.

The next 3 months will see me write EPIC articles about Euro Tripping and connecting with other bloggers and pretty much building up my traffic and subscriber base. I am also preparing for another EPIC Euro Trip for 3 months starting late June. I hope I will be able to blog during this time haha.

I would like you guys to write more about how to find the blogs and/or proper sites to guest post too. I find that this is a difficult thing to do.

Happy travels!
DJ

Adam April 18, 2012 at 7:05 am

Hmm,
I’m behind the game on this Million Dollar project but I like a good challenge!

I’ll be adding one of my blogs for this challenge that should prove to be quite fun using these techniques and methods. Within a week it had already earned me $10 dollars so I think with the right growth strategy it should do quite well over the long run.

At least that’s what I hope lol!

Dan April 18, 2012 at 7:14 am

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
Right Brain Rockstar
http://rightbrainrockstar.com

Why should someone visit your blog?
For practical advice and inspiration on making a career from your creativity.

What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
I’ve had some guest posts on a few high profile blogs, and over 3,000 monthly visitors within 4 months.

What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
More guest blogging and developing a product.

What would you like us to write about or add to the project?
More strategies and case studies on growing an audience.

Stefan Nilsson April 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
Stefan Nilsson
http://www.stefannilsson.com

Why should someone visit your blog?
– Working on the tagline but I’m currently providing a simplified step by step guide, based on scientific studies and my own success, on how to lose weight and get fit while becoming more productive.

What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
– 1348 newsletter subscribers in 2 months

What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
– Define what makes me unique and create a tagline
– Small design changes
– Finish my freebie
– Create a newsletter series
– Begin guest blogging

What would you like us to write about or add to the project?
– I’ll be focusing on helping clients to lose weight before I create a product and would therefore like a detailed guide on how to accomplish it. How much should I charge, what plattform should I use, etc? The idea is to use the experience to finetune my product so others can benefit from it.

Heidi April 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

What’s your blog (name + URL)? http://www.homeschool-how-to.com It’s actually an SBI website and not a blog
Why should someone visit your blog? So that they can get help and resources for homeschooling
What are you most proud of about your blog so far? The information I provide to new and veteran homeschoolers.
What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months? Adding more content and being better about posting articles to directories.
What would you like us to write about or add to the project? How to get more traffic.

Kenny Fabre April 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

Corbett

Pheomenal challenge, I KNOW YOU GUYS WILL ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL with this blog

Ilias April 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

Having a look at the blog leaderboard it seems like the Million Dollar Blog Project has been abused by “making money on-line” blogs, squeeze pages, etc.

Thomas Frank April 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

If that were true, I wouldn’t really be surprised – anyone running those kinds of sites would probably know about ThinkTraffic.

That said, there’s not a single “make money online” blog on the leaderboard’s front page…

Gregory Ciotti April 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Absolutely not, the “money earned” column is to be taken with a grain of salt, and I’ll tell you why:

1.) I don’t reveal my income, ever. I never have and I never will, so I’m not going to update that column for Sophistefunk.

2.) You can enter any number you want in those columns, so… there’s no verification.

Scott Ward April 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hi Corbett,
I was just wondering if the project is just for sites that are being started from scratch right now, or if you are able to enter a site that was started a few months ago (Jan. 2012)?

Corbett Barr April 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

As long as you started your site after the MDBP started (August 2011), you’re good to go. Jump in!

Sajan Elanthoor April 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
http://www.onlinebusinessmania.com/

•Why should someone visit your blog?
I believe every blog should have a purpose, should stand out from the crowd and there should be reason for others to visit your site. My blog has a social purpose and I’m really focused to provide uniqueness to my blog.

•What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
It was only last week, I published a page namely “Resources” and it has been attracting more people to my site. It provides the best internet marketing tools and resources.

•What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
I’m really working on to provide more “epic shit”

•What would you like us to write about or add to the project?
I would appreciate if you could write about different internet marketing strategies like motivational marketing, hypnosis marketing, how to change lives through blogging.

Mike Yasieniuk April 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
Best PSD Freebies -> http://www.bestpsdfreebies.com

Why should someone visit your blog?
If you are designer or wannabe designer and love free, quality designs and web elements, you’ve found the right place.

What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
Our blog has only been live for 1.5 months and we are #8 on the leaderboard :)

What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
- Doing more guest posts on major blogs
- releasing our first Wordpress theme for sale
- Overtaking Corbett’s Expert Enough blog on the leaderboard ;)

What would you like us to write about or add to the project?
- Adding a forum for members to share ideas or generate opportunities to gues post on each others blogs to help them grow would be fantastic.

Sandra April 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
Candida Diet Plan
http://candidadietplan.com
Why should someone visit your blog?
- To get inspiration for what you can eat on the Candida Diet
- To get tips & motivation for recovering from illness
What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
- Reached the first page on google after just 3 weeks!
- Steady subscriber stream
- I’m also quite chuffed with the first info-graphics I created ;-)
What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
- Writing an epic round up post
- Posting delicious recipes
- Connecting with other health & food bloggers
(if you are in that niche – lets connect! if not, let’s connect anyway ;-) @candidadiettips & @media4promo
What would you like us to write about or add to the project
– Guidelines of how to introduce an online course/ info product to your subscriber base would be great
Keep the good work up – It’s great to see the 1MDP prosper :)

Melinda Crean April 19, 2012 at 2:17 am

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
Top Notch Teaching: http://topnotchteaching.com/

Why should someone visit your blog?
My blog provides teachers (both beginning and experienced) with ideas, resources and practical advice.

What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
That I actually got it up and running and that it’s now live, this was a huge achievement for me.

What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
- Develop more content and stick to a regular posting schedule.
- Try to increase traffic and work on a freebie to entice readers to subscribe.
- Guest blogging

What would you like us to write about or add to the project?
- Other ideas for increasing traffic.
- How to develop a product, market it and then sell it.

Thanks for all of the support and ideas you have provided me, it is greatly appreciated :-)

Shashi Prakash Agarwal April 20, 2012 at 3:11 am

Techite is a technology based blog that aims at improving financial and technological awareness among citizens of the world. The world has to be awaken about the technological news in India.

Hando April 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Very interesting and inspiring reading, I am really encourage to start my own blog as now. Expert Enough looks amazing, nice design and good content. I am just wondering if the earnings that was mentions is calculated after all the expenses and development costs?

Mark April 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
http://minimalistlifestyle.wordpress.com

Why should someone visit your blog?
It is written in a down to earth, easy to read way. Great tips on living a more simple, minimalist lifestyle.

What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
The amazing feedback saying it is one of the best blogs people have ever read! Some visitors are saying the blog has changed their lives.
Now up to 150000 visitors per month and growing. Over 500 subscribers.

What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?

Learning how to implement some monetizing strategies that can used on a free blog. If this is even possible.

What would you like us to write about or add to the project?
The best strategies on how to implement some monetizing strategies that can used on a free blog.

And how to really take the blog to the next level. Now that I have 150000 page views per month how to I get this blog to really explode?

Thanks,

Mark

Joan May 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm

OK, I’m up to page THREE on the leaderboard by uniques, page 4 by subscribers… I’m getting there! (And I HAVE revenue, all of $6.24, so at least I’m on the board above some!) Can you say competitive much?

What’s your blog (name + URL)? Our School at Home, http://www.ourschoolathome.com

Why should someone visit your blog? We’re new to homeschooling our 12-year-old daughter and we’re pretty radical about our philosophy – we “unschool,” or operate entirely around life learning, no worksheets, tests, textbooks, etc. We’re building a community of all sorts of people interested in education, not just parents, and certainly not just homeschoolers, especially in the autism spectrum community. The strategies we talk about are great for helping anyone get more out of their learning, whether that’s employees, college students, preschoolers, whatever!

What are you most proud of about your blog so far? That what started as entirely a project to help us document our family’s experiences has turned into something that does make even the slightest amount of money – and that helps other people who are new to homeschooling and unschooling!

What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months? Growing my subscriber list and creating my first free product to give away as a subscriber bonus. I’d like to create a guide to unschooling your child with Asperger’s syndrome – and I think my free product will be, essentially, a “chapter” of that guide.

What would you like us to write about or add to the project? Would love to read more about developing content products for sale. Not just how do you get the idea and write it, but how do you format it, what are the pros and cons of ebooks vs. online resources such as courses, what lengths are best for what types of products, how to set a price point … etc.

Corbett Barr May 7, 2012 at 12:47 am

Nice work Joan! Thanks for sharing your success with us, I love the competitive spirit :)

Brandon June 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

Hey, I may be a bit late to the party, but eager to jump in!

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
Real Estate In Your Twenties
http://www.realestateinyourtwenties.com

Why should someone visit your blog?
I teach people how to invest in real estate – from a standpoint of someone young who is doing it. I have been investing since I was 21, and at 25 I was able to quit my job and live off the passive income and blog about it!

What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
I was asked to be a regular guest contributor on the web’s largest real estate investing website, Biggerpockets.com. This has sent over a good deal of traffic. Also, I just finished an free ebook called “7 Years to 7 Figure Wealth,” (a sort of manifesto of my investing theories and history) that I am giving away for free to email subscribers.

What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
Building traffic and collecting emails in preparation for an upcoming online training program. Specifically, I will be focusing on guest posting on a number of sites (ExpertEnough!?) to drive traffic.

What would you like us to write about or add to the project?
I’d love to learn more about design. I love the new layout of thinktraffic.net and would love a better looking site.

Ram Shengale July 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

Well I’m quite late to the scenario but still I’m very excited about this.

What’s your blog (name + URL)?
Gyantastic – Helping You Grow Your Online Business
http://gyantastic.com/

Gyan (Hindi word for knowledge) tastic (from fantastic) :-P

Why should someone visit your blog?
To learn about the basics of blogging, wordpress, SEO, freelancing and internet marketing. I know this is a multi-niche blog and web is also very saturated in these but my main aim is Indian audience. These aspects are comparatively new and less tapped-in in India so I have a good scope here.

What are you most proud of about your blog so far?
Just started the blog so there’s nothing much to write here. But I’m proud about the structure that I have to given to the blog. It just needs a lot of epic content now and I’m good to go.

What are you planning to work on over the next 1 to 3 months?
Completing 101s for all the sub-niches as you can see in the blog. Once they are done I’ll have great landing pages to funnel new subscribers.

What would you like us to write about or add to the project?
I need help with writing. I generally have a lot of ideas and killer strategies in my mind. But when I sit down to write shit happens (not epic shit). I somehow manage to mess everything. I think there are a lot of people like me who need help with this. Or maybe I’m the only one.

Corbett Barr April 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

Interesting observation :)

Ilias April 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

Indeed ;)
I just found them, by ordering the blogs by income.. Isn’t there a manual review of the submitted blogs?

Thomas Frank April 20, 2012 at 12:55 am

Definitely true. It’s the only part of the project that can be fudged. Plus, I’m sure some people put legitimate income that comes from client work (like web development). I choose not to add in that income, even if my blog is part of the reason people want to hire me. I just don’t consider it part of my revenue model.

I’m curious though – what’s your reason for not revealing your income? I know there’s certainly nothing wrong with keeping it private, but after seeing the success that people like Pat Flynn have had in revealing what they make, I don’t really see a reason to hide it.

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