Blog Challenges Are One of the Most Powerful Things You Can Do to Grow Your Business

In today’s social  media marketing age, participating in blog challenges is one of the most powerful things you can do to; grow your business, increase your traffic, expand your name brand recognition, and become known as an expert in your field.

The first challenge that I participated in was with successful Internet Marketing expert and exceptional educator, Connie Ragen Green. Connie taught us how to participate in and maximize our experience in the blog challenge. We connected via the #blog30 hashtag on twitter and many friendships and business partnerships were born from this experience.

The next 30 Day Blog Challenge I participated in was with Dr. Jeanette Cates, who is Connie’s mentor who has experienced tremendous online success over the past 15 years. Jeanette is also an exceptional educator who specializes in courses that make web technology accessible. She is known as the “Tech Tamer” and she is that. She takes the mystery and fear out of Web technology and offers a wide variety of enjoyable training courses that you can digest and put into action that same day! One of my favorite courses that Jeanette offers is: Your One Hour Shopping Cart.

Through these blog challenges I have:

  • Made several new and powerful friends and alliances
  • Written over 90 blog posts in 90 days
  • Decided to continue taking blog challenges (which you’ll read about in future posts)
  • Planned to host a book marketing blog challenge in the next few months, the focus of this blog challenge will be to support authors in marketing their non-fiction book (Details coming soon)
  • Met the speakers and guest bloggers for the upcoming season of my Web radio show: http://ConversationsAboutMarketing.com .

It is a new season now and today begins day one of a new blog challenge, this challenge is based on Darren Rowse’s book called 31 Days to a Better Blog.  Lisbeth Tanz and Michelle Shaffer have teamed up to facilitate our growing blog challenge community in this exciting adventure. I’ll be sharing my insights and experiences along they way. If you’d like to join in the fun, pick up your copy of Darren’s book and head on over to www.31DaysBlogChallenge.

Comments

  1. D’Vorah, Thanks for the post and helpful links. I’m currently in a blog challenge but must admit I “fixed” the parameters to be more compatible with my schedule. It has been a great help to add a timeline and structure to blogging. I enjoy seeing the increased activity on my sites as evidenced by google analytics. I look forward to your future blogs regarding authors!

  2. Hi Dvorah,

    I have thought about joining in and will look at the challenge. One question for you is what have been the benefits for your business being involved in these challenges?

  3. dvorah says:

    Thank you for your comments Susan and Keyuri.

    Susan, to answer your question, the benefits that I’ve seen are:
    – TONS more traffic to my site
    – Fantastic new friendships and business connections
    – Increased amount of writing and blog posting on my end
    – and more

    Also, from the first challenge I participated in, I actually am turning the content into a book SERIES which will launch seasonally featuring guest bloggers and guest speakers. http://BlogWorldTour.com/blog

    As the saying goes, “Try it, you’ll like it!”
    I’m a HUGE fan of blog challenges. The current one, using Darren Rowse’s book as the foundation, is very different and is expanding my horizons and visibility.

  4. I have been participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge for the month of August. The increase in traffic to my site has been incredible. I have been more organized with my writing and I think my posts are actually better. I just started the challenge you mention in your post. It looks great. I expect to get lots of ideas on ways to improve my blog. It just gets better and better.

  5. D’Vorah, thanks for detailing the benefits of such a challenge. The structure appeals to my introvert preference! But also being true to myself I’ll need to catch the next round of a challenge: I’m knee deep in a Telesummit about ready to launch in September.

    I am curious about your comment that Blog Challenges you participated in the past have increased traffic to your website.

    How is this different than say, collaborating with other Bloggers for both guest blog posts and comments?

    Thanks!

  6. dvorah says:

    Patricia, to answer your question:

    – when I team up with other bloggers to share comments on one another’s posts, perhaps a dozen people at most visit my blog.

    – when I participate in a blog challenge that uses twitter hashtags as a way to connect with other participants, relationships are strengthened via ongoing contact over the month and participants do visit and post on one another’s sites. Additionally, because the posts are tweeted and retweeted, hundreds and thousands of people online have easy access to your site. I track my blog traffic and have seen my traffic go from dozens, to hundreds, to thousands of visitors over the course of a month!

    – Perhaps people who participate in LinkedIn blog commenting groups can take the next step to also send out a tweet about the post and the comment. Take it a step further, if the group had a designated hashtag, we could keep up with one another on twitter as we tweet and retweet about our posts as well as the comments we leave on the posts of other members!

  7. D’vorah, I admire your enthusiasm and energy! I can’t imagine finding the time to participate in a Blog Challenge right now but I’ll definitely keep it in mind for the future.

  8. I like the idea of including a bigger arena of participation. Most people visit, comment, and are done. While I am not one to participate in such intensive activities as blog challenges, I rarely have time to put together my own posts. I agree entirely with their premise. The best way to learn is by doing and having some relevant feedback to guide your efforts. Comment groups tend to be focused on building the traffic and notice, while challenges and workshops add a little something more in the form of constructive ciriticism and relevant guidance.

  9. Aha! So it’s in the process of the blog challenge: visit and post on one another’s sites, tweet and retweet and use hashtags. Terrific.

    I see that you have already posted in on one of my favorite LinkedIn groups. Let’s see if that in itself will create a – blog challenge.

    Thanks for those deets.

  10. I really should participate in a blog challenge. It is hard to keep up with them! Thanks for the reminder!

  11. Dvorah Lansky says:

    Julia, what is the Ultimate Blog challenge? Sounds intriguing! I’m current participating in a blog challenge based on Darren Rowse’s book (@problogger – http://budurl.com/31Days2BetterBlog ).

    This is my third blog challenge and very different than the others. This one has improved my blogging skills and increased my traffic and participation on my blog more than the others.

    In the fall I’m going to host a Blog / Book Marketing challenge for authors!

    Have others of you participated in blog challenges?
    What are your thoughts, questions, ideas?

  12. Dvorah Lansky says:

    Laura, I hear what you are saying about “keeping up with blog challenges”. I find that I use the weekend to catch up or get ahead and it is a fantastic opportunity to get a lot of writing in. GREAT things can come from this!

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