Quick Start Challenge Week Two – My Video Struggle
Opening the traffic tap
In Dean’s Holland Quick Start Challenge the assignment was to dive as much traffic possible to the website by interacting with people online.
Dean revealed us 2 ways of getting free traffic that have nothing to do with SEO and that anyone can use, no matter how skilled he is:
- posting in forums (with a link to the website in the signature)
- commenting on other blogs
I can’t say I did that good at this task, because I didn’t had enough time to dedicate to this task, it was a busy week in Sorina the web developer’s world.
But I’m satisfied because I discovered these two ways of bringing traffic to the website really work. In total I didn’t had more then 100 visitors to the website in the required time-frame, and mostly come from QSC sources – the QSC blogroll and other blogs from the challenge where I commented.
For the future I think I can’t rely too much on the QSC blogroll or my comments on other blogs enrolled in the challenge, since activity on these will have a significant drop once the challenge ends.
Some blogs from my fellows in the challenge have great potential, I marked down a few of them that I will definitely follow. I discovered a hand of very interesting and cool people in this challenge, and if I manage to stay in contact with some of them I already consider myself a winner of this challenge.
The problem with comments
An interesting fact I noticed is that people in the challenge, when commenting on others’ blogs, still keep commenting on the same topic – “I’m in Dean Holland’s Quick Start Challenge [...] Good luck [...] Visit my blog”. Even if many posted interesting new stuff on their blogs, people don’t engage with the new content and the majority of comments (that begin to lack originality and quality) are still made on that first blog from the challenge. My website is not relevant in this observation, since I only managed to add just one new post not related to the challenge, but I noticed this on others blogs that published new stuff almost daily.
Why I think it’s important to also comment on topics non QSC related?
The selfish aspect: These are the ones that have potential to bring you traffic after the excitment with Dean Holland’s challenge ends – if you made an interesting comment and someone arriving to that blog for other reasons then driving traffic to his QSC blog will see it, chances are he will be curios about you and visit you!
The altruist aspect: Keep the conversation going, encourage the author to publish new stuff, show true interest for his blog.
But enough about that. Week two also came with a surprise, a second task – creating a video!
My Own Video
When I was little I wanted to become a movie director. But life had its way and I got into the computer stuff – which I don’t regret. The thing is I was always attracted to the cinematic art, but never as an actor. I’m not shy, and is not that I’m unconfortable in front of the camera – it is just something that doesn’t attract me – it’s not ME. Instead I wanted to use my creativity in a way that also shows my basic After Effects skills – and after almost 2 days of work here is the final result:
What do you think? I’m curious about your comments!