I’d always known I could make a chunk of change with Coolest Gadgets but it was November 2005 that really confirmed this to me. Through out the month it was averaging around 1,000 visitors a day and 3,000 page views, it was also the first month that it earned over $1,000 of combined income.
The site was beginning to pick up links naturally now and it also benefited from a fluky bit of paid promotion that exceeded all expectations. Back in October I’d submitted CG to Cool Site of the Day, this cost me $27 (they are accepting free submissions at the moment) then at the beginning of the month I got an email saying CG would be cool site of the day on November 3rd. What this basically means is they will send a swarm of visitors my way who will vote how cool the site is.
This is were being active on forums can really pay off, I posted a request for votes on one of my forums Host Matrix and my friend Roman on Digital point started this thread which really took off and resulted in countless votes (especially when people realised you could vote more than once) and 183 posts.
By the end of the day CG had a cool score of 8.775 which at that time was the highest ever (yes I sadly checked every page in their archives), I won’t harp on too much more about CSOTD but for those interested I did do a full follow up post over on Digital Point.
As traffic generating investments go this was certainly the best by far for me, after the one day peak I have continued to receive traffic from them every since (probably from sad folk who look in the archives to compare scores and wonder why mine was so high ).
The site also got a nice natural feature on Ask Men which sent an extra 1,250 visitors, how they found us I don’t know but the ball seemed to be rolling along nicely and picking up natural momentum.
As I said in the title this was the first month that income broke into 4 digits, this is how it broke down:
November was the first full month that I’d be running Chitika ads (aff) and I was pretty impressed. They did dive in the future and then rekindled themselves a bit further in the future (more to follow on that one, but if you are ever offered the opportunity to use the RPU ads grab it with both hands).
As always if you have any questions or suggestions please let me know (Scott seems to be getting more comments than me so I need to change that )