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Secret Blog Weapon Showcase and An Insiders Peek into WhoIsAndrewWee.com Traffic Stats

In response to an earlier post “3 Blogging Tips from WordPress Guru Gobala Krishnan“, Joe Whyte asked: “I was reading through the secret blog weapon and I was just curious if you know people in america who have had success with this because foriegn search is different then american seo.”

So I thought this would be a good opportunity to review how some of the bloggers have done since launching their blogs.

Here’re 3 bloggers who’re using the system:

Sim Cooks

California-based Yich’s food and cooking related blog is about 4 months old.

Check out her blog for lots of pretty food pictures and good content too.

In that time, she’s developed quite a following and the search engines like her content too, having raised her blog from a PR0 to PR4 during the recent PageRank update.

SimCooks is Alexa-ranked 299,000, though I’d imagine that her audience profile might not generally install the Alexa toolbar, so her uniques are likely much higher.

Ryan Jackson

Australia-based designer Ryan Jackson has also been using SBW for about 4 months (SBW had a closed door launch in May 2006). He focuses on web design.

Besides myself, Ryan counts Tiffany Dow, who’s worked with several of Internet Marketing’s top guns and Traffic Generation specialist and Warrior Forum regular Ross Goldberg among his clients.

Ryan’s rated at PR3, Alexa 151,000.

rising im star

Singapore-based “Tofu Lover” (yes, a weird way to brand yourself) is a new Internet Marketer and focuses on blogging, SEO and traffic generation.

His blog has gone from PR0 to PR3 in the last update and the domain is about 4 months old too. He’s Alexa-ranked 149,000.

  • How effective is SecretBlogWeapon?

What’s useful about SBW is because it’s a foundational product, it will ground you in the basics of setting up a themed blog, having a plan in place to optimize your keywords and WordPress installation. You also get basic traffic generation tools and plugins.

SBW isn’t intended to cover the flashy technologies which in my opinion just detract from the reader’s interests (and you can already read my blog for newer developments in the blogosphere).

But where its goal is to ground someone who’s been mucking with a blog without much effect, or not got the results they were expecting, SBW delivers the goods.

Back to Joe’s comment “I was just curious if you know people in america who have had success with this because foriegn search is different then american seo.”

SBW is a foundational product, so whether you’re in the US, Europe, Asia or Africa, it’s equally effective.

On another note, I don’t think there’s a major difference between “foreign search” and “american seo”, except for the contextual ads will be geotracked and appropriately served.

Having said that, although I’m Asia-based, have a look at my traffic geo snapshot:


As you can see, the US is responsible for the majority of traffic (roughly about 60%), with Singapore responsible for another 30%. Aside from the other Asian country Malaysia, the top countries include Australia, Canada, the UK, France, and the Netherlands. Hence, outside of the US and Singapore, the geographical profile is fairly diverse.

Up till mid-Jan 07 (15 days), I’ve had more than 3,300 uniques.

Only 4% of my traffic originates from the search engines. Not because I’m terrible at search engine optimization (Just about all my pages are indexed), but rather, 96% of my visitors come because I’ve been using social traffic generation strategies.

If you’ve arrive here because of a link in blog comment, a forum post, or from a social networking site, my social traffic strategies are working.

It’ll be an area I’ll be looking at in the next couple of months.

But in the meantime, if you’d like to get a leg up in your blogging efforts, check out SecretBlogWeapon.com.

7 comments on Secret Blog Weapon Showcase and An Insiders Peek into WhoIsAndrewWee.com Traffic Stats

  1. Alvin Phang
    January 16, 2007 at 1:59 pm (5004 days ago)

    Hey Andrew,

    Nice sharing of the secretblogweapon =) I am also thinking of converting my blog using that… but problem is I have many plug-ins installed on my blog.. will that affect the installation?

    Alvin Phang

  2. Andrew Wee
    January 16, 2007 at 2:04 pm (5004 days ago)

    I would not see why not.

    If you’re familiar with WordPress, you’d know that the plugins can be moved very easily.

    Perhaps you are using a less optimized set of plugins.

  3. interested
    January 16, 2007 at 3:54 pm (5004 days ago)

    Hi Andrew.

    It’s interested here again.

    a bunch of questions for you, which might not be related to this specific post.

    Looking at sites like Alvin’s, Tofulover’s. yours, and Gobala’s, i am getting a sense that you are all blogging on the same subject… which is.. blogging about ways to improve blogging to generate revenues?

    Isn’t the whole concept of IM to actually market something?

    Looks like most of the links that are provided are all talking about the same stuff. What are the actual niche market “product” that are being marketed? Just the SEO/IM techniques themselves?

  4. Andrew Wee
    January 16, 2007 at 5:24 pm (5004 days ago)

    Interesting that you chose to remain anonymous.
    No worries, I don’t bite.

    Let me answer your question another way.

    As you say, the point of Internet Marketing is to market something.

    IMO I don’t revere or discount a blog, or a website for that matter by their choice of niche – whether it’s performance cars, iPods, weight loss or Internet Marketing products.

    Likewise, I don’t see a ‘conflict’ (if that’s what you’re refering to) to using a channel like direct mail to promote a direct mail system.

    It’s the best way to evaluate whether someone’s walking their talk, isn’t it?

    In my marketing efforts, the metrics for me are:
    1) How effective is the process?
    2) What measurable results have been achieved?
    3) How can the results be further enhanced?

    Maybe I’m wrong, but you seem to be imputing a moral judgement on the products?

    If I was marketing levitra, viagra, poker, weight loss pills or debt refinancing, would that make it ‘better’?

    The thing is that Internet Marketing is a system. If it can be successfully applied to one area, it can be easily replicated to another.

    PS: You seem to assume I don’t have any niche sites…

  5. Rachit
    January 17, 2007 at 12:40 pm (5003 days ago)


    While the examples Andrew mentioned are blogging about blogging … there are plenty of blogs that do other things!

    – LifeCoachesBlog.com markets “The Idea” of self improvement … just the idea

    – I own two blogs where I just market myself, just building my reputation socially (in one blog) and among professional peers (in the other)

    – I own another blog which is focussed around promoting a very niche product. It only has an alexa of about $750,000 … but the site still makes about $800-$1000 per month (Sorry can’t disclose, will lose my competitive edge!)

    If you open 9rules or digg or technorati, you’ll find tonnes of other blogs that promote lots of other things!

    It’s just that they’re not all that visible because “WE” are not in the target audience … being IM enthusiasts we tend to read the blogs that are about IM.

    If you already have a niche in mind, you can certainly increase your traffic by applying the blog strategies andrew talks about (Nope, I don’t get a commission for saying that, I’m just amazed at the kind of results he’s gotten over the past few months)

  6. Andrew Wee
    January 17, 2007 at 1:46 pm (5003 days ago)

    Hey Rachit, you have a $750,000 Alexa site? Wow…

    Personally, the blog subject is immaterial.

    What’s important is to have a plan in place to generate traffic, and content, and depending on your goals, whether you’re able to successfully use the blog for branding, JV or monetization purposes.

    As I’ve said, once you master the dynamics of blogging, it’s merely rinse-and-repeat.

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