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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Expect the Unexpected


I have been asked by a lot of Bloggers I know, "How did I get the Interview with Darren Rowse?" and "How did it affect my statistics?"

The first question is easy to answer. I asked. Simple as that. I sent an E-mail to Darren requesting an interview for Working at Home on the Internet, provided a link so he could look it over and voila. I am glad he thought enough of my Blog to consent to doing it.

The process was nothing more than a confirmation of the type interview (written or audio) and sending a list of questions to him. Even though his plate is full both in business and personally, he was quite detailed (I thought) in his answers.

The second is something I thought would turn out a little differently. As you can see by the graph, there was quite a spike in page views on the day of the interview. The percentage of increase is... somewhere around 300%. Sounds impressive doesn't it? And it is.

I wouldn't have had that many visitors if I hadn't done the interview, so why complain right?
Well, I can't complain about an increase like that. I think if I would have promoted the interview a little better, more in advance of posting, I may have had even more hits.

Another unexpected result was how few comments there were on the post. There were only 10 comments and half of them were my responses (thanks to those who did participate). I thought more people would have been interested in asking questions of Darren (I know he monitored the post).

For those of you who are interested in how much I made on the post, .37 cents for the day. To the question of any offers... nothing yet.

So, I guess this goes in the category of plan ahead. Prepare for both the good and the not so good. If you promote a project properly, you should see some decent results. But, be prepared for the fact that not everything turns out the way you planned.

I don't want anyone to get the wrong impression with what I am saying. It was worth the effort and the increased pageviews helped. There have been more visitors on a daily basis since the interview. So, overall it was a good experience and I would do it again, although differently.


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