Common Sense Marketing – February 2011 in Review

Holy crap, you guys – we’re already two months into 2011! How are you doing on those goals that we all set for the New Year just a few short months ago?

Here’s what’s been going well during the month of February…

Great content –

I hope it doesn’t come across as boastful to say that I’m really pleased with the content I put up in February. There are just a few highlights I want to share with you, in case you missed them during the month:

*My Dirty Little Secret – Probably my favorite post on the blog so far, this post takes an honest look at what life as an affiliate marketer is really like and why self employment isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

*Case Study #1 – Final Update – After seven weeks of work, my first Case Study (a test of one-way backlinking service BuildMyRank) came to an end.  To see my final recommendations, click on the link above.

*Need Help Getting Your Minisite Business Off the Ground? – As much fun as my first Case Study was, the second one I’ve got planned is going to be *so* much bigger!  Check out this post for info what the Case Study entails, and check back here for updates over the next eight weeks!

In addition, I’m pleased with the number of posts I did in February that involved specific “How to” advice and marketing strategies that you can actually put into place.  The end of January found me trending more towards business/personal development posts than I wanted to, so I’m glad to feel like I’ve found a better balance recently.  (Of course, if I’m totally off-base and y’all want more touchy-feely posts, feel free to let me know in the comments!)

Added bonuses for subscribers –

One thing I mentioned in my last review post was my desire to add more educational resources for email subscribers, and I’ve recently started putting this into practice with a weekly email newsletter that’s full of content I don’t share here.  If you haven’t already signed up for it, please check it out – I think you’ll find it incredibly useful in your internet business journey.

Greater social networking presence –

Yeah, so I have to admit that I’m still figuring out this whole Twitter thing (what am I, 80 years old?!), but I’ve been doing my best to post useful content via these tools and interact with CSM community members.  But I’m lonely, so please come be my friend – okay?  🙂

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So what’s coming next…

I’m guessing that running the 2011 Community Marketing challenge here is going to take up most of my attention, so I don’t want to set any major goals for March, besides continuing to improve upon the things that I listed above.  I’ve been reading a lot of Corbett Barr’s stuff lately on Writing Epic Shit, so hopefully you’ll see some more of that kind of post here in the future.

But there is one thing I want to focus on this Month, and that’s giving back to the community.  I feel so incredibly lucky to have this platform to share my ideas about ethical marketing, and to have such awesome readers who visit regularly and send me nice emails.  Truly, it’s hard to put into text how grateful I am for the community that’s growing here 🙂

But at the same time, it’s hard not to be constantly aware of the fact that my ability to run this site occurs only because of the tremendous privilege I have in my life.  The fact that I’m warm, sheltered, fed and safe simply by virtue of my circumstances is a blessing I don’t take lightly.  It’s always been a priority of mine for this blog to give back to the community…  and it’s time to get started!!!

Here’s how it’s going to go down.  Over the next eight weeks, I’ll be posting weekly updates on building a new affiliate marketing website as part of the Community Marketing Challenge.  In each one of those updates, I’m going to post a video that details – in-depth – a particular tool I use to build affiliate marketing minisites as easily and as efficiently as possible.

Each of those posts will include an affiliate link for the product I describe, and for everyone of you that buys through my affiliate link, 50% of my commission will be donated to Kiva, an amazing micro-finance program that helps entrepreneurs around the world get funding for projects that improve their livelihoods and give back to local communities.

It’s simple – I win.  You win.  And entrepreneurs around the world win.  🙂

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Now, when we get started with the Challenge results, I’m going to need your help to make this idea successful.  On each of my Challenge results postings, I’m going to ask you to share the post on Twitter, post it to Facebook, send out the word via carrier pigeon – whatever you can do to help get the word out so that we can raise as much money as possible for Kiva.

I hope you’ll join me in this project 🙂

2 Responses to Common Sense Marketing – February 2011 in Review

  1. Jon says:

    Sarah – you’re being epic already! Very cool work with the Kiva connection. I’ll do my part.

    Also, to the readers: I have subscribed to Sarah’s newsletter and I was really impressed – no joke. I was going to email Sarah about this but I’m going public instead.

    The Common Sense Marketing newsletter is well-written with additional useful and actionable content. SIGN UP!

    See you around…

    Jon

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Jon – I’m glad you’re finding the newsletter valuable. If there’s anything else you can think of that I can do to improve it, just let me know! 🙂

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