Thursday, March 10, 2011
Cul de Sac Cuisine Part 2
Come back tomorrow for my Friday Fish post (an incredible Salmon poached in Garlic Butter). Today, one more post on Cul de Sac Cuisine...
You all are so kind. I got dozens of emails with very useful comments on my new venture. Hopefully you all have read my last post (click HERE if you have not). Any new venture is exciting, and I am flying high with plans, plots and goals.
Unfortunately, I am not flying as high with HTML, MySQL, PHP, search engine optimization and the like. Going from a working site to a perfectly functioning site is taking longer than expected. So, once again, my start up date is delayed. In fact, open to the public is yet to be announced (moved form March 15 to open ended). But, we are close enough that I can confidently say by the end of the month.
But that isn't going to stop me from talking about it.
In reading over the emails you sent, I have come to a few conclusions. First, in my former email I was putting the horse before the cart by explaining how the site will be used a year from now. When it is several hundred thousand (yes, dare to dream big) "cells" (I am in programmer speak, cells are submissions)... When I have several hundred submissions, and a strong enough data base, I will start marketing for non-bloggers, non-cooks, casual cooks and people hunting for something to cook on Saturday night.
But for the first year, I will be trying to attract bloggers to participate. I am thrilled with the number of commitments I have received just from one post. All of you that simply said whatever I need, you are behind me, I am humbled and grateful.
But, long term, I know there needs to be something in it for you.
So, here's a bold statement... in 30 days I can increase your sites permanent traffic by 10%. I actually have a goal of doubling your traffic in a year, but that is again horse before the cart.
With Foodbuzz more actively providing "freebies" and the Foodie Blogroll entering the field of paying bloggers to post, it is a great time to aggressively work to increase your traffic. i have had a goal for two years to "earn" enough money from my blog to pay my entire food budget. When you count all the free stuff I receive (just this week, Newman's own sent me a care package valued at over $100), I get about half my food costs paid because I blog. If I am right, by participating in Cul de Sac Cuisine, at the end of a year, i will have reached my blogging goal.
So, what's in it for you... Increased traffic to your blog. Increased traffic to your blog moves you higher on search engines (increasing your traffic even more). With all the sites offering payment for blogging, you too can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is indeed 100% of your food costs paid through blogging.
But first, let's start with 10% in 30 days.
I have a page written up on my test site (remember, the "real" site is not yet active, this is just a way to give you an idea of what is to come...
I have a page up that explains the 10% in 30 days challenge. Read it over and if you want to participate fill out the form and send it in...
I need your help
And with that help, I can help you to reach your blogging goals...
Click HERE to find my 10% in 30 days challenge page!
The links take you to the mock up of the home page... Click the top center link that reads "10 in 30" to get to the page (mock up tests do not let me direct you to inner pages... but you are smart enough to find the 10 in 30 page)
Thanks again... you warm my soul