A Year In Review: What I’ve Managed To Accomplish In 2013 While Keeping My 9to5 Job

2013 is the year I brought BloggerJet back to life. This is official.

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And I’d like to start year 2014 with a brief overview of how the project has grown in a year.

If that is something you’re interested in – you’re welcome to read along.
(I’m writing this post for my own self in the first place, so I won’t mind if you just skip it)

Below is the list of things (big & small) that I’ve accomplished in 2013 here at BloggerJet:

1. Released The Free Email Course

It took me about two months of very hard work and I’m endlessly proud with the result that I’ve eventually produced. It’s a free email course called:

“5 Blogging Strategies To Grow Your Traffic By 500%”

If you haven’t signed up for it yet, you’re really missing out.

I was able to grow traffic numbers of Photodoto photography blog by 500% in like 6 months and my email course outlines all the strategies that helped me achieve that.

2. Developed A WordPress Plugin

I’ve had this idea for a very-very long time and I’m super excited that I eventually did it!

TweetDis is my very first premium WordPress Plugin.

You can read about it in this article:

“How To Get 200% More Tweets On Your Articles”

And you can buy it on CodeCanyon or at it’s own website via ClickBank (it should get approved there in a week or so).

I’ve got some nice feedback on this plugin from a few A-list bloggers and in 2014 I’m going to add more features to it, as well as release a few more absolutely unique WordPress plugins.

3. Developed The “Strip The Blog” Tool

This tool was born out of my natural habit of spying on my blogging competitors. As I was running Photodoto I was regularly checking other big photography blogs to see which topics work best for them and “steal” them for our blog.

And then I thought how cool it would be to automate this process.

I told the idea to my good friend Max, who is a genius web developer and in a few months the first version of “Strip The Blog” Tool was released:

Again I’ve reached out to many A-list bloggers and gathered tons of feedback, which resulted in a second and improved version of the tool that you can see live today:

If you’re interested to learn more about “Strip The Blog” tool I recommend you to read the following articles:

  1. Brand New Tool To Discover Popular Articles On Competitor Blogs
  2. Behind The Scenes of “Strip The Blog” Tool First Upgrade

4. New Content Published

In 2013 I only wrote ten articles for BloggerJet. Eight of which were written in last four months.

I’m not really proud with my productivity here, but some of you may already know that I’m not the kind of guy who will write one post per day just for the sake of it.

I won’t ever click the “Add New Post” button unless I have something really meaningful to say.

And here are a few posts from 2013 that I’m quite proud of:

  1. Generating Blog Name Ideas & Launching A Blog. Scientific Approach.
  2. How To Hire Awesome Writers For Your Blog. The Not-So-Obvious Guide.
  3. Popup Email Form in WordPress Blog: 6 Tricks To Make Visitors Love It

Hope you’ve liked them just as much as I do.

5. Guest Writer On Board

Last year I was lucky enough to find one outstanding person to share authorship of BloggerJet. I’m sure you’ve noticed his articles here. His name is Ericson Ay Mires and he’s just amazing!

This guy is absolutely great in researching stuff and he sure knows how to present his findings well.

We’ve teamed up on writing a few very cool articles and I sincerely hope this is just the warmup of what we can do together.

My personal favourites from last year are:

  1. What Elite Internet Marketers Do With Their Bylines That You’re Missing Out
  2. The Hidden Treasures of 26 Famous Marketing Blogs
  3. 11 Vivid Examples of High Converting Popup Email Forms

And if you try to steal Ericson from me I will find you and kick your ass. I have 2 years of MMA trainings behind my back, so just keep away :)

6. BloggerJet & Foundertips Merged Together

This one was quite unexpected actually. If you were following BloggerJet from it’s early days you may know that it all started as a “blogging race” with my good friend Dainis Graveris.

He launched Foundertips, I’ve launched BloggerJet – and we were competing who can bring more traffic in 3 months.

foundertips-blog

this is how Foundertips blog looked just a month ago

After the race was over both blogs were kinda abandoned.

But as you can see, I brought BloggerJet back to life. And then I thought if Dainis could give me his Foundertips blog, since he didn’t seem to be willing to continue with it.

And he said “Yes“!

So we merged the two blogs together and you can now find articles from Foundertips here.

My traffic numbers went up and I’m endlessly grateful to Dainis (and kinda feeling I’m his slave for life now).

7. BloggerJet Around The Web

We’ve published quite a few guest articles for the sake of promoting BloggerJet around the web. Some of them are absolutely worth checking.

Guest Articles by Tim Soulo:

  1. Magic 5-Step Plan To Writing a Post That Will Easily Win Pulitzer Prize @ problogger.net
  2. 5 Fundamentals That Determine How Fast Your Blog Grows @ problogger.net
  3. 3 Reasons To Spy On Your Fellow Bloggers and 1 Free Tool That Does It @ bloggingtips.com
  4. Meet Tim Soulo of BloggerJet.com @ bloggingtips.com
  5. How To Differentiate Your Blog From Others, Grow Traffic & Make More Money @ bloggingwizard.com
  6. 3 Amazing Places Filled with Drafts of Your Future Articles @ blogherald.com
  7. 3 Pillars To “Stealing” Popular Posts From Your Competitors @ dailyblogtips.com
  8. 3 Long-Awaited Signs It’s Time For You To Finally Start A Blog @ weblogbetter.com

Guest Articles by Ericson Ay Mires:

  1. 5 Ways To Easily Come Up With Awesome Guest Post Ideas @ webtrafficroi.com
  2. 3 Smart Tips To Move Past Your Fears And Become A Guest Posting Machine! @ comluv.com
  3. 7 Tools That Make it Easy to Organize and Simplify Your Blogging Life @ basicblogtips.com

Actually me and Ericson wrote a few more guest articles, but since they were scheduled for January 2014 they didn’t make it to this list.

Back To You

One very important thing to mention here is that I’ve managed to do all that while keeping my 9to5 job (which I actually love and don’t plan to quit anytime soon).

So I guess my list can be a motivation to some of you, who think it’s pointless to run a blog while keeping an everyday job.

And in 2014 I plan to be much more productive than that!

What about you, guys? Did you manage to accomplish a lot in 2013?
Are you satisfied with how you performed?

I used to be a professional DJ when I realised that talent alone won't get me thousands of raving fans. That's how I began studying marketing. So today I'm a marketing consultant, helping people squeeze more money from their online ventures.

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  1. Stacy

    Great job, Tim! I’ve learned a lot from bloggerjet :) Thanks!

  2. Top Web Design

    Hey, I like your wordpress plugin. Really amazing )

  3. Nancy Young

    Wow! Tim, you’re great as usual. Thank you for a lot of useful tips I’m dying to try! The post inspired me and made me smile (relax, i’m not going to steal your precious Ericson, oh honey..) haha Thanks once again ;)

    • Tim Soulo

      well… I don’t fight with girls.. so I guess there’s a loophole to stealing Ericson LOL

  4. Ihor Kobylinskiy

    Thanks, man – very useful article! Waiting for next publication )

    • Tim Soulo

      wow! ) didn’t expect to see you here :) Thanks for the feedback! :)

  5. Nika Karluchenko

    Tim,

    I really like your post:
    Popup Email Form in WordPress Blog: 6 Tricks To Make Visitors Love It

    For a long time my development team was really trying to avoid POP UP for our websites/blogs. But from the time I found your post we’ve started to think how to improve our POPUPs and not remove them entirely.

    And your tips are really working! You’re doing great job. Thank you!

    • Tim Soulo

      thanks Nika! It’s super awesome to know that someone is actually using your advice :)

  6. Tim Bonner

    I’d say you’ve had a pretty good year Tim :-).

    You’ve certainly packed in a lot whilst holding down a 9 to 5 job.

    Strip the Blog is awesome.

    I hadn’t realised you’d set up a premium WordPress plugin. That’s cool.

    I’d better check it out!

    • Tim Soulo

      thanks for the comment, Tim! :) well.. I kinda “outsource” all the design & development work.. so I could’ve done even better :) will see where 2014 takes me

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