Welcome to another blockbuster on megadigitaldream. 💥 A Heroic Tale of 64 Hours Leading to Online Triumph.
On August 29th of this year, I started an experiment. I wanted to know what would happen if I worked two hours on my online business every day for 30 days.
In order for you to perfectly understand all the connections regarding this, I recommend you briefly read the article when I started this experiment. (it’s a short one)
I explained everything in detail there, and I don’t feel like repeating myself now.
Embracing Imperfection: How I Found Success by Breaking the Daily Routine
The first thing I have to confess is that I didn’t manage to work two hours on my business every day for 30 consecutive days. But before you grab your club and want to hold your superhero Tobi accountable, wait a moment.
It sounds cliché, but I can explain. 🤫
Because although I didn’t manage to work two hours every day, I still invested a total of 64 hours after the 30 days, or strictly speaking, even 32 days.
That means what I did was that on some days, for example, I worked for one hour, but on another day, I worked for three hours, or on one day, I even worked for six hours and then didn’t work at all on other days, for example.
And you can call me crazy, but I honestly tell you that I can live with it, and I don’t hate myself for it.
Instead, I am still proud of myself because at the end of the day, it’s not about necessarily putting in the time every day, but it’s about investing the time you set for yourself overall.
Because who would have thought that even superheroes like Tobi don’t have the unlimited opportunity to invest two hours into it every day.
I also have to take care of saving the world on the side. 🦸🏼♂️ You will surely understand that.
A Dark Truth Uncovered
First and foremost, this experiment perfectly illustrated something that couldn’t have been demonstrated any better. It showed me how the most legendary self-talks and postings on my blog could have happened in the past three years.
If you don’t know about them and haven’t read them yet, I can only recommend that if you feel like having a good laugh today, whether out of schadenfreude or desperation, take the time to read this, this and that.
I knew I could write a lot of blog posts, but that wouldn’t make any sense if I wasn’t focused on SEO.
That means if I had just written a lot of blog posts, it wouldn’t have brought me anything because I wouldn’t have gotten any visitors to my website that way.
You have to be able to generate traffic. That means more content alone leads to nothing.
So that was already out of the question.
The Search For Traffic
One of my standard activities over the years has been my participation in the Warrior Forum.
There, I enjoy helping and answering questions from other users because, although I am not perfect myself, I have accumulated so much valuable knowledge over the years that I can definitely provide added value to others.
If you are coming from this forum and reading this, greetings to you, I kiss your heart and all that. 😘
However, this can only be done for a maximum of 30 to 45 minutes per day, if at all.
Emphasis on theoretically, because what good is knowledge without application?
You probably won’t believe it, but you must agree with me, there are damn many ways to generate traffic.
The only problem is that none of these options has really appealed to me.
Well, in the past, I was very successful with YouTube ads, but that’s no longer an option because I don’t have a budget anymore that I want or can spend on advertising.
That means the only thing left for me is free traffic.
Quora – Why I Hate It
Another option that I have been pursuing on the side for years is Quora. There, you can answer questions in your niche and attract visitors as well.
But you know what I realized after being a bit active there for years and getting over 75,000 views on my answers in total?
I realized that it just f*cking PISSES ME OFF to answer these shitty questions that are 90% repetitive anyway. It’s always about shit like how to make $100 a day or something, I can’t stand it anymore, and I don’t feel like answering this nonsense anymore. 😤
That was a relatively quick and strong realization at the beginning of this experiment.
I can’t stand it, I can’t see it, and I can’t make it part of my strategy to generate traffic in this way.
But that is also something positive because thanks to this experiment, I was able to eliminate one of the many possible options that were swirling around in my head.
It brought me a little more clarity.
So, what do you think an absolute superhero Tobi does in this situation where he still has one and a half hours to fill after being active on the Warrior Forum for half an hour? 🤪
Right, as befits an incredibly great and smart superhero, I started spending a huge portion of my time creating a new logo for megadigitaldream.
For that, I discovered incredibly practical AI tools like Leonardo Ai for myself and was able to create and try out a lot of possible images and logos. And all of that completely for free, how cool is that? 😃
You know what the good thing about it was? It felt like I was doing something for my business, like I was really investing active time and using these two hours per day somewhat meaningfully.
Because I mean, the logo obviously has something to do with my business, right?
Very good, and that’s exactly what I did, I worked on my business. 😌
Unmasked: The Evil Danger Of Work-Related Procrastination
Okay, joking aside, I’m not that dumb, and I even wrote it myself in my last post before starting this challenge in the PS that it’s exactly wrong.
It may feel like you’re working on your business, but you’re still not doing anything to achieve results.
Because let’s be honest, why do we have a business? Why do we do all of this? Right, because we want results, because we want to reach people, because we want to help people, and because we naturally want something in return.
The following might surprise you… but you need people for that. 🙄 And you don’t reach people by spending hours on irrelevant things like website logos.
So what I’ve been doing there, and what has been shown again, is that I procrastinate while disguising it as work.
And believe me, that’s what I’ve been doing in a way for almost four years. It’s the same when you watch any training videos or coaching videos, it’s also nothing more than work-related procrastination.
All of that doesn’t bring any results. Maybe you’re someone who already has an active online business and you’re procrastinating now by reading this blog post.
Because you’re right, of course, it indirectly has something to do with your business if you’re involved in affiliate marketing. But what does it bring you if you read this now and don’t learn from my mistakes and accordingly implement it?
Nevertheless, it was another important realization for me to catch myself procrastinating while working.
The Time Eater
I can’t say with complete certainty, but just based on my feeling, I spent at least 20 to 25 hours of those 64 hours on logo creation. 🥲
Then I spent about 7 hours on the Warrior Forum. That leaves about 32 hours.
I invested about 4 hours in writing and creating the last two blog posts. So that leaves 28 hours.
Now you are probably wondering what I did for 28 hours. And honestly, when I look at it now, I wonder the same thing. 🤣
Well, there is an answer, which mathematically seems to have taken up almost the entire remaining time.
When Review Videos Become a Valuable Traffic Source
The other traffic strategy that I have had in mind for years, and actually intended to make one of my main strategies, is to be active on YouTube and create videos.
Because there, I can perfectly incorporate my experience from the past years and help people avoid making bad purchases.
That’s exactly what I did, which means I spent several hours of those remaining 28 hours on research and creating some review videos.
And that’s good because it helps other people and at the same time, it can generate clicks.
The problem, however, is that it’s not something I can or want to do every day. Because some products are so terrible that they’re not even worth making a video about.
And not every day do many relevant or somewhat relevant products come out. Honestly, I can’t imagine doing it daily just based on motivation alone.
For that, the market would have to be bigger and the products would have to be better and appear more frequently.
Let’s say, roughly, that I spent a total of about 13 hours on that.
That means there are 15 hours left.
A Superhero’s Reality Check on Blog-Hopping Strategies
I am honest with you, my blog posts are simply the best 😆 because I report here live as it comes to me, you know what just came to my mind again, namely that I did something else at the beginning of this experiment.
One traffic strategy that I learned from one of my coaches over the years is blog-hopping. In case you don’t know what that is, to put it in simple words, it means being active on other blogs, commenting and sharing those blogs.
This was something that had been in the back of my mind for years, but I never implemented it, as you know me as a superhero.
At the beginning of this experiment, I thought, you know what, why not try it out?
The first thing you need to do is find other bloggers in your niche.
That means I spent about five hours searching for other bloggers, creating a small list of blogs, and even reading some blog posts.
That was just the research phase, and now it would be my job to be active on these blogs and connect with other bloggers.
But I wouldn’t be superhero Tobi if I had just coldly done that and invested my time in a meaningful way. 🥸
No, a true superhero like myself stops after the research phase of this endeavor and finds it pointless to even do it in the first place.
The Internal Struggle of Commitment in Blog Networking
My train of thought was simple:
- Firstly, is it enjoyable enough for me to do it every day for a longer period of four months? The answer to that was: Not really
- Secondly I only found about 20 blogs. That means connecting with these 20 bloggers, commenting, liking, and sharing their posts would have cost me about a month of work if I had done it thoroughly
My one million dollar question that I had in my mind was, what do I do after two or three months? 🤔
If you want to be successful at something, you have to find something that you can do almost daily for at least one or two years.
And now I ask you, and you can gladly answer me, how can I do something like that long-term with 20 or 30 blogs??
The Reality of Today’s Blogging Scene
The truth is, nowadays, blogging and blog-hopping are simply not as popular as they were 10 years ago. That means most of the blogs I found in my niche, which revolves around making money and affiliate marketing, are simply inactive, ai generated or/and have no active followers or comments.
That’s why, after my research phase, I once again saw no point in even trying. Because the long-term viability of this strategy didn’t make much sense to me, even though one of my coaches in my mentor program raves about it. 🙄
I mean I actually believe him that it works well in a certain way and leads to great connections, but personally, I don’t see the sense in it as a long-term strategy.
Marathon Mentality: Building Business Success Over Years, Not Months
Over the years of my online business experience, I have developed an extreme, almost irrational fear of starting something that I won’t follow through with and can’t do in the long term.
You can believe me, even if I may seem like an idiot to you sometimes, I know exactly how to become successful online. In theory.
And that simply doesn’t work if you start something and only stick with it for about two months. 😐
It doesn’t mean that just because I have this opinion now, I have completely ruled out blog-hopping forever. There is still a part of me that actually thinks it’s a good thing, especially considering the fact that I have this blog myself and therefore have the perfect and best conditions to do it.
That’s why it’s not easy for me to exclude it.
On the other hand, Quora was easy for me to exclude because I really hate those stupid questions there. 😒🤣
Invisible Forces: The Unspoken Challenges of a Faceless Content Creator on YouTube
Well, anyway, back to YouTube. After realizing that both blog-hopping is not a long-term option and creating review videos is not something I can do permanently, I thought about how else I could make videos on YouTube.
I quickly became aware that I had no real idea of how to create meaningful content on YouTube, especially considering that in my case, it should not be forgotten that firstly, I am not yet ready to show my face, and secondly, I still have a certain language barrier because my native language is German, and therefore it is not as easy for me to say things in English and convey them as I would prefer to do in German.
So what does a superhero Tobi do with the remaining 10 hours of his time? 🦸
Right, he researches on YouTube and watches videos from other YouTubers in his niche, wasting and squandering his remaining hours, which was also nothing more than work procrastination, just like with the logo.
And even though what I’m about to say next is almost boring when you look at my past in the online world, ultimately, towards the end of the experiment, what had to happen sooner or later happened..
My Journey into the World of Crypto Trading
Everything I have told you leads to the logical conclusion that I still obviously lack a certain clarity in what I want to do in my business.
As fate would have it, on a beautiful day, I researched again what new online money-making products were coming out to create new review videos, and I came across a product that, for once, did not sound as content-wise shitty as some others that usually come my way.
Originally, I only do reviews of products that I don’t buy myself. For me, it’s actually about preventing people from buying this stuff.
But this one product that I came across and also made a review on was so interesting to me that I ended up buying it myself. And this is despite the fact that I haven’t been buying any products online for a long time.
As of now, I don’t regret it, but just like with any other temptation to earn money online, it requires dedication, learning, and time investment.
Therefore, it may take a while before I can achieve significant success with it.
But I’m used to that, lol…
Although, I must admit that I’m a bit embarrassed because I have invested quite a lot of money in it again. Money that I actually don’t have, but let’s keep that between us.
Apart from that, there is still a small happy ending.
How Twitter (X) Became My Unexpected Traffic Goldmine
I mentioned to you before that I almost wanted to try blog-hopping, but as I was contemplating these thoughts, I found myself gravitating more towards Twitter, or as it’s now called, X.
Somehow, I still prefer this platform the most, firstly because it’s relatively easy to connect with other bloggers and people there, and in general, it’s quite simple to post short content or follow others, and so on.
And even though it sounds simple, just that alone was enough for me to generate new clicks, connect with new people, and increase my own reach.
If you, yes, exactly you, now coming from Twitter, which is absolutely likely because I have been the most active there, then you are living proof that if you are a little active on a platform, you can invite new visitors to your superhero universe. 🌌
I can almost be a little proud of that because even though I procrastinated for the most part of this experiment, I still found something in the end that generates traffic and, most importantly, brings me a little joy.
Phone-Free Productivity: The Surprising Key to Consistent Daily Success
Towards the end of the experiment, even though my last day was September 29th, I still had some hours left that I hadn’t done yet. And diligent and orderly as I am, I made up for them because I wanted to reach a total of 64 hours. In the following days, I simply caught up on it.
Here comes the exciting part that should please many people, at least those who are as addicted to their phones as I am and constantly get distracted by them.
In order to be able to halfway manage this experiment, I had an app on my phone that ensured that while I was working on my two hours, my phone was locked for any use.
I can’t tell you enough how much that helped me and how much it made me realize how much my phone actually distracts me. 🥲
Unraveling the Paradox of Achievement and Distraction
When I wanted to work on the remaining open hours at the end in retrospect and looked at the statistics in my app to see how much I had already worked, I realized that I had already completed all 64 hours, even though I was about to sit down and work for another two hours.
It just felt weird for me to start working now without locking my phone (which I didn’t have to do anymore because I only wanted to do it for these 30 days).
And that’s why I didn’t do it.
What I’m trying to say is that it’s no wonder that I haven’t been really productive in the past years if I don’t challenge the distraction machines in some way.
Thanks to this app and a relatively simple paper system where I made a beautiful green checkmark every single day to demonstrate that I had completed these two hours, I would have never been able to pull off this experiment.
Near Defeat, Yet Still Standing: The Unexpected Twist That Saved My Online Business
The result of this 30-day challenge is, firstly, that I have taken on another trading business (with love, of course..🤣), and secondly, that for now, I am limiting myself to writing blog posts, using X, the Warrior Forum, and occasionally doing review videos.
At the end, I would like to address a very honest closing statement to you.
A Sad Story of Almost Giving Up
I haven’t actually told you the truth about why I started this 30-day challenge for myself.
The reason was that I was on the verge of giving up on my online business. That’s the sad truth, your superhero Tobi wanted to simply give up. 🥺
Explaining the why now would exceed the scope of this already huge blog post, but to make it short, you could actually already guess why I didn’t see any real purpose if you have been reading attentively.
Because I simply didn’t know what to do. How to bring visitors to my website.
The expectation and reality were simply too far apart.
The 30 Days Challenge As The Last Chance
At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be a superhero if I didn’t have one last straw to hold on to. And that straw was that I couldn’t accept giving up after all these years without having at least once managed to work on it for 30 consecutive days like a normal disciplined person.
So, my plan was to go through with this challenge, and if I didn’t gain any further insights at the end of these 30 days, my decision was to finally let go of this matter and focus on other things.
As fate would have it, your superhero Tobi will remain with you. Because after these 30 days, I gained valuable insights with which I can now continue in the future, at least to some extent.
Even though I may not be 100% determined yet and don’t know if the path I will now take is really the right one, at least I have a path now.
Focused Future: Impactful Entrepreneurship in 5 Hours a Week
Nevertheless, this path will not continue in this form with two hours per day.
In addition, I have other tasks that require a large portion of my time.
Therefore, my new plan is to only dedicate 5 hours per week to this blog and internet marketing.
Now, put away the tissues 🤧, as I mentioned before, I will still be here for you and will continue to enrich your life with my world-class posts and contributions.
Exciting Upgrades and Fresh Ideas on the Horizon!
One thing I can assure you is that it will remain incredibly exciting. Not only have I gained new motivation, but I also have a lot of ideas on how to add or change things on this blog.
This is despite the fact that the Iceberg Effect is a newer and better product in terms of content. Why I am making this decision will be revealed in one of my upcoming blog posts. If you don’t want to miss out on it, now would be a very sensible moment to sign up for my newsletter on the homepage. 🙃
You Should Try This
Else, I can only say that the system with the blocking app and the paper where I make a checkmark every day when I successfully work on the desired hour of Project XY has proven to be very effective for me, and I will continue to do it in the same way.
Only now, instead of one paper, I will have four papers hanging on the door. Namely, for four different projects and things that I want to focus on daily.
I can really only recommend it to anyone who also has a small discipline and distraction problem.
No Conclusion For Scrollers 😉
If you have taken the time and effort to read this entire post and NOT just scrolling to the end, THEN I want to kiss your famous infamous eyes. 💋
Also, feel free to leave me a comment about what you think of this blog post.
What are your personal insights from this story? Did you recognize yourself in some form? Let me know. 😄
In this sense, I wish you a wonderful day and see you soon,
PS: What will probably concern you the most after reading this article is: Tobi, do you at least have a new logo so that it wasn’t completely in vain? And my answer is: Almost. It’s more like a new image. It’s my new profile picture on X and YouTube. I don’t know about you, but I think it looks really fresh. 😎 So I won’t be distracted with that for a while now haha..