Sweet Shit Saturday #013 (Stats! Numbers! Wheee! Edition)

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I’m a big fan of tracking important stats (sales, ecourse subscribers, stuff that matters). I’ve mentioned before, but by tracking stats you find out where to focus your time because you know which of your efforts are paying off. When you can focus your efforts on only things that work guess what happens? You save time and work a little less. ;) With things like Google Analytics and Google Website Optimizer tracking stats is not only easy, but free!

And with that …

June was a record month by every imaginable metric! It’s my first month of more than 100k pageviews (I don’t include StumbleUpon traffic in this number), which is more than double May’s pageviews. Much more importantly, the total RidiculouslyExtraordinary.com readership doubled as well. I put more focus on gaining Freedom Fighters than RSS, but each went up by 4 figures. Woohoo!

The reason for this massive increase is simple: I launched How To Live Anywhere and with it came lots of new traffic (hi!).

While I did orchestrate a small launch, it wasn’t that much work. I realized on the Saturday before launch that sending more e-mails to people who don’t know me would be a waste of time. Annoying people who do know me with launch e-mails would be a waste of time as well. I let things happen as they would and the results were fantastic.

Thank you for making the 12th month of this blog amazing. :)

Affiliates!

Affiliates did a fantastic job selling How To Live Anywhere last month.

Here are the top 5 (in terms of how much $ they made) for June:

  1. $1,514.40
  2. $1,488.65
  3. $511.45
  4. $379.50
  5. $379.50

All told there were 14 affiliates who made at least 1 sale and affiliate revenue was about 70% of total revenue.

Thank you if you linked to HTLA last month. You rock!

Super Mega Tangents

Everybody in Poland uses the words super and mega. e.g. “Mega zajebiste!”

Benny tells me it’s rooted in Latin. But I don’t know Latin. I know Polish and my English is at a 4th grade level according to my perfect marks in 4th grade English when I was in 4th grade. If you read it 4 times it makes sense.

(EDIT: My bad, I don’t listen well. Benny told me “super” was rooted in Latin, but “mega” is Greek. It’s all in the comments below if you care. ;) )

How about I take a tangent from the tangent so I can get to the links? Super mega idea Karol!

Tangent that has exactly nothing to do with the above but everything to do with my life: If you’re ever in Berlin go to Dolores Burrito on Rosa Luxemburg Str and get the Dolores Vegan. Holy wow, it may be the best burrito this side of Freebirds (Austin, TX).

Bonus tangent: If you’re ever in Berlin you probably don’t need to get the standard fare AB zone U / S-bahn tickets for 2.30 EUR. For just 1.30 EUR you can get a Short Trip ticket that allows up to 3 transfers on one trip within AB zone. I didn’t discover this until 12 hours before leaving Berlin. :)

Triple bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus tangent: Before heading to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in Berlin make sure you actually figure out how to get there first. Because, you know, that helps. And it saves you an expensive Taxi ride to make your train back to Poland. ;) (The Taxi cost almost as much as the train from Berlin > Wroclaw. haha!)

Now for some sweet link lurve:

How DJ Sean Gallagher Went From Broke To Surfing Mexico Thanks To His “How To DJ” Online Business by Yaro Starak

I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories. :) (This is a downloadable MP3.)

My 2 Bucks on Pricing by Chris Ashworth

This article could also be called “How To Make As Much In 3 Days As I Used To Make In 1 Month.” Love it. This is a must-read article if you ever plan on releasing a product of your own. And especially if you plan to make your prices low. The psychology behind pricing is fascinating and there are multiple reasons why I priced How To Live Anywhere at $110 as least one of which is touched upon in this article. :)

Small Volume High Price vs Large Volume Low Price by Brian Evans

If we’re going to talk about pricing, let’s talk about pricing! Brian provides really great insights into pricing. If you’re at all interested in marketing you really should be reading Brian’s blog.

Take Action by Kyle Durand

I’ve said it a million times, and I’ve linked to at least a few articles on this topic. I will keep linking to them. Taking focused action is important. So important that if you write an article about it I’ll probably link to you as well. :)

Validation Is Overrated by Seth Godin

Alright, I know it’s trendy to link to Seth Godin. But he is impossible not to link to. His work is good day in and day out. This article, in particular, stood out for me. Validation has gotten a lot of people into a lot of messes. Student loan debt. Banking debt. Credit card debt. And other debts. The root cause for all of them is seeking validation. Although Mr. Godin didn’t touch on any of those points, they’re still valid. ;) (Do I even need to point out what I did there? Wait, I just did. Dammit!)

I assume I’m below average by Derek Sivers

I don’t do this nearly often enough. It’s not that I think I’m great. I’m just a regular dude. It’s that I’m not afraid to give myself credit if I’m good at something. I like this approach to self improvement as long as it’s not taken from a negative stance. e.g. “I suck at this!” If we all took this advice the world would be a better place. :)

The Karol Gajda Weight Loss Method (Results Guaranteed) by Karol Gajda

This got a lot of @ replies on Twitter when I posted it a few days ago so I’m sharing it here with you as well. :)

That’s it for this week. Let’s hang soon, OK? How about Monday? Mega zajebiste, it’s a date!

Questions/comments/wanna have a zombie staring contest? You know what to do …

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{ 17 comments }

mike

Hey Karol,
Thanks for the links and well done for the record month.
No 11 for your weight loss method:

Stop blaming other people because you are/for making you fat

Mike

Karol

Thanks Mike!

Ruddystranger

I am very happy to have found your blog. I believe I found it originally through a guest post you did on another site. It has been through your site that I have found many other great resources. Thanks again for taking the time to put these lists together.
Mucho appreciated.

Karol

Thanks Ruddystranger! :)

Henk

Nice links Karol!:)

when i have my site up(still some minor issues, i mail you later) i be sure to put some affliate links in there:)

great post once again:). i agree its because of all the traffic that makes it possible for you to live free.

take care!

Henk.

Karol

Thank you Henk!

Piotr

“Zajebiste” is some kind of swear, so not everybody in poland using it :)
This is my first comment – so little sweets for you: Great blog! Keep bloging for ever! Greetings from poland.

Karol

Hey Piotr!

It’s not a bad one though. It’s equivalent to saying “bitchin’!” in English. Bitch itself can be a curse word, but bitchin’ would not really be.

And thank you, I definitely plan on writing forever! :)

Karol

Alicja

I think it really depends on the particular speaker ;) Some people will put “zajebiste” in every second sentence, simply treating it as a synonym of “awesome” or the like, and some people would rather die than utter it. I think it’s undergoing a shift from a horrible curse word to a casual intensifier, or has already done so (for quite many speakers) when I wasn’t looking.

The current attitudes to it are well summarized in the comments here: (in Polish)
http://www.sjp.pl/co/zajebisty
http://polskidlapolakow.blox.pl/2007/02/Co-jest-wulgaryzmem.html

So it’s a rather complicated matter, and I think you should be prepared to one day face someone who doesn’t like the word at all…

/language nerd mode off
;)

Karol

Hi Alicja!

Thanks for language nerding it out!

Yes, I believe it’s maybe just not a curse word with the younger generation. I don’t really hear older people use it. That said, I don’t really use it myself. I do, however, love the way it sounds. :)

Karol

Joe

“Everybody in Poland uses the words super and mega. e.g. ‘Mega zajebiste!’ Benny tells me it’s rooted in Latin.”

Actually ‘super’ is from the Latin ‘supra,’ meaning ‘above,’ but ‘mega’ is from the Greek, meaning ‘large’ or ‘great.’ The Greeks have two letter ‘o’s, ‘omicron’ (“small o”) which looks just like the Latin ‘o’ and ‘omega’ (“great o”) which you may remember from Swiss watches. Incidentally, ‘micro’ is now used to mean ‘one millionth’ as in micrometer and ‘mega’ to mean ‘one million’ as in megabyte (in this latter use, technically more than one million, but let’s not quibble). Finally, ‘hyper’ is the Greek equivalent for ‘super’.

How is that for a super mega tangent? :-)

Karol

hehe, thanks Joe! It’s my fault. I’ll bet that’s what Benny actually told me, but I repeated it completely wrong … Benny is a freaking encyclopedia of language knowledge. Including being able to pick out which cities foreigners are from. :)

Benny the Irish polyglot

I can confirm Joe is right and that mega is from Greek ;) I was referring to super for Latin. Glad to see I’m not the only language nerd reading your site :D
The only reason I would have tanganted you with word root trivia was from the suggestion that Polish took the words from English. I simply could not allow English to get the undeserved credit :P

Moon Hussain

Great stuff here, Karol. Congrats to your affiliates. Btw, how does one find out becoming an affiliate for your product, given that one likes your product? ;)

Karol

There is a top secret link inside How To Live Anywhere. :) You can also e-mail me. hehe

Scott

Karol, just as a heads up, Freebirds is not from Austin and it is not just in Austin. The first one is actually in College Station, TX which is home of Texas A&M, arch rivals of the University Of Texas (which is in Austin). Freebirds has only spread outside of College Station in the last 10 years or so, but can now be found in San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi and several other cities throughout Texas (and one place in Oklahoma but nobody cares about that one ;)

And yes, they are the best. mmmmm… you can feed a family of four on a veggie Super Monster burrito! I think that I know what I am eating for lunch today. :)

Karol

Hey Scott, yeah I know it’s a small Texas chain, but why would I promote any city other than Austin? ;)

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