30 Day Challenge effect backlash

A few of the blogs that I read have been pointing out the fact that the methods described in the 30 Day Challenge are just not going to work long term. I have to disagree to an extent. Let me explain:

The idea behind the 30 Day Challenge was to be able to make $10.00 without spending a dime. This means you can't buy new domain names, hosting for a site, nothing. Everything you do has to be done on free services. So, when Ed Dale tells everybody to go sign up for Stumble Upon, all of a sudden, Stumble Upon is going to receive a few thousand new signups in one day. They are going to take notice. Same thing with tumblr.com. All of a sudden, in one day they started getting a VERY large amount of new signups, each with some marketing phrase used as it's subdomain. They are going to feel the effects of the 30 day challenge and they are going to take action. And, since everybody created all their new pages in a 24-36 hour period, it going to be pretty simple to find and eliminate those accounts.

Had there not been several thousand, but instead a few dozen new accounts created on tumblr.com, it's most likely that these would have slid under the radar and the purpose for creating these pages would have been realized. The purpose being only to TEST OUT A NICHE MARKET. The end-game here is not to use tumblr.com or any other free hosting service as your long term solution for keeping your content, but merely a way to test and see if it's worth going to the trouble (and expense) of creating a new site with consistent content using your own domain name and your own hosting, etc, etc.

Give me your thoughts.

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  1. 45n5 on August 18, 2007 at 5:15 am

    "They are going to feel the effects of the 30 day challenge and they are going to take action."

    if they believed the 30dc people weren't spamming their site and were simply using it as intended I don't think that action would have been to delete tons of accounts without warning. they deleted people because they thought they were spamming the site.

    "The purpose being only to TEST OUT A NICHE MARKET."

    the only thing you are testing out by using tumblr is whether or not tumblr can rank for that term.

    by the time you get your real domain to rank (if ever) the market may (will) have changed and so will your competition. It's comparing apples today to oranges in 6 months to a year or longer.

    also; there is no rule that says you have to spend 0 to make money online, and sure it can be done, but it's silly, just a hat trick, and to teach newbies this is the way to go is goofy.

    The smartest thing a newbie can do is purchase a domain name and start learning how to do things correctly from day one. Teach them how to earn a link instead of gaming sites to get them. Teach them what good content is instead of how to try and rank junk content on the back of someone else.

    Do your market research on your own domain, see what works for YOU, not someone else, I recommend not go niche with a domain so you can play all day.

    "Had there not been several thousand, but instead a few dozen new accounts created on tumblr.com, it’s most likely that these would have slid under the radar"

    Correct, and I've never argued that parasite seo doesn't work, it's just not something anybody should put much stock into.