Here’s another update on my progress with the challenge so far:
July 21 5:00pm – July 28th 5:00pm
July 21st: 1 hour
July 22nd: 8 hours
July 23rd: 9 hours
July 24th: 8 hours
July 25th: 7 hours
July 26th: 5 hours
Total: 38 hours
At the current time of writing this post (not when it was published), I have exactly 50 hours left to make my 45-hour deadline. I’ve already clocked a total of 39 hours, making only 7 more hours needed to hit my goal. And with 50 hours left, I should win this challenge easily.
Did the $100 penalty payout incentive help? While it did help contribute, I believe the bigger factor was just my need to work. I knew that I had been slacking the past few weeks and needed to catch up. However, the $100 incentive did play it’s role. In the future, if I hold another challange (perhaps a 50-hour week?), I’ll most likely up the ante and put up even more cash.
Anyhow, I haven’t won yet…
Here’s a brief rundown of what I’ve been doing since my last update:
- As usual, I spent a large chunk of the time blogging and attending to my e-mails.
- I established four link exchanges for Movie-Vault.com and MovieForums.org.
- I started writing an insanely detailed project description for Movie-Vault’s revamp.
- Spent a lot of time researching vBSEO.
- I had to find a better SERP tool to gauge my vBSEO case studies. Shoemoney’s, Aaron Wall’s SEOBOOK, and iWebTool’s programs were all giving me inaccurate results. I finally found a tool, hidden in the depths of the Internet that works perfectly.
- Installed vbSEO on two of my sites.
- Tweaked vBSEO on the sites.
- Researched vBSEO‘s Sitemap plugin and effects.
- Installled Sitemap on Starcraft2.net.
- And lastly, a bit of bad news, remember that large acquisition I’ve been mentioning a bit of lately? Well after weeks of waiting, I finally got the final answer this morning: No. If I were to have received this answer a week or two ago, I would have been more disappointed… but after all the drama and hoops I had to jump through, I’m almost somewhat relieved I didn’t get it. If anything, it’s closure, and means I can put more attention to my sites again, knowing the transaction won’t go through.