Where I Went Wrong & Why I Haven’t Posted in 2 Weeks

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9 Feb 2012
Where I went wrong.

I know it’s been quiet on this blog for the past 2 weeks.

You might be wondering why.

The truth is, I have a few very good reasons why.  I know that I’ve definitely learned a lot from my mistakes over the past month, and hopefully won’t repeat them again.

Let’s start with why I haven’t posted in 2 weeks. That one is very easy. I haven’t had anything to update you with. I’m still working on the same 4 websites, and haven’t had anything to share. I had figured that January and February would be slow since the sites were all brand new…but not this slow. I’ll get into one of the reasons why below. But since I haven’t had anything to say, I haven’t posted. I hope that as the month goes on, I’ll have a lot more to report and will be able to keep you updated more.

As for where I went wrong…this is funny. It’s one thing to learn a lesson after something goes wrong, but it’s completely different when it’s something that you know is wrong ahead of time, and it’s something you tell others to do, and yet you don’t do it yourself. So…here are 2 ways that I went wrong in the past month, and how I’m fixing them.  Hopefully you won’t make these same mistakes!

  1. Having a Schedule (Time Management):It’s really important to know what you’re going to spend your time doing each day. Not everyone needs to do it the same way of course, but even if you only write down how many hours you’ll spend on a task, it is something that you really should do.

    What happens if you don’t?

    You end up like me. In your head you think you’ll spend a few hours on this website, a few hours on that one, and you’ll get everything done. But in reality, since you don’t have specific items written out, you won’t know exactly what to do, and will end up spending your time doing something else entirely.

    My plan was to spend 2-3 hours early in the day working on my other websites that are currently making me money, and then spend the rest of the day “working on the new sites”. That’s as specific as it got. So each day, I would start off working on my other websites, and since I didn’t know exactly what to do with the new sites at that moment, I just kept on working on my other websites!

    So in the past few weeks, while I have spent a few hours on PopShops1 and PriceChecker1, that’s about it. So how can I expect results if I don’t put the time into it?So that it doesn’t keep happening, starting tonight I will write out a list of what I want to accomplish the next day. I don’t feel the need to be very specific, but will write something like I want to write 2 posts to NicheWebsite2, or research keywords for NicheWebsite1, etc. This way I will make sure that I work on all of the websites I want to. If I don’t get everything done that day, it’s not a big deal as I’ll just carry it over into the next day’s tasks. But this way I will always have a list of things I want to work on.I strongly suggest that you do the same.

    Not everyone needs to write the same kind of schedule…it can be very broad “work on this website” or very specific “write a post using this keyword”, but you need some kind of schedule if you want to make sure you get certain things done. Because while I certainly have accomplished a lot in the past 2 weeks, it hasn’t been on the websites that I wanted to work on the most.

  2. Keywords are important (with all parts of your website):
    I have written about how keywords are important to research if you want to make sure that you get on the first page of search engine results, and have known this fact. I’ve even written posts about it in the past.But while I spent a lot of time researching keywords for my domain name, and the subject of what I’ll post about, I never even considered researching keywords for the posts themselves for my 2 new niche websites.

    So what happened?

    On NicheWebsite1 I wrote 8 posts, and finally last Friday I got a visitor that came from a Google search where I was the 26th result. Why is this? Because I was randomly picking keywords based on what I wanted to post about and review, instead of using my keyword research to help pick the subject of my posts.To remedy this, I have started using my keyword research to come up with post ideas.

    It will probably be a little bit more difficult for me to post exactly what I wanted to, but I know I’ll still be able to write what I want, and even if I still do some posts with the subjects that I want, overall I should get a lot more traffic since many of the posts will be from keywords that I researched and get a lot of traffic and have low competition.

    So my recommendation to you is that you not only use keyword research for a domain name, but for your specific posts as well. Again, this is something that I knew, but completely ignored when writing the posts for my niche websites.

I think that all of us can learn from the mistakes I’ve been making. Hopefully I’ll remember these, and things will start moving faster, and I’ll be posting more often!

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