Advice on How Not To Progress
As you can see on the “About” page, I started exploring the Internet with 3 websites in 2007. It happened out of curiosity and to learn about web design. Those days blogging was still an unknown to me.
In 2008 we got a wakeup call during the global economic crisis. Many of us feared retrenchment and I started looking at Internet Marketing as a second income if things turn bad (which fortunately did not happen).
As time went by the following years I started Blogging and started a few more sites. I got drawn into various IM courses, “magic” software and systems to get “instant page rank”, “unbelievable traffic” and “BIG money”.
OK, I must admit I learned a lot and gained most valuable experience in Web Design, WordPress, Plugins, Themes, Domain registration, Hosting, CPanel, setup and configuring sites. Lots about SEO, Siloing, Video Marketing, List Building, Social Media – you name it..
However, without really realising it I was running around like a headless chicken. Trying this, improving on page SEO, then studied what another Guru is teaching, without any real progress.
In the process I made some money with Adsense, sold a few affiliate products – but not nearly covered my expenses. The other problem I encountered is that I know what to do and what should happen, but do not have the time to implement all that needs to be done.
I know outsourcing is the answer but at this point my financial situation and online performance does not allow that option.
At the same time I was hopping around between sites and up to now none is at a point where I can say it is a “money site”.
A few months ago I realised I am not getting anywhere fast and decided to step back and to take stock. What I discovered is what many internet marketers teach you not to do and should be common sense, I got trapped into.
Basic IM Rules (which I ignored):
• Do one site (niche) at a time.
• Pay attention to on site SEO from day one.
• Wind it up until it starts turning on its own and generate income.
• At this stage it will require less input from your side i.e. one post a week or even every 2 weeks.
• Then and only then you can start your next project – if necessary and you want to.
I then started reducing Inbox clutter by unsubscribing and even blacklisting those stubborn ones who does not honour your request.
Over the years I collected top of the range software for:
• Video marketing – Camtasia, Wondershare, Easy VSL , Explaindio etc.
• WordPress themes – Thesis, ProStyler etc.
• Web Design – Dreamweaver, Xara etc.
• Plugins and the list go on..
None of these I have implemented (use) to their full potential.
Recently, from whom I cannot recall, an email landed in my Inbox which I opened – mentioning “The Quick Start Challenge”. It caught my attention and I yet again a burden was put on my credit card.
I was surprised when I landed in the member’s area and did not find the usual training videos and documentation – only to be told to join a Facebook group and register for an upcoming Webinar.
Must say I found the Webinar very interesting and in line with my current plan of action – to take one site and get it rocking.
During the Webinar Dean Holland challenged members to get a Blog with at least one post up within the next few days.
At first I thought it would not be fair for me to take up the challenge due to the advantage I have over Newbies. Second thoughts however were that it will not be freewheeling for me, as I will have to learn the Theme I decided to use (only used it once before), although I had this dormant site “How To Ultimate” already host configured.
This took me in any case more than a day to figure out and get the site into a decent state for now – theme wise.
I also realised taking up “The Quick Start Challenge” is in fact challenging myself. It is a challenge to put all my knowledge, software and tools to use to progress and become successful in IM.
What got me thinking during the webinar were the words:
Change Is Automatic
Progress Is Not
So Create Your Own Progress
This is my first post on How To Ultimate. I am taking up the challenge and I hope you understand now HOW NOT TO PROGRESS..?!