A Homework Weekend
October 29, 2006
This weekend I don't have any offline deadlines looming for Monday, so I decided yesterday to load up on homework.
My sticky sites are going to rely more on word-of-mouth referrals rather than search engine referrals. So I headed over to Copyblogger's How to Attract Links and Increase Web Traffic - The Ultimate Guide (an amazing resource!), basically checked out every link, and more or less printed out nearly all the stuff I found. Filled a binder almost to overflowing.
Because I work at the computer all the time, whenever I can figure out a way to work away from it, I do - that's why I print so much stuff out.
So I've been reading up on all of these techniques, and it is a lesson and a half, that's for sure. I've barely made a dent in the material, and I've been jotting down ideas like crazy.
To keep myself organized when it comes to each of my sticky sites (I have five of them in prep stage right now), I have another binder separated into five sections with tabs.
As I'm reading through the materials, I highlight stuff, and when I get an idea that's specific to one of my sites, I just put it on my pad of lined paper, using one page for each site. When I'm done, I'll just transfer each page to the proper place in the binder when I'm done.
This dreaming stage is fun and very fruitful.
And some fabulous news! I think that to build a successful sticky site, you've got to put yourself out there and be totally the authentic you. It takes a bit of courage to do that. This blog has been very helpful in helping me get as far as I've gotten so far, but I now have a coach to mentor me through this part of it!
I am really looking forward to all of this.
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Reading your blog is very refreashing.
You will definately be financially succesful if you carry on the path you are traveling.
I been building sites since 1998 and had some good successes.
You are not starry eyed about what is possible and you have a sense that this is hard work.
I wish there were more sites like yours and less of the "I'm dedicating my life to make a million dollars in the next 90 days" sigh.
I am breaking into the affiliate marketing side of things, I have mostly monetised via adsense and wish to diversify.
I will give you a link from my affiliate blog and intend to read whatever you write.
Keep up the good work, you are producing good stuff.
Posted by: Lyndon | Oct 30, 2006 8:47:31 AM
I'm so happy you wrote that - I've started to do that too - just taking a couple of sites that have had some success in the past and I want to work on them to make them more successful - and I want to break out of the whole "sitting at the computer" all darn day long. I know I do that - but I swear I have a life!!! LOL.
Good luck with the sticky sites. I'm off to read more from the link you posted :)
Posted by: Empress | Oct 30, 2006 12:39:36 PM
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Lyndon. I really have been feeling that I'm on the right path now, and everything's going to go well. It's definitely work but it's so enjoyable that it doesn't usually feel like work, and that's what appeals the most to me about all of this!
Empress, I absolutely love working with old sites and making changes to them. Partly because the results seem to be a lot faster than with totally new sites
Here's another way I just discovered to get away from the computer: get so full of ideas that you can't sleep because your mind just keeps coming up with tons of stuff, and you end up having to nap through the day. :)
Posted by: BJ | Oct 30, 2006 5:37:44 PM
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