Soon after I wrote my last post (the 5 Bucks a Day Jr Review) I was faced with a harsh reality. Even if I achieved the goal of that ebook of adding a $5 a day income stream each week, it would be a while before the stream became substantial. And frankly I'm thinking my track record of affiliate marketing is such that my projects might be more like $1 or $2 a day, at least in the beginning. Either way, it will be a few months at least before I would have anything substantial for income from the wonderful world of internet marketing. So, that left me facing a big ugly question that I'd been avoiding.
I have another, not internet marketing business project that I had begun which had gotten stalled due to lack of funds needed for the final phase. I had partly been attracted to internet and affiliate marketing hoping to generate enough income to feed this other project. Now I was faced with the reality. Real internet income is NOT going to happen in the near future. And there were timeliness reasons for this project that dictated it can't sit shelved much longer or it will die. So what? What could I do? Try to borrow from a friend and not be able to promise them when I could pay them back? No, not appealing. How can I do this? I wondered. I thought about this while I drove to work. I thought about this while I drove home. I thought about this in all the boring meetings I sat in. I was getting very bummed out because I didn't have a single workable idea.
The 5-bucks-a-day concept was good, but it was making me face a really ugly truth. I couldn't complete my project, my real love was on its death bed from lack of funds. I brainstormed and came up with ideas, but, they weren't big enough. They were drops in the bucket. I kept thinking, wondering if I could get enough drops in the bucket to fill it. And FINALLY, FINALLY, a bunch of different things I had read, a bunch of random thoughts in my head collided and I thought, what if.... and Could I.... and, is there time to....
Very excitedly I made a list of all the items I need to complete for my project. Then I grabbed a paper calendar and started writing them on it. It could work. I FINALLY have a plan. And now a bit over a week later, I'm executing on that plan. The plan itself may limit how many $5 a day projects I can do in the next few months. I actually finished one that was 80-90% done before I bought the 5-buck-a-day ebook and did one more. Both are content sites with related affiliate ads and Adsense also. They are built around niche search terms where there seemed to be a good combination in terms of how much they were searched upon and not having a lot of other sites that were optimized for that term. I bought a few cheapo text links to each and added a few blog comments with URLs that point to those terms. And now the next 1 - 2 weeks has items scheduled for my other projects.
Really making a calendar and scheduling in my tasks has helped my focus tremendously. I'm trying to apply the concept to my dayjob as well, as I have found my focus there is not what it should be.
I'll try to post more regularly. Next post will probably be on my one marketing campaign victory falling from the win column to the loss column. I am HOPING to tell you it was a temporary fall. But only time will tell.