Trust the Process

Last Update: November 05, 2019

“I Created the Most Beautiful Site EVER!” -- AJ Trimble

Have you ever visited a website and thought to yourself, “Wow! What a beautiful site,” only to hit the mouse and move on? Why?

Have you ever created such a site yourself? I know I have. In fact, as you can see from my quote above, I once created what I believe was the most beautiful site ever.

Okay, perhaps that might be a slight exaggeration, but it did look great. I spent months working on it, finding and testing different themes, playing around with the code (e.g. HTML, CSS, etc.), throwing in dozens of images... It truly was a work of art.

Now, I don’t mention this site to brag. Far from it. I mention it because I want you to go back and read my story again and see if you notice what is missing. Ready? Go.

Did you find it? Here’s the missing element: while I was constantly tweaking the look and design of the site, installing all the bells and whistles, trying to make it the prettiest site you’ve ever seen, I wasn’t creating any actual content. That's a problem.

Why is that a bad thing? Because almost no one ever comes to your site because it’s pretty. (What would they even search for?) There is generally one thing and one thing only that brings people to your site: quality content.

People go to Google searching for answers to questions, tips on how to do something, entertainment, news, reviews, etc. And when they find a site that delivers on what it is they are looking for, the LAST thing they care about is how beautiful the site is.

Some of the most helpful sites — and, thus, the highest ranking — are downright boring. Simple, clean designs with (gasp!) plain white backgrounds.

Trust the Process

I often see new WA members getting caught up in design. “What theme should I use?” “How do I change the images?” “Where do I change the background color?” "How can I have one of those cool spinny things like XYZ site?"

Here’s the thing. Kyle and Carson are smart. Really friggin’ smart. And they’ve been doing this for a long time. In other words, they know what works.

As such, the training programs are taught in a specific order for a specific reason. And if you notice, site design isn’t high on the to-do list, is it?

Sure, there are some quick lessons in the beginning regarding finding a theme and getting set up, but that’s only because you have to have a sandbox to play in.

But almost immediately after that, what do the lessons cover? Yep… content creation. If you are not creating quality content on a consistent basis, everything else is merely an exercise in futility.

Please, do NOT focus on creating the most beautiful site that no one will ever see; it only ends in frustration. Believe me, I know — been there, done that, got the t-shirt to prove it.

Trust the process and keep writing.

AJ

P.S. By the way, as a side note, back to the theme thing for a bit, unless a new member has experience with WordPress already, I always recommend they go with the theme Kyle uses in the training.

This will set them up for instant feedback. Kyle shows something, they do it, and if their site doesn’t look exactly like his, they immediately know something was missed and they can go back a correct it. Just my .02 cents :-)

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ExpatMark Premium
Your interpretations and opinions about WA carry a lot of weight with me AJ. Your PS is so very important I think. Do the Heiro theme just like in the training. It will make it so much easier for newbies. I know it would have helped me.
Did you ever check into TEFL? I have at least a dozen people that want to hire me in Ukraine, Georgia, and all over Eastern Europe. Good to have that to fall back on.
Have a great hump day and thanks for all the great blogs and information.

Mark
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Hi, Mark. Thank you for your support. By the way, I did look into TEFL. It is certainly something I intend on pursuing at some point, but everything got put on hold when we had our family emergency. Thanks for checking :-)
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ExpatMark Premium
Family first AJ. Be glad you have one. My mom and dad were born in 1921 and 1905, so 5 first cousins is all I have. Hopefully that changes soon.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Very good point, AJ, I think I might need to do that too!!

Jeff
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you.
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gnoose Premium
A sandbox, exactly what I was looking for with the siterubix thing. Problems is that goes away. Nuff said. I agree, follow the plan. Nothing makes to me yet, at least nothing that hasn't been covered in my training thus far. And I wont try to jump the gun. When I was a trainer in my other life, I used to teach . . . . trust the process. The successful guys did just that, the other guys, mmm not so much. So I sit back, drink lots of coffee and learn as much as I can as I plod through. I'm not the quickest horse in the race, but at least I finish.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
That's truly the key. Just take the lessons, one at a time, and don't move on to the next until you have completed ALL the tasks on the checklist. This is important because the lessons all build on what came before; if something gets missed it can really throw a monkey wrench in later lessons... and backtracking to find the mistake can be bloody awful. lol
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ART8229 Premium
Thank you, this post fits me so well.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Awesome. Thank you.
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annhariz12 Premium
Great tips, AJ. Trust Kyle and Carson.

Azizah
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thanks.
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