Pushing at This as Hard as I Can!
This is a quick mid-month report on my attempt to get caught back up to where I should be with the WA Super Affiliate Challenge. I delved into my goal of 40 articles in a month with 40,000 words.
I was doing very well during the first week of this month. I had more than 12 articles up and published. Some of them have ranked on the search engines, but none of them are showing up on the serps yet.
Probably a very good reason!
Uh Oh! I Made a BIG Mess!
Something that has slipped by me all these years - keyword cannibalization. It is something I never heard of and I've probably committed this error a number of times and could be why my campaigns have never done very well - or one of the reasons.
I made an awful mess with that, using the same targeted keyword on more than one article. I also had forgitten that I had written an article about a specific topic and in my dismay, found I had written the same article three times! Though the content was different in each, the titles in two of them were almost exactly the same, and the third colse enough where it was probably causing trouble. The keywords in two of them were exactly the same (back to keyword cannibalization again! The third one had a a conjuction (a stop word) different. In the search engine's eyes, there were three more here!
I wrote one in March, one in June and one at the end of July when I started my present goal of 40 articles with 40,000 words.
I lost about four days to this, and other things that happened over the last week.
I also opened my email and found a rather interesting WA blog title on ther. I won't say what it was and won't discuss it, but this turned out to be quite controversial, and I voiced my concerns about it.
I don't have a whole lot of friends on here like I used to and most people do not know me for a hole in wall. I also see things quite different than most people do and am easily misunderstood.
Without going into that much further, I nearly got myself in a lot of trouble. I saw it coming and took down my contributions to that blog. As was said, it was WWIII over there.
The blog is no longer there. Whew!
I lost another day on that!, trying to defend myself, and so forth. Never again! I took the steps I needed to take to rectify that situation.
My hands and my laptop keyboard are getting very tired. I'm losing feeling and strength in my left hand. It's becoming very difficult to type with it.
The keyboard has begun double-typing characters and not typing some at all. I have to keep going back and fixing typographical errors and this is slowing me down.
Dag-Nabbit, I'm Still Going!
It's been two weeks now and I've caught up one lesson's bunch of articles in spite of the mess. I would have had nearly double by now if things didn't go bad on me.
I'm finding that going back to my ailing desktop computer does two things for me,
- Taking the strain off my left hand and not trying to type on a higher surface like I was.
- I have far less trouble typing on a regular keyboard than on a laptop.
This is where I will be doing my work going forward, as long as the hard drive holds out!
I did some new keyword research and put out eight more outlines. I'm building one out now and discovered I need to break this one down into two articles, else I will have 3000 words in it before it's done. So I will be doing that.
I don't even want to say which level I'm on with the Challenge, I'm too embarrassed, but I am gnawing my way through it and hope to be out of it in the next couple days and into the next sector. I already have the wordcount and articles met for it. Some of them don't have images in them yet.
I have always had problems finding images. I don't like slapping just anything into my articles. I know there's perfectionism but there's also a point when people will see poor workmanship and move on.
First Time for Some Things Here
I have never been inside SiteComments. I did four of thise, all with flying colours. I need to do 26 more. The only thing I knew about it was that some members are complaining about bad comments and writing about this. I think that kind of steered me away from it.
This is a long haul, a marathon and some pretty hard work. The analytics for my website is terrible and in spite of the recent work, is still nose-diving. I've seen the worst ever when it comes to session lengths and bounce rates of over 90% I don't even want to look at the stats.
I realize I can't go at this blindly, but I have hopes of turning this whole thing around by working through the lessons and fixing what needs to be fixed. Right now, I'm trying to get the aticles done and pull aside occasionally to work on the suffering areas.
...Two Days Later...
I forgot I started this blog. I found it under another window with Chrome. Well, Since I wrote the above, I managed to write and publish eight more articles. I put out three posts, one of those per day and five pages that go with the Serial I'm working on. That's almost complete
I have not yet put any images into this blog yet so I'm going to do that right now.
I am closing the gap of behindness once again and moving forward at a good clip. Many of these new articles don't have their images yet but when I get a little further caught up to where I need to be in my goal (LOL! Word count is already merely 1,000 words away. I will get that in my first article when I get up at daylignt) I will get those images in.
I'm just a little over half way with the actual published articles. I will start putting in comment-writing sessions each day and getting menu and internal linking hooked up. Soon I will begin to request articles for the first few I began writing this month and continue to move forward with that. Some things are going t lag in the lessons but I will eventually get it all caught up providing nothing gets in the way.
My hands hurt, my shoulders hurt from holding up my arms and it gets tiring but that's what happens when you get behind. I'm moving along without skimping on quality.
That's it for now...