Progress Report April 2019

Last Update: May 01, 2019

Slowly Ticking Along.

April has been a slow month for me.

I'm here for the long game, and this month has been all about keeping things ticking along when I just really didn't want to do ANYTHING.


What were my goals and expectations going into this month?

My goal was to keep it simple, and focus on content.

Even though I was feeling emotionally depleted, I kept my usual monthly goal of:

  • Eight helpful information only articles of around 1000 words each
  • Three review posts with affiliate links of around 2500-3000 words each
  • Two "best of" style posts with affilate links around 5000-6000 words each
  • Four WA webinars

I constantly need to remind myself that although I feel like I am working very hard on this site, I have only been adding content to it and working on it for four months. I really have to check myself to make sure my expectations are realistic, I find writing them here helps. My expectations for April were:

  • Zero traffic to continue
  • Zero profitto continue


What has the month actually been like?

Turns out I just have not had the energy to put as much into my site as I had in previous months.

Is it burnout?
Is it emotional strain from the other stuff that's happened?
Is it wanting quick results (that I know aren't realistic)?

It's probably a combination of all those things, a dangerous cocktail which can lead to people giving up. I was so acutely aware of this I had to totally revise what I did on my site with the absolute minimum goal of being consistent with content creation, whatever that looked like.

I decided I would reduce posts to twice a week, and watch a webinar when the mood struck me.

I achieved:

  • Five info only articles of 1000 words (one per week)
  • Three reviews with affiliate links of 2500-3000 words
  • One "best of" style post
  • Two WA webinars
  • My website hit 50 posts, which was a cool number to see.
I'm glad I've managed to keep at a minimum content creation goal. This has allowed me to have the breathing space I needed while still making progress on my website. It has allowed me to keep going without feeling like I wanted to give up.

As expected, I have not seen any profit from the site yet.

I HAVE started to see a very slow trickle of organic traffic starting to arrive at my site. It's about one organic visitor per day at the moment, but hey, that's better than none. Things can only keep improving!


What are my plans for May?

I'm keeping things low key again for May. I don't want to put pressure on myself so I am aiming to maintain posting twice per week.

  • Four helpful information only articles of around 1000 words each
  • Three review posts with affiliate links of around 2500-3000 words each
  • One "best of" style posts with affilate links around 5000-6000 words each
  • Four WA webinars (I'm looking forward to the Spring Hotseat!)


What are your plans for this month?

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Karim78 Premium
Excellente tactic Emily.
Me too I'm feeling like I wanted to give up due to the pressure on myself.( I'm working stressful 9-5 jobs).
After reading your posts I will adopt this tactics of publishing 2 posts/Week. Anyway it's better than giving up.
Thank you so much.
Karim.
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emilyonline Premium
You're welcome! I think its a realistic way to keep pushing at creating a website without getting burned out from all the other commitments. I'm treating mine like a slow growing seed, and going for quality over quantity in my posts. It seems to be working, hope it works for you, too.
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SondraM Premium
I am so glad to see that you were rewarded in May for all of the hard work that you have been putting in.

That sale should be exactly what you needed to replenish your motivation.
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emilyonline Premium
Thanks Sondra, yes it's been great for my motivation. Onwards and upwards!
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