Oh, Those New, Beautiful, Shiny Distractions!
So, I'm all about honesty and truth. That means sometimes admitting my obvious flaws! I've been distracted in many ways these past few weeks and I decided this was a really good chance to share with everyone as a reinforcement or commitment to remain focused on your 1 task at a time!!!
I haven't published anything new on my website, which is still waiting for part 2 of a tutorial on "Learning The Lingo" in Affiliate Marketing on my blog, for about 3 weeks now.
First distraction, albeit a good one for me, nonetheless took me away from my focus, my swimming pool. I ranted and raved about wanting to exercise and get some sunshine in my pool this year to my husband, Don. That took 3 weeks to get cleaned out, shocked and pH balanced. Yes, that was outsourced for anyone who wants to know! Still, a distraction for me because it sat dormant for the past 2 years, as I am the only user.
Second, I have had a terribly hard time with creating landing pages, thank-you pages and redirect emails for my last 2 pages on my website, "Make Money" and "Products/Tools that have basically nothing on them to promote. I'm kinda different that way, I don't like to use the same old landing pages that are saturating the marketplace by other affiliates. So, what did I do? I purchased 3 different products for my website as plugins that I spent considerable time trying to learn how to use and then integrate them with Get Response, which was my AutoResponder. None of them worked correctly and yes, I was extremely frustrated!
Third, I decided that if I changed the theme on my site, I could incorporate more fully with a wonderful product called OptimizePress, which is a landing page template theme or plugin. This has so much power that I couldn't upload it naturally through WA, so I did it the unconventional way, through File Transfer Protocol (FTP). It worked but what a mess I created with my website! Lord have mercy on my soul, talk about becoming nutso!!
I not only had to redo my homepage, about me page, contact page but also, part of my blog. Needless to say, couldn't get the OptimizePress to incorporate my static front page with the beautiful header and footer I had spent so much time on, but also, never really liked the way the blog looked! Back to Tesseract theme and recreated everything again!
Now, if this wasn't time-consuming enough, I then went about creating forms in Get Response and spent a couple of days putting those together and tying them to Thank-You pages, only to find out that in neither the confirmation emails they create nor the Thank-You pages I created was I able to redirect prospects to my affiliate links. Man, if this doesn't curl your hair, what will, right?
I am now another $2,000.00 in the hole and decided something had to give. I'm frustrated and humiliated, not to mention, absolutely exhausted! I've spent nights and days trying to create something to automate that just doesn't work.
I've given up on Get Response, there is no interaction with Facebook Advertising, which I happen to use a lot. Can't capture the email address or names of over 4,000 conversions that my ads manager tells me I got!! LOL. Seriously???
I am on a new endeavor. I've signed on with InfusionSoft and will gladly pay them to put together 4 campaigns that will integrate with each other and capture the names and emails and I will again, focus on my passion: my blog.
So, in wrapping up, I wanted to encourage every new affiliate here to just do one thing! Go through all of your training with Kyle, stay focused, reach out for help (thanks to all of you who did try and help me, by the way)! There are so many wonderful people here that really do try and help you. Understand that what Kyle is doing is trying to save you tons of money in advertising costs, initially. By helping you set up your websites with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Google Analytics. The more content you produce on your own, the more Google raises you up.
Let my example of failure and obsession with new things, help you all to realize that everyone of us goes through trials and errors, even the most successful marketer's. Don't look at Facebook, Twitter, phone or even emails! Put it all on hold, while you learn the basics you need until you've got yourself positioned with your website to become an authority! Amen. Can I get a Hallelujah?
p.s. I have lost 10 lbs! So, yeah, the pool thing was worth the time for me in one big aspect, healthwise! I need a few hours a day to break away from the computer!