Kettei's Weekly Digest - 9th June 2019
After an amazing few weeks at the start of the Super Affiliate Challenge, my WA motivation cart hit a few rocks in the road and shuddered to a halt.
A combination of family illness (pre-schoolers seem to be germ-magnets) and client work-demands suddenly increasing I found myself feeling overwhelmed.
I had to take a step back to take care of my family and address the immediate needs of my clients (as they currently pay my bills, they have to take priority).
In the past this would have resulted in my leaving WA for a few months, waiting for my motivation to gradually build again. It's happened two or three times so far.
Making the most of little time
This time, I've made sure that even though I've not had the time to write two or three awesome posts a week for the last 10 days, I've been thinking about what I can do when I do have a moment.
I've planned two great posts, got ideas for a further three and I've planned the first video for my YouTube channel.
Yes, I still need to create them but that's not the point - what matters is that I know what I'm going to do and I'm still excited to do it.
This is an epiphany for me as in the past, when life has got in the way of what I'm trying to do at WA, I've become that disheartened at not being able to follow the training or work on my website that, paradoxically, I've done nothing for months.
Thanks to the excitement of the SAC and staying in touch with my accountability buddy, I've maintained my level of interest and drive so that in what little moments I've had, I've been thinking and planning and more importantly, I've been writing it down so the thoughts don't get lost.
The Google Core Update 2019
The recent update to the Google search engine algorithms have caused quite a stir across the Internet, in come cases costing websites 50% of their organic visitors.
I have been reading industry posts about how the change has affected website traffic and one thing has been repeatedly commented on: Google is now more interested in ranking posts of 2,000 words and above. This is great information as I now know that I need to realign my word targets from 1,500 per post to 2,000.
As I've yet to build significant traffic to my site via Google, I haven't really noticed a change in my visitors due to the Core June 2019 update so at least that hasn't rocked my boat.
Even snails make progress
The important takeaway from this week for me is that any progress, not matter how small, is still progress.
Moving forwards slowly is better than grinding to a halt and doing nothing (or worse, reverting to old practices such as wasting time playing games or binging on Netflix).
If you find yourself pressured for time, it's better to do a little than nothing at all. That way you stay motivated and keep your eyes on the journey's end.
Here's some ideas of little things you can do to keep going that don't take much time at all:
- Write down ideas you have for future blog posts when you have them.
- Let your mind wander - sometimes you'll think of great ideas for your content.
- Write part of a review or a mini-review.
- Think about the images that would benefit your existing posts.
- Write some site comments on WA
- Welcome some new WA members
Goals this week
The next weekly update should be much more positive as I'm going to get at least one of my ideas produced - possibly two.
- Publish two new posts to my SAC website
- Publish one new post to my niche website
- Record my first video for my YouTube channel