Do Successful People Still Have Downs In Their Online Business?

Last Update: November 19, 2018

Hello WA Warriors!!

I have found myself in a moment here to reflect on what a journey this has been for me and how much I treasure this WA community.

Where I am in my journey today, I feel like I can do so much more but at the same time feel stuck in a lull.

The way this online business "really" works is ever a mystery to me with Google playing with their algorithm when they feel like it and not knowing fast enough what's the latest and greatest.

Even though I have found some success, I still go back to these moments of real desperation of not knowing which direction to turn or if what I'm trying to do is the right thing.

The numbers are telling me it's not, but if SEO is supposed to work the way I have been using it then these numbers should turn around in due time.

This wait... The wait that we all know... the dreaded waiting game of getting ranked.

I'm right back at when I was in month 8, 9, or even 10, wondering if all this work is going to pay off.

Doubting I'll rank for those keywords. Wondering WHY I'm STILL not rankng well for those keywords!

These feelings are very real and no one will understand them like this WA community does as it knows exactly what I'm talking about and that is why this group of people in here is so precious to all of us going through this journey.

This is a battle that I know I will have with myself throughout my entire online journey no matter what level I will hit.

Like right now, I know I will get pass this lull I'm experiencing.

I know I will make 5 figures/month next year.... on a consistent basis.

I know I will contintue to work hard to get to my next goals.

Yet.

I have so much doubt in my mind because my numbers aren't telling me the same.

I've been looking at different shiny objects. *gasp*

I've been not focused.


How Do I Get Out Of This?

1. Blog about it on WA so I have the support of my friends who will tell me "You Can Do This!"

2. Wake up tomorrow morning and demand change, as I'll be charged up from all the "You Can Do This!" comments below.

3. I work like crazy until I see my numbers turn around.


So, here I am again at a point in my journey where I need to get tougher when the going gets tough.

I hate that I have to eat my own words now. Lol

But, I know I have to do it.

So I will.

Refocused.


You noticed #3 above, there is no time limit. I will have to commit a 100% and more to what I need to do to change my numbers around.

It could take 2 months, it could take 2 years.

All I know is that my online businss needs me, and I need to stay focused. It's so easy to lose focus when things aren't going right guys.

Don't let that distract you on what's important and that is keep on writing, using awesome keywords, and making them high quality.


Thank You WA Community For Being My Ear!

I had to vent.

Now I have to get to work!

(well, sleep first then work!)


PS - Please share if you have the same fleeting moments of doubt and what you did to get past it or if you need help to get past it.

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JelenaBB Premium
Oh, Grace. I`m struggling too. Like you, I don`t have a time barrier. I know that I must succeed. That`s my only option. And will give 100% of myself.
You`re a true inspiration and knowing that you have the same struggles just give me more willing to go through. It`s not easy but it`s worthy.

Love from East Europe :)
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littlemama Premium
Thank you for sharing that Jelena! I think no matter what level you're at, there's always going to be downs that we must travel through to get to the other side where things will be better.

Don't let these fleeting moments stay too long or dwell too far into them as you will just spiral into a deeper level.

I have done a lot of searching and have come up with a plan that will hopefully kill this lull I'm experiencing and so I know I can still have a very bright 2019... as will with you.

These moments only makes us stronger and give us reasons to look for new ideas/new methods or just pick up where you left off on some tasks you should have done long ago.

Use these moments as fuel to get your business to another level, we have a whole new year to conquer so we must not waste too much time dwelling on these not so fun moments.

I wish you much MORE success to come!!
Grace
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JelenaBB Premium
I`m sure that your new plan will be amazing! Can`t wait to see what 2019. have for us :)
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littlemama Premium
Thank you and yes I'm looking forward to the new year. :)
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LCEndahl Premium
WOW!! Thank you for writing and sharing this with us. I am just coming out of one of those funks--that's what I call it. And your tips will be useful, next time.

I'm sure there will be a next time, but I will be a little more ready for it. You are a smart gal, and that will get you far!

Best to you on your journey! Laura
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Laura for your support! Yes it's definitely a funk I was in. I'm glad to have moved past it and now have a game plan to achieve my next level. :)

Best to you too!
Grace
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NWTDennis Premium
I think you're being too hard on yourself Grace. Clearly you have an amazing amount of drive. Your story has been one of the WA 2018 highlights.

My guess is you've seen a break in what has to be a phenomenal growth pattern in your traffic this year. You feel like it is something you are doing (or not doing).

Yea, Google may be messing with their algorithms, but I'd like to suggest another cause. Let's call it the Amazon effect, and it's impact on search has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last couple of years.

Here's my theory. As we enter the holiday season internet search patterns change ever so slightly. A large proportion of the search traffic focused on the making money online niche move to the gifting online niche. Who leads the pack in this niche? Amazon does.

The pattern peaks in December and settles soon after the first of the year. I'll bet this will be discussed at the upcoming annual SAC that you are attending. Can you imagine the knowledge bank you will be exposed to (Kyle, Carson, Steve, Jay, Nathaniell, Vitaliy just to mention a few).

Congratulations on one hell of a year.
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littlemama Premium
You are so sweet Dennis for your kind words!

The down turn is directly related to what I've been doing, changing the content to non-product reviews. I want to be able to rank for super targeted keywords and this wait is what is driving me crazy. But I realized that this is out of my control, so I am going to do things that are in my control to better my business in different ways and add more value to my readers.

Yes you are right about the Vegas conference, which I've already heard glimpse of what I will look forward to.... but more importantly, I can't wait to meet all the great minds behind WA and the other Super Affiliates.

Thank you for your support and I wish you so much success in 2019!!

Grace
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wimone Premium
So glad you let it all out. YES I, as a veritable novice on WA feel that way a lot. One day I'll make exciting progress only to wake up the next day and see gapping holes in my new shinny website design. Start over or modify ?? Frustration and distraction are constant influences slowing progress. Some days nothing looks right !! I encourage myself with the knowledge that tomorrow everything will work out fine and I'll solve my little dilemma.! We're all in this together MaMa.......sink or swim. It'll work out :))
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littlemama Premium
Thank you John for your kind comments here! You are right it did all work out as I have figured a plan of attack for the new year and I'm back on my path to my next goal.

I think this happened because I let it all out and get the support I needed from WA!

It's so awesome to be able to have all of you to lean on.

Best,
Grace
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JTINAZA Premium
Hi there Grace!

Though still a newbie and haven't achieved yet what you have here at WA, I can feel you as I've just experienced yesterday how to be so excited because one of my articles has been ranked by Yahoo at 1st PAGE, 5th POSITION.

However, upon checking again this morning as soon as I woke up, could no longer find it at 1st page and feel sad as I can't locate where it is until now.

Well, am just taking it as motivation though to work hard for more and be CONSISTENT as that's maybe the name of the game!

Let's do this Littlemama!

Be safe!

-julius
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littlemama Premium
Hi Julius,

That's very exciting for your business to reach 1st page! You will get more of that. Just keep writing high quality posts, with awesome keywords. The rankings will get back up.

Consistency is definitely the name of the game and a very important part of my success. So never take long breaks and continue churning out content.

Yes WE can do this!!

Grace
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feigner Premium
Hey Grace - you have made it, so what are you worried about.
yes we all go through this, but maybe it is now that you can refocus and start to plan out what you want to do.
you keep saying 'the numbers' so you are really only concentrating on the money!
you also said in your videos that you want to go away from reviewing and create content that... i don't remember the rest, but maybe that time , for you, has come.
the money will keep coming in, don't worry -unless google makes a major change you have nothing to worry about. even if it does what can you do?
diversify- that's what you can do, not all your eggs in one basket - so if some get cracked.....
so good luck with what you decide to do, probably more reviews, but as i said maybe the time has come to start doing what you really want to do.
phil
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littlemama Premium
Hi Phil,

Why I wrote this post is to show that even those who make money do worry because you don't want that income to go away.

The changes my site is going through is totally understandable from a logical standpoint from not writing anymore reviews, but my emotions get the best of me and pulls me into a dark corner.

So I wanted to share with the community that these ups and downs are always going to be around no matter what level you get so that these moments we all have are normal and expected in our chosen work life.

What I went this these past few days, it was worth it as I went on a huge hunting journey to see what I can do and finally found what I needed to move past this.

Now I'm very determined to continue my journey and kick it up to the next level in 2019.

It's a process I'm glad I went through and the community here sure helped me as well.

So I greatly appreciate your support and offering me your help!

Thank you and I wish you much success in 2019!
Grace
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keishalina9 Premium
hey Warrior Princess or Top Gun! ... yes, you can! overcome! ⭐️

maybe get a few zzz-zzs in to rest up a wee bit -- you've been working hard all year to get to Vegas -- check -- done that big One! ...

Or what i like to do is - change the scenery - enjoy the ocean breezes down by the beach & have an early coffee there OR go shopping -- frenzied crowds not for me normally but hey -- get yourself something beautiful -- love silk scarves for example! ... OR how about treating yourself to a fresh bouquet of your favourite flowers to put by your desk to nourish your creative juices and the aroma is priceless as well!

anyway, those are a few of my favourite things to do to refresh and to change the scene a bit to get new inspiration flowing through ..... Be with the big trees! ... trees are so inspirational ... get outside in Nature ... that always helps me renew my senses ...

You're doing great! ... always know that and never, ever doubt yourself (that's a downhill spiral and that's only ok for downhill skiing ... lol ... )

Keep well -- we all appreciate & love you! ... you're our guiding light to success ! ... cheerio ... 🧡

*(p.s. remember to be gentle & kind with yourself ! )
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littlemama Premium
Hi Keisha,

Thanks for your support and suggestions!! I wrote this post because I want everyone to know that I'm still no different than anyone of you who feel lost at times and don't know what the heck to do.

But these few days have been worth going through because I finally got the confirmation I needed to move forward with the idea I have in my head all this time but not sure how to move forward.

I couldn't even sleep last night because I kept thinking about my business. Lol. So get more rest is not an option yet, maybe after my Turkey day tomorrow!

I'm excited for 2019 and more determined than ever!

Can't wait to see how this all turn out,
Grace Xxx
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keishalina9 Premium
ok you mega-Powerhouse! ... enjoy a delicious turkey day ! ...

best wishes for a wonderful thanksgiving week ... R E L A X !

and keep well ... 🧡
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littlemama Premium
Thank you! Happy Turkey Day!! :)
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LeeMcQuay Premium
Thank you Grace.
First of all, I think it is awesome that you are letting others know that even the successful ones hit a low point in their journey.

You have always been such an inspiration as well as a motivator.
You CAN and WiLL get past this.

You will figure out what needs to be done as well as how to do it. You are not the type to let your business suffer.

There are some things that you can't control. But I know that once you figure out what Google is doing, you will make appropriate changes (if needed) in order to get your business back to where it should be.

I know I am having the same issue with those keywords. My low hanging fruit will soon be rotten if they don't start ranking soon : )

We just have to keep trying and I know you WILL succeed in getting those numbers back up.

Wishing you the best in all you do
Lee Ann
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littlemama Premium
Thank you so much Lee Ann! I really love this community!!

It has given me the juice to find my path and I think I finally did it last night! I'm rejuvenated even though I didn't even sleep much last night from thinking so much about my business.

I'm definitely past this fleeting negative emotions and back on track on what I need to do.

The past few days, I really wanted answers and looking so many different directions to see what can be done. Last night, it finally came to me and now I have what I need to take my business to the next level.

Can't wait to see what's in store for 2019!
Grace
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LeeMcQuay Premium
THat is awesome Grace.
I knew you would make a SPEEDY recovery : )

Lee Ann
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Lee Ann! Just needed a boost here. :)
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dpanic63 Premium
Well Grace

It all comes back to your "WHY" and understanding that.

Just take a few days and do some goal setting and purpose driven thinking, and also understand that sometimes the time off is needed and great so to get some "Altitude" on you, your work and life as a whole.

Just when you feel like "Is this all worth it" is when you should push most.

It's all about plateaus and you are leaving one and entering another.

Take Deep Breaths, smile.......

You go this

Cheers

Dino
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littlemama Premium
Hi Dino, that's so true, have to go back to the initial reason why I'm doing this in the first place.

I have been doing a lot of thinking and I have finally come up with a plan/path that makes me very happy.

I feel it's a path I can take and help me kick it higher for 2019!

There are definitely plateaus we all go through and yes, this is needed to go to the next level.

I'm excited again on what's to come and ready to rock!

You Got This Too!
Grace
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dpanic63 Premium
Thanks Grace

All I know is I love this work and am at this point not going anywhere but all in.

The path will present itself one day at a time.

Follow your passion and let the rest sort itself out.....

Be well.
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littlemama Premium
Yes for sure, I love this work too! It's what I really love to do.

Hope you stay well too!
Grace
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Hackerist Premium
I guess all of us have felt something like that from time to time, that's fine. What it's not fine is to leave that that is over us for long. We are human beings! Your motivation to reach your goals and your whys will help you out. You are one of the top members, you are great, you can Littlemama!
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Tom! Yes, we all go through this whether we are making money or not. In a way, I'm glad I did because it forced me to find my path and it did! I'm more focused than ever now and determine to make my 2019 even bigger. I can do this! You can do this too!
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RuthlynB Premium
Hi, Grace, I guess we have all been there, especially those of us who have not seen any movement, but you just can't give up, I do not think there is anywhere like WA, so I just keep giving my best and I know without a doubt that things will get better.
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littlemama Premium
Hi Ruthlyn, thanks very much for your support here! Yes can't give up, that's not even an option. :) I'm in a good place now so I'm pretty excited on what's to come.

Thanks,
Grace
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shazzaWA Premium
Hi Grace
Feel your pain, I wrote about my site a week or so ago. For the record it has picked up but the Goolglesphere definitely keeps you on your toes!!!
Check out the analytics image. It tells the story. Vitaliy G said don’t stress and he was right. It will pick up again. Just the nature of Google and online business. I like to hear feedback from those who have had websites for years. They have experienced stuff like this on and off.

You will be fine!
Sharon
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littlemama Premium
Hi Sharon,

Thanks so much! Your site went through some craziness and I'm glad it came back from the dead! Lol

That must have been scary for sure but yes it will all work out if we continue being determined.

I have my plan already for what I need to do so I'm ready to rock it in 2019!

Wish you all the best!

Grace
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shazzaWA Premium
Love your drive Grace,
you keep many very inspired here!
Have an awesome day!
Sharon
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Sharon! I know you have the same drive so let's rock this in 2019!!
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Marley2016 Premium
Grace,
We must always inspire each other being new I do not even
know how to read if I am getting traffic or not - I have no
idea where I rank because I do not know how to read that
either - but I refuse to give up - giving up is for quitters and
quitters never win but then again winners never quit :)

You already did this once and guess what you will do it
again and again and again, keep it going until endless LOL

YOU GOT THIS!!!!!!!

Susan
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littlemama Premium
Hi Susan, Thanks for your kind and supportive words!! Yes, I've already moved past these feelings that have been looming the past few days. I'm determined to kick it up quite high in 2019 so we shall see how it all plans out!

You can do this too!
Grace
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Marley2016 Premium
Grace,
You are such an inspiration to new people and I know
that everyone gets yuck days you are going to do great
again next year and who knows I might just get to meet
you in Vegas then :) I sure am trying very hard and making
sure I am following you and Kyles directions :)
Susan
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littlemama Premium
Thank you for your kind words! You are very sweet. Yes, you can get to Vegas, you will get to Vegas!!

See you there!
Grace
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Calh60 Premium
Hi Little Mama, well, I can only thank you for showing me this great community. So, thank you very much. I look at the first three words of your post. "Hello WA Warriors", for me I didn't really have to read the post ( but I did of course ) to know that you are truly focused. I love that word "Warriors". That is a strong, powerful word that exudes confidence. Confidence that you have in your self.

Carry on, you will beat this lull, you are killing it!
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Calvin for your supportive and kind words!! It's a privilege for me to introduce people to this wonderful platform. Yes, I will have to keep using that "WA Warriors", I kind of like it too!

I've already moved past these negative feelings and have my plan to kill it in 2019!
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Calh60 Premium
You're welcome and I will be following your progress and learning from you.
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littlemama Premium
Appreciate that! :)
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MarlaineB Premium
Definitely understand what you are saying. Including the attraction of shiny objects...
I do get discouraged when everything I've learned here says that a post should be ranking but it just DOESN'T, even after a few months of waiting. For me, that's a 2-3 weeks+ of working through my kiddos nap times/quiet evening times "wasted".
I find when I'm doubting, I waste more time though (usually flicking around on WA reading instead of doing, so eventually I give myself a kick in the behind and get back to work). :) All the best!
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littlemama Premium
Yes, that's exactly what I've been doing. Wasting time, but reading a lot and learning. Not a lot of doing what I should be in the last few days. I've already come to a game plan since I've written this so I'm feeling a lot better. :)
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sherlock77 Premium
Sounds like everyone's getting hammered in the MMO niche of late with a series of Google algo updates since 1st August.

The thing is, for everyone who is losing rankings there must be someone out there gaining higher rankings, but I don't know who they are.

What I do know is since Google updated its algorithm a few times in recent months, when I go to search for something on Google I get some really weird results at times, results that are only semi-relevant at best. I find I have to scroll through pages of results to find stuff that's relevant to my search query.

In my opinion Google has monumentally screwed up with whatever they've recently changed. The user experience is on a real downhill slide.

Hopefully Google ends up realising this and changes things back again.
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littlemama Premium
Hi Darren, For the keywords I want to rank for, I know the sites that are ranking for them continue to rank for them and even improves without even doing much work which drives me up the wall. I feel like I just can't change my site and I've been pigeoned hole to this one freaking thing and I can't step ONE step outside of that.

I have seen this same experience with Google, the search results aren't that much better at all if anything has gotten worse. It's not relevant and sometimes wonder what the heck Google is doing as it was not answering my query at all.

So I feel the same as you.

What have you been doing lately? Did you start a new site after all?
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sherlock77 Premium
Hi Grace. Yeah I started a new site on 14th September. Another MMO site. But since starting I've seen both you and Jerry say your sites have gotten hammered by recent Google updates (just like my old site), so not too sure how the new site will go.

At the moment it's just too new to tell. So far I have 105 posts on it though, so it's coming along really well as far as content goes.

I'm actually planning on looking into Pinterest more and learning how to master it. I keep hearing positive things about Pinterest as a consistent traffic source, and it'd be nice to have something else to rely on for free traffic in addition to Google. I've pretty much given up on Facebook. No one sees anything on FB unless you pay to advertise.
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littlemama Premium
Man, people think I write a lot, you write a LOT more than me. 105 posts in 2 months in insane!! Wow!

Yeah, even though I'm taking a different direction with my site, I don't understand why I lost my rankings so quickly when I have such DA. It doesn't make sense.

It also seems that having such a DA makes no difference if you want to rank for other keywords that you're not an "authority" of in Google's eyes for those keywords. How am I only allowed to rank for scam keywords or MMO products, and can't rank for anything else?!

Even if you have the money to pay for it, our MMO sites won't work on FB ads anyway. I found that out long time ago, can't advertise about MMO. Even if you don't advertise MMO offer, it still knows your site is about MMO, so it won't let you advertise.

Maybe Google is going the same route. Maybe it wants more ad revenue.

Pinterest yes, I have heard big things about it, but yea I haven't gotten into it like I should. I'd rather do YouTube really.

I'd like to see how long your site takes to rank well. Keep me posted. :)
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sherlock77 Premium
I'll definitely keep you posted about its progress.

Interesting point you make about Google wanting more ad revenue.

After my old site got majorly hammered by the Google Update at the start of August and I did a lot of research about that update, there were people talking about weird search results even then. Theories were floating around that Google was deliberately making the search results less relevant for organic search, but more relevant for paid ads.

A lot of chatter was about Google trying to force people to pay for Google Ads to get relevancy in searches. It's much the same as what Facebook has been doing for ages now. You can post all the updates you like on FB, but only a really small percentage of people will see those posts. FB has long been forcing people to pay for advertising.

And you're right, FB is not a fan of MMO. It's lumped in with all the get rich quick schemes.

I think YouTube definitely has a lot going for it and something I haven't tried yet.

My new site gets no search engine traffic yet. Just a few trickles from social media shares. The interesting thing is, I did get a WA Premium sale from the new site in October, and in response to my PM when the person went Premium, she said she found my post on Pinterest, so that's interesting.
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littlemama Premium
That's awesome, I got my first sale on social media too in my 2nd month as well. :)

SEO is dead then? *EEEEEEK* I'm not surprised if that's the direction Google is doing. They are a search engine so they should be doing what they should be doing (giving us relevant searches) but it's still a business after all and for-profit. Why wouldn't they want more people advertising on Google? More competition means higher bids.

I have been learning some facebook ad stuff and it's pretty interesting if you know how to do it right. I may just go into another niche if things don't turn around.
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Debs66 Premium
Hi, Grace,
Just a little update for you in social media Facebook. Lots of people don't know this.
If you do the ads don't boost a post as an ad make your own you get more coverage that way. Sounds crazy I know but it's true. something I learned a while back.
Debs :)
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littlemama Premium
Hi Debs, yeah, I've been learning a lot about it, but that aspect I knew already... though that's what I used to do before. Lol
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Debs66 Premium
I thought you might hun already. Sorry I just thought in case you didnt.
I should know really you would know it. Sorry sweetie :)))
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StefanC Premium
Content marketing is great for extra income but its getting more and more difficult. Everywhere you look there are risks and downsides. Earning a decent income on youtube can be extremely hard and mentally exausting as they cut your relevance and rankings if you dont post for more than 1 week. So you become like a slave.
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littlemama Premium
No worries girl, thanks for giving me tidbits, you never know. :) No need to apologize! ;)
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littlemama Premium
The same is true for content, I feel like a slave to my site but money doesn't come easy or else everyone would be doing it.

As Google is making it more and more difficult, we have to try different methods to combat these lows and that's why we need to do more than what's taught here to continue our journey to get to that next level.
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StefanC Premium
Yeah, I know we always have to keep posting otherwise we lose rankings over time. But on Youtube, the situation is worse IMO. For example, I didn't create a single post when I went on holiday in August and my traffic kept steady. I doubt the same would happen on Youtube because a great portion of your views may come from Youtube recommendations.

But apart from this issue, we also have Article 13 on the horizon, which, if passed in January, will completely destroy Youtube and the internet as we know it. I know you are from USA, but it will have Worldwide consequences.

The future doesn't look good for content creators.

I have a bad feeling they will pass this to limit the average Joe's ability to exercise both freedoms of speech and entrepreneurship.
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Miren Premium
Hi Stefan,

So glad you mentioned the "Article 13" thing!!
I didn't see anyone talking about this so I thought I was the only one who's worried!
As you say, if it gets approved, it will negatively affect all Internet users... I wish more people took this into account: https://www.youtube.com/saveyourinternet/
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sherlock77 Premium
Article 13 is talking about copyright infringement though. I'm not sure how that really affects anything we're doing unless we are using copyrighted material in what we do, which in some cases we are with certain images and so forth.

It may make it harder or more complicated to share on social media, as any automated screening process is never going to be perfect.
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littlemama Premium
Article 13 thing, I just don't think they can monitor this internet wide. There's no way. Like how will it know we HAVE permission? Like if I use WA screenshots, WA lets us, so how will they monitor all this? It's impossible.

It also doesn't prevent us on writing. You can still write about things, original content, so what's the worry there?

I haven't touched my YouTube channel in a year and my videos are still being viewed and commented on, so not sure. Who really knows why it works for some and not for others?! this is the frustrating part of our business really. :)
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StefanC Premium
I mentioned article 13 because we ended up talking about the youtube traffic source. If passed, this thing has the power to shut down Youtube and any other social media platform. Simply because they will be liable for user's content but they have no technology to track all the content that is massively uploaded every second. So, chances are Youtube won't allow uploads like we see today and content creators won't be able to survive in Europe. Content creators from outside Europe may have their traffic and revenue significantly reduced as the European audience is huge and highly profitable for advertisers.
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StefanC Premium
Article 13 will impact sites that allow users' generated content like Youtube and social media. These platforms will be liable for user's content, but as they cannot control, they would be better off shut down for Europeans. It's insanity at the very least.
Regarding blogs, I think there is no change as we own the platform and we don't allow users to post pictures, audio, videos that may infringe copyright. We may infringe copyright ourselves, and we will continue to be liable. So, I suppose and it won't affect us, bloggers. I hope and pray Article 13 is rejected
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StefanC Premium
Yeah, it gets me very worried but there is still hope.
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dmayes01 Premium
Thanks for being open and honest. I've been in WA for two years but am just now really getting started. I was excited when I first joined but excitement wasn't enough to carry me through. So I'd take a shot at it, get discouraged and go away for a while. But earlier this month I started reading and following some of the blogs, yours being one, and suddenly the light went on and I realized this was going to be hard work. I know. Everyone tells you that but until you really believe it...

Discovering that was a good thing because it somehow has given me a drive I didn't have before. So even after days when I've made no progress I come back and try again. I'm working my way through the training, following and studying successful people like yourself and taking encouragement where I can find it. Some days it's a leap forward. Some days it's inches forward and a few feet backward.
Just know that your struggles encourage those of us who also struggle but have not yet achieved the success you have. It helps to know the reward is there if we keep working at it. Thanks and hang in there. A lot of us are depending on you. (No pressure. lol)
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littlemama Premium
Hi David,

Thank you for your message and how you ended it. LOL I do feel that pressure to keep going and making lots of money because that's who I've become so a responsibility to "stay" successful is definitely a feeling I have that I must stay successful as I owe it to the community to be there for them in this way.

I almost didn't write this post because of that but this is the reality of an online business, or any business, right?

I'm making big changes to my site so it's understandable that it's taking a turn but I get nervous about whether my site will really turn around or not.

If it doesn't, what do I do, start fresh brand new after all that work I've put into it? Or do I keep it going and not knowing if it'll ever rank those new keywords?

And then, to top it all off, how do I make sure my income doesn't dip too low while making all these changes?

There are so many questions I have and these are what makes me doubt what I'm doing. But action is everything and unless I take action, I don't know what's going to work.

So I will have to take massive action like I did when I wanted Vegas. I will just have to do it all over again.

I know I can still do this, and I know YOU CAN DO THIS too!
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cld111 Premium
You can do this!!

I have doubts daily! But I personally just push them away, visualize where I want to be and keep going.

This business - any business - has ups and downs. I worked at the Elementary school the past few years, and there were plenty of ups and downs there too.

It's just life! Now, get back to work! :)

- Christina
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Christina, you're starting to sound like me!! LOL I need you to TELL ME LIKE IT IS! ;)

Also, thanks for saying those words!

So appreciate them!
Grace

PS - the key is GETTING BACK TO WORK!
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cld111 Premium
I sound like you because I binged on all of your videos. lol

- Christina
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littlemama Premium
Love it!
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JKulk1 Premium
Hi Grace. I'm constantly having doubts. I finally had my site up and going, my content ranked very high, sometimes at number 1, and suddenly everything changed and I'm averaging a ranking in the mid sixties. I'm not sure what to do next but I know I don't have, or want, the option of giving up. Jim
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littlemama Premium
Hi Jim, We can't let our doubts overpower us though. Yes have them, but don't let them drive our daily actions.

Our daily actions must come from the urge to reach our goals, if we keep our goals in front of us, then we are moving in the right direction.

Yes rankings are very frustrating and a lot of times this year is hard to know what's going on or what to do.

Giving up is definitely not an option as you have seen many people having successes with this. I'm still making good money, it still works.

Keep pushing forward, keep doing the things that will move your business forward, even in baby steps.

Best,
Grace
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RoopeshG Premium
Thanks for this one.....I had such a nice nice week...two weeks back....referrals were signing on.....and now it just dropped.....and I am saying......wth.

I guess like you said....Google is up to their changes.Its does kind of make you doubt your work.


I guess one has to keep pressing forward.

Thanks for sharing, Grace
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littlemama Premium
That's funny Roopesh... Yes 2 weeks back, my referrals went back up to a nice level and this week is back down again. WTH, WTF, all of it. Lol

Yes, we have to keep pushing forward or else we will never improve or step up to the next level.

Keep moving up!
Grace
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sgregcrx Premium
Oh yes, I know this feeling well,

I am pulling in around $1000 per month fairly consistently, which is great, and more than I honestly believed I could do when I began.

But it's not enough, Not to fulfill my dreams, not if I lose my day job tomorrow, It's a very nice little bonus but that's all it is at the minute.

I too stare at some of my rankings for posts I just know should rank better and scream at google! WHY WHY WHY Just rank it higher you IDIOT!!!!!

I know if all my important keywords ranked 1-3 I would be making triple what I am now and could quit my job.

And then the doubt's kick in, why are they not ranking better, will they ever, is this the glitch? are all the rankings I do have about to be taken away, have I built the entire business on wobbly jelly, not the concrete foundations I thought I had.

This business is so stressful, and at least I have a fulltime job as a backup, I really fear the stress of doing this full time could be too much. We all have peaks and troughs and the troughs are stressful enough, If I relied on that income, the stress would be quadrupled!!

Still the only thing more unthinkable than continuing and trusting this venture is to quit! It's just not going to happen. I am making $1000 a month, so I will just plow on harder and harder and trust in the system as quite simply there is no other option!

Heres to 2019, where all these doubts and fears will be washed away...probably by a whole new wave of different doubts and fears lol
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littlemama Premium
I love this comment Stephen, THANK YOU! I laughed so hard about the WHY WHY WHY!!

EXACTLY! WHY?!!?!?!

It's absolutely so great to hear from people like you. Shows to others what a full time person is going through.

I'm also lucky in a way that my family doesn't depend on my income. But, my goal is to do this so well that I can get my husband to quit his job, it's a tall order, and I hope I can do this for him.

This business is really hard as Josh mentioned below, he's a full time marketer and it's very stressful when you're in a lull.

However, we are making money, we know how it works, why it doesn't work better than we want? That's what we have to figure out.

After these feelings subside, that's what we're left with, what we're going to do to reach our goals.

Action is everything. I won't let these feelings doubt my skills or the knowledge I already have or what I can still learn.

I have so much more to learn and that's where I am, I need to learn new skills to take this to another level.

Yes, 2019 will come with its new fears and worries, but hopefully after Nov 30, I will be feeling much happier and having a better outlook! Lol

I know we can do this Stephen, put on the thinking caps and get it done!

Grace
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Grace,

First, off the bat, you are doing so well, and you have made such very good progress, and you still have that very positive attitude you know that this works, and what's more, you know what to do to create the changes that you want to create.

It doesn't matter if it is offline, online or hanging upside down from an apple tree, business is one ebb and flow. Just when you think that you have got it sussed, something will happen to set the books right and usually, it is the unexpected or the unknown and it will happen when you least expect it.

Some things can be show stoppers, I think that accepting in that deep down place that things are not always going to go according to plan, can actually be rather empowering and you have touched on the fact that we are involved with this community, it is our leverage, to use and the knowledge base is our adaptability, if someone is not experiencing it then someone has just worked through it.

In my experience, I have seen the very good and the very bad, bad, bad, at the end of the day it is what we do to adapt and bring about the change we need, that counts and what can keep our flow moving with the right energy.

Being here in WA each of us has tipped the scales in our favor.

Looking forward to reading about your continued success.

Alex
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littlemama Premium
Thank you so much Alex!

This is exactly what I need to do: "at the end of the day it is what we do to adapt and bring about the change we need, that counts and what can keep our flow moving with the right energy."

It is how we handle and react to negative situations that will set us apart from the rest.

There are definitely ups and downs in any business, I need to always find ways to move and navigate around those downs and come out the other side.

These are lessons and learning them will take us to the next level.

So appreciate you stopping by and offering your supportive words!!

Grace
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Josh From Oz Premium
You're certainly not alone! It's like being on a constant roller coaster because there is never any certainty. I remember telling you how my goal was to make 15-20k in a month and it still hasn't happened. Last month was my worst month in several years. This is due to the amazon commission rate being changed and I basically lost 30% of my income since March 2017. Not too mention the algorithm updates....

So yea I think it's normal to have doubts and worry about the future to an extent. But when I start having these thoughts and doubts I just remind myself that no job is ever a certainty. You could be fired the next day, or the company goes bankrupt etc etc.

Also certain times of the year are exceptionally bad for certain niches, I believe the mmo niche comes to a slow session too right?.

You have already proven you can do this and there's no point freaking out as this doesn't help you push your business further. Like you said, "there's no time limit" as you will be doing this forever and continuously growing. But know you're not alone :)
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jvranjes Premium
There are very strange things with sales on Amazon. It looks as if nobody is buying anything. Today I had 0 sales, this has not happened in the past 2 years or so. On the other hand, I have almost the same earning in the past 3 days, with the difference 20 cents only. It all looks like a joke. But this is not the time for joking, something is very bad and I cannot figure out what. Trying to understand for a couple of months already. Nothing to do with ranking, it is as good as always. The discussion here shows the same is across various niches, not only Amazon.
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Zarina Premium
I’ve read somewhere that it’s possible Amazon manipulates sales (??) but I just really hoped it’s not true.

Learned about it from Jessica’s post: I can’t make assumptions because I haven’t been earning For so long but October was insane sales and this month I barely get any sales, and all are little. (Traffic is higher and CtR to amazon doubled since last month*)

But if you say something is funny with your sales, Jovo (considering you’ve been at it for a while) it makes me wonder...

I watched on Netflix a talk show patriot act and the first episode was about Amazon (certainly gives you a different perspective) - if you get to watch I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

@Josh thanks so much for saying this, message well received :)
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littlemama Premium
Thank you so much Josh!! I've been wondering where you've been and I am so grateful for your honesty here. I did think you went on to make that much money with your Amazon sites.

What a crazy business!! I'm glad you shared this, not that I'm happy to hear you are in a down as well, but that it happens to even the "hyper" affiliates.

What's happening with my site is that I'm changing direction. I use to blog about MMO product reviews which I was high authority on but I don't want to do this anymore cuz I don't want to deal with criminals basically... so I've been blogging about everything else like everything else that has to do with affiliate marketing itself and keywords that I thought I can rank for now that my site has domain authority, but it's not that true or at least I'm not ranking it any quicker which is the very frustrating part that you can't take a site in a different direction even when you have established yourself.

So I'm just in a waiting game to see if I'll even end up ranking for those keywords.... or do I wait or try something else.

You are right, freaking out is definitely not the answer, but it's nice to vent and hear from people like you. :)

The words from WA is food for my soul. ;)
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littlemama Premium
Zarina was saying the same thing below, how there's been hardly any sales this month even though Black Friday deals have started. Very strange. That's why this online business is never going to be "figured" out by anyone. It's always going to be a mystery what works and what doesn't and that's the real frustrating part of all this.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Amazon was very slow to update the earnings for the 19th. It also said 0 sales for me which I knew was wrong. I checked again 8 hrs later and it was updated then. Sometimes I do wonder if sales are missing everynow and then because like you said it feels like strange things going on sometimes.
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Josh From Oz Premium
I did the same thing with my case study site. Changed direction and it pretty much stopped growing. So now Im at the point of do I keep it going to see if my new direction works etc. So I get what you mean by having authority site not helping a great deal with quicker rankings... But as I have other sites Im torn between whether I should be focusing more on them or not haha. Even tempted to start a new site just to add to the workload haha. My WA site is pretty much dead now also. I hope your new direction works out for you. I left my WA site for same reason as you. Got tired of reviewing scams...
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littlemama Premium
How come no one told us this? Lol. Why is it not in the training that you can't change direction once your site is an authority in one set of content?!

That 1" wide and infinitely deep about blogging is very true.

Well, for me, I'm going to do what I did in Vegas, I'm going to keep writing until Google sees me in as an authority in what I'm now writing about. I'm going to be adding a lot more value to my website that will drive more traffic from different sources hopefully.

I also want to expand my online presence even more to continue to build my brand and dive into paid traffic which I was scared to do before.

I'm glad you told me about your site and how it's pretty much in the same boat now. For you, you're doing niche sites, so wouldn't you just start a new one?

Have you seen what Dylan's (dylanrieger) doing with the YouTube reviews? It's working great he's saying and converting very well.

Maybe that's a next step for you?

Come on Josh, let's hit 5 figures in 2019!!
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Josh From Oz Premium
I think you can certainly change your direction, just not drastically as it appears to still take a while rank. But even tho it's still better than starting a new site right. You're turning your site into a huge force to be reckoned with (Eventually) rather than 2-3 sites that are smaller.

It's just frustrating when a new direction post isn't in top 100 when you know you should be atleast in the top 30. But noooo Google knows all lol. Will see how it goes anyhow, first time for me making such a big site with multiple directions too.

But yes I'm 100% on my niche sites and building out my case study site on camping. I recently added MediaVine and it bumped my income up to back over 10k for the most part. But I'm still working at getting back that pay cut amazon gave us all. I went so close to 15k as well. Was 14.2k before the pay cut. Such is life tho.

I did do a little bit of youtube, but since amazon dropped the hammer on affiliates using their images (Downloading them) I haven't done one since. Hard to make videos without the products or legal images haha.

By the sounds of it you have a good plan in place. With your hard work ethic you will reach five figures for sure! :)
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jvranjes Premium
Yes it is as you said, it was just late for that day. But there are very strange things with Amazon sales.

I am reading your conversation with Grace, and indeed Mediavine works great, better than any other system so far. Earlier she also reported great results with it. In fact, I started it after her blog (so thanks Grace!). But this Google's algorithm changes from August and September have been terrible for traffic and this affects Mediavine results as well. After almost three months for the first time now I see that the decreasing trend has stopped and a very slow growth in all parameters seems to be in sight.
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jvranjes Premium
You can change the direction. I have experienced it a few times because I had to expand the niche (started too narrow and there was no stuff to write about). It will take some time but the site will again establish itself properly even in this added sub-niche, I have no doubt about it. In your case it may be just the combination of several effects, Google's algorithm changes were very bad for many sites.
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Josh From Oz Premium
Hi Jovo, good to hear things are starting to pick up again finally. We can never be fully in control with amazon or any network really, which is worrisome at times. If anything drastic happens we just got to adapt quickly.

Having Mediavine as a back up to amazon is certainly reassuring, because amazon can boot you at any given moment. I know because they did it to me a few years back. But it's times like this you realize all your eggs are in one basket, which is not good. I guess that's why they say build email lists, do social media marketing, do youtube marketing etc etc.
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jvranjes Premium
You are very right about all this. This about Amazon is always on my mind because all my sales are on one common affiliate ID and this is not so great. Wonder if there would be a way to separate it into a few.

Mediavine is going to be a great backup, in particular if/when I get back to the traffic which I had a few months ago.
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DBlanchard Premium
I KNOW "you can do this" Grace!
You have been my inspiration not to quit myself for the past year or so...
This community is what keeps me going too, so don't sweat the small stuff and keep on going, like you already know, you will get there, like I know I will get to your level one day 🙂
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Denis!! Yes we need to hold those believes really close to our heart or else these negative thoughts will take them over. That's what I have learned in my journey. When these feelings come up, they are normal and okay to have them, but I just can't let them take over me or paralyze me.

Thank you for saying those words! YOU can do this too!

Grace
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hanley Premium
Gee Gracie you are human, not a machine.
We all want a straight upward steady trend but things happen.
Maybe everyone is waiting for Friday to bombard your discounts offered, Change in the weather, whatever.

One of my stick by sayings is
"never make a decision when running uphill"
Go back to the plan, Dream of Vegas and wait for the correction.
regards
Peter H
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well.
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Peter! Yes I am human and these feelings come with it. I'm not worried about Black Friday, all my work for the last 2+ years will take care of that. I'm worried about my future income and where that is coming if my site is taking a turn.

I just want to ensure that my site is continually growing and that's what I need to work on.

Going to Vegas in Jan will help me for sure!

Thanks again for stopping by,
Grace
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newmarketpro Premium
You have proven to yourself and all of us here in WA that YOU CAN DO THIS!. In whatever life you are heading, there are ups and downs - sometimes it's real and sometimes it's just human nature (feelings). Whatever level we are, learning is a continuous process. Success is not a destination - It's a never ending journey.
You know better so I stop here ( :) )
YOU CAN DO IT, Grace.

Joe
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well, Joe
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Joe! Thank you for saying those words I need to hear, even though deep down I know I can do this. I'm learning how Google really works and that's a lesson not to be taken lightly.

In a way, it feels like starting over "after ALL THE WORK" I've put in. I thought that now that my site has some good authority, I can do what I want. Apparently not so much, at least not yet.

Staying in niche is the big lesson here, especially for authority sites.

Appreciate you Joe!
Grace
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newmarketpro Premium
Yeah, I really believe you have set a strong foundation for an authority site in your niche. And you are right, at one level you don't really dependent on Google especially when you already have followers.
YOU CAN DO THIS!

:)Joe
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littlemama Premium
Thank you Joe!! So appreciate you. :)
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MiaL Premium
I constantly doubt myself and whether this will be able to be my thing. I always question why I’m doing this when I earn a great income at my job. Most people would love the income I make, and I do, but I want to know that I can make my own destiny rather than do something I don’t love anymore. My why is my kids - I want them to see that I can do something that makes me happy and is entrepreneurial in its own way, rather than wake up feeling stressed and tired each day and dragging myself to work.

I wish I knew if this was ever going to really work, or just some dream I have that won’t ever really materialise. So when you have doubts and you are also successful at this, I have those same doubts but without knowledge that I can ever be successful at it, which you have. I hope that makes sense.

What I’m saying is, I constantly doubt myself and have no feeling of any certainty that what I’m doing isn’t just a great big dumb idea! Hopefully time will give me more certainty.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Grace.
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Bald Eagle Premium
I'm pretty much the same.
But we need to just keep going.
I worked all day today and felt as if I had achieved nothing (although I did put up two more pieces of content that just needed finishing off - but that was really last week's effort).
Today was meh and I am exhausted from it too.
I should try and do some more tonight but I know that when I am not in the right frame of mind it will need to be redone.
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well Mia
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MiaL Premium
Yes, we will keep going!
Sorry today was meh for you. I have lots of days like that because I’m working and can’t do enough on my sites. But then I have to remind myself that I’m human and that in the scheme of things life is good.
Maybe you need to just chill tonight and return to it when he right frame of mind. 😊
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littlemama Premium
Hi Melissa, thanks for sharing your thoughts here and relating to my feelings. You can really do this! I know it because I've done it! SEO is really dependable once you catch on as an authority in those keywords you are targeting which my site was doing and it was amazing to see and what how that all worked.

So you don't have to doubt that. What it seems to be the way to being an authority is to really go only 1" wide but infinitely deep, I have heard this before, and it's very true and what my site is showing.

I am only opening it 0.25" wider and Google goes, what the heck is this site about now and starts dropping me in rankings for keywords I was #1 or Top 3.

I find this part of SEO fascinating in a sense as well as being pissed off about it. LOL. It's like Google, don't be so narrow minded!

For you, I feel it's probably about time. You just need more time spent working on your site, it WILL work. I've seen many full time workers do this, but it just takes them a longer because of the time constraint.

KEEP IT GOING! YOU CAN DO THIS!
Grace
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Zarina Premium
YOU CAN DO THIS, GRACE!!! I have no doubt in you :)

I can certainly relate to what you're saying here for sure, last month I hit $1585 and this month with the Black Friday deals already happening, I made around $160.

Certainly a huge difference. 😭

(Especially since my traffic slightly increased and my CTR to Amazon doubled since last month).

I am just glad I didn't set my expectations too high just because I broke 4 figures in October. Will probably have to prepare my posts for December sales to make up for this month :)
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well
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littlemama Premium
THANK YOU Zarina! We're both "complaining" about not making "as much" money. How lucky we are!!! LOL

Think about that.

Others reading this would be like, this post is BS, these guys are making money and they are feeling sorry for themselves for not making as much.

But that's what happens when you DO make money and you're not making as much. Lol

Oh man. This online business is crazy, and will continue to drive me crazy at every turn but I love this kind of business and that's why I'm in a spot where I want to learn so much more to this business.

I feel like there's more information I need to know and I need to find it.

I think your site will explode this week... this the quiet before the BIG STORM of $$$$$.

Thanks girl for coming to support me once again!!
Grace xxxxx
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Zarina Premium
Haha yeah you’re right, it’s all about perspective but seriously once you’ve tasted this online business power, you want more 😆

The good thing is that we love learning, we love the process and we’re not afraid to put in the work!! And that’s what matters.

“The quiet before the storm” Is exactly what I tellmyself every time I see no sales 🤣 keeps me stay positive.

As for more info:

I personally follow Brian dean from Backlinko, Doug Cunnigton (just started recently after learning about KGR keywords through Dom’s Blog human proof designs and Dom’s blog is also the one I follow). These are the 3 off the top of my head, but backinko certainly is my favourite resource.

Also, it’s a good idea to learn about monthly income investing so that we don’t rely solely on business $ but also have passive monthly income flowing in (I just started learning recently and this approach is a lot safer and to me more acceptable than some crypto stuff).

You’re a sweetheart :) xxx
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littlemama Premium
Online Power... Yes, that's what we get to taste.. it's pretty amazing! I want a LOT more where that came from! :)

Thanks for the resources and monthly income investing options. I will have to look into that too.

Funny you mention crypto.... I'm still waiting for it to go back up. LOL. of course I bought at the high!

Hopefully we will feel much better at the end of the month! ;)
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Zarina Premium
I hope so too! ;) Btw, a few small sales have been made today, well, it got going a bit! lol.
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littlemama Premium
Yay! Congrats girl! :) Something is better than nutt'n!
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MoniArora Premium
Grace YOU GOT THIS!

I am going through the same lull too however my commitment to ME is I am on a 5-year plan and will keep going! It's only been just one year so lots more to do yet!

Onwards and Upwards... keep going! :-) We are all here to support you and having a rant every now and then is good! :-)

Wish you much success!
Moni
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well.
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well Moni
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littlemama Premium
Thank you so much Moni! I'm glad you are going through the same thing as me and that's why this community is so awesome. Someone always knows what you're going through. :)

Yes, without moving forward, there's no way I would have come this far, I know this is what I have to do.

I need to keep committing to me and my goals.

Thank you!! I GOT THIS! YOU GOT THIS TOO!

Grace
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MAXINEG Premium
Hi Coach Grace,

In life we all go through ups and downs.

When we are up, everything seems to be great.

Then the lull wants to bring us down.

This is a trick from the forces around us.

You have the solution to your baby lull at hand.

When things get tough, you have to get tougher.

Refocus. Simple. Done.

Blessings

Maxine
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littlemama Premium
Yes absolutely Maxine! That's what I have to do, get much tougher than I did last year.

I know this is a trick and these feelings are just an illusion I need to look past.

I will get through this with your help and the rest of the community is there to support us.

Thanks for your support!!
Grace
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NatNiches Premium
Hi Grace - I can totally relate to your frustration with trying to work things out. I have also experienced changing direction with one of my older sites and the same thing happened to me, I actually went into Google search console/analytics, saw what I was ranking well for and went back to that. After hundreds of posts that you've written, Google thinks you're an authority in particular keywords - I'm not sure how long it would take for Google to make a shift... But as we know, this SEO stuff can take a good while. If you go into analytics and check which of your new posts are ranking, see the ones with the best ranking and write more similar to that. You're strong and so focused and dedicated!!! You WILL make it happen again!!! I have no doubt!! Hang in there... Nat x
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MAXINEG Premium
All us well
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littlemama Premium
Hi Nat, thanks for your thoughts here and glad you have seen this same change!! In this experience, I find Google so inflexible.. this "Google thinks you're an authority in particular keywords" is B.S., as in I can't believe it doesn't take into account that I'm still in the same niche but just slightly off path. How does sites like CNN or other big sites just rank for anything they write?

I don't know how this will affect my domain authority as well as I have it pretty high right now and that's why I thought I can do this without too much decline. I was wrong apparently!

It's like I'm pigeoned hole by Google and that's it?!

This is the point I'm at, do I play the waiting game or just start a new business cuz I'm not going back on the path that I took to Vegas.

These are just all thoughts in my head, not sure I'm expecting anything from you. Lol More rants I guess! Thanks Nat for being an ear!!

Grace
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NatNiches Premium
Yep it’s definitely difficult to fathom sometimes.

However, huge authorities like CNN are another level of authority, so they rank for everything because they do literally have thousands of posts and so many shares and other other authorities linking to them and so on all the time.

But there are still v big authorities in the MMO niche that won’t rank for all and any MMO related keywords, if they don’t have enough related content on their site.

Although I see other times, an authority will rank for a keyword and they don’t even have it in the title or anything so.... pfft!!! Who knows lol... :/

I feel that you could continue going and that Google will catch on eventually... but that’s just what I would guess rather than know.

I’m sure you can get tonnes of awesome advice in Vegas - from Kyle and Carson and the rest though!

It’s not long now!! Nat x
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littlemama Premium
Yeah I know I was silly to talk about CNN, they are on a UBER level that I'll never get to. LOL

I also feel it will just take Google time to re-learn my site and what's it all about. So I will keep going but I will be adding a lot more things to my business for 2019!

I'm not going to let Google slow me down!!

Yes I can't wait for Vegas!!

Grace
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NatNiches Premium
Yeh I think you’re right, google will take a while to relearn and we both know how sloooww google can be to catch on sometimes!! Lol.

I hope to hear that you do start ranking for these other terms soon. I think it will be good for a lot of other people to hear how it goes too- who maybe have thought about changing direction.

Also- hopefully the Black Friday deal coming up will give you an extra motivation boost!

I’ve been distracted myself a bit too, so better get back to it.

Have a great rest of the week! 👍
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ahendaflo Premium
Thank you for being real and vulnerable,because life is full of ups and downs,i want to encourage you that this too will pass,keep doing the right thing and you soon will be up .
I know you can do it ,and i will be rooting for you.
Cheers
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well.
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littlemama Premium
Yes certainly this too will pass, thanks for the reminder. I know it will, it always does. I can't let these negativity in my head drown what my purpose and goal is.

So appreciate you!
Grace
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Debs66 Premium
Grace,
I always love your honesty and your downs are the next path to going more forward. Rants are fab they keep us grounded/ You are one in a million and your next level is going at you head on.

You did it you got there you have lulls we all will the next step is 10k a month hun. Wait till you come back from Vegas and move even more forward :)) Eddy with a Y blogged this a year or so back I always remember it. In fact I never forgot it.
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well, Debs.
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littlemama Premium
Thanks Debs, you're the best. :) I am so excited for this Vegas conference and I can't wait to LEARN. I feel like I'm only scratching the surface and want to dive deeper to what makes one go beyond Super Affiliate.

Sometimes my impatience take over and that's not good. I need to keep that impatient at bay!

I know I can do this, there's so much more to learn, I can't wait to 2019 to really kick it up another notch!

So appreciate you!
Grace
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JudsonH1 Premium
Yes the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur to make your dream happen. You have the vision and the drive for sure. Thank for sharing.
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well.
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littlemama Premium
Without the downs, we have no ups. I hope I go even lower so I can come out of this even HIGHER! :)

I have to keep that drive and vision, and hold on to what my next dream is.

Thanks for your support!
Grace
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nudge1969 Premium
You can do this Grace!
I recall you saying that you were going to take your site in a slightly different direction as opposed to scam reviews. Could this affect how Google ranks your site?
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well.
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littlemama Premium
Hi Nigel, thank you!! You said it! You're the first one to say that to me, I appreciate that. :)

Yes that is exactly why my traffic and all the numbers have gone down because of this change. It's understandable, expected, and Google needs to relearn my site and I need to feed it more of the content I want to rank for.

It'll be interesting to see how long this takes.

Thank you again!
Grace
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nudge1969 Premium
Never really too sure will Google, it would be great if they could advise you why your rankings drop.
It would also be interesting to know if you were to start writing every 2nd or 3rd days, whether this would also have an impact. Or writing a long tower post per week instead.
Keep plugging away Grace. You’re an inspiration.
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littlemama Premium
Oh I write enough. I'm publishing 5 times a week. I used to do 7 a week or more. So this is part of the slow down in my traffic and I have changed direction in my content so that's why the traffic has dropped. I know why it dropped but for how long is what I'm wondering and what I should do about it.

I have a plan now and will rock it in 2019!
Grace
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nudge1969 Premium
I know you’re writing enough Grace. I was getting at slowing down. Writing every 2-3 days or twice per week. I was wondering if Google would say ‘hey, you’re not posting as often as you were. I’ll penalise you for that ‘!
Looking forward to you rocking it next year!
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KayOSmith Premium
In a similar slump at the moment. Needing to refocus and remember that it might take a little while and it might take more time. But, as long as I keep working on it, it's going to happen :)
Stay in there :) Keep pushing forward :) Keep smiling :)
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well.
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littlemama Premium
Exactly Kelly, that's what we need to tell each other. It's the waiting game that gets people antsy but it's actually a period that we need to focus the most so that is where I will be turning this around.

Yes keep pushing forward for sure! and smiling! :)

Thanks for your support here!
Grace
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nnurse becca Premium
I love this, we have to have failures such as this in order to succeed, so we can pile them up and stomp the ship out of them.
We can to it as a team, get up and work it own it work it but not so hard you break it...
Lol goofy me but I hope this helps, yes I hear where you are coming from,
Nurse Becca
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well, nurse becca.
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littlemama Premium
I love that Nurse Becca! Thanks for your supportive words. I will definitely stomp them out! :)
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Fleeky Premium
Just take a deap breath...
All Will be fine

Just focus on your website

PS
Resubmitting a sitemap can help
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well, Fleeky.
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littlemama Premium
Funny you said that about the sitemap, I have done that in November already. I know what I need to do, I just need to get away from these thoughts in my head. :)
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Fleeky Premium
All is ok...
No worries

Avocatos have helped
;-)

Stay blessed...
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littlemama Premium
Thanks!
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Grace, thank you for another excellent blog post. I think we all have moments of doubt, it's very easy for our minds to wander and not focus on the goal. We need to check ourselves on a regular basis and keep moving forward in the right direction. It's very easy to look at the present circumstances and not the long-term goal.

It's hard when we have been writing blog posts for months and we don't see any return on our efforts, but we have to understand that an online business is also a long-term business and it takes time! I think you have proved this in your very own experience Grace?

Have a great day Grace.

Roy
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well, Roy.
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littlemama Premium
Hi Roy, This is why it's weird to me to be feeling this way. I know I've done it already so I know it works but while I'm in this waiting period, I have those same doubts come shooting into my mind. That's the thing about our minds, when some things aren't going the direction we want, we react to what we can see but not what we can't.

I know these feelings are all an illusion and I just need to wash it away so I can focus where I need to be.

Have a great productive day Roy! Thank you for your words of encouragement.
Grace
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Grace,

I think it's very important to have the right people around us, I used to work with someone who was seriously negative, so much so that he would say at the end of the day; "another day closer to the grave" and I would say "another day closer to heaven"! He actually very rarely had anything positive to say, we are better off to get these people out of lives as it can be very destroying.

I'm not saying you have negative people around you, I'm just using this as an example. We also have to be very careful what we fill our minds with, I haven't had a television for years, admittedly we have the Internet, where we can kind of watch what we want, although I'm very selective in what I watch, I do not want to fill my mind was anything negative and yet we have to be in the real world of course!

I think the best thing is to focus on the good things in life. As a countryman, I will often walk across the fields and admire the beauty all around me, so simple and so good and it works!

Have a wonderful day Grace, you have a great future.

Roy
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littlemama Premium
Hi Roy, thanks for your message, definitely negativity doesn't help and yes I do intentionally avoid negative people and news.

I do a lot of listening to success mentors which gave me a huge push.

Since this post, I have come to a plan of action and know I will have a very big 2019. I am glad I went through this dark period but it's passed and I'm ready for the work ahead.

Appreciate you!
Grace
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Grace,

That's great news Grace, I believe that sometimes taking a step back and recharging our batteries can be very beneficial. I also believe that you have worked very hard this year and you have made it to Las Vegas which I believe was one of your main goals and also a fantastic achievement!

You can now start the New Year with a breath of fresh air knowing that you are ready to hit the Internet marketing world hard!

Have a great day Grace.

Roy
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FKelso Premium
Perhaps fleeting moments of sanity in an insane life?

I, too, have those feelings, but I'm pretty much a newbie. Does that still count?

Your post (rant) was excellent. I get a glimpse of why I hear such fine things about you. Will start studying a bit of what you teach.

Thanks for ranting.

Fran
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well, Fran.
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littlemama Premium
Yeah no kidding, sanity in an insane life. Lol Of course you count. You're new so you have even more doubt. I just find it funny I still have moments like this when I've achieved so much.

I know I have to get through this short moment and I will be back on my horse for round 2.
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FKelso Premium
It's called energy renewal. I think sometimes we need to step back a little and just take it all in. The pause that refreshes. I believe it is a natural blip.

Fran
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littlemama Premium
Yes for sure Fran. :) Thank you!
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Bhavik1 Premium
It's only going to help you. Do nothing or giving up won't change anything. Keep working and an opportunity will always present itself, Sometimes when you least expect it. Keep going it'll be worth it.
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well.
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littlemama Premium
Thanks so much, yes I can't do nothing. Sometimes I actually feel that way because I am pulled in different directions and then I just do nothing which is not productive at all. I know I have to keep going. :)
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Vickic3 Premium
Hi Grace- robots don't and as humans, we all go through those moments of doubt. fear and other negatives and it's so normal to experience and the best thing to do is - take a small and fun break and walk away from it all for say 24 hours and do something you love to do and when you are out doing whatever it is do not think about your business.
Deep breath and believe and walk back into your office refreshed.
I went fishing last evening - no fish but the serenity, the ocean sounds and a chat with a few people - it was so refreshing and when I started working today, I felt renewed and ready to go again.
You are awesome- you know it, we know it so go take a breather :)

Go well Grace
Vicki
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MAXINEG Premium
All is well, Vicki.
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littlemama Premium
Hi Vicki,

This is something I don't do well in, taking time out and clearing my mind. It's something I am trying to inject into my life bit by bit. I now take my little Yorkie out for walks at night so I can get out of the house and breathe some fresh air.

I think I gotta do more of that into my day to give me breaks and not grind so straight through.

Thanks so much for your advice,
Grace
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