Feeling Discouraged and Unsure. Would Love Some Feedback.
Yeah, so... I'm feeling more like writing a blog today instead of working on my next post. And I've been feeling that more often lately... like I'd rather do something different... like reading about affiliate marketing than working on it. That's probably not a great sign, is it? Shouldn't I be all gung ho about building out my site, keyword by long-tailed keyword?
Sigh. I sooo want to make this work. Which is why I'm reaching out here and seeing if someone reading this has some words of encouragement or feedback or personal stories for me that will help me get back on track.
A bit of background on where I'm at.
I joined WA on August 17, 2016, so 6 weeks ago today. My site is www.kidslovedressup.com.
I'm happy with how it looks, and I've been steadily completing 3 new posts per week now since I finished the Certification Courses a few weeks back. I have currently 22 posts and 5 pages, the majority of which have at least few comments on here from the lovely WA community.
Zero organic traffic. Zero sales.
Some of my big concerns at this point are:
One: Did I pick the wrong kind of niche for this??? This is my biggest fear. I fear that a blog-style / article-style site on kids dress up stuff just won't get much traffic, or when they see that it's not a store where they can dig through hundreds of items, they'll leave right away for another one, and not through my site. Wouldn't people just go straight to the Amazon search result when they want to buy dress up stuff? That's what I would do!
Two: I'm scared that I may be building too many affiliate links on each post... and that Google will bury the posts regardless of the work I've been putting in. Problem is, I'm not sure how to write 500-1000 (1000+ preferably) word articles on simple stuff like a particular Frozen dress up set that people will actually want to read! So, I've tended to do more "Here are 10 top-rated Frozen costumes"... with 10 pictures/descriptions/blurbs... and each having 2 ways to link to it (the title and a "CLICK HERE" thing). Is that too much? Will Google think it's just a spam site? I just don't know! And as I'm only 6 weeks in, there's no way of knowing yet, as my site is too new for ranking!! Am I sabotaging MYSELF with how I'm doing this??
And then 3rd... I feel like I'm wasting so much time hunting down items to promote on Amazon or other affiliate merchant pages... not sure how to get around this, but it's frustrating, to say the least. I only want to promote items with both high reviews and LOTS of reviews, especially as I haven't purchased them myself. But they can be so time-consuming to dig through as Amazon has zillions of items!!
OK, there's a fourth. I'm scared that I'm wasting my time and also my husband's and my resources... and that I should be working more towards finding a "real job" then spending $ each month on this. He's been supportive of this and understands the potential, but I think he isn't quite a believer that a site of articles/reviews of dress up stuff will work. I wish I could be sure that I could turn a profit on this within 6 months time. I know and accept that it takes time... that affiliate marketing is not an overnight money thing... but it's hard to work every single night and every single kids-nap-time for 6 weeks on something that hasn't made a cent yet... and probably will have to continue doing that for at least 6 more before I see even one sale, realistically.
Anyhow, WA friends, THAT'S where I'm at mentally right now. In front of a bit of a wall...
If you've made it to the end of my long blog post here, thank you for reading. This community is amazing.
I'd really (really) appreciate some encouragement or feedback or generally any thoughts you'd have on my struggles... thank you!