February Monthly Update- 45 Referrals, 7 Premium

Last Update: March 01, 2020

This has been inspired from other members that have left behind some clues in the past.

But it's also so I can keep myself accountable as I know a lot of things are about to change over the coming months, and when change comes so does my productivity levels!

Here's the stats

SEO traffic- 6164 (up from 3200)

New posts- 25

Total posts- 225

Words written- 64,896

Refs- 45

Upgrade- 7

Recurring- 10

I realised that I hadn't really been tracking things that I could control until recently. So things like how many posts written and how many words written have become a crucial part of my focus.

It's amazing when you change your focus to this how much more you're able to do!

I pretty much doubled (12 to 21) the amount of reviews I wrote in Feb compared to Jan and I tracked the word count for the first time. I think it took me about 10 months to write my first 65,000 words and I did that last month!

(also note my first 50-60 posts on this site were so bad and pretty much useless! I didn't mean them to be but I was dotting all over the place i.e. saving money, investing, book reviews, travel tips etc... there was no focus or writing about one niche)

Some Useful Things to Note

I've tried to do a lot to my site recently...

Too much!

I've added a landing page mainly promoting WA with a video of me explaining it, which I thought was easier for beginners to understand than my review.

However, if anything the amount of referrals I've gained has slowed down.

I also tried to see what it was like to have an "opt in" form for people to put their email address in to come to WA first and then I could send them a 7-day guide on what to expect from WA and how to make the most of it.

I've changed the theme, the whole front page and refined my templates for reviews.

The conversions have still been pretty good but here's what I've found...

As my site is gaining traffic from Google, it's impossible to tell what is and is working when I keep changing things.

Moving forwards- how this can help you too...

I need to leave things and test them for a certain amount of time rather than chopping and changing it as I go.

I changed the page I've been directing people to numerrous times throughout Jan and Feb and changed the way they come to WA (direct link or through an email opt in). It was impossible to see what was or was not working! Lesson learnt...

I need to let things sit and carry on writing content.

This month will be different and I won't get as much done due to some things coming up. But I plan on getting 12 reviews done still.

Things are clearly working (such as almost 100% increase in organic traffic) but I've massively hit a slump this last week. I've heard so many people talk about this either on my podcast or here and I know it's all part of being an "entrepreneur". But when it hits you it's a weird feeling that is very hard to explain or snap out of!

What do you do when you've lost your mojo? Have you lost your mojo before?

P.S. I've also been helping a friend out with some local SEO stuff and it's sparked a real interest in doing lead generation stuff that I could see a lot of potential with in the future.

Has anyone else ever done any local SEO for small businesses or lead generation work? Or know anyone that has? Am I just being led by another shiny object?!

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    Defiant6 Premium
    Thank you for sharing your stats! Even though things may have slowed down, you're still producing results, which is good.

    About 2 weeks ago, I got 2 email notifications, 1 from Wealthy Affiliate and 1 from Jaaxy, which completely surprised me, but made me jump for joy. I got a referral to Wealthy Affiliate and to Jaaxy as well, which marks a milestone for me because it is the first time I've had any referral come directly from my website.

    It is also the first time I've had any referral to Jaaxy. It doesn't appear anything has come from that referral though, as they have not set up a profile and has never responded to any of my messages.

    Nevertheless, it does make me happy as it shows that what's taught here works as long as you put into action what you learn. I'm still pressing forward as I want to get more results like I experienced recently and hopefully one day my first premium sign up.

    I have no doubt that you'll get your mojo back and it will be full steam ahead into success land for you! :)
    mikebeatty Premium
    Glad to hear it, Brian! Keep working hard and anything is possible
    Kiranoppa Premium

    I think it's quite natural to write "useless" posts in the beginning, especially if it's your first website. Sounds bad, but the only way to learn is by making mistakes.

    I admit I have written many "useless" posts on my website that nobody is reading. I have also used keywords wrong. I'm just starting to learn how to do it correctly, and I have 76 published posts on my website.

    It's also a good point, that you should not make constant changes on your website; something I have also been guilty of.
    mikebeatty Premium
    Thanks Kristi...

    Yeah "useless" is the wrong word. They are never useless as it's all part of the practice and learning curve.

    Once you really start thinking... who exactly is this post helping, how and why? Then it becomes much easier.

    Writing what you want to write doesn't really help anyone and it took me a while to figure this out

    Giving things time to test them out is good. But then assessing how well it's working every month or even every 3 months is needed in my opinion.
    mikebeatty Premium
    Getting consistent traffic is the first task though... and one that many people give up before they reach it!
    Palatia Premium
    Hey Mike. Thanks for the update. You are doing Really Well! I did a comment on an article that included something about lead generation. I also want to see what that's about and how it works.

    Maybe you just need a short break to be able to refocus. It's easy to get distracted right now with the state of the world. Or maybe you can watch some videos for inspiration.

    mikebeatty Premium
    100% Paula. I spoke to some good people and I feel much better and back on track now. It's something I will certainly pursue in the future, but I know how powerful focussing is. Stay safe!
    CordeliaN Premium
    Mike, my favourite type of blog is ongoing & analytical progress reports, I can sort of see how the member thinks and I really like your thinking.

    I look forward to reading your posts and as usual this is insightful but also pragmatic. Really enjoyed and a huge well done for the month of February’s achievement, 👍👍
    mikebeatty Premium
    Thanks Cordelia, I always appreciate your support and encouragement!
    TDomena Premium
    It's difficult to stay focused when things aren't where you want. Once traffic hits, responsibility hits as well. People start asking you questions and expecting you to know the answers, then the responsibility may help you focus a bit more because you have customers to cater to.

    I also think it's normal to try things until something feels like it "clicks". Shiny object is a part of the journey to some extent. When you decide you really want growth, then you have to buckle down and focus from a place of discipline. Curiosity doesn't go away, but if you spread yourself too thin, it dilutes your growth.

    It's up to you to decide if Make Time Online is where you want to be disciplined and buckle down.

    It's like getting married. Some people think dating around is fun, but longevity and commitment is really where the character growth is.

    Lead gen is a good business model. Local SEO is a good business model. I did some of it. Affiliate marketing is good too. It's really a choice and not a "right" or "wrong".

    Longevity and sticking it out in whichever journey you choose is where the real pay off is. Of course these are my opinions.

    BTW, the traffic and numbers is all combined, so I couldn't really read it.
    mikebeatty Premium
    Very valid Tiffany! A lot of food for thought!
    mikebeatty Premium
    Also I updated it to read better!