Are You Exiting The Honeymoon Phase?

Last Update: March 11, 2019

We're well into the third month of the new year, and no doubt, some of you are feeling that post-honeymoon phase. It's time period right after something exciting happens. The adrenaline and excitement is over, and now it's time for normal, everyday life.

We had the excitement of Black Friday. Then the big sales spike during holiday shopping season. Then we made some incredible 2019 goals and thought about all the progress we're going to make in the coming year.

Now what?

Now it's time to take action.

You'll hear it over and over again, but the people who see results are the ones who take action.

In my own experience, it doesn't really matter what type of action you take, as long as you're doing something. Waiting around for the perfect moment to do the perfect task that will lead you straight to profit isn't really how this all works.

Even small things like watching a single training video, or completing a lesson in your training is helpful. If you've had a rough day, just kick back and watch a webinar from Jay. If you only have 30 minutes, write 200 words on an article, then save it as a draft and come back to it tomorrow.

Doing small daily tasks and growing those to good habits over time is what's going to get you results in 2019.

THE Task To Focus On

Life is busy, and sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day to get done what you want ot get done. Lucikly, with the time change and Summer approaching, you have a couple extra hours in the day.

If you do just one thing each day, what should it be?

...WRITING ARTICLES

Writing gets you ranked, and ranking gets you traffic. Traffic leads to clicks and more clicks means more money.

If you aren't making any money yet, work backwards with that formula, and that's how you troubleshoot

  • No money? Check if you're getting clicks.
  • No clicks? Check if you're getting traffic.
  • No traffic? See how your rankings are doing
  • No rankings? Look at what you're publishing.

All of that begins with writing and publshing frequently. The volume of content is important for new websites so you can show Google what your site is about and establish authority!

200 words per day, times 5 days, is 1000 words. That's an article per week you can publish with very minimal effort. This WA blog post alone is already 500 words, and its taken me about 15 minutes to write.

500 words per day times 7 days a week is 3500 words. That's three articles you can publish weekly to your website.

Three articles a week times 52 weeks a year and that's over 150 articles published on your webiste.

In other words, building an income-generating affiliate website starts with just writing 500 words per day!

Writing Tip: Keyword Intent

That's pretty much all I had to say, so I'll leave with one last tip - a reminder to focus on keywords that actually make sense for people to read.

In a previous post I talked about wasting time targeting similar keywords. "Train your dog" and "how to train your dog" are basically the same keyword.

As a follow up, double check the "intent" of your keyword.

"drink red wine lose weight" is a perfect example.

  • Does the person want to lose weight WHILE drinking red wine?
  • Does the person want to lose weight BY drinking red wine?
  • Is the person asking whether red or white wine is better for a diet?
  • Is the person asking for general information about alcohol and weight loss?

These are all potential articles topics stemming from one keyword.

"How To Lose Weight By Switching To Red Wine" will be a completely different topic than "Is Weight Loss Prevented By Drinking Red Wine".


So if you find yourself exiting the honeymoon phase of your business this month, you're not alone. My tactic is to focus on doing just a few important daily tasks, even if you have to slog through them, but that's my strategy!

How do you push through in times of boredom or disillusionment with your business?

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JoePlale Premium
Thank you, for those thoughts.

I Absolutely Know, that Two things are my “Stumbling Blocks”:
“Inertia” .. and “Fear of Success”

...... { Alrighty then - “Baby Steps” // “Small Bites” !! }

** I am adding the following to my daily “ToDo/Afirmations”
[ “I am going to give it a Good Try - to Write 200 Words per day in the next week, and compile it all into a viable Post” ]

Again .. Thank You M’Friend

Joe
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TopAchiever Premium
Believe me I've been disillusioned many times this year already!

Reading and researching material for scam or legit reviews gets really discouraging when people pull down WA and some seem really convincing! .... then there are those leaving WA after being here for some time... that just doesn't make sense to me.... what happened to the name WEALTHY Affiliate?

So what I do, is I read blogs like yours and Vitaliy's and Jerry's and Eddy's and Benji's Dad....

...that's when I realize, there are only a few people who actually follow the WA Training COMPLETELY and WHOLELY (if there is such a word...) to the VERY end.

THOSE people are the people we need to be listening to, following and hanging on their every word to see this training through to the finish line to become successful!

Bottom line: Don't deviate!

It is sooooooooo easy to look at the next best thing to distract us from the straight and narrow path that at times can become quite difficult to stay focused on.

Thank you for constantly helping us, bringing us back on track and for especially relating your pitfalls and mistakes along the way so that we don't make the same errors wasting time.
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LanceD-Huget Premium
Great message here! Thanks for your honesty and vulnerability. I think it is very powerful how you came to the conclusion to focus on those that are doing the right steps versus focusing on the masses that quit and right negative reviews. Keep it up
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Crazyhaggis Premium
Well said, follow people who ‘stay in their lane’ and are already successful.
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TopAchiever Premium
Thank you for your kind words Lance! Much appreciated.
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TopAchiever Premium
Indeed! We should follow those who are successful.
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MelWaller Premium
I'm very happy that you were able to realize the mistakes of others. It's easy to blame others for our own failures. WA has everything anyone could ever want and we just need to do what needs to be done as shown throughout our training.

I'm glad you stayed.

To Your Success!

Mel
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Kiranoppa Premium
A great post, thank you. My challenge is doing even something even when I´m not at my best, like right now. I´m learning how important it is to publish frequently, so I just published a new post despite feeling sluggish. I just wrote it on a subject that did n´t require me too much thinking.
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RDulloo Premium
Thanks for this wonderful post, Nathaniel. It reminds us that the most important thing, aside from making our website better, is to focus on publishing content as often as we can.

Since I started my "one new post a day" goal in September 2018, I have seen so much improvement and I intend to keep publishing a post a day. When you do something everyday for a few weeks, it becomes a habit and that's exactly what happened with me.

Thanks for the tip on the keywords selection. That's what I noticed too.. :)

Have a great week ahead!

Reyhana
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nathaniell Premium
A post a day since September? That's a lot! Congrats on keeping such an intense posting schedule.

Sounds like you got a great habit down Reyhana, and you're definitely going to benefit from it.
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oldpharma Premium
So True! Excellent suggestion for a cultivated "habit"!
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SondraM Premium
Great tips! I recently pushed through a tough period in my business that was not productive.

I discovered that NOT drinking red wine at night allowed me to be much more creative and productive. Granted, I did not lose any weight. The funny thing is that I thought the wine made me more productive.

So, I experimented. I drank red wine again last week. No awesome creative posts last week.... So, no more red wine this week.

When we exit the honeymoon phase, sometimes we need to think out of the box to find ways to get ourselves motivated again.

Best wishes
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nathaniell Premium
I'm the opposite! My best ideas come forth when I'm doing SEO after a glass or two of beer LOL
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SondraM Premium
I run 5K's best after a glass or two of beer. lol Good carbs.
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oldpharma Premium
Thanks for your honesty. It's hard to get up and "out of the box" after I've gotten complacent. It's good to shake up routines once in a while.
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AHost-Madsen Premium
I recently made it a habit to comment on more of the posts that I read. I not only engage more socially, I pick up tips and tricks I may not have thought of. I always watch one or more of Jay's trainings daily, but I am careful how far back I go...the platform has been updated/upgraded several times since WA formed and the older info (2012 etc.) is no longer relevant BUT it is interesting to see how far Kyle and Carson have come! :)
That in itself is inspiration.
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nathaniell Premium
Comment and engaging is THE #1 thing that helped me stick with online business when I got started. It was a single sentence I read from an experienced member, and its stuck with me for many years.
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oldpharma Premium
Helpful. Thanks.
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tommo1968 Premium
I hear ya Bro, it's trying to get a little bit of work done in the slump days that's the key.

As you say, try to write part of an article. (15 mins)

Or;

1) Create an image in Canva (15 mins)
2) Social share a post (5-10 mins)
3) Research out new product ideas (30-60 mins)
4) Watch a training video on Youtube or Webinar (1-2 hours)
5) Like and follow others in your niche (30-60 mins)
6) Write a comment on another website (10-15 mins)
7) Share a few pins on Pinterest (20-30 mins)

and I could go on.

Loads of small steps that take only a few minutes that join together to create awesomeness!
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nathaniell Premium
Great tips there Mark. That would be a cool training idea here in WA - stuff to do in 15 minutes that helps you make progress. Maybe I'll do it if you don't first.
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tommo1968 Premium
Go for it buddy.
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Dion3 Premium
That is just awesome, i never really have paid that much attention to writing articles at a per word a night rate but it makes a massive amount of sense and I always find that once I get started the writing flows but getting started is the hardest thing. Thanks for the great post!!
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Swangirl Premium
I have been going through the same thing lately. Thanks!

I wrote a post last month with my method to get a little done even when I don't feel like doing anything or have much time.

I do keyword research, hopefully find a great keyword (long tail) and start a new post just putting in the title (the long tail keyword) and save it.

That way I have no excuse not to write later on. The keyword has already been selected and the post is already in draft form on my site. I do this whenever the inspiration for a new post strikes so I have an assortment of these draft posts ready to go. When I feel like writing I can go in and pick one and get right to work.
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nathaniell Premium
Finding just ONE excellent keyword in a day can produce huge results. A strong keyword and ranking can produce hundreds or thousands of visits every day after that, for years in the future.

The tiny, tiny task of finding a single keyword in a day is a great way to make progress, even when we "aren't feelin' it"!
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Swangirl Premium
Yes! That is why it is the perfect little activity for me on those otherwise non-productive days!
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Talk2Ray Premium
Thanks you Nathaniell your post is great inspiration. I've been where I might not know what to do and end up wasting time instead of doing something productive. The last month or two I have been doing like suggest and doing something productive every day I can.
Thanks for all your help.
Ray
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nathaniell Premium
Excellent! Glad to hear your'e still making progress Ray.
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Maine3623 Premium
Thank you for another “thought provoking” post. I don’t know if the honeymoon is over, but I am still married to the WA process.

Hope is eternal, but it must be married to action, for there to be success.

Pick up the pen, scratch on the paper daily😎
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nathaniell Premium
Great advice Mike!
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Cherry21 Premium
For me so far, I have not had a honeymoon phase. I understood that no matter what it felt like or looked like it was still going to be work. Hard work at that. I just don't want fail and stop because something is not going my way. Sometimes I can discourage if I feel like I am fight a uphill battle that has no let up. But even in that my pride won't let me quit. I know that feeling can be a up and down emotion at times. Keeping those emotions in check can great help. Your article as Kyle stated is relevant to all of us in someone way.
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nathaniell Premium
Don't stop that train! Keep it up Cherry.
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CarlaNavarro Premium
Hi, so true, so true,...
I am type of person who wants things to happen like NOW. By nature, I have always been this way. My problem is that I am not
a savy person known to the social media, or internet business at all.

I have heard several videos, and read so many articles, but my issue is I do not know how to connect the dots.
By that I mean is, I am having problems understanding how to make a web site, and connect lie facebook, etc. I am on a few traffic generators, and know enough people that I can connect to their sites. I kind of figured that by myself.
It might be easy to some, but I know once I fifure that part out, I KNOW I CAN MAKE THE INCOME I KNOW I CAN MAKE.
I just need to learn it.

BUT I AM NOT GIVING UP, THERE IS NO TIME TO QUITE FOR ME.

hAVE AN AWSOME DAY
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nathaniell Premium
Keep working hard Carla! All your efforts will be worth it in the end.

Just watch out for those traffic generators though. They can waste time and money if the traffic isn't high quality.
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CarlaNavarro Premium
Yes I have seen way too many that are confusing, and just want money. learning that slowly.
Thank you for the advise.
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Kyle Premium
In my experience and working with many others, there are many of these "honeymoon" type phases throughout the year. There are bursts of excitement and motivation, followed by effort and working really hard, followed by moments where you feel like you are failing.

That is business. It is those that push through these moments where you have a bad day or a slow week, and use that as motivation that will differentiate you and your business.

This post is completely relevant to all of us, no matter where you are at within your business. Thanks for sharing. ;)
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nathaniell Premium
Well I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one! There definitely does seem to be an ebb and flow of inspiration that goes on throughout the year.

I always get supercharged at Vegas, then slump around March. This year I'm actually doing pretty good in terms of getting work done and progressing my business, but I've had some seriously sluggish months in the past.

Key for me is finding tricks to just get some kind of work done, even on "off days".
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Barney44 Premium
Wonder how many will jump in immediately to read this article based on a previous conception of what the article is about. Good use of a word to draw in the reader.

Totally great article. Thanks for sharing it.

Barry
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nathaniell Premium
The honeymoon phase is common, in so many other things! I haven't been on an actual honeymoon myself though..yet!
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Wdcope Premium
When I have times of boredom, which is seldom, I usually read a good piece of motivation or watch something inspirational.
Good tips overall, and now to move forward even more. Sunshine and warmer weather gets me outside more and could be a distraction to some, but it motivates me better. I enjoy writing on my deck with fresh air and different sounds.
Bill
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nathaniell Premium
Reading some motivational material is a great way to stay busy when you're bored.
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heljam404A Premium
Great post thank you for the share.
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks for reading Robert!
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CandP Premium
Great post as always, Nathaniell.
We push through because we have had several of our own businesses (bricks and mortar) and we have just had to keep going no matter what.
Being self-employed and working together for 30 years has made us very tenacious. And business is exciting for us. Plus, we have to succeed!
There is no stopping. Just moving forward.
Thanks and have a great week yourself.
C & P
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nathaniell Premium
I'm sure your brick and mortar business taught you a lot about managing your online business!
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CandP Premium
Yes it has. Online business is easier in many ways and harder in others.
We get so much inspiration and help by reading your posts. You keep it real and informative.
Thanks!
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mduhamel Premium
great post, I love how you were able to break down the tasks where it made perfect sense - even for folks who complain they just don't have the "time"
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nathaniell Premium
There's always time - it's a matter of priority!
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MKearns Premium
Marrying this process to Jaaxy is a sure winner. Well written Nathaniel!
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks for reading Michael!
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Hudson Premium
Hi Nathaniel, Great post as always and great messages which we all should take on board. I am currently resurrecting a web site (WA) after three years of not total but some serious neglect, and am doing two things - refreshing existing posts and adding new ones. Is it good to do these both at the same time or focus on new content first to get Googles attention please?
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nathaniell Premium
You can do both I think. If a post is old, short, and no traffic, just scrap it. If a post gets some traffic but could be improved, update it, and send it some new internal links, and you'll be fine!

Always be creating new posts though, even if it's just once a week or a few times a month while you update old stuff.
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Hudson Premium
Thanks, really appreciated - will do as you suggest.
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