Making Mistakes

Last Update: May 23, 2021

I was going through the WA posts this morning, as I often do. There was a lot of talk about failing.

Think of a baby on his/her way to becoming a toddler. There's going to be a lot of failure and falling down before the baby gets it right and becomes a toddler. If it weren't for failure, we'd still be getting about on our hands and knees.

My website is not ranking. I've followed all the rules regarding keywords. I've also run across some sites regarding how to write content - keeping your sentences and paragraphs short is one piece of advice. I wish the WA training got more into this. It certainly would have saved me some time. Some of my posts need some editing. I can understand now how visitors can be turned off by really long paragraphs and sentences.

Can any of this be viewed as an error? Well, yeah. I'm hoping that getting into social media will help.

My site has been up for 8 or 9 months now. It looks like I haven't had a single visitor. Nobody can find it!

But I'm not giving up on the site until I've exhausted all the ways I can improve it and some amount of time has passed. Also, I'll keep posting new content.

Maybe there's some error in there I've missed. Maybe I've done something that Google doesn't like. Who knows.

I'm going to have to have to do some work anyway. I am using Amazon. You have to make a certain number of sales in a certain period of time. If you haven't done this, they boot you out of their associate program (you apparently can get back into the program, but I don't know what this entails).

So for now, I have to change all the affiliate links.

Amazon's documentation on their affiliate program is 25 pages of small font legalese. I got through about 1/2 the first page before my head started to explode. Fortunately, there are sites on the web summarizing some of this so that we mortals can understand.

But if any of this is true, then I've learned something. Learning from mistakes is good if you are running your own business. It's bad for other sorts of jobs. Imagine if you have a job and your boss has asked you to do something. You can't exactly say "I'm going to screw it up a few times before I get it right." Nor are you going to have much confidence if you are flying and the pilot comes on the PA system and says "I've only done a couple of landings. I'm probably going to make a few mistakes with my next one."

So, go ahead and make some mistakes. You'll do better next time and learn to not make that mistake again. Don't overthink or worry about it too much. I don't.

I assume you don't want to go back to hands and knees.


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JeffreyBrown Premium
Excellent points made in your post, Terry! I know what you mean about Amazon, having heard it from so many others! For the pittance of commissions earned there, they will be on my backburner for quite some time. I have much more important endeavors to pursue than chasing their pennies for the work involved! That being said, there are many who do make a good living with them, and for that, I applaud their efforts!

Only1Hugh Premium
Hey Terry how have you been driving traffic to your site?
tdbabineaux Premium
I've had little to no luck driving traffic to my website. I'm gearing up to start working with social media. Hopefully that will help.

In the meantime, I'll be ferreting out new keywords and writing new content.

I've looked at a fair number of sites talking about driving traffic. Some of them want some of my money. Others promise a million dollars in a month or so. Some of them are obvious scams. A small handful appear to be legit.

I'm always on the lookout for new ideas.

jghwebbrand Premium
Thanks for the blog. Glad you are willing to learn from your mistakes and move on.

Have you checked Google Search Console so see if you rank for any query words. Sometimes it is very surprising what a site ranks for.

Questions you can also consider are:
Is my niche evergreen
How is it trending on dot com
Images are great to reduce bounce rate.
Have you covered all the questions people ask about your niche.
answersocrates dot com helps find them.

Yes, we have heard you can reapply to Amazons affiliate program.

We hope you get some traffic.