I can't remember who first coined that phrase, but I thought it was so appropriate to our experience while on the Wealthy Affiliate platform. Whether we're taking baby steps through the Certification, stomping our way through Bootcamp, or receiving guidance and help fellow WA members, our time here is not just something to "get through" but an experience to embrace.
The ABC's of Developing Your Online Business
ACCOUNTABILITY: Unlike many jobs where you're forced to report your activity, Wealthy Affiliate creates a welcoming environment where you can "meet" with others to challenge your growth.
Some of us may be set on making Frank Sinatra's song, "I Did It My Way", their personal anthem. No judgment here, just a quick question: How is that working for you?
BUSINESS MINDSET: Periodically, I'll go through the Certification where Kyle offers the question: What are your money goals? It's amazing to read some of the lofty goals people have for themselves. There has never been a time when I read other people's goals and didn't think, "My goals are too small."
But here's the thing: If you desire to make $5,000 or more a month, you're going to have to switch gears and get into a business mindset. This will require a transforming of your mind, which will eventually change what we speak to others, and more importantly, ourselves.
Having a business mindset will also require you to establish a schedule. This is definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach, so find something that no only works, but one you can follow consistently.
CHANGING COURSE: I am now going through the very tedious - yet extremely educational - task of revamping all of my posts. Yes...all of them! In some cases, it's more like a massive overhaul. After viewing a few of Jay's webinars on steps to get your site "SEO ready" and Bo's tips on the 4 key elements needed to connect with your reader, I decided I needed to make some major changes.
Although I thoroughly embrace technology, I still prefer to write things down, which really comes in handy when there's a glitch with your Internet connection. Just today, I made a spreadsheet: to the far right column, are spaces for me to write down all of my blog posts. Across the top of the page, I have abbreviations like MT (meta title), MD (meta description), IMG (images), IL (internal links), EXL (external links), SM (social media), etc. At some point, this will be like second nature for me. So, for now, until that day appears, I'll write it down.
Here's a sobering reality check: If my blog posts are missing crucial elements, it's unlikely that they will get ranked; no ranking means very little traffic; very little traffic means very little income. If that's not the equation you were seeking...change course.
Conclusion: Taking Responsibility
I'll leave you with the words of Dr. Stephen Covey, author of, "The 7 Habits of Highy Effective People"
"Look at the word responsibility - response-ability - the ability to choose your response."
Strive to Thrive,