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,

Veronica

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TaniaHersel Premium
We do have to focus on not doing it my way. You have covered some great points. Thank you.
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That's something I have to keep reminding myself of, Tania.
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Droseh Premium
You are absolutely right about mindset and experiencing WA. I've made that shift for the new year and it makes a huge difference. I actually feel like a writer!
Debbie
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VeronicasLuv Premium
The changes you've made are evident in your consistency to write. Sometimes we can look for those mountain-moving experiences, but it's usually going over those small hills -consistently - that make a difference.
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ContentBySue Premium
I love the quotes, V! Going through my posts is an amazing process. It has shown me all that I've learned in the last year. I've come a long way, baby! We all have.

Great post, Veronica

All the best,
Sue
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I agree, Sue! It's funny when you read a post you wrote a few months ago, and think, "What was I thinking!" Not so much the writing but all the other elements that were omitted.

I'm looking forward to using my spreadsheet!
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ContentBySue Premium
I really like the sound of your spreadsheet, V. I like feeling more organized and I'm a list maker, I may have to try something like that for myself.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I think this is going to be a game changer for me, Sue!
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ContentBySue Premium
I'd love to hear how this works out for you, V.
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FTurner8032 Premium
You come up with the best quotes. This one from Stephen Covey is superb. It really applies to what we do here and more importantly how we should approach what we do here.

Thank you so much for another great lesson.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thank you, my friend.

Strange as it may seem, I have never read that book! Definitely, have to add that to my reading list this year!
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FTurner8032 Premium
It is a good read. I did it several years ago. There are some good things in it that can be very helpful.
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Ezio530 Premium
I love the post V! Accountability is correct. If you want a business, then you need to treat it like a business.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Absolutely, Brittaney! I think we already know this but need friendly reminders periodically.
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mybiz4u Premium
Awesome post, Mizz Vee. You are so right on all accounts...including...Frank's idea...lol...no judgment.
Yes, it is a continuous learning experience and we need to embrace it because it is a 'good' thing. Thanks for sharing.
M
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VeronicasLuv Premium
May we all decide to continue with our evolution.
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SongbirdDL Premium
Thank you Veronica. 'I did it my way' sounds good to me.

You have brought up a lot that I have to think about and implement too. It is worth it.

~Danielle
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Glad you were able to get something from this, Danielle.
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LouisaB Premium
What an intriguing analogy. Veronica, I must say that you are a great speaker in terms of putting it on the lines. You're a great mentor and writer, above all a great and friendly spirit.

I really love the way you outlined this post, and in truth I've learned something new. What amazes me so much as I travel this journey is that I meet new and interesting people that I am apt to learn from.

A great community here at WA, so full of brilliant ideas and innovational capabilities.

May your success journey bring many blessings to you!

Louisa B
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MarkBa Premium
Veronica, when something does not appear to be working for me here at WA and life in general I try to remember to ask myself what it is I need to learn about myself.

In line with Stephen Covey's wise quote, this is a response that never fails to serve me. Now I just need to get even better at being more consistent with that ability. :)

Mark
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I got that quote from one of the books I read last year, "The Power of Consistency". I agree with you, Mark that even in our "mishaps" we can learn something tremendous!
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littlemama Premium
That's great you're taking the steps to improve your posts and from the sounds of it, it was totally needed. I have done this many times before and I know this will certainly help you. If there are major changes to your posts, get Google to do another crawl of it under Fetch As Google or what DomW uses, Add an Url.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Oh, yeah...I forgot about the "fetch as Google". I remember Jay talking about that in one of his webinars. Thanks, Twin!
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littlemama Premium
No problem. :)
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XavierPerez1 Premium
Thank you Veronica. I sure know what it feels like to change gears. I believe that we should all be able to do that in a split second, unfortunately, life happens. Until then, I have to slow myself down because my current pace, I am making mistakes. So , moving on, I will take some time to repair and adapt my schedule. You are right about the right mindset. Take care.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Whatever your pace, Xavier, you're taking steps forward, so that's a great place to start!
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NicoAlpaca Premium
Before WA, I thought I was tech savvy. There is so much more out there. Thanks for the spreadsheet idea.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I'm really looking forward to using this, Nicole. I'd be curious to know how you make out with it.
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Something to think about. I on the other hand was scammed so many times before that I set my goals low out of fear. But will admit that this program has really made a believer out of me that there are still good people in this world. I didn't think I would ever promote a program but Wealthy Affiliate has changed my mind 100%

Tried and true

Elaine
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VeronicasLuv Premium
And just think of the number of people who will benefit from hearing your story, Elaine. That you were able to weather the storm is incredible.
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DBeatty Premium
Great posting - I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Hope you were able to get something out of it that you can apply, Debra.
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zngqisha Premium
This is a wonderfully written piece Veronica. Your writing skills are improving by the week. Thanks for taking us through the ABCs of developing our online businesses and for taking us through your personal experiences.

Regards,
Zola
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Thank you, Zola.
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CraigW315 Premium
Great article.

I, too, look at the goals of some people in the Money thread and think that I was aiming low... But then again, when we first arrive we have nothing to judge by and don't know the incredible opportunities that await us..

I also loved the comment about embracing things instead of "getting through" them.

If you have to "get through" the task of building a better life for yourself, you are doing something wrong.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
There's not a day that doesn't go by that I don't experience some sort of annoyance, disappointment, or frustration on some level in terms of developing my business- just happened a few minutes ago, but before that, there was something that I "discovered" so that made it all worthwhile.

I feel fortunate that I learned early on that to embrace this journey, I have to accept the times of smooth sailing, along with the turbulence.
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LisaY Premium
Veronica,

I enjoyed your post. I like the statement about having a business mindset and transforming our mind. Very good information.

Lisa
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I appreciate that Lisa, thank you.
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