Falling Behind Schedule!
Ok, so I underestimated the amount of time and effort that is involved in getting work done (if you want to be thorough and do it properly of course).
I was hoping to have affiliate links embedded into all of my 9 articles by Friday evening. Here we are, Monday evening (Christmas Eve)... and I'm only about 60% of the way done.Retroactive Work
One thing I have read about from the blogs of some successful affiliate marketers out there is that, in addition to plodding ahead and creating more content, sometimes they have to go back and revise their existing content.
Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words (Of Content)
So that is what I am doing right now:
- I'm going back and adding images to each of my articles.
- I am adding ALT text to each image.
- I am adding a CAPTION to each image.
- I am making each image CLICKABLE to my BRIDGE pages. (Yes, I said pages - plural... more on that in a moment.)
I am still working on this... And it can be tedious work, going back through existing content that has already been indexed, and then trying to get it up to par. (Some might argue that you shouldn't have to revise existing content and that you should just focus on churning out more content, but I fall into the camp that believes that it does matter and that it does make a difference to go back and update your existing content... (without of course sacrificing momentum in producing new content.)
The downside of this, is that the time that I spending in this retroactive activity is time that I am not spending churning out new content. But I believe that this retroactive work is only temporary... As I produce more, new content, I will make sure to incorporate the images and the affiliate links as I produce the content, rather than going back through after-the-fact, as I am doing right now. (This after-the-fact effort is only because it wasn't covered in the WA training until a later lesson.)
I Have Created Not One, But TWO Bridge Pages
After creating my first bridge page, and linking several of my articles to it, I realized that some of my articles would be better served if the bridge page was different... because of the nature of the topic, I would want to highlight different affiliate prodcuts.
Therefore, I have created a second bridge page, to be used by some affiliate links.
The possibilities are actualyl endless.
The beautiful thing about these bridge pages, is that I am doing a lot of internal link building in the process.
Progress Is Progress
Nevertheless, I am making progress. But oh my, is it time consuming. You really do need to put in the time and the effort. I've taken advantage of my time off from my day job today, to put in at least 2.5 hours toward my website so far... This is the longest I have been able to spend on my website in a single day, ever since I first launched this website....
And I realize that there is so much more to do... Alas, I do not have the luxury of 8 hours in a day to work on affiliate marketing at this stage (yet). Hopefully, that day will come within the next 12 months of consistent, sustained effort.
But EFFORT is indeed the name of the game.
I've been sitting at this keyboard for 90 minutes now.... I need to take a break...
I am thining of applying the Pomodoro Technique for time management, going forward... Taking 5 minute breaks every 25 minutes.