I Could Use Your Help and Ideas!
So, I started with Wealthy Affiliate a few months ago, and started with a bang. I have learned a tremendous amount here. But I came close to hitting the "cancel membership button" today. Not because of anything wrong here at this wonderful community, but because of my own inability to keep momentum and my general feelings of being tired and discouraged by internet marketing. I could use some feedback and discussion as I try to move forward.
I currently have a site in my main niche, piano: www.you-can-play-piano.com
This is built and hosted with another web-business-teaching company. I've had this site for 5+ years, and was in IM back when you could score great rankings with keyword focused pages, keyword match domains, and article and directory submissions. I'm a pretty good writer, and I had lots of great rankings and was actually making a few hundred dollars a month in Adsense and affiliate income. Then the Google changes happened, and I've pretty much decided that this domain will never recover due to bad links... some of which are on me (I did a couple of outsourced things that were probably iffy, but never had a membership to one of those blog networks or anything). People do continue to find my site, but my traffic is dismal and it's barely paying for itself, and I'm OVER this particular service it's hosted on. I'm determined to start getting traffic from other sources and being more diversified and not relying so much on the SEs.
I also am a part of a direct sales business that will actually let me do some marketing online and that I feel pretty strongly about (Ava Anderson non-toxic home and personal care). And I have a domain registered and WP set up for the craft stuff I want to start selling.
After blogging a couple months ago here about trying to manage different social media accounts (personal and niche) -- I'm terrible at it -- and the way the web is going (building personal relationships), I'm thinking of stopping the whole niche thing entirely. I'm thinking of having one site, my site, with all my varied interests... I'm so tired of trying to manage multiple things. I'm a mom, and every bit of work I do has to be carved out of early morning or late hours, because my family and my home are my first priorities.
So that's what I'm considering. Downloading all of my content from my other site, notifying my subscribers there, and starting over on a fresh domain, putting up my content again in a fresh way. Everything that's ME -- family life, piano, leading worship at church, fun with kids, Ava Anderson, internet marketing -- and building relationships with people. Offering Skype piano lessons and Skype meetings for people interested in skin care and home care with natural products. Writing great content for people, freebies, eBooks and the like. ONE site to manage, writing great content the WA way (which means the SEs will hopefully like me, but for me the priority is building relationships, repeat visitors, starting with my friends and broader community). One set of social media stuff. Really caring about helping people.
Maybe one day, when I have more time and more mental space (we moved back to the mainland from Hawaii last month and my house and my family are still recovering) I can branch out again. Maybe.
What do you think, everyone? I know the standard advice would be have a piano site, a skin care site, a parenting site... but I'm just not feeling that right now! Would love thoughts and feedback.
Thank you, wonderful WA community!