90 Day Member Bonus
Congrats on being a WA member for 3 months! This is a very important time for you because it's about this time that you exit the honeymoon phase, and start asking yourself, “What am I doing wrong?”.
If you have already made a sale or two, that's awesome. You are in the minority. The majority of folks that start internet marketing with little or no previous experience take longer to “get it”. If that's you, don't stress. It took me just over 3 months to make my first $5 sale, and I had already built/failed 3 websites.
So I want to take the time to day and double check your work, to see if you are on the right track. Then, I want to send you off in the right direction.
Update 2016: I'm not the only one that sees the “three month wall” as a big challenge! Jay did an excellent webinar on the topic called Pushing Through The Three Month Wall. He's got a ton of ideas to beat the blues and keep building your business!
1. How far are you in the training?
Some folks burn through it in a few weeks. Others take their time and do more work than learning. Whatever strategy works for you, my suggestion is to work towards finishing the training at least once.
Then do it again.
No doubt the first time you went through there were things you didn't understand 100%, or didn't understand why you were doing them. Maybe you thought you did them right, but didn't. Check your work, and redo the training with a critical eye.
Find something you don't understand or want to know more about? Ask the WA community. Remember your 30 Day Member Bonus about how to get help using the proper channels in WA.
2. How often are you creating content?
You NEED to be creating content (writing blog posts) at least twice a week. Yes, 2x per week is a MINIMUM. 3-4 times per week would be ideal.
I wouldn't burn yourself out and go for 5-7 times or more per week at this point. You are still learning, and I think you should be spending at least some time every day learning new internet marketing skills. This could be in the regular training (or Bootcamp training), or it could be exploring the classroom training, or just finding out how to do random things you see other people doing for their websites.
But always remember that none will find your site if you are not creating content for it. I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but regular blog posting not only means that there is a great statistical chance of your website getting viewed, but search engines will also be forced to crawl your site more often, and will probably give you higher rankings due to frequent blog posting.
3. How do you feel about keyword research?
You should be doing keyword research on a regular basis. If you don't know what it is, learn it. You have a 100% free keyword tool within WA, or you can use Jaaxy. Both are good, and using them to unearth high traffic, low competition keywords will help you get ranked faster, for terms related to your niche.
Don't know how to use the WA keyword tool? Learn it here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-use-the-keyword-search-tool-on-wa
Do you use Jaaxy? Watch This Video
Here are two awesome webinars to improve your keyword research skills
Another concept that is foreign when you get started is the idea of “low hanging fruit”. Though normally we want to find keywords with high traffic stats to get more visitors on our blog, sometimes, any keyword will work so long as it's low competition.
For example, if we use a keyword that has only 5 visits per month, that might seem pretty low. But If you write 100 posts and rank #1 for every single one, that's 500 visits per month! You will dominate your niche with that kind of traffic!
Plus, if you write that much content, you will be ranking for other keywords that you didn't even try for. Remember that Google is smart. It can figure out what you are writing about. When someone searches for something in your blog post, even if it's not your “main keyword”, your post will turn up.
Another thing that's super easy to do and can turn up THOUSANDS of post ideas for your blog is the “alphabet soup technique”. This can expose real searches, from real people. When using this one, it doesn't really matter what the traffic is. If you can find good question or topic ideas that people are searching for, then it's a guarantee that at least a few people will land on your blog each day.
The alphabet soup technique: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/alphabet-soup-technique-using-google-instant-to-find-keywords
Here is a success plan for the next month: You need to make a content plan, then stick to it. Do some keyword research, write down some ideas, plan to post a few times per week…then stick to the plan! Even if you are not 100% sure you're doing it right, doing SOMETING is better than doing nothing.
1. Spend one or two days doing keyword research. Go crazy and get at least 20 post topics. If you post 2x per week, that's 10 weeks (2 months) of posting you'll have planned out. If you post 3x per week, then that's 7 weeks you will have planned out in just one day!
2. Set a posting schedule. Do you want to post every Tuesday and Thursday? Or Monday, Wednesday, Friday? Plan on sticking to the plan for at least 6-8 weeks, then re-evaluate.
3. Set a training schedule. When I got started I committed myself to 1 hour of training per day. That might be a bit much for some folks, especially if you have a family and jobs, plus you have to be posting to your blog and doing research for those posts. Whatever you plan is, put it in writing, and don't deviate from the plan.
Stick to your goals and plans for 1 month, because next month we're going to be looking at making your website prettier. I know I always say to focus on content, but it certainly helps to have a pretty package to deliver that content.
Web design is something that scares people because it sounds pretty complicated. But there are a few clever tricks that can make your site look more professional, without having to spend a lot of money or have a degree is graphic design.
The 3 month point is a major hurdle for a lot of people. You have spend a lot of time building your site to this point, but the work is not done yet. Moving forward we need to focus on grinding out high quality information for your visitors. Let's work through this. As always PM or email me with any questions.
It's a numbers game now. We want more posts. More traffic. More products. More Visitors.
And in case you forgot about all those money making strategies I sent you last month, here they are https://onemorecupof-coffee.com/my-money-making-strategies/