So Many Things to do.... Information Overload

by EFt
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I have some websites already online I have developed over the last couple of years, most of them don't make hardly anything as they have very little traffic but I'm lucky to have a couple that make enough for me to live on. So I came here and to other forums recently to start working on ideas how I can get more traffic and bring in income. Now I'm finding I have an information overload lol. :confused:

After reading some threads here I now see why some of my websites are not working so I have to spend a few hours on each to get them changed. Then I have been learning of some of the things I need to do from marketers here. Things like facebook pages, twitter ( I have some of these set up for each website), then you have all the other social media and bookmarking things like Squidoo, Linkdn, youtube, Flickr, and the list goes on.

I have also been reading about articles writing so have managed to write a couple of articles which take a lot of time and thinking. Then submitting them is also quite time consuming. Now I'm reading about article spinning and sending them to directories etc.

I'm also hearing about Facebook fan pages and many other things, in fact I have only read 4 -5 threads here and I'm sure I have just touched the tip of the iceberg ....

I just wonder how people manage to do all these things, even for just one website? Sometimes I hear something like "Oh I just spun 200 articles, added 100 new facebook fans and wrote 20 articles, put up 20 Squidoo pages" etc....

Today I spent all day and only managed to redo 2 websites, most of the time though was spent researching so I should be able be a lot faster.

I do this as a full time job, running my websites and I'm sure many of these people just do this as a part time job. I just wonder where they get the time and how they get so much done.
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  • Profile picture of the author simpleonline1234
    It comes down to the plan of action.....if you have researched your keywords properly and you have created the site properly you don't have to have a billion pages to make money....in fact many sites you find in here will be the 10 - 20 page sites....once the content is up all you have to do is consistantly backlink to each page...a little everyday....
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  • Profile picture of the author GarryMSayer
    It's easier said than done and requires massive focus (IMHO) but concentrate on one business model, learn everything you can about it and master it. Don't try and overload your head with too much information on this business model... Gently does it.

    Personally I don't think it's about about devouring as much information as you possibly can. The subtler approach is better where you take-in a small bit of information that 'works' and then apply that information to your business. Whatever you're applying to your business almost test and track the results.

    The reason a lot of people get a lot of stuff done in a short period of time is not only excellent time management skills but excellent outsourcing skills. If you have a project you know is going to make you money, or is already making you money then consider outsourcing some of the tasks that eat into your time.

    Sure you'll make some outsourcing mistakes along the way, we all do. But that's part of the learning curve and, in my opinion, making mistakes is part of the process for achieving your goals. You do have goals right?

    Alternatively consider finding yourself a mentor. Someone who's acheived what you want to achieve. Someone who's coaching, training and business ideas resonate with you. Someone who you believe is going to invest their time and energy to help you grow your business. Most importantly someone who's successful and can prove it.

    My very best to you.

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  • Profile picture of the author davidjames42973
    Originally Posted by EFt View Post

    I have some websites already online I have developed over the last couple of years, most of them don't make hardly anything as they have very little traffic but I'm lucky to have a couple that make enough for me to live on. So I came here and to other forums recently to start working on ideas how I can get more traffic and bring in income. Now I'm finding I have an information overload lol. :confused:

    After reading some threads here I now see why some of my websites are not working so I have to spend a few hours on each to get them changed. Then I have been learning of some of the things I need to do from marketers here. Things like facebook pages, twitter ( I have some of these set up for each website), then you have all the other social media and bookmarking things like Squidoo, Linkdn, youtube, Flickr, and the list goes on.

    I have also been reading about articles writing so have managed to write a couple of articles which take a lot of time and thinking. Then submitting them is also quite time consuming. Now I'm reading about article spinning and sending them to directories etc.

    I'm also hearing about Facebook fan pages and many other things, in fact I have only read 4 -5 threads here and I'm sure I have just touched the tip of the iceberg ....

    I just wonder how people manage to do all these things, even for just one website? Sometimes I hear something like "Oh I just spun 200 articles, added 100 new facebook fans and wrote 20 articles, put up 20 Squidoo pages" etc....

    Today I spent all day and only managed to redo 2 websites, most of the time though was spent researching so I should be able be a lot faster.

    I do this as a full time job, running my websites and I'm sure many of these people just do this as a part time job. I just wonder where they get the time and how they get so much done.
    You need to come up with a daily plan of action. Before you begin working, you need to know exactly what you're going to focus on getting done. When you begin making more money, you should consider hiring other people to do the work for you. This way you'll be able to focus more on your next move to make money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author C A Perez
    Originally Posted by EFt View Post

    I have some websites already online I have developed over the last couple of years, most of them don't make hardly anything as they have very little traffic but I'm lucky to have a couple that make enough for me to live on. So I came here and to other forums recently to start working on ideas how I can get more traffic and bring in income. Now I'm finding I have an information overload lol. :confused:

    After reading some threads here I now see why some of my websites are not working so I have to spend a few hours on each to get them changed. Then I have been learning of some of the things I need to do from marketers here. Things like facebook pages, twitter ( I have some of these set up for each website), then you have all the other social media and bookmarking things like Squidoo, Linkdn, youtube, Flickr, and the list goes on.

    I have also been reading about articles writing so have managed to write a couple of articles which take a lot of time and thinking. Then submitting them is also quite time consuming. Now I'm reading about article spinning and sending them to directories etc.

    I'm also hearing about Facebook fan pages and many other things, in fact I have only read 4 -5 threads here and I'm sure I have just touched the tip of the iceberg ....

    I just wonder how people manage to do all these things, even for just one website? Sometimes I hear something like "Oh I just spun 200 articles, added 100 new facebook fans and wrote 20 articles, put up 20 Squidoo pages" etc....

    Today I spent all day and only managed to redo 2 websites, most of the time though was spent researching so I should be able be a lot faster.

    I do this as a full time job, running my websites and I'm sure many of these people just do this as a part time job. I just wonder where they get the time and how they get so much done.
    The Plan, The Plan, it's all in the Plan. Trouble is no one Plan fits all. It must satisfy your goals and needs. Are you article marketing, affiliate marketing, marketing your own product (rhetorical questions)? How much time do you have to devote to IM? etc., etc.

    I think many of us find oursevles in that situation at times. It's a never ending battle, unexpected crisis, errands to run, etc. I do my best to schedule out the week loosely.

    I set up categories of things I want to accomplish: research (niche, keyword,content, new techniques), writing (rewriting/spinning), publishing, bookmarking, socializing, maintaining existing sites.

    I pick one or two categories to address for each day of the week. I like to make and keep a list and tick off items as they are completed. Sometimes I add more to the list than I completed in a given day. But, it gives me a place to start. I don't feel so overwhelmed.

    Probably not much help, but at least know that you are not alone!

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  • Profile picture of the author EFt
    Making a plan and dividing my time up could be a good idea. I did write and use a business plan when I first started which helped me to ge to a stage where I'm able to earn an income off my websites (for 4 years now). Maybe I need to go back to doing something like that instead if just working on something all day and then realizing there is still so many other things to do. If I have a set time for certain things then I will get a range of things done over time.
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  • Profile picture of the author foxanthony
    Also, the first time you do something it's going to be slower going than the 20th time you've done it. (At least that's what I keep telling myself.)
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  • Haha man did you come just at the right time.

    Don't worry you are not alone, this is a MAJOR problem in our little IM community.

    Let me break it down for you right now.

    The fact is you don't need all of that other stuff, facebook fan pages etc. etc.

    Making money online is simple but with so much B.S out there people get confused and overwhelmed.

    There are two things and two things ONLY that you need to focus on.

    Those are: TRAFFIC & CONVERSIONS

    That is all you need to make money online.

    You need to drive traffic to your webpages and get your pages to convert.

    Now in my opinion the quickest and easiest way to make money is by selling your own products.

    So to give you a really quick run down on what you should do:

    Create a free report in the IM niche
    Setup a squeeze page
    Drive traffic to that squeeze page (WSO's are great targeted and instant traffic)
    Build up a list and give them lots of quality info
    Create a paid product (Again you can use WSO's for traffic)
    Launch it to your list
    Rinse and repeat

    Now that was a basic version but if you stick to that plan and remember its all about traffic and conversions you will be set my friends.

    I actually have a whole video series that is 100% free that goes into extreme detail on this, you can check out my sig for it

    Cheers,
    Tristan
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  • Profile picture of the author EleanorPrior
    lol ;0) Info overload is an understatement I tend to make lists and when my brain stops working I step away.

    I like what Tristan said....
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  • Profile picture of the author joeho
    Time management, commitment and continue commitment is the key.
    Alot of people outsource their stuff !
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      One thought might be to focus on the sites that are making you money and dump the rest. Or at least, make sure that they are viable before you sink a lot of time into them.

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  • Profile picture of the author Cardsearch
    I think people are inclined to take on too much. A plan that can be broken down into daily segments is a good strategy, trying not to be tempted by every new shiny object that comes down the pike. I am a list maker too. One little trick I use when writing articles is to write the first sentence at night, and then in the morning I can continue without so much effort.
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  • Profile picture of the author AllyW
    Something really helpful I learned from Jimmy D. Brown -- every day you need to spend time working on three areas of your business:
    (1) Offer creation
    (2) List marketing
    (3) Traffic generation.
    What you do is up to you, just make sure you do something in each area. This sounds very simple, and it is, but it is incredibly effective.
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  • Ive got a training series on this that just came out (check out my sig). Funny that this topic came up the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author silverwaterfall
    Oh, I've definitely been there. Over and over. Like others have said here, stick with one project and see it through, learn it really well, then move on to others. Make a list, write out your plan and goals. Takes a while but keep at it.
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    What do you sell?
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  • Profile picture of the author AUWriter
    I know just what you mean about the information overload! There are so many things to learn that if I'm not careful I end up moving from one piece of information to another, learning little bits about lots of things, but not enough about any of them - and then I have so much information in my head I simply don't know where to start.

    I've started keeping a little notebook next to the computer and when I come across something else I want to learn about or follow up on, instead of straying off track I simply note it down so I can come back to it later.

    One step at a time is the only way to stay sane amongst so much information!
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    First narrow down the most important item that must get done.
    Then decide if you can do it, or you want to hire/outsource that work
    and GET IT DONE!
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    • Profile picture of the author dayanthan
      I hear you EFT and feel I am in the same boat. I feel overloaded at times and have been hamstrung for most of the 6 months that I have had my website up. I haven't made a sale yet but the good news is that recently the fog has started to lift from my view and I believe I am growing in confidence and knowledge (good knowledge that is) and I am starting to take more productive actions. I am working my way through a lot of the methods and know I will get there eventually. I have done article marketing, backlinks and am using forums a lot more now. I still need to master social networks like Facebook and Twitter as well as improving my web design skills. As long as we have unshakeable faith and a will to win victory will not be denied to us (paraphrased from Sir Winston Churchill's quote).
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      • Profile picture of the author Robert Boduch
        It's easy to feel lost and overwhelmed in the maze of confusion. What you need to do is shut out all the noise and FOCUS -- really FOCUS -- on one site at a time. But instead of spending your time on sites that haven't proven themselves to you, why not work on the one or two that are champion money earners?

        Imagine that you're a pitcher in the World Series. Let's say you have 7 different pitches, but the effectiveness of each pitch varies considerably. Like most pitchers, you like to mix it up up to keep the batter guessing and more often then not, fooled. But your MONEY PITCH is your fastball. Which pitch are you going to use the most?

        If you want to win games, you need to spend most of your time firing your fastball. If you want to win on the web - focus on your MONEY SITES and make them even more profitable.

        What can you do TODAY to make your #1 site more successful?

        Think of 3-5 tasks you can do every day for the rest of the month. Consider everything from SEO'd content to articles, videos, podcasts and more to drive extra traffic... to developing your site into an authority. Shut out all the noise and make it your PRIORITY to accomplish these tasks first, before you do anything else. Only after you've taken action -- the most important action steps for your #1 site should you consider other things.

        Get busy doing what needs to be done and you won't be as overwhelmed trying to sort everything else out. This way too, you'll be making more money and therefore increasing your options for outsourcing and the like.

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  • Profile picture of the author EFt
    hey thanks everyone, i have read all of your feedback and will take it all onboard and it has really helped a lot, all of it!
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