I just want to share something simple, its a mindset and focus change that I have recently made that has helped transform my internet business.
Previously I have focused on things like how many visitors I can get to my websites etc. The problem I have found with focusing on this is that - especially if I am only using SEO methods - things are largely out of my control. Yes there are lots are things I can do to gain more visitors but even if I write 1000 article etc and submit them to article directories there is no guarantee that this will bring me XXXX visitors.
Now, what I do is I have my goal, for example; if I start a new website I might have a goal of getting 5,000 visitors to it in the first month of it being up and running properly. So I set my goal then I forget about it. What do I focus on instead? I focus on things that I can control.
So if my goal is 5,000 visitors I would then forget about it and set myself goals for things I can influence to reach that 5,000 visitors, so I might set my self goals such as:
1. Submit 100 unique articles to article directories
2. Create 5 squidoo lenses
3. Create 5 hubpages
4. Find the top 10 forums in my niche and contribute to 10 different hot topics of discussion on each with my signature link pointing to my website.
5. Create 20 blogs on my niche topic and interlink randomly between all my web 2.0 properties.
6. Submit a press release to a few different press release sites
These are just some of the things I could choose to do that I can directly control (either by outsourcing or doing them myself).
So now I know longer worry about things out of my control I only focus on things that are directly within my personal control that includes things I can outsource, but basically things I can directly manage and influence myself.
Then after I have done all the things I can directly influence for the month, at the end of the month I analyse them to see if they have brought me the result that I wanted, in this example 5,000 visitors to my site. Then I work out what has worked from what hasn't and I tweak things and set my goals for the next month, again focusing my energy on things that I can directly influence and not worrying about the rest.
The reason I think this has made a big difference for me is because before I was trying to do everything, I would have my goal of say 5,000 visitors and how I would achieve it, but all the time throughout the month I was worried about this and focused on this 5,000 goal and it took my focus off actually doing the things I needed to do to achieve it.
Where as now, as long as I have done all the things I set out to do that I directly influence I Know I am doing what I can and if things aren't working I just need to analyse them and tweak and change them, but every ounce of my energy is spent on things that can influence and not worrying about things I can't. I hope that makes sense...
Anyway, I just thought I would share this because it is really working for me at the moment and it might just work for some others as well.