Anyone who is making some money at this game knows the importance of focus, follow-through and planning. One of the challenges I always face is surfing the web, reading various blogs and forums and dealing with all the distractions (ideas to try out, muses to test, link strategies etc.) that can distract me for the whole day if I let them.
I know that I can easily get lost in the weeds and then get nothing done during the day. At the same time, I don't want to forget valuable ideas I come across online.
I'm really interested in knowing if others have also struggled with this program and if they have how they've dealt with it.
What's really helped me structure & categorize all this information is Evernote. It's free software and there is no affiliate program or anything like that (evernote dot com). It runs on iPhone, Blackberry etc. & also as a plugin to Firefox & Safari. You can also login directly and edit new notes at their website.
So I create a series of notebooks like this:
LandingPad - if I don't know where a web clipping, photo, doc etc. go I put them in the LandingPad notebook and shift them into a more appropriate area later on.
Links - any and all ideas related to link building go here
BlackHat - Any blue/grey/black hat technique I feel comfortable with goes here.
Marketing - Any random ideas on marketing go here
PPC - info related to PPC
CPA - info related to CPA
Debt - info related to debt, finances etc. regarding an ebook I'm writing
When I find content I like I click the evernote button and stick it in a notebook (or landing pad if it doesn't have a home yet).
All in all I have about 20 notebooks in Evernote. I haven't had to upgrade to premium to get more space and I usually find a few clippings every day upload. I can also take pictures and have them geo tagged and placed into a notebook I call "Journal" (which is just for my daily journal).
The plugin works in Safari & FireFox so I can do this from Windows, Linux & Mac where I am. I find this more valuable than a shared bookmarking service.
About the only downside to the service I can see is that a lot of my thinking and strategy is stored online "in the cloud".