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Do you find yourself demotivated to work on your sites? Do you find there comes a point, maybe once a week where you think 'oh crap, I seriously better do some work'? But never quite get round to it.
I have been suffering from problems like these for the past 6 months or so and it's really annoying me. If I was more motivated to work on my sites, I'd be a hell of a lot happier and a possibly even richer too. Sometimes it just so happens that when I find my sites traffic rising, I'm determined and do work, but when it's down... I just don't bother spending any time on it at all. I read somewhere that this is a problem that comes with doing this and being successful at it.
Any of you guys experience similar things and/or have solutions to the problem?
For some reason i cant switch for myself.
I think this would be a very difficult life if you have to find ways to stay motivated. There are just too many people who are motivated naturally and they will come by and eat the lunch of those who are not motivated.
One goal is to start a landscaping business with my nephews and moving back home.
It helps me to visualize and think about the people who are depending on me.
Yesterday does not equal tomorrow, you can do it.
Before, it wasn't that I didn't want to work, I just kind of lost track of what I needed to get done. When it was all laid out, it was easy to keep busy.
Having a site that had seemingly plateaued suddenly generate more in a week that it previously averaged per month really lights my fire.
My main problem is making myself concentrate on just one site. I'm typically hopping all over from site to site during the course of the week. This often means that although I've been working my tail off I really haven't accomplished much at first glance.
I have found that if I just concentrate on one site for a week, then I feel better about having accomplished something. The next week I move to another project for a while.
Are your sites targetting highly competitive (high click value) topics?
Is your main problem lack of traffic?
It can be awfully hard being a small fish in a really big and crowded pond.
Try a site focused on a more obscure niche or one focusing on a niche within one of your chosen niches.
I have started too many sites with plans that were simply too grand for someone without a huge marketing budget. I've lately scaled back and started targeting my sites to a geo. It's much easier to get ranked for a search term like "Amarillo TX Western Wear" and you get a much more loyal (if smaller) user base.
also, how many unique visitors, page views, and cpm rates do you need to make substantial money ($15,000/year)?
free idea for someone: create a firefox plugin with a personal firewall / site blocker so I can track how much time i spend on what sites, limit my time on site x to 20 minutes per day etc.
i'd pay for it.
Edit- Oh, and "products for content" sites do much better with a local geo focus. It's tough (ok impossible) to rank for a keyword like "satellite radio" but you could fairly easily rank well for "satellite radio mytown mystate".
For example, if I'm making $50 a day from one affiliate product I challenge myself to make $100 a day from that same product in one month (or even one week).
It's a huge challenge and even though I know I probably won't make it - it's still very motivating. Then picture all the extra shoes you could buy with the extra money...