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Being a home AMer & motivation

     
5:37 pm on Jan 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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To the AMers out there:

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?

9:11 pm on Jan 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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oh jeeez all the time, my sites are usually pure content so it tkes forever to add anything to them, I have real trouble becoming or stayiong motivated, I just try to keep images of what motivates me around my desk.
11:01 pm on Jan 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have no problem motivating or working on a site, as long its 1 site.
I have a serious problem working on 2 sites at the same time. And i get stuck on a site until i get a nice email or something, like: I'm working on site A, then receive a nice email from a visitor about site B , then i drop site A and then start improving/modding site B.

For some reason i cant switch for myself.

4:07 am on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Fortunately, I never have that problem. I love what I do and motivation comes easy to me. It is not work, it is my hobby.

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.

6:10 pm on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I stay motivated by keeping my eye on the long term picture.

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.

Peace Steve

11:20 pm on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The answer for me was to get a boss, kind of. Get a task management system (outlook has one built into it) and enter all of your tasks and if they are of the maintenance sort, how often they should occur. Then when you turn on your computer in the morning, your "boss" is right there telling you what needs to be done.

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.

7:24 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The thing that keeps me motivated are the little break throughs that happen over the course of the year.

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.

Freq---

8:33 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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my problem is motivation during the plateau, I have built about 4 sites and not one of them is making much money($30 a month), I dont know what to do, I have only made content sites so Im not sure if I should switch to strictly products or what, thoughts?
4:45 am on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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dkin,

Go link building for 3 to 6 months. It will make a huge difference.

12:02 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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by link building you mean visiting web siteseach day and sending them emails saying link to my website right? arent there only so many sites per niche that you can have link to you, I mean good sites? I have done some link building I think I have 300 links thus far.
2:29 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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dkin,

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.

Freq---

2:31 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i was just curious. how many websites do you guys run at one time? i've just finished up (sides final touches) on my first website. i was new to website design but learned alot from this one experience and it only took me a few weeks (3 hrs./day).

also, how many unique visitors, page views, and cpm rates do you need to make substantial money ($15,000/year)?

8:13 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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my biggest trouble is staying off these &* forums and doing real work.

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.

8:30 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Indeed, checking out all those forums is way too addictive.
10:33 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Frequent,

But do you suggest content driven sites or ppc affiliate sites?

3:06 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I do both, but content is definately better for the long haul. There's no reason you can't do both on the same site.

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".

Freq---

8:27 pm on Jan 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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For motivation I've found that setting these incredibly high goals for myself every month really keeps me motivated.

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...

 

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