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Frog Effect

Becoming more productive by tracking effort.

     
11:23 pm on May 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We go to great lengths to track impressions, CTR, unique and repeating visitors, CPM and of course earnings and all that stuff. Some are addicted to watching the stats every minute (like myself :).

Those who have made big bucks from AdSense and have been on the more stable side of it (complaining less of fluctuations) (me not being one of them, though I'd love to) tell us the same piece of advice over and over again: work on your content, work on your content, work on your content. They seem to tell us to focus on building the site content wise and promoting it with links etc, and to worry a bit less about getting crazy running after the stats every minute. I do find it indeed more fruitful to spend ones time writing and publishing content and building links than gluing one's eyes to the stats with the accompanying falling and rising of blood pressure and heart beats. That time I think would be better spent to building the site for better long term earnings.

I do try to improve my site, I get ideas of adding content, building links, working on the design ... etc, but at the end of every day, I just find that I have wasted most of my time doing less important things for the site. I then though why not 'track' my work on the site same way I track my site stats.

Sure I can just open up the word processor and jot in it every day what I have done, but I'm looking for a better program or method to record my work on the site every day, so that I can be able to focus on the more effective tasks, set goals, eleminate the less fruitful ramblings and so on.

So, do you have a method/program that helps in recording in a nice way your daily progress or daily efforts to keep you from wandering and wasting your time in less fruitful ramblings?

[This message seems to have no relationship with its subject, but I had to find a subject that would attract attention. Unless of course you would like to call what I mentioned above a frog effect.]

11:41 pm on May 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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lol, I just keep a written list of stuff I need / want to work on, when I finish one thing I look at the list and pick another.
11:47 pm on May 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Be careful that the research on which tool to use, the selection and subsequent training doesn't take time away from the original task - building content.

These dang computing machines can just get so distracting :)

12:30 am on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You have a good point that we need to make good decisions about where to put out efforts in adding content.

I used the overture tool to get an idea about what words related to my site topic are used most frequently. I also look at my stats to see what people search for and find on my site.
[inventory.overture.com...]

I've also checked to see how many adwords ads are found for different related topics. I can't find the link for this at the moment. You might as well pick topics for you content that will have a good pool of adwords to go with it.

Try things on a limited basis then see how the new pages/topics do in your adsense stats.

2:23 am on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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shafaki..... Its funny, you wrote that you were looking for advice, but you have actually given me advice. I thought it was well written and gave me some direction. I will admit that I have noticed that I burn some time on ... well less fruitfull items.

Thanks

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2:55 am on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wish I had a timer to turn on when checking stats and visiting WebmasterWorld. I'd try to limit myself to 30 minutes a day, then gradually decrease it.
5:02 am on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a statistic of pages and total ad places and AdLinks.

I look every some weeks about my page production.

I cover also new folders with URL chanels, to see how much my efforts to write new things contribute to my income.

5:27 am on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a regular process that I go through every day to keep my website up to date. That usually adds 6-10 new pages every day, not to mention work on the forum. After 6 years, I've got thousands of pages and plenty of traffic from Google and the other search engines.
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I have a regular process that I go through every day to keep my website up to date. That usually adds 6-10 new pages every day...

This is excellent advice! I meant to start a thread about this very topic...

I can't prove it, but my strong suspicion from some "step back and see the big picture" theorizing of late is that the engines are beginning to place a premium on sites that regularly add quality ORIGINAL content on an on-going basis.

I have a couple of sites that were nowhere to be found after enjoying first page rankings at Y and MSN for months (for very competitive phrases). After poring over the reasons, it occurred to me that I hadn't added anything new to either site for weeks. A-HA, I exclaimed. LOL

So I started adding a few pages every couple of days, and whatta ya know? Both sites are right back near the top. On both engines. I realize there might be many other variables at play here, but what the heck. As long as they stay up there, I'll keep adding pages every week.

8:45 am on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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i'm using Excel.

it's simple.

The only you need to do are make a list of tasks.
You can also estimate the duration of each task, then you can track your work.