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How to Be More Productive

I need a plan on how to be more productive and more focused with my business. Now that 2014 is well underway, it’s time to sit down and think about not only what I want, but also how I will get there.

What I want.

To be fully self supporting from my online website income.

How I will get there.

By using the 60 Minutes to $100 Days method to set up sites on topics I am passionate about.

Extra skills I will need.

That’s where this blog post comes into play. I need greater productivity. I already have a plan that will get me to my goal of $5000 a month. The next step is to be more productive.

Here are some ways I will boost my productivity.

  1. Setting daily productivity goals.
  2. Being diligent about working my plan for at least one hour each day.
  3. Sticking with the plan and not deviating.
  4. Having a set routine.
  5. Eliminating distractions.

The one I really need to work on? That would be “eliminating distractions.” Even now, as I write this blog post, I am watching an episode of New Girl. This post has taken me over an hour (before this I watched Brooklyn 99). Since it is a commercial break, I am finally typing.

Clearly, I have a problem. On the bright side, I love this show – New Girl is one of my favorites.

Productivity Action Step:

Tomorrow as I sit down to work on my blogs I will do so in my bedroom where my desk is. I will set the timer for 60 minutes. I won’t move. How much can I get done before the timer goes off? Hopefully a lot. My goal is to to be self supporting with my online business by April 1.

I’ll keep you guys posted.

Cheers,

Katherine :-D

 

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Making Money with Amazon – Success Update

In my last post I shared that I have been using the Amazon Associates program to help boost my online income. My method is to start websites on topics I enjoy. My current site is about hiking but I plan to start sites on other topics that I’m passionate about.

As a quick update, I am using the $60 Minutes to $100 Days system in order to help me achieve my goals. It’s simple and very straightforward and I’ve been seeing results so I’ll stick with it.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I just logged into Amazon and I feel that things are moving in the right direction. I made around $44 on this site in the month of November. My goal for November is to make $100 on Amazon.

I know, it doesn’t seem like a lot and I have made more in the past. But, it’s an off peak time for hiking gear so I am thrilled. I am hoping that Christmas gift related articles that I’ll be posting on the blog will drive traffic to Amazon from my site and people will do some Christmas shopping using my affiliate link.

 

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Success Online Using the Amazon Affiliate Program

I’ve spent a lot of money on things like courses and couching on how to find success online. This has been going on since 2007 and for some reason, I haven’t been able to focus on anything or latch onto something that I either enjoyed or that worked.

Because of my divorce, I discovered that I really need the money.

Prior to discovering that I could make money on the internet, I was a freelance writer. Over the course of my career I have learned this about myself:

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I Will Start Blogging My Success

I am going through a divorce which means that I need to become financially stable as soon as possible. I took a job over the summer in retail. I still like it. However, there are some aspects of the job that aren’t ideal.

I won’t go into detail but the number one problem I have is that my time isn’t 100% my own. In my ten years of self employment, I enjoyed full freedom over my time and how I spent it. I could go on vacation when I wanted. I could go to a concert if I felt like it. I don’t have to ask someone else for time off which is really, really annoying.

Self employment beats working for someone else even though I do like my job.

How long will I work at this job? I don’t know because I enjoy how the job gets me out of the house. I have no immediate plans to leave. However, I do know that as soon as I am making enough money I will at le0ast consider moving on to focus on my business 100% of the time.

My goal is to consistently make $5000-$10000 a month for a consistent period of time before I will even think about it. And, things begin with this blog. I will be using this space to discuss my methods and progress with you. I will try to post here a few times a week to give you all updates on my success.

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Halloween PLR – Make Money This Halloween

Are you thinking of using Halloween PLR this year? As an affiliate marketer, I know that it can be very lucrative to highlight seasonal content and therefore sell (or presell) products that go with it. Usually, I focus on Christmas where there is more than enough business to share.

But, did you know that Halloween is an $8 Billion Dollar industry? That means that there is also a lot of money to be made, especially for affiliates, during this time of year.

Costume sales, for example, are popular not only for kids who need something for school, parties, and for trick or treating, but for adults, too. People also buy Halloween decorations to get their homes party or trick-or-treat ready. Another aspect of the market is through ticket sales for the various haunted attractions.

The Halloween buying season happens from around mid-August right up until Halloween. Now that school has started and Back-to-School shopping is over, the next thing people are concerned with is Halloween.

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Summary of Squidoo Changes – My Plan Moving Forward

As I mentioned in my previous post, I deleted ALL of my Squidoo lenses because I needed to start from scratch. My favorite lenses were locked and I was tired of the whole thing.

Now, I need to figure out how to move forward and learn how to use the site again. I always liked it. I always will. At least I think I still will. Given how I, a former Giant Squid, has ultimately been forced to delete all my remaining lenses, I am not yet sure there is anything left to like.

Squidoo, prove it to me. What the heck happened to you?

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Make Money at Squidoo – Navigating the Changes

I have no idea what happened to Squidoo. I signed up for an account “back in the day” pretty much right when they got started. For years, I was a Giant Squid. Life was good because Squidoo and I were buddies.

What the heck happened to them?

Yes yes, I know. Google Slap. Changes. Bla bla bla. All I know is that I, a former Giant Squid, has no idea what is going on. I used to think the site was fun and now i think it’s a nightmare.

I just deleted all my existing lenses. Squidoo has officially become my next project.

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Affiliate Marketing – Make Money with Actual Products

Over the course of my six years as an affiliate marketer I have learned one very important lesson – get people to any page on Amazon in a natural way and they’ll probably buy something.

Case Study:

Even though I’ve gotten hit with the changes at Squidoo, I am still a huge fan. I’ve had this lens for a really long time on How to Fix Hardwood Floor Scratches.

In it, I share that I had a huge mishap with the pointy end of a mountaineering ax. I dragged a box across the floor and the point was poking through the bottom. It made a long scratch across the hardwood floor and I was in a rented house.

What did I do?

I lived in Monterey, CA at the time and found an old-time hardware store in nearby Pacific Grove that had this great product called the  Tibetan Almond Stick. It worked, it was amazing, and I wrote about it on the lens.

I bet you’re curious about the product, right? You should be – it’s amazing and gets simple surface scratches out every time. :-)

What I Learned from the Tibet Almond Stick

People want to be pointed in the right direction when looking to make decisions and purchases, especially when online. But we do this in our daily lives, too.

For example, I recently discovered the L’Oreal Sublime Mousse hair coloring product and I love it for the fun colors and the fact that it doesn’t make a mess all over the bathroom.

So if anyone asks me to recommend a good hair color product, I know just what to say.

When I tell people, online or off, the same thing happens. People want it simply because I am genuine and I like it.And since it is a physical product sold by a trusted retailer, people have no problem clicking “buy” when given the product page.

What This Means for as Affiliate Marketers

There are two lessons here:

1. Get people onto they website for any trusted retailer. I’ve personally had the most success with Amazon.com.

2. Make recommendations as if you were talking to a friend. Don’t sell. Just be genuine.

This was the theory behind the 40 articles I wrote for the Halloween Trick or Treat Business Suite PLR  now up for sale. Each of the 40 costume reviews were written with the “trusted friend” mentality and each has a costume page on Amazon.

Not only that, but I think each of the 40 costumes are cool, and I am torn between several for my own costume this year. I think I’ve narrowed it down, but my own costume will be a surprise, just like Heidi Klum’s. Okay maybe not quite like that since I’m not Heidi Klum, but you catch my meaning.

We’ll cover marketing with specific seasons in mind in the next few posts.

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Where I’ve Been

I am sure you’ve noticed that I disappeared from this blog for a while and I’ve left some things unfinished – such as my PLR ATM and Squidoo Evolution reviews.

Well, that’s okay – I’ll get to them. I’ve just been working on projects for my clients and on getting a Halloween PLR product written and up for sale.

So, I am looking forward to all the other projects I have in the works – including writing more at this blog and building a community of great people here.

What’s in store for me now? Here are my projects and goals for the coming months:

  • Continue writing and selling PLR.
  • Post content here and keep in touch with all of you.
  • Work on my various other blogs.
  • Sell fiction on the Kindle platform.

I am looking forward to experiencing focus and clarity so that I can achieve all these goals. :-)

Cheers,

Kath

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Squidoo Evolution Review – Part 4

Welcome to the fourth installment of my Squidoo Evolution review. I have made a lot of progress today and I am eager to share it with you.

I have actually been working on this for a while and progress is a bit slow. That’s because I ran into a few snafus that I had to solve. First of all, Squidoo retired one of the modules that she suggested. Second of all, one of the tools she suggested to use to help create our lenses is down. The site itself is working but the feature I need is down.

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