Splitting Up Your Time Efficiently
Last post we talked about how you should be Being Efficient With Your Internet Business, and I want to kind of continue off of that post in a somewhat different direction, which is talking about splitting up your time efficiently between different online tasks for your business.
Also last post I talked about two very important companies that I just all all credit to as far as guiding me in this business. Without the two of these companies I would be no where even close to the amount of income that I am making on the internet, and I feel like I owe them for my internet marketing career, as they have simply been a godsend as far as guidance go.
But I want to remind everyone that just because these two companies are simply the best in the world as far as guiding and training goes for the internet businesses, they will NOT do the work for you. No one will.
No matter how good of a guidance system you find out there (and you will NOT find any better than Wealthy affiliate or Worldwide Brands), YOU are still going to have to do the work. YOU are still going to have to be the one to put in YOUR time. YOU are going to have to be the one to dig deep and find all the motivation, determination, and drive that you can find within yourself, because it will take all of these things to get an income going.
But with that said, proper guidance is still tremendously important for success in this business. Because if you have proper guidance, then you can be much more efficient with your internet business (Internet Marketing Tools I Use).
Without proper guidance you will often find yourself lost and not knowing what to do. You will often find yourself just looking at your computer screen not knowing what direction to take next. And you will often see absolutely no return for your hard work, so your hard work will be useless.
And this is why it’s so important to be efficient with your time. I’ll take efficiency over hard work any day, as it’s much more productive. Because if you work hard with no efficiency then you are just going to spin your wheels. You NEED efficiency to succeed in this internet business which is so competitive.
And before moving on to how to split up your time efficiently, I want to name these two businesses.
The first of these business is one that you have most likely heard a lot about if you have been in the internet marketing business for any amount of time as they are so rightfully popular. And the name of this company is Wealthy Affiliate University. And I think that this is such a proper name for Kyle and Carson’s membership site, as it really is like an online university.
The way they have everything setup is just like you are in school, which is definitely a good thing. Everything is so organized and so easy to learn, which is a very good thing for you. They also just have SO much information, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing in some cases. But in this case it’s a good thing, because of their great organization skills. You will not get lost in the shuffle, not knowing which information to read, because they do a great job at directing you on where to start, and they hold your hand all the way through the process.
The second company is a company started by Chris Malta almost 10 years ago, Worldwide Brands. If you know anything about the drop shipping business or the e-commerce business then you have most likely heard of Worldwide Brands because they are the largest, most powerful, and most effective force in the drop shipping and e-commerce business. Not only do they have the most drop shipping suppliers and drop shipping products to offer, but they have hours and hours of video which train you and school you on the drop shipping and e-commerce business.
The difference between these two companies is that of course Worldwide Brands covers the drop shipping half of the business, and Wealthy Affiliate covers general internet marketing – and they cover EVERYTHING about internet marketing whereas most training sites cover just one particular area of the business.
Now that I have mentioned the two companies that helped me learn this business, I want to get into how you can go about splitting up your time efficiently in order to make the most out of your business.
A lot of people don’t have any idea how important efficiency is as I mentioned in my last post listed in the first paragraph. This is very unfortunate, as if they did they would be a lot more productive (Why Most New Internet Marketers Fail).
Now how you split up your time with your internet business depends on a few different things. It depends on what kind of project you are doing, how many projects you are doing, and how much you know about the internet marketing business.
I’m just going to split this up the easiest way that I think you will all be able to get the most out of it no matter what level of internet marketer you are. I will split it up between beginner and non-beginner internet marketers.
Lets start with the beginner internet marketer.
Splitting Up Your Time Efficiently: Beginner Internet Marketers
As a beginner, splitting up your time is a little bit easier than the other two, especially if you have proper guidance. If you have a great guidance system in place such as Wealthy Affiliate, then splitting up your time efficiently is as easy as pie.
As a beginner your focus is learning this business. As a beginner there’s not much you want to actually act on AT FIRST. And I’m talking about all the way in the beginning, like the first few weeks.
At the first few weeks, and I’m talking about this literally as the first few weeks, splitting up your time efficiently is extremely easy. And that’s because you are not going to be splitting up your time at all. All of your time is going to be spent learning about this business, and that’s it. If you’ve decided to join Wealthy Affiliate, use that time to go through the Wealthy Affiliates Action Plan, which is a learning course that is laid out for you to easily follow.
As the weeks go on, you should slowly be spending more time putting the information you are learning to use. But when I say slowly, I mean very slowly. After the first month, spend 70% of your time learning, and 30% implementing. And when you are learning and reading, make sure you are comprehending what you are reading. If you have to, re-read the information multiple times.I don’t care if it takes 10 times of reading the same thing, because you have to learn it (Recent Changes In The Google Algorithm).
Especially things like keyword research, link building, search engine optimization, and traffic generation. You have to learn these things to be successful in this business.
At two months you should be splitting up your time equally for a couple months. So from about 2-4 months split your time between learning and implementing. After that, go up to about 80% implementing and 20% learning.
Now these numbers are just basic estimates of what you should be doing and should not be taken as exact literal numbers that you should be doing. Just try to do somewhere around these amounts as you progress through your internet marketing business and I guarantee you it will improve your chances highly (note that this is based on you working about 2-3 hours a day on the internet).
The one thing that I want all beginners to understand is that it’s extremely important to spend a lot of time reading and learning this business when you are first starting. I know that you want to jump in and start making money right away, but that’s just not how this business works.
You need to be prepared to put in months and months of work before you start seeing any type of income from your internet marketing efforts and business, so you need to be prepared for that. Be prepared to “work for free” when you are first starting out. And be prepared to do a lot of learning and reading when first starting (What It Takes To Succeed Online).
And again, I know it’s not much fun reading and reading and reading, but it’s a step in this business that needs to be done in order to learn how to properly setup and succeed with an internet marketing business.
Splitting Up Your Time Efficiently: Non-Beginner Internet Marketer
Splitting up your time as a non-beginner internet marketer (which I will now start calling an advanced internet marketer as it sounds better, even if you are intermediate or expert) is a little bit more confusing because you are mostly passed the learning stage and are almost fully in the implementation stage.
With that said, it’s important to know that there is always something to learn in this business, so you should always be spending SOME time learning. But as you progress to an advanced internet marketer, MOST of your time should be spent implementing. I would say that at least 75% of your time should be spent implementing, I personally recommend between 90% and 95% implementation.
I think that one of the largest mistakes of an advanced internet marketer is indeed spending too much time “learning”. And I put learning in quotation marks for a reason (Also Doba is another drop shipping company I forgot to mention before I get too far I wanted to mention it).
I put learning in quotation marks in this case because I am talking about a specific phase of learning. I’m talking about buying into and reading the latest internet marketing products, which is a waste 99% of the time.
I’m talking about all of the internet marketing products that the “big internet marketers” or the “gurus” constantly market to make themselves money. You have to understand that just about all of these products that these “gurus” promote are rehashed information that are made to look like it’s a special new method for making money. And they all take turns promoting this crap to make each other boat loads of money.
Make sure that you do NOT buy into this crap, as doing so will surely not be spending your time efficiently. The time you spend learning should be learning about real internet marketing concepts. And the most of your time spent learning as an advanced internet marketer should be spent learning CHANGES in internet marketing. For example, the panda update – which was SUPER important to understand (I wrote about this with the post Beating Googles Panda Update).
And as I said, most of your time should be spent implementing. As I mentioned in the last post Being Efficient With Your Internet Business, it’s best to write down a list of things that you need to get accomplished either daily or weekly. Personally I like to do a daily log as I seem to get more done this way.
And how you split up your time is not necessarily something I can cover in a lot of detail unfortunately because there are so many different types of projects that you can be running when you are an advanced internet marketer (or intermediate, or expert or whatever you are – I’m just talking about if you’re not a beginner).
There can be all kinds of projects from small adsense sites, large adsense sites, small review sites, large review sites, e-commerce and drop shipping sites, and a whole other range of sites that you can be doing. Also you could be working on multiple projects at once or you could be working on just one project, so it’s kind of hard for me to tell you how to, or I should say recommend how to, split up your time when I don’t know exactly what you have going on.
What I can tell you is that if you are not an advanced marketer with a team of outsourcers, you shouldn’t be running more than a couple projects at one time because you will most likely lose time and waste a lot of time on projects that you’ll never end up finishing.
With that said, if you are just running one project or just a couple project, split up your time between different things. Set aside a certain time for forum marketing, a certain time for blog commenting, a certain time for blog and lens building, a certain time for profile link building, a certain time for article marketing, a certain time for link exchanges, etc etc (Why Back Links Are Important).
Make sure that you get a wide variety of marketing in (like video marketing is a big one I left out, and social marketing, and social bookmarking!) as all of this stuff combined is a lot more powerful just one method a whole bunch. In other words, a little of each is a lot better than one of a lot of them. Trust me, I’ve tested and tested and this is the best practice by far when it comes to SEO.
I’m hoping that this post helps at least some of you even further understand just how important managing your time and making the most of your time is, and helps you understand that it really is important to split up your time efficiently between different SEO implementations and link building techniques (and different things in general).
And I don’t want you to get the wrong idea and think that you should be doing just link building either. You also want to consistently add content and update the content on your site(s) as this is just as important to the search engines as link building is. Some people would even say that it’s more important – and those are the people who claim the phrase “Content Is King”. I’m not sure which the search engines like better, I just try to do both at the best of my ability and not worry about which one is better (Also check out The Rich Jerk if you can’t afford Wealthy Affiliate). Because I just know both are extremely powerful and needed for top search engine rankings (for competitive to semi-competitive terms at least).
Best of luck splitting up your time efficiently with your internet business and I’ll see you all in the next post.