Happy Sunday to everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas. I know I did. No “White Christmas” here, but it sounds like I am in for a “white” December 26th, with 18-24 inches coming according to the TV weather guys. Of course, this likely means we will get nothing, or it will rain. If I ever quit the Internet biz, I think I want to be a weatherman, it would be fun to “guess the weather.”
Anyhow let me drag my tired mind back on point. Christmas has come and gone. New year is of course on its way. It is likely that not much, “work” will be done for the next few -in between- days. This should and could be time for some introspection. Where are you going with your online business? What do you have planned for the next year?
Those questions are just the beginning. Write out specific goals. Create actionable steps. Create milestones. On January 2nd we should all be putting our noses to the grindstone and getting things done. (Let’s face it, many of us may be hung over on January 1st). Over the next few days think out your plans for success –being as detailed as possible- and if you wish, share them in the comments below.
Starting off the Sunday links is Farnoosh. She talks about the importance of practice. Everyone should practice and improve; from the most seasoned professional to the rankest amateur. Practice, after all, is essential to improvement and there is no way of knowing how GOOD you can be at something until you have put in sufficient practice.
Joshua’s post is interesting to me. This post talks about specialization vs generalization. In society today there is an ever increasing need for specialization. Despite that I consider myself a generalist, having a decent amount of knowledge in a lot of things, but not really having a, specialty. What about all of you any specialists out there? Generalists?
Niche sites are a natural topic to branch to from the specialization/generalization topic. After all niche sites can also be specialized or generalized with great effect. It is a general “rule of thumb” that niche sites tend to do better being highly specialized. The idea is that they will then send in highly “targeted” traffic ready to buy. But has anyone out there done well as a Niche “generalist?”
Niche sites are a great way to make some money online. It is a lot quicker and easier than blogging; that is for sure. That is not to say it is necessarily QUICK or EASY; just quicker and easier. It is all relative. To increase your knowledge of how to be successful in niche marketing, reading what Murray has to say about Niche site strategies is a must.
Since we are on the topic of Niche sites and Niche strategties, let me remind you all once more about my free eBook designed to help you find a profitable niche.
Onto the subject of Blogging for the week. Adam had a great post this week about 7 inspirational bloggers. I was honored to be one of the 7 he chose to answer his questions. While on the subject of blogging, Tristan (also one of the seven) did a great guest post this week on how to build a better blog.
SEO and Traffic and Keywords (Oh My!)
Zarco reminds us of some of the differences between long and short term SEO practices, as well as some of the dangers of short term SEO
Increasing traffic to a site is a topic that I find endlessly interesting. I am sure 99% of us want more people reading our Blog, niche site, web site, articles, etc. etc. etc. Thankfully if you want some information on this NOW, I am happy to oblige. Lynn has a great article on how to increase traffic to your site.
Last but not least is marks article on keywords. Keyword analysis is one of those really important topics. If you get it right from the start it makes everything so much easier and can help to drive traffic and makes for a good start to quality SEO.
Well that is it for this week. Once again I hope you all had a great Christmas and have spent some quality and enjoyable time with your family and loved ones. Hopefully you all will continue to have a great holiday season, up to and including a wonderful New Year. Remember to take this time and make a plan. Let’s all head into 2011 with a goal, plan and actionable steps, so we can all hit 2011 running and make it a really kick ass year.Take Action. Get Results.