Article Submission

Business
I spent the better part of a couple days looking for article “engines”, places where I could submit articles. They had to meet one critical criteria. The publisher’s site must have a backlink from the article site. In other words, my sole purpose for article submission on this round is link honey. I want the links. This was a tedious process. First, I went through this list of article directories. For each directory I picked a 2-3 month old article. I then checked the backlink of the site listed in the resource box. If the article directory was not listed in the backlinks, it did not make my list. Once I had the backlinks, I found other article directories in the list. I went to those directories, checked to see…
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September Task List

Processing and Packing
I’m back from vacation. My intention was to leave on Wednesday so that I could use Thursday to recuperate, do work on Friday and enjoy the festivities at church this weekends, as well as fulfill a myriad of obligations. We did not leave until Thursday so the whole plan is out the window. I have a lot on my plate and my mind. Usually I write here last, but today I’m writing here first so that I could get my task list together. Here it is. Do homepage template for e-commerce site. This is a seasonal template that needs to be swapped out. Immediately. Do article submission for e-commerce site. Commission 50 more articles for e-commerce site. Complete April through August financials for e-commerce site. Complete 30 articles for each…
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Drudging Through

Business
Site #1: 2 articles Site #2: 2 articles Site #3: 1 article [Before TV] I am dragging. I just want to sleep, but I persevere. I cranked out one article per site today and did the same yesterday. I have not done anything about the homepage yet, nor have I written anything for site #3. It’s not for lack of interesting info swimming in my head. It’s the organization of said information in a cohesive manner so that I can write. I know, I know, I should just push through and do it. In fact, that’s exactly what I’m going to do because I have to start somewhere. It’s not going to be perfect, but it has to get done. No articles today means an even tougher rest of the…
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It Was A Day of Processing And Packing

Processing and Packing
As I was lamenting today again on how laborious this shipping process is, I reminded myself that there was a time when we re-typed orders into Quickbooks and addresses into USPS. Imagine how much time that would take. I am grateful that that is no longer the case. I’m beginning to isolate the problem areas. The biggest fat is in the number of times we touch the product. We unpack it and put it on the racks, then we check to see if it’s what we ordered, then we check to see if the stuff that we have to send out is there, then we pack it. Too many touch points for the products. I also think that we spend a lot of time walking around that tiny room. Clipboards…
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Quest To $1/day CONQUERED!

Quest
I am over $30, which means that my goal of $1/day is met. Joy, joy, yippee, yippee, joy, joy!!! This has given me the incentive to get back on track with my affiliate sites. Realistically, I’m not going to meet my posting goals for this month. In order to make better use of my time and hit my December goal of $150, I am going to re-theme site #1. I am also outsourcing the writing for site #2. That leaves site #3, which realistically I won’t plan on resuming until mid-October. I am on target to meet my goals. $5/day by December will be a stretch, but I believe with those changes I will be able to make it.
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It Was A Day of Processing And Packing

Business
As I was lamenting today again on how laborious this shipping process is, I reminded myself that there was a time when we re-typed orders into Quickbooks and addresses into USPS. Imagine how much time that would take. I am grateful that that is no longer the case. I’m beginning to isolate the problem areas. The biggest fat is in the number of times we touch the product. We unpack it and put it on the racks, then we check to see if it’s what we ordered, then we check to see if the stuff that we have to send out is there, then we pack it. Too many touch points for the products. I also think that we spend a lot of time walking around that tiny room. Clipboards…
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Operations Getting Better

Business
Today went much better. I am finally getting into a rhythm with the operations. It’s taken some effort to transition. I eliminated a touch by checking the shipping slip and inventorying items in one step, as oppose to checking them in, then putting them in inventory. Doing some clean up work on some items. Once I get into a groove with this I can concentrate on stuff I like, like marketing.
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Getting The Hang Of It

Business
Almost at the end of week 3 of January. Things are going considerably better as I get into the groove. The transition was a bit rough, but it’s almost over. I am so realizing what Kiyosaki meant by the importance of a good team. I have a phenomenal lawyer, banker, accountant and coach. I always thought that these people were out of my league. I mean we’re not running a multi-million dollar company. YET. However, having those folks just take the edge of. This week I had to submit a credit app to our supplier to up our limit. Since we’re doing so much volume and all. The reason for the low limit was because no one at our previous bank would give any information. Truth be told there wasn’t…
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Thinking Dollars, Not Pennies

Dollars
Last week was a rough week psychologically. I think it was because I didn’t write my daily tasks on the white board. I started to feel overwhelmed. The customer calls got me down. Looking at the numbers got me down, and they’re quite good. Everything just stressed me a touch more. So this week it’s back to tracking on the white board. That way I know things are getting done. Article submissions have been working relatively well to drive traffic to the site. I’ve been thinking about changing our internal focus from just getting the sale, to getting the relationship. Right now our conversion is at .6 %, up from .35%. We just did a site redesign, so that should help. Even if it gets to 2%, why should we…
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Tap, Tap, Tap, Like Water On A Rock

Water
Today marked a significant milestone with our company. We had our first ever true $1000 day. It was a long time coming. This week we also averaged 10 sales a day. Again a significant milestone. Are we doing anything different you ask? Not really. We attribute it to the season. (Clue to our business.) We’re working on building awareness and staying connected with our customers. We’re in the process of doing a site redesign and fixing some technical problems that continue to plague us in our cart. I haven’t taken a look at the logs yet to see where the sales are coming from. When I do that, I’ll tell all here. Ironically, this increase comes after we narrowed out Adwords campaign to trim away the keywords that were not…
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