Well new years has come and gone. Have you made plans? I certainly have.
Over the last few years I have built up a large number of websites, although I do not track all of my sites I am a bit compulsive at times and will spend a day or do working on a site that has a lot of content but has not really built up any traffic. I believe I have about 90 sites in total and this is actually a big problem as set it and forget it does not work for many of these sites.
Looking back at 2009
Just to be clear. If I look at the just over two million pageviews that I got to all of my sites last year. about 70% comes from one site and after the top 7 sites the traffic drops off really quickly. I have one site that is a real set it and forget it type site and the rest of the sites will only get real traffic if I add content to them. So realistically I need to worry about adding content where it is desireable.
I find that most of the time I have been spending on the sites over the last year has been spent sadly on watching traffic patterns and SEO work and there is a law of diminishing returns when I really spend too much time on this work.
What will some in 2010?
I really would rather stop looking at a ton of sites and using my time better so here are the steps that I have already started taking on my sites.
1. Dump any work on crappy sites. I have a bunch of RSSG sites that I created three or four years ago. Some indexed some not and these sites are not going to get a view from me this year unless something turns around on them (I doubt that). So I am going to be able to free up time and space in my head by not having to think about these.
2. Work on a core of sites. I have a core of 5 blogs that are going to be the focus of my year. I have not treated this or most of my other big sites well at all in 2009 and will endevour to post most days on these top 5 priority sites.
3. Stop working on crap work. SEO? Who cares. Building sites only for backlinks? Takes to much time. I have been trying to build a bit of a house of cards to backlink when in fact I have not been building the relationships that I should be. There is a lot of wasted time once you get a decent amount of traffic and I am the best at checking stats hourly and going to all of those affiliate sites daily to track my traffic conversions
4. Creating an editorial calendar. An editorial calendar is something that allows you to know a month in advance what you will be doing with your site as far as posting. promotions, autoresponders or more are concerned. I first heard from Problogger Darren Rowse how to set up an editorial calendar and this will really help me get a much better hold on my time and effort.
5. I will start building relationships. Within the communities of my five separate niches I have a lot of options to build relationships for knowing what my customers and fellow bloggers are doing and thinking. This is really the best way to build a blog and that is by building a community.
6. Writing a lot of content. I am focusing this year on writing 1000 articles. I am not sure if it is at all possible but last year was terrible for writing content so this year I will be writing and sharing a lot more of what I know to help others. It is only by helping others that we can really to expect to make any decent money anyway so watch out for a lot of great content I hope.
So this is my plan. I am sure I will be sharing a lot more of it over the next few day and weeks including all of the tools that I use and why and also telling you all the ways thatI jhave learned that I can spin my wheels, probably would be the same for you I bet.