Hey, I’m back to writing posts after 1 month of not writing anything here at Stream SEO even though I promised to write 8 posts per month back in january.
I’m not proud of it, but I have some great excuses and some good news behind it.
You know, sometimes you REALLY don’t have enough time to write a post, or when you do, you don’t have the inspiration, and that’s something you really need to avoid writing boring posts.
My last post was written 5 weeks ago and after that I went into a business trip for the rest of April with very limited time to connect to the internet and with super long days of smart work.
Of course I came back in may but I wasn’t prepared to write yet. I needed some rest and I decided to start a new pair of business I were looking for since March.
The good thing is that I’m doing well and the business are almost 100% automated by now, which means I have more time to write posts. Also, I’ve got the inspiration I needed and a lot of things to talk about what happened in the last weeks.
I’m preparing 5 posts right now to be published in the following weeks and I bet you’ll find them all really interesting as most of them are case studies on traffic and money generation 😉
But here, I want to talk about something different…
We all have our excuses
Yeah well. We all really have our own excuses. If you think you don’t, then think again.
Even if I was really busy the last weeks of April flying from a city to another, I could have written at least 2 extra posts here, but I didn’t.
And the last 2 weeks of May, I could have written a few more too. I had the time, but I didn’t have the inspiration. But isn’t that an excuse?
I mean, why did it happened? I already had a big list of headlines and good topics to write about, and instead, I preferred to spend my free time watching Dexter (totally recommended) and reading books via Kindle on my Smartphone.
I don’t really have an excuse for that. However, things happen and we need to fight them back.
The “Work from home problems”
Now that I’ve been working from home almost every day, I have more time to do a lot of stuff.
Instead of 3 hours of driving back and forth to an office and waking up at 6:30am just to fall asleep at 11-12pm to wake up early the next day, now I can sleep until 8-9am and work until 1-2am.
Yes, I work more hours than before in my projects, but I’m happy and I still have more time to spend with my family and friends while not being totally exhausted at the end of the day. I actually feel free to do what I want, but I’ve also found some problems from working at home. And because many of my readers are bloggers struggling to get some time to write or some of you might even work at home, here are some things that might make you feel connected to me.
1. Work from and being a blogger doesn’t mean you’re on Vacations
One thing I had already noticed is that every time I worked from home, people used to think I was free to do anything they wanted. As if I was unemployed or something like that.
- There’s no milk? Please go and buy more
- No water? Guess who’s going to the miscellaneous?
- The TV technician is coming? Please receive him and stay with him during his work to check everything goes fine.
- Oh, you’re working from home? Please go and pick up your brother from school
And I could keep going…
If you feel like you’re being invaded, you need to set your limits and make people respect your job. Working from home doesn’t mean you’re free to do whatever they want without any plans.
I could actually use this as an excuse, because many times I’m just about to dive into a new post and someone calls me and I get distracted. The distraction could take 2 minutes, but then I need 5-10 more minutes to concentrate and start writing again. And that only if I don’t find a new video of a cat dancing with a dog on my Facebook’s feed… Cat’s are fun to watch.
So what I actually did was to inform everybody that I really need to concentrate to get some work done at the end of the day. In fact, I told them not to count on me unless there’s an emergency and to think as if I was in the office 2 hours away from home. Nobody called me when I was in the middle of a meeting at the office unless it was an emergency, and the same should apply here at home.
2. Having a few hours free per month doesn’t mean you publish everything the same day
You need to learn how to schedule your posts and analyze the best hours.
With WordPress this is very simple. Instead of hitting the “publish” button you just schedule your post for the day and hour you want it to be published.
Even if you can only write 3 posts the first monday of the month, that doesn’t mean you publish them all the very same day. You can write 3 posts and publish one each monday.
In fact, what I do now, is to publish them one night before I want them to be seen, and then program my email responder to send the RSS feed the next day at 11am. This way I get more readers, commenters and engagement instead of just hitting the publish button at 11pm on Sunday when nobody is in front of the computer.
3. Being a blogger doesn’t mean you should write all the time
But writing helps, as I’ve shown you before. its a hard way to achieve things, not smart.
I recently decided to start a lot of extra things because I have more time to do so. In fact, I’m already investing in 2 other business on the IM niche, while creating some extra niche sites and I’m all in for the Niche Site Duel 2.0 with Pat Flynn from the Smart Passive income.
One of the business is already generating a lot of money with Contextual Ads like Google Adsense and I’ll cover some interesting stuff on how to increase your revenue with A/B Testing and using Scrollmaps and Heatmaps. And when I mean “a lot” of money, I’m talking about quantities that will make you think you can quit from your 9-5 job.
So, I haven’t been exactly losing my time the last weeks while scratching my belly 😉 But I know it’s not an excuse for my readers.
The advantages of doing all these things at the same time is that you can create some great material to write on your blog without having the so called writer’s block. Case studies are very interesting and you can learn a lot from them. People love them.
So remember not to limit yourself into writing just because you have a blog or you’ll just squeeze yourself so much that you’ll wonder if you want to stop writing forever.
You can always engage with other bloggers, participate in a community, read forums and spend money in other business at the same time as long as you have enough time to be happy with the people around you.
Well, it seems I’m changing my writing strategy now. For the last 6 months I’ve been writing between 5-8 posts per month, or 2 posts per week in order to get more traffic and improve my rankings. But this is about to change.
Don’t get me wrong, the blog has been growing even though May has been lower and that really is because I stopped writing for a month. So yeah, writing does help and you shouldn’t stop writing for long times like I did.
But I think I’ll be writing 1 post per week (hopefully to be published every thursday) here at Stream SEO and I’ll focus another post per week at guest posts. That is 50/50.
This strategy just works because you get quality traffic, build backlinks and it helps you raise your authority. Also, I’ll be testing Squeeze pages for the traffic that’s coming from those guest posts and later I’ll make a report on how it works.
The Niche Site Duel
Yes, I’ll be participating on the NSD 2.0 with Pat Flynn. I’m doing my keyword research but I already have an idea. If you’re interested on participating with me and many other people make sure you read this post: Niche Site Duel 2.0.
Other posts coming
I already have the headlines for the following posts at Stream SEO. In the following days I’ll cover:
- How I increased Adsense earnings from 150 to 200 USD per day using custom channels and Heatmaps
- How to increase your conversions with an Scrollmap and using ranked posts
- How to convert a great post into the Ultimate Guide using Long tail keywords to get more traffic
- How to convert a ranked page into a money generating page in a few minutes
- How to setup Mobile Responsive Subscribe boxes in your blog and why I don’t use Optin Skin anymore
- My follow ups to the Backlinking and Page Speed case studies
So stay tuned and talk to you next week!