When I started my website in Sep earlier this year, I have no idea where it would take me. I thought maybe I could reach 50 blog articles which in my mind, was the basic milestone for a respectable niche site.
Halfway through October, I managed to achieve that goal and I decided to press on for the 100th blog post target. In between family commitments including a housing relocation, I had to admit it wasn’t easy at times but I made it!
Compared to many other niche websites, mine is probably in its infancy stage but I thought it might serve as an encouragement for others who are starting out. This is my reflection post of what I have learned from my victories and mistakes.
List of Achievements 2017
When it comes to wins, celebrate even the small ones. Milestones no matter how small they may seem, are still milestones. We build our momentum based on small wins, don’t ignore them and be too harsh on yourself.
In the last three months, I managed to achieve the following.
- Published my review of Wealthy Affiliate, which is the online course that kick started my online entrepreneurship.
- Get ranked on page one of Google for several pillar articles, including my WA review titled “Is Wealthy Affiliate a Real Deal?“
- Averaging at least 1 blog post per day!
- Visitor engagement with 412 comments over existing blog posts. That’s like 4 comments per blog article on average.
- Ranked within Top 200 in Wealthy Affiliate for participation, support and contribution to the community
- With blog post averaging at least 500 words each, I have clocked in over 50,000 words and that translates into a 200+ page book if I can just put everything together. It’s a mini dream fulfilled and my next goal is to author a real book targeting at affiliate marketing.
- 100 blog posts in three months!
This reflection wouldn’t be complete if I leave out the WHY.
Why am I taking this path of online entrepreneurship? After all, I had a corporate job which was stable and it is familiar territory. Why make myself uncomfortable? The online business is new to me, and only serves to keep me working for longer hours than before.
If you visit my About page, I shared the reason for this website but here it is again and actually after doing this for 3 months, I am even more convinced that starting my own business and being responsible for my own financial future is the only way to be if I really want to provide for myself and my family.
On top of that, I am tired of the rat-race, the endless meetings that bear no fruit and the crazy daily commuting that drains every ounce of energy and joy.
Are you currently going through all of that? If it is so, I encourage you to step out and do something about it. You don’t have to resign your fate to the 9to5. By planning and taking action step by step, you can also move out of that situation in time to come and start enjoying the life you envision for you and your family.
Knowing your WHY is crucial, because it is this WHY that will keep you ploughing through the drought and the sleepless nights. This article is not meant to strike fear but it is really about hard work and that brings us to the next realisation.
Many Failed But…
Many have failed in the journey of trying to start their own business. We don’t hear a lot about these stories because people who quit wouldn’t be sharing their experiences UNLESS they are determined not to give up.
As Albert Einstein puts it “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.“
Building an online business is hard. No one should ever tell you otherwise. If they say it is easy, it is because the other option (working 9to5) is even harder.
Yet it is in the midst of difficulty that people find the best opportunities to shine. So don’t focus on the failures. Instead, learn from each failed attempt and make it better. This became my mantra as I drove forward each day.
Don’t just compare. Learn.
I remember a few days after I started my website, I started looking at other successful sites and my heart went tumbling down to the basement.
How can I ever reach that level of design and content?
I was immediately overwhelmed by negative thoughts and didn’t feel I stand a chance.
Such comparison is pointless, as I would slowly realise. Others have been in this industry for years. Why am I comparing to them when I am just a newbie? Instead I should just learn from them and learn their best ideas.
With that in mind, my website actually went through many facelifts, some of which went well and quite a few that didn’t quite take off the way I envision. The thing I came to realise is that the continuous search for a better design will never stop and that’s one of the joys of building a website, a business. It never stays stagnant.
Know Your Audience
DO YOU KNOW
Probably the most important factor is knowing your audience well.
I started my first website with the MMO niche. MMO stands for Making Money Online. Basically, I am very passionate to share with others what I have gone through and to help them get out of the 9to5 workday grind.
Having said that, this means my core audience are the working people.
But…isn’t MMO for everyone?
Yes it is relevant to ANYONE and EVERYONE and I definitely won’t have a filter against anyone. However, if you were to craft a message for your audience, it has to be specific and targeted. No doubt the student and the working person will both benefit from building their online business, but their motivation will be different.
What I want to say is…Be Specific within your Niche. You may have a niche that is very broad and if you try to tackle everything within that space, you will find your efforts being diluted or spread too thinly. Everyone only has 24 hours and to succeed, focus is crucial.
Hey, I hope you enjoyed this article and thank you for giving me the chance to share with you part of my journey. Please drop me a comment if you find my article helpful, or if you have any questions for me.