In a perfect world I would be sitting at an antique writer’s desk in my own office overlooking the rolling hills of the countryside. Soft music would be playing in the background and a pot of hot peppermint tea would be on hand when I felt thirsty.
However the reality is more like trying to convince my 4 year old that it’s mummy’s time on the computer while I steal fifteen minutes here and there when my 1 year old is napping in between dishes, laundry and cleaning up the banana that the baby just squashed into the TV remote.
To be honest I often am amazed that I have time to make any money online at all!
Internet marketing has taken a bit of a back seat lately while I work on ‘real’ books so I haven’t had the time to blog comment, social network, or check my Adsense account 20 times a day like I usually do.
I’ve still been lurking though (which is much easier now that I’ve set my Google reader subscriptions up on Flipboard on the iPad) (how awesome is Flipboard!) so I can read at my leisure. (did I say leisure? Ha!)
Is it possible to make money online even when you don’t have much time?
But you need to work smarter. To make money online when you don’t have a lot of time you need:
1. A clear outline of what you want to achieve on a daily/weekly/monthly basis (I don’t plan anything longer than a month in advance).
2. A checklist, to do list or list of steps that are actionable to move you towards your goal.
3. Writing on a regular basis (even if that is broken up into small chunks of time)
My To Do list usually looks something like this:
- Read / Answer emails
- Read / Answer blog comments
- Quickly check news / discussion sites / other blogs to see what info is currently topical / hot in the niche I’m working on.
- Check Twitter
- Brainstorm blog post ideas.
- Choose which site/blog to focus on for that week (I have Internet Marketing ADD – so I usually work on a different site every week although I come back to my faves often).
- Write blog posts
- Get Backlinks from: articles / BMR / hubs / squids / commenting / wherever is good
- Check traffic stats for all sites and compare increases/decreases from previous month . Concentrate efforts mostly on sites that are increasing in traffic.
- See if there are any domains I want to let go (because I either don’t have time to work on the project, lost interest in them, or they haven’t made me any money within a year (some sites I’m sure are just cursed).
- Start working through the SeoMoz Noob Guide to Internet Marketing (helps me keep focused and on track with those marketing steps I always seem to forget to do. And it has an infograpic. Who doesn’t love an infographic!)
Your To Do list is probably completely different. As it should be since we all have different goals and working habits.
Although it doesn’t always go to plan, so I’ve also made a list of what not to do:
- Stare at a blank computer screen wondering what you are going to do next (me before coffee)
- Spend over an hour searching for the ‘perfect’ theme for your blog. Just choose one – you can always changing it later
- Think you need a professional looking logo so ‘research’ some design ideas – aahh that’s a pretty picture (no Tracey, focus)
- Get bored and make a controversial comment in a mother/baby forum – sooo fun, but not really conducive to getting work done.
Oh, I have to go – the baby just tipped out the breakfast cereal on the kitchen floor.