It's only over this past week that I've started to realise we're heading out of here in a couple of weeks and venturing off into a new life. Things are starting to get real as this week I've been handing over some of my responsibilities at work and am gradually getting prepared for leaving.
The thing is it's always hard to imagine your next phase of life before you're in it, and when you get to it, it's really hard to imagine what your previous life was like. This is why change is good and makes things so exciting.
We headed down to the Thai embassy this week and despite being told off by an angry Thai official for queue jumping (which I wasn't) we picked up our visas and got the first tinge of excitement about our journey ahead.
On the online business side of things I still find myself flip flopping between what I should focus on when I'm away. It's great that there are so many ways you can earn a buck online, but focusing on one thing really would be good too!
Affiliate Sites Competition
My original plan was to build up my affiliate website, but I got a bit disheartened this week when I realised the amount of competition that is out there that I'll need to compete with in my niche. On the other side I reviewed my KGR list of keywords that I generated earlier and have found that I have a couple of thousand of keywords that I could write articles for and generate traffic towards my site.
The thing is, most of these keywords are info keywords only, so may not have that much value. After all, there is no point in having thousands of visitors to your site, if you can't monetise it at all... apart from being a meagre vanity metric!
Anyway, this week I planned out another 5 articles to one of my writers, which are all related to the product that he reviewed recently. Then I briefed in another massive product review article and related articles to my other writer, who has been writing awesome articles so far, for only $10 per 1000 words! He's never done a product review before but I think he's more than capable.
My short term plan is to keep getting decent content onto the site, and then when I get to Thailand I can try my hand at link building, which I haven't done any of so far, and am least looking forward to.
The other business that is ticking along at the moment is my eBay business. This week I've put a 10% sale on all my products to see what happens and it seems to be driving a good number of sales already. I've also asked my VA if she knows anyone else that she can work with and possibly train, so we can increase the number of listings that we are adding each day, and it sounds like she's up for it.
So, on the one side, I was all for upscaling this business, then the next day I get an email from some company whose products I've just been listing on eBay, which had a 'Cease and Desist' letter attached. Basically the note said that I am unlawfully using their images, and do not have the right to promote their products so I have 24 hours to take the listings down or face legal action!!!
Not the best note to receive, so I took the offending listings down immediately and sent an email of apology stating it was an honest mistake. After this they sent me a follow up note, asking where I had bought the products from. At this point, I am doing the Ostrich, and ignoring them, because I don't think it's a good idea to tell them that I only buy the products when someone buys them from me!!
Plan for Next Week
Well, I know right now that I will have pretty much 0 time next week, so my goal is just going to be to publish 2 of articles that I received from my writer onto the affiliate website.