It seems like only a few short months ago that I posted my work and play resolutions for 2006, and now the year is almost over! Now is the time to start planning for next year.
Bu not so fast… It's hard to know where you're going, if you don't know where you've been! Relection is just as critical to your success as planning.
So, what did you do?
- Did you build a new website or start a blog? Did you learn a little HTML or a lot?
- Did you outsource that script installation that plagued you for months? Were you able to reduce dependency on your webmaster?
- Did you start a newsletter? How many visitors subscribed to your list?
- How many articles did you write? Did you place them in directories? If so, how much traffic did you get by result?
- Did you open one or more PPC accounts? How many campaigns did you create and how many words did you add to those campaigns?
- Did you join just a few or a whole bunch of affiliate programs? How many did you promote successfully? Which were the most fruitful?
- How much time did you spend working on your affiliate business? Was it too much, too little or just right?
- Lastly, did you have fun? If not, why not?
Answering those questions will put you in a much better position to plan for your success in 2007.
So what DID you do?
Crow about your successes, lament your foibles and share your plans with the NPT crowd by posting your Comments below.
Sharing will inspire others and bring clarity to your plans for the year ahead.
Dan Reinhold says
I did start a blog that I’m still trying to define.
I haven’t outsourced anything. That requires loads of money, which is the first objective of it all.
I have a newsletter that’s going nowhere that needs redesigning.
I confess there’s been fewer articles than last year.
I just opened an MSN AdCenter account which I’m feeling pretty positive about the more I check it out. I’m also with Google (but then, isn’t everybody??) and MIVA and a couple of others. I’ll be setting up new campaigns in January.
I have joined some affiliate programs with some success, but interestingly enough my older programs have performed better.
My planning’s become a mess. Nothing much was accomplished from August through November (I made a big planning/organizing push in August), although long-term stuff was accomplished. Much more planning required and I’m re-evaluating no more often than every month. I’ll get it straight soon!
There’s been some fun, but I want lots more!!
Tracey Fieber says
2006 has been a GREAT year! I’ve become the Director for Affiliate Partner Programs for MillionaireRiches.com, and had joint venture offers from other companies who like what I’m doing with the marketing! Thanks, Ros, for some great ideas! Now on to goals for 2007…
Carole McMichaels says
Hi, Ros, I couldn’t find a place to leave a comment about the WordPress/BlueHost upgrade. It’s got mega bugs. Don’t use it ’till it gets sorted out. I downloaded it once, and it didn’t work. Trying to fix a problem, tech support lost my entire blog (7 weeks’ work). They then downloaded .05 for me 4 times, all of which were screwy. I got to re-do my blog 4 times. Yippee! Today I requested that they re-install the old version—.04, and they did. Stick with that one until the other gets fixed!
E-Yikes! Always a good idea to back up your database before doing a new installation.
Garry Gamber says
Good list and a good reminder. Yes, I did build several new websites and started several new blogs. I learned a little more html because I learned a lot years ago.
I didn’t do any outsourcing. I did it all on my own. Way too much. Bad move.
My newsletter doesn’t work well. I need to figure out how to improve it. It was a waste of time as it is.
I wrote numerous articles, and I’m proud of that. I put several of them out in directories for distribution. Way to go.
I started two PPC campaigns. With less than 50 words. There must be more that I can do. I know a lot of words.
I didn’t join new affiliate programs but I promoted one more successfully than in the past. I need to increase this area tenfold somehow.
I spent way too much time on my business but I enjoyed it.
Getting ready for 2007!
Thanks for the reminders and resolutions.
Way to go, indeed! Congratulations and better yet, for recognizing both your accomplishments and the areas in which you want to improve. That’s the only way to get there! 🙂 ~ Ros
I did a lot! In retrospect about a third of it was unproductive – part of my learning curve. I overcame my resistance to outsourcing – articles and WebTech. The latter is a revelation. Next year is going to be much more fun and productive partially because I will be outsourcing more, and partially because my plans for 2007 are much more reliastic than they were for this year.
It’s good to have this incentive to plan and reflect. Thanks Rosalind!
Only a third was unproductive? Good for you! Many waste much more than a third of their time (surfing, trying to do what they should outsource) so you’re definitely on the right track! Getting realistic is always a good plan too. Keep up the good work! 🙂 ~ Ros
Angela Cardwell says
For me 2006 has been fabulous! I am more organized and keeping up with my newsletter a lot better.
Since the upgrade of VM’s multi-tiered program and services I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! lol
I do believe that too many programs are too distracting. Focusing on just 1-2 at a time is far more easier and rewarding.
I love your blog Rosalind.