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"What's WRONG with ME?"

  1. katiem2 profile image59
    katiem2posted 7 years ago

    In terms of IM to build and secure future money I ask this;

    I must admit. I go full speed ahead and do do do do my marketing steps.  But then after a while I burn out...

    What do you do to keep motivated and focused on your methods that work.

    And maybe some tips for mixing it up a bit...

    Thanks smile

    1. Origin profile image60
      Originposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Take breaks, try different things, and so forth. Sometimes the mind and body needs a break from monotony. big_smile

      1. katiem2 profile image59
        katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yes this is true thanks, but I don't want to get distracted so I guess mini breaks.  Thanks Origin  smile

    2. Dobson profile image83
      Dobsonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think the problem most of us have is that we think we can make improvements and see the furits sooner than we actually should expect. I know I am surprised sometimes just how long it is before declared to be good tips actually pan out. Keep your chin up and keep reading every tips hub.

      1. katiem2 profile image59
        katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yea okay, your right.  It does seem like the days when I work the hardest my hub score goes down...  I may be adding to much to fast?  Traffic, articles gotta stay balanced. 

        Thanks Dobson wink

      2. Gilbert Smith profile image59
        Gilbert Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Right, this sort of thing isn't like a minimum wage job where the money sucks, but you get paid every other weekend no matter what. There's the potential for making a lot of money, but all you can really do is play the odds (which, fortunately, are on your side if you keep at it).

        Just remember that you're building equity of a sort with this kind of stuff, and in the long run, you'll thank yourself.

    3. Misha profile image76
      Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think that's the key. smile You do something while you feel like doing it. Then you switch to the next thing you feel like doing, even if this thing is hanging out in a bar smile

      1. katiem2 profile image59
        katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I love that, no more sticking to the process.  You know when I finish a hub I always dread creating all those social back links...but I do know they help tremendously.  What do you do Misha? 

        Thanks so much for the help I appreciate it A LOT!  wink

        1. Misha profile image76
          Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          As I said, I do what I feel like doing. If I feel like doing backlinks, so be it smile

          Right now I feel like having a break from writing a keyword research hub, cause it took me already three days LOL and I feel a bit tired smile

          1. katiem2 profile image59
            katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            You go Misha, smile

    4. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I do a range of things online and a distribute my time according to how well they are earning.  Whenever a platform earns money, I add to it and promote.  That way the rewards are pretty tangible and it is easy to get motivated.

      1. katiem2 profile image59
        katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thats fantastic, I love it!  Thanks smile

    5. tobey100 profile image60
      tobey100posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This may not help but if you had a carrot in your ear and a bean in your nose I'd say you weren't eating right.

      Nothings wrong with you.  We'll all start to burn out.  That's why vacations were invented.

      1. katiem2 profile image59
        katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Ah yes vacation it is summer time.... smile  Where are you vacationing this year?

        1. tobey100 profile image60
          tobey100posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          The beach, North Carolina.  Plenty of golf courses and we may not have to change our oil after swimming.

          1. katiem2 profile image59
            katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Sounds fantastic smile I can feel the sun now...

    6. Cagsil profile image61
      Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hey Katie, do yourself a favor or many. lol

      (a) setup a organized time frame for "working" on your hubs
      (b) stick to your time frame and do no more than what's elected
      (c) always take at least 2 days to yourself, as a break(the days do not need to be together, but would be best if the days were)
      (d) do not cave to the distractions, until your work is done
      (e) always enjoy what you do thoroughly
      (f) maintain your own stress by managing your time to the best of your ability(so as to get the most out of your time and effort)

      That's about all I have for you and trust me, you are in the same boat as many others, who are distracted easily.

      So, to answer your question- What's WRONG with ME? - Nothing! smile

      1. katiem2 profile image59
        katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Cagsil, thanks a lot.... smile

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      kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Katiem,

      I too share your frustrations and find taking a good amount of breaks has helped me - I'm sure it's already been said but it really is true.  Shut computer off for a few days,  and your motivation  will return

      All the best


    8. nwinternetmrktng profile image57
      nwinternetmrktngposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I go from niche to niche, churn and burn style but white hat.

      I try to cycle through niches every 8 weeks, albeit I will put some of our link building staff on the niche sites during my "off" week.

      So I guess: diversity & get someone to lighten your load!


    9. GreatContent profile image60
      GreatContentposted 7 years agoin reply to this


      Many marketers like to do 5-10 marketing campaigns all at once, and thats why they are burned out. My tip for you is to focus on 1 or 2 marketing campaigns, and stick with those til you're seeing some sort of lead flow.

      If you narrow it down to 1 or 2 marketing campaigns, then you'll be more motivated, because you wont feel like you're doing a ton of "work", and we know that we're in IM to get out of the J-O-B.

      So, for example. You can focus on facebook. If you do 2 campaigns, then you can do facebook & article marketing, and stick with THOSE til you're seeing some lead flow. You'll feel much better doing these.

      Another, continue your education in IM, and soar!

    10. stanton58 profile image54
      stanton58posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have a tendency to overwork myself on the computer so I rented a small garden space where I can get away and do some physical labor (no running water or electricity).

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    Precious Williamsposted 7 years ago

    There is nothing wrong with you. At the end of every day you should review what you have achieved towards your goals.  These are all successes and you should acknowledge them as such. You will have many every day, I can see that from your hubs.  If there is something that didn't go quite to plan, analyse why and what you can learn and then move on.  It's still positive because it's part of your lifelong learning journey. And don't waste time on negative self talk - it's pointless, takes energy that you could use else where and a waste of your very obvious talent. (Oh and don't forget to take those breaks - you may be keeping at it for long lengths of time - but are you using that time effectively.  Giving yourself a break will make it easier to think afresh.

    1. katiem2 profile image59
      katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      So true and yet forgotten, I will do that. smile

  3. ProjectsConsult profile image69
    ProjectsConsultposted 7 years ago


    I am new to HubPages, and want to learn more about how I too can succeed here. I am still learning how to use the site, does anyone have any tips on how I can get my hubs off the ground, and specifically what is are social back links.


    1. slideseven profile image57
      slidesevenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Have you read the tips that HubPages have gone to a lot of trouble to put together for us all? If not, do so now.
      They are there on your sign in page.Take your time! Have a good look at loads of other hubs and the products offered (if any) and.....go to Google and look at some of the ads they have up there...study them.

      Try this if you will as an example; Google for 'how to stop puppy biting' and see what comes up and read those ads -that is a starter for you to learn how to do your hubs if you are intending to market products as an affiliate.

      1. katiem2 profile image59
        katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks slideseven smile

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    write naughty limericks in between. katiem2 went to Monte Bleu . . . screw it.

    1. katiem2 profile image59
      katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good idea, I like it thanks Ralwus,,,. Hea you know my name is Katie, May I call you by your first name?  and do call me Katie smile

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    Call me whatever you want, most people do, some call me that Bastard Charlie, like friend Wayne. Katie big_smile like that woman with Rooster Cogburn.

    1. bschrodt profile image56
      bschrodtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Watch out Katie I think ralwas is sweet on you.

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    big_smilebig_smile I am, I admit it. What red blooded man would not be? Oh, but my blood is thin and full of maggots.

  7. grejotte profile image78
    grejotteposted 7 years ago

    That's a good question! I am also interested by the answers, and there are some good tips here. :p

  8. Philip k profile image55
    Philip kposted 7 years ago

    Hi Katiem2,
    I've experienced that feeling many a time and personally find that goal setting as mentioned earlier is the best way to overcome that. But setting goals for a whole week or worse still a month does make everything seem daunting. So what I do to overcome this is to set daily goals. I get a small notebook and either the night before, or first thing in the morning sit down and figure out the important tasks that need to be done. It helps to define your day and don't forget to 'factor in' some breaks as also mentioned in the other posts. The great thing about doing this is when you can tick off, or rule out the tasks as you complete them and it gives you a really satisfying feeling too.
    Hope that helps.

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    Go Writerposted 7 years ago

    Write about what you really like, and you won't feel so burnt out.

    Reading through your bio, Katie, I wouldn't be able to find your website because it was hidden under a link called "Peace Katie". No offense, but that wouldn't entice me to click it.

    Make your intentions very clear. e.g. Feel Free to visit my site at...

    You also state that you're a vegan. I think that's an excellent niche to write about and market from your stand point. Health niche is HUUUGGGEEE!!! There's big money in that.

    While I'm not moved by the moons and stars of the universe, other people are into that. If that's your interest, write about it.

    I assure you there are plenty of affiliate products out there on it, and it's a profitable market. There are people out there who no kidding are promoting websites that sell "ghost hunting equipment".

    Like you, I like to write, but I have to admit that my internet marketing sometimes overtakes me. I love internet marketing almost as much as I enjoy writing.

    Really take the time to write about what interests you.

    Plus, remember that there are other ways to get traffic that don't always involve SEO and social bookmarking. I recommend you check out Kim Roach's blog at http://BuzzBlogger.com. She's got good traffic tips. Free.

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    billy7867posted 7 years ago

    I personally use the organiser on my blackberry to stay on top of the game and be focused.

  11. akirchner profile image97
    akirchnerposted 7 years ago

    I'm glad you posted this because I sometimes feel like a bouncing ball - mentally as well as physically...or was that Lucille Ball?

    Some days I feel wonderful and gleeful when I'm all done (especially if I've written some of my funniest stories) - but then when they just sit there, I get into a funk and start to examine everything...what did I do wrong, did I use the wrong keywords (even though I'd searched and done my homework) - something I did must be just not right because of course it has to be my fault!

    I think all the advice is great - sometimes I just have to say 'screw it' and walk away for a day or two or maybe even 14! After the contest I was so burned out I didn't think I could write anything meaningful to be honest but it eventually swung back around. 

    Nothing works when forced - and as Misha said, if I just get too tired out from the hub or hubs, and I don't want to back link - I guess no one is gonna come out of my screen and hit me so I just 'let it go'. 

    My problem is finding enough hours in a day or week to write all the stuff that floats around in my brain - my 8-9 hour typing gig per day is really seriously cutting into my hubbing - what is up with that?

    Know you have great work ethic, Katie - and you do fine....just keep on doing what you do and all of it will come around...if it doesn't, do what I do - have a quick cry and get back at it!

  12. competitiveniche profile image56
    competitivenicheposted 7 years ago

    "Overwhelm" is the biggest enemy to success in earning a living online. There are so many options available at any given time for any given need that it just turns into information overload, you end up going in circles without accomplishing much of anything. I have found one particular rule to be very useful, narrow your options and choices to as few as possible but make sure that each one is a good one. Sounds simplistic I know, but it works for me.

    1. katiem2 profile image59
      katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      So true...

  13. competitiveniche profile image56
    competitivenicheposted 7 years ago

    Another big obstacle is simply taking action. When I started out I would over analyze every detail of what I was doing instead of just putting it out there. This was a big mistake. The internet is fluid, you can correct mistakes easily, adapt, test, change, just put it out there

    1. katiem2 profile image59
      katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Very GOOD point and one I've just learned, THANKFULLY!  big_smile

  14. discoverneil profile image56
    discoverneilposted 7 years ago

    I agree with the majority Katie.  There’s not a thing wrong with you when it comes to concerns about burning out.  It happens to everyone and there definitely comes a time when you need a break.  My wife prohibits me from working 7 days in a row fearing that I may end up drained!  Nevertheless, continue to work hard and remain consistent.  Scheduling your time…work & play, may definitely help out.  It also appears that you’re well versed in the area of article marketing.  If you feel that you’ve reached that high point and want to mix it up, go for it!  Just make sure you enjoy it.  That’s motivation enough.

    Neil Butler