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Updated on March 5, 2011


Online activities can sometimes be so distracting that one may spend a sizable amount of time without even achieving anything meaningful. This does not only cost money but time. You can replace money spent unwisely but you cannot replace your time spent unwisely. And that is why you have to make sure that you maximize the returns you get from your time invested in anything you do. I have been opportune to have a chart with some online/internet marketers who sometimes complain of not achieving what they intended to achieve in a given period of time. One reason for this is that there are so many activities that can be done online- both productive and unproductive.

The time you invest in online activities must be maximized because is a form of investment. In this article are tips that can be employed to help you maximize the return from your online investment.


  • Plan your daily/ periodical online activities

Plan your online activities before hand as this will help keep you focused on your goal. Write down websites that you intend visiting. So many times, I find my self confused over what next to do on the internet. I might have it in mind to do some marketing of my sites and back-linking before connecting to the internet but quickly forget the sites I intend visiting. As this continued, I then quickly figured out that I achieve more through proper planning and penciling down of my journey through the internet. Try it and see that it will help enhance your online experience.

  • Set a standard that must be achieved

Setting out a target will help direct your path. Operating on the internet without a standard is just like walking in a desert without a functional compass. You will do yourself a lot good if you have something to look up to so as to keep directed. You can for example say, I want to add 30 back-links to my sites, blogs, hubs or websites today. This will act as a reminder whenever the ‘deceit spirit of internet comes around to lure you into engaging in unproductive activities. Allocate your time in the right proportion.

  • Be disciplined

One thing is to have a plan and a set target, another thing is to implement them. To be honest with you, I some times find my self struggling to keep to my plans and targets- especially when I am on the hubpages, but, that is not entirely my fault. The spirit of hubpages (spirit of love and helping hand) always gets me attracted to the chart room whenever am around here. Heheheh.

  • Avoid too much charting

You need no explanation on this as it is self explained. Find the courage to say no to too much charting.

  • Be protected from viruses and other malicious codes

As obvious as this may be, people tend to neglect it at their own detriment. The number of hours spent trying to figure out what went wrong with your system can be utilized to your own benefit. Viruses can sometimes make your system extremely slow thereby wasting you some precious time.

  • Align your online goals with your online activities

Make sure you don’t do anything that will not add to the bottom line of your online goal. Always align your activities with your goals.

  • Be technology and internet savvy

Being technologically savvy will help make you more proficient and efficient in carrying out your online activities. Instead of doing things manually, certain softwares and technologies can be used to achieve optimum result in record time. I will rather install a spam blocker than deleting spam comments and mails all the time.

  • Outsource some of your routine activities

There are some basic online routine functions that we can easily outsource to third parties. This link explains what outsourcing is in a simple language. Warning! Never outsource your critical online activities. And be sure you know about these internet threats so as to safe time internet identity theft, identity theft, online scam, and phishing and pharming.

Though I did not specifically mention financial cost of online activities but every care should be taken to reduce cost and get the best out of every dime spent on the internet. I assume you know that your primary aim of coming online is to maximize (make money) the returns from the time you invest in online activities.

To your online success!


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    • chinweike profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      Andrew0208, thanks for reading and commenting

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      8 years ago from Zion

      Great advice. I love the way you put it here. Thanks for sharing.

    • chinweike profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      jeffrey Neal

      You got the point, we are codedly being eaten by the same source that feed us (the internet). Thanks for finding the scarce time to read my hub and commenting

    • chinweike profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Glasgow, UK


      Thanks for stopping by, reading the hub, digesting the content and commenting

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      Jeffrey Neal 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      chinweike, definitely good advice found here. I think it is ironic that the source of our online income, the internet, is also one huge distraction. Your tips are very helpful. Great hub!

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Some very encouraging advice, things I never even thought about. I do agree that you can't recover time, so these helpful tips do come in handy. Thanks chinweike.

    • chinweike profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      Jeff Jackson

      thanks for the encouraging comment. But, take it from me that you are no more a newbie.

      Cheers my dear

    • chinweike profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      Nelle, Am glad to know that you enjoyed the hub. I equally enjoy reading your hubs as they inspire me into action.

      Thanks for investing your precious online time into this hub.

    • Jeff Jackson profile image

      Jeff Jackson 

      8 years ago

      I agree Nelle.

      Good input Chinweike! These are very helpful tips esp for newbies like me.


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      Nelle Hoxie 

      8 years ago

      This is excellent advice to anyone who is working to make money online. While HubPages is a great opportunity, it can also be a way to waste a lot of productive time. So I've been severely limiting my forum time, because so much in the forums doesn't pertain to hubbing as a profession. Instead I read hubs like this. This really does provide a great deal of sound advice.


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