And by some traffic, I mean very little, but it is still so exciting to me that there are people out there visiting my website! In the past week, according to Google Analytics, 18 people have visited my site. I estimate that half of them are members of Wealthy Affiliate that I’ve asked to look at my website for feedback, but at least 9 or more of them landed on my site through other means!
If you are wondering if I have earned any income yet, no, I haven’t. But, I’ve paid the yearly membership fee and am committed to giving my efforts here at least a year.
I am still plugging along, trying to spend some time each day working on my site. I have just begun phase 4 of Bootcamp training. There are 7 phases, so I am close to being halfway through!
Some of What I’ve Learned/Accomplished Since My Last Post:
- How to back up my website (which I’ve already forgotten how to do, but I can always go back to the training each time I’d like to back up the site)
- The importance of internal links, and how to use them to build content
- I have a better understanding of what widgets are and how to use them
- I’ve learned how to add the social share buttons to my site (see them on the side of this page – please consider sharing on of my review pages 🙂
- I set up a Twitter and Google+ account
- Shared some of my content on Facebook and Pinterest
- Added Google Analytics
- How to add the Read More button so my post can continue on another page
- The importance of continually added content (Have I told you how much I hate to write! I’m hoping I improve with practice and eventually learn to like it or at least dislike it less 🙂
- How to use Jaaxy for keyword search (Jaaxy is not a free tool, but it is more advance than the free keyword tool WA offers. I signed up for the free Jaaxy trial, but will not be purchasing because it is $19 month for membership.
Still a Little Overwhelmed
A lot has happened in this last week or so and although I have experienced a lot, I also realize, I have so much more to learn. All the topics above were introduced in the courses, but I do not have a full grasp of most of them. For example, I am aware that there is a lot of information provided in Google Analytics, but I am only able to understand a small percentage of it. I opened my Google+ and Twitter accounts, but I’m not sure what to do with them or how to use them. And although I have a good understanding of widgets now, I still need practice with using them. I am confident, that as I continue through my lessons and working on my website, I will be eventually become more familiar and comfortable in all of these areas.
- I wish Jaaxy (keyword/research tool) were included in the membership or not mentioned at all in the training. When you pay for the Premium membership, you are told that everything is included in that one price. However, WA pushes Jaaxy and even has us download the free trail membership in one of their lessons. I believe Carson (one of the owners of WA) owns Jaaxy which bothers me for some reason. That said, the WA keyword tool is probably sufficient for what is needed to have a successful site, so I do not plan on purchasing Jaaxy
But, Still Happy With Wealthy Affiliate
Despite my feeling on how Jaaxy is pushed on WA, I continue to believe joining was a good decision on my part. I am holding out faith that I will succeed and eventually earn the extra income I desire to help pay for my mother’s caregivers. I have learned so much and I would not have been able to come even this far without the step by step guidance provided here.
If you are interested in Wealthy Affiliate, I would recommend the free Starter Membership, where you would have all the tools needed to create a website. You could then decide if you’d like to join as a paid member and have access to the additional benefits offered.
Any questions/comment? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for following me on this journey,