Oops, well you will see from the tumbleweed and other signs of decay and abandonment that I’ve not been around these parts much in recent months.
Try not to take it personally, to be honest I’ve not been doing much in the world of affiliate marketing at all since the start of October last year. First of all we had my parents visiting with us for a month, followed by Duncan’s folks for another month. It was around that point that I realised that I was heavily pregnant and exhausted and resumed working, but only for about 2 hours each day. By the end of December my definition of exhaustion had been upgraded and I ended up spending the rest of my pregnancy in my bedroom watching TV and playing on Facebook from a reclining position!
So On Feb 4th I….
Had A Beautiful Baby Girl!!!!!!!!
In typical me style the birth was very dramatic complete with Hollywood style sudden water breakage followed by tyre squealing trip to the hospital. Duncan has now passed his advanced driving test which much to his surprise involves very fast motorway driving combined with someone trying to break all the bones in your left hand. His emergency park / car abandonment in the hospital ambulance bay completed his exam which he passed with flying colours.
And here is my little affiliate drama queen, Eilidh Eve McKenzie
That’s her meeting her Grannie for the first time, and as you can see she was a teeny bit poorly when she was born and also very petite. She was a whopping 5.5lbs and to give you a scale – that’s a facecloth draped over her.
After a very short stay in special care she was A-OK and is now thriving away nicely. Since then it’s been no sleep and nappies all the way with not a space in my mind for any affiliate marketing beyond that essential hour every day to make sure nothing has collapsed in a burning pile of cinders!
Well, it’s almost time for me to start work again. Not full time of course, but at least a couple of hours each day somewhere in between the various fine arts of parenting.
Long term readers of this blog will know that I’ve always extolled the virtues of a highly structured working day / week to ensure maximum productivity. Clearly that system is now about as much use as me planning to sleep 10 hours each night – it’s not up to me any more! I’m in for an interesting time considering how I’m used to working and judging when it’s OK for me to stop working. The pull of chronic workaholism combined with the demands of a fast growing mini affiliate might just clash a teeny bit 😉
Thanks To Google…
I’ve got some serious ground to make up too… like many affiliates Google Panda has had an unpleasant effect, but I’m fortunate enough in that I’m still motoring along nicely revenue wise thanks to a wide spread of traffic sources and some well placed gap plugging.
I have many plans for moving forward with my current sites and some new projects. My various experiments with Google organic search have given me a path forward from here. As far as timing goes it’s needless to say that Google sucks for perpetrating this just when I had a child. To see 3 years hard work flushed down the internet lavvy is distressing to say the least – but that is Affiliate Marketing in a nutshell. You never know what might happen and have to be prepared to reinvent yourself constantly. So that’s what I’ll do.
Reinventing The Affiliate Wheel
The way forward? Some mini sites, a bit of work tarting up and replicating the structure of sites that didn’t get affected combined with the tapping of some revenue / traffic streams I’ve known about for a while but haven’t had time to exploit.
I hope to have time to talk about them all on here with you guys, but with a baby around the house and my new freeform “who knows?” work methodology the updates are likely to be irregular. It’s often been said that affiliate marketing is the ideal job for a stay at home mother. Is it? Well… I’ll let you know.
It’s been pretty good so far. Despite Google Panda it’s looked after me since last October without a huge amount of input. That bit works well. The bit where I actually have to do something? That’s for me to find out very soon 😉
See y’all around!
What’s that? Another baby picture?? Glad to comply… here’s one from the last couple of days. Hasn’t she grown?