Informational Overload.. A Treatable Affliction
Informational overload...what is that about? This is when you start trying to sign up for a program using the steps included by the founder of that product. Then the next thing you know you are sitting there with 50 windows open and have signed up for a gazillion sites and your email has just notified you that you have reached your capacity for email.
OMGoodness, is that where you are now? And the sad thing is that you just unsubscribed from 86 things last month. How do you get focused to stay on task? You have hundreds of bookmarks for pages to go back to that in all probablity you will never get time to visit again.
Ok, when everything just catches your eye, then you just have to stop. If you have too many pots in the fire, nothing will get "done". Here's my solution.
1) Read your emails. This means go step by step by email by email. The ones that are NOT making you money and are just touting more stuff for you to buy or sign up for... unsubscribe from them. Its usually easy to accomplish this at the bottom of each email. Make a folder for unsubscribed confirmations in your email (ie these are like inbox, trash, etc) After you unsubscribe from each one, place that email plus the confirmation email in this folder. After you put each one in the folder then the next time you get an email from that company put it in the junk folder. That will mark it as junk.
2) Take stock of the programs that you are promoting. First see what they are costing each month. Then compare that with the profit you are making from them and how long you have been with this product or promotion. Ones that are costing you but have no ROI ( return on investment) get rid of them.
3) Narrow the playing field. Narrow your programs down to a manageable few that you can successfully handle. If you are a newbie, start with one program. Devote your energy to that one thing then when it is successful or on autopilot, you can add another and repeat the process.
4) Get a centralized hosting service. If you have several websites floating around that you are paying hosting for, you might just want to compare prices and select a hosting service that will transfer your domain names for a small fee and just host all your sites on one server. This makes checking your sites a lot easier and you are not likely to "lose" one with informational overload. This is really easy to do with splash or capture pages.
5) Watch those trials. Keep up with your trial subscriptions above all. Remember when they expire and promptly unsubscibe before the dealine to prevent an "opps" on your credit card or bank account. This one thing can really put a crunch on your business funds in a hurr (personal note: I have mine on a personal appointment reminder that pops up a message to remind me I have one about to expire. This has saved me lots of headaches)
6) ALWAYS read the terms and conditions. This is where they slip in those little extra costs and getcha when you least expect it. 98% of people do NOT read the terms and conditions and privacy agreement.
I hope these few tips will keep you from informational overload and keep you on the right track to success. I know from personal experience that this works. I just wanted to share with you these few tidbits to keep you from falling in the same trap that I have. And folks, don't get me wrong, its like an addiction. You can be back in the same place within the month if you are not careful but that's ok, just start at step 1 and do it again.
To Total E-Success....Squared