Do you do internet marketing? Whether it is your job to market websites, services, and products for others or if you are marketing your own personal projects, time management is key. In fact, your ability to work and manage your time is directly related to your income earnings. The more links you distribute and the more interest you generate, the more money you should make.
Since time management is an important component of becoming a successful and profitable internet marketer, you may wish to revamp the daily managing of your time. If so, continue reading on for 6 easy steps to get started.
1 – Brainstorm
Do not make the mistake of jumping right into work. Instead, take the time to brainstorm and develop a list of internet marketing tasks. Decide what you want to do for the day. How do you want to market and advertise today? Do you want to update your website or blog? Do you want to submit to article directories? Do you want to buy advertisements on similar websites? If so, list these items on a scrap sheet of paper.
2 – Prioritize
You might assume that you are done after brainstorming your daily tasks, but you are not. Next, you want to create a to-do list or a detailed schedule. To get started, prioritize. If working for yourself, as opposed to a client, you have more freedom. It is best to start with internet marketing tactics you know will work. Since there is less gamble, your work and the energy you put forth should pay off. For example, submitting articles to article directories is “safer,” than using Twitter to generate clicks to a website.
3 – Set Time Limits
As previously stated, you can create a detailed schedule. When doing so, use blocks of time. For example, 9am to 10am can be used for writing and submitting one article to EzineArticles.com. This gives you one hour to do the task. Yes, it does apply pressure, but a time limit can also serve as a source of motivation.
If you opt to create a detailed scheduled, set aside specific blocks of time. Even if you don’t take this approach, still create a time limit. Before you start each task, create a goal time to have it completed by.
4 – Stay Organized
Those who are unorganized often have poor time management. And, those with poor time management are often unorganized. To improve the use of your time, get organized. Make sure you are working in a clean and professional environment, even if only working from a laptop at your kitchen table.
5 – Know When to Outsource
Outsourcing is not the preferred method of internet marketing, as it does cost money. With that said, there will come a point in time where you fall behind or feel overwhelmed. This is when you should outsource. Outsourced projects do not need to be large. So, even if you only hire a writer to write one article for directory submission, you are still receiving much needed marketing help.
6 – Don’t Waste Time
The biggest time waster when working as an internet marketer is the internet. Yes, this seems ironic, but it is true. There are millions of things to do on the computer and online. Therefore, it is easy to get distracted and waste time. Set rules for yourself. For example, no checking your personal email, no communication with friends on instant messenger, no playing computer games, and no surfing the internet for random websites while working. The internet is a great source of entertainment, but not when you should be doing your job.