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IMer's: How do you fight your "starting too many projects and not finishing" disease?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by deviatus, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. deviatus

    deviatus Power Member

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    I know a lot you have this problem.

    Coming up with new ideas and niches and then starting the first few stages of a project is the exciting part... then it's when you run into your first roadblock, whether it be proxy issues or getting your WP site right, then it becomes work and draining and you're tempted by another shiny IM object.

    An example would be you spend $$$ on this bot, looks complicated at first, two days later you have this "great" idea for an authority site and you buy up domains, then you see this "amazing" money making thread on BHW and you clear your schedule chasing that.... and in the end nothing gets your 100% or even accomplished.

    So how do you force yourself to see one project through with the temptation of all those juicy trends, and keywords, and new niches that you're missing out on, etc..?
     
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  2. GiorgioB

    GiorgioB Supreme Member

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    I start a couple of projects.. see which ones have the potential to bring the most money with the least amount of work. Then I prioritise them.. but I never abandon projects completely, especially if I've spent some money (domain names, SEO, etc..)
     
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    Hire people
     
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    I was doing this few months ago - now I am taking new approach - start 2 projects at the same time max and if you want to start more - start them within the main project. So if you build MNS and you desire to jump to something new - start authority site. Dont jump to Twitter or something required a lot of resources and your time.
     
  5. security

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    I have searched for the answer to this endlessly. I found most of the answer i was looking for in the book "Mastery" by Robert Green. At the end of the day tho it all comes down to truly being focused.

    One more opinion on the subject. Unless you truly love what you do you will always find something else better. Sure we are want money and we are all here to get it. but you have to find something you love to do. Something that makes you want to complete it more then you want to make money.

    The one thing i always found my self good at was mailing. I tired SEO, affiliate marking Ewhoring, iming,netsend, EVERTHYING.. And did well at them all. but never GREAT, never as good as i did mailing.. After the laws changed and a few other reasons i had to stop mailing. After trying my hand at everything else find my self right back to mailing.

    Its the only thing that keeps me focused. The only thing i really like to do. Something about hitting that inbox, i love! Alot has changed since back in the day, and a lot more work has to go into mailing now.

    Mailing is so much more involved now, nothing i use to do works.. I'm going on about month 6 after getting back in. I even had to learn UBot + Regex this time. BUT because i LOVE to mail, i was able to stay focused..

    Hope this all helped.. didnt mean to write so much.. got a little carried away.
     
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    sathyavcs Regular Member

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    I will start only 2 to 3 maximum at a time, and if I am interested with another project in between I will try for JV but I would never drop the current project unless it is saturated.

    I will be sit fair only when I get back what I invested :D
     
  7. bananaman5000

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    i think abandoning is part of the process. you need to keep trying stuff and abandon the stuff that you discover to be waste of time
     
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  8. Panther28

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    I will spend 80% of my online time on 1 thing, and really building it up, and then 15% of the time, slowly putting together whats coming next. When my 80% thing is done (usually a month) I will switch over to expand on one of the things in my 15% and move that upto 80%. That still leaves me with 5% of my time, which i spend organizing ideas, and working on my main spreadsheet which tracks everything i'm doing.

    The best idea is to work on one thing at a time, as it saves more time in the long run. However, you have to think like a sales funnel. Every idea is a possible client, that might not even work, so always have a new "client" to work with next.
     
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    I can't fight it. I'm suffocating under it all :(
     
  10. bookmarc

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    nice title!


    sent this thread to a couple of friends who suffer from this disease. :)
    plus it it was nice reading what had to say... because like it or not.... most of us have been inflicted with this disease at some point of our life. including me.

    as for me...

    i have my niche. i have been with it for 7+ years now.
    it's a love-hate story. because sometimes you are forced to look at so many aspects of the project you lose automatically lose focus. I mean... you have to look at the development, content, promotion, out sourcing etc etc... and trying to do all this diverts your attention away from the main project. and then the love turns to hate.

    In fact just today I made a comment here
    "Now truth be told, I still dont plan to use buy SAPE links directly. even after reading this guide. because I would rather pay a little extra than take on the extra work."

    and doing little stuff like above helps me redirect my energy back to what I should be doing in the first place. and the hate turns to back to love and that love brings me the $$$
     
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    As Napoleon has said...

    Outsource, outsource, outsource.
     
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  12. deviatus

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    I've been outsourcing on and off for the past few years. Half the time it takes more time explaining what I want than doing it myself... minus the coders. God bless my WP editors.

    I'll most likely hire the right project manager or even a JV... has been on my mind for a long time. I have some internet trust issues, reasonably so. I've never really been screwed with a contractor or JV, it's the stories I read..
     
  13. deviatus

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    It's knowing when to fold'em that's the trick. Sometimes you could be right close to the barrier of success (just a little more backlink diversity or better on-page SEO) then you give up and never realize the $$$$ you missed out on.