September 12th 2016
Well here I am, having finally completed week 1 of John Thornhill’s Partnership to Success programme.
This is not the first ‘internet marketing from scratch’ guide that I’ve tried to follow; but hopefully, it will be the last.
Many people ‘have a go’ at systems for a while, then give up, complaining that they don’t work; but that doesn’t explain how they do work for some and not others.
In my experience it’s usually not the system that didn’t work that was the issue – the issue was me not working the system.
Week 1 of this programme seemed straightforward enough; register a domain name, arrange hosting, set up a blog and write your first post. But, as usual with me, a million questions flooded into my brain to help complicate what should have been very simple – things like:
- I already have a blog – should I start again with a new domain name?
- I already have hosting – should I go with John’s recommended provider to make following his course easier?
- What about adding Google Analytics to my blog so I can track visitors to my site and capture valuable data?
- Should I set up another email account just for Partnership to Success stuff?
In the end, I decided to go with John’s provider and start my blog from scratch, so that following along should be easier. I have added Google Analytics to the site but I haven’t optimised it yet; but then I don’t have any traffic worth measuring yet either – so that job can wait.
It’s not been easy to reign myself in, when I know I have more than a basic knowledge of blogging, but I feel it’s important not to race ahead to stuff that will probably be covered in the coming weeks.
Hopefully that will help me keep going; I’m determined to see this Programme through.
If you would like to learn more about the Partnership to Success Programme itself and maybe take this exciting journey with me, read my Welcome! blog post for more information.
July 10th 2019 – update
So I’m now systematically going through all of my original blog posts to update them…and if you’re new to my blog and wondering about the (almost) 2 year gap between the original post and this update, check out my Back in the Game post to learn more.
I have to roll my eyes every time I see where I’ve written something like ‘I’m determined to see this Programme through’ (see above) when here I am, nearly 2 years later, still only a quarter of the way through it.
But then, I could have given up and not come back to it and, instead, here I am, having got everything back working again and more determined than ever to succeed with it, having found my ‘why’. My post Epiphany From a Smoke Alarm explains more about that one.
In week 1, video 9, John Thornhill recommended buying and reading a book called The Go-Giver. It’s well worth a read or a listen to – and, as well as buying both the paperback and audio versions, I also managed to buy the rights to be able to make the audio version (read by the authors themselves) available here for free. Enjoy.
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