Why We Got Rid of Our Websites & Shut Down Our Podcast

minimalism and online marketingI recently read a blog post where someone mentioned creating a Word for the Year. This is where you choose a word that encapsulates your main intention for the year. It can be one word or a group of words. For some, it’s not always easy to find that word and in fact, you can take courses to help you find that word, but for me it was easy. I knew straight away that my word was ‘minimalism’.

I have been wanting to declutter for some time now and in fact, have been slowly doing this with household items but I really wanted to get serious about it. The house was still filled with so many ‘you never know when you might need it’ items and it was time to let them go.

This has taken up much of January for me and Wanda has come onboard as well and is doing the same with her home. In fact, she has gotten rid of far more than me.

It’s a liberating feeling getting rid of ‘stuff’. It feels like a weight off your shoulders. It essentially means that you have less stuff to worry about and to be honest, most people in western societies have more stuff than they will ever need just sitting in boxes in the garage. Some people have so much stuff that they pay companies to store the excess.

So since we are both focused on a more minimalistic approach it was only natural that this would apply to our online business. Last year, we just did too much and as a result by Christmas we were just burned out. We really needed to reassess what we were doing and get into a ‘declutter the business mode’.

This has meant a big change to the number of websites we currently own. Some of these were websites we had when we first started online so they held some sentimental value for us but we were in the right frame of mind to finally let them go.

Our criteria for getting rid of those websites was whether they earned enough to cover the cost of running them. Most didn’t so we just let them go. This has resulted in us going from around 30 working websites down to just 15.

Because we had so many websites, it was difficult to manage them. All those things you need to keep in mind like remembering passwords and which hosting company they were with, ensuring Wordpress and plugins were updated and domain names were renewed. And we would often think that if only we had more time, we would be able to work on them and get them making money again. So they were constantly in the back of our mind…yet another thing to think of.

Finally getting rid of them has been a really freeing experience. It has has allowed us to combine the majority of the remaining websites into one hosting account. This meant, we were able to close down one of our hosting accounts completely. So apart from the money saving, it is one less thing to worry about.

We have also decided to close down the podcast for this website. We really like the idea of doing podcasts and they are a great way of getting traffic to your website, but we had to weigh our options and we knew that this particular podcast had to go. So today we shut it down.

One final thing we did was to reduce the amount of videos we are recording for our YouTube channels. At one point, we were creating 3 a week. That was way too much work as we not only had to record but do all the preparation before hand and then spend time editing the videos.

This is really just the start. We intend to declutter even more so because decluttering not only gets rid of stuff and reduce workload but it also declutters the mind. The less ‘stuff’ you have to think of, the clearer the mind becomes.

We are already finding that the lightened workload is having a beneficial effect on our wellbeing. We are able to take time off and get back to having experiences rather than being stuck at home working on the business so completely. Creative ideas are flowing more freely and work has once again become enjoyable. So if you are doing way to much, sit back and evaluate just what you can downsize to get your life on track.

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up

We know from the emails we receive that so many people are struggling to make a decent living online.  It can be quite depressing at times when you seem to put in so much effort for little return, and often your family and friends are not supportive.

But Affiliate Marketing does work, you just need to get the process right. We tried all sorts of things before we finally found what worked for us and the steps that we talk about in our Amazonian Profit Plan certainly made the world of difference to our income and lifestyle. The main thing is to find what suits you and stick to it. Money isn’t going to start coming in at the start, be prepared for this, in fact it generally takes a few months before you start to see any real results. But if you stick at it you will get there.

So why do I love the affiliate marketing business?   Well  it allows me to live  a rich and fulfilling  life full of extraordinary moments.  I just want to share some of the highlights with you, maybe it will help to keep you focused when you know that I am not some young tech savvy person, in fact I am a grandmother and a great grandmother (I started young) so if I can do this, so can you.

In the last three weeks alone, we have had the opportunity to drive 4 different model Ferraris through a company called Prancing Horse, attend the T. Harv Eker ‘Millionaire Mind” conference and then went on to the Tony Robins/Richard Branson Ultimate Success Summit in Sydney.

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to own a Ferrari, so having the opportunity to drive 4 different models was an amazing experience.

We left Sydney on the Friday morning and drove to Kiama for lunch at the Seabreeze Restaurant and then further on down the NSW coast to Gerringong  where we stayed overnight at the Bellachara Boutique Hotel. The package included, accommodation,  all meals and a fantastic massage when we arrived at the hotel.

Then we drove back to Sydney the next day. There were 8 people all told, and each car had two people in each, so we stopped to do a driver exchange and later on at the next stop we exchanged cars. This gave everyone the opportunity to drive each of the cars. A totally awesome weekend. And just don’t tell anyone I told you but Paula got a speeding ticket driving one of the Ferraris – a whopping $672 (approx $630US) for doing 40kms over the speed limit! She says it was worth it!

A week later we were back in Sydney to attend the 3 day Millionaire Mind Intensive event and stayed on in Sydney to see Tony Robbins and Richard Branson, for a taste of more motivational inspiration.

So for the past 3 weeks we have stayed in Sydney at 4 & 5 star hotels, eaten at very nice restaurants and attended educational and inspirational events;  things we could not have done without our online business and more specifically when we finally worked out what we needed to do to get our websites to start returning serious money.

It has allowed us to travel wherever and whenever we like because this business can be done on your laptop. We flit back and forward to the US and next year we are off to Europe again, plus we get to travel around Australia at will.

We didn’t always know what we were doing and we made every mistake in the book along the way.  But we found the key to success is to have a plan, focus on it and open your mind to the endless possibilities that are available. 

We did it and so can you!!