I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and in the long run it works out for the better. Sometimes you have to reach real deep inside to find the lesson or the bright side, but it’s always there.
It has only been a little over a month since the Panda came out and made itself known to the online world so things haven’t totally settled as yet. However, the past 30 or so days have been an eye opener for me and I fully intend to make a few much needed changes. Here are a few things the Panda has taught and/or done for me:
Listen to the Inner Whispers
Quite some time ago when I was self-diagnosed with job-aversion-itis (often confused with work-aversion-itis), there were whisperings deep within telling me to explore avenues that would allow me to take total control of my income (subject to market conditions).
I wanted to write freely without worrying about the New Rules Committee (aka NRC). You know the NRC. They meet every Monday morning to create a whole new set of editorial changes that do nothing but create havoc and cause writers to jump through even more hoops before their work is published. By going out on my own, I am the NRC. I make the changes as I see fit to bring in the best profit for my efforts.
Don’t Operate in a Vacuum
While I was writing for Suite I wrote in a vacuum. I put forth my best work (for the most part, there are a few fluff articles there), tried to keep up with my weekly obligations and went about my merry way. It wasn’t until the Panda’s wrath reigned down on Suite did I realize there was a large body of sub par work (sub par is putting it nicely). That sub par work affected everyone.
If I were to write for another content site, you can bet I’m taking a walking tour through the neighborhood before I write a single article. Although, this point is moot since I don’t think I’ll be looking for additional content sites to write for.
Warily Enjoying Traffic/Income Increase
I’m thrilled with the increase in traffic and income that I’m seeing as a result of the Panda update. My advertising income has reached record highs. The increase is offsetting the drop in my Suite income. However, I’ve been through this before. The Panda is a fickle Panda. The Panda gives and the Panda can take away, so I’m taking measures to cushion the blow if and when the Panda takes away (again).
My Online Foundation
I started online by creating my own website. I later discovered content sites and enjoyed the fact that I could earn money much quicker there than with my own sites. I did continue to add a little content to my own site, but too much of my work went on content sites (who could turn down the lucrative financial return that eHow offered).
Over time I slowed down, enjoyed the income and decided to take time to smell the roses. Thank you Panda for kicking me in the rear end to force me to build my own foundation for success. Panda reminded me of the inner whispers that I had long ignored.
As Oprah Winfrey says (I’m paraphrasing), “It starts as a whisper. If you ignore it, it becomes a tap on the shoulder. If you ignore that eventually a brick wall will fall on you.”
I’m a little past the whisper, but nowhere near the brick wall falling on me. Thanks Panda for the nudge.
Now it’s Your Turn
What has the Panda taught you? Are you going to make a change or are you attempting to work harder to bring back your former income though the same venues you used before? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone? I’m stepping out of mine and so far I’m not liking it, but I know it will get better with time.