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    Millionaire on training wheels Justdoit's Avatar
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    Okay how do you stay organized?
    I am going absolutely bonkers. Make a page on a subject, then hop to another one, then try to tie them all together in mall sites.
    I get bored of making pages all in the same category, so I jump around a bit and forget what is where, now how to link them all together?
    Me thinks I need sleep or coffee and since none of that is readily forthcoming anyone got any ideas or tips?
    Otherwise I am going to end up with 500 different pages nothing linked to anything and forget what I uploaded where!!! :eek: :eek:

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    I keep a notebook on my desk to keep track.

    I like to do things in themes. So I will put what the themes are, then list the pages under each theme. As I work on a section, I put a check mark by those I have finished - that way I don't forget to load a page!

    Also, I make notes if I want to add something later. I try to tackle sections at a time because it makes sense to me to do it that way.

    This is a great idea for a thread!! I would love to see how others keep organized too!

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    Disclaimer: I am not a structured person. Structure goes against every fiber of my being. If I don't sometimes leave up a note reminding myself I have to EAT SOMETHING, I might skip it, because I become totally absorbed in whatever I am doing. It is my Karma in this life to learn to deal with structure.

    I do my sites in stages.

    Stage One - is for the Spiders.
    At that stage, I don't care so much what the pages look like or even whether they make much sense to humans because no humans will be seeing them. I concentrate on getting them up, linked to other pages that already exist, with some rough draft of the content + keywords.

    Stage Two - get ready for company - The First Humans:
    I make the pages presentable, with some semblance of an adequate human-friendly navigation and complete sentances.

    Stage Three - The Formal Party - I go back and cross the T's, dot the I's, give the site or section a more professional look, more sensible copy, usability.

    Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

    And I use a notebook too. In fact I use many notebooks. I have NO IDEA where they any of them are [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] but they all have the same ToDo lists from last month.

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    Millionaire on training wheels Justdoit's Avatar
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    Stages? Notebooks? Lol that is more organized than I am!
    I have a bad habit of not doing anything like that. I have found I have a knack for writing ad copy a bit, so I'll make a page for a puzzle magazine, then make another page for an appliance, then a skateboard, and well you get the picture...
    Then I'm lost and have uploaded pages and nothing linked to anything, and a very messy domain or two.. If anyone wants the headache of being a mentor feel free to send me a message.. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] It would be for a worthy cause, my sanity..

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    I do this now. I find a merchant, or preferably one section of an already peforming merchant, grab a list of every product in that section and a custom link.

    I put these all on one page, link to the central hub and back and consider it finished (this can be done in one day) until a sale shows up for a couple of items.

    Then I make a seperate page for each product, or category of products, with nice pictures.

    If at some point I lose interest and forget about it, it is no major tragedy.


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    I work very much like Vicki does, but I use Note Pad instead of the paper one. I work a theme or a merchant until satisfied with my pages. Then I link and cross-link as needed.

    I know how it is really easy to get distracted and jump from one subject to another because you just run into a lot of cool stuff in the process. When I find a product or link that looks good, but it's not what I'm concentrating on today, I just save it to an open Note Pad file for future use. I keep files for different merchants and different topics on my desktop for easy access.

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    I use a spreadsheet with columns for "project", "status", "proposed date". "projected completion date", and "completion date" (a habit from the corporate days). I'm not nearly as strict with myself as I was with my team in the corporate world, but EVERYTHING goes on that sheet.

    I start a new sheet every month (copying over those items not completed in the previous month).

    This also serves to give me an excellent record of what gets completed when so I have a good idea what I should be looking for in Google each month. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    I use spreadsheets to organise everything.. cut paste cut paste sort..

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    Eeeeeks, :eek: You organized people make me just sick!!! <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon38.gif> I also envy you! <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon12.gif>

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    This is a great thread! I've been trying to determine how I'm going to get organized. I put ads on pages and then forget where I put them, which makes it hard to edit or remove them later, especially if they don't get any clicks!

    Eaglefire wrote:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>And I use a notebook too. In fact I use many notebooks. I have NO IDEA where they any of them are but they all have the same ToDo lists from last month.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    LOL, Eaglefire! Thanks - you gave me my first good laugh of the day, sounds like something I would do. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Andy:

    Eaglefire wrote:


    LOL, Eaglefire! Thanks - you gave me my first good laugh of the day, sounds like something I would do. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    Andy
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    I do have a notebook that tells me where the other notebooks are ... but I can't find that either. It wasn't in the freezer; guess I'll have to check the dog house. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon7.gif>

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    Lol, eaglefire, that one was a good one indeed.

    Lately I feel like I should really be more organized. Somewhere there is still a link to a stinky merchant allowing them traffic... AND I CAN'T FIND IT.

    In my wildest dreams I keep track of everything on spreadsheets. Problem is, the reality of the situation is that I seldom take the time to update them.

    Back on CJU we had a discussion of keeping track of which site you put what link. I didn't pay attention at the time, but if any of you are that organized, I'd love to hear ideas.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by erninator:
    I work very much like Vicki does, but I use Note Pad instead of the paper one. I work a theme or a merchant until satisfied with my pages. Then I link and cross-link as needed.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Yep - I do that too. Got lots of those all over the place - on the desktop, on my old desktop, on my dad's desktop, on the laptop, the old laptop ...

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>In my wildest dreams I keep track of everything on spreadsheets.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Actually, dreams are a very good place to keep track of things. I do it all the time. If it ain't somewhere in my haid already, it can't be that important. Quite honestly, I often wake up in the morning with a very clear idea already in my head of what needs to be done today, based on what happened in my subconscious processing during the night. I don't exactly dream in code, but I do dream in solutions and organizational hierarchies. Consequently, I've turned from a late night coder into a very early bird and hit the keyboard before I've even had my coffee and before senility sets in. I get alot accomplished that way.


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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by eaglefire:


    I do my sites in stages.

    Stage One - is for the Spiders.
    At that stage, I don't care so much what the pages look like or even whether they make much sense to humans because no humans will be seeing them
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I do mine just the oposite. I like to work on the "pretty stuff" first. I like to work with graphics so I to do that first. Then I design the layout. Put in the "meat of the page". The last thing I do is the search engine stuff.

    Isn't it funny how we are all different but it all works?!!

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    Ah, but see, to me the first question is:

    If you build it, will they come?

    That was actually my tag line when I was doing this for clients [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    Only after that question is answered with a resounding YES! do I ask:

    How do you get them to stay (and buy)?


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