Anyone who has a website hosted on Wealthy Affiliate is probably familiar with the “Site Health” gauge on the upper right of our website log in form. Your site health is gauged on a sliding scale and the farther to the right of the scale the color is filled in the better your site health is.
As online business owners we need to be concerned about the health of our website. Also, since we are determined to “Make It Happen” we spend a lot of hours per week sitting in front of our computers. Sometimes too many hours with no break. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could check our personal health by looking at a gauge on our log in page. Well I’m not holding my breath waiting for a personal health gauge to show up so it’s up to each of us to monitor our own health while we let Wealthy Affiliate monitor our site health.
Let’s take a minute or two and talk about each.
Website Health and How it is Determined
There are eight factors that Wealthy Affiliate uses to determine the health of our website. I’ll touch briefly on each one.
Publishing Frequency. Are you publishing regularly. The more content you publish the more up to date your site will be. Since regular posting adds content and value to your site it creates a better experience for your readers.
Reader Engagement or Comments. The more comments and discussions you can get on your posts the more trust you are building between you and your readers. So it is good to engage your readers with comments and discussion.
Plugins. Too many plugins will cause slower page loads. Wealthy Affiliate recommends no more than five plugins. Before I activate a plugin I go to pingdom and do a speed test on my page load time. Then after I activate the plugin I do another speed test to see if there is a noticeable slow down of page load time.
Google Ranked. Is your website indexed by Google?
Content Quality & Variety. Aim for 1000-1500 words per post but do not make all posts the same length so mix it up some.
Your Engagement. Engage with your readers in the comment section as that promotes more discussion among your readers. Google likes that.
Site Trust. As your website grows and matures the search engines will trust it more. As a new website the search engines have nothing to go on so the more quality posts you publish and visitor engagements you can stimulate will help increase your site trust.
Website Feedback. The more feedback you request through the Wealthy Affiliate feedback request form the higher this will rank.
So, those are the areas that Wealthy Affiliate uses to determine the overall health of your website. Read on and we’ll touch on some personal health tips to keep you performing at your best.
In Order to Take Care of Your Business You Must Take Care of Yourself
If you are serious about your online business, and want to be successful, you are going to have to be sitting in front of your computer for many hours. You have a site to build, maintain, research and write content. As well as engaging in Social Media and other activities to promote your website.
Currently I am scheduling twenty hours every weekday to work on my website. It is important to set up a schedule and stick to it to maximize your chances for success. Here is how my work schedule is set up.
- 30 minutes working work related email.
- 30 minutes on social media engagement to promote traffic.
- 30 minutes commenting on my mentoring teams posts.
- 30 minutes commenting on blogs within my niche
- 30 minutes answering comments on my blog posts.
- 90 minutes writing content for my blog
I have a timer and stick to the times listed. When time is up I move to the next task. As you can see this schedule is broken up into relatively short segments. So here is how I manage my personal health mixed in with this work schedule. Keeping in mind I also have certain tasks around the house that I also need to tend to each day, such as cooking, housecleaning, laundry etc.
After each 30 minute schedule block I’ll take 5 to 10 minutes to just get away from the computer. I might walk up and down the stairs once or twice or walk outside and have a look around the neighborhood. Anything to stretch my legs a bit and unstiffen from sitting at my desk.
I start my work around 10am every day so you can see after my first four tasks it is around lunch time. I’ll grab a light lunch and relax for perhaps 10-15 minutes after eating. Then I’ll go out for a brisk 2 miles or so walk. Usually I’ll put in ear plugs and listen to some music as I walk. This helps clear my head and just give myself a mental break.
When I get back from my walk then I’ll resume my work schedule and finish out my scheduled website work day. I try to get in at least 10,000 steps a day so sometimes if the weather is bad that might be tough. What I do around the house while I work is when I take a break I may go put laundry away. When I do this I put one piece away at a time. In other words when I go to the dryer I’ll grab one pair of socks and go put them in my drawer then I’ll go grab another pair and do the same thing. One item, one trip to the bedroom. It may seem like a slow way to accomplish something but it gets in some extra walking.
On some days during one of my ten minute schedule breaks I may go clean a bathtub or clean the toilets. It breaks up my schedule, allows me to get everyday tasks aaccomplished and work in some exercise at the same time.
An Online Business Takes Time, Dedication and Common Sense to Succeed
If you are serious about succeeding with your online business then you need to be aware that it does not come without some work. Making money online will not come automatically. Taking care of yourself will keep you healthy and motivated to dedicate the necessary time to take care of your business. So you must establish a balance.
You are here reading this blog either because you already have an online business or you are thinking of starting an online business. If you are thinking about starting a business let me give you a little advice. I’m sure you have read lots of blogs and articles about starting an online business. Many of the things you read are a stretch of the truth. Some of these systems are just a way to get your money by subscribing to someone’s “plan”. Some may work but I discovered most do not and are just veiled attempts to part you from your money.
I belong to a community called Wealthy Affiliate and I’ve discovered that Wealthy Affiliate is not one of the places that wants to just take your money, nut wants to help you succeed. In fact you can get a free membership that includes two free websites you can use for your business. Also with the free membership you have 10 lessons that will explain how to set up a website and start a business. Of course with a premium membership there will be much much more available for you to use in your business venture you do not have to upgrade to keep and use your free websites. But, I’m pretty sure that if you are serious about an online business you will want to upgrade your membership.
I invite you to accept my offer and visit HERE to check out Wealthy Affiliate and see if you think it is for you. Come on in, kick the tires and take Wealthy Affiliate for a test drive. It’s free to join and stay as long as you want. You don’t even need a credit card to join. Just fill in a username, your email and pick a password and take it for a spin. Once you get here drop me a message and I’ll help you get started and answer any question you might have. You’ll never know if this is right for you until you take a look around. Hope to see you on the inside soon.