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Set A Budget For Your Blog – Meanwhile Back In The Real World!

Reality bites!

And what I have realized is that it’s not only money that has to be considered when you set a budget for your blog.

We have another finite resource that we have to allocate to our online journey.


  • Learning affiliate marketing and all that goes with it is, initially, a time consuming process.
  • Applying affiliate marketing and all that goes with it is, initially, a time consuming process.

So in order to be successful at affiliate marketing and creating content time must be included when you set a budget for your blog.

Here’s my time budget at present;

Each evening from 9:30pm – 01:00am

In addition I always have my smart phone with me and I jot content ideas sketches down on an application called JotterPad X. This links directly to my Dropbox account. This then allows me to work at least an additional 30 mins a day.

Before setting my budget I spoke with my partner and explained what I was planning and why i was hoping to allocate so much of our free time to getting my business up and running.

She agreed.

If she hadn’t then we would have needed to work out a time budget that we both could agree and commit to. This is critical. The support of your loved ones in any project is of paramount importance if you are going to succeed.

The way I fumbled to my budget was;

I looked at what wasted free time I had during the normal week. For me it was 9:30 pm onward each evening. Yes, I know pipe and slipper time 😉

I looked at my time commitments. Not just work time. It’s also the time that is used to enable these commitments to happen. For example most mornings I am up around 7 am and spend time with my daughter whilst making breakfast for her and her mother. When I come in form work I normally make the evening meal, spend time with my daughter and partner, bath Gracie and then put her to bed. This brings me up to 9:30 pm.

Weekends? Well today it is absolutely lashing down here in Liverpool UK so I have taken this opportunity to do some site tidying and write two little posts, both focused around keywords. Normally on Saturdays I take my daughter to the park and on Sundays go and see my parents.

So, if you want to set a realistic budget for your blog sit down with the people who the budget will affect. Tell them what you would ideally like for your budget (money, time, place to work) and then use your best negotiation skills to work towards a win-win situation.

Once you have a deal, make sure everyone is truly on-board and get their commitment.

Try your budget for a month and then have a review.

Take it easy and be kind to yourself

Phil 🙂


Focus and Self Motivational Tips – The Belief Factor


Here’s a quick post of Focus and Self Motivational Tips and Techniques that have helped me remain motivated and focused during my journey to become a successful Internet Marketer.


  • ​Internet marketing is like learning to walk. You might fall down, you might make mistakes and you might need some help finding your feet, but eventually you will learn to walk.​ We’ve all done and we can, metaphorically, do it again. Don’t give up!
  • To misquote a famous spiritual leader “Internet Marketing is hard and once you accept that it becomes easy”.​ Take action, make mistakes, learn from them, improve, make money. Rinse and repeat.

Techniques to try for the coming week. Only for the open minded. Are you open  minded? If not learning new skills will be difficult and you are going to struggle!

  • ​Imagine that you have got the success you want from Internet Marketing. How does this make you feel? How will you behave differently? Will you be more generous? Will you be more patient? Will you be a better Mom, Dad, Partner etc? Will you be more confident in yourself and your abilities? Will you Have more freedom in terms of choice, time, location, working hours etc? Will you be more financially stable and secure? What will success mean to you on a personal, everyday basis? Write down a list of 7 things that will be different and then take a 7 minute break from what you are doing and visualize yourself at this level of success. Copy this list and place copies in 7 places were you will see it on a regular basis throughout the day.​
  • Walk and talk in a successful way 🙂 ((however you perceive this) I know, I know, but it does work!) for 5 minutes. Science has discovered that this exercise actually promotes self confidence and motivation. Try changing your perceived successful behavior patterns so that you have an expanded choice of behaviors to suit different circumstances.​
  • Be grateful for all that you have, even the tiniest little things, and be grateful for having the great things that you are working towards. You have a golden opportunity! At the end of each day, just before going to bed write yourself a note, send yourself an email or text message about what was good about your day. Try to list 7 things and then read them when you wake up the following day.​ They don’t need to be earth shatteringly good, but just things to be thankful for. These are treasures! I was broke, very ill, deep in depression and alcohol dependency, shunned by family and friends, had no job, no money, no car, no self belief, no confidence. But I still had hope that things could and would get better. This technique and a sense of gratitude got me through. What was I grateful for? For being alive, for having the use of my faculties, for knowing that tomorrow doesn’t need to be the same as today, for knowing there was someone out there for me, for living in a country where law and order help to protect it’s citizens, for having a library with internet access for free in my city and for my optimism.
  • Set a goal of at least 5 new things to learn about Internet Marketing each day and mind map these at the end of each working day. Build you own mind map library. You never know this may become a best selling ebook in the future.

Take it easy and be kind to yourself

Phil 🙂