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Advice on Some Formatting Please

 
JoHarrington
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on 10/11/2012

Hi all,

I'm currently in the process of going through every single Wizzley article that I've ever written, and ironing out my noob errors.

This is largely adding in some blarb at the top, plus optimizing my products.   I'm doing a handful at a time, so that a long process is manageable.  But I've hit a mental block on two of them.

http://wizzley.com/gay-men-christmas-decorations/

http://wizzley.com/lesbian-christmas-decorations/

They are formatted exactly the same, as they're part of a set of articles.  A solution for the formatting of one should work just as well with the other.

When I originally wrote it, the introduction related in part to the product next to it.  If I just copy that up to fit into the gap at the top, it stops making sense.   I've tried moving it up, but relating to the product below.  But you aren't supposed to start the main article with an advert.   I've tried slotting the contents in between, but that not only breaks up the flow to the product, but puts us three modules up from the music that I mention.

Finally, I tried just writing something new for the blarb at the top.  But it looked weird, plus I'm not in the same head-space, so you could tell that I was writing bored filler words to shove into a gap.  I deleted them.

I do want to sort this out.  I've just grappled with it for so long now that I'd hit what probably amounts to a psychological brick wall with it. 

If they were your articles, what would you do at the top there?

Thanks in advance.


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humagaia
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on 10/11/2012

Leave them as they are. They are perfectly OK as they are.

Once you've completed your task revisit them and see if you then require to change them.

Revision for revision sake can get you in its grips - don't let it. Only change what actually needs changing.

Rip yourself away from these two and determine in the cold light of day if others actually need to be revised.


Simon
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on 10/11/2012

I'd check in our new module click statistics, if you actually get a bunch of clicks on your first Amazon-Module on top. If not, remove it, and simply use the adjacent text as intro. The article as whole doesn't change a lot by that :) That's what I would do, since I'm really lazy Smile. Naaaa!


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Jerrico_Usher
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on 10/11/2012

add some line breaks (see pimp my wizzle)


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JoHarrington
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on 10/12/2012

Thank you all for your advice.  Chaz, your words about calming the £$%& down were particularly appreciated, even if you didn't quite phrase it like that.

Let's be honest here, I've been in a state of low level anxiety all year, because all I'm going on is the trust that this work will eventually pay off.  I'm seeing some sales, but you can still only count in months since I began. 

The revision was all part of that.  I've gone through a tremendous learning curve and some of those earliest Wizzles really told that story.  Tightening them up could only help.

In my travels through my articles, I've found products which weren't relevant.  Products which were no longer sold.  Pictures that I must have hyperlinked in a moment of madness (I don't usually do that), which were no longer there.  They have all been sorted out now.

I've also added in the opening blarb, which will make the Wizzley team and Christian happy, as it really sets off their Adsense ads nicely.  No difference at all for my Chitika ones, of course. :p

I still have a category to go through, as well as the two articles mentioned above.  Then I'm completely done.  I'm glad that I did it, but I have no wish to go through revising anything else again.

Having done the best that I can, I was still freaking out.  I read what Chaz said and sat back.  I've very little to go on, because even my stats are nerfed after that Reddit spike.   I had a rant with some friends in Skype and the upshot was creating my own stats.

I've been in Excel and now I can see precisely what's happening.  I have post-Reddit stats without a spike, which inform me that my traffic is really rising nicely.  I've also got another chart showing how much I've panic written articles just recently.  Last month, I doubled the total number of articles that I'd written in June.  No wonder I've been knackered!

I also went through all of the affiliate dashboards and put the cents and dollars into one spreadsheet.  For the first time, I could see that I am earning.  Not massive amounts, but steadily increasing amounts.

It is working, isn't it?

Still got a mental block on those two gay Xmas decorations articles though! <3

 


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humagaia
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on 10/13/2012

On the gay man deco's - take the first two para's and the last par - sentences really - and place them in the top block with a double line break between them - you will have to insert a space in each line break to make them 'stick'. Then make the linked product picture one size smaller - and hey presto you got the article roughly as you need it. A lttle tweaking and panic over. Do similar with t'other one - job's a good 'un!

As for earning - see Ryan's recent post about selling 5 a products in a day - see how he constructs a product article - take a leaf out of his book - then revise all your product articles (before you go off on one, I'm joking) - just incorporate the method into future product articles (keep stats and compare effects).

Hope this helps!


Simon
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on 10/13/2012

Hey Jo, via selection with your mouse, you can actually zoom into parts of your visitor chart line. This way, you can exclude the reddit peak, and see more details :)


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JoHarrington
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on 10/14/2012

Thanks Chaz, I'll check those out.  :)


Simon, how do you zoom in on the line graph?  I can run my cursor over and get the daily stats that way, but it's like playing Operation with my mouse.


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