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Information Overload And Overwhelm

Information Overload has been defined as “Stress induced by reception of more information than is necessary to make a decision (or that can be understood and digested in the time available) and by attempts to deal with it with outdated time management practices” According to the BusinessDictionary.com

Lately, I have been going through Information Overload. Information Overload is what most if not all Internet Newbies as well as some Webmasters, even some Internet Marketing Gurus go through at some part of their Internet Marketing journey. I went through this information overload back in February 2008, when I first started my internet marketing journey and then gave up all of my internet Marketing.  I bought a lot of ebooks, courses, attending too many seminars and this proved too much to handle and far too much information for me to process leading to Information Overload  and severe overwhelm. I started way too many projects on differing topics using differnt sources of information without completing any one project. This ultimately, led to my failing in internet marketing.
Please Not Again! What to do, differently?
First of all, don’t get sidetracked. Emails that are sent to you from friends, colleagues, Internet Gurus who you signed into, etc flood into your email inbox everyday and each and every hour. This is what happens to my inbox every single day and quite regularly. I have subscribed to a great many Internet Guru’s Lists and most of them totally bombard my inbox with some useful stuff and some not so useful stuff. Leading to TOO MUCH STUFF that I can’t handle, process and implement and there it is again, INFORMATION OVERLOAD AND INFORMATION OVERWHELM.
DO The Following:
Set Time aside to complete ONE task that you have planned to do.
You can only FOCUS on ONE thing at a time. so STAY FOCUSED on that ONE TASK.
Part of the Studying ONE topic at a time, instead of trying to study too many topics. Studying too many topics, or areas of internet marketing will definitely Drown You with Sooooo much Information and You Will ulitmately suffer from Information Overload and Overwhelm, as I did in February 2008, when I first started my internet marketing journey and nearly once again!

I have been a Victim of Information Overload and many of you out there are also victims of Information Overload which can overwhelm you and stress you out completely. Only a few of those (less than 1%), sadly will be people who manage to FOCUS on a single project, or a single task and Start to Make Money. The rest of the people, like myself in the past do get caught up in the trap of trying to learn every single thing that is presented. This urge to not miss out on anything and urgency to make money rapidly and get rich quickly way of thinking can lead to and can end up going from one idea to another idea. Emails keep flooding in from all of the Internet Guru’s websites and Lists you have ended up subscribing to. You keep carrying on tempted to open each of these emails, feeling compelled to open these emails in case you miss the latest trend or trick and miss out on the information. Thus there is an urgency and determination to open the very latest emails from the latest list you subcribed to, offering the supposed latest information. More and more information! Does this sound familiar??

If you want to make money and learn what you need to learn and set your mind to, you seriously need to FOCUS on what topic you are interested in and not get distracted. Study the Topic and Take Action on the Studying you have carried out. You should have a Study:Action Ratio as part of the Focussing on one project. 1 hour study on say Twitter may mean taking 3 hours on actioning it.

I myself am a victim of this addiction to opening and reading all the emails. I have definitely been there, done it and can wear the T-Shirt “I suffered from Information Overload”. In the past, I have not stayed focussed on the one objective or one topic and made absolutely nothing. Realising this potential mistake was difficult.
Do just one single thing at any time and do not get distracted. IT IS VITAL THAT YOU STAY FOCUSSED on what you are doing and what you want to achieve. ONLY THEN YOU WILL SUCCEED. Yes You Will!
Do not start one project and get distracted and move on to another project UNTIL You are sure that the first one project is completed.

So remember, stay focussed on what you are doing and what you really want to achieve and YOU WILL SUCCEED!

However, don’t ever give up trying to Focus on that one thing.

Use the following to help organise the tasks, project and things you need to do ONE AT A TIME.

Use MindMapping Software.
Use One Note (MS Office if you have it!) to organise your notes and EACH Project you want to work on.
Or create your own Index or Notes in MS Word or any other text based software.
Use www.EverNote.com. Just sign up to evernote.com and use this to file away your notes online and access them from anywhere providing you have internet access!

SO DO JUST ONE SINGLE THING AT A TIME AND FOCUS ON THAT ONE THING and YOU WILL SUCCEED!

To Your Prosperity

Sofina Khan

One of My Websites is Not Showing up in Google!

After discovering a few tips on improving SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) from a number of Internet Marketing Seminars I had attended in the past. I explored SEO and even managed to get most of my websites successfully and with not too much difficulty in the top 10 rankings of Google, searches, based on specific Keywords.

To my surprise, 2 weeks ago (1st April 2010) April Fool’s Day, one of my websites that was consistently number one or at least in the first page of Google just disappeared. I panicked, I read Google’s WebMaster Guidelines to give me an indication of anything I had done wrong. I couldn’t figure it out! I did remember there were a few things that I had amended on the website itself, which could have had an impact. One change was adding Google Adsense ads on the first page of the actual website. But surely, that couldn’t of got my website de-indexed or stopped my site from being shown! Could it?
Well, as my site isn’t appearing in Google search results or not showing in the first 20 pages or so, or it’s performing more poorly than it once did, I decided to check with Google’s website as to what I could have done that was wrong. I discovered and visited Google’s  webmaster guidelines website. I read most of the guidelines and was still baffled as to what could have happened, as I truly believed that I had not violated Google’s Webmaster Guidelines to the best of my knowledge and understanding.  
I then wrote an email to Google Help about this problem and have had no response or reply. I will just wait patiently. In the meantime, I have searched almost 200+ pages looking for my specific website but just can’t find it! It seems to me that it has just disappeared in Google’s Search Engine. Panic “my website is not showing on google”. I am very frustated!

After further investigating and getting slightly bored completing cumbersome searching through endless pages of Google Searches. I realised that my mysterious website must be somewhere in Google’s Cyberspace!
A Couple of Checks:
In Google.com or Google.co.uk Search Box type the following: site:www.mywebsite.com
where www.mywebsite.com should be the name of the website that is not showing up in google. Do not leave a space between the site: and www as it does not show anything related to the website you are searching for if you do this.
Once you have entered this information, hopefully your website should come up. Voila, if it does!  At least you know that you have not been deindexed or removed from Google Search. Yippee!! My website did come up! One hurdle.
Second check, enter any unique text from your website and since it is your own content you can easily cut and paste something from your website and put this string of text in quotes. For example “sofina khan was born “ and do a search. Your website should hopefully then be listed in Google. If it is, then at least you know that you have not been removed from Google.
In my case, my website has been pushed down in rankings by my search term, but how far has it been pushed, I still do no know? I don’t know why, but I’ll wait and see what happens in the next few weeks.
If however, your website still has not appeared when it did in the past. I would suggest that you get in touch with Google about Requesting Reconsideration of your site. Here is the link http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35843
Therefore, you can put a Request into Google to Reconsider your site.

In the meantime, I will just patiently wait for my website to push up again to the first page of Google, as I believe I haven’t violated any guidelines.
Possible Reasons as to why this happened?
When Google’s spiders web crawl the website, my host server may have been down! Server outage. Outrage on my part!
Possible devious individuals who have copied my content of my website and dupicated. Google bans this and could have banned your site as well as the others who have copied your content. Duplicate content is an absolute NO NO!
Something that you have put in your website that is of a spam nature.
There are other reasons to and these are not the only reasons ….

However, in my case, I think I will just be patient and just wait to see if my website moves up in the ranks again or ever, wherever it may be at the moment. Good Luck
Sofina

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