In a recent article, Increase Your Income with an Organized Marketing Plan, I talked about how to organize your daily marketing tasks so that you could be more efficient in your marketing, save time, and make more money.
There are additional ways that you can organize yourself so that your are more effective.
One major advantage of organizing your self is that you can save time. And as old adage says, “Time is money”. If your information is scattered all over place it is hard to find and you will waste time looking for it.
It is easy to join several programs, especially if you start joining traffic exchanges or safe lists. Keeping track of their information can be a real chore. Most of them will send you an email. You can print out emails and file them. You can also save all emails in a folder. While it is a good idea to do both of these, it will take time to look up information later.
Create a file where you can store all of information from email in one place. This file could be made with a word processor, a spreadsheet, or a database program such as Access. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
With a word processor you have everything in one file that is easy to scan. However, you should alphabetize entries as you enter them.
With a spreadsheet you can have one line per program and easily sort them by program name, program type, or date. Sometimes when you save a URL in a cell cell looks strange.
A data base program takes a little longer to set up, but once done you have nice fields with labels for each piece of information.
Use whatever is best for you or what you are most familiar with. The point is to organize them for easy and speedy access. Store file where you can get to it easy and fast.
For each program I suggest that you store at least name of program, login URL, referral URL, your user name, your password, date you joined program, type of program, and cost. You may also want to store your email address used for program, program contact email, how you found program (especially if u joined from a portal), and some notes on program.
As you join programs you will have costs and income. Generally these costs are tax deductible and income may have to be reported. Also, you will want to know if you are making or losing money. This is another thing to track.
Tracking expenses and income can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. A spreadsheet is one of simplest ways. Set up columns for date, program name, cost amount, income amount, and source. The source would be PayPal, ClickBank, check, credit card, etc.
Once spreadsheet is set up you can enter information as it occurs of gather and enter it monthly.