I was talking with an aspiring food blogger the other day…
And I realized how clueless some bloggers are about creating a timeline and determining dependencies with their tasks. This food blogger was concerned about finding the right hosting company and WordPress theme and he didn’t even have a specific focus for his site.
I followed this general timeline for the website featured on Niche Pursuits. As you can see, some tasks can happen in parallel, like first page analysis and keyword research. Another example of parallel tasks is content creation and link building.
There are some tasks that have to happen in order. You can’t buy your domain until after you select your niche, and you can’t select your domain until you do keyword research. This kind of relationship is called a dependency.
A dependency is the relationships among tasks which determine the order in which activities need to be performed.
Here is an example that is not as obvious: you need to have your website up with some decent content before you apply for the Amazon Associate program. This is critical to ensure that the program approves your application quickly. Applying to Amazon Associates is a task that is dependent on having your website setup with a sufficient amount of content.
Our aspiring food blogger did not realize that he should figure out what he will blog about before worrying about the hosting and WordPress theme. He was distracted by a future concern, and this could keep him from accomplishing his goals.
Do you have any comments on the timeline? Is my timeframe too long? Too short?
Aside: This timeline covers about 12 weeks, but there are opportunities to compress, or shorten the schedule. Depending on your budget, you can use a service like TextBroker to create a HUGE amount of content in a short amount of time.