Information Paralysis

I only had some vague conception before about information paralysis and thought it did not apply to me, until I watched a members only video* just recenlty elaborating on what information paralysis is. It’s got something to do with a cycle that is never ending which can trap one who is not watchful enough. I think this has some relation to information overload and analysis paralysis(?).

The Information Paralysis Cycle

The cycle goes like this:

information paralysis cycle

Of course, I realized immediately that I’ve been a victim of information paralysis, and has been trapped in it for a considerable time. The video sort of became an instrument to wake me up and gave me space to consider what I could do about my dilemma.

My harddrive now contains a considerable number of information products related to keyword research, affiliate marketing, IM, Adsense, list building, backlinking, linkbuilding, traffic techniques, product creation, autoresponder methods, PLR, etc., etc.

Did I enjoy the results as promised in the sales pages of those products? Nope!


My first reaction would be to blame those gurus and authors who made those products and accuse them of selling crap! All those digital products are nothing but rehashed information anyone can find in the internet. They make ebooks that only suggest what you should do but never really give you the details because they are holding the information up as a supplement ebook which you then need to buy next.

I can go on and on. And it’s not only me who’s ranting this way. You’ll also find the same complaints being made everywhere… in forums, in blogs, etc.

The Truth

The complaints I made above might be partly true in a few cases, but in most of those products the “no results” outcome is due solely to my own inaction.

How to Break the Information Paralysis Death Cycle

Yes, the single event that can break the Information Paralysis Death Cycle is to

Take Action‘.

Let’s see what effect ‘Taking action’ has if inserted on the cycle this time.

breaking information paralysis cycle
As you can see, it now loses its death trap appearance. You can still go ahead with the cycle but instead of you being trapped in it, you have full control (of when you want to dive back into the cycle) because you do it this time in the form of ‘rinse and repeat’ or to go look for more avenues for income generation.

Ok. You need not believe me because I’m no guru who has years of experience in my belt. Like I implied earlier, I have just realized all this and awakened from the nightmare trap. I am now working to implement this plan and see what’s in store ahead for me . If you want to ride along, you may visit this blog every now and then and see how I fare. After all, my byline is “learning seo and blogging by experience”.

Come learn with me. 🙂

*Shannon Herod

My Goals For 2011

I actually created a written (on a little piece of scrap paper) list of goals last year that I then kept in my wallet. I think I was able to re-read that list a whooping total of 2 times during the whole year. If I recall right, only a fraction of those goals came to some sort of fruition. But then, I never really did serious work on those goals, like the way I did not follow up on some seo experiments I started last year. Had I however focused a little on those goals, I’m pretty sure I’d have accomplished something.

So, now I’m back to the drawing board to draft up another list of goals for 2011, thanks to Patricia of and Sire of wassupblog who gave me that little ‘extra push’ to get me off my couch and do some action for a change. This time, I’m converting this list into jpeg format so I could post it as a wallpaper on my notebook. This way, I’ll be reminded of the goals everytime I open my notebook.

Update Existing Websites

I have a few other websites other than this blog which have specific niche targets. Some of these sites have long achieved first page serp status because of some seo work I did on them. The others however seemed to require a little more work to move up the ranks. These are the sites I need to act on starting on the first quarter of 2011. If I could get them to rise to the first pages of the serps, I’ll definitely be emboldened and motivated to again create new websites of the same kind.

This was actually how I realized that I’m actually the ‘glass half empty’ kind of guy. Some of my sites just seemed to not move up the serp inspite of the seo work I clocked on it. My eagerness to create more websites was thus dampened, and I stopped producing new sites. I seemed to have forgotten that I also got some sites up there (on google’s first pages) due to the same type of seo work and am reaping some monetary rewards for it now. Talk about prefering to look not at the bright side of things. 🙂

Create New Sites

Partly, the reason why I stopped researching and making more sites, is because my MNF (and now my Market Samurai) quit working on my machine. Either my Win7 copy or some other application I’ve installed has something that clashes with it. I’m contemplating on doing a reformat and reinstallation on my notebook. In the meantime, I have installed MNF on my wife’s netbook and it’s working nicely there. I guess I’ll re-install Market Samurai there too.

I aim to create more new sites to add to my portfolio of sites. Hopefully, the new sites will augment my online income with Amazon. Speaking of Amazon, I found out that my earnings took a spike during this recent holiday season, even though the products I was marketing are not gift-related. In fact it’s office equipment. Perhaps people just tend to buy more during the holiday season. Or, the year end bonuses have something to do with it perhaps?

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