A Typical Day in the Life of An Internet Marketer

I often get asked what a typical workday looks like for me.

It always kind of surprises me that someone would want a peak into what my typical day looks like, but since it has become a fairly frequently asked question, I’ve decided to share my response here at BuzzBlogger.com.

For starters, I like to wake up early… like around 6:00AM. I’ve always believed that successful people get into the habit of waking up early. I’ve never heard of a successful person that sleeps in ’till noon.

After I get up I do the normal stuff… brush my teeth, wash my face, throw my hair into a pony tail. But there’s ONE thing that I do every morning without fail. And that’s make my bed.

Now, at first you might wonder why I’m such a stickler for making my bed. But I actually have a very good reason for doing so. You see, I believe that how you do ANYTHING is how you do EVERYTHING. Let that sink in for a bit…

If you start your day off by completing one productive task, then the rest of your day follows in that same momentum. You literally begin a FLOW of productivity.

Now, on the other hand, if you start off you’re day by checking email, checking your stats, and goofing around the Internet, then the rest of your day is very likely to follow in that same pattern. And before you know it the day is over and you have little to show for it.

So I complete my very first productive task of the day as soon as I roll out of bed.

Next, I go to the little store for some coffee. (I think everyone deserves to have a treat in the morning to get them rolling) Plus, since I work at home, it’s good just to get out of the house for a bit :)

Then, once I’m back home, I make my way up the stairs to my office, where I go to work completing my biggest, most productive task of the day… the task that’s going to have the most influence on moving my business forward.

By completing your most important task first thing in the morning, you will have accomplished more in the first few hours of your day then most people do in an entire day!

Now, in regards to the rest of my work day, I really don’t have a typical routine that I follow every day.

However, I can tell you what percentage of my time is spent doing specific activities.

Content Creation: 30-40% of my day. Creating great content is one of the biggest keys to succeeding online. It allows you to establish yourself as the go-to person in your marketplace. And when you create truly great content, your followers will be happy to spread your content around the web (on places like Twitter, StumbleUpon, Delicious,etc…) spreading your content virally. So go the extra mile to create what I like to call “tipping point content”.

Relationship Building: 30% of my day. The relationships you build are also  critical to your success. No one succeeds alone. We reach our highest goals because of the people we have surrounded ourselves with. So I like to spend at least 30% of my day interacting with other bloggers, building a relationship with my subscribers, helping out other marketers, etc…
The value you put out will come back to you 10 fold!

Marketing: 40% of my day – You’ve probably heard that content is KING, but  marketing is queen and no one will see your content if you don’t get out
there in the trenches and start promoting it.

So there’s a typical day in the life :)

I’d love to hear more about what your day looks like so please feel free to leave me some comments.

Cheers!

38 thoughts on “A Typical Day in the Life of An Internet Marketer”

  1. Hi Kim….Great but simple advice, as always your right on the mark.
    I am just completing the first two videos and will give you some feedback
    when complete.

    Thanks Kim…….Have an Outstanding Day !

    Regards,

    Larry

  2. Hey Kim. As usual great information. I think structuring your activities into set categories really simplifies all the many tasks of the day and helps to keep you focused on what is important. I will put this to use in my own schedule.

    Thanks,

    Glenn

  3. Hi Kim:

    You and I have some similar qualities especially the early morning routine.

    My dad and mom taught us to always make our beds when we wake up. So, as an adult, that is my first task when I wake up in the mornings. Oh, yes, my mornings usually start around 5 a.m….that’s just how my body has been trained!

    A typical internet marketer’s day for me involves getting a good breakfast with lots of protein such as eggs, Ezekiel bread, turkey sausage and whey protein shake.

    I am full of energy and creativity in the mornings and therefore this is the best time for creating content. This may include articles, videos, pdfs, audio, software, ebooks, etc.

    I exercise 3 to 4 times a week in the afternoons for about 1.5 hours. Afterwards, I promote specific sites according to the day of the week.

    You see…I have so many websites that I had to create an EXCEL spreadsheet that lists which websites to promote on a particular day and the new keywords to target.

    It works PERFECT! You have to have a plan!

    I market my sites so much that it spreads my content all over the place. This brings people to me and we build relationships and partnerships.

    However, I believe I am going to adopt a portion of your schedule and spend more time creating long and effective relationships with my subscribers and other marketers.

  4. @Tony Wow! Those are some amazing habits!

    Mornings are my favorite as well :)
    It’s when I’m the freshest and most creative
    and also when I do most of my writing.

    Thanks for sharing Tony. It’s amazing what
    a difference it makes when you consciously
    construct your habits.

  5. Thanks Kim and Tony for such inspiring stories of your mornings! I get woken by my cat Ms Mooshie at 7am on the dot each day, so I feed her and make my Italian espresso coffee at home (most days), reading TechCrunch over breakfast.

    THEN I make the bed :-) I’m a techie/internet person as well as a textile designer, so I’ll either work on web projects (for clients or my own), or handpaint designs onto silk (which I sell online). Left-brain / right-brain gives me the balance I need every day.

    I also spend about an hour on my Paris website adding news and articles for an hour per day, and planning my annual Paris Adventures I host for travellers.

    I don’t have an Excel spreadsheet Tony, and I envy you your organisational skills :-)

    Kim, first two vids were great – soooo much info re plugins for WP and social networking – phew! Looking forward to the next video!

    Cheers
    Teena in Australia

  6. You’re right, if we do something productive right after we wake up then our day will be productive. I think that’s a great reminder!
    Typically I meet a lot of negative and pessimistic people while commuting to and from work and at work.
    So, now I’ve consciously started seeking positive people. I’ve found a lot of different positive people online and started meeting them offline as well.
    Keeping myself surrounded by positive and like-minded people is helping me shift my mind set as well.
    Seeing someone driving a big and expensive car/SUV, my mindset has shifted from “look at these people, wasting money, wasting gas where they could be helping others with that much money” to “wow! it would be really nice to be able to afford these vehicles, I’d love to be in that position one day” :-)

  7. @Teena Wow! Italian espresso coffee…that sounds good. I’m going to have to try that one :)

    You’re textile designs sound incredible! I’ve always wanted to be artistic but all I can draw is a stick man :-)

    And those Paris Adventures…. Wow! It sounds like you lead an incredible life, I might need to get some tips from you.

    Cheers!

    – Kim

  8. Kim,
    Thanks for the Insight into a typical day for you. It’s not a bad exercise to look at how we are spending our time every now and again, just to make sure that we are being productive. Most of us usually go through the excersise at the start of a new year and then we often get away from doing the most productive things.

    I still battle with the temptation to look at my e-mail when I first hit my computer. I find that when I go to my email first, it takes a lot of discipline to not spend too much of my time responding to incoming mail. Kim, I would love to see you do an article on how you handle your email and let us know about some of the things that have worked for you.

    I have worked at nights now for so long that I find that I am more productive at night, when everyone in my house is asleep. Because I only need about 4-6 hours of sleep, I have a weird schedule. Because of my schedule, I am a freak for planning as much as I can, so I’ll write down what I have to work on each day and use this plan as a guide to keep me focused on what I need to work on and on how long I need to spend doing it. My wife has also gotten me into the habit of writing down all my appointments into a desk calender called “Plan Ahead.” Who was it who said that if you fail to plan then you plan to fail?

    I totally agree with you that routine is very important, doing little things like making up ones bed, having a quiet time with the creator and getting dressed, first thing on getting out of bed. I love the idea about leaving the house, something which I seldom do anymore. I am definitely going to try and incorporate getting out for a lunch break every now and again, I’m not into the breakfast thing. The neighbors joke about me being out of the cave whenever they see me outside the house.

    My break down is 30% – 50% Marketing, 20% researching for content 20% Studying material from other Marketers like Kim Roach, Justin & Chaunna Brooke, Jeff Wellman, Dixie Brown, Paul Counts and Ron LeGrand. I spend the final 10% – 15% of my time I spend listening to Webnars and attending two live 30 minute training call that I attend via telephone once a week.

    DonovanMc
    “The Lazy Jamaican”

  9. Heyyyy…. I sleep til noon! AND I don’t make my bed… =)

    Always great insight Kim. Even if I don’t totally agree with every part of it.

    The productivity thing is super important

  10. I love it when successful marketers give us a little peek into their day to day activities. It helps us less successful marketers plan our days better. I market part time but have learnt a thing or two from your post
    Thanks Kim

  11. Well I do the the early mornings, bedmaking and coffee part Kim but the online work depends on the day.

    I plan my day by using a very simple mind map on my White board.

    I put 6 things I want to accomplish on the board and I’ll redraw the mind map to make it simple and clear and then the following morning I’ll follow the tasks clockwise around the mind map.

    Weird eh?

    Works like magic!

    :-)

    BTW it is refreshing to share stuff like this rather than always obsessing about web 20, SEO, blogging…

    :-)

  12. Hi, Kim,

    Sweet to share your habit story. I’m an early riser and an organizer, too. You shared the percentages of activities, would you also share the amount of time you work each day. Many internet marketers hype that they’re so magical that they only work 2-4 hours per day. We, your followers, know you’re the real deal, and your “snapshot” should be a realistic pic of successful internet marketing.

    Your videos are more than helpful and your approach is one that earns trust.

    Look forward to learning more….and Tony, kudos to you, man.

  13. Hi Kim,
    I found your blog while searching for some good link building methods. I saw your post at DP forums.
    Since that time, I am reading all your posts.
    You have thrown some light on your life. Really love you for all your content & tips!
    As opposed to you, i sleep at 5 in the morning and wake up at 10 am. I am too lazy to write articles. I don’t know why i can’t. It is a bug in my brain, i guess. Surely, i can get some inspiration from you. Keep making such posts!! Really love you!
    Mani

  14. Kim,
    I want to be you when I grow up! Even though I think I may be old enough to be your mom. This post is quite informative. Having bought your products in the past and seen how you over-deliver, I often wondered how you fit everything into the day! I like how you start off the day being productive — and noting it as so!

    I also am a morning person and start off the day full steam. I look forward to the day when I kiss my job goodbye, because right now I’m fitting IM in between breaks/lunch and evenings. But it is so well worth it and I love that there are folks like you who so generously share what you know and what works for you. Thank you! -Norene

  15. Hi Kim,
    Well, I have a couple of days off from work, (for someone else). I have built a few sites and am still learning. I am so aggressive in my passion to learn everything, from graphics, to music production, band rehearsal, marketing, and all of the other stuff, that sometimes on my 2nd free day I am so stressed on all of the little obstacles that are awaiting for me that I hide in books. Actually when I go to work for the first few days it is a relief, however the boredom sets in and I again attack those obstacles and move on. I do believe that I am getting close as we are making some sales. Still… so much to learn!!
    When are you going to make more video’s?
    Thanks

  16. Hey Kim, maybe you could share with us as a follow-up post on what exactly you write content about and how you market it…

    Is it free or paid content, do you use paid advertising too?

    Maybe a mindmap that we could model on would be a great idea too. What do you think?

  17. Great insight Kim, love that you’re pulling back the curtains to show us your day to day routine. Gives me inspiration. My mornings are reserved for the heavy mental work, the evenings and nights are for routine stuff like watching videos and attending webinars.

    Thanks again Kim, keep the good content coming!!

    Philip

  18. Nice post, interested to see you spend 30% of your day relationship building – I’m guessing that can be anything from commenting on Blogs to being on the phone, etc.

    It is time consuming, I do it myself and have found myself spending altogether 15-20 minutes when you include reading the blog and trying to make a comment that adds value.

  19. You are so right about getting up early! I used to have a huge problem with that, but now I get up at 5 AM and get so much done. This has helped me to be able to put my family first for most of the day. Here is my schedule:

    5-8 Create content, including producing a Blog Talk Radio show on Wednesdays and going through internet marketing training (Renegade Breakthrough, Howie’s Pool party, and your excellent course–by the way, I need to do a testimonial for you)
    8-9 Get the kids ready for the day (unless I have an article to finish, then I just let them get up to the Magic Music Game on their own.
    9-12 Kidschool–this is where I teach my kids what is mine (part of the leadership education in our home)
    12-1 Fix and eat lunch with the kids, then let them play for whatever time is leftover
    1-4 Study time–kids are reading mostly and doing projects, while I do my marketing and social media. I find that this is also the best time to check email, since it is so distracting to me earlier in the day when I am supposed to be focused on creating content). This is also the time I have set aside for my coaching clients.
    5- Clean up and make dinner
    6- Dinner and relax
    7-9 Varies–sometimes leisure activities with the family, other times I read or study.
    9-Hold my conference call on Mondays and Thursday to train my team
    10–Bed

    This is what works for me–and I feel much more balance as a result.

  20. I actually wake up a little later than noon almost every single day. I make 6 digits from internet marketing and next year my goal is 7. I should hit it. So, maybe I can be the first “successful person that sleeps in ’till noon” that you’ve heard of. :)

    My best hours of work are usually around 10pm to 3pm in the morning when everyone else goes to sleep. I get in the zone and rock it out. I wish my sleep schedule was “normal” but, some of us are just night people, I suppose.

  21. Hey Kim, not up at 5am, thats when I do my best sleeping for some reason. I don’t make the bed and half the time I don’t get done what I was supposed to get done. Maybe there is connection. haha
    Anyway I’ve been following your stuff for a while now. Good Stuff!
    Thanks for all the sharing. The best thing I like about you, “Your The Real Deal” Your an inspiration to all of us struggling to make it in this business. Thanks!

    Steve

  22. Hi Kim. What a great post – so simple and yet so effective! I’m very new to internet marketing, haven’t really made the break yet but I have been working from home for the last 8 years as a virtual assistant. These simple tips will work just as well for anyone working from home. Thank you!

    Jane

  23. It is uncanny how coincidence and positive reinforcement happen to work and emphasize certain things just when you need them.

    What you said about first doing the most important task in your work day really does jumpstart the day in the right direction + get things done much faster.

    I did this first thing today: focus on the most important task until it was done instead of my usual checking of emails and… I found myself moving much faster in accomplishing the tasks + I felt like I had done great and leapfrogged way beyond my usual crawling bit by bit work ethic.

    Yes, beginning the day in a positive right manner that targets the most important task will insure a faster and more enjoyable journey to success in the long run.

    Thanks Kim for a happy coincidence post that has truly made me aware of a simple thing that I can easily implement to make working the plan a joy to do each day.

  24. Hey guys! Thanks for all of the awesome feedback. You guys rock!

    @Donovan Wow! Thanks for the feedback. And great idea about doing an
    article on how to handle email. I’ll have to put that one on my list.
    I hope we’re able to meetup again at a seminar. That was tons of
    fun in Atlanta :)

    @Alex Newell Hey Alex, I really like the whiteboard idea with the mind map. Very creative!

    @Becky Jacoby Great question! In regards to how many actual hours I
    work per day… usually around 10-12 hours per day. But I live, breathe
    and eat everything Internet Marketing :) It’s my passion so I love
    spending extra time creating value, interacting with my readers, etc…

    @Norene Thank you so much for your kind comments! You can’t imagine
    how much that means to me. I continually strive to over-deliver. I believe that providing tremendous value and interacting with your community is what it’s all about. Keep hustlin!

    @Rana Burr Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your schedule. Very insightful!

    @CS Congratulations on your incredible success. That’s awesome! Keep Rockin!

  25. Hi Kim!

    Thanks for giving us an idea of what to do and how long to spend on it.
    Now all we have to do is plug in the tasks for each section and work it for awhile.

    I don’t have a website up yet but want to get one going. Your “day-plan” is perfect for giving me a guideline for what to do when.

    Thanks again Ms Master Marketer. [ ] lol

    Linny

  26. That’s cool reading about how your day goes :)

    I like to wake up and go bowl a few games then come home and start working. Sounds weird, but it helps me get in the zone. I like to bring my notepad because a lot of great ideas come to me when doing things like that instead of sitting in front of the computer all day. And I’ll call my top JVs while I’m there so it’s not a total waste of time :)

    Jason

  27. Hi KIm

    Thanks for the info. I have been so busy setting up my website and autoresponder I started getting into habits that are not as productive. I used to get up at 5:30, did my morning journal 10min., make the bed Yoga at 6:00, quick walk outside, morning coffee and then work. Somewhere along the line I dropped off the good stuff. still wake up early, but stuck on the checking email watching too much what’s new and my productivity suffered.

    Thanks again . I am ready to start the article writing, get out to meet people and get out there and market! Nice balance I will try it.

    Thanks Visma

  28. Kim, I just found this comment you made back to me on Google. =) I’m glad you liked the interview.

    Jit Uppal and I did a good one right before that interview if you want to check it out: printsalesman.com/jit

    That’s cool we use a lot of the same techniques. If sure you’ve tried “them all” like me and found a select few to be most powerful.

  29. Hi Kim!
    I first heard that quote “How you do anything is how you do everything” at the Millionaire Mind Intensive by T Harv Eker, I couldn’t agree more!
    Great post, keep on the good work!

    Regards from Spain,

    Raul

  30. I break my day into 3 parts. The day starts at 5am.

    After the shower and coffee, writing content is 1st on the list. I am fresher in the morning and writing content seems to be easier.

    2nd comes the marketing. It takes the better part of the day because I am still learning the ropes.

    3rd is reading blogs like this.

    Peter
    FitnessOver50

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