Some people love to make New Years resolutions; others hate the very idea of New Years resolutions. So if you’re a poker affiliate, and you fall into the former camp, this post is for you. If you’re part of the camp that hates New Years resolutions, well, I will only make one post on the subject each year.

5 Suggested New Years Resolutions for Poker Affiliates

1. Know how much money you need in order to retire. A lot of poker affiliates work so hard at getting rich that they never set up an exit strategy or a final goal for how much money they need in order to retire. I have a simple formula for this. In order to retire at any age, multiply your desired annual retirement income by 25. Put half your money in stocks and half in bonds, then live on the interest.

If you want to have a post-retirement income of $100,000 a year, you need $2.5 million to retire. You should never have to touch your principal, so you can even leave a legacy for your children, if you’re into that sort of thing. (I love my kids, but I plan to die broke. But that’s a whole other post.)

2. Set up some routines and habits in your life that will help you achieve your goals. The difference between the guy with lots of energy and a great physique and me can be boiled down to one word: habits. The guy who’s in shape has habits of exercising and eating right. I have habits of lying on the couch and eating wrong.

These habits and routines apply to anything. If you have a habit of writing 3 pages of content every day, then you’ll have a 1000 page website at the end of the year. If you have a habit of asking for links every day until someone says yes, then you’ll have 365 new links to that content this year.

3. Try some SEO experiments this year. Sometimes doing things wrong can teach you how to do other things right. I launched a page about a particular casino this year, and I decided to handicap myself by not using the casino name in the title tag or the URL, and then see how well that page would rank for the casino’s name. Just engaging in that one tiny experiment, I got a better idea of how important title tags and URL’s are. I also learned some serious on-page optimizations skills from getting the page to rank.

I made it to the top 30, in case you’re interested, which felt pretty good. I’m convinced I could have made it higher before I concluded the experiment.

At any rate, come up with your experiment. The whole SEO method involves experimenting and making adjustments then seeing what works.

4. Read more books and magazines. If the only reading you do is on the Internet, then you’re really limiting yourself. The more you read, the better off you’ll be. You’ll think better, have more ideas, and be able to make better decisions. Every time you read a book, it’s like building an extra room onto the house that is your mind. Charles Munger talks about being able to look at the world through different frameworks. You gain that ability by being widely read.

5. Participate in an online community that is NOT related to your livelihood. Lots of readers here participate in poker affiliate forums or other webmaster forums. But participating in an online community that’s not related to how you make your living will teach you more about how to participate on the web without being an obnoxious self-promoter.

And there are lots of communities besides just the obvious message board type communities. There are volunteer-edited directories and encyclopedias, social networking sites, and email discussion lists you can participate in. They’re not just places to drop links, and the sooner you understand that, the better you’ll become at marketing your website online.