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Blog and Retire Case Study – Week 16

Creating an Ebook Cover

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What’s in Week 16?

In Blog and Retire Week 16, I explain how to create an ebook cover easily for free. I also offer my services to create an ebook cover for you, if you don’t want to do the work yourself.

Week 16 is the last time I suggest that you get your free product and purchase product ready and available for your readers. Further in the course, we go through product creation again, but Week 16 is the end of phase one, the first round of products you will have available for your blog readers.

Aside from those new things, there are the regularly scheduled blogging and blog promotion tasks and tips as always.

What I Did This Week:

As I’ve said before, I am not choosing to create a product for the house blog (at least not at this point, although I have thought of an awesome title for if I ever do decide to create an ebook for the house blog readers). I’m simply writing blog posts and building traffic, and at this point, my main goal for income from this blog is from ad space and sponsored posts. I was able to write one sponsored post for the case study blog this week and I published that today.

I also worked with one blogger friend on getting an event together that people can join and link up to. This will bring more awareness to each other’s blogs.

I got another guest post which will be going up on Monday, and I received another inquiry from someone else who wanted to provide a guest post at the house blog.

I wrote a guest post for another blogger who asked me, and tomorrow I’ll be writing another one for someone else who asked me to do so.

I am soon going to receive a product in the mail to review and I’ll be hosting a giveaway for the product. The company is supplying me with their product and I will test it, take pictures, and write a review on the house blog. The company is also supplying 3 more so 3 lucky people will win the product for themselves to use at home.

All of these things can provide more traffic to my blog, and/or more potential income. Any opportunity you get for exposure somewhere else, links back to your blog, and more attention around the web, you should take it (especially in the beginning). And any chance you get to slack off and have someone else write something for your blog, you should take it. It will save you time that you can use on other things, like promoting your blog.

I have not reached out for any of these things. People have been reaching out to me, so this takes some of the effort off of me. However, it is possible to ask other people/companies/bloggers if they would like you to do a guest post on their blog, or if you could do a product review or giveaway for them, or ask someone if they could do a guest post on your blog.

This week I’ve also done a lot of interacting with readers/potential readers/other bloggers, and I did a lot of commenting on other blogs. This not only builds relationships with other bloggers, but it also gives links back to my blog. So it’s win-win.

My goal for the next week is to do some research and decide on a blog that I would like to do a guest post for. It would be a blog that has not mentioned my blog yet, and preferably one that gets more traffic than mine. I will work on it by commenting on the blog a few times before I decide to reach out. This will help me build some rapport with the blogger and will increase my chances of them agreeing when I offer to write a guest post on their blog.

Case Study Blog Stats:

Here are my house blog stats for March so far:

  • Unique Visitors: 2,106
  • Number of Visits: 5,520
  • Number of Pageviews (not including my own): 10,595
  • Number of Hits (not including my own): 62,554
  • Links around the web: 265 so far this month
  • Search Keyphrases: 240 so far this month
  • Search Keywords: 408 so far this month
  • Twitter Tweets: 1,766, Following: 1193, Followers: 882
  • Fans on 1house1couple’s Facebook page: 55
Looks like we’re definitely on track to getting over 4,000 unique visitors and over 20,000 pageviews for the month of March. Things are looking up for the case study house blog. Keep following to see how it turns out!

Remember, I am doing all of this, following the guide I created called Blog and Retire.

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