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Blog and Retire Case Study Week 25

wah wahWe’re closing in on 6 months at the case study blog. If you don’t already know, I’m building a new blog from the ground up, following the Blog and Retire eCourse.

Click here to read the Birth of the Blog and Retire Case Study and see how it all started.

What’s in Blog and Retire Week 25?

As you should come to understand by now, I can’t explain every little thing that’s in the ecourse. That’s why I wrote the ecourse, because it really can’t be done by just writing blog posts. Blog posts are published, then new posts go up on top, and soon posts are just in the archives. The ecourse allows you to start when it’s best for you, and continue through the course at your own pace.

The main task in week 25 is about submitting your blog to Tidal to get more exposure from that.

Click here to read my article about how Tidal can benefit your blogging brand.

What I Did This Week

As many of you know, my grandmother passed away last Friday. Needless to say, this week has been tough on me. And now this whole month has kind of taken a slump as far as my blogging business goes, due to the fact that I also took a week long vacation the first week of May. I am not going to set any high goals for the rest of the month of May because I am currently emotionally unstable, and because I’m already prone to depression, it is not easy for me to go through these times. The month of May has taken a hit and I am just going to accept that.

This past week I did the bare minimum of writing a few blog posts (not as many as usual) and trying to interact with people on social media (not as much as usual). Luckily I have TweetAdder to save me some of the time I would be spending to promote my blog on a daily basis.

Luckily, I submitted my blog to Tidal a while back (even though that’s not in the ecourse until week 25, I’ve stated before that I’m not doing the course in exact order). My house blog has already had a few articles featured on the Bob Vila Nation site, which is through Tidal.

Case Study Blog Stats

Since my original estimate for May stats at the house blog was to get about 10,000 unique visitors and about 40,000 pageviews, and I am at about 70% of last months stats so far… it seems we have made a drop to equal March stats. I don’t like the fact that has happened, but I am not worried because I can build it back up again when my life becomes more stable.

I am proud to say that I had a pretty decent increase in 1house1couple Facebook fans from last week, without even doing anything, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Here are the house blog stats for May so far:

  • Unique Visitors: 2,575
  • Number of Visits: 6,238
  • Number of Pageviews: 12,075
  • Number of Hits: 82,405
  • Links around the web: 397 so far this month
  • Search Keyphrases: 451 so far this month
  • Search Keywords: 654 so far this month
  • Twitter Tweets: 2,510, Following: 1,514, Followers: 1,244
  • Fans on 1house1couple’s Facebook page: 91


As I said before, it’s almost been 6 months since I started the case study blog, so hopefully come June I will be back in action and ready to roll on this thing. It’s time to build it up some more. And there are some exciting things coming up in the ecourse that could potentially bring in more dollars. After all, that is the point of the ecourse.

Click here if you are interested in signing up for Week 1 of the Blog and Retire ecourse and getting started on building a successful blog for yourself.

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