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Blog and Retire Case Study Update Week 26

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What’s in Blog and Retire Week 26?

BlogHerWeek 26 suggests to add your blog to BlogHer, a blogging/publishing network created mainly for women, but you can join even if you’re a man. You can also sign up for BlogHer ads, put the widget on your blog, and get paid by pageviews, rather than per click (like AdSense). So you get credit for all people going to your blog, not just the people who are willing to click on ads.

Week 26 also has all the extra tips for the regular blogging tasks that take place pretty much every week. There is so much to do to promote your blog to build traffic, a loyal readership, popularity, and eventually make an income from a blog, so that is what the Blog and Retire ecourse is for. To get you organized so you know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.

What I Did This Week:

This week I signed up for BlogHer, so now my house blog is up and running on there. There is currently a 45 day waiting list to join BlogHer ads, and you have to go through a simple 5 minute application process in which you should answer their questions honestly so that you will know sooner whether your blog is acceptable to BlogHer’s requirements.

BlogHer pays an average of about $4.50 per 1000 pageviews, which is probably about an average of 5 times the amount you’d get paid from clicks with Google AdSense. As many of you know, I no longer use AdSense because I don’t believe it is the best way to make money from a blog. I do believe it works for some, but a lot of people don’t earn much at all from it. I think that everyone should try it and see if it works for them. If not, you might as well not have it on your blog taking up space.

Along with that I did a bunch of other things, mainly doing more Tweeting about other top blog posts on the house blog to get more traffic. So I’ve set up my TweetAdder to do that for me. I wrote a lot of blog posts, and I’ve also been getting a lot of guest blog posts, so I’m starting to put one or two of those up per week. I commented on a lot of blogs, as usual, but I never feel like I’m doing enough. There is such a large community of DIY bloggers that it’s impossible to keep up with all of them. I also have a huge plan that I hope will get me a huge jump of pageviews for the month of June, so stay tuned for that. Then, my plan is to start proactively seeking advertisers in July.

Case Study Blog Stats

I have officially had my blog up for 6 months, but my stats are kind of at 4 month quality. I’m trying to work hard at building up my blog stats this month as May has taken quite a hit. I am hoping the stats will be equal to or greater than March stats, and then go above April’s stats in June. I think this month kind of made the life of my blog go at a standstill. June will be a much better month than May, so I’m looking forward to it. Come July I should be getting back on track again.

Here are the house blog stats for May so far:

  • Unique Visitors: 3,675
  • Number of Visits: 9,858
  • Number of Pageviews: 19,654
  • Number of Hits: 126,577
  • Links around the web: 565 so far this month
  • Search Keyphrases: 630 so far this month
  • Search Keywords: 787 so far this month
  • Twitter Tweets: 2,715, Following: 1,559, Followers: 1,276
  • Fans on 1house1couple’s Facebook page: 93


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