Blog and Retire Case Study Update Week 28
What’s in it, and What did I do?
Week 28 focuses on the video site Vimeo.com. I previously suggested creating videos for your blog and uploading them to YouTube. Embed the video into your blog post, put a link to your blog post in the video description, and you can also put the link to your video in your blog post.
Well YouTube is not the only video site, so it’s time to also upload your videos to Vimeo and get some traffic from there. Where people are, that’s where your blog needs to be, so get your blog in front of more eyes by adding content from your blog on other sites, including video sites like vimeo.
Videos are a great asset because way less people create videos than blogs, so if you have a blog and videos, then you’re ahead of the game just that much more. Not only that, but you get more backlinks by adding your blog post url to the video descriptions. Also, some people prefer watching videos to reading, so you can attract more of those types of people by creating videos.
I haven’t made any videos for my house blog. I may do that in the future. I am thinking I will eventually do how-to videos, like how to smooth walls, or how to put up drywall, or other home repair stuff.
For now, I am just writing my blog. As I’ve said before, I don’t do everything in the Blog and Retire ecourse, and you don’t have to either. Blog and Retire just tells you all the things you could be doing, and you choose from there what’s right for you based on the direction you want to go with your blogging career. But definitely consider doing videos because they can be beneficial for your blogging in many ways.
This week began my giveaway on the blog. I am giving away a $50 giftcard of choice for the winner. To win, readers must blog about the giveaway on their blog, and then comment on as many posts as possible for the month of June. The comments have to be relevant to the post (not about the giveaway). The person who follows the rules and comments the most gets the giftcard. If there is a tie, I will use random.org to determine the winner.
For the first few days, I was receiving normal amounts of comments, so I thought the giveaway contest wasn’t alluring more people into commenting. But the last couple days I’ve received about 4 times the amount of comments than usual. So maybe it is working. By the end of June, I will be able to tell if the spike in comments was for the giveaway, or just a fluke. And then I can test it by not doing a giveaway in July and see if I continue to get lots of comments, or if the comments drop.
My main goal however was not to get comments, but more pageviews. You see, this will get people to visit more pages on the blog because they will want to go to every single new post in June, not just 5 or 6 posts (which is my estimate for most regular readers of the house blog). I write about 22 posts a month, so hopefully each person who wants to win the contest will visit all 22 posts. Also, by having contestants blog about the giveaway on their blog, it is possible that their readers will want to join the contest as well, so I may also get an increase in unique visitors. All of this is possible, but nothing is for certain, so we will see how it goes.
Case Study Blog Stats
Here are the house blog stats for June so far:
- Unique Visitors: 1,368
- Number of Visits: 3,325
- Number of Pageviews: 6,216
- Number of Hits: 33,618
- Links around the web: 160 so far this month
- Search Keyphrases: 237 so far this month
- Search Keywords: 407 so far this month
- Twitter Tweets: 3,283, Following: 1,629, Followers: 1,360
- Fans on 1house1couple’s Facebook page: 96
Here is the recap from January-May:
As you may recall, I had a rough first half of May which kind of put my blog at a standstill, but if things like that happen to you, you have to accept it because life is not always going to be stable and predictable. Get back up and dust yourself off, and keep trudging along. Also, there will be times when your blog stats don’t really grow and you’ll have no idea why. That’s okay, too. Just keep doing what you’re doing. And if you want a spike in traffic, you have to do what it takes to make that happen. That’s why I decided to do the giveaway in June.
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