What’s in It and What Did I Do?
Wow, 50 weeks I’ve been writing for my house blog. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year already.
Week 50 is all about getting people to share your posts, which is super important for multiple reasons and I don’t think I need to explain why. I reveal one of the best, simplest, and easiest share buttons option in Week 52.
I haven’t exactly followed the Blog and Retire ecourse, but I did the main tasks in the beginning to get popularity that has stuck all the way up to this point.
This past week, I wrote a few blog posts, but I’ve been slacking on basically everything else. I haven’t been interacting in Twitter at all since the beginning of October, so I had a month’s worth of responses to take care of which I did on Tuesday night while I was waiting for Mitt to make his concession speech. Besides that, I’ve been working more on my personal life and just enjoying life in general and trying to take it easy (mainly because I have anxiety issues, so every once in awhile, I have to just stop and relax). I do thank God that my anxiety issues don’t stem from financial stress. I think because I don’t have the need for money, I haven’t been trying to make it. So while dollars have been rolling in, a lot more would be rolling in if I was actually trying.
That’s the thing. As long as you have a working brain, an idea, guidance, and self-discipline and motivation, there’s no reason for you to be poor.
The main way I’ve made money on my house blog has been by doing sponsored blog posts (I’ll give you the total amount of money made when I give you the Week 52 update, my house blog’s blogiversary). And I’ve made that money putting in very little effort. I have barely spent any time seeking sponsored blog posts, and I receive them often from a variety of channels which I’ll explain more in the Week 52 update. I even have to refuse some so that my blog is not just filled with sponsored blog posts (which may turn away loyal readers).
I’ve also spent practically no time contacting advertisers proactively. I contacted about 6 advertisers back in Week 37, and I kinda let that fall to the wayside and haven’t contacted any more companies since. Not to mention the fact that I have not even begun to contact advertisers by snail mail as recommended in Week 44. Not because I don’t believe it will eventually lead to a “sale”, but because I simply haven’t felt like it, or needed to (like I said before, if I don’t need to make more money, I don’t really try).
I sold books door-to-door the summer after my freshman year in college and even though I was a horrible salesperson, I still made a good percentage of sales compared to the amount of houses I went to. Because for every 39 Nos you will finally get a Yes. So that’s why contacting advertisers can help, because eventually you will happen upon a website, company, or business that will want to advertise on your site.
Case Study Blog Stats
Here are the house blog stats for November so far:
- Unique Visitors: 1,893
- Number of Visits: 3,877
- Number of Pageviews: 9,181
- Number of Hits: 41,978
- Links around the web: 350
- Search Keyphrases: 240
- Twitter Tweets: 5,270, Following: 2,984, Followers: 2,732
- Fans on 1house1couple’s Facebook page: 221
I’m pretty on par with what I’ve been getting the least few months, and I’m happy with that considering I’m using very little of my time to keep the house blog running. The point of the Blog and Retire case study was to show you that you can create a successful blog by following the Blog and Retire ecourse.
Overall, it looks like I have created a successful blog in less than one year without even doing everything in Blog and Retire, but still following my own standards for what’s important and what’s necessary. Every little thing can make a little difference and lots of little things can add up to a big paycheck. So doing the full Blog and Retire ecourse, and following it to a T would surely bring you great success with a blog.