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Blog Stats – November 2014

Blog Stats – November 2014

November has come and gone – can you believe it?

I remember going through the holidays last year and publishing posts both on Thanksgiving and on Christmas day. Neither got much traction as people were, rightfully, celebrating with their families.

So, November saw one less post from me than in October as I took the week of Thanksgiving off. In addition, I used some of free time to finish writing a small book that will eventually make it to Amazon as a Kindle Single. The book is about the things I have learned that I wish I would have learned before moving here – and, the sometimes humorous way I learned them.

In November I also added to my “About” menu tab creating 2 additional pages: Writing Portfolio and Support page. I also created a new Menu item “Marketplace” which has information on Jen’s book Costa Rica Chica as well as a friends farm that is for sale just outside of Grecia.

For December, my Christmas wish is to post 10 blogposts (hey, this is one of them – only 9 to go), get my book finished and approved by Amazon, continue to kill it on Social Media, and to be more active in Blogger groups that can help get my blog to more readers.

Social Media

I have done a good job growing my Twitter and FaceBook fan page. I use a tool called TweetAdder to help me in this cause. The program allows you to follow and unfollow targeted Twitter followers. It allows you to send scheduled Tweets and to Auto-Retweet those of your choosing. The way TweetAdder helps with FaceBook is that you can send an Auto Direct Message when someone starts following you on Twitter letting them know about your FB page.

If you sign up through the link above, I get a cut. I pay for and use the service whether or not I make any money from it – it is just a good tool. Plus, the cost is the same to you, whether you sign up through my or directly from the company and you get to test drive it for a week for free.

If you do sign up and want a tutorial, just send me a message.

Twitter         24,232 (+1,447)
FaceBook    1,812 (+56)
Google +     126 (+27)

Blog Traffic

I posted 6 blogposts in November, as opposed to the 7 in October. I get anywhere from 300 – 1,000 hits from a blogpost on the day I post it. That is part of the dip in traffic.

For December I plan to improve navigation on my site and include more internal links. My “Bounce” rate is a bit high at 78%. That means that 78% of the people who read my blog read one page and then leave. That is not all bad, in that the majority of my traffic is from Social Media, meaning I notify FaceBook groups and Twitter that I have a new blogpost out – they go to it, read it, then leave.  The challenge, still, is to get the search traffic to my site, people who are new who want to explore.

Page Views                 4,837 (-1,364)
Returning Visits         1,,121 (-84)
New Visits (Unique)  2,027 (-781)

Traffic Sources

Social Media   42% (-16)
Direct               23% (+ 8)
Search              35% ( +8)

Website Barometers

Domain Authority, Page Authority, and Page Rank take quite a bit of change for them to move – I am happy as long as they don’t go down, and I expect them to go up over the next couple of months.

Alexa ranks both globally and locally – the lower the better. November is the first month (that I have tracked) where I rank with Alexa for Costa Rica.

Domain Authority  25 (no movement)
Page Authority        36 (no movement)
Page Rank                2 (this metric is only updated a couple of times a year)
Alexa Rank              2,188,372/4537 CR (-154,331/zero)

Click here to view October Stats.

Thanks for following me in my blog journey.

Hasta Pronto,



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Greg Seymour is a quitter. At 41 Greg and his wife Jen quit their jobs, sold damn near everything they owned and became Intentionally Unemployed and retired early to Costa Rica.
In addition to writing on this blog, Greg has written for other online publications and has written two popular books about living in Costa Rica:
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  1. Greg,

    Good move to redirect people to FB. Twitter is so easy, why would you not use it, but I find it’s really not very effective as a promotional tool. 25K followers for 5K views (giving it the big benefit of the doubt). Still, I’d never give up on Twitter, it’s much more enjoyable than dealing with FB (ugh!). So, what is your long-range plan, esp. if you’re spending $11 min/month to get Twitter followers? I think it’s mostly a hard row to hoe, blogging, esp. in our niche. 🙂 It’s really just a pastime for me. Good luck!

    • Hey Casey,

      Long range plan…. hmmm – are we supposed to think about those things? I am primarily building for a platform for various writing projects. Our efforts have paid off for Jen’s book and we have other ideas to develop as well. I don’t care for ads so will not monitize that way so only through affiliates and self created products – that I am ok with.

      I agree about Twitter – it has been less effective for me than I had imagined, but it is easy. In the end it is a pastime for me as well. But one that I am interested in, so I am trying different things to see what works.

      Good to hear from you.

  2. It’s always so interesting to reader other blogs’ stats, and it looks like you’re doing really well! I’m going to check out TweetAdder right now.

    • Thanks Silvia. It is certainly a work in progress, but I really enjoy learning about it.

  3. I appreciate these – this one in particular is a good reminder that I didn’t post one last month. 🙂

    As Casey mentioned, I don’t believe most of the marketers’ hype about twitter –it probably had much more value in that sense a couple years ago. But I’ve actually grown to enjoy using it – especially with any expectations I once had being tossed aside. Hope all’s well!

    • Hey Bob,

      Good to hear from you. I am becoming in agreement with you and Casey on Twitter.

      This is only my second EOM summary but I can already see it helping me maintain a focus on my blog and growth.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Good to know you have no long-range plan for the blog, jajaja. I think those who are successful put in way more time than I’m willing to give and have a boatload of blogs, hoping one will catch fire. Most of my pocket money comes from writing web content anyway for which I never receive a byline, but it’s gotten easier to do as time goes on. Glad to hear Jen’s book is doing well and that there are more books coming. Looking forward to your success!

    • Yep – I think having a successfully monitized blog is a full time job. I am not real interested in spending 5 or 6 or 10 hours a day on one. I do, however enjoy blogging, both writing and the technical aspects of it. As long as it stays interesting the time I spend on it is “fun” for me.

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