Blogging, Blogging Podcast

143 What Worked And What Didn’t In 2013

By Leslie Samuel

2013 was a great year.

Here's a quick summary of what has happened with my 2 blogs:

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Interactive Biology

  • 2013Traffic has increased tremendously
  • As many as 68K unique visitors last month
  • My email list is over 19K
  • Almost 5 Million video views on Youtube
  • Over 9000 likes on my Facebook page

This traffic is increasing without hardly ANY work on my part over the last 2.5 years.

Become A Blogger

  • 10-15K Unique visitors/month
  • Each podcast episodes get 800-1000 downloads in the first week and up to 2700+ total downloads
  • Over 13K email subscribers
  • Successfully launched a multi-author model
  • 2,100 daily email subscribers
  • 1,800 likes on my Facebook page
  • 1,700 Twitter followers

Over the last year, I tried different strategies for growing my online business – some worked, others didn't. In this episode, I basically dive into a review of my efforts in 2013.

Why? Because we're going into 2014 and I'm about to make some MAJOR changes.

Here's the fact – If you aren't changing, you aren't growing (click here to tweet that)

In the next podcast episode, I'm going to be making a huge announcement and talking about my plans for 2014. The purpose of this episode is to set you up for that one. So, go ahead and have a listen.


Some people just love being able to read along with interviews, or they might just prefer to skip the audio completely and just read through the transcript. Hey, if that’s what floats your boat, it is all good. Here’s the transcript just for you :)

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About The Podcast

Learning With Leslie

Learning With Leslie is a podcast dedicated to helping you build a business around a blog. No, not one of those blogs that will fall by the wayside when Google has a mood swing, but one that will thrive no matter what gets thrown at it.

I share tips and strategies that I’ve learnt building blogs since 2008 and interview experts who are knowledgable about various aspects of blogging so that we can learn from their experiences.

If you’re a blogger, thinking about becoming a blogger (pun intended) or are not even sure if blogging is right for you, go ahead and tune in to see what this blogging thing is all about.

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  1. Wow, thank you so much for being so transparent!! This is my first time listening to your podcast and I am hooked!! lol I’ve been trying to figure out how to do exactly what you teach. Thank you again!! I’m your new biggest fan!

  2. What a touching episode. It brought tears to my eyes – especially about the Typhoon and your loss. Otherwise, wish you a Merry Christmas Leslie. You are a Great teacher – Fake marketing works for a short while only – like you mentioned. Great Works sell themselves,
    -no need to sweat with fake promises like all those fake marketers.

  3. Thank you so much for this podcast Leslie and everything that you do. It’s so inspiring! I’ve been listening to you for more than one year now, and I think it’s causing a very positive impact in my life. I’m not a professional blogger by any means. I’m trying to learn to do it while I make a living as a teacher, but when I first got into blogging I thought it was all going to be an easy process, and that I would be making money fast. Now I’ve realised I need to see it as a hobby, because I can’t take away the time that my wife and children require. But anyway, I’m very much into blogging now, and I want to carry on doing it. I trust you very much Leslie, because you speak (and write) in a way that I can understand, and we can all tell you care about us. And that makes all the difference.
    I’m really looking forward to the changes you mention for 2014, and to be honest I’m really intrigued about them!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, and have a great time in Saint Martin

    1. Wow, thanks David. I really appreciate everything you said. Thanks for listening for SO LONG and I’m glad to hear that you’ve gotten value from it. And yes – 2014 . . . it shall be interesting indeed. Trust me on that one 😉

  4. I started listening to your podcasts about a month ago and I just wanted to tell you that I really appreciate all of your hard work. I really love your transparency and personality. You’re definitely not like other internet marketers who always seem to just try to get you to buy something from them. There’s nothing wrong with them promoting their businesses but that sort of thing was just never for me. Thanks again for everything you do and I wish you all the best for 2014!

    1. Oh and sorry about the picture 😛 I thought it was going to go in the little image box thing. Please remove it if you can. Thanks! 🙂

    2. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the Podcast Stef. I do put a lot into them and plan on putting even more, so stay tuned 🙂

      Here’s to a successful 2014 for both of us 🙂

    1. That’s too bad. That’s why you want to avoid any kind of tactics for quick success. It’s all about putting in value for the long term. Google values that.

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