physiI started this site as I was trying to get a grip on my own finances. I appreciate how financial stress can affect relationships. Today we will go over my site stats over my first 4 months as a blogger.
As a dad, having a sound financial plan allows for less stress and hopefully better relationships with our family. Thus, I started DadsDollarsDebts (originally Dads Dollars and Debts) on October 26th and published 2 posts that date – Fun for Free and Money Can’t buy Sunshine. From there I have published 2 posts every week on a Tuesday and Thursday schedule. I started out slow, picked up some traffic in November (at least a descent amount of page views at 1,500). December and January were relatively flat but still with over 2,000 pageviews. Finally, come February I had almost 5,000 pageviews with over 1,000 users. This is exciting for me as I was not sure I was making much progress.
Of note, most of my bumps in traffic came from mentions on other sites, particularly Physician On Fire Sunday Best Posts.
I opened a Twitter account right away @DadDollarDebt
Over the course of 4 months I have gained 333 followers. While this has not been as fast as some other sites, I am still happy with the progress I have made. I have received various advice regarding how to increase Twitter followings (and thus site visits) such as using robots to sign up to similar twitter users. I chose and still choose to grow my following organically through reaching out to other twitter users, posting interesting and value adding articles, and just being involved in the community. It may take me longer to grow then using a bot, but I think it is worth the effort.
I made a Facebook page @DadsDollarsDebts
Started in December and currently have 5 likes. As an experiment, I spent $13.95 from 1/26 to 3/1/17. I reached a total of 1,281 people but only had 12 link clicks (the cost was $1.16 per page click), therefore I stopped using this advertising method.
I made a Pintrest and Instagram page in February
I have not been active on either and do not believe I have any followers yet.
I started tracking my page hits, etc. on Google Analytics in late November. Prior to that I used SquareSpaces native analytic program. My numbers above are from a combination of both analytics, though I suspect Google is more accurate.
I used Google Adwords in February for less then a week and believe I spent a total of $9. I had few hits with this advertising but may have not given it long enough to work. I may consider using this again in the future.
Over the last 4 months I have tried to improve my writing. English class was never my strength and my writing over the last 10 years has all been academic research papers. Thus, switching to a blog format is quite different. While writing is not my forte, I am hoping for it to improve over time. One book I read to help was Stephen King’s “On Writing”. I found it interesting and it solidified that focusing on the story is key. Hopefully I will look back in a year or two and see that my writing has improved.
Will I add advertisers?
I had Google Ads and Amazon Affiliate links since the early days of this site and they have both produced me a total of $1.50. While not rich from this site, and doubt I ever will, but I keep trying. I would like some Affiliate Advertisers once I hit 1,000- 2,000 pageviews a day and will reach out to some people at that time.
(I have since add advertisers. You can see my disclaimers at the bottom menu for more information.)
How can I improve traffic?
1) I can continue writing useful content, making it more interesting as I go along.
3) I can continue reaching out to others on Twitter and other social media platforms.
4) I can continue reading other sites and participating in their Comments sections. This is likely the most time consuming of the above as it requires reading posts and comments to really try and add value.
5) I can start trying to write some guest posts.
Also published on Medium.