It’s been 2 years since this blog started, but feels like a lifetime ago. Year 1 stats were discussed here. Now for the year 2 blogiversary stats.
The biggest thing I did all year was my buy nothing challenge. So far it is going well and I have learned a lot in that time. More on that on another date.
As for the blog, it’s self, I have enjoyed it and always wanted to reach the 2-year mark. Well, I made it and am glad for that achievement. Going forward I am not sure where things will end up. I may write less frequently and more passionately instead of just putting things out there for the sake of putting it out there.
Now for some stats…
So far I have written 194 posts. This is post 195. That is an average of 1.8 posts per week. I had started out strong with 3 posts per week at the inception…then slowly faded to 1 post per week. Going forward it may even be fewer posts. I am hoping to provide more quality than quantity as stated above. So sign up for my email list if interested in being kept in the loop.
The below stats are for a period of 329 days. I jumped the gun on downloading my analytics data. Still, it gives a rough estimate for the year.
I did pretty well if you ask me. The average per day stats was:
61 users per day
193 page views per day
To me, this is like teaching a class to 61 students a day. If that was my job I would feel pretty successful. It may not be the 30,000 hits or more some sites get, but that is okay. Comparison and competition while healthy, are not the goal of this blog.
Email remains the biggest referral source, so I guess I should continue to work on growing my email list which is currently 206 people. I was happy to see that the other 37% was a direct search of my site. It is surprising that people are typing in my websites name, but exciting also.
Not surprising, the Tubb’s Fire post was the most popular. This was also my most popular post last year (and ever actually). I am proud to see my Fidelity IRA how-to page received the second most visits. The third most popular post was a how-to on nanny taxes. It seems that if you want a successful post, it should be useful to your audience. Maybe the future will contain more how-to or how-not-to posts.
June 15th was my most popular date which was when Michael Dinich posted a guest post on Financial recommendations for someone making $50,000 a year. He is a great worker of social media and drove a lot of traffic to my site.
I wish I had some insight for you on writing blogs. I can give you some tips if interested.
- First, pick a name that is easy to remember and has something to do with your site. My name is not the best for a site like mine. So think about your sites name and be deliberate.
- If you want to get traffic, write quality content. Equally important is networking. Get on other peoples sites and comment. Use twitter. Write guest posts. I can increase traffic to my site 2 to 3 fold when I am engaged in social media and with other bloggers. It is a great way to grow.
- Don’t blog for the money. You might make some. Or a lot. But more likely you will make little money, and that is okay. Write if you like to write. If you feel you have something useful to add to the community. That is it. That should be your purpose for writing. Money may come from it and that is great, but if money is the end goal you may not succeed.
- It’s okay to back away from a site. If you are no longer enjoying the writing and interacting, then back away. You have no failed. In fact, if you have put some original thoughts out there or useful how-to’s, then you are a success in my book. Do what’s best for you.
Alright, that is it. Have a great day and see you next time.
Also published on Medium.