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Welcome to my 7th month blog traffic report!
I can’t believe it’s been more than half a year since I started Frugal Asian Finance.
Blogging is now such an important part of my life that I can’t imagine waking up one day without it.
I spent more time writing posts about whatever crossed my mind that had to do with finance. I managed to stay 4.5 months ahead of my blog schedule.
However, towards the end of October, I started feeling so burned out about churning out posts all the time that I had to take a break one day and just caught up on my favorite Youtube videos to let off steam.
During that time, my blog sis Lily at The Frugal Gene was always by my side to cheer me up and give me great tips on how to get over a blogger burnout.
If there’s anyone out there who genuinely wants to see me succeed with my blog, I have no doubt that’d be Lily.
In terms of blog expenses, I have spent a total of $222.96 since the launch of my blog on March 21, 2017.
— $106.20 for Account Plan (36 months)
— $11.88 for Domain Privacy Protection (12 months)
— $105 for an annual Tailwind subscription (12 months)
If you missed the previous reports, you can check them out below.
September 2017 Blog Traffic (6th Month) – 26,737 Views (+34.5%)
August 2017 Blog Traffic (5th Month) – 20,378 Views (+22.8%)
July 2017 Blog Traffic (4th Month) – 16,600 Views (+25.6%)
June 2017 Blog Traffic (3rd Month) – 13,242 Views (+20.2%)
May 2017 Blog Traffic (2nd Month) – 11,014 Views (+97.7%)
April 2017 Blog Traffic (1st Month) – 5,572 Views
Pageviews: 31,104 (+16.3%)
Pageviews/day: 1,003 (+12.6%)
Users: 9.165 (+40.5%)
Bounce rate: 65.45 (+6.6%)
Returning visitors: 18.3% (-16.4%)
New visitors: 81.7% (+3.8%)
Breakdown of channels (# of sessions)
Top 3 sources of traffic
Top 2 referrers
Top 10 posts
Top 10 countries (by # of users)
In October, I spent 25-30 hours a week blogging besides working an 8-5 job. I continued to publish three times a week (MWF) at 6:00 AM.
After setting up Pinterest and letting Tailwind do its scheduling magic, I had more time in October to write new content. I managed to stay 4.5 months ahead.
I currently have 48 posts and 8 drafts scheduled until March 16, 2018 (one week form my one year blog anniversary of March 21).
If you are interested in guest posting on my blog, you can see more details below. I’m always open to new ideas and proposals.
Length: 1,000 – 3,000 words. My posts are usually roughly 1,500 words or longer.
Topics: Anything related to personal finance. I’m particularly interested in Marriage/Relationships & Finance and Real Estate Investment (i.e. landlording, house-hacking, AirBnB)
Style: The post usually starts out with a personal story and then offers lessons learned. You can read more about my blogging style here.
1. Willing to revise the post based on my suggestions.
Sometimes it can take 4-5 rounds of revision to change anything from the wording to the structure of the post.
My main goal is to explore different aspects of the guest post from my perspective as a reader. If I have questions or am interested in certain details, I think others might also feel the same way.
2. No plagiarism.
3. Please send your FINAL version only. No first draft please.
Twitter: 1,662 followers (+11.8%)
Pinterest: 254 followers (+19.8)
Facebook: 46 likes (+31.4%) & 57 follows (+29.5%)
Subscribers: 85 (+19.7%)
My traffic started dipping in the second week of October since the Pinterest magic was wearing off. I tried various tactics to up my traffic such as adding my posts to StumbleUpon and commenting on more blogs. But nothing seemed to be able to make up for the amount of traffic that Pinterest previously brought to my site.
As I was furiously adding my posts to StumbleUpon but didn’t see any results, Joe at Retire By 40 steered me back on the right track and reminded me that I should focus on the platform that has already brought me results: Pinterest.
If you are a male blogger, don’t be discouraged by this female-dominated platform. If you can ask your wife, girlfriend, or female friend to take a look at Pinterest and pick out the pins that they like. Chances that other females will like the same designs. You can then try to recreate or modify the more popular pins and come up with a design of your own.
I use Tailwind to schedule all of my pins. You can see the 6 steps you can take to set up your Pinterest here.
Below are the four main strategies I implement on this platform.
— Retweeting their posts. If you only tweet your content, your followers will see it. If others tweet your content, their followers will also see it. That’s the power of scalability. There’s no better way to market our content by helping others promote theirs on Twitter.
— Leaving thoughtful comments on others’ tweets. You don’t have to leave comments that are sentences long, but saying something that contributes to the conversation will help you build a connection with other bloggers. It will also draw attention and thus traffic to site.
— Liking others’ content. You don’t want to go on a liking spree and like everything tweeted, but a couple of likes here and there show other bloggers that you care what they have to say.
— Retweeting old posts. I retweet 2-3 of my old posts every day. I want to make sure that the followers don’t miss what I published a long time ago. Some of my old posts got retweeted multiple times, which pleasantly surprised me.
I have not been very active on Facebook since I can’t join groups and interact with other bloggers anonymously. I usually just post new content on my page and leave it as that.
I just uploaded all of my Pinterest images on Instagram from my computer using Gramblr.
I made some changes to my Mailchimp account on September 9. However, that caused an error in my subscription form, and no one could subscribe to my blog. A reader kindly let me know that he couldn’t sign up on October 21.
I fixed the problem and got 7 new subscribers the next day. I should have checked my Mailchimp list more carefully. I let a month and a half go by without having any new subscribers. It should have been a red flag, but I just brushed it aside. Big mistake!
That wraps up my 7th month of blogging. I had a serious blogger burnout this past month. But after a week of taking a break and slowing down on the writing, I’m happy to report that I’ve recovered. However, I will need to balance my work better to avoid another burnout that might undermine my overall productivity.
The holiday season is just around the corner. I’m excited to blog about the special season of the year. I wrote a post about Halloween and have another one for Thanksgiving that’s coming up. I hope you’re having a great time planning get-togethers with friends and family.
Until next time!