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Welcome to my 5th month blog traffic report!
I’m happy to report that traffic slump didn’t happen this summer although I was mentally bracing myself for it. But it doesn’t mean that it won’t happen in the future.
Blogging has brought me so many pleasant surprises, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a period of slow progress happened one day. There are ups and downs to every journey.
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.
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: 20,378 (+22.8%)
Pageviews/day: 657 (+27.3%)
Users: 5,316 (+79.8%)
Bounce rate: 56.92% (+17.3%)
Returning visitors: 19.9% (-65.67%)
New visitors: 80.1% (+90.7%)
There were two pronounced spikes in August. The first spike happened on August 25 when my post How I Lost 36 Lbs In 7 Months was shared on Reddit and went viral for two days.
The second sharp increase on August 31 was thanks to a shout-out from Joe at Retire By 40 (an awesome blog you need to check out if you’re interested in personal finance and early retirement).
Top 10 posts
Top 10 countries (# of users)
In August, I spent 25-30 hours a week blogging as opposed to 30-35 hours in July. I continued to publish three times a week (MWF) at 7:45 AM. Mailchimp sends out a notification about a new post at noon on the same day.
I almost caught up with my posting schedule of three months in advice. I currently have 32 posts and 4 drafts scheduled until November 27.
August marked my first month of having guest posts:
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.
My 1st Podcast
I had my first podcast interview on Do You Even Blog with Pete (host) and Lily at The Frugal Gene. Mrs. Adventure Rich kindly helped make the connection and create one of my most favorite blogging memories so far.
I spent the whole week leading up to the interview feeling nervous. Fortunately, all of us had a great time talking about blogging tips, Pinterest, and what it’s like being a personal finance blogger.
You can check out more details about my experience below:
1. Comment on other blogs
I continued to comment on my favorite blogs and have really enjoyed interacting with other bloggers. If you want to network with other bloggers and establish a good relationship with them, I highly recommend you follow their blogs and leave constructive, meaningful feedback.
I know this strategy takes a lot of time, but there’s no short-cut to starting and maintaining a friendship with someone other than to show them that you care.
I can speak from experience that I have built great connections with other bloggers through commenting on their blogs and having them leaving feedback on mine.
2. Respond to comments on my blog
August marked the first month I didn’t respond to every single comment on my blog. I have been so overwhelmingly happy with all the feedback I’ve gotten.
I felt bad for not replying to all of you. Just know that I read every single one of your comments, and I remember who frequently contribute to the discussion. Thank you all for the love!
Twitter: 1,127 followers (+28.1%)
Pinterest: 170 followers (+50.4%)
Facebook: 23 likes (+53.3%) & 29 follows (+52.6%)
Instagram: 359 followers
Subscribers: 68 (+30.8%)
After two months, Pinterest has become my #6 source of traffic (up from #7 in July) and #2 referrer (the same as in July).
In August, I invested more time in requesting to join group boards and making pinnable images for my posts. I went back to my old posts and made Pinterest images for them to increase the presence of my blog on the platform. Pinning the same things will only get me so far.
Repinning other people’s work has also helped me develop and refine my own style. If you check out my Pinterest profile, you will see the progression of my design. I get free stock photos from Pixabay and make the images on Canva. I use Tailwind to schedule all of my pins.
You can see more details about my Pinterest strategy in the July blog traffic report.
I set up a Twitter account in mid May. Since then, Twitter has become my #3 source of traffic (up from #4 in July) and #1 referrer (the same as in July).
I am glad to see the number of my followers surpassing 1,000. Below are the four main strategies I implement on this platform:
– Retweeting other bloggers’ posts.
– Leaving thoughtful comments on others’ tweets.
– Liking others’ content.
– Retweeting my old posts.
I am not as active on Facebook as on Pinterest and Twitter since I blog anonymously and don’t want to use my personal profile to join Facebook groups. I’m trying to find a way to work around this limitation. Facebook was my #21 source of traffic and #19 referrer.
Due to my limited photography skills and unphotogenic nature, I usually don’t take a lot of pictures.
I’ve been having an internal conflict about publishing my food expense reports just because I have to take so many photos of our food and groceries.
I decided to upload my Pinterest images onto Instagram and have gotten some positive feedback so far. In August, Instagram was my #18 source of traffic and # 12 referrer. Lily at The Frugal Gene has been giving me a nudge to be more active on Instagram. That will be my next step.
1. Explore more social media platforms
Whenever I felt stuck with my blog traffic, I’d feel the urge to be more aggressive on the social media platforms that I’m already on or exploring new ones. I’m experimenting with a couple of new social media platforms such as Reddit and StumbleUpon.
Google has become my #1 mentor when it comes to learning new blogging tips and tricks. I feel like I’m walking in the dark trying to navigate social media and hoping to find the light at the end of the tunnel. It can be fun and adventurous, but frustration does occur from time to time.
2. Sleep schedule
My main challenge in August was go to to bed before 12. In July, I went to bed at 1 or even later and got up at 6:15 every day (sometimes even on the weekends).
I was trying to learn more about Pinterest, research automated schedulers, and pick one that would work best for me.
After overcoming the Pinterest ordeal in July, I went to bed earlier in August but still stayed up past midnight. In September, I want to have a more balanced and healthier sleep schedule, so I’ll try to go to bed before 11:30 PM.
August marked the end of my 5th month of blogging. I’ve been generally happy with my blog progress so far.
In September, I will try to focus more on the social media platforms I’m already on (i.e. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook) to explore their full potential.
I will also try to go to bed earlier because staying up late affects not only my mood during the day (i.e. me being cranky with Mr. FAF) but also my long-term health.
Blogging should be fun, not a stressor. I will need to keep that in mind from now on.
Util next time!