Blog Statistics Update August to September 2012

This is my one-month update on how EPF is doing based on our August 16 – September 15 data.  Not much commentary from me in this post.  I’m feeling a little down about the stats but I know at least a few steps I need to undertake to improve them so I just need to get on those actions.

 

People who listen to us as of September 16, 2012

RSS subscribers: 88 (-3)

Twitter followers: 92 (+17)

Facebook fans: 21 (+3)

 

Rankings

Alexa: 183,148 (+26,589)

Google PR: 2 (no change)

MozRank: 4.86 (+0.04)

 

Some Google Analytics statistics:

 

 

Down from last month but I think the July to August numbers were pretty high for some reason.

 

Popular Posts

 

Most Viewed Posts:

1) How to Move Out on a Shoestring Budget

2) How Might Your Spouse’s Love Language Affect Your Finances?

3) How Do You Decide What to Spend on a Wedding Gift?

4) Earned Income: The Bane of the Graduate Student’s Roth IRA

5) The Slippery Slope of Separate Money

 

Most Commented Posts:

1) How to Make an Irregular Income as Regular as Possible

2) How Can We Plan Our Retirement in Our Twenties?

3) Are You a Tightwad, a Spendthrift, or Unconflicted?

3) What Happens When a Spendthrift Marries a Tightwad?

 

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12 Responses to "Blog Statistics Update August to September 2012"

  1. WorkSaveLive says:

    It’s hard not to get up and down with our blogs. I think we all have great expectations and reality is that our niche is very over saturated. I think 3,000 visits/month is a great number. Just keep up the excellent work and those numbers will continue to grow. SEO is king and organic searches are what will take you to the next level! :)

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Jeremy. Honestly I seem to care a lot more about comments than unique visitors since such a small percentage of them are real people. :/ I haven’t started doing any SEO – I should take a look at those strategies.

  2. David says:

    I’d love to be in that range, I got something like 45 unique visitors last month. Granted I’m only a month into the whole blogging adventure. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts though, so keep it up.
    -David

    1. Emily says:

      We’re always looking up to people who are a few steps ahead of us, aren’t we? Our blog is nearly a year old now! I found a large pick-up in traffic when I joined the Yakezie challenge, which was a couple months in. Just keep up with your commenting and eventually the search engines will find you more often and the numbers will come.

  3. Michelle says:

    I think you’re doing great! I wouldn’t be down about it at all :)

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks, Michelle!

  4. Robert says:

    For what it’s worth, I believe much of your audience is (like myself) currently in graduate school and just beginning to figure out how to manage person finance. Thusly, in the summer months of July and August read a whole lot. But once the crush of September hits with TA-ing, research deadlines, course homework, etc. many graduate students might take less time to read up on personal finance.

    The fact that you get such a spike in July and August when new grad students and/or new funding is likely to come into play means you have great quality posts and act as a great, credible find in search engines when grad students flock to the internet for new money advice.

    1. Emily says:

      That’s a very optimistic/bright side interpretation, thanks! I’m not sure how much the shift is due to real readers vs. search engine crawling but if it’s real readers certainly a lull from the vacationing-season to the busy season is reasonable. I know I haven’t visited and commented as much either on other blogs in the past month or so. Maybe I’ll see some more traffic as the new grad students get to the end of September and realize their paychecks are actually quite meager. :)

  5. Eric says:

    Interesting to see how your are progressing. Those spikes often throw things off for a month or so, but it looks like you are on a good track for long term success. Seeing your time on site increase, even just a little, is awesome.

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  6. Suba says:

    Emily, yours is one of my favorite blogs. I concur with Robert and can vouch for that. Quite a bit of my audience are students/professors, don’t know how that happened, but I see a similar trend.

    Another thing I noticed is you don’t write a lot of quick, too personal short stories. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I personally prefer blogs from which I can learn from and are fodder for thought. But the flip side of that is you won’t get much glance and fly readers who are looking for 2 mins of entertainment by reading blogs.

    Keep doing what you are doing, the growth will be slow but your readers will be a lot more loyal and greatly benefit from you site.

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Suba! I consider it a high compliment because I like your blog so much. I’m not surprised you have an academic audience with “informatics” in your blog name! I wouldn’t mind having some more of the quick personal stories that you mention, but I guess those types of interesting anecdotes don’t crop up too often in my life.

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