Kyle and I are putting more effort into the advertising/making-money aspect of the blog. We’ve put up more affiliate links through some posts and created a page of the financial-type products we use. So far no luck with the earning money aspect but I like this approach better than sponsored posts at this point.
I’m also way way ahead in my editorial schedule! I have, like, three weeks of posts completely written and scheduled now. It was really the long-distance marriage series that helped me get ahead; I wrote all those posts and sent them out to the participants before putting the first one up. That freed up lots of time to write more guest posts like yesterday’s and I think I work more quickly when I’m inspired to write by the subject matter rather than by a deadline.
This is our analytics data from April 16 to May 15, 2013.
People who listen to us, as of May 15, 2013:
RSS subscribers: 158 (+4)
Twitter followers: 387 (+43)
Facebook fans: 34 (no change)
Alexa: 131,049 (-1,588)
Google PR: 3 (no change)
MozRanks: 5.00 and 4.87 (+? and +0.05)
Some Google Analytics statistics:
I’m a bit disappointed in our stats, to be honest. The unique visitors decreased a lot and I think it’s the search engine traffic. Perhaps with tax season ending people aren’t searching for my grad student tax info as much. I’m starting to research what I can do to improve them. As of now we don’t do any SEO and I’m weighing whether to let that sort of thing influence my writing a little. I honestly don’t think my content has suffered (you can tell me otherwise if you like).
Most viewed posts:
Most Commented Posts:
Search Terms from Real People:
very very specific!
“dave ramsey vs ric edelman” – on mortgages
“loan buying car from out of state private seller” – I did it but it wasn’t straightforward!
“methods of budgeting i.e. top down or bottom up” – when they clash
“phd student why is my income tax refund so low” – A low refund is good, probably. If you want a big refund you have to have more withheld.
“how much clothing do americans buy” – $1,100/at least one garment per week
“should i separate my joint account after we legally separate” – yes
grad students are still interested in saving for retirement!
“saving for retirement in grad school”
“how much money should a graduate student save”
“is a teaching fellowship stipend considered earned income”
“saving for retirement as a grad student”
“roth contributions as a student”
“student stipend eligible to contribute to an ira”
“roth ira earned income nsf fellowship”
“graduate student fellowships fellows unearned investment roth”
How much traffic did you have before you started getting income from affiliate links? Do you see unique searches that you can tell are for the same posts month after month? How many posts do you have queued up on average (I’ve been working with 0-1 most of the time)?