Blog Statistics Update November – December 2012

I guess the biggest news around here is that Kyle and I have discovered that working on EPF is a great tool for procrastinating the real work we should be doing for our PhDs!  We finally have ads on the site to test out the placements we like before we try negotiating for private ads.  Plus Kyle updated our social media and sharing buttons high on the right sidebar – please subscribe/follow/fan/share!


Our traffic really picked up in the last month, especially from search engines.  It was such a big jump that I think it must be due to the fact that we’ve now owned this domain for a year.  We have longevity!


I didn’t win the blogging scholarship that I was a finalist for – not even close!  But I really appreciate all the love and votes you all showed me.  It was fun and I ended up getting a small prize.  Oh, and I become a “Top Finance Blog” according to eCollegeFinder along with about a zillion of my peers.


This is our data from November 16 to December 15, 2012.


People who listen to us

RSS subscribers: 113 (+16)

Twitter followers: 176 (+40)

Facebook fans: 25 (no change)



Alexa: 184,930 (-17,780) – my Alexa rank went DOWN for the first time in months!

Google PR: 2 (no change)

MozRank: 4.96 (+0.12)


Some Google Analytics statistics 


November to December 2012 Blog Statistics


Popular Posts


Most viewed posts:

1) Average Clothes Spending and Pattern

2) How to Move Out on a Shoestring Budget

3) What Do You Consider a Good Salary?

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

5) All I Want for Christmas Is a Giving Revolution

6) Boomerang Kids, Listen Up: It’s Not All about You


Most Commented Posts:

Boomerang Kids, Listen Up: It’s Not All about You

Who Paid for Your Wedding?

I Wish We Could Buy a House

Ways to Monetarily Invest in Your Marriage

Taking Control of Our Grocery Spending


Crazy  and poignant search terms this month (from real people):

is it lawful for married couples to go from joint accounts to separate

how to evolve from lower-class to middle class

how you live out your values day by day in real life


Search terms that actually reflect our content (isn’t it amazing?):

how much will my tax increase if we go over the financial cliff

dont order just drinks at a busy restaurant

cut spending on food

how to move out of your parents house for the first time

investing money as a graduate student

how to buy a used car from a private party with a loan out of state



Did you see a big boost in traffic when your blog hit the 1-year mark?  Did you dip your toe into advertising or go whole hog and mostly right from the beginning?  What do you think about these sites trying to get pageviews by giving blog awards?


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11 Responses to "Blog Statistics Update November – December 2012"

  1. Savvy Scot says:

    Congrats on the healthy increases for Visits! Have you checked for errors in your site directory (that could be holding your google PR back)?
    Savvy Scot recently posted..4 Personal Christmas Traditions

    1. Emily says:

      Nope! Thanks for the suggestion! I will refer it to Kyle.

  2. Liquid says:

    Great progress on your site stats. I’m PR 2 as well and we have similar MozRank and Alexa rankings too :0) But you’re blog is certainly growing faster than mine though. Keep it up ^_^
    Liquid recently posted..Swing Trade, Round 6: Buy – Santa Claus Rally

    1. Emily says:

      Well, we went through a stagnant period in the spring and summer, so what we’ve seen the past few months isn’t representative of all-time. 🙂

  3. Great work on the increase in visits & page views. I am glad I am not the only one that noticed that 90% of the PF blogging community was included in the list of winners. The initial email I got from them communicated that it was me and like a few other sites. Then I see it’s for a ton of blogs. Not certain what I think about it yet.
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, the Clark W. Griswold Edition

    1. Emily says:

      I didn’t want to respond at first because it seemed sort of spammy, but Kyle convinced me to submit our info at the last minute. We figured any exposure is good exposure. Now I see that the award “badge” is just free advertising for them. So that’s fine for their strategy, we just won’t participate to any degree that harms us. I did look through the list of blogs to see if there were any I’d like to follow, but I was already familiar with the majority of them.

  4. Congrats on the improvement! The site looks nice and doesn’t it feel awesome to see blog progress?

    Perhaps you guys will consider joining the next Yakezie 5,000 published words a week challenge in 2013. It’s in the Blogger’s Lair forum, and definitely something I plan to do again. It’s a boon for search engines 3-12 months down the road!

    Financial Samurai recently posted..How To Reduce 401K Fees Through Portfolio Analysis

    1. Emily says:

      I’ve seen the thread and have considered joining. I think I will have to wait to join, though, as I have a word count goal for a document I’m writing for work that will last a few months and I don’t want to burn out!

  5. Nurse Frugal says:

    I have yet to reach the 1 year mark, so I can’t really say if that will improve my blog stats. Although I am open to any suggestions that have worked for you in improving your page visits 😉
    Nurse Frugal recently posted..Your Frugal Trip to Napa

    1. Emily says:

      I can’t say that I’ve been very strategic! Just commenting on other blogs, promoting other people’s posts on Twitter, that sort of thing.

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