Blog Statistics Update December 2012 – January 2013

This month Kyle really got engaged with working on the back end of the blog!  We added some new advertisements and I bought How I Make Money Blogging so we can try to implement some of those strategies.


This month EPF was added to the Wisebread Top 1000.  I applied to get on it quite a while ago and am looking forward to improving our rank.  EPF was also featured as the site of the month by Narrow Bridge Finance – thanks, Eric!


This is our analytics data from December 16, 2012 to January 15, 2013.  Our traffic was a bit down because of the long winter break, but not as much as I expected so I think things are looking up for next month!


People who listen to us, as of January 15, 2013:

RSS subscribers: 125 (+12)

Twitter followers: 205 (+29)

Facebook fans: 26 (+1)



Alexa: 174,893 (-10.037)

Google PR: 2 (no change)

MozRank: 4.98 (+0.02)


Some Google Analytics statistics:





Popular Posts


Most viewed posts:

1) Average Clothes Spending and Pattern

2) What Do You Consider a Good Salary?

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

4) How to Move Out on a Shoestring Budget

5) The Slippery Slope of Separate Money


Most Commented Posts:

Do You Buy, Lease, or Get Free Entertainment?

Holiday Conversations around Money

Grocery Challenge Update December 2012

Egg on My Face: Grad Students and Payroll Taxes

Financial Wrongs from the Past

December 2012 Month in Review: Money



Crazy search terms this month (from real people):

  • “$350k income” – how did this search term find our blog??
  • “how to make badge for grocery and other spending” – a badge? what?
  • “how much should i spend on groceries a month for two people 2012 canada prairies” – we live in the US. in the suburbs. so I dunno.
  • “$80,000 a year good pay for a single guy” – yes!
  • “all day personal finance blogs” – that’s what I want to do all day sometimes!
  • “personal finance site by robin” – you came to the wrong blog, sorry!
  • “is it cheaper to live separately” – definitely not. also probably worse for your marriage.
  • “husband’s side hustle marriage” – I hope that’s not what it sounds like…
  • “average amount of t shirts in a student’s wardrobe” – a LOT, if you judge by our closet!



Did you see a traffic drop over Christmas and did your favorite blogs take time off?  What advertising strategies do you use on your blog?


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13 Responses to "Blog Statistics Update December 2012 – January 2013"

  1. Haha, the search terms are awesome. That kinda thing is always interesting. I get “Disney hides things” A LOT. I think people don’t trust Disney at all, lol.
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    1. Emily says:

      Wow, that’s a weird one. Do you disparage Disney often on your blog??

  2. Looks like you did good, especially with a break in there. My traffic was pretty good, mainly because of a Christmas gift post that got some great Google love. I applied to Wisebread a while back too, still waiting to hear from them…awesome you got listed!
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    1. Emily says:

      I generally don’t write seasonal/holiday-specific posts unless they’re really affecting my life (like budgeting for Christmas) but I can definitely see how they feel relevant for people and garner search traffic. Good work!

  3. Pauline says:

    Congrats on the wisebread listing! My site had quite good traffic over the holidays, even on Christmas day which I thought was a bit sad but at least I kept people entertained!
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    1. Emily says:

      Haha it was probably from me/people like me – on Christmas morning I woke up about 4 hours in advance of the rest of my family! I exhausted all the chores there were to do as well as cooked and ate breakfast before I started doing things on the internet/my computer, which I was able to do for about an hour before the rest of the house got rolling.

  4. Nice work. I couldn’t even apply to the wisebread list because they weren’t accepting any more submissions. I would love to just apply, so congrats on getting listed. Your stats look good, especially for a slow month.
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    1. Emily says:

      Hm, maybe their applications open only in certain seasons?

  5. Congrats on the Wisebread list. I’m like Grayson and can’t even apply right now. I get lots of searches for turkey soup and turkey carcasses. I did one recipe the day after Thanksgiving, and it just keeps coming. I’ve grown a bit every month, but I think it directly correlates to how much time I have to put in and sometimes it isn’t much. I’ll take slow and steady at this point.
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    1. Emily says:

      It’s so strange how one post can generate such traffic! I’ve thought about putting up recipes before since I use a lot of them (esp. if they are good for traffic) but I want all my posts to be money-related in some way (unless blogging-related).

  6. eemusings says:

    I went self hosted just before the end of year and my traffic has definitely been growing slowly.

    I can understand wanting to stick to money posts only. I don’t restrict myself but I do tend towards frugal recipes so I’ve started mentioning the ‘frugal factor’ in each recipe post.
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  8. It’s surely amazes me on what people type in Google and lands on your blog. You might as well monetize your blog posts for those topics while you’re at it.
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