Blog Statistics Update January – February 2013

EPF is now a Google Page Rank 3!!!  We were a 2 for what felt like forever.  This month we also saw a big increase in traffic and we are finally dipping our toes into guest posting and advertisements.  Kyle told me we have made $10 all-time so far and when I responded with a dismissive tone he said, “Are you not happy with that??”  I think we are going to pursue mainly affiliate links.



Award and Interview


The blog of the Future Advisor website named us an “Unbiased Blog” for 2012 and featured an interview they conducted with us!  The interview questions were really good so I hope you enjoy our responses.


Guest Posts


On EPF: Thanks to Kylie Ofiu for volunteering a guest post to help me manage my time better in advance of my preliminary exam!  She wrote about how to make decisions concerning replacing large household items when you can’t really afford it.


EPF Elsewhere: Kraig from Young Cheap Living wrote a wonderful post a few months ago on living on $25k, which inspired me to write a guest post for him on my story of earning only $24k when I was living in the DC area post-college.



This is our analytics data from January 16 to February 15, 2013.


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

RSS subscribers: 142 (+17)

Twitter followers: 271 (+66)

Facebook fans: 30 (+4)



Alexa: 174,893 142,903 (-31,990)

Google PR: 3 (+1 woohoo!)

MozRank: 5.00 (+0.02)


Some Google Analytics statistics:




Wow – increases of 40-50% in visits and pageviews!?  I’m so surprised!  I guess the January statistics were a little deflated, but still, that’s big by EPF standards.



Popular Posts


Most viewed posts:

1) Frugal Practices I’ve Grown to Love

2) Average Clothes Spending and Pattern

3) Personal Finance Bloggers I Admire

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

5) What Do You Consider a Good Salary?


It’s quite unusual that a post from the current month ends up on this list – usually it’s fairly static.  Thanks to the links from Clarissa’s Blog and Nicole and Maggie for boosting Frugal Practices to #1.


Most Commented Posts:

Why We Don’t Do No-Spend Challenges

The Marriage Penalty and Itemizing Taxes

Should You Count Your Employer’s Contribution into Your Retirement Savings Percentage?

Irregular Income: Gravy Edition

Is Your Blog on Your Resume?


Our comments have been way up this month, too – the top several in the 40s. 🙂



Search Terms (from real people)


Crazy search terms this month:

  • should i move out of my parents house at 41
  • i’m a student and have no income should i start a roth ira
  • tax girl
  • my husband moved all our money to a separate account


Search terms that made me feel like I’m doing some good here:

  • college students don’t have to pay payroll taxes
  • personal finance blog grad student
  • do i get a w2 if i’m a grad student
  • frugal, cheapest way to have a cell phone
  • retirement investing as a student
  • graduate student 1099 misc taxes
  • can i invest in an ira if i am fellowship
  • why is the definition of the word earned and the definition of earned income different
  • taxes 1099 misc line 3 student internship grant
  • is a fellowship earned income
  • graduate student 2012 taxes
  • can someone get a car loan from another state



Did you see a bump in traffic this month?  Do you enjoy guest posting and how often do you do it?  Are you seeing a lot of tax-related search terms?


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17 Responses to "Blog Statistics Update January – February 2013"

  1. Congrats on the PR3 =) And if you figure out how to get past it, let us know! We’ve been PR3 since the very first time I checked, and we’re still a PR3. Ah well.

    1. Emily says:

      Wow, you enjoyed a fast increase! I can’t remember if I noticed a stopover at a PR1 for us – I think it may have gone from 0 to 2 directly but then stayed for a while. I suppose each increase takes longer than the last.

    2. eemusings says:

      Weirdly, I think I went from 2-4 quite fast. It gets progressively harder though, so not sure when (or if) I’ll ever get to 5.
      eemusings recently posted..Why travel abroad? Four reasons I want to travel the world…

      1. Emily says:

        That is weird but nice for you!

  2. Ross says:

    Congrats on the page rank increase! Looks like your stats just keep on growing!

    1. Emily says:

      There have been lots of slow months but this one was a good one.

  3. Michelle says:

    Congrats on being a PR3. Your blog is doing great and you definitely deserve it.

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you, you’re so sweet!

  4. Savvy Scot says:

    Congrats on your PR upgrade guys – you deserve it 🙂

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks for saying that. 🙂

  5. Those are some great numbers Emily. Keep up the great work.

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you!

  6. Pauline says:

    congrats on the PR3 and amazing stats! I have had a big increase from January too, so pretty happy about that. I went from PR0 to PR3 and haven’t moved this update…

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks! Glad to hear your blog did well last month, too.

  7. eemusings says:

    This was a good if short month – a big guest post sent some traffic my way and @Couchsurfing RTed one of my posts, so that helped! Now to try and sustain these levels..
    eemusings recently posted..Why travel abroad? Four reasons I want to travel the world…

    1. Emily says:

      Where was your guest post?

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