Blog Statistics Update October – November 2013

What do you know, we had a sneakily higher month for pageviews!  I have been so discouraged by the analytics lately that I haven’t been paying much attention, so it was a nice surprise when I finally looked at the numbers.  I’m sure it was due to my GRS guest post and the post I put up to direct new visitors to previous posts.  It was our highest month for pagviews, though not quite the highest for unique visitors.  We also got quite a nice bump in average time spent on the site – also highest ever.


Anyway, the really nice thing this month was getting a few attaboys from people I know IRL who read the blog.  A few people at FPU asked for the URL and I some encouragement about my writing from them, and one of my friends referred to EPF in our small group during a discussion about finances.  That made me feel really nice – like I’m doing something okay over here writing- and content-wise even if the blog isn’t really growing in readership.



Analytics Data from October 16 to November 15, 2013


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

RSS subscribers: 171 (too many false fluctuations to bother recording change)

Twitter followers: 664 (+57)

Facebook fans: 44 (+5)



Alexa: 75,063 (-286)

Google PR: 3 (no change)

MozRank: 5.08 (+0.09)


Some Google Analytics statistics:





Popular Posts


Most viewed posts:

1) What Do You Consider a Good Salary?

2) You Should Spend More and Save Less (Especially Grad Students)

3) Eliminate Eating Out for Convenience with Batch Cooking

4) Average Clothes Spending and Pattern

5) Talking to People Who Are Different from You about PF


Most Commented Posts:

Eliminate Eating Out for Convenience with Batch Cooking

Important But Uninteresting PF Topics

Would You Take a Break from Working?

Don’t Buy into the Pro- or Anti-Credit Card Hype

What Are You Gazelle Intense About?




This section is still developing, as you can tell from my updates in the last few months.  I’m only reporting the money we’ve actually received, and it’s a bit difficult to wait on the payouts!


Adsense: $110 (this is our first payment ever!)

affiliate income: $0 (pending! grrr!)


Search Terms from Real People


savvy financial latina” – oops, wrong blog

tons of searches for reviews of Republic Wireless!

“got no money no dental plan” – I feel ya, man

“getting 30 year mortgage and invest the difference” – pro

“how i want to see my life in five years” – I don’t think Google is going to give you those answers


How long does it take for payouts to come from affiliate networks?  Do you ever let your IRL and internet relationships cross over?  What do you find rewarding about blogging?

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10 Responses to "Blog Statistics Update October – November 2013"

  1. Cash Rebel says:

    Becoming an irl reference for your friends is so cool. I still haven’t told most people I know that I wrote about financial topics online. I think about blog growth sometimes, and I’m still not sure how it works. Do we get more engaged readers or just more active search results? I’m think most of the growth come from search.
    Cash Rebel recently posted..A Reader’s Thoughts on Healthcare and Pigovian Taxes

    1. Emily says:

      I agree, traffic growth is mostly from search, but I would love to have more search traffic, a small percentage of which turns into engage readers!

  2. Mrs PoP says:

    We’re mostly anonymous so the only people that we actively talk with about the blog IRL are Mr PoP’s parents. But friends know personal finance is of interest to us and often ask our opinions on things hey are trying to sort out in their own finances.
    We stopped tracking growth like this a while back. It didn’t feel worthwhile for what we like to get out of the blog, which is more about having discussions and maintaining focus and accountability on our own financial journey.
    Mrs PoP recently posted..He Said She Said: Financial Bullying

    1. Emily says:

      I agree that’s what I get out of blogging as well. I don’t mind checking the rankings and stats once per month and I don’t monitor nearly as closely as I used to.

  3. FI Pilgrim says:

    Looking good Emily, keep it up! I don’t publish my blog stats currently but mine is still pretty young.

    I’ve not had any affiliate sales yet, much less payouts. Need to learn a little more on those!
    FI Pilgrim recently posted..Financial Lessons I Remember Learning From My Dad

    1. Emily says:

      It’s been a slow learning process for us, but I’m much more into generating content and networking.

  4. SarahN says:

    I most certainly let RL and blog cross over – I meet bloggers, and I tell most people about my blog! I shall use the blog as a pictorial gift list for Christmas partly cause it’s simple, pretty and might help people! It also keeps me mindful to be ‘nice’ on my blog and to stay somewhat away from other people’s specifics, though mine are fine!

    I don’t get any $$ for blogging, so can’t help you there! I do watch my viewing stats, but that’s about all!
    SarahN recently posted..Savings target: oh so close!

    1. Emily says:

      When have you met bloggers? That is exciting!

  5. dojo says:

    The traffic stats look really sweet. I still have a lot of work to do to reach such numbers. But we’ll get there 😉
    dojo recently posted..Home based business: how flexible are you when it comes to working during weekends?

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