Blog Statistics Update November – December 2013

In this last month we celebrate the 2-year anniversary of EPF’s launch!  I wrote a post about how blogging has enriched my life, both figuratively and literally.  We also received a check that puts us in the black for the blog this year – our income exceeds our expenses.  More on that in the Earning section below.


In the last month, I’ve been late on getting up two posts.  I have still maintained my perfectly consistent MWF posting schedule, but instead of going out at 6 AM I posted them later in the day.  I guess I’m getting lazy!  Well, the reason for the delay this week was that Kyle and I were up until 1 AM Monday and Tuesday nights making baked goods for Christmas!  So maybe those are extraordinary circumstances.



Analytics Data from November 16 to December 15, 2013


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

RSS subscribers: 162 (too many false fluctuations to bother recording change)

Twitter followers: 696 (+32)

Facebook fans: 46 (+2)



Alexa: 75,063 (-1,515)

Google PR: 3 (no change)

MozRanks: 5.09 (+0.01)


Some Google Analytics statistics:


Our stats are a bit down this month, but last month’s were inflated by my GRS post so I’m still feeling okay about them.





Popular Posts


Most viewed posts:

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

2) What Do You Consider a Good Salary?

3) I Don’t Work for the Money

4) I’m Grateful for Automation in Our Finances

5) The Thinking Person’s Guide to Dave Ramsey: Overview



Most Commented Posts:

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Dave Ramsey: Underlying Principles

I’m Grateful for Automation in Our Finances

I Don’t Work for the Money

Short-Term Challenges to Speed Debt Repayment

Our Two-Year Anniversary: How Blogging Has Enriched My Life




Yay, payout month!  The affiliate income here was from the check I mentioned.  This means that finally we’ve earned more than we’ve spent on the blog this year.  I think we’re going to take the earnings ‘home’ as our personal income since I can’t think of a way to spend it in the business in the small amount of time we have left in the year.  Starting in January we’ll keep the income in the business so that we can pay for my trip to FinCon14.  And we’ll probably spend some money to finally get a logo/header that wasn’t made by us.


Adsense: $0


affiliate income: $625


Search Terms from Real People


“republic wireless 2013 review” and “republic wireless reviews 2013” – Woo hoo!  I love that people are interested in Republic Wireless, particularly now that they have a hot new smartphone available.

“married keep finances separate different spending habits” – Don’t do it!  Find a way to reconcile.  Your marriage will be stronger if you are on the same page about what you do with your money.

“understanding tax brackets” – They can be confusing but I made a visual to help explain marginal tax brackets, credits, and deductions.

“how to manage long distance marriage” – I did a whole series on how to financially manage long-distance marriage, but I didn’t really try to grapple with the emotional and logistical parts.

“fatal (fiscal) attraction: spendthrifts and tightwads in marriage citation” – Yeah, I totally wrote a post about that paper.


I love these grad students who are being proactive about their finances!

  • personal finance as a grad student
  • investing while in grad school
  • saving for retirement when you’re in grad school



Is your blog or other slightly monetized hobby in the black or the red for the year?  What are your favorite types of searches to see coming to your blog?


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

  1. Leigh says:

    Congrats on being in the black for the year! That’s really awesome. Also congrats on two years blogging! I really enjoy your blog, even if I don’t always comment. It has such a great personal touch.

    The only “income” I’ve seen is that I have not paid a Ting bill since my original one thanks to people clicking on my referral link and it looks like I won’t have to for over a year now. I’ve been thinking about increasing my charitable donations by that $ amount since I don’t really need to save that $20-25/month. What have you been doing with your “savings” there?
    Leigh recently posted..I’m Done Optimizing

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks! That’s what we were going for. 🙂

      The money we would have spent on RW just goes into the general budget pool – so hopefully directly into our Camera account with the ‘leftovers,’ or toward something else in the budget if it was needed. I like your idea of directly donating the money you would have spent on Ting!

  2. Mrs PoP says:

    Our blog would be in the black were it not for going to FinCon, but we took that out of the travel budget, so no worries.
    Mrs PoP recently posted..He Said She Said – On Drug Screening For Jobs

    1. Emily says:

      I’m sure the conference was worth it! Do you want to pay for next year’s trip with blog money or do the same as this year?

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you!

  3. I love seeing these sort of posts. Now that I am trying to get more exposure and traffic on my blog, I love having something to compare to.

    Congrats in the payday 🙂
    Alicia @ Financial Diffraction recently posted..Cost-cutting Measures I Live With.

    1. Emily says:

      I think it’s helpful, too, but not many bloggers seem to do it. I wonder if there is a drawback?

  4. Way to go! I’m in the black with SDS, but I still think of the site as a hobby, that happens to make a profit. I’m certainly not getting rich or quitting my day job, but I truly love blogging. As long as my expenses are covered by ads and sponsored posts, I’m happy.
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..Family First, Then Money, Then Things

  5. […] have been signing up for the travel credit card we both churned through our affiliate links, so we had a bit of income from EPF in December 2013.  It’s enough that we have to pay income and self-employment taxes on […]

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