Blog Statistics Update March – April 2014

I actually stuck to my decision from last month to reduce my posting schedule even though it’s been really hard.  In the last four weeks I’ve written six articles and done one roundup, when it used to be twelve and four.  I miss writing as much as I used to and I definitely miss the greater volume of interactions with my commenters.  But it’s actually really good that I made the decision to post less frequently when I did because some things have changed and I really need to devote more time to work.  More details about that coming soon!


Even though I reduced my posting schedule, traffic was up last month.  Not due to my posting schedule reduction, certainly – I saw a similar spike in traffic last year leading up to April 15.  It will probably take a couple more months before I’m able to see if the new posting schedule has an effect on traffic..



Analytics Data from April 15, 2014


People who listen to us, as of April 15, 2014:

RSS subscribers: 207 (too many fluctuations to bother recording change)

Twitter followers: 838 (+45)

Facebook fans: 55 (+1)



Alexa: 90,225 (+5,021)

Google PR: 3 (no change)

MozRank: 5.12 (-0.02)


Some Google Analytics statistics:






Popular Posts


FOUR of these top five posts are related to tax stuff!


Most viewed posts:

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

2) Our Best (Pain-Free) Money-Saving Moves

3) How to Enter 1099-MISC Fellowship Income into TurboTax

4) Tax Lies Told to Graduate Students

5) Why Don’t More People Do Their Own Taxes?


Most Commented Posts:

Why Don’t More People Do Their Own Taxes?

What Constitutes Joint or Separate Finances?

Blog Statistics Update February – March 2014



Blog Balance Sheet


Pretty good income still this month, but things don’t look so good for next!  I’m going to have to figure out some other sources if I want to pay for FinCon14.




Adsense: $0

affiliate income: $250




hosting: $10.95



Search Terms from Real People


I can’t even begin…  SO MANY searches for grad student tax stuff!  I love it!  I can’t wait to launch my new site.



DO YOU MISS ME as much as I miss you?  Did you get a traffic surge this month from tax searches?  


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14 Responses to "Blog Statistics Update March – April 2014"

  1. Alicia says:

    Nice stats there. Your tax stuff had a lot of traction. I’m so interested to seeing what your new site, and busyness at work is about (I’m nosey, haha).

    I’ll admit I miss your more regular posting, but I don’t think I could have run a successful blog while in a relationship with two people wrapping up and defending. But I do feel like you’re the closest to me in life stage that I know in the PF blogging community, so I am definitely drawn to that.
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    1. Emily says:

      Yeah, I’m actually surprised I kept up the posting schedule and all the associated networking for so long. I think I was being too rigid. But blogging is really fun for me! But now it’s time to GRADUATE. The site Kyle and I were working on this spring sort of got launched and then aborted, and we might or might not get it relaunched soon. The other site I want to create definitely will have to wait until after I defend.

      I’m planning on writing about our recent life/career developments for next week, but I think I need some more info from my advisor first that I might not get until Monday.

      Really? I feel like there are a lot of DINKs around the PF blogosphere, that I read anyway. Maybe not so much with the end of PhD/start of real working life aspect thrown in. 🙂 Yeah, not too many science PhDs, actually.

  2. Impressive work, particularly in the growth of your views and subscribers. An almost 15% growth in your page views is awesome. As a smaller financial blogger have any good advice for us?
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    1. Emily says:

      Don’t base your self-worth on the numbers. 🙂 I’d say networking is most impactful – developing relationships with other bloggers and guest posting. And write useful articles.

  3. It is really hard to say you want to reduce your posting schedule and then actually follow through. So much of who you are wants to continue because it feels like you are missing out. Kudos for sticking to your plan.
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    1. Emily says:

      I think it’s going to be this way through the summer and then I should be able to increase again. I’m looking forward to it!

  4. It’s good to know that even though you reduced your posting schedule, traffic was still high. I’m also excited with the launching of your new website!
    Marie @ My Personal Finance Journey recently posted..What Are Your Options For Streaming TV Players?

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks! I hope Kyle can get back to it after his defense.

  5. Great job on improving the site stats!
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    1. Emily says:


  6. Blogging is pretty addictive, so it’s hard to “cut back” sometimes. That being said, I’ve been trying to focus more on my career and my family since the career pays the bills and family, well, is family and with the recent passing of my uncle I’m really aware of how precious our time with each other is.
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    1. Emily says:

      Very good perspective, though hard won. :/ I’ve been thinking I need to spend more time with friends.

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