Blog Statistics Update July – August 2014

This period represents EPF’s return to LIFE (and mine, too!).  Really just about the last week of this period.  So of course I didn’t put up as many posts or received as many comments as before my hiatus, but that’s fine.  Things are coming back full force!


I also bought my flight to FinCon14 this month!  I also booked a room at the Marriott at the conference rate (I thought they were all booked up so I’m relieved I got one!) and am now looking for a female roommate, so if you want to room share with me or know someone who might please leave a comment or email me.  🙂  (That was after August 15th though so the charge doesn’t appear in the balance sheet section below.)



Analytics Data from August 15, 2014


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

RSS subscribers: 243 (too many fluctuations to bother recording change)

Twitter followers: 932 (+25) <– help me get to 1,000 followers by the next update by clicking on the Twitter icon at the top right and following me!

Facebook fans: 57 (no change)



Alexa: 151,318 139,311 (+12,007)

Google PR: 3 (no change)

MozRank: 5.04 (-0.03)


Some Google Analytics statistics:


Already seeing a bounce from being more active on the blog and in the blogosphere again!





Popular Posts


Most viewed posts:

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

2) Top Causes of Bad Debt

3) What Do You Consider a Good Salary?

4) Why I Took Out a Car Loan for More Than the Purchase Price of the Car

5) How to Price a Room for Rent


Most Commented Posts:

First Job Problems: Which Health Insurance Plan Should I Choose?

It’s Dr. EPF, Thankyouverymuch!

Dollar-Cost Averaging vs. Percentage-Based Budgeting


Top Blogs Referring to EPF


1) Leigh’s Financial Journey

2) Budget Blonde

3) Get Rich Slowly



Blog Balance Sheet


This month I purchased my flight to FinCon14!  My goal of paying for this conference only with blog earnings started out well at the beginning of the year but is looking dicey now.  Maybe I can make up for the shortfall by the end of the year.  🙂




Adsense: $0

affiliate income: $0




hosting: $10.95

flight to FinCon14: $352.20



Search Terms from Real People


smoky mountains vacation budget breakdown blog post” – wow, that was super specific and yeah, I wrote about it!

“how to pay taxes on a stipend if i don’t get a 1099 or w2” – estimated tax payments

“financial blog republic wireless” – you got the OG here!

“evolving through personal finance” – interesting spin, and definitely possible



Am I going to meet you at FinCon14? Are you doing anything different with your blog this fall?


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15 Responses to "Blog Statistics Update July – August 2014"

  1. Alicia says:

    That’s a pretty sweet uptake in traffic just over the last little bit. I’m not going to FinCon… maybe next year. My biggest thing I am working on is making graphics that are worth “pin-ing” (I’ve wandered into the world of pinterest sharing for my blog). So that will take a bit of time.
    Alicia recently posted..Gaming the Demise of the Penny.

    1. Emily says:

      That is a good goal and one that I would share if I even knew how to articulate it! I am not on Pinterest in any capacity…

  2. I am going to Fincon and look forward to meeting you!! I am thinking about a blog re-design this fall, but I have a few other priority projects ahead of it, so it may be a first quarter 2015 event.
    Shannon @ Financially Blonde recently posted..Top Ten Ways to Improve Credit Score

    1. Emily says:

      Yay, yes I hope we do meet there! We have blog redesign work to do as well but we’re struggling with what to outsource and what to do in-house (i.e. Kyle).

  3. Kim says:

    I’m not going to Fincon this year, but I’m glad you get to. It’s a really fun and motivating experience.
    Kim recently posted..Do Bloggers Ever Run Out Of Things To Say?

    1. Emily says:

      Do you have any tips from last year on how to get the most out of the conference?

  4. It’s pretty crazy how quickly activity (or inactivity) on the blog affects the numbers. Definitely not passive.
    Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life recently posted..What’s YOUR Make or Break Number?

    1. Emily says:

      I have been surprised by the baseline of traffic I received when I was pretty inactive, but now I’m really trying to get those numbers up.

  5. Welcome back to the blogging grind Emily! I will be in FinCon and am happy to meet everyone I can. My wife will be roaming New Orleans while I am at the conference. I have a lot of plans for the blog and thought briefly about another redesign. Who knows.
    Grayson @ Debt Roundup recently posted..Motif Investing Review – Theme and Idea Focused Investing

    1. Emily says:

      Grayson, it does NOT feel like a grind in comparison with my recent work!! I’m so happy to be back! That is great that both you and your wife will get to enjoy New Orleans – I’m sure you’ll have tons to talk about for days following the trip. I hope to see you at FinCon!

  6. dojo says:

    Sweei job on the blog. Keep up the good work and we’ll see even better stats in the near future 😉
    dojo recently posted..Made It Big at the Casino? Find Out How to Best Manage Your Money

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks! I’m thinking about eliminating or toning down these reports, though, since I’m not really using them for process-based goals.

  7. Michelle says:

    Glad you’re going to FinCon. See you there!
    Michelle recently posted..Do You Have Life Insurance?

    1. Emily says:

      Yay! See you there!

  8. […] last month of overpaying our Barclaycard by putting additional spending on that account, largely my flight to FinCon. I’m glad it only took that one month to fix […]

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