Month #2! Most of the month was met with a post every other day, but I didn’t post at all the last week due to the financial independence course I created.
Here are my Google Analytics stats from February. They’re more conservative than Jetpack, so I thought I’d choose them.
Global Alexa Ranking: 896,000 (down from 1.42M – lower is better!)
US Alexa Ranking 160,000 (down from 200,830 – lower is better!)
Twitter Followers: 509 (up from 181, though I didn’t get to 500 until March 1st)
Pinterest Followers: 64 (up from 25)
FB Followers: 0 (I created a page, but forgot to approve it or something? Oops?)
Google referrals: 225 referrals! Install the Yoast plugin and try to make all the colors turn green!
1). Rockstar Rumble: This post made it to the competition! I got knocked out the first round, but before that it got really good traffic.
2). Random Reddit traffic to this one post – see the giant spike in early Feb? That’s what that was.
3). Rockstar Finance also featured this post in their daily newsletter in the quotes section.
4). Defined Sight featured me in their weekly round up :).
5). BusyMom featured me in her 100 day celebration.
6). Free Money Finance’s blogroll thanks to the RSF program :).
I suspect I am missing a few thank yous to feature’ers but I cannot think of them right now. I really should start writing this post as the month goes by and not just on the first day of the next month. I’ll do that next month:)
If I am missing you on this list, please let me know :). It was not intentional!
Busymom continues to be one of my best blogging buddies. We share lots of information with each other and she is amazingly upbeat and positive.
I asked Angela about her FB vs Pinterest ROI for marketing and she let me know that FB was much better for her. I tried it out and got disabled by the end of the 2nd day. Apparently FB does not like Anon accounts who ask to join too many blogging/FI groups. Oops?
I have asked Kiwi about her Pinterest experience because she replied to some other tweet about Pinterest (I think, not sure since I can’t track down the original tweet). She was super helpful. She gets 20-100 referrals from a day from manual pinning! I’m much to lazy to do it manually, so hopefully Tailwind gives me the same success! She also gave me invites/links to a few boards to try out. She’s super sweet and helpful.
Church (whom I met at the NYC blogging meetup) reached out with some kind words in the middle of the month, just in time for my blogging meltdown haha.
99to1percent invited me to an awesome Pinterest board. She’s also financially independent now! Saas (software as a service) seems to be the best way to go :P.
Chelsea created a cool #womenrockmoney collaboration for Women’s Day in March. I also get a free T-shirt! If you know me, I love free things. In fact, at a recent board game night, we were playing Cards Against Humanity and I drew “What would Olivia bring back from Mexico”. A friend tossed in a card that said “free samples”. I picked that one. 😂😂😂
January’s Goals & Data
Pinterest: 500 Referrals (FAILED)
Twitter: 500 followers (SUCCESS)
Page views: 7,000 – (SUCCESS)
Subscribers: 133 total (no goal was made about this)
Last month, I failed to implement a Pinterest strategy. In January, I was getting 5-10 referrals a day from Pinterest before I ran out of my free 100 pins from Tailwind. According to Google Analytics, I had 21 referrals from Pinterest in February, so you can see that the buzz died down from my previous pins. I guess the longetivity of a normal pin is a month or so? None of them went “viral” so maybe if they had gone viral they would’ve lasted longer.
In February, I paid for a year’s worth of unlimited Tailwind and committed to growing that social media platform (well, search engine) for the month of March. As such, I only have one goal for social media in March since it is so large.
Pinterest referral traffic – 5,000 referrals
Pageviews – 20,000
Blogging 3x a week, unless I come up with another idea for some other course haha.
If you’d like to know where I promote my blog for all the referral traffic I get, sign up below and I’ll send you a sheet with all my favorite places, so you can know how I grew my blog to 7,000 views/month in just my second month:).
Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts this Month
- How a 22 year old can easily save an extra 500k+ with one change.
- How I Made $300/hr as a High School Student
- Hustle in your 20s to be financially independent in under 10 years
- Free 18 day personal finance course
- 11 Valuable Items For a Luxurious Life
- Alcohol Consumption will cost you 3 years of early retirement
- 5 FREE Things You Must Do to Ensure Your Financial Future
- Retire 3 Years Earlier By Cutting Down Your Clothing Consumption & Why I’m Going Cold Turkey
- How to Make a 20+ Percent Return When Losing Weight: HealthyWage
- How to Become Yelp Elite: The Perks of Fancy Free Food and Cool Experiences
Any questions or comments about the blog? I love constructive criticism!