As much as I say I may not do these reports every month, I find myself writing one anyway. I am not going to lie, I write these for mainly selfish reasons. By writing this, it not only tracks my progress, but I am able to hold myself accountable as well.
By putting this out on the web, I kind of have to put my money where my mouth is. Also, I like being able to show steady growth in a new blog. If there is anyone out there thinking about starting a blog, or other new bloggers, I hope this serves as an honest look at how another blog is growing.
Blogging has been a great experience for me. I like getting to share my story/knowledge for others. This has been more rewarding for me than my past financial job when it comes to talking about money. I have also met so many great members of the finance blogging community. This blog has helped me to learn and grow in my own personal finance journey as well.
Let’s get down to the fun numbers part!
Google tells me I had an awesome 4,614 page views in May. Holy. Shit. Compared to the 1,036 in April, this is a 445% increase! While a majority of my traffic came from an awesome day (read below), it was great to see this kind of growth on the site.
I seriously love that so many more people found my site last month. The growth really keeps me wanting to write more, improve my site, and create a bigger community. Hopefully my traffic continues to trend upwards and act like compound interest where traffic breeds traffic.
Here are some other Stats of the Month for Save Splurge Deny Debt:
Twitter growth: I went from 431 at the end of April to having 565 at the end of May. Growth of 31%. I like this growth rate and also the growth in impressions of my tweets. I like the networking aspect of Twitter and the connections that I have made from this platform.
Ad Revenue: A whopping $2.37 this month. The display ads are currently the only real monetization I have on the site other than some affiliate links. Huge growth in this as well but still nothing special.
Read Also: April Blog in Review
Rockstar Finance Feature
Rockstar Finance is an amazing personal finance site that curates the best personal finance articles and features them on their site. I have read it for years and was so excited to get an email saying I would be on their site! I also get to put the awesome badge on the right side of the blog. How cool is that!?
This brought HUGE traffic to my site. If you haven’t been there, go check it out. It is one of the top resources for great articles about personal finance. There are some amazing finance blogs out there, and I was humbled and honored to be mentioned alongside them. I hope to keep writing Rockstar worthy content so I am not a one hit wonder!
What I am Working On
I have much bigger ideas for this blog and hope to expand my reach to more people as the months go on. This will take a lot of work, and I have a few major items I want to focus on. Again, this is totally a selfish list, but hopefully it shows the thought process behind starting a new blog.
My Pinterest traffic has increased and I have 145 followers now. I am finally understanding a bit more how this platform works, and was happy to be added to two group boards. Hopefully I can leverage this into more traffic.
Higher Quality Content
When I started this blog, I would have told you my writing skills were a solid C-. Even with my mother being an English teacher, I don’t think I am a particularly great writer.
Practice makes perfect, and I feel like my writing has improved and my articles and consistently getting better. I will be digging deeper into topics I have shied away from because I did not feel I could do them justice when I started out. They will take more time, but hopefully provide more value and attract more readers to the site
Overall Website Look
I feel like this is something that I will always want to change, and always be behind on doing. Between all the other parts of running a blog and being a dad and husband, this part seems to always get put on the back burner.
I will continue to tweak the site and improve my knowledge of how a website works. I usually am either afraid to make changes and screw things up, or don’t take the time to make necessary changes. For now, I feel the site works, and the content will continue to be the focus.
Thank you for reading my blog review and letting me vent to myself a little bit. I also truly appreciate the support people have shown for this blog. It is tough for me to show my true appreciation and gratitude to everyone, but know that it is there. I have met some amazing bloggers that are much smarter than me. The personal finance community continues to amaze me with how friendly, helpful, and fun everyone is. Not just a total bore of finance nerds!
I also love the personal growth I have had from this blog. I spend a lot of time reflecting on my own life and personal finance. I am unbelievably lucky to have a supportive wife that lets me blog all sorts of crazy things. My son is also a huge motivating factor in me wanting to improve our financial lives. Thanks babe!
One day I do hope that this site will become a ‘business’ of sorts. I feel like I can provide products and value to people in the world with my skills, story, and musings. The growth so far has been exciting, and I hope that it consistently keeps growing and proves my theory correct. If anyone has questions, comments, or concerns, please Contact Me. I will do my absolute best to help others with personal finance or blogging help.
Thank you For Reading! How is everyone else’s blog doing? What are your goals in the coming months?