Month in Review: November 2008

by Kevin on December 4, 2008

Overview

Unfortunately, I’m kind of disappointed in November.

The Monthly Stats (vs. 1 month ago):

  • Posts: 28 vs. 32 (12.5% decrease)
  • Comments/Pingbacks: 115 vs 178 (35% decrease)
  • Visits: 7,564 vs. 9,151 (17% decrease)
  • Page Views: 11,515 vs. 13,665 (16% decrease)
  • RSS Subscribers: 513 vs. 509 (1% increase)

I really have no one to blame but myself for the lack of success No Debt Plan saw in November. I got busy with life, work, and my MBA program. Thanksgiving hit and I wasn’t prepared with some ready-made posts and my post count dropped. I was happy to see subscribers continue to increase (they actually peaked near 530), but I really want my traffic to be consistently over 10,000 visitors per month. I hope to put forth a better effort this month.

Popular in November:

These posts and content were popular this past month from traffic statistics and comments:

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Top Referrers:

Some great personal finance blogs linked to me this month. Thanks for the support, bloggers. Especially the new referrers!

  1. Free Money Finance (+2)
  2. Get Rich Slowly (-1)
  3. Gather Little by Little (-1)
  4. Master Your Card (+1)
  5. Single Guy Money (new)
  6. Consumerism Commentary (+3)
  7. My Dollar Plan (-3)
  8. Our Fourpence Worth (new)
  9. Wide Open Wallet (-1)
  10. Cash Money Life (new)

What’s Coming in December:

  • An article walking you through how to open up an IRA at Vanguard.
  • We’ll talk about preparing for the holidays and the next tax season.
  • How to save money during Christmas shopping season.
  • Continuation of Subscriber Swap Saturday.

{ 7 comments }

Philip December 4, 2008 at 1:12 pm

It would seem to me that page views would go down with an increase in email and RSS subscribers? Since most people don’t comment on an article they have no reason to click through and give you that page view. I have never really understood the push for more RSS subscribers over someone viewing the page regularly.

I have finally joined the world of RSS starting with your subscriber swap saturday post, I know this has reduced the number of times I go to a page to check an update or even to see the post. Without any reason to make, or read, a comment then I don’t continue on and would reduce the page views on your site.

Kevin December 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm

@Philip: My idea behind it is if people are reading via RSS, I know they are reading.

The next step is to write something so compelling that they are inspired to come and post a comment.

I seem to be hitting the first point, but not the second!

Patrick December 4, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Woo-hoo! Always glad to send traffic. 😉

Congrats on your continued success! 🙂

Ashley @ Wide Open Wallet December 5, 2008 at 8:45 am

I had a pretty flat November also. Not only were we busy… but so were our readers.

Kevin December 5, 2008 at 9:12 am

@Patrick: Greatly appreciated 🙂

@Ashley: Very true… traffic is bound to drop on holiday weeks unless you are one of the biggest of the big blogs.

My Dollar Plan December 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Glad to make your list! I’ll have to do better this month to move back up;)

Tina December 6, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I think everyone is just really busy this time of year and that me be why your traffic is down. I subscribe to a lot of money blogs, and with work being really busy and all the holiday things going on I’m way behind in my reading. I have about 200 emails to go through. You do a great job on your website, keep up the good job.

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