The end of my month after month consecutive growth, but I’m still satisfied. Let’s look at the numbers.
The Monthly Stats (vs. 1 month ago):
- Posts: 32 vs. 30 (7% increase)
- Comments/Pingbacks: 259 vs 238 (9% increase)
- Visits: 12,643 vs. 15,526 (19% decrease)
- Page Views: 17,749 vs. 23,159 (23% decrease)
- RSS Subscribers: 916 vs. 882 (4% increase)
It would seem rather odd that I would be happy with a 20% drop in traffic and pageviews. Yet the comments and pingbacks the blog received went up as did the number of people subscribing. This tells me the traffic I am getting is quality, and people are engaged. I’m hoping to see that comment number to continue it’s steady rise up.
I think my traffic has likely dropped because my posts are not doing as well in social media. This is bad for traffic and pageviews (and making money off of those things), but I think the traffic I am getting is coming from quality sources like Google and other personal finance blogs. I just need to grow it.
I’m thinking of dropping the tracking of my post count. I seem to have settled into the one post per day fairly easily with minor fluctuations here and there. I don’t think it is interesting to you readers.
Then again, maybe none of this is interesting to you!
Popular in May:
These posts were the most popular based on traffic to the article.
- Alabama State Tax Refund: Finally! — the post continues to gain momentum. There are, unfortunately, a lot of people still waiting on their tax refunds from the state I live in.
- Have You Received Your State Tax Refund? â€” We finally did, but apparently some people still havenâ€™t judging by how popular this post has become! (This goes hand in hand with the above post.)
- Mortgage Payoff: Lump Sum or Monthly? â€” which option is best, or does it depend on the economy?
- 10 Steps to Avoid Becoming a Millionaire â€” one of my most popular posts, ever.
- A 30-Year Mortgage Usually Trumps a 15-Year Mortgage â€” why Iâ€™ll take the 30-year mortgage every single time (and there are some great comment discussions here).
- The No Debt Plan — My No Debt Plan series page picked up some momentum.
- Reader Question: Can I Cut 5 Years Off My Mortgage? — Yes, indeed. A lot more than 5 years, too!
- Create a “Stop Doing” List — Let’s turn conventional wisdom on its head. What are you doing — right now — that you shouldn’t be doing? Stop it. Now.
- Get Out of Debt: Give Up Your Favorites — Sacrifice sucks, but it works.
Some great personal finance blogs linked to me this month.
What’s funny is I love all of the sites that are in my top referrers. Thanks for the love!
- Frugal Dad (+2)
- Get Rich Slowly (0)
- I Will Teach You to Be Rich (+1)
- Squawkfox (new)
- Moolanomy (+4)
- WiseBread (probably because Iâ€™m on their Top 100 Personal Finance Bloggers list â€” woohoo!) (0)
- Poorer Than You (0)
- Cash Money Life (new)
- Master Your Card (-4)
- Northern Cheapskate (new)
Whatâ€™s Coming in June:
- Continuation of Subscriber Swap Saturday which seems to be growing in popularity quite a lot
- More great personal finance posts
- A week’s worth of things that I love, but know I shouldn’t