I was looking back at my Blogger dashboard the other day, studying my stats and looking at how many hits I'd gotten on various posts. I realized I'd been writing this blog for over two years now.
What started as I gathered research on how to handle an inheritance has grown into a hobby that has earned me a couple of dollars, plus taught me a lot about both blogging and investing. This blog led to me giving freelance writing a try, something I'd always wanted to do but never realized how to get started.
So, what did I learn looking at my dashboard?
My Five Most Popular Posts
Not surprisingly, four of my five most popular posts are Kickfurther Merchant of the Week posts. I was able to promote these posts on a subreddit run by Kickfurther and sometimes the featured company promoted the post as well. These posts also had giveaways and I was able to promote them on giveaway link-ups.
Surprisingly, my most popular post, whether I look at the day, week, month, or all time, is For Where Your Treasure Is: Should I Give to Them? I can't figure out how or why people are finding the post but they keep on reading it.
Where I Get My Readers
I get a lot of my readers from Financially Saavy Saturdays. Another source is Rockstar Finance, which provides feeds for over 1100 blogs. I can also see that substantive blog comments draw readers from other blogs.
How Many Readers Do I Have?
According to Google Analytics, which I have just recently installed, I had 246 active users in the last 30 days. According to adsense, my views have doubled since this time last year, which is a good thing. According to Blogger, my pageviews in June are about where they were last year, and WAY down from previous months--but there was no reason for them to be that high for a the last few months so I suspect a bot.
Am I Making Money?
I'm making a little money. Adsense pays me about $5.00 a month. I'm about to write my third sponsored post. I participate in a couple of affiliate programs but the only one that has paid me anything is Kickfurther. I've gotten a couple of free sample products from Kickfurther merchants and found a freelance writing client via this blog. However, if I was in this strictly for the money, I wouldn't be getting anywhere.
What About Social Media?
I have a facebook page for this blog and a Pinterest account to which I pin things from this blog. I am on Bloglovin and so far, traffic from them seems to be the exception rather than the rule. I also have a Twitter account and all most post go there via Bloglovin but again, I never see any traffic. I'll admit that I don't "get" Twitter. I follow a bunch of people but rarely look at my feed, I just don't see the point.
Well, I'm playing with MailChimp, so soon I may be like all the big kids and ask you to subscribe to my email list. First I have to figure out what I'm going to mail you. Like I've said before, this blog is a toy, and not a job. I don't want to be spending hours every week designing emails.
I plan to keep blogging here as long as I'm enjoying it. Hope you stick around for the ride.