Blog Update: Six Month Blogiversary!!

I recently celebrated my six month blogging anniversary. Check out my stats and what I have planned for the future.Time sure flies by when you’re blogging and having fun!  I can’t believe that it’s been almost six months since I first started my blog.  So far it’s been a rather enjoyable experience.  I’ve continued to post semi-regularly, met and interacted with a number of other personal finance bloggers, and continue to see a gradual increase in traffic and page views.  Things haven’t been all sunshine and rainbows, however, as I’ve had my share of blog fails.  Read on to see how things started, how I’ve done, and what I plan to do.

 

Birth of a Blog – The First Month

My blog was officially born on September 16, 2016.  I started out using a free WordPress.com account thinking that I would just test out the waters for a bit (more on this later).  I was able to publish three posts by the end of September.  My efforts were rewarded by a whopping four visitors and six page views.  Big time!  I still remember how giddy I was when I got that first view.  To be honest, I don’t know how anyone found my blog… let alone four people.  I wasn’t actively networking or promoting my site at the time.  But hey, I’ll take it!

 

The Statistics – Slow and Steady

The great thing about starting at the bottom is that there is no other way to go but up.  And up I went.  Although not spectacular, my stats have increased steadily.  I don’t have any specific goals in terms of page views or visitors per month.  Instead I’m hoping for month over month increases, which I have been experiencing on a consistent basis.  Also, I don’t post too frequently.  I average about one post per week, two if I’m lucky.  Family and work still require a decent chunk of my time, so all things considered I’m pretty happy with how things are going at the moment.

Gradual increase in blog stats over six months

Some other site stats:

  • Total posts: 29 (counting this one)
  • Total pages: 12
  • Total comments: 242 (about half are mine, though)
  • Most popular day: Monday
  • Most popular hour: 6pm

 

Six Month Recap

As I said in the beginning, my experience has overall been a positive one.  I’ve seen steady month-over-month increases in both views and visitors.  My posts have seen a decent number of comments, which I totally appreciate by the way.  And I actually think that my writing has improved compared to when I first started.  I would consider all of these as blogging wins.

That being said, I did have some blogging fails as well.  Looking back, I probably should have skipped the free WordPress.com account and started with a dedicated domain and web hosting site.  I guess I thought I would lose interest at some point and stop writing, but that hasn’t happened yet.  While transitioning to an official site wasn’t a problem (essentially WordPress to WordPress), it did cause issues with various links to my posts.  To this day, I still get a trickle of traffic on my old website as a result of those old links floating in the vast space of the internet.

Another fail was when I tried to “optimize” my posts for SEO (search engine optimization).  I altered all of the URL addresses which, not surprisingly, messed up all of my links.  I didn’t catch it for several days, so I’m certain that some people clicked on these broken links and were taken to non-existent pages.  It took me a while to fix the problem.  Unfortunately, I can’t address any external links from other blogs.  Oh well.

 

Future Plans

I think that my blog still has a lot of life left in it.  My main focus going forward will be to continue the growth in terms of views and visitors, but at a faster rate.  My tentative plans are as follows:

Increase frequency of posts

The key to increasing the growth of my blog is to put out more content.  One of my 2017 goals for this blog was to be able to post twice a week by the middle of the year.  The limiting factor at this point is time.  Right now I’m balancing between family life, work, and this blog.  Although I would like to publish more frequently,  I also want to make sure that I write quality stuff and not just post for the sake of posting.  I should be able to hit my two-posts-a-week goal once things settle down a bit in the SRGO household.

Guest post

Another way that I could increase traffic is to guest post on another blog.  Again, I would want to submit a quality post, so this will have to wait until I’m given the gift of more time.  Since I should set a goal, I’ll shoot for the middle of the year as well.

Up my social media game

I do have a Twitter account, but I think that I can be more active on that platform.  Not only in regards to promoting my blog, but also sharing and tweeting about articles from other authors.  I also have a Facebook page which I have been neglecting.  I haven’t received many clicks or referrals from that page.  Unless any of you out there have any Facebook pro tips, I think I’ll continue to neglect that particular platform.  Lastly, I want to eventually figure out Pinterest.

 

Thank You!

Finally, I want to thank each and every person who has visited my little site.  I am truly thankful that you would take the time out of your busy day to read what I have to write.  As always, I am open to any of your thoughts and suggestions.  Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

32 thoughts on “Blog Update: Six Month Blogiversary!!

  • March 8, 2017 at 5:14 am
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    Congrats on reaching six months! It’s crazy how long it takes to write a post. I used to read these blogs and think that it’d be easy enough to write a post quickly, but man, it takes way longer than you’d think! Looking forward to seeing more.

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    • March 8, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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      Thanks FP. I hear you… I’m a very slow writer to begin with. Throw in a now three month old into the mix and it feels like it takes forever to finish a post.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 6:17 am
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    Holy moly, it’s only been six months? You’re killing it, SRGO! I had the same experience as you when I started blogging. I went to WordPress.com thinking a self-hosted site would be too expensive if I decided to give up blogging. I hate spending money on hobbies that don’t work out. Ugh. Luckily I switched to self-hosted near the beginning, so it wasn’t a big deal from an SEO perspective.

    Also, you’re more than welcome to guest post any time over at Picky Pinchers once you find more time to write. 🙂

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    • March 8, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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      Thanks for visiting and for the complement! Yeah I was fortunate to migrate over to a self-hosted site relatively early on. It would have been much more difficult if I had done so much later. Also, thanks for your offer! That would be awesome. Hopefully things will settle down enough for me to be able to ramp up my writing.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 8:08 am
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    Congrats on the 6 month Blogiversary. It does take a lot of work to write. Keep it up. It takes me a lot longer to write than I thought it would. Good thing I enjoy writing for my blog. Keep up the great work.

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    • March 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by!! Yes, writing is a slow process for me. Even getting a first draft done takes a good amount of time. But like you, I enjoy writing/working on my blog and have been having a good time.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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    Congrats on reaching six months. My blog is actually only five days older then yours, I started September 11. I have a six month post planned for next week as I’m currently working on some things to go with the post. Other then increasing frequency of posts, I do three days a week, I’m largely executing the same plan. Best of luck.

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    • March 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by, FTF. When I first checked out your site, I did notice that we both started around the same time. I can tell that you’ve had some great growth since then… much better than mine. 🙂 Looking forward to your upcoming post!

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  • March 9, 2017 at 12:28 am
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    Happy 6 month Blogiversary, SRGO! I’m starting on my fourth month and have been keeping up with my schedule of posting weekly.

    You got some great goals set up for the rest of the year! Just like you, I’d like to start writing more frequently, but work and life gets in the way.

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    • March 9, 2017 at 11:14 am
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      Thanks for stopping by, SP. Congrats on keeping up with your weekly schedule. I feel you on the work and life part… sometimes things come up and you have to put writing and blogging on the back burner for a bit. Anyways, thanks for visiting. Congrats on your four months!!

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  • March 9, 2017 at 7:55 am
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    Congrats on your anniversary! My 6 month anniversary is coming at the beginning of next month. It really has been a blast to see the growth each month. Posting consistently is key and something I’ve been able to do this far. Keep at it!

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    • March 9, 2017 at 11:07 am
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      Thanks GFY! Yes, month-over-month growth is great. It can get quite addicting as well. I’ve noticed that you’ve been able to post frequently and consistently. Hopefully I’ll be able to get up to twice a week within the next few months. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • March 9, 2017 at 9:42 am
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    Congrats SRGO! Like you, I didn’t quite have an appreciation for how much time blogging really takes up, especially if you’re looking to put out quality content. It’s no wonder some of the the biggest blogs went full-time and “retired” to run it. Great job keeping it up! Max

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    • March 9, 2017 at 11:10 am
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      Thanks for visiting, Max!! Blogging does take up a lot of time, especially when you factor in promoting your blog and participating in the community. It doesn’t help that I’m a slow writer. Haha! But it’s been fun so far. Thanks for the comment!

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  • March 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm
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    Great job!!! Hitting six months is a huge accomplishment and way more work than I ever thought. I always feel like there is more that I could be doing but I’m trying to get that work/life balance under control.

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    • March 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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      Thanks, MSM. It is a lot of work. I don’t know how you do it, my friend. Posting three times a week, active on Twitter, leaving comments on multiple blogs. You must have a Mustard Seed clone or something. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!

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  • March 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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    It looks like many of us started our new blogs back in September. It’s certainly more work than we anticipated, but it’s been a fun experience.

    Like you, we are just managing one post per week. It amazes me that other bloggers (yeah, I’m talking about you Mustard Seed Money!) are able to post multiple times per week. It’s encouraging that there are so many others folks out there with similar goals and struggles.

    Keep it going and consider us a regular follower.

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    • March 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm
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      Yeah I’ve noticed that there are a number of us that started at or around the same time. It has been a lot of work but a lot of fun as you said.

      Yes, I am amazed at Mustard Seed’s prolific posting and participation in the personal finance community. He must have more hours in his day than you and I.

      Thanks for stopping by regularly. I appreciate it! Oh, and I’m also a regular reader of your bog as well.

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  • March 11, 2017 at 5:16 am
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    Congrats on making it to six months – that’s a huge milestone! I am just a couple months in and can totally relate to how awesome it still feels to even have anyone drop by my blog haha. Did you switch over to WordPress premium? Still trying to figure out what I want to do with my hosting because I am on the free platform right now, and your post has really given me some food for thought as to whether I want to upgrade. Thanks for an awesome post!

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    • March 11, 2017 at 11:35 am
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      Thanks for visiting, Kate! I’m self-hosting on Bluehost but still using a free WordPress theme. I haven’t upgraded to a paid, premium theme yet but I may do so in the future.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 2:01 am
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    SRGO, I stumbled across your blog today and like what I see. Keep chipping away at that student loan and you’ll be primed and ready to build wealth super fast once you cross into the positive. Physicians that figure out the F.I.R.E. game are the best players! 🙂

    Congrats on the 6-month mark! At this point, you are definitely a lot further than I was with my blog, so keep up the great momentum. Best wishes. 🙂

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    • March 13, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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      Thanks for visiting, Michael! I appreciate the kind words. I’m looking forward to the day that I”m free of my student loans. You’re right… docs who are dedicated to FIRE can really get there quickly. Thanks for the comment!!

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  • March 14, 2017 at 3:04 am
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    Great job SRGO! I never knew how much time running a blog takes until I got into it. Great to see the growth and keep up writing!

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    • March 14, 2017 at 11:17 am
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      Thanks for stopping by, FPMD. Blogging is time consuming, but so far it’s been fun. Hopefully my site will continue to grow.

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    • March 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by! It definitely has been a great experience. Thanks for the support!

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  • March 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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    Congrats on the aniversiry, keep up the great work. Six months sure does fly by!

    ID

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    • March 17, 2017 at 9:11 am
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      Thanks for visiting, ID! Time does fly by. Pretty soon I’ll be at the one year mark!

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  • March 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm
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    For only going at this for 6 months, it looks like you’ve got a ton of love and support going on here in the comments section. FYI – If you want to change your URL’s around, get a 301 redirect plugin first. You use it to redirect old URL’s to the new URL that you changed to. That way your users go exactly to the page they expected, and any link juice you’ve earned in the past 6 months continues to flow as it should.

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    • March 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by, MMD! Yes I am fortunate in that I have a decent amount of regular visitors and commenters. Thanks for the tip on the redirect plugin. I’ll be sure to look into that.

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  • March 20, 2017 at 11:05 pm
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    Better late than never, right? I read this the day you published it and just now made my way back to comment.

    Congratulations on reaching the six month point. That is a huge accomplishment. You can put me squarely in the camp of people who did not realize just how dang time consuming blogging can be. I have a new found respect for bloggers, especially ones with demanding careers and families (sound familiar?).

    You are off to a really solid start and I look forward to reading new posts and watching your blog grow. I am really glad we have connected and I really appreciate you reading my blog and commenting there as well. Here’s to your success!

    Cody

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    • March 21, 2017 at 10:27 am
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      Hey Cody, thanks for stopping by! Yes blogging is way more time-consuming than most people think. But it also depends on how much you want to put into your blog. A lot of the time suck is the marketing aspect and getting your name out there.

      Thanks for the kind words. It seems as if you’re off to a great start as well. Looking forward to your blog updates!

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