Ah, month 2. Last week I introduced to you my new series on traffic reports for new bloggers. This week I will update the statistics and ramble on about some of the new observations that I have on Blogging.
Both my blogging and my understanding of blogging is improving
As I mentioned last week, blogging is anything but easy. This is because combining a bunch of easy tasks into one giant task does not actually make the total task easy. So what changed for me in October?
October was a turning point for the Handy Millennial. On the writing front, the Handy Millennial greatly improved the formatting of his posts. How? Simple! (It’s all simple, I’m telling you!) I downloaded a plugin. So many times in blogging it seem that plugins are how things are done. In this case, the Handy Millennial downloaded an SEO plugin called Yoast.
If you are blogger you are probably familiar with this. If you are not, this is a piece of software that yells at you (via a big red dot!) when you have long sections, don’t keep focus in your post, and, generally, when you ramble. Yoast has given me the idea to use more sections, to shorten my paragraphs, and to add tags and keywords.
While all of this might be good for Google (I’ll keep you posted; I have yet to be indexed), it’s actually been great for my writing. What do you think? Are you enjoying my new writing style?
I noticed that the traffic on my website seesaws as the posts come online. I thought I would add a little predictability for my readers by advertising that new posts occur on Mondays and Thursdays. (Shout out to Millennial Revolution and Financial Samurai, where I initially read about this strategy.)
This is a bit of double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s great for the readers. I can literally see readers loitering around the blog anticipating new posts. On the other hand, declaring so publicly that the posts WILL occur on a pre-set schedule is a bit daunting. Luckily I have a large backlog of ideas from which I can pick.
October was a good month for the social aspects of blogging. I have made a few acquaintances in the blogging community and I look forward to developing my relationships with them. My social media following has increased, and MOST importantly, the number of comments on my blog have increased.
I really do value and appreciate each and every posted comment. Please do let me know how I am doing, both positively or negatively. Well, if it’s too negative I might flag you – I want to keep the tone on this site optimistic.
Additional Social Media
I’m experiencing a bit of FOMO when it comes to social media. I love how my current Twitter following and blog audience are growing, but I can’t help but think that I should be doing more. That second part is making work-life balance pretty difficult on top of my full time job and my relentless hobbies that power the Handy part of the Handy Millennial.
This month I added a Facebook Page. Using this page, I experimented with Facebook advertising. I spent a grand total of $25. My conclusion is mixed. Facebook is the largest social media website in the world. But their advertising is far from clear.
For example, Facebook says I got 49 clicks on one of my posts (paid). But I did not see 49 clicks in my Google Analytics. Interesting… After some brief googling, I found out that MANY people have this problem. Some people complain that they paid for thousands of clicks but only saw a few in Google Analytics.
So my jury is out on Facebook, but I will probably keep it going in some fashion moving forward. This might be a good place to put some money to work once I actually get around to trying to monetize this blog.
Now without further ado, let’s see how the stats are going.
Blogging Month Accomplishments
October was my second full month of blogging. It was a more predictable ride. I am much more sure of my voice, I seem to be hitting the right note for my audience, and I am rapidly scaling the learning curve.
In October I published 9 posts. The response was mostly good. My top 3 posts by the numbers are:
- Should I be using a pre-paid cell phone?
- The Move: What’s worse, death, taxes, or moving?
- Why I’ll be buying my next car with a car loan.
Interestingly, we can now start tracking which of my posts have been most popular since the blog started. So far we have 23 published posts through the end of October. The top 3 posts are:
Social Media FTW
Social Media continues to be a big part of my life. In fact, this is a little scary. If you allow them, Twitter and Facebook can literally suck up all available time you have.
This is pretty easy to understand; after all, it’s much much much easier to check Twitter than to actually do creative work. And since the Handy Millennial is a knowledge worker, he needs to sometimes physically LOCK his phone away so he can actually do his real job.
But as a tool for connecting, social media has been awesome. The Handy Millennial thoroughly enjoys all the interactions and really appreciates his fellow bloggers. Blogging has taught me, on a visceral level, that we are truly better together than we are alone. So let’s all empathize more, and judge less 🙂
We all know this, but once you feel the lift from the blogging community, you will truly KNOW this. The personal finance blogging community is especially important for this.
A big thanks to Rockstar Finance for being the focal point of the community!
So let’s see the stats.
My current social media of choice is Twitter. Here are some interesting Stats:
- Number of Tweets: 617
- Number of times people saw my tweets: 59.5K (Wow!!! How is this even possible?)
- Number of times people thought I was interesting: 2,392 (Cool! Lets reach more people!)
- Number of people who care enough to listen regularly: 230 (Thank you to each and every one of you!)
This month I also added a Facebook page. I’m not really sure if I should be splitting my attention at the moment. For this reason, I am mainly sticking to Twitter, but doing just enough to keep the Facebook page going. Here are my Facebook Stats so far:
- Number of Page Views: 36
- Number of Page Likes: 17
- Number of People Reached: 2,009
- Number of Post Engagements: 110
Twitter and Facebook are supposed to be pushing traffic towards the actual website, so here are the updated visitor numbers for October:
- 267 users that came to my site (+59% from Sept. Wow, I’ll take those if they compound!)
- 336 sessions – Importantly, that includes 36% return visitors! Yay! Also, up 25% from Sept.
- 582 page views. (+34% – awesome, let’s go for 1,000 🙂 )
Spam bot attack!
I did have to tweak these Google Analytics numbers a bit. On Sunday 10/29, I was hit with a Spam Bot attack that had 50 sessions, 50 page views and 1 user. Why this might be helpful to somebody I will never understand. If you are a blogger and you know what these spam bots do, please leave me a comment and clue me in!
Because of the bot, the numbers you see here are adjusted down by 50 sessions, 50 page views, and 1 user.
So there it is! Month two of blogging! As usual I would love to hear from my fellow readers and bloggers. Let me know how I’m doing; all comments, questions, suggestions are welcome!