This last month we finally saw the traffic decrease I was anticipating. You can see below that EPF’s views are down over 30%. I actually have been thinking that the cause might not be solely my reduced posting schedule but also in large part because I’ve virtually stopped commenting on other blogs. I don’t know if my comments elsewhere really drive much new traffic, but I think it encourages other bloggers to visit.
I messed up my new normal posting schedule. This post should have gone up last Friday, and I was supposed to have another post each of these last two weeks. When I finally get around to posting again, you’ll know why… We’ve been quite busy and my commitment level and inspiration for writing is way down. In the past I’ve prepared for busy periods by writing more in advance, but this time I didn’t make it a priority.
Cat from Budget Blonde recently gave birth to two precious babies; to help her out during her “maternity leave,” I wrote a post on how to adjust your finances to a big income increase. Please check it out and leave a comment!
If anyone is interested in writing a guest post for EPF during the next few months, please email me. As I’ve talked about quite a bit recently, I have a busy summer coming up as I have to finish my PhD very quickly. I would really appreciate you taking a post off my plate to keep the blog alive until after my defense.
Analytics Data from May 15, 2014
People who listen to us, as of May 15, 2014:
RSS subscribers: 212 (too many fluctuations to bother recording change)
Twitter followers: 875 (+37)
Facebook fans: 56 (+1)
Alexa: 101,801 (+10,576)
Google PR: 3 (no change)
MozRank: 4.92 (-0.20)
Some Google Analytics statistics:
This is an interesting new pattern. Three of these posts went up in this last month and two of them are longtime popular posts. Usually there are more old posts, but perhaps with fewer posts being published in a given month each gets more views.
Most viewed posts:
Most Commented Posts:
Top Blogs Referring to EPF
Blog Balance Sheet
Zippo income this month – first in about six months. Well, there was some Adsense accumulation and a small affiliate sale, but they didn’t trigger payouts so I’m not recording them here.
affiliate income: $0
Search Terms from Real People
lots of searches for grad student topics! yay!
“buying a house in graduate school”
“invest for graduate students”
“buying house grad school”
“buying a house on graduate student stipend”
“are graduate students employees earned income”
“i have a 401 k that i employer contributes to but i never contribute too can i cash out if i am termanaterd” – … yes? but you should just roll it to an IRA. let that money work for you and the tax man away!
“evolution of personal finance” – this guy gets it!
“how to file 1st quarter estimated tax payments?” – it’s pretty easy. you just fill out a 1040-ES.
“my employer contributes 10% retirement” – good for you. I’m jealous.
Do you think comments drive a lot of blog traffic? When you know you’re going to be busy, do you write extra posts in advance or let your normal schedule slide?