With two months of blogging behind me, it’s time to review the blog’s progress. February was a great month for this blog, with some nice increases in traffic. As usual, I’ll try to make this blog update post short, so that I can focus my time on writing actual content.
February was an amazing month for blogging.
Over the course of February I kept up my goal of publishing at 3 solid posts every week, with Monday’s post being a dividend stock analysis. I also started a weekly link roundup series on Saturday.
The next big February event was joining the Yakezie challenge. With some hard work and luck I’ll have an Alexa score below 200,000 within six months and be accepted into the network, thus completing the challenge.
And I wrapped up February by moving the site to it’s own dedicated web server and installing a really nice looking theme.
The New Look
I recently moved the site from WordPress.com to its own web server. I also installed a brand new theme, which helps make the site look professional and better matches the quality of the content that I’m trying to write. Along with the new theme comes a slew of new options and features, which I am slowly learning about and setting up. All with the intent of making this blog a bit better every day.
Unfortunately, the move had a few side effects. I’m not sure if my RSS, email, or WordPress.com followers are still receiving updates. And there was about 12 hours of downtime, where the site was up, but very messy looking as I attempted to figure things out. For this, I apologize, but I hope that the new look and new features make up for the inconvenience.
Help Me Crush the Alexa Challenge
As I mentioned before, one major part of the Yakezie challenge is to get this blog’s Alexa rank below 200,000. To do that, I need your help. By doing any (or all) of the following, you will help me reach my goal.
- Install the Alexa toolbar in your browser.
- Follow the blog with Facebook, Twitter, RSS, or email.
- Comment regularly (I try to reply to as many comments as I can).
- Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and pets about the blog. Spread the word of Financial Independence!
Become an MFIJ Follower
There are plenty of ways for you to follow the blog if you like what you see here: RSS, eMail, Twitter, and Facebook. Pick one and go for it.
Also, if you are enjoying the blog let your friends know. More visitors and commenters will help this blog thrive and grow.
By eyeballing my WordPress stats, it looks like I’m averaging around 100 unique visitors a day at the end of February. But I lost my old stats records when I switched. Now I’m using Google Analytics, so it will be interesting to see if it reports figures at all in line with the old ones from WordPress.
February Page Views: Over 6,000. After I switched hosts, my page views got reset. So I don’t have a more solid number for February.
Alexa Ranking: This blog has gone from 1,183,344 to 397,753. Lower is better, by the way. So I’m making progress!
MozRank: 4.2/10 (higher is better)
PageRank: 0/10 (higher is better)
I remain clueless if these stats are good or bad for two months of blogging, but I’m really happy that I’m making progress.
Expenses and Income
$-28.00, The cost of the domain name registration.
$-133.65, The cost of hosting.
Now that the blog is hosted on my own server, I will actually make money off the ads. Hopefully this will be enough to cover all the setup fees for the blog.
Readers: If you like what you’ve seen so far, please follow the blog via RSS, email, or Twitter. If you have something you’d like me to write about, I take suggestions.