With three months of blogging behind me, it’s time to review the blog’s progress. March was a pretty solid month for the blog. Overall, I people seem to be very satisfied with the new layout. As usual, I’ll try to make this blog update post short, so that I can focus my time on writing actual content.
March in Brief
It’s been a good month. The blog has a great new layout. I still want to make more tweaks to it, but I’d rather be writing content and interacting with other bloggers so I’m putting it off. Otherwise, I’ve been making good progress on the Yakezie challenge. I’ve gotten to know a lot of Yakezie members and my Alexa score is almost below 200K! I’m going to keep on blogging and hope that I make it into the network.
March is also awesome because I upgraded my investment account to a margin account, which will allow me a lot more flexibility when it comes to options trading.
Google Reader – RIP
By now, you’ve probably already heard the bad news. Google is killing off Google Reader. Why? Because they’re sadistic assholes (and that’s being kind). Now I’ve got to find a good web based alternative to keep up with all the great personal finance and investing blogs on my reading list. Not to mention all the other blogs that I follow regularly.
I still haven’t found a good substitute, but if you know of anything that is web or cloud based that will allow me to sync blogs between my home, work, and phone. That would be great. It would be even better if it was free.
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. Now that Google reader is headed to that great compiler in the sky, you might want to subscribe with a couple of different options.
Also, if you are enjoying the blog let your friends know. More visitors and commenters will help this blog thrive and grow.
Help Me Crush the Alexa Challenge
I’ve made great strides towards crushing the Yakezie challenge. But I’m not there yet. You can help me complete the challenge 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!
Since I switched from WordPress.com to a separate hosting site, my stats are now reported by Google Analytics rather than WordPress. I’m not sure if both systems count visits in exactly the same same way. But it appears that I’m still averaging around 100 visits a day. Maybe a bit more.
March Page Views: Almost 9,000. Sadly, there is no “almost 9,000″ meme that I can invoke here.
Alexa Ranking: This blog has gone from 397,753 to 210,684. Lower is better, by the way. So I’m making progress!
MozRank: 4.3/10 (higher is better) – moved up 0.1 points.
PageRank: 0/10 (higher is better) – no change
I remain clueless if these stats are good or bad for three 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.
Google Adsense says that I made $17.07 last month. But those aren’t finalized earnings, so the actual number might be a bit lower. Even after taxes are ripped out, I’ve managed to cover hosting for this month. So that’s great!
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.