Today marks one year since I quit my full-time job, left the tech world, moved across the country, and seriously started pursuing my new investing career. It also marks one year that I’ve been writing this blog…
Since I’m so numbers-oriented in other parts of my business, I thought I would take a minute to review the numbers behind this blog — to see what kind of readership I’m getting, whether readership is increasing or decreasing, how broad the interest is, etc. As I spend a good bit of time writing here, it’s important for me to know that others are actually interested and gaining something from this blog and that I’m not just wasting my time…and more importantly, it’s just fun to see how many people are enjoying what I’m writing…
So, here’s what I found using various analytics resources (keep in mind that depending on how the data was determined, my conclusions may be not completely accurate…I’m not intended this to be scientific):
- First of all, this is my 259th post, in 365 days. That’s a daily post about 71% of the time, which is just short of my original goal of 75%.
- I’ve received 601 comments on the blog to-date, with 158 coming from me, and 443 coming from others. That’s about 1.7 comments per post, which indicates some reasonable interest the topics I’m choosing.
- I’ve received about 50 personal messages from readers over the past year, all with very kind things to about the blog.
- I’ve received nearly 82,000 page views (okay, 78,000 if you don’t include the pages looked at from my computer) this past year.
- I’m now receiving about 4000 page views per week, or nearly 16,000 page views per month, so the trend is definitely increasing.
- There were over 20,000 total visits, or an average of about 18 per day (though this is actually above 130 per day over the past month).
- Of those, I’ve had nearly 6300 unique readers (at least unique IP addresses).
- That’s about 4 pages per visit, and 12 pages per reader.
- And that means I’ve had nearly 14,000 visits from those who were here before.
- I’ve received visits from people in 84 countries.
- While most have been in the U.S. and Canada, I’ve received a good bit of traffic from Switzerland, Malaysia, the UK, and Germany.
- The average time on the site per reader is nearly 5 minutes!
- Even for those who find my site via a search engine, the average time on the site is over 4 minutes!
- The most viewed links are my Business Plan and my House Pictures.
- Nearly 7000 visits (of the 20,000) have been initiated to my site directly, as opposed to through a search engine or a link from another site.
- Nearly 4000 visits (of the 20,000) have been generated via search engines.
- That means that about 9000 visits have been generated by people following my links from other sites.
- The most common search terms have been “rei startup,” “reistartup” “what controls mortgage rates,” “house flipping and rehab spreadsheet,” and searches for my name.
- 50% of my readers use Internet Explorer. Considering I optimize for Firefox browsers, this is something I should think about.
I won’t bore you with any more ridiculous statistics about this blog. But, I will say that I very much appreciate my readers, and thank everyone for the awesome feedback and the continued participation in this blog!
And, since many have asked, I will be announcing something new in the coming weeks for those of you who are doing your own investing (or are planning to start). Stay tuned…