It’s been three months since I’ve published my first post on the the Wise Dollar. It’s been an interesting time so far. I had no idea what I was getting into from a time perspective, but I’m glad I started and have been able to keep up with my blog. I plan on going forward and keeping The Wise Dollar going indefinitely. I’m learning a lot and I’m meeting (virtually) some great people!
The Wise Dollar Milestones
12/20/2012 – First Post Published
02/05/2013 – TheFinDependent changes its name to The Wise Dollar. That was probably one of the most stressful things I have done with this blog. I’m not one to ponder over a decision endlessly. Once I found the name Wise Dollar was available, I did my research and plunged into it. No hesitation. I got lucky! I was able to get it done with reasonably few problems. Luckily I did this very early on so I don’t think I was set back very much. My advice to anyone considering starting a blog is to pick your name carefully before you start! If you think you’ve found a great name for your blog, keep looking. Come up with a list of potential domains that are available and then select from that pool. If I had done that up front I wouldn’t have had to change the name one month into it. The Challenge – Changing Your Blogs Domain
02/17/2013 – First time Page views goes over 100 for the day, 141 (Thanks to Len Penzo)
3/14/2013 – First Time Page Views go over 100 (115) Organically. I know that this seems like a minor thing to you more experienced bloggers out there but it was a major milestone for me. Especially since they are now exceeding 100 Page views on a regular basis.
The Wise Dollar Statistics
Number of Posts – 33 posts
Comments – 437
Alexa Rank – 511,212, U.S. 55,854
MozRank – 3
Page Rank – zero Ooops. Andrew at Listen Money Matters caught on to this and gave me some advice on what might be causing this. I had paid attention to some of the more obvious SEO techniques (Key word research, Alt tags etc) but totally ignored page speed and html errors. When Andrew gave me a heads up, I saw that Google gave me a 60 on my page load speed. Uggh. I spent a few hours setting up caching, scaling images and a few other tweaks and eventually bought my page load speed up to a score of 90! Yay, it’s been fluctuating between 89 and 90 and I’m fine with that. When I have some time (lol, right) I’ll tweak some of the other things that might help bring it up some more. Andrew also helped me out by sending some php code to get rid of some of the html errors I’m sure was pissing Google off. I think this is starting to pay off as I’ve seen a 50% increase in Google traffic week over week.
Total Page Views – 3238
Total Unique Visitors – 1240
Facebook Likes – 14 I’m Not getting much Facebook love. (I had to threaten my kids to give me a few likes)
Google+ – 5 Even less love here. I’m not sure that anyone actually uses Google Plus though so I’m not too worried.
Twitter Followers – 95 this one goes up and down. I guess I must piss some people off every once in a while. I can’t possibly put together a list of everyone that has shared my tweets, but for all of you tweeple that did, a Big Thanks!
Pinterest – A few, I woud check but I can’t remember my password 😮
These are pretty low numbers overall but considering that the Wise Dollar is only three months old, I’m extremely pleased with where they are at! The nice thing is that these numbers are growing exponentially!
Time Spent on The Wise Dollar
Time has been my biggest challenge. Writing quality posts for the Wise Dollar (I hope you think they are) and tweaking the website can take a significant amount of time. Socializing and promoting your blog takes up twice as much time! A little bit about myself, I am ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive. Which means that when I dive into a project, I really DIVE into it (the OC in me) and add it to the 27 other projects I’m already doing (that would be the ADHD in me).
I’m going to have to scale back on a few areas. Quite frankly, I can’t put the time into it that I have been putting into it over the last few months. My wife will tell you this (Ok hun, you can let go of my ear now). I’ll think that I’ll aim for two posts a week rather than three. The worst deadline pressure you can ever feel is the self-imposed one! I’ll also be commenting less than I have been in the past. It’s not that I don’t want too, I really do. There are some fantastic posts out there and I enjoy reading and commenting on them.
On the other hand I’ve found that there are some posts that are, well, pardon me for saying this, but drivel that make my eyes hurt. I won’t be reading those anymore. I can usually tell in the first sentence whether a blog post is “drivel” or “driven”. I’ll go for the driven every time. Some posts are totally off of the PF topic (I’m guilty as that as well) but I love them anyway. The one’s that piss me off, teach me something new or make me laugh hysterically are great and I will read every one of them, sometimes twice!
Meet my new best friend; my wife put this on my desk. No explanation was needed. I can set a timer for myself when blogging. The only drawback is the alarm on this thing can wake the dead. If you find me on the ceiling hanging on for dear life it’s because this critter went off and scared me out of my chair.
Shares and Mentions
Thanks to everyone that has shared my blog posts with their readers. Here’s a list of everyone that has shared a WiseDollar link. I hope I didn’t miss anyone and if I did, I’m sorry!
- Canadien Budget Binder
- Critical Financial
- Eyes On The Dollar
- Fearless Men
- Frugal Rules
- I Heart Budgets
- Len Penzo
- Lifestyle Carnival
- Modest Money
- Money Bulldog
- My Financial Reviews
- Reach Financial Independence
- Stumble Forward
- The Family Finances
- The Free Financial Advisor
- The Frugal Farmer
- Timeless Finance
Here’s a very special thank you to the following folks. All of them have been selfless in offering advice and answering sometimes endless questions from your truly. I probably wouldn’t have gotten as far as I have without their help!
- Joe at Timeless Finance
- Jeremy at Modest Money
- Pauline at Reach Financial Independence
- Andrew at Listen Money Matters
There are a few things I would like to do to the Wise Dollar in the near future. I’ll be changing the sidebars a bit, I think a single sidebar rather than two would look cleaner as well as make more room for the posts. I’m going to put the blog roll on a single page. I also be doing a few minor tweaks to keep it fresh and clean looking. Let me know what you think would improve The Wise Dollar, I value your opinion and advice!
On A personal Note:
My job search continues and I’ve run into a very promising opportunity. Several co-workers from a prior job are in a Company that all of them love. Interestingly enough, that company is a black hole for employees (in a good way). People go there and never leave or get laid off! They happen to have a position in North Carolina open and I fit that position like a glove. My old co-workers are shaking the tower and telling management that they absolutely would be missing a great hire if they didn’t bring me in. I spoke to the hiring manager Friday and they have set up a “Gang” phone interview for Monday. Their Fiscal Year end on March 31st and they want to fill this position before their FY ends. So the odds are looking pretty good that I’ll have a job offer on the table by the end of next week. Wish me luck!