The cash giveaway celebrating my 100th post on this blog ended earlier this week. I want to thank everyone who entered and decided to subscribe to Cash Flow Mantra or Grand Per Month. I also want to thank those that tweeted about the giveaway and liked GPM on Facebook. Interestingly, the three winners won due to different methods of entry. I thought that was cool. The winners have already been contacted and responded quickly (two of them within the hour) and have their money. So, if you are reading this, Congratulations!
I also want to make a special shout out to the Yakezie Network and anyone who published a link to the giveaway in a round-up. There were many of you, and I owe the success of the giveaway and this blog to each of you. And I want to make a special mention of online-sweepstakes.com. It is a great place to announce any contests you might have and sent me lots of traffic. I hope some of you stick around and enjoy the blog while waiting for the next giveaway.
Here are the winners:
Carnival of Financial Planning – Edition #220 – CFM
Finally, I just want to say that I had a great little surge of traffic yesterday from a site of which I had never heard. They picked up my PMI story and included it in a little round-up of theirs so I would encourage everyone to keep writing and staying active. You never know when something good might happen.
Today will be a busy day. I have 2 posts to write for tomorrow and need to get in my Yakezie Member application. We may also try to brave the downtown area and go to Super Bowl village. With the Super Bowl being so close, it may be the only time we get the opportunity.
Have a good rest of the weekend!
I know that many of my current readers may have started reading in the last few months and weren’t around for the beginning of Cash Flow Mantra, so I wanted to look back briefly on 2011 and highlight some of my more popular posts from the year plus some ones that might not have been popular simply because no one knew they existed. I suspect this is the case since the majority of the least viewed posts come from that first month online. I myself rarely go back and read a lot of the older material on a blog that I discover unless I am looking for the answer to a specific question.
All of this data comes from Google Analytics and is based upon the number of views of the particular post. I am hoping that the most popular posts for 2012 all have more than 1000 views each and the least popular are at least over 100 views.
Top 5 Most Popular Posts on CFM
- My Investing Strategy for the Next Decade was by far and away the most popular post of this past year. I received a link from The Dividend Blog Guy who obviously has a ton of readers which linked through to check out this post. For 2011, this post got 721 views and continues to get a few per day. It was published on 8/29/2011.
- Bloggers that Make $1000 per Month was tied for the second most popular post of 2011. It received 319 views during the year and really was the result of my wondering if a part-time blogger such as myself could actually make $1000 in a month from blogging. Well, I saw a few fellow bloggers who were able to do it. Then in November, I was able to do just this by about $20. Nevertheless, it spawned an idea that has developed into my newest blog, Grand Per Month. The post was published on 9/19/2011.
- Also receiving 319 views since publication on 11/25/2011 is Warren Buffett, Intel, and Me. I am sure that it helps being in the number 4 position on Google page #1 when searching “Warren Buffett Intel” and sounds like a tell-all book. SEO was not on my mind when writing the post. I was simply pleased to know that Warren Buffett was investing in Intel like I was. I was going after the dividend.
- In the number four position with 283 views is the post entitled “My Thoughts on Investing in Gold and Silver”. It was published on 9/3/2011 and continues to get some views each month. I will probably be writing about gold again later this week.
- Rounding out the top five is New Car vs Used Car – Throwing My Hat in the Ring which shares my thoughts on the topic. I am actually pleased that this is in the top five with 206 views since it was published early on in the life of the blog on 7/13/2011.
Five Posts that Were Not so Popular
Now some of my less popular posts were link posts from the early months when I didn’t have as many readers so I will not be including those. Instead I will be looking for those posts which might actually be decent but might have been missed because of lack of exposure. Each of these posts has less than 50 views.
- Is Budget a Dirty Word? was my post on budgets vs spending plans. It was actually the first post ever written on CFM with the exception of the welcome post. I am not surprised that it got missed by many readers. It was published on 5/27/2011.
- I am really surprised that Sound Money and Cheap Gas did not get a little more discussion. It is actually quite a good post if I do have to say so myself. It was published on 6/20/2011 which was early, but I am still surprised it only received 33 views.
- I am not really surprised that Going on a Spending Fast at Work didn’t see much action. It was published on 6/1/2011 and is more personal in nature. Plus I only lasted about a week so it must not have been very motivating either. I wouldn’t even bother checking out the link I added. But you should read “Sound Money and Cheap Gas” if nothing else.
- Is There a Cheaper Alternative was another attempt at my frugal side which does exist, but can be difficult with 6 kids and a spouse. The post was also meant to encourage creative thought on the part of my readers. Not surprising that it got only 37 views since I didn’t have that many readers on 6/11/2011 yet.
- Finally, The Folly of Using Credit as an Emergency Fund is another one that I am surprised didn’t get a lot of traction although being published on 6/7/2011 didn’t help. I am sure that most of my fellow PF bloggers would agree with that statement so may not even need to read the post.
Top Five Referring Sites
Finally, I wanted to take the opportunity to recognize the top five individual blogs that referred visitors to CFM in 2011. I won’t be highlighting the bottom five.
- The Dividend Blog Guy tops the list primarily from that one link. 320 visits.
- My Online Income is my own blogger blog where I highlight my efforts at writing online and making some money. I started this site 2.5 years ago shortly after I started to write for HubPages and eHow. I still post there about 3-4 times per month and have some devoted readers. 276 visits.
- Life and My Finances sent 207 visitors my way in 2011. I am trusting that will improve in 2012.
- Retire by 40 also sent a fair number of visitors to CFM (135). This is a great blog that I enjoy reading so it is cool to see it in the top 5.
- Finally sending 117 visitors my way was Beating the Index, another blog I enjoy reading since I am into the energy sector as well.
I think this wraps up all the 2011 recap and 2012 goals posts for now. It will be back to regular content on Wednesday.
Oh, I should take this time to mention the carnivals that I have been during the holiday season:
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #13
Well, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas yesterday and were able to celebrate with family and friends. We had a good day with family at home enjoying a nice dinner with ham and playing games.
On to the Challenge!
As you can see from the title, I am joining the 30K Challenge as developed by Corey and Derek at Online Money Bloggers. In case you haven’t heard what it is, Corey and Derek are challenging themselves and other bloggers to either make $30,000 from blogging next year or increase their income by an additional $30,000 if the blogger already makes that much. It is going to a great challenge and something that will really require a lot of work and focus.
Initially, I thought it might be impossible for me to make it to $30,000 in one year, but I created a spreadsheet as part of my initial 30K post for their site and think it might actually be doable now. I won’t be sharing the details about it since the post will be seen at their site in coming days or weeks, but at least there is some hope.
There are lots of other great personal financial bloggers participating in the challenge so I am sure that everyone will be helping each other which will make it easier to achieve our goals together. One of the things that I am learning more and more as I age is the importance of networking. It can be very difficult to accomplish goals on our own, but they often become achievable when you have a strong support system. So I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with these great individuals and get to know them better at the same time.
Be sure to head over to the site and see everyone who is participating. It is really a top notch crew!
This past week I was featured in several carnivals so I want to share those with you as well.
Canadian Finance Carnival #67
As always, I want to thank Melissa from Mom’s Plans for doing carnival submissions for me. It is a tedious task that I have no interest in doing. I have to believe that it is helping with my traffic, but of course this past week has been a little slower with the holidays I am sure.
Odds and Ends
I have a few other items that I would like to mention. I will be having a contest to celebrate the 100th post here on Cash Flow Mantra. This will be post number 93 so in the next few weeks, the contest will happen. I still have details to work out so I will keep you informed.
Also, I just couldn’t help myself and had to write an extra post for my new blog at Grand Per Month. Be sure to check it out and get ready for the launch on January 2nd. I am trying to work with getting the subscription by email working and am having some difficulty. I am not a coder and am amazed at some of the things I have been able to accomplish, but this is giving me fits.
Thanks for reading and be sure to follow me on Twitter @cashflowmantra!