One year ago on May 26, 2011, I published the first post on Cash Flow Mantra and got 4 visitors (I bet 3 of them were me). I wasn’t sure that I knew what I was doing at the time and am not so sure that I know what I am doing now, but at least I continue to try. I would like to take a quick look back at this past year, and then look ahead to the next one.
First Year Stats:
Number of Posts: 156
Page Views: 30,100
Time on Site: 1:28
Current Alexa Rank: 199,732
Search Traffic: 39.76%
Five Most Popular Posts:
CFM Celebrating 100 Posts with Cash Giveaway
Now the stats are nice to look at, but don’t tell the whole story. Since starting CFM (which was my first Word Press blog), I have managed to start two more (although with writing assistance). I have met a lot of nice fellow personal financial bloggers online and hope to meet some in person someday.
I have also been able to make a little bit of money and pay off some debt on a business credit card and a business credit line. The public accountability and being able to share my personal trials and triumphs has been helpful for focusing on the task at hand.
Although I would love to have hosted another giveaway, it just isn’t feasible with the fact that earnings are way down. I still want to be prudent, but maybe things will work out for the next anniversary.
Goals for Year Number Two
Overall, I think I would like to roughly double many of the stats for the next year. Now I have been doing a twice weekly posting schedule due to the fact that I am working on 2 other blogs. That would mean the number of posts would likely only increase by 100. But I would like to double the number of visits and page views although I should be able to do more than that since I did start from zero on day one. Plus, maybe I will get to meet a fellow blogger or two in person as well.
I would also like to see the number of subscribers double. So if you haven’t done so, feel free to subscribe. I would like to see the time on the site stay over 1 minute. I know that at times, search traffic can be in and out rather quickly so figuring that search traffic will increase, keeping time over 1 minute is a good goal.
But no matter what happens, I hope to be able to inspire some good discussion and teach my readers about some things that they might not know about. I also want to learn a few things as well.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to have as much fun in year two as I did in year number one.
Who would have guessed that when I started Cash Flow Mantra with 1 visit on May 27, 2011 from Pennsylvania that I would have made it through to 100 posts? The next day I was able to double my traffic and that’s how it all started. I am thrilled to be able to be in a position after 100 posts to be able to offer some cash prizes.
So as a way to thank my readers who have made this possible, I will be giving away 3 cash prizes in a giveaway. The first prize will be $75 in cash, the second prize is $50, and the third prize is $25. The only rule is that you must have a PayPal account for me to be able to send you the money. The giveaway starts with this post and ends on January 25th. I am using Rafflecopter as you can see. This is my first giveaway and my first time using Rafflecopter so I am hoping everything goes smoothly.
It seemed real easy to set up the giveaway and took me only a few minutes. If I get really good results and it is easy to run, I would like to do more giveaways in the future so be sure to keep an eye out for them.
I simply can’t thank everyone enough for their support over the past 7 months (and 100 posts!)! I especially am appreciated to all the members of the Yakezie Network who have made this all possible. These are the bloggers who have taken the time to come by, read my articles, and comment on a routine basis. I have started some good relationships and only expect them to grow in the months and years to come. Thank you!
Now, on to the giveaway: