Page views & Social Media report for July 2017

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Welcome to the page views and social media report for July 2017.

Similarly to how publicly traded companies release quarterly reports, I publish blog reports and dividend income updates regularly on this blog to keep blogging and investing as business-like as possible. Essentially, you can think of these as my very own corporate quarterly reports.

It’s almost as though I’m tryna sell the readers on investing in this blog. And I guess, to an extent, I am tryna do that.

As someone who aspires to reach financial independence through a combination of blogging, dividend investing and freelancing, the goal is to bring blogging opportunities to me.

But as I always mention as a disclaimer, it’s not for the purpose of greed, it’s because I want to spend my time working on what suits me best.

There’s also a surprising amount of knowledge to be gained from publishing monthly blog reports.

After writing and analyzing page views on this blog for more than a year now, I’m seriously considering publishing a post about SEO. Based on these reports, and based on tracking blog traffic on Google Analytics each day, there are clear-cut activities that a blogger can do to help bring in more organic search traffic.

However, I’ll save those tips for another post. For now, below is the monthly page view, blog traffic acquisition and social media numbers. Admittedly, I had to put in extra work sharing older content on social media to beat the page views set in June 2017 because I only published 2 posts during July.

Nevertheless, I was still able to increase page views slightly while continuing to build the social media community. Here are the results:

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📈 Page Views in July 2017

compared to June 2017 Blog and Social Media numbers**

All time page views on Reverse the Crush — 42,994

Page views in July — 1211 (up 6 | 0.5% increase)

Total users in July — 305 (Down 127 | -29.4% decrease)

Total sessions in July — 508 (Down 141 | -21.7% decrease)

All time blog posts published on rtc — 189 (as of August 8, 2017)

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 📊 Acquisition Overview

Breakdown of how blog traffic sessions were acquired during July 2017

Social Media — 202 sessions

Organic search — 134 sessions

Direct traffic — 125 sessions

Referral traffic — 47 sessions

📍 Social Media Traffic Breakdown

  1. Twitter168 sessions (83.17% of social traffic)
  2. Pinterest32 sessions (15.84% of social traffic)
  3. Other — 2 sessions (1% of social traffic)

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🐦 Social Media & Email Subscriber Growth

Twitter1877 followers (Up 57 | 3.13% increase)

Pinterest384 followers (no change)

Google+14 followers (down 1)

Email subscribers — 37 (no change)

Total social media followers and subscribers — 2312

I greatly appreciate all of the followers and subscribers! Thank you.


🙏🏻 Conclusion

The most interesting thing noticed in this months report was that organic search traffic generated the most users. As I was running through the page views on the Google Analytics App, I noticed that only a small number of users find this blog through social media each month. Basically, a small group of social media followers keep coming back—the 80-20 rule—80% of my social media traffic comes from a small group of followers.

To be honest, I was surprised to realize that nearly 3 times the users found reverse the crush in July through organic search compared to social media.

You could view it in a positive light on one hand, because I’m doing something right when triple digit users are visiting the blog from organic search. But on the other hand, it’s possible that I’m not retaining enough subscribers and/or social media followers. In my estimation, though, I’m making progress with search engine optimization, and I’m creating potential for opportunities to come my way in the next 5 years.

In conclusion, as I continue to work towards financial independence, my personal ambitions continue to become more clear. The more clear my goals become, the easier it becomes to focus on areas that can make the most impact. To put it bluntly, a renewed focus and appropriately directed efforts has the blog numbers for August already off to a fantastic start.

Moreover, an increased effort on blogging could potentially lead to reaching FI faster than I even anticipate. Yes, it’s important to focus on saving money and building my dividend portfolio. But after reflecting on what I’ve already been able to accomplish with blogging, and after seeing how much I’ve been able to learn, there’s no reason to think I couldn’t be full-time blogging in 5 years or less.

Questions for the readers: How was your blog results in July? What have you learned from blogging? Has anything about SEO become more clear to you?

16 Comment

  1. Thanks for your transparency and for sharing, Graham. Keep on keepin’ on, my friend. Hope you are having a great summer.

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Cody,
      Thanks for the support! I hope you were able to find some value from the numbers, and I hope you’re having a great summer too! Take care 🙂

  2. Mr ATM says: Reply

    Thanks for sharing, I would be interested in reading more about your SEO update.
    Mr. ATM

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Mr ATM,
      Thanks for letting me know that you would be interested in a post about SEO. It could be beneficial to have a piece of content related to SEO on the blog. Perhaps I could get some good tips and feedback from commenters. Thanks for commenting. I hope you’re having a great week!

  3. Thanks for posting your numbers. Looking forward to the post on SEO.

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Mr Defined Sight,
      Thanks for letting me know you’d be interesting in reading a post about SEO. Although I’m not an expert, I think there are definitely some things I’ve learned worth sharing. Hopefully it can become more of a conversation too. Now that I know it’s something that bloggers would be interested in reading, I have to publish a post soon. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Pretty good month. Love the analytics. Nice that you are getting so much organic traffic. Most people get a lot more referral traffic than anything and that is your lowest sector. Keep up the good work.

  5. Graham says: Reply

    Hey Dividend Daze,

    That’s an interesting point about most bloggers getting most traffic from referrals. Perhaps I haven’t putting enough effort into commenting on other blogs and guest posts. Although it’s only 12 days into August, the traffic is looking a lot different this month so far. Social is leading the way. I think if I put more effort into sharing on social and commenting on other blogs those categories would lead the way. I can promise that the August numbers are going to destroy Julys though. Thanks for the support and thanks for commenting. Have a great weekend!

  6. Keep up the good work. I’ve been blogging for a month and definitely could use more traffic (couldn’t we all?). It’s tough to retain readers.

    I’d definitely be interested in hearing more about the all-elusive SEO tips!

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Home At 30,
      Thanks for the support and for commenting. We could all definitely use more traffic lol. Your blog is looking great! I followed you on the main social media channels that I use – Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ – to keep up with your blog. I’m looking forward to following your blogging journey.

      Thanks for letting me know you’d be interested in an SEO post too. I’m starting to feel pressure now because more readers were interested in the idea than I thought lol. I’m not an SEO expert by any means, so it will mostly be a post about what I’ve learned and what I think is working for SEO. Anyways, thanks again for stopping by. Best of luck with your blog and any goals you’re working on!

  7. Congrats on another great month! It’s great you’re getting more traffic from organic search. That’s what I’m trying to do too! 🙂

  8. Graham says: Reply

    Hi Ms. FAF,
    Thanks for the support! I’m really glad to see that I’m bringing in any organic search traffic at all. Although organic search traffic was higher in July, I don’t expect it to be leading the way in August. I’ve started to put more of a focus on social media and referral traffic to boost traffic overall. However, I will keep working on things that grow organic search, and I hope that it eventually does lead all traffic again in the future. Thanks again for stopping by! Best of luck with your organic search traffic too! Take care 🙂

  9. Hey, this is pretty neat to see all laid out. I just hit the start of the 8th month of my blog and hope to be doing as well as you when the time comes.

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey Mr Doubling Dollars,
      I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the numbers laid out. I’m a big fan of writing these reports for the same reason – it’s nice to bring all the numbers together to see how it all makes sense. Congrats on reaching your 8th month of blogging! Keep up the great work!

  10. Your twitter follower numbers are crushing it, have you been actively working on growing twitter?
    I like how you said that the blog progress reports are like your own company reports, it’s always good to keep track and as a fellow blogger I do appreciate the transparency, putting your numbers all out there! 🙂

    Mrs DDU

    1. Graham says: Reply

      Hey DDU,
      Thanks for stopping by, Mrs DDU! I always appreciate hearing from you and Mr DDU since we’ve been following each others blogging journey for a while now.

      In regards to the Twitter growth, I’ve started to make more of an effort within the last month or so. I’m trying to share content consistently throughout the day, share related content from other bloggers, like 2 to 5 posts per day, and am following a few FI related Twitter accounts per day too.

      I’m happy you enjoy the reports! I’m looking forward to sharing the report for August. Frankly, the August numbers are going to obliterate the July numbers. Hope you’re doing well. Take care!

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