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Welcome to the Fly to FI Blogress Report – November 2018! For those of you here for the first time, I post monthly reports detailing my blog stats, income statement, growth strategies, and more! I hope that you get some value out of this report and enjoy reading about my progress. Follow along each month as the Fly to FI community continues to grow!
Blogress Report – November 2018
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This month I published 8 articles within 5 categories.
Travel – 1 article
Mindset – 2 articles
Saving Money – 1 article
My Journey – 2 articles
Guest Posts – 2 articles
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Numbers are comparable with last month and I’m generally happy with the direction of the blog’s growth overall. Haven’t quite broken that 10,000 average monthly page views, but I’m getting close!
I can’t be too hard on myself since I also did a ton of work on The FI Show podcast, and my newest exciting venture that I’ll discuss later in this post.
Net Income: $350.23. My best month ever! Let’s take a closer look at the blog’s income streams for November 2018.
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Personal Capital: $20. Personal Capital is a FREE online tool to help track your spending and net worth. It aggregates all of your assets and liabilities and can quickly give you a snapshot of your overall financial position. If you’re not already using this awesome software, click here to get started!
Share-A-Sale: $4.46. This is another affiliate program aggregator. There are thousands of different products and services on this platform to promote. Although I am very picky about promotion, I love to recommend my domain provider, Namecheap — fairly priced and amazing customer service. Find your favorite companies on Share-A-Sale to promote!
Google Adsense: $3.83. I’m rich! As you may have noticed, I only have ads in the footer of the site. With that being said, it doesn’t bring it too much revenue.
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Total Expenses: $58.06. Seem low? Here’s why.
- Domain: Purchased for $12.99 in April 2018
- Hosting: I already had website hosting set up for Arsenal Discs. On my SiteGround hosting plan, adding another website was free of charge.
- Email list: I currently use MailChimp to run my email list, which is free.
- Housekeeping: Everything you see on the site is done by me! I have yet to hire a tech or virtual assistant.
Hosting: $20. I currently use Blubrry for hosting the podcast and could not be more pleased with their service. I have had no technical difficulties whatsoever and their customer service team is fast and responsive. Additionally, Blubrry offers comprehensive statistics about the podcast and integrates into WordPress seamlessly with the PowerPress plugin.
Miscellaneous: $16.97. I bought a 75-foot ethernet cord so that I could connect my computer directly to my router from my new podcast recording studio that I made!
Facebook Ads: $21.09. I dabbled in Facebook Ads (quite frugally) after taking a free 5-day Facebook course. I’m tempted to go all in but my frugality keeps stopping me.
I am constantly trying to grow the Fly to FI Community. I work hard to curate quality content so I’d like to reach as many people as possible. I’ll break down the growth strategies I used in November 2018.
Financial Freedom Book Tour!
I made a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT this month on my blog. Long story short, I will be joining Grant Sabatier from Millennial Money on a three-month book tour around the country to promote the launch of his new book, Financial Freedom.
The tour will stretch from March to June and will cover 41+ cities around the continental U.S. Read all about it here!
Guest Post Appearances
This month, I had one guest post interview go live:
None were published this month. I recorded one as a guest though!
The FI Show
The podcast has been going great so far and Justin from Saving-Sherpa and I are really finding our groove. I’m excited for the future of the show and I hope that you’re all willing to come for the ride. If you haven’t listened yet, go check it out!
Social Media and Online Presence
Social media accounts are great for connecting with the community and growing the Fly to FI brand. I’m slowly starting to get a rhythm and see what works best for me.
Great for forming communities and interacting with your audience.
Groups: The FI Show, ChooseFI, FIRE Drill Community, Mustachians on Facebook, Mustachians in Practice, FinCon Podcast Network and FinCon Community.
Twitter is great for connecting with other bloggers and members of the personal finance community. Using the “share” feature on other bloggers’ sites allows me to quickly share their posts with my followers.
Although Instagram is not the best platform for increasing blog traffic due to its “link-blocking”, I like to use it to connect with the community. If you’d like to do more seeing than reading or listening…
You can place your Linktree URL in your Instagram bio and link to multiple websites (Email List, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) on just one page! Check mine out here!
Crowdfire / Buffer
Crowdfire and Buffer are social media auto-schedulers. I use Crowdfire to schedule my own content for Facebook Page Posts, Twitter Posts, and Instagram Posts. On the other hand, I use Buffer to share other people’s content on Twitter and Facebook.
I’ve continued to use Tailwind to bolster my Pinterest activity. Tailwind is a Pinterest auto-scheduler that makes posting and sharing pins easy. I joined several “Tribes”, which is just a fancy term for Tailwind Groups. I definitely saw an uptick in traffic after I joined Tailwind.
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It has been recently announced that Google Plus will be shutting down! Since my posts get automatically uploaded to my profile, it doesn’t really affect me anyway. While it’s still around… Check out my Google Plus page and join the Fly to FI Community!
I spent a lot more time on Reddit this past month. Check out some subs in the finance space and you’ll probably run into me. Follow my Reddit profile here!
A great site for blogger’s to share their own and re-share others’ content.
Similar to Pinterest, with boards and categories. Mix is another platform for promoting content.
A place to share your knowledge with an eager community of people. If your answers are good enough, you might just go viral.
Viral Content Bee
This website is great for connecting and sharing posts with bloggers outside of your immediate circle. Basically, by sharing other people’s content, you earn ‘points’ that allow you to share your content. The more you share, the more you get shared!
This month I was mostly active in the Rockstar Finance Forums. I interacted with other bloggers/podcasters and shared content. Collaborating and working with other influencers has been key to the blog’s growth.
I’ve been jumping around in the Modest Money Top Finance Blogs directory. Last month I was at #705 and now back down to #533! Not sure how their algorithm works but hopefully I can continue to improve my rank.
Where Can I Improve?
I am constantly trying to improve the Fly to FI brand and deliver the best possible content to you readers.
If you have any suggestions to improve my content, site, brand, or anything at all please contact me at cody [at] flytofi [dot] com. I’m also open to new business ventures and opportunities. Don’t hesitate to hit me up!
Thanks for checking in to the Blogress Report – November 2018. See you next month!
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