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Welcome to the Fly to FI Blogress Report – October 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!
This month I published 5 articles within 4 categories.
Mindset – 1 article
My Journey – 1 article
Investing – 1 article
Guest Posts – 2 articles
Podcast Episodes (Big News!)
As you may have heard, TJ and I are no longer working together on the FIRE Below Zero Podcast. Instead, I have an awesome new co-host — Justin from Saving-Sherpa.com — to help me run the show! We have completely re-branded and the podcast is now called ‘The FI Show’. We’ve been working real hard behind the scenes so we hope you enjoy it.
If you like what you hear, please subscribe and leave a rating/review! This helps to let us know that we are delivering quality content and to lock down some big name guests for you listeners!
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I am super pumped about this month’s blog numbers! My user count, session count, and page views more than DOUBLED from last month. I’ve been doing a lot more marketing of my content through my various social media platforms (outlined below) and it seems to be paying dividends.
Overall, I am extremely happy with achieving ~10,000 page views in my sixth month of blogging. The sky is the limit!
Net Income: $186.81. Not too bad since I only put out five posts this month (two of which were guest posts). I was super busy with the launching of our new podcast, The FI Show, so I didn’t have as much time as I’d wanted to work on the blog. Let’s take a closer look at the blog’s income streams for October 2018.
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Personal Capital: $50. 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!
Google Adsense: $1.81. 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.
Total Expenses: $35. 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: $15. This was the split cost for The FI Show logo and other digital assets. I decided to put it in this category so that I don’t just have a random, one-time ‘logo’ category that never gets used again.
Pretty sweet… am I right?
None this month.
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 October 2018.
Guest Post Appearances
This month, four of my guest posts were published (busy month, huh?!).
None were published this month. I recorded one as a guest though!
The FI Show
This month was SUPER busy as I transitioned the podcast over from FIRE Below Zero to The FI Show. There’s a lot more work that needs to be done that what you see at face value.
With all that being said, my co-host Justin and I are extremely excited about how things are shaping up and we can’t wait to produce more content for you listeners. If you haven’t yet, make sure to 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 basically just throwing virtual spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks.
This month I was active in a handful of relevant Facebook groups including The FI Show, ChooseFI, FIRE Drill Community, Mustachians on Facebook, Mustachians in Practice, and FinCon Community.
I enjoy offering my advice and staying up to date with the community. When appropriate, I link to one of my relevant articles in reply to a post.
I increased my Facebook Page likes to 65 this month as well. If you haven’t already, check out the Facebook Page!
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. Follow me at @flytofi
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, Follow me at @flytofi
This is an awesome app to compensate for the “link-blocking” I mentioned on Instagram. You just place your Linktree URL in your Instagram bio and you can 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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For Pinterest, long photos are the name of the game. The longer your photo is, the more likely it is to be clicked. I use Canva to create free, long Pinterest photos. This Pinterest thing is a lot harder than it looks!
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!
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 #540 and now I’m up to #705! 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 – October 2018. See you next month!
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