April – what a month! My extended 2-month overseas business trip finally ended two days ago.
Ever wondered what it’s like to work in a factory in China? It’s TOUGH. For the past two months, like most of the employees in the factory, I’ve been working 12 hours a day, 6-7 days a week. For most people working there, work is their entire life. They live in the factory-provided dorm (for free), eat all the three meals in the factory(also for free), and work almost all the time while they are awake. I’m glad now I can have a good rest (well I still need to work but not that crazy) and spend more time on the things that I enjoy doing besides working, like hiking, blogging, reading personal finance blogs, etc.
If it’s your first time reading this series, I joined Yakezie Challenge back in August 2015 with hopes of reaching Alexa ranking of 200,000 within six months. I didn’t reach that goal but I decided to keep working on my blog and slowly improve my ranking at my own pace. April 2016 was the ninth month since I started. As usual, below is my summary for the past month.
Alexa Ranking Change
My Alexa ranking dropped in April, from last month‘s 1,427,206 to 1,562,454 as of 5/1/2016. Actually my Alexa ranking continued to drop after that – at the time of writing this post, my ranking is 1,754,511. It’s not that surprising as I’ve been busy with work and the past week is the worst.
Since now I have more free time to work on my blog, hopefully this trend will reverse soon.
Google Analytics Results
On the bright side, my pageviews are still improving, from 611 in March to 686 in April, thanks to my hustles at StumbleUpon and Pinterest. If you’d like, please follow me on StumbleUpon and Pinterest – I have collected a lot of great articles there, not just posts from this blog, but also lots of fantastic articles I found from the two sites, mostly about side hustles, investing, and savings.
For Twitter, I started to follow CashFlowDiaries’ strategy in March and continued to do so in April. However, I didn’t have time to copy follower every day and I got only 120 new follower in April. Actually it’s difficult to copy followers every day because the free daily limit resets every 24h, so in order to copy new followers every day, you have to do it at a later time the next day. For auto posting, I didn’t use SNAP – Social Network Auto Poster because for some reason it didn’t work so I used Revive Old Post Lite which is also free. It worked fine until early April when it stopped auto posting, which turned out to be because of my mistake of not having checked “Share old posts more than once” in its settings. I didn’t realize it until later in April and corrected the settings.
Did I Reach My Goals for March?
Goal 1: Alexa ranking – reach 1,300,000 by 04/30/2016. Fail. It’s because I didn’t update my blog and interact with other blogs as often as I should.
Goal 2: Pageviews– at least 600 in April. Success!
Goal 3: Goal 3: Make at least five more title images for old posts so that I can promote them on Pinterest and StumbleUpon. Success!
Goal 4: Publish at least five new posts(excluding Yakezie Challenge report). Success, sort of. The total number of “posts” excluding Yakezie Challenge report is exactly five, but that includes a post from Stacy and a post sharing my recent reads. I guess they still count as new posts.
No goals for May
I’ve been setting goals for each month. This time I’d like to have a no-goal month and see how things turn out.
What I realized is that, the reason I’m keeping this blog is because I enjoy sharing my ideas and thoughts with like-minded people online, and it’s also an excellent record to track my progress in my personal finance journey.
When I first started this blog I thought this could be a way to make extra income but that’s no longer my focus. Spending the time doing something else will make money much more easily.
However, no goals for the blog doesn’t mean I have no goals in my personal finance – I do plan to investigate more in rental property investment, and I’m also interested in learning more about selling through FBA. I hope to start doing them soon, and when I do I’ll share my experience here.