Blog Report for First Half Month (1926 Pageviews) Plus 4 Rookie Mistakes

Ms 99to1percent

Blogging about Personal Finance along with a little touch of humor. Immigrant who started from the bottom and now I’m here…to tell my story, inspire and learn from others. Paid off $40K in student loans before graduating. CPA. Saved a $100K emergency fund in my 20’s. Hopping to pay off $500K+ mortgage within 5 years at 39. Hopping to become financially independent at 45. Happily married. Mom of 1.

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30 responses

  1. Chris says:

    Well done, great results in the first month. I love it. Keep it going!!

  2. RJ says:

    Really great progress for 1 month! Came across your blog on Rockstar Finance and sounds super interesting and relevant (being in Canada as well).

    Great job! Those are great numbers. Thanks for sharing your tips and mistakes. As someone who is also trying to blog anonymously, I understand those challenges. I haven’t even tried linking to social media yet.

    • Hello fellow Canuck,

      Thanks for stopping by. We are glad you found our tips useful.

      You definitely gotta get on social media especially Twitter. It’s so fun and easy to use and we get most of our traffic from there.

  3. OthalaFehu says:

    I am currently using the free version, I too find Pinterest to be the hardest social media nut to crack. This link gives you a month free, and me too.

  4. Great post and a number of useful ideas!

    I’m actually faltering in the area of enabling users to subscribe to posts via email. Requirements in the US require a physical address to be listed on email newsletters; still trying to determine if a US Postal Box meets the requirements. What service do you use to subscribe users?

    The other points around promoting the blog make a lot of sense. I am still only commenting on sites (and not only for promoting my own blog :).
    I still need to make a number of other social media accounts.

    Do you have any suggestions on what tools (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) to focus on first?

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for stopping by. In Canada, we have the same address requirements. Any address, including a PO Box, qualifies as long as you can receive mail at that address. We use MailChimp, no complaints so far.

      For social media start with Twitter first. It’s so fun and easy to use and we get most of our traffic from there.

      Then do Instagram. Very easy to use but we haven’t really gotten much traffic from it yet.

      Then do Bloglovin. Easy to use and we get decent traffic from it.

      After that do Pinterest. Hard to use, but I keep hearing that once you master it, the majority of your traffic comes from there. So, it’s worth trying.

      Others to try are FB, G+, Linkedin…but they are so challenging. We will see how it goes this month.

      • BD Mike says:

        Hi –

        As a follow-up, I’m not starting to review social media accounts and sharing posts automatically to Twitter, etc.

        What plug-in(s) do you currently use or recommend?

        I appreciate your input…I’ve had some of the same challenges that you mentioned with Facebook and Pinterest.

        Thanks again!

        • Hi Mike,

          WE haven’t automated our social media yet. But it’s getting cumbersome. Hopefully sometime in November, we will be start at least using Tailwind for Pinterest.

          • BD Mike says:

            Hi Tina –

            I’ve spent the last few days working to get our social media up and automated. Not as far along as I’d hope, but I thought I’d share a few comments on our experience so far:

            1. There are plenty of plugins out there for sharing. We reviewed quite a few, but this article has some good input:


            2. For the time being, we’re just using Jetpack made by – it’s pretty basic but straight-forward.

            3. Jetpack offers connectivity with:


            4. We created profiles and successfully tested posts automatically flowing from our site to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. I don’t think we’ll create any additional profiles at the moment (although we do have Pinterest and it looks promising with Tailwind that you noted).

            5. Overall, we’re still utilizing our primary site but now at least a posts will automatically flow to a few of the other social media accounts we set-up.

            Hope this helps!


  5. Nice job! I’m impressed that you have tackled the Pinterest beast already… I have yet to venture into that realm…

  6. Fantastic results for your first month! Congrats on all your success, and best wishes in the coming months!

  7. Great update, you’re doing awesome!

  8. You are doing great, sounds like you were more prepared than I was. I am in my second month and haven’t started much on social media yet. I find time seems to be flying by and can’t get it all done. Nice to see what others are doing and the number of page views they get, I wish my number were as good as yours. Congratulations

  9. I have a blog as well, and I think I need to enhance the given information I have on there.

    Anyways, I just wished to compliment you on your blog.

  10. Hi there! These are awesome results for such a new blog. Thanks for the breakdown of all the numbers and your honesty. It’s inspiring to see what you’ve been able to accomplish in such little time. Keep it up!

  11. I had to leave a comment, man do I’ve a hard time writing
    a blog. Im looking to kick start one on my website and I have
    to say
    its challenging at all. I really do admire people like yourself who are
    able to write about anything with ease. Keep up the
    nice work!

  12. CeCe says:

    I’m launching a lifestyle blog next month and in all the the stuff I’ve been reading (from other blogs I subscribe to), they suggest not being everywhere at once when it comes to social media because it can be overwhelming. It’s been suggested to focus on one–FB, for instance- and get real good at it, before moving on to the next. I myself plan to focus on just Pinterest. I’m on FB, but don’t really plan to interact much manually, but my blog posts will automatically publish there. To be honest, I just got it so I could join certain FB Groups. And when it comes to affiliate marketing, I definitely plan to wait at least a month (I’ll be posting three days a week) before signing up for ANYTHING. So thanks for admitting that rookie mistake. LOL. Very helpful.

    Just a thought…Pinterest may be hard for you because that’s not where your target audience may be hanging out. Depending on the age-range you’re trying to reach–and your niche–your audience may not be on Pinterest. That’s something else I’ve learned, too. 🙂

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