Blog Stats and Updates For The First 12 Weeks

We're Making Progress...

On Saturday May 5th my baby (I mean my blog) was officially 12 weeks old. And today I wanted to share with you how it's doing.

I am quite happy with the progress it has made and what I have accomplished with Tackling Our Debt.

I initially began this blog thinking that I would use it to track our spending habits and to work on changing our habits from spending too much to actually saving money.


While we haven't made huge strides in saving money, or in tracking that information on this blog, I do know that my mindset has definitely changed and my attitude towards spending money has definitely changed.

I believe that making serious changes all begins with our mindset and our attitude.


For me, for example, I use to look forward to going grocery shopping each week. I would shop without a list and I would buy anything that caught my attention. I rarely worried about the price or the grand total, except for the fact that groceries are very expensive where we live and sometimes we would walk out of the store upset because only 3 bags of groceries cost us over a $100.

When I began this blog I created meal plans and grocery lists because I noticed a lot of other PF bloggers were doing that. Each week I stuck to the meal plan and grocery list. I checked the grocery store flyers for sales on items that we used most often and if there was a spectacular deal, I would buy a few extra. Otherwise I just bought what we needed for the meal plan. I was happy with that.

I Didn't Want to Spend Money!!

But last week when we went grocery shopping for breakfast and lunch items, with our grocery list in hand, I found that my mindset had changed again. I didn't want to be there. I didn't want to spend any money at all. Imagine that! I didn't want to spend money!! Just the thought of spending more money on anything upsets me.

I am not the kinda girl that goes to the mall once a week to buy new clothes or new anything, but I use to enjoy getting my hair cut and dyed for $150 a pop and getting my eyebrows dyed and waxed for $32 a pop.

Well guess what? I now dye my own hair (started last year actually), I am letting it grow longer than it's been in several years, and ladies I actually plucked my own eyebrows so that I wouldn't have to go to the mall and spend money to get them done. I almost took an eye out...ouch...but I survived.

Since I am rambling here I may as well also share that somehow we have managed to reduce our monthly utility bill by approximately $60 a month. It use to be $336 for water, gas and hydro and now it is $278.46.

Some may quickly think well that is because it is summer and you don't have your furnace on. Sorry, but it is still on. As a matter of fact it snowed here again last Saturday and I was freezing. I tend to wear bulky sweaters around the house, but sometimes I still feel very cold.

Site Statistics for the First 12 Weeks

Okay, let's move on and talk stats for a minute.

These are the stats for Tackling Our Debt for the first 3 months (which includes the first week of May).

blog statistics

Pages represents the number of times that a page on the site is viewed. It is the sum of all visitors and visits, and does not include bots.

Hits mean the number of times a page, image, file, etc., on the site, is viewed or downloaded.

Avergae visit duration is 4 minutes and 7 seconds.

Bounce rate is 58.40%.

Last Monday Google released new PageRank values for websites. This blog went from having a PR of 0 to a PR of 2.

The Alexa Ranking continues to drop on a daily basis. As of Saturday it was down to 127,657.

The most popular post on this blog in terms of hits is These Tiny Houses Fascinate Me. As well, individual pages may have a different PageRank than your home page. I checked this page and it has a PR of 3.

When I first wrote Tiny Houses I didn't have any idea of how popular it would become. The next most popular posts are the posts in the weekly series known as Let's Talk Money. Again I am very happy with how well those interviews have done and how well they have been received by everyone.

In my opinion a blog is only successful if it has a strong following of readers, and I would like to send my thanks out to all of the people who visit, read, and  comment on my blog. I know that without your support this blog really wouldn't be doing as well as it is.



    • WorkSaveLive

      WorkSaveLive 05/08/2012 6:28 a.m. #

      Wow, congrats Sicorra - that is amazing. Your blog grew tremendously last month!

      Was it a lot of organic search results or did you get some referral traffic from a large source?

    • Daisy

      Daisy 05/08/2012 8:01 a.m. #

      Congrats on your blogging successes - way to go with your PR! That's awesome!

    • Kurt @ Money Counselor

      Kurt @ Money Counselor 05/08/2012 8:25 a.m. #

      You're making great progress on the blog, congratulations!

    • In Budgets We Trust

      In Budgets We Trust 05/08/2012 8:35 a.m. #

      Wow! Your blog is taking off! I think finding unique visitors (to turn into regular readers) is often a big hurdle for most blogs, but it doesn't look like you've had any issues with that. Congrats on all your successes! :)

    • Michelle

      Michelle 05/08/2012 8:53 a.m. #

      Congrats on all your successes, Sicorra! And great job on the positive mindset. It makes this whole process much smoother.

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 05/08/2012 9:22 a.m. #

      Thank you Everyone! I really appreciate your support!!

      @Jason - My top 3 sources of traffic were\are organic, direct, and, in that order. My traffic has actually increased since the Penguin update.

    • From Shopping to Saving

      From Shopping to Saving 05/08/2012 9:24 a.m. #

      You are doing great Sicorra!! I'd love to know more tips on how to grow my blog as well. :)

      Hope you are having a great Tuesday!

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      Sean @ One Smart Dollar 05/08/2012 9:52 a.m. #

      Congrats on the great early success

    • Frugal Portland

      Frugal Portland 05/08/2012 11:35 a.m. #

      awesome! I love your chart, too -- that's fun that you're tracking your traffic!

    • Michelle

      Michelle 05/08/2012 11:46 a.m. #

      Congrats! You're doing great.

    • Katie

      Katie 05/08/2012 6:26 p.m. #

      Congratulations. You're traffic looks great and congrats on getting a PR2

    • Crystal

      Crystal 05/08/2012 9:55 p.m. #

      Congrats on the blog stats. You should do a tutorial for all us newbies.ive been at it since January but today was my highest viewing at only 74. I need to figure out how to get a loyal following and wold appreciate any tips.

    • CultOfMoney

      CultOfMoney 05/08/2012 10:44 p.m. #

      Congrats! Those are very impressive stats, and on your 3 month birthday no less! You deserve everything you've accomplished so far, and I know you've been working extremely hard to make it a success. Keep up the great work!

    • Lance@MoneyLife&More

      Lance@MoneyLife&More 05/09/2012 8 p.m. #

      Congrats! If my blog is doing that well 12 weeks in I would be floored. What do you think contributed to your quick success the most?

    • Marissa @ ThirtysixMonths

      Marissa @ ThirtysixMonths 05/13/2012 12:42 p.m. #

      Wow, you're doing great! I know blogs that are a lot older than older with 1/8 of the traffic.

    • Budget & the Beach

      Budget & the Beach 05/14/2012 4:38 p.m. #

      I can't believe how much content you have in such a short amount of time. Congratulations!!
      Yes, food is a big area of spending for me. And I know what you mean about beauty stuff too. But since I'm still single I'm trying my best to "keep up appearances," ha ha! So, I need to find a balance between upkeep and being frugal. But for the record I have always dyed my own hair. :)

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 05/14/2012 5:39 p.m. #

      I completely agree with you on keeping up appearances, but it's amazing how much it can cost over a year. To save I really try to watch for sales, which I rarely use to do. Thanks so much for connecting today :-)

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