How’s the Blog Doing, Anyway?

Happy Friday everyone. You probably feel pretty tired from the ambitious week of challenges we have done to this point, and perhaps you are still recovering from the complete and permanent loss of visits to Starbucks I imposed on you yesterday.

So today, I thought we could take a break and I’ll let you in on some entertaining facts from behind the scenes.

When you write a blog like this, which I only started doing on April 6th of this year, you get a neat little statistics page that tells you how many people are visiting each day and how they got there.

It turns out this is pretty addictive and even casual bloggers like me end up getting caught up in the nightly report card of how many “reads” you got. Bloggers also read the news and the blogs of other people to get and share ideas, and they post comments wherever they like, and some of these comments lead to still more visitors.

In the last couple of weeks, I was very pleased to receive mention from some like-minded and much more established blogs like Early Retirement Extreme, Brown Girl in the Lane (cycling), Consciously Frugal, and Wake up to Frugality.  All of these links brought me an entertaining crew of new readers, so thanks guys! There were also some successful posts to Reddit.com which caused massive spikes in readership, some of which stuck around to read more.

The biggest thing that causes a blog like this to last or fade out is readership – so if readers actually are motivated to click “like” on facebook, or share it on reddit, digg, stumbleupon, twitter, or any other social things they are part of, that starts chain reactions. Once you have enough of these reactions, you get embedded into the very fabric of the Internet itself and Google starts forwarding you thousands readers who are searching for “early retirement” or “frugality” or other common terms. Then you can keep at it and keep having fun for years,  because just like Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, you are motivated by how many people are there watching you dig.

A few more tidbits from the scoreboard:

  • 5,767 views all-time
  • 409 views today (this has grown very unevenly in a line from 0 on the first day to this level today. I think this is very encouraging!)
  • 1,157 views on your busiest day, May 10, 2011

The top search terms that led various web searchers to Mr. Money Mustache, and how many times they were used:

Search Views
mr money moustache 20
mr money mustache 14
mr. money moustache 9
mr mustache money 6
mrmoneymustache 4
mr money 3
hasselhoff 2
how many millionaires drive a toyota tacoma 2
money moustache 2
earth logo 2
mister money mustache 2
mrmoneymoustache 1
“too cheap” petrol or gas 1
mr money mustache blog 1
how much electricity do you waist per hour with 100 whattz 1
mr.moneymustache 1
money mustache 1
profitable leisure time 1
wealth, fuck you money 1
mr money mustach 1
how to make mustache in calculator 1
mr. money mustache 1
www.mrmoneymustache.com 1
what if i save 100 dollars a week 1
what does early retirement mean 1
mr mustache retirement 1

 

Even though only a tiny portion of the readership is coming from the search engines so far, some of these results are  Quite entertaining. But why does everyone keep calling me “moustache”? …And if people already know that Mr. Money Mustache exists, why do they keep searching at all instead of just typing in mrmoneymustache.com? Ahh, Mysteries of the Internet World.

 

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9 Responses to “How’s the Blog Doing, Anyway?”

  1. herbert salisbury May 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    even wikipedia spells it moustache:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moustache

    • MMM May 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      You Dare to question Mr. Money Mustache’s Very NAME!?

      From the first paragraph of your Wikipedia article, I see the valid spellings are:
      A moustache (US play /ˈmʌstæʃ/ or UK /məˈstɑːʃ/; American English: mustache

      As you probably noticed, Mr. Money Mustache is written in “American English”. He actually prefers the non-US spellings of many words like colour and labour, and thinks Kilometres are much cooler than “miles”. But when it comes to Mustache, the American spelling kicks ass. MUST STASH. Not a weird drippy cow with a MOO-STASH.

      Plus, when trying to help the citizens of the world’s greatest ultraconsumer, one must write in US English.

      However, I also like that super-cryptic version in the pronunciation guide: “mʌstæʃ”. That will be his name if the world is ever destroyed and we all become medieval-armor-wearing robots living in metal huts with laser towers under a permanently dark and thundering sky.

  2. The Dutch Clean Shave May 21, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    Dear MMM,

    First things first: loving the blog, keep it up. Saw a link via twitter in between work stuff and was immediately hooked.

    Assuming you have the Google Analytics package, if you drill down in your traffic source statistics, you should be able to see the % of new visitors per keywords used on website entry via search engine.

    And yes, in my experience of helping run an online career portal and a consulting agency’s website, it is quite usual for people to just keep filling in keywords in a search engine, especially since Google allows you to get lazy and just type in a word in the browser (say, “Facebook” instead of http://www.Facebook.com), and that counts as a search query if your browser is preset to redirect to a search engine. This is obviously a nifty way to eliminate the problem of people not finding a website, but it does result in return visitors becoming lazy and just typing in “mr money moustache” in the address bar, knowing they’ll find you in the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) anyway.

    As a side note, I might have a question for you later on in the upcoming weeks with regard to eliminating college debt, moving abroad, deciding on whether to do a Master’s degree (abroad) and other post-college stuff (versus the Stash).

    TDCS

    • MMM May 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

      Hey there, The Dutch Clean Shave!

      Very nice to hear from you and welcome to the blog!. Thanks for the tips on search engines it is very interesting to hear from someone with experience on them. I also heard from a friend that you shared the word on Twitter – thanks for that too.

      Your upcoming question sounds interesting. I have a couple of Dutch friends here in Colorado that moved from Europe about 4 years ago. It seems efficiency and frugality is much more part of the culture in Holland than it is here. Perhaps many potential MMM readers over there, although I should really be trying to convert the ultraconsumers, rather than preaching to the already frugal :-)

      cheers,
      MMM

    • Mark June 24, 2012 at 5:27 am #

      There is another reason for searching instead of typing the full URL: security. While regular readers probably already have bookmarks or RSS subscriptions, someone who knows he is looking for Mr Money Mustache but hasn’t bookmarked it, might mis-type the URL (perhaps spelling it “Moustache”). URL typos are one of the most common ways to find oneself at a malware-propagation site. By using Google, you: (a) don’t have to remember and type the full URL perfectly, betting your hard drive that you will; and (b) get a chance to see the results and validate that you’re going where you want to go, before you bet your hard drive on it.

  3. Sam June 24, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Keep it up and don’t burn out. Pace yourself and in 1-2 years, you’ll notice that virtuous cycle of search engine traffic.

  4. Dom January 7, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    MMM, if you are wondering why some people still search “Mr. Money Mustache” in a search engine rather than just type it in the address bar, it could be because they could potentially get rewards for using a certain search engine like Swagbucks. I still type it into the search often even though I have your blog as a favorite on my toolbar!

  5. That Guy April 13, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    the American spelling kicks ass. MUST STASH. Not a weird drippy cow with a MOO-STASH……………….

    wow. Not that I have been staring at your blog that long but….. HOLY CRAP. It is funny how you can look at something for a long time and then somebody points something out to you and *DING.DING.DING* it all makes cents…

    It makes much more cents than the picture…. :)

    Digging this blog so far…. After I found it I am going in chronological order so I am avoiding asking my most likely basic (drunken) questions so far hoping I find the answers in future posts.

    THANKS! So far I dig it. Only wish I had been guided this way a number of years ago…..

  6. Tom October 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Any updates for 2013 readership?

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