September 21st 2012 Blog Update Comments51 Comments

So this week I have been busy catching up on some work for my employer’s new website offering food waste recycling. When you set your own hours it seems that you’re always catching up from the previous week.

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned any of my blog stats on here, but I did recently reach some milestones. First of all, I’m now over 300 RSS subscribers. Since I don’t really do much to promote my RSS feed, I am very happy with that total. One of these days I’ll have to see what else I can do to get that growing quicker.

The other milestone is that I seem to be staying under a 40k Alexa Ranking. Ever since I got under 100k I’ve just been waiting for it to start going in the other direction. I guess that’s not happening. As of writing this post my Alexa is even lower than a certain nemesis of mine who runs a blogging network.

Actual traffic has been growing substantially lately too. On Wednesday I had my all time highest traffic, about half of it coming from search engines. As search engine traffic is a high priority for my blog, I am quite happy about this development. I’ve even been getting bloggers mentioning that I’ve been sending them a lot of traffic lately.

Obviously this progress all comes back to all the awesome bloggers who have supported me. So thank you very much to everyone who has helped out in any way, whether it’s by commenting, sharing my posts socially, linking to my posts or just being a supportive friend. If I hadn’t connected with so many awesome people, there’s no way I would still be putting so much effort into this blog.

Modest Money Around The Web

Although I didn’t have as much time for link building as I would’ve liked this week, there were still a ton of blogs who mentioned Modest Money. I’m stoked when even a few blogs mention me. So to get dozens each week is pretty awesome. Thank you everyone.

Weekend Reading – Personal finance conferences and great blogs on My Own Advisor

Sinkholes, Gas Prices, No Hockey and Friday #Shoutouts on Canadian Personal Finance Blog

The Round Table – September 14, 2012 on Money Smart Guides

Carnival of Financial Planning #254: Back to Blogging Edition on Financial Excellenece

Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Sept 14,2012 on Canadian Budget Binder

Third Sunday Blog Carnival: Volume 1, No. 9 on Third Sunday Blog Carnival

Yakezie Carnival – List of Awesome Finance Articles on Learn Financial Education

The Sunday Review – Top Posts of the Week on Savvy Scot

Carnival of Money Pros – Hooray for Football Edition! on The College Investor

Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #5 on Eyes On The Dollar

Personal Finance Week in Review for September 15 on One Smart Dollar

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie – September 15, 2012 on Planting Money Seeds

Quick Hits and Weekend Reading on Young Adult Money

Weekend Wind Down 9/15/2012 – MMD vs Phone Service on My Money Design

Carnival of Financial Planning No. 254 on Married With Debt

Updates: September 9 – 15 on Outlier Model

Term Insurance: Best Life Insurance for Smart People on Street Smart Finance

Carnival of Retirement – September 17, 2012 on Club Thrifty

Weekend Reading – Laptop back, CPFC12 and great blogs on My Own Advisor

If any of you ever need anything, you know you can reach out to me via e-mail. I’m always quick to respond and people always seem to be asking me questions that I know the answers to. So hopefully I’m being helpful.

How does your schedule change as fall begins? Or do you have pretty much the same routine year round?

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 21 Sep 2012
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51 thoughts on “September 21st 2012 Blog Update

  1. TB at BlueCollarWorkman

    That’s really great about things going so well with the blog! Man, I remember when I first stumbled onto your site and you’d just broken up with some chick and seemed to be trying to find your way…and now, bam! You’re cruisin!

    You’ve said a couple times now that a certain blogger network starter guy is an arch rival of sorts. What’s the deal there? Ever gonna give us the story on what made things stink between you two?

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    1. Jeremy

      Geez I guess you’ve been following along for a while now. That seems so long ago. Things are going a lot better than they were in the early days of this blog. I like to think that this blog and the great support network played a big role in that transformation.

      As for the deal with my nemesis, I’m not sure if I should really write about the story behind that. I’ve been tempted to numerous times, but that guy is super vengeful. Writing about it would just open up a new can of worms and I’d have to deal with more of his bs. Instead I’ll just take random vague shots at him lol.

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    1. Jeremy

      Nice work Michelle. Pinterest can be huge for certain sites, but I think it is mostly women on there. If it’s working without doing anything, definitely see what happens when you make more effort on there.

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  2. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Congrats on the growth Jeremy! It’s certainly deserved. No real changes on our schedule with it becoming Fall. The only thing I don’t like about Fall, is that it gets darker so much earlier in the evening which makes it feel like you get so much less done in the day.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yes I hate that feeling too, especially during winter. It was especially bad when I’d be working in an office and it would be dark by the time I go home. At least while working from home I can try to get outside during the daylight hours a bit.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Jefferson. Don’t worry about feedburner. It’s a known issue that will likely be fixed very soon. I’m sure they have programmers working on it right this moment. It only hit me this morning since I wrote this post last night with it still showing my subscriber count.

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  3. Jason @ WorkSaveLive

    Wow man…that’s a ton of links. Congrats on the traffic surge and RSS subscribers. I really want to get to 1000 RSS subscribers…although I’m nowhere near that total. I guess I’ll take 500 as my next step.

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    1. Jeremy

      Having that many RSS subscribers would be pretty sweet, but it’s not really part of my important goals for this blog. I’m more after search engine traffic. Some consistent followers would be pretty nice though.

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  4. Jason Clayton | frugal habits

    Jeremy, I just stumbled on your blog recently and enjoy following. Congrats on the increase in traffic. Question, how many many months has it been on Modest Money to see this surge? Cheers, Jason

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    1. Jeremy

      Well my blog has been up nearly 8 months now. I know some other people see a traffic surge after about a year, but it depends on how much marketing you do and what kind of support you manage to get from fellow bloggers. It’s something you just have to be patient about.

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  5. Veronica @ Pelican on Money

    Jeremy really does respond quick. I’ve reached him over direct twitter messages and he typically responds fast. Very helpful and hasn’t hesitated to answer any of my questions – thank you Jeremy!

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    1. Jeremy

      No problem Veronica. There has only been 1 or 2 cases where I regretted helping people with their blogs. With everyone else I end up getting back just as much as I put into it.

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  6. DebtsnTaxes

    You have been one of the highest referrers to my site for the last 2-3 weeks. I appreciate all the promoting you have been doing on twitter and your site. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Jeremy

      I guess I need to keep working at building up more traffic since the referral traffic seems to be keeping people happy. Maybe it’s about time to pull something else out of my bag of tricks.

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    1. Jeremy

      Does that mean that we’re on the right track if we have enemies? I think my nemesis felt pretty threatened by me. I just hate to think that his actions may have worked in preventing me from going to toe to toe with him.

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  7. Cudjoe

    These are spectacular achievements on your side. I definitely wish success with your online journey. Keep up with your good work.

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  8. Justin @ The Family Finances

    Congrats on the awesome growth! I have noticed that I’m getting more traffic from your site. Ha, it’s about time you reciprocate (LOL!!). My Alexa has been right around 230k for a month. I’m trying to get it below 200k, and it’s tough. You’re doing great with yours being below 40k.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yes I owe you some referral traffic Justin. Things are looking promising there lately and I think this is just the start. With all the mentions everyone is kind enough to provide, the search engines should be loving my blog.

      As for your Alexa, just try to find more time to comment on more blogs. Or try something like hosting a contest or guest posting on some popular blogs.

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  9. Jennifer Lynn

    Congratulations with all the exciting milestones, Jeremy, they certainly are well-deserved. You really stand out as a blogger that always is down in the trenches, tirelessly networking and promoting others. Inquiring minds are dying to know; when Feedburner will resolve, and who this blogging arch-nemesis is. Dish the juicy scoops! :P

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    1. Jeremy

      My crystal ball says feedburner will be fixed by tomorrow. Anything with Google programmers working on it won’t stay down for long. As for my arch-nemesis, I’d rather not call him out by name and get him visiting my blog leaving hate comments again. Maybe one day I’ll get bored and directly call him out, but now isn’t the right time.

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  10. Liquid

    Nice job on the 300 subscribers. My routine is pretty much same year round, but I might be busy next month when I plan to start playing guild wars 2. That’s a big time consumer. But all that sitting around can’t be good lol, tennis some time?

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    1. Jeremy

      Yeah it’s been a while since we played some tennis. We should get in a game before the rainy season really hits. You’ll need some exercise if you’re going to be getting into an addictive video game.

      It’s ironic that as soon as I mention that I have 300+ subscribers now feedburner stats just happen to mess up across their network.

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  11. Jacob @ iHeartBudgets

    Jeremy, the hardest working man in blogging. Seriously, man, you’re everywhere! And yea, I’ve gotten a big bump in referral traffic from your site as of late, thanks for rocking so hard!

    Bummer about the nemesis, but hey, what’s life without a little competition. Sounds like it’s good motivation for you to keep your blog growing, so there’s some benefit to it, right?

    And, as always, thank you for all the help along the way. I owe you a beer if we ever cross paths. I mean that!

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    1. Jeremy

      I’d have to deny being the hardest working man in blogging. I think Lance is kicking my ass in that department lately. I’ve been working a lot less lately and riding my earlier efforts.

      You’re right that some competition does help keep me motivated. I don’t keep much tabs on him, but I figured I was closing in on his stats. It’ll take a while to catch up to his number of links though since he’s got a full cult sucking up to him.

      I’ll take you up on that beer sometime. With you just being down the I5 I’m sure we’ll cross paths eventually. I’ll be down your way tomorrow, but I don’t think the little guy wants to come for a beer.

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  12. Kim@EyesontheDollar

    I hope life in the fall is much slower. Our schedule doesn’t change too much until summer when school gets out. Not that my site is that big but I think 60% of the referral traffic was from Mondest Money last week, so thanks so much. Glad things seem to be going so well for you.

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    1. Jeremy

      Cool…I like to hear about sending lots of traffic to my blogger friends. It’s good motivation to keep building up more traffic. I’m not so sure your life will slow down much in the fall. As your blog builds up some momentum you’ll probably want to keep putting in more time.

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    1. Jeremy

      I did see some lemurs at the zoo recently, but no I didn’t take that shot. I don’t have a good enough camera to take photos for my blog. One of these days I’ll have to change that.

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  13. Edward Antrobus

    Food waste recycling sounds like a great idea. Awesome that you got hired by a socially responsible company like that.

    It may seem odd considering I’m outside ALL DAY LONG, but over the last couple years, seasons and days seem all the same to me. All that varies is the temperature and length of daylight. But today didn’t seem any different to me than did August 21, or March 21, or December 21.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yeah I like that they are providing an environmentally friendly service. An insane amount of garbage that ends up in landfills is food waste. In a few years it’s going to be mandatory for Vancouver restaurants to recycle that waste. So they’re trying to get a jump on the competition.

      Sorry to hear that your days are all just blending together like that. That might mean that it’s time to break up your routine and do something new.

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  14. Shilpan

    You are doing very well, Jeremy! Congrats. Have you noticed that there is something wrong with the feedburner? I’ve noticed that all the blogs that I visit regularly are showing 0 readers.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Shilpan. Yes feedburner stats were down for a few days, but it seems to be back to normal now. It’s strange that such a simple counter could be broken for so long.

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    1. Jeremy

      One day I might get into that. For now I’ll keep him away from my blog. I know the minute I tell the story he’ll be back to his shady personal attacks against me.

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  15. Garrett

    You do seem to have a really good community of people here. I have noticed that I tend to see more interaction (and follows) on comments I make here than most other blogs I read, which I attribute to something about your readership that makes them a bit different – but in a good way!

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    1. Jeremy

      I think that has a lot to do with making a point of networking with good people. If I was wasting time networking with a lot of jerks, I think people would be less inclined to keep the conversations going. Also it probably helps that people know I will respond to almost all comments.

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