What did Q1-2018 bring for Polliesdividend.com?

Polliesdividend.com in review – Q1-2018

Hello readers, fellow DGI’s,

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. The first quarter of 2018 is already behind us. Time really flies when you having fun.

As I already told you my readers, I will do my quarterly reviews a little bit different from last year. From now on, I’ll split my review in two different posts. In the first post, I gave a Q1 review of my Vrijheid Fonds in 2018, and in this post, I will tell you how my site: Polliesdividend.com has performed in the first quarter of 2018.

I’m writing this review to better understand what is happening with my site and to learn more about blogging, and because I like to read about how others blog traffic increased.




History of Polliesdividend.com

I started my blog in June 2014 after being inspired by some of the many great personal finance blogs out there that chronicled their individual journeys to financial independence and retirement. I wanted to share my journey to hopefully inspire others and also to track my progress towards my ultimate goal of financial independence.

After 2 years of practicing with a WordPress-site, I took the plunge and bought my own site and created Polliesdividend.com. In August 2016 I had my site up and running and still have a lot to learn, but hey my site is still running and attracting more visitors every year! And I’m proud of it!

Okay, now lets look at my three goals that I set for Polliesdividend.com in 2018 and how Polliesdividend.com did in the first quarter of 2018.


Grow Polliesdividend.com to 36,500 views in 2018

Okay, first lets see some numbers on my site.

Year Views Visitors
2016 – Q1 8,085 2,844
2017 – Q1 6,975 2,413
2018 – Q1 12,352 4,173

These page views make an average of 137 views per day. As you can read in my post about my goals 2018, where I told you that my priority for 2018 is to increase my followers and views for Polliesdividend.com, I set my self a challenging goal of approx. 36,500 views for whole 2018. This is a 100 view per day.

The top 10 countries were my visitors come from:

1 Netherlands 5,385
 2 USA 2,245
 3 Spain 908
 4 Germany  811
 5 Belgium  472
 6 Canada  306
 7 Finland  259
 8 Sweden  212
 9 United Kingdom  211
 10 Turkey  169

In total, people from more than 100 different countries visited my website! They came to my blog and read my posts. Man I’m honored with this much different people!

To let my site grow, it is important to know how people have found my website. So here is the top 5:

Search Engines
Blog rolls

If we take a look at this top 5, and see that blog rolls are a very important referral channel, I only can say to all of whom has my site on their blog roll; thanks for referring, I’m very grateful for every visitor!

And I appreciate that I have been added to so many blog rolls. If you haven’t added me to your blog roll, lets help each other and lets add our blogs to our blog rolls (just send me an email). Together we can help spread financial wisdom to everybody. And of course; every back link helps!

So as you can see, in the first quarter of 2018 I had a total of 12,352 page views. And I’m happy to report that this is an increase of almost 77.1% when compared to the same period in 2017.

In conclusion I can say that I reached this goal in the first quarter of 2018 and if I can keep up these beautiful numbers, I will definitely reach this goal.

Grade: Passing!


In this same goal I set another sub-goal. I wrote that I’d try to have a least 4 guest-bloggers on Polliesdividend.com this year. This sub-goal I unfortunately have done anything about. I haven’t had a guest-blogger yet. So if you are interested in writing a guest-post on Polliesdividend.com, please contact me by email: Pollie@polliesdividend.com


Write a least 75 post on Polliesdividend

As you know, I enjoy writing blog post. And yes I still find it hard to write a post, because English is not my native language. Therefore it takes a little bit more time to write a post. And furthermore I (Mr. perfect) want it to be perfect. But writing my investing decisions down helps me to make better decisions. And it also helps me to track my progress. Another motivation is to network more actively with other investors focused on dividend growth investing. The wider audience and increased traffic to Polliesdividend is a welcome bonus.

As I wrote in my review of my 2017 Goals I found it more and more difficult to balance my time between family, work, sport, books and Polliesdividend. And therefore I set my self a goal of 75 posts for 2018.

I knew I had to change my routine to reach this goal. So in the beginning of 2018 I made a blogging agenda for my self, to better plan posts and it was also a way to motivate my self more to write posts. It took a couple of weeks before I really got started….. and I’m happy to report that in the first quarter of 2018 I wrote a total of 39 blog posts!!!

As I said, I set my self a goal of 75 posts for the whole of 2018. And now that the first quarter is in the history books it is fair to say that I reached this goal in the first quarter of 2018 and if I can keep up these beautiful numbers, I will definitely reach this goal.

Grade: Passing!


Keep investing in my self by following a webinar or read two books every quarter

Stephen Covey called it Sharpen the Saw. I think it is important to keep educate yourself. And of course maintain good health.

For my physical sharpening I have been going to the gym almost two times a week in the first quarter. My mental sharpening I did by reading just one book and followed two webinars.

It is important to constantly improve your self. Or as Warren Buffett said:


Eat well, Read books, Study yourself, Expand your mind, Do better and get better, you are your greatest investment


Lets take a look at the finance book on which I did a book review.

The Intelligent Investor – by Benjamin Graham
In my opinion, this book is a must read for all investors. If I have to sum up what I learned in this book, I would probably say that the best path to wealth in investing is patience, good research and avoiding mistakes

The Pollie-rating for this book is:



For the rest of 2018, I already have some books lying around that I want to read. Do you have a recommendation for a good book I should read? What is your favorite book about finance/investing? I like to here from you!

Grade: Passing!



Popular posts
If you miss any of my most popular posts, take the time to read them. These were my top posts of the first quarter:

Stock split AFLAC 2018
Bayer AG (BAYN) Stock analysis Pollie style 2018
Polliesdividend goals for 2018
The problem/challenge of a Dividend Growth investor
International Business Machines (IBM) Stock Analysis Pollie-Style 2018

Teaching my kids
In August 2015 I started writing some post to try to financially educate my kids. I know they are still very young (7 and 9) but it is never too early to start. And they can read these blog posts later on in life 😉 (This is probably the case, because they don’t speak or read English very well at this moment – You got to love an understatement!).

For young kids it is in my opinion the best way to learn about money and the value of it just by playing. Research here in The Netherlands shows that kids, who have learned about financial affairs/stuff, will be more financial stable, later on in life. And they most likely will not come into financial troubles.

I had some great feedback on this series from you readers on these posts. Thanks for that!

In 2018 I wrote just 3 posts in this series:

Teaching my kids – Part 16: Bonds
Teaching my kids – Part 17: Index funds
Teaching my kids – Part 18: Inflation

For a summary of this series, take a look at my latest summary of teaching my kids page. I think it is our obligation to educate children, therefore help me get the “snowball of knowledge” rolling and share this summary post.



All in all it has been a good quarter for Polliesdividend.com. I’m passing all my three goals have set for my site (and my self).

I’m proud of my little blog that has grown to what it is today. I had an increase in views of more than 77% and I think I became a better writer with every post I wrote. If I can keep up with the pace I set for my self in my blogging agenda, I definitely will reach my goals by the end of 2018. And every blog post has been written with a big smile 🙂 So again: Thank you to all my readers and contributors.

And If I look at all my goals (for my Vrijheid Fonds and for Polliesdividend.com ) at this moment I’m passing 6 of my 7 goals and I’m very happy with that!

How was your quarter? Did you have a good quarter?



4 thoughts on “What did Q1-2018 bring for Polliesdividend.com?

  1. KeithX

    Great job, Pollie! On a personal note, I hope that you have more luck teaching your children than I have. Neither of my daughters has any interest in the stock market, but at least the younger of the two is putting money into a 401k (the oldest still hasn’t started). Let’s hope for a peaceful summer.

    1. Pollie Post author

      My girls are still young and they still listen to me (or I think they do 😀).
      I can only hope that when they are teenagers or in their twenties that they still listen to the old man 😁

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