What did Q2-2018 brought for Polliesdividend.com

Polliesdividend.com – half-year review- 2018

Hello readers, fellow DGI’s,

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. Wow time flies when you having fun. Half of 2018 is already behind us.

If you are a regular visitor to my site, you know that 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 my half-year review of my Vrijheid Fonds, and in this post, I will tell you how my site: Polliesdividend.com has performed in the first half of 2018.

I’m writing this review to better understand what is happening with my site and to learn more about blogging. And I’m always open to feedback and tips!




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


Grow Polliesdividend.com to 36,500 views in 2018

Okay, first lets see some numbers on my site.

Year Views Visitors
2016 – H1 15,075 5,778
2017 – H1 14,455 4,903
2018 – H1 26,877 9,340

These page views make an average of 147 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. It looks like that my new approach is working out! I’m happy.

The top 10 countries were my visitors come from:

1 Netherlands 10,912
 2 USA 4,854
 3 Spain 2,049
 4 Germany  1,740
 5 Belgium  973
 6 Finland  704
 7 Canada  674
 8 Sweden  521
 9 Italy  512
 10 United Kingdom  493


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!

In conclusion I can say that I had a really great first half of 2018 and if I can keep up these beautiful numbers, I will definitely reach this goal.

Grade: Passing!


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 half of 2018 I wrote a total of 81 blog posts!!!

I already reached my goal! Well that is really great. So I have to set a new goal. I will write at least 150 posts on Polliesdividend.com


Grade: Passing and adjusted!


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. My mental sharpening I did by reading two books and followed four 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:



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The second book, Hypotheek vrij! by Gerhard Hormann I have read in June and did my review in the beginning of July. SO in my Q3 report I will tell you more about this book. But if you can’t wait so long, just click on the link 😉 .

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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

What to do with Omega Health Care Investors?

What to do with my Rights of Bayer AG

Recent Buy – Realty Income

When do I reach Financial Independence – Post 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 5 posts in this series:

Bonds – Part 16

Index Funds – Part 17

Inflation – Part 18

What is dividend? – Part 19

Warren Buffett – Part 20


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 half-year for Polliesdividend.com. I’mpassing all my three goals I 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 86% and I think I became a better writer with every post I wrote. I reached my goal already with writing more that 75 posts. SO I adjusted this goal to 150 posts. If I can keep up with the pace I set for my self in my blogging agenda, I will have a challenge to reach this goal 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. So I’m very happy with that!

How was your first half-year of 2018? Did you have a good half-year?





7 thoughts on “What did Q2-2018 brought for Polliesdividend.com

  1. RAnn

    Cograts on meeting your goals. I set some once but never really worked at them, so for some reason, I didn’t achieve them. I have noticed that when I work at increasing readership, it happens, but when I slack off and don’t work at the blog, numbers suffer.

    1. Pollie Post author

      I agree, you really have to work to attract readers. But hey, I think it is fun to write posts and do the research, so it is no work for me 😀

      It still is hard to balance time between work, family, books, website, sports and chores around my house.

  2. A Frugal Family's Journey

    We need to review our goals but don’t think we are knocking them out at the rate that you are. Way to go! Persistence and hard work always pays off. Looks like your going to have to set those 2019 goals a bit higher next time. 😉

    Thanks for sharing, best wishes and continue success on your personal journey! AFFJ

  3. DivvyDad

    Way to go Pollie, congrats on achieving so many of your goals already and setting new milestones to achieve in the 2nd half of the year!

    I’ve just followed you on Twitter–with a new blog I have resisted spreading out into other social media channels for fear of not committing enough time to them (we will see how it goes). It’s great to see you closing in on the views goal and seeing where those visitors are coming from.

    Re: the education for your kids, that is great. Last year I sent my two teenage boys an email every week with different financial lessons and links to relevant articles. I explained to them that I had no expectation that they read these now (but thrilled if they did) but that my only ask was to file the emails and not delete them, as when they get older they will find a lot of gold in there. Also, I think one of the best things we can do for our kids is be the example that we want them to follow–as even when we don’t think so, they are watching and learning from us.

    Great job again, and here’s to a fantastic finish in 2018.

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