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Polliesdividend.com in review – 2017

Polliesdividend in review – 2017

Hello readers, fellow DGI’s,

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. This year my year-letter to you is a little bit different than you are used to. This year I’ll split my letter in two different posts. In the first post, I gave a review of my Vrijheid Fonds, and in this post, I will tell you how my site: Polliesdividend.com has performed in 2017.

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.

 

www.polliesdividend.com

 

Polliesdividend

I started Polliesdividend 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.

This is my first ever blog traffic report. So I find it a little exciting to write this post. Because it is my first ever, it will not be perfect. Maybe I missed some information, or share too much. Please write your suggestion for improvements for further blog traffic post below. I will really appreciate it.

Okay, now lets look at the numbers and see how Polliesdividend.com did in 2017. Here are some key statistics.

I had a total of 31,446 page views in 2017. And I’m happy to report that this is an increase of almost 10% when compared to 2016.

This makes an average of 86 views per day. Lets try to beat the 100-barrier in 2018.

 

Views

In total people from 105 countries visited my website! They came to my blog and read my posts. Man I’m honored with this much different people. But lets see were the most people came from. The top 10 countries are:

 

1 Netherlands 13,791
2 USA 5,684
3 Germany 2,289
4 Spain 1,844
5 Belgium 1,431
6 Canada 744
7 United Kingdom 706
8 Finland 702
9 Zweden 581
10 Italy 203

 

Top traffic driving media channels

A lot of people all around the world visited my website, but I’m curious how they have found my website. I found out that traffic to my website comes from so many different places and by knowing this, I can focus to attract more traffic. So lets take a look at the top 5:

 

Search Engines 2,231
Blog rolls 2,000
Twitter.com/Polliesdividend 1,666
Rockstarfinance.com 162
Facebook 133

 

If we take a look at these numbers, it is interesting to notice that search engines generated the most users (This doesn’t say anything about how good my SEO was. I’m still learning about this subject). Closely followed by traffic from blogs from you my readers. 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!

 

Blog Posts

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.

In 2017 I found it more and more difficult to balance my time between family, work, sport, books and Polliesdividend. That’s why I only wrote 83 blog posts.

To attract more visitors I have to write and post more posts. And that is what I’m focusing on in 2018.

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

 

Book reviews

I read a lot of books, all kind of books. From biographies, management books to blogs and of course financial books. I really enjoy reading. This joy I hope to give to my kids! Reading books opens up a whole new life and you enrich yourself with new knowledge. What a great gift!

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

 

In 2017 I published 4 book reviews on Polliesdividend. 3 out of 4 books were really worthwhile reading and I can recommend them to every DGI (starter or advanced). I also read a biography on Jan Six’s, one of the wealthiest families in the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th century.

But now lets take a look at the finance books on which I did a book review.

 

The Snowball Effect – By Timothy McIntosh

A simple and very effective strategy, written in an easy to read style. This book gives a clear understanding of the basics of the stock market and provides a method for building wealth. Time well spend!!

The Pollie-rating for this book is:

Pollie-rating

 

The little book that builds wealth – by Pat Dorsey

This book is all about one principle – determining a company’s economic moat. This is an important concept, as a moat protects a company’s profits from competition and allows the company to earn exceptional returns on capital over long periods of time.

I recommend this book to all DGI’s and everyone how wants to learn about moats and wealth building. The different kinds of moats are described in surprising detail.

The Pollie-rating for this book is:

Pollie-rating

 

The automatic millionaire – by David Bach

In my opinion, this book is a must read for all young people. The concepts of Pay Yourself First and compound Interest together with automation really works. With this system everyone can reach financial freedom with a little patient. It is a set and forget system. This book doesn’t tell you what specifically you should invest in, but gives you the steps to take to secure your financial freedom.

This is a book that I will give to my daughters when they turn 18. In my humble opinion the book is time very well spend!!

The Pollie-rating for this book is:

Pollie-rating

 

Rich habits – by Thomas C. Corley

In my opinion, this book is a fun to read. With these habits everyone can reach a better life. I must say, these habits are pretty basic. And if you already have read a lot of books on finance (as I do), you’ll find no new ideas. This book is a great way to start if you’re new to finance.

The Pollie-rating for this book is:

Pollie-rating

For 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

 

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 (6 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:

Foreword for this series
Part 14: Pay-out Ratio
Part 15: The Secret

For a summary of this series, take a look at my 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.

 

Conclusion

All in all it was good blogging year and a good year for Polliesdividend.com.

I’m proud of my little blog that has grown to what it is today. I had an increase in views of more than 10% and I think I became a better writer as the year went along. It was still hard to find time, but every blog post has been written with a big smile 🙂 So again: Thank you to all my readers and contributors.

How was your year in blogging? Did you have a good year?

Cheers,

Pollie

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13 thoughts on “Polliesdividend.com in review – 2017

  1. Jung in Rente

    Hey Pollie,

    You’re doing a fantastic job and I’m proud to say that I’m a regular reader of your blog. And hereby I confess, that a couple of dozen of the 2,289 pageviews from Germany could have been caused by me…

    Anyway, I totally understand that not writing in your native language can be still difficult. I face the same problem with my blog. However, I think it gets easier one article at a time.

    Please continue your good work!

    – David

    1. Pollie Post author

      Wow that would be really great!
      I’m currently researching ways to increase traffic (besides writing great content regularly).
      In my goals update after Q1 I will tell you what I found and if my goal has to be bigger.

      Do you have ideas about increasing traffic to my site?

      Cheers,

      Pollie

    1. Pollie Post author

      Hello DI,

      Welcome to my blog and to the DGI-community! Always nice to meet a fellow Dutch DGI.
      Your sites look good. I will add you to my blog roll.

      If you want to be in contact met fellow Dutch and Belgium DGI visit the bi-annual meeting.
      The first one is this month. Just ask @cheesyfinance

      Cheers,

      Pollie

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