2019 has been a fantastic year for me! In this post, I want to recap my 2019 blogging experience and share my best posts of the year. Are you ready?
I write this post to be a sort of diary in which I remember and tell you the 2019 of my blog, what I learned and what I want to work on in 2020. It’s more for me than for you, but as you know I like sharing everything with you, so here we are! I hope this will be interesting to you too 🙂
Let’s start with some numbers. In this section, I would like to share with you many screens of my Google Analytics account related to this blog. So if you’re not interested in this kind of stuff, feel free yo jump to the next section 🙂 These numbers are primarily for me because I want to track how the blog performs over time.
These are my 2019 blog’s numbers updated to December 21st. As you can see in the first image, I correctly started to use Google Analytics in April, and since then FinanceShot had more than 50k pageviews and almost 16k users.
When I opened this blog in 2018 I never thought it could reach these numbers and even today this thing amazes and motivates me a lot. It means that someone is appreciating what I’m writing on this blog, and this is incredible!
In the first picture, you can easily see a peak of visits reached in September. It’s when I published How I’m Making Passive Income in 2019, my most read post ever. The blog received a huge number of visits from the US in these days. I don’t why, but I’m happy that people liked it!
In addition, in 2020 I want to increase these numbers, but I’ll talk about my Goals in the dedicated section at the end of the article. Now let’s move on to the next section!
What I worked on in 2019
In 2019 I tried to increase the quality of the blog. I concentrated on improving the graphic aspect of the site (plugins, graphic, organization…) but I also worked on the contents.
First of all, I moved to a new hosting (SiteGround, super suggested!) and completely renewed the blog’s design. I chose this theme, and I’ve been using it for several months. I like it and how it works, but it has some problems that I would like to solve in 2020, maybe buying a premium theme.
In 2019 I also opened some social accounts for the blog. In particular, I’m trying to focus on its Instagram account and Pinterest account. I’m daily posting interesting content on them, and my goal for 2020 is to increase the quality of the content and my consistency. I suggest you to follow my social accounts 🙂
In addition, I created the Financial Freedom Challange, a challenge that consists of 31 steps that should be taken in 31 consecutive days. I created it to give you a sort of path towards Financial Freedom, and you can find all the steps on the blog, or on this page.
But if you prefer to have everything at hand and in an easily readable way, you should know that I published the official book of the Financial Freedom Challenge on Amazon.
My 2019 best posts
In 2019 I wrote 103 posts on the blog. I think it’s a huge number of articles, considering that I wrote all of them. This year I had the opportunity to understand which posts are better for my blog and which are quite useless.
For instance, I wrote many posts dedicated to my performance after X months on a particular platform. But I noticed that this kind of post is not interesting for you, so I decided to not write them again.
In the image below you can see my most viewed posts of 2019.
The most viewed post is “How I’m Making Passive Income in 2019” in which I tell my current Income sources and the ones I’m working on for the future. After this, you can see that many of my most viewed posts are Passive Income Reports. They’re the reason why I opened this blog so I’m happy about the results they’re obtaining.
I hope they will continue to achieve such success in 2020 because they’re the main content of FinanceShot.
Then we have some important pages which have been very popular during 2019 and this is very positive for the blog. I’m talking about the My Investment Portfolio page, in which you can read and check the composition of my Portfolio and how it evolves.
What I learned in 2019
I can honestly say that in 2019 I learned many things related to the blogging world. In particular, in this section I would like to highlight the two or three most important things that I learned in the last year.
- I learned to focus on the content and its quality, instead of on the quantity. I noticed that my most read content is the one focused on quality. An example is the post cited before (How I’m making Passive Income in 2019) that was quite viral in the US.
- I learned to be organized and disciplined. As I said before, in 2019 I wrote more than 100 posts, and I think that this goal can be achieve only through organization and discipline.
- I learned how to improve and work on the blog constantly in order to keep it updated and in step with the times, even if there is still a lot to work on.
What I want to work on in 2020
I have big plans for 2020. Let’s see what I want to work on, and how I intend to do it.
First of all, as I said before, I want to give a new design to the blog. It is a hard job and it will take many weeks, but I think it’s time to give a “premium” design to the blog.
I also want to work hard on the blog organization. I intend to set up a monthly blog plan of at least 3 months. By doing so I will have more time to work on the content, instead of spending time on a weekly/monthly organization. I have already started to use such a plan, but I still need time to perfect it better. My ultimate goal is to write fewer posts in 2020, but with a higher quality of the content. At then of the year you will tell me if I have achieved this goal 🙂
In addition to this, in 2020 I want to write a new e-book and create online courses about my greatest passions: personal finance and productivity. I already bought the needed equipment, and in the next months I’ll start to work also on this.
My blogging goals for 2020
Finally, I want to share with you my blogging goals for 2020. As you probably know I think that writing them down is essential, so here you are my Blogging Goals for 2020!
- Achieve 100’000 views or 35’000 users
- Write 25 quality posts
- Reach 1’500 followers on Instagram and 5’000 monthly readers on Pinterest
- Give a completely new design to the blog
Few goals, but very important for me. The whole 2020 will be dedicated to these goals and at the end of year I will evaluate my year in relation to the achievement or not of these objectives.
That’s all guys! I hope I have written everything, but above all I am very happy to have written this article so that my 2019 remains well imprinted and in the years to come I can come back to read it when I feel like it 🙂
I intend to write this kind of post at the end of every year. By doing so I can compare the posts and check how I’m performing over time.
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One last thing,
Happy New Year!