Here are some useful resources from around the web this week.
The chart below shows the organic daily search volume for this website, over a nearly 3 year period. I find it interesting from a research perspective into what people search for, at what times.
Because it’s only search traffic, it factors out the traffic from people typing in the domain name directly (except for people that type in http://www.dividendmonk.com into the google search bar rather than the address bar by mistake, which 637 people have done), and factors out the referral traffic that I get from other websites. So this means, it basically takes out the short term variable of my posting schedule, since the number of times I post and my search traffic are not related over a short period. So besides the long-term growth due to building the site over time, the chart is a pretty pure view of behavior patterns for people searching for investment material.
Search volume finding Dividend Monk:
The choppy up and down motion is due to fewer people searching every weekend, which most websites experience. There are other reasonable things as well- a sharp dip during the Christmas/New Years period, and a mild longer dip during the summer when people are presumably doing things that are more fun than reading financial material online.
But what I find interesting is the traffic spike that occurs like clockwork at the transition between late November and early December every year. Search volumes are generally pretty high in January and February, which might be related to New Year’s resolutions, figuring out how to financially recover from an expensive holiday season, and things like that.
But a regular early December spike? What’s causing that? I don’t know the answer, but if I was an advertiser for personal finance or investing products or services, I’d probably focus my efforts during that time. Maybe you have some ideas for the comment section about what causes an early December spike in traffic for an investing website.
Dividend Income Update
Mark from MyOwnAdvisor.ca is up to around $6,300 in annual dividend income.
Roth IRA Info
If you’re under the income limit for Roth IRAs, this is a good article on the changes for 2013.
Interview of Dividend Monk
DividendStockAnalysis.com (run by the Dividend Guy blogger), interviewed me for an article. I somehow squeeze Greek Mythology into a set of investing questions, because why not? Another topic covered is my previous experience of investing in Chinese small-caps.
This is One Slick Dividend Stock
D4L offers some investing ideas for companies that are raising their dividends.
Analysis of J.M. Smucker
Dividend Growth Investor analyzed Smuckers, and determined it was slightly overvalued. I agree with that assessment.