This week marks the second anniversary of the Dividend Monk site.
Spending hours publishing investing material each week is difficult, but rewarding. I’ve been fortunate to network with other investing site owners or writers for major sites, discuss investing with readers, have a number of my articles selected as editor’s picks on Seeking Alpha and Guru Focus, and I’m glad that a number of good sites link here.
I’m very appreciative of my readers. We’ve grown quite a bit. Currently, the site is bringing in over 40,000 page views per month, and another 30,000 or so page views per month on my content that is republished with permission on other sites.
Partly due to my Ford stock analysis last week, which was highlighted as an editor’s pick on Seeking Alpha and linked there from Google Finance, total site page views for the trailing 30 day period are at around 50,000, and another 50,000 or so for my pages that are republished on other sites. That’s a bit of a spike, however, so I’m not counting on those numbers for next month.
Since inception, this site has had around 600,000 page views, and together the whole network of Dividend Monk and the sites that republish my articles, have recorded over 1 million page views of my content.
That’s not groundbreaking, but I find it rather positive. Probably the most interesting aspect to me, is how globally connected we are. The top ten countries, in order of traffic, that read my site are the United States, Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Finland, Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Overall, 180 countries or territories are represented in my traffic, ranging from Mozambique, to Iran, to Yemen, to the Isle of Man, to Monaco, to Sri Lanka, to Poland, and so forth.
People have been rather receptive to subscribing to Dividend Monk.
You can subscribe here, and my articles, usually published 2-3 times per week, will be delivered to your reader or email.
Because the site has grown, and due to a number of inquiries, I’ve decided to publish a monthly newsletter, for free. I often get requests for specific stock reports, or questions about portfolio changes, or general questions about market outlook. Sometimes I provide my opinions on the market or individual stock moves throughout the blog, such as on my Weekend Reading articles, or on Twitter, or with comments in response to posts. But I’ve decided to consolidate this and make it better for you, through a quality newsletter, while still using those other mediums as well.
Investors know that even though dividend-paying companies are rather stable as a group, market valuations can change rather abruptly. Sometimes there are great values everywhere, while sometimes the market is overvalued, and it can be difficult to find good values. The newsletter will provide timely market and investing updates each month.
In this monthly dividend newsletter, I’ll:
-Provide you with updates on the market as a whole, from a long-term dividend-investing perspective.
-Highlight certain stocks or sectors that I think are trading for appealing valuations. You should do your own homework of course, but it helps having updates.
-State any of my personal portfolio changes. What I’m buying, and more rarely, what I’m selling.
-Link to popular articles and resources.
-Gather reader insights, requests, and opinions, from those that respond to the newsletter. It’s not just one-way communication; it’s a way to share info.
-Provide an investing tip each month. Not something really obvious and shallow like “make sure you diversify!”, but rather, a substantive tip to help make your investing process better.
So whether you’re just starting out, or you’re an experienced investor, there will be value there for you.
Monthly is the perfect frequency for a newsletter on dividend growth investing, in my opinion. It’s frequent enough to make relevant market observations, and provide timely mentions of stocks that may be attractively valued, but it’s infrequent enough to not be an overload of information regarding what should be a long-term investing approach. The actual frequency may depend on how much is going on; I’m aiming for a report every 3-5 weeks or so.
Your email address will be safe, and it’s very easy to unsubscribe at any time if for some reason you don’t want the dividend newsletter anymore.
So if you want market updates from a value-investing perspective, specific stock or sector ideas, and helpful information on an approximately monthly basis to assist your investing, then this newsletter is for you.
Sign up below.
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Ultimately, this site is for you as much as it is for me. Especially my regular readers. So feel free to send me some feedback, either via a comment or by email. Let me know what’s working and what’s not, what’s valuable to you and what’s not so valuable to you, what you’d like to see more of, and what you’d like to see less of.
-Matt from Dividend Monk
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Good idea — I look forward to reading your newsletter!
Thanks for the great blog; your analyses are always great and much appreciated. I look forward to the newsletter as well.
Investment Road to Freedom
I always look forward to reading you blog DM. For a new investor like myself your site offers great insight on how to succeed and make the right choices. I also look forward to your newsletter.
It’s much appreciated what you do for the investor community. Count me in. I greatly look forward to your updates.
More than 100 people signed up in the first 36 hours, so it looks like it’ll make sense to start the newsletter with the first issue in early March. If there were only a handful of people I might have waited a bit to collect more before the first issue, but it looks like we’re good to go.
Wow. Congrats on the success of your blog. Sounds impressive to me for two short years, although I’m sure the effort involved has been substantial.
I just signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for offering it to your readers, free no less :-)
The success has been reasonable, although if I were to calculate my hourly rate for Dividend Monk it would be pretty bad. The lesson is to only start a blog on a topic you really love, otherwise it becomes a burden rather than something fun, and fortunately Dividend Monk for me is fun.
People that actually know what they’re doing with regards to blogging could kill those numbers in two years, though. :)
My Own Advisor
Done, you had me at “Newsletter Launch” – the title did it :)
Awesome success with Dividend Monk. 40,000 page views per month (and more if you count views on other sites) is very impressive. I’d love to get to that level later this year, but I’ve got a ways to go to catch up to you!
Keep up the great work.
Congratulations on growing your readership so successfully. It is really great to see a site as useful and inspiring as yours. I look forward to seeing what the future holds. Sign me up.
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