Surf and Sunshine Blog Insights Report: September 2013


Numbers. It’s always in the back of a blogger’s mind. Are they too low? Have they fallen from last month? Am I growing? Where are they (and by they, I mean YOU) coming from? How are they finding me? Why are they here?

It’s something I used to obsess over. I used to keep detailed spreadsheets and some where along the way I just stopped. Instead of looking and logging every morning and evening, I started checking once a day, then every few days, then once a week. I now check maybe once a month?

In some ways I suppose thats good. It means I’m busy. Busy enough that I just don’t have the time to obsess over traffic numbers and details. But in others, it’s not so good. It means I’m not aware if I am doing things right or when I’m just speaking to an empty room (which I hope is never the case). If I’m not aware of who YOU are and WHY you’re here, then how can I expect to nurture and grow what we have? (Don’t ever leave me….cause I find you!!!!)

So, in an effort to gain some insight into the who’s and why’s and how’s of this little space that has completely changed my life, I’d like to start sharing a monthly traffic and blog insights report with you.

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First, I have to thank the incredibly amazing Ashley. She has been with me for such a long time that I can barely remember what it was like before she joined my team (and I don’t want to!) Without her help, I know I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish so much with Surf and Sunshine, in such a short amount of time.

I’d also like to thank the rest of my team of awesome contributors (Melissa, Jayda, Jennifer, Laura, Riki and Jessie). It’s because of them, that I’ve been able to bring you such a wide variety of content and interesting viewpoints. I am so appreciative that they lend their time and voices to become a part of the Surf and Sunshine family!

And (I feel like I’m accepting an Oscar or something) I can’t leave out Sadie (Slap Dash Mom) – the inspiration from which this post arose.

So without further ado, here’s the nitty gritty of what went on last month on…

About You

Visitors: 50,975
Pageviews: 162,074

What you were looking for

(Top 10 Keywords)

  1. DIY baby mobile
  2. Surf and Sunshine
  3. Wanda Borges Wedding Dresses
  4. 75 Inspirational Quotes
  5. turtle cupcakes
  6. DIY baby shower gifts
  7. DIY crib mobile
  8. life is tough quotes
  9. DIY Peter Pan costume
  10. Innotab 3S release date

What you found and liked

(Top 10 most viewed posts)

  1. Unique DIY Baby Shower Gifts for Boys and Girls – 11,022 views
  2. 15 Spookalicious Halloween Cake Pops – 8,603 views
  3. Using Props to Create Fun and Unique Wedding Photos – 4,878 views
  4. 10 Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids – 3,928 views
  5. 9 Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas – 3,760 views
  6. 15 Unique DIY Wedding Favors – 3,242 views
  7. Great DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas – 3,004 views
  8. Adorable DIY Baby Shower Gifts – 2,696 views
  9. Utah’s Montage Deer Valley Resort: A Luxury Mountain Lodge – 2,695 views
  10. 25 DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids – 2,646 views

How you found us

(Top 10 traffic sources)

  1. Pinterest – 20,331 visitors
  2. Stumbleupon – 12,239 visitors
  3. Direct  Р8,762 visitors
  4. Search Engines – 6,367 visitors
  5. Facebook – 733 visitors
  6. Twitter – 436 visitors
  7. News 360 – 349 visitors
  8. RSS – 206
  9. Polyvore – 133 visitors
  10. Reachli – 88 visitors

Best Blogger Buddies

(Top 10 referring blogs)

  1. Makobi Scribe
  2. Deals4Dummies
  3. Lifetime Moms
  4. 4 Men 1 Lady
  5. Confetti Day Dreams
  6. SA Busy Kids
  7. About a Mom
  8. Tailor Made Momma
  9. The Real Awards
  10. Bay Area Mommy


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Jeana S

Jeana S

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.


  1. Melissa
    October 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the mention, Jeana! Love being apart of the S&S family :)

  2. October 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm — Reply

    Woohoo! I’m so glad to be part of such a rockin’ team! Back to pinning…

  3. October 17, 2013 at 6:43 am — Reply

    Awe, I just saw this! <3 you !

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