2017 – Year In Review

By | January 3, 2018

2017 – My 2017 Year In Review

 

I will try to keep this as short, sharp and shiny as possible. The best way to do this is through images. I should be able to show my whole complete stats in this post, from my personal goals, financial goals to my website performance. Here we go!

 

Website Performance

Buy, Hold Long Adsense Performance

Overall, pretty happy with the ads that were run on the site. I put in a fair bit of effort into the website and this almost covers all the cost of running the site for a whole year so overall I am happy if I can break even.

Buy, Hold Long Analytics Performance

Total page views were 28k, not too bad for a website that is only a year old. I really would like to reach 100k page views in the 2018 year… big goal. Let’s see if we can do it!

Buy, Hold Long Sources

Most of my website visits were from comments on other pages and quite a bit from my social media. I would really love to get that organic search up higher, that’s a 2018 goal.

 

Buy, Hold Long – Top 10 Blog Posts

 

 

My 2017 Goals

Goal 1: 10% portfolio increase  ❌

I assume I meant 10% portfolio performance. Unfortunately, I missed this one by a little bit. My portfolio performed c. 7.00% so pretty close but missed it by a little in the end. Regardless, I am hoping to perform over 10% next year.

Goal 2: Invest at least $5000 in the market ✅

At the end of 2016 my portfolio was worth $2598.78, now it is worth $16,377.81, a massive increase for me. A little more than the $5k I originally wanted to input.

Goal 3: Save over $8000 in cash towards my future house deposit ✅

I managed to save well over $8k cash towards the house deposit and guess what? I bought a house!

Goal 4: Get Paid My First Dividend ✅

I totally did get paid my first dividend. Actually, in 2017 I was paid a total of $437.43 in dividends!

Goal 5: Average over 50 views on my blog per day ✅

Looking at the data we got above, total views were 28,052 views in the year which equates to 76.85 views a day… this is a win!

 

Dividend payments and my net worth will be made in another post, probably made tomorrow.

Overall, reflecting on my 2017 year it was pretty massive for me. I started my dividend journey. I was investing and learning about the market while making a nice little passive income on the side. I hope that one day my dividends can pay for my wage and living expenses and retire early. That is the name of the game right? How did you go?

 

36 thoughts on “2017 – Year In Review

  1. Team CF

    For your first year you have been going absolutely amazing! Congrats on a great 2017, you can be very proud of yourself. Rooting for you to hit that 100k page views in 2018, will make sure I add a few myself too.

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    1. Buy - Hold - Long Post author

      I’ll probably create a goals post later which should be good so I can keep track of them over the year. That’s for all the support.

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  2. wealthfromthirty

    Great work BHL – you had an excellent year massively increasing your portfolio value, getting some awesome page views and being able to buy a freakin house! I’m sure good things are coming your way in 2018! Congratulations on a year well lived!

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    1. Buy - Hold - Long Post author

      Thanks Wealth. I kept my head down and worked hard to make it work. This year I am going through a big job change which down the track could be big for me. Time will tell. Cheers.

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  3. Passivecanadianincome

    Nice breakdown. Great site stats we are basically on the same page in that front.
    Congrats on putting so much cash to work this yr while also vuying your first house! 2017 was great. Best of luck in 2018

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    1. Buy - Hold - Long Post author

      Thanks PCI, I really appreciate it. I have been working hard on both fronts (cash and website) so I hope that next year it can pay off again.

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  4. Dividend Reaper

    You killed it this year, BHL. This is especially true with your following. You definitely put in the work to build it up and it shows. Keep it up in 2018 and I’ll be here following as always!

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  5. Dividend Daze

    Looks like you had a heck of a year this year BHL! Hitting almost all of your goals. And you blog and portfolio are moving in the right directions. Keep that pace up this year.

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    1. Buy - Hold - Long Post author

      4/5 isn’t too bad… I’d take that on a test any day of the week. I think it may slow down this year due to a few different things I have planned but definitely would like to see it continue to grow. As long as it goes in the upward direction, I am happy.

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  6. timeinthemarket

    Good job hitting most of your goals and congrats on growing the blog.

    I just added a bit of ads to my blog as well with a similar goal to yours – cover the cost of running the blog!

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    1. Buy - Hold - Long Post author

      It’s definitely a nice feeling to be able to cover the costs. It means that I do all of this for the love of the genre and community. Wishing you the best for 2018.

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  7. theexpatinvestor

    Good job on your 2017 goals and love the blog traffic you’re getting, wish I can get the same result also. I will try to focus more on my blog for 2018. Good luck and look forward seeing your portfolio grow in 2018.

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    1. Buy - Hold - Long Post author

      Thanks Expat Investor, I’m sure you will do great things this year. Keep up the excellent work. Loving the idea of Expat, I may look into this in the future. Cheers

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  8. Vivianne

    28k view is quite a Ly for the first year. That’s a lot of hustling. Congrats!

    You meant to put in 5k and ended up with $18k, who wouldn’t want that? Hihi

    Cheers to the new year!

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    1. Buy - Hold - Long Post author

      Thanks Viv, I was certainly surprised that I was able to put that much away and buy a house. I have been working hard this year to make it a reality. Thanks for the comment.

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  9. Evan

    Love those fucking wins! They are fantastic. That kind of traffic within a year is VERY impressive (take it from a guy whose site is 8 years old lol). For 2018 – if you are really trying to buy a home remember CASH IS KING, it would be better to have more cash then having to rely on the market not take a nose dive.

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  10. Scott

    Congratulations on an excellent first year. Including the adsense and page view graphs was a nice touch. I’ll probably do something similar for my own 2017 recap. Have a great 2018!

    Scott

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  11. Dividends Down Under

    Well done BHL, that’s a great first year and you pretty much hit all of your goals! The portfolio performance was still pretty good, it probably beat the ASX index that’s for sure 🙂

    All the best for 2018!

    Mr DDU

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    1. Buy - Hold - Long Post author

      Thanks DDU, working hard to make my future life better. It’s not easy but hopefully in the long run it works out the better for the both of us. Cheers

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  12. EngineeringDividends

    Quite the list of achievements, BHL! That blog traffic is terrific for Year 1, and over $400 in dividends in Year 1 is superb, too. Then throw in buying a new house, and I can only say… Wow! You have been busy. I hope to follow along more closely in 2018. Cheers!

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    1. Buy - Hold - Long Post author

      Thanks Engineering. If I perform this well on the next year I will be happy. I have a feeling it will be a lot lower than that but can always work hard to make it work.

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