October 31, 2009 marks my second full year of writing as Dividends4Life. It is hard to believe another year has passed. Like the first year, it has been a wonderful and eventful year. Looking back so much has changed since last year’s post. Below are some of the more notable changes:
A New Name and Site
This time last year my primary site was www.Dividends4Life.com, which was run on Blogger. I had some technical issues late last year which led me to create DividendsValue.com and move to a hosted environment running WordPress. On January 31, 2009 Dividends Value saw its first post. Eventually, I thought the old Dividends4Life site would dry up, but it didn’t happen. I continue to post material on it and a loyal group of core readers continue to stop by. As long as it has readers, I will continue to keep it up and running.
Launch of D4L-Premium Services
On July 9, 2009, Dividends Value began offering D4L-Premium Services as premium content for serious dividend investors. Basically, this is an inside look at the information I use to make income investment decisions on the 120+ companies I track. When I originally offered this service, I targeted 25-30 subscribers as the point that would make this viable to continue. It has surpassed all my expectations with over 70 subscribers and an overall retention rate of 90%. Click here for more information on the D4L-Premium Services.
As mentioned in Pocket Change Portfolio, I never expected Dividends4Life go anywhere and certainly didn’t expect the growth I have seen over the last two years. This time last year Dividends4Life had over 35,000 page loads per month and over 600 subscribers. Now one year later, Dividends Value in the month of October had over 100,000 page loads and around 1,500 RSS subscribers. October was an exceptional month and I don’t think it will be indicative of a sustainable run-rate going forward. I continue to be amazed and humbled at how far this site has come.
There have been so many people that helped me through these first two years, I couldn’t begin to mention them all, but I would like to offer a sincere and heart-felt thanks each of them.
Last, but by no means least, a special thanks to all of you who have faithfully read, commented and supported my sites over the last two years. I am truly excited about the upcoming year and all the great buying opportunities in the days to come.