It’s that time again: In just a few hours, we will be able to welcome the new year. For many, this is the time to review the events of the past twelve months. Since we have already done that with our Christmas greetings, we will now limit ourselves to the developments of this blog.
TradingForFuture.de celebrated its first birthday this year. Twelve months in which we were able to put our ideas and approaches into practice. In the meantime, more than 100 articles have been published on our pages. The content focus was primarily on the long term. We made savings plans and the associated possibility of being able to regularly acquire fractions of stock companies a topic, dealt with psychology and gave our readers a few tricks of the trade to keep their own motivation high to keep working steadily on building up wealth.
Difficult year for investors
Indeed, the stock market year 2022 was not an easy one. Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine made the stock markets shake, rising costs due to high inflation made saving more and more difficult. Things were also hot on the crypto markets: The collapse of TerraLUNA was the start of a huge sell-off, and the bankruptcy of FTX, the third-largest crypto exchange to date, in particular, accelerated the price decline of Bitcoin and Co. violently. Trust is good, control is better: A hardware wallet for storing the coins is therefore more important than ever.
Furthermore, we showed interesting current accounts and apps with great features and, after our book recommendations, presented a number of interesting audiobooks, some of which can even be streamed for free. Financial freedom, the pension system and even the Big Mac from McDonald’s were also leading topics of the past months.
In the trading area, we continued to deal only with the basics, showing that futures trading is possible even without equity capital or presenting various chart types. However, fundamental analysis should not be ignored.
Fewer readers, stable revenues
The negative developments on the markets and the high inflation figures, as well as the resulting increase in the cost of living for everyone, probably ensured that fewer people were interested in the stock market and the markets again.
While we still had almost 3,000 visitors in December of last year according to Google Analytics, this figure plummeted by almost half. In the last twelve months, we mostly had 1,500 to 1,700 monthly visitors. In the summer months, it was even only slightly less at times. According to our internal server tools, we delivered 27.24 GB of traffic and over 500,000 page views in 2022 (as of 12/27/2022). On average, readers stay on our pages for just over three minutes.
The most popular articles
According to Google Analytics, these are the ten most popular articles on TradingForuFuture.com:
Time commitment still unpaid
For about a year now, we have been an official AdSense partner of Google and deliver individual ads to generate income for our work – without depending on clicks. We had banners of our second service provider FinanceAds in our offer since the start of the blog, but a payment only took place if users opened a deposit or an account through it. So far, only one has done so. With Google AdSense we can generate revenue with each banner insertion. On average, this is usually about 0.20 euros per day, at the peak we had even earned almost 5 euros on a single day. In addition, there are small amounts of money from Amazon’s affiliate program.
This more than covers our monthly fixed costs for hosting with Hetzner. They amount to just over 2 euros, plus the annual fee for the domain TradingForFuture.de. The rest of our expenses have hardly changed since then: We pay an annual fee for our advertising plugin, just like for the DSGVO tool and the cookie banner. The total cost is about 300 euros per year.
Our time and the associated workload are thus not yet paid for. In addition, we are curious whether we will be able to generate additional income next year via VG Wort. For us TradingForFuture.de remains a hobby project.
Happy New Year!
With all these ups and downs we wish as our readers and supporters a happy new year and thank you for your support. All the time good returns!