How Many People Follow Our Blog?

Source: Q-Roo Paul

People often ask us how many “followers” we have. That’s not an easy question to answer because most of the people who read our blog on a regular basis, don’t subscribe to it directly.

I usually respond to this question by sharing the latest statistical information from our site collected by Google Analytics.

The majority of the people that I show the stats to are amazed at the amount and type of information that is collected every time someone logs into a website. Google even collects demographic data — scary, huh?

Last week at happy hour, I was showing our site data to a friend of mine and he suggested that I do a post on the subject. I’m very agreeable after a few beers, so here we are.

I didn’t want to bore people with a bunch of statistical data, so I decided to just hit the highlights.

Statistical Data for January 2018

What this means is that 56,445 people visited the site 104,847 times and viewed 167,829 pages of the blog. A page would typically be one article.

Considering that we don’t spend a single penny to promote the site, these numbers aren’t too bad.

Demographics

As I said before, Google Analytics collects demographic data when possible. It gives us a pretty good idea who are readers are. We clearly aren’t too popular with 18-24 year olds.

Countries

This chart tracks the number of visits to the site from a particular country. I decided to cut it off at the top 20 countries.

Let’s Wrap This Up

When we started this blog a little less than two years ago, we never expected anyone to find it — let alone read it. Linda and I continue to be surprised and overwhelmed by all of the positive feedback that we receive on a daily basis.

Our success is certainly not due to our efforts to promote the site — because we don’t do anything. We are only successful because many of our readers take the time to share our posts with their friends and on social media. Thanks for helping us get the word out.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking for to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.

44 Comments on "How Many People Follow Our Blog?"

  1. Paul Rouquie | February 3, 2018 at 7:48 am |

    Couldn’t live without it!!

  2. Can’t tell you how much I enjoy your informative blogs. After reading them, they’re filled away for my retirement in 2-3 years. Thanks for taking the time to take away the mystery of moving to Playa, my vacation home away from home for 20 years now.

  3. Oops.. meant “filed” away. Lol

  4. Enjoy your blog & spanish lessonsare great. In your stats, visits from US & Can are high but many of hide our Mex VPN. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Lee. We definitely have a lot of followers in the U.S. They are generally people who are interested in moving to Mexico someday. That is also where 85% of the emails sent to us originate from.

      Speaking of Canada, the majority of the traffic comes from Calgary.

      • Gerald Bourhis | February 3, 2018 at 9:47 pm |

        Canada is #3 and mostly from Calgary! Geez I’m going have to work harder at sharing and promoting your blog and website to the Albertans living up the highway in Edmonton. Hahaha

  5. Marga Rootlieb | February 3, 2018 at 8:57 am |

    I am from the Netherlands #7 on the chart :). Living in Dallas Texas ahora mismo and planning to retire within 3 years then move to Mexico with my Texan hubbie. Starting to explore about this adventure and lso happy to find your website. Tnx for all that information, I know it is hard to move to another country, I mean did it once already, so any help is welcome. Love the way you guys set this up, tnx again Marga

  6. I am surprised by one element in the Google Anayltics report. On the bar graph it appears about 57% of your visitors are 55 years and older. In that age bracket, as women live longer, well over 50% are female. Yet, 58% of your visitors are male. Your blog definitely skews male. Interesting.

  7. Linda Gosslin | February 3, 2018 at 9:08 am |

    Does Google differentiate between ISPs using a VPN and those not when determining countries? We learned pretty early to use a VPN if we wanted to access some of our most used and most useful U.S. sites. So we look like Miami but are actually Paamul, Q Roo. On another subject, my understanding is that handicapped parking is for disabled, pregnant and those of the third age (60+) in Mexico. I have begun using them since I turned 75 and with two snazzy incisions on my knees to display. I do use a cane now and then. I’ve never been challenged, but wonder if my usage is within the law.

  8. Karen Street | February 3, 2018 at 9:16 am |

    If you keep this up there will be only worker bees in Calgary. I enjoy your posts very much. Lots of useful information that has helped out on many occasions while I navigate the sometimes slightly complicated (to me) system. Gracias.

  9. Your blog link is being shared extensively on Cozumel facebook groups and occasionally excerpted. If readers on FB click the link it should show in your stats obviously. There are many using VPN services as well.

  10. Steve Steele | February 3, 2018 at 10:01 am |

    Many thanks for all your efforts. The blog is much appreciated. Makes our travels to Mexico much more interesting

  11. I’m glad I found your blog, very informative. We are going to retire in about 3-5 years and Mexico is top of our list of places to retire.

  12. Charles Benfante | February 3, 2018 at 10:14 am |

    I think that age demographics indicates the age people are considering or are retired and possibly looking to expatriate

  13. I am still in my forties, living in Canada and francophone – (Quebec), and reading your blog is always a pleasure… I visit Mexico 2-3 tmes a year, love that country, the food, the music, the culture, the people and yes the weather, and hope I can retire there once my kids are grown up and independant… thank you for bringing sunshine in our reality, it is minus 18 degres celcius this morning here!

  14. MICHAEL ANDERSON | February 3, 2018 at 10:41 am |

    Yeah USA! Mucho Gracias Paul for this very informative article.I really do appreciate all your hard work in keeping all of us informed with Mexico.You both have a blessed weekend.

  15. Your articles are invaluable and much appreciated by this soon-to-be expat ! Thanks Paul!

  16. I look forward to reading you blog daily. Makes the dream of retiring in Playa closer to a possibility and maybe a reality. Thank you !

  17. Rmramseyjd@yahoo.com | February 3, 2018 at 10:52 am |

    Is there good medical care within taxi distance? Are taxis in general good there? I don’t drive.

    Thanks,

    Rob

  18. James Barron | February 3, 2018 at 10:54 am |

    I want to let you know just how much I appreciate your blog.

    I moved to Yuma, AZ a couple years ago and found myself visiting the nearby Mexican town of Los Algodones, Mexico for dental work. Prior to that, I had a lot of misconceptions about Mexico. I began to find out first-hand just how wrong I was about their Mexico and its people. I began visiting Mexico frequently and have become more and more comfortable. This has lead to me having a girlfriend there as well. So, now the thought of moving “south” has become very serious for me. I have to say I am very excited about this, but I want to make certain that all goes smoothly.

    Your blog is fantastic and has definitely bridged the gap
    ! You have already steered me in a number of ways about avoiding the pitfalls, dealing w/ cars, making the right choice about visas, the medical options, and particularly helping to reassure me that living in Mexico could be a real life-changer.

    Thanks, Paul, for all your guidance!

  19. Jody & David | February 3, 2018 at 11:33 am |

    Thanks Paul & Linda – follow you religiously and appreciate the time and research you put into your blogs. We just got here a couple days ago so will say hi when we see you.

  20. We enjoy your work very much! I love to read all the newest subjects! Haven’t heard anything about moving a few treasures to mex, hope you have heard a few ideas? Also we live 3 hours south of Calgary! Thanks for being here! Wendy

  21. I have lived in Mexico for 13 years but I still find a lot of helpful information I did not know. I never miss your blog Thank you.

  22. Mega enjoy both the Blog & Spanish lessons. Hoping to make a permanent move in 2019. Wishing I was in Mexico now as I watch it snowing here. 🙂 Thanks, Paul & Linda, I appreciate it.

  23. I would like to say I am surprised, but I am not 🙂 Reliable sources, and great info for us “want to be/planning ” But I was a bit surprised of foreign followers..especially Germans. There are several Germans in the Playa area, but surprised the find an English blog.
    Love your blog!

  24. Love it…you are the reason we sold all and moved to Tulum…we pass your complex daily….you guys have invaluable…!!!

  25. This is invaluable information. I don’t know how I could make a decision as important to move to Mexico without having access to your well written and interesting site. Thank from a retired single women getting ready to make the move.

  26. Well done, folks! This is such an informative site, and you have set it up so professionally.

  27. I just joined and find your blog very interesting. I have lived full time below Ensenada BC for over 16 years and love it! Keep up the good work.

  28. Grant Bishop | February 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm |

    Love your blog, Paul. Interesting, informative and entertaining. Thanks for taking the time to do it!

  29. Larry Anderson | February 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm |

    You blog has helped me from day 1 even before I went to the Consulate here in the USA. It also helped me part with just about all of my worldly possessions. It was hard at times but I just turned my head and let things go. Now that I finally have sold my condo and close next week my bags are packed, the dog goes to the vet to get his physical clearance and my car leaves me next Friday. Then we hit the blue skies on Monday and will arrive in Mexico. And after reading on all the work involved in getting ones temp residency I’ve decided to use a lawyer and take that off my plate. I would say that 90% of my questions were answered in posts or asking questions. Thank you for sharing you experiences and knowledge……..they have been a great help to me. Keep up the amazing job

  30. Karen Pelletier | February 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm |

    Love your blog and follow all year round, 4 months in Mexico and 8 months from Canada… wonder how google works that one out in the statistics!

  31. Canadian Veterans following regularly! I have shared your blog with many veteran friends and thank you for taking the time to provide it.
    Cheers! Kathy and Jay

  32. Joanne Cowan | February 3, 2018 at 4:41 pm |

    Good for you guys! I love your blog and it is helping me get ready for my move to Mexico in the next 2 years. Thanks for all your help with referrals….

  33. Susan Allard Snider McKee | February 3, 2018 at 5:38 pm |

    HI there Paul , I read all the information you so expertly share everyday and have been studying somewhat the Spanish lessons you provide . thank you for all that do and share. Reading your blog and being a member of other Facebook groups on Puerto Vallarta where I’ve never been, I feel like I know the place. So when I arrive on the 10, I hope to feel like I’m home. I happy I found you also.

  34. Alan P Benton | February 3, 2018 at 6:03 pm |

    Keep it up!

  35. Cool, thanks for sharing. Love the short, sweet format of the posts.

  36. Lynne Nucci | February 3, 2018 at 9:20 pm |

    Hi Paul, I am one of your silent subscribers, but want you to know I read every blog and have saved every Spanish lesson for repeated use. Thank you for that and for everything you choose to tell us about. I may not always comment, but boy to I appreciate! By the way, I am in in the 65+ demographic.

  37. I enjoy your subjects but most of all your humor…tks
    p.s. didn’t realize you guys are so young…good y’all

  38. Valerie Bell | February 5, 2018 at 10:31 am |

    Wow Linda your hair has really grown a lot since we saw you last – it looks great! Paul, yours not so much. 😉 I find your blog to be the best and most informative information available as we look forward to our move there. We will be back again in March and hope to see you guys around – maybe at Church!

    Bishop Todd and Valerie Bell

  39. Janelle DeStasio | February 5, 2018 at 10:36 am |

    Thank you for much for this blog. I always look forward to reading each and every article. We’re still in the dreaming process of moving to Mexico, but we hope to make the dream a reality in a few years. Thank you, again.

  40. John Fosbaugj | February 8, 2018 at 10:50 am |

    We are so grateful for your blog we will be retiring in Tulum in less than a year. Your infirmation has been so helpful and comforting. Thank you to and Linda.

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