While I was writing my posts for the month of November, I remembered that I wrote my very first post about a year ago. I did my scheduling last week and I realized that my first post, How to get your credit bureau, was written on November 17th! However, I must admit that it was a very slow start for a blog. I did not post on steady basis until May 2007. This is where one of my article was found by a reader from canadiancapitalist.
|CC got my attention and I started to read his articles. A few weeks later, he was hosting the Canadian Carnival of Personal Finance. I decided to contribute by submitting my post of The RIF Metldown Strategy. At this time, I learned two very important lessons: #1 To be successful, a blogger must post on a consistent basis. #2 To be successful, a blogger must communicate with other bloggers and do a lot of link love. From November to Avril, The Financial Blogger averaged about 100 visits a month. On May, I reached a peak at 534 for a single month. I have been making a lot of effort to promote my blog across the blogosphere and I now average 150 visits a day. I did not reach the 5,000 visits/months mark but I am almost there! I wish I will write about getting 10,000 visits over the next year!
Bloggers I appreciate across the web
Over the past six month, I have been in contact with many bloggers. We exchanged ideas, comments and I did some guest posts too. I would like to thank some of those bloggers who helped me out making a better blog.
A special thanks too:
Frugal Trader at Milliondollarjourney.com : FT has been a great supporter of The Financial Blogger taking time to visit my blog, making comments and helping me out on several things. He is a true inspiration as his blog is already a great success (and he started after me!).
Mike at Four-Pillars.ca : Mike is one of my most loyal reader and he is adding a great value to my blog by commenting on several posts. We are exchanging tricks to promote our blogs and he is such a good guy that he offered me to proofread my posts (which I should seriously consider!).
CC at CanadianCapitalist.com : CC is definitely the blogger who opened me the door to the blogosphere. I became more familiar with several blogging aspect and I found several blogs I like (like MDJ and FP) from his website. Even though we don’t agree much on how to manage ones personal finance, it’s always a pleasure debating with him!
Lazyman at LazymanandMoney.com : Lazyboy is another great source of inspiration as we was able to create steady source of alternative income. As I am looking forward to create more and more sources of income, he represents a great reference.
Blain at Stocktradingtogo.com : This guy is potentially the next John Chow (although he is not Canadian 😉 ). He is young, he is smart and he surely knows how to make money out of his blog! I seriously consider writing some post for him in the future.
Silicon Valley Blogger at TheDigeratiLife.com : SVB is one of my newest found (a few months ago) but she has been a great help to promote my blog. Anytime she link back to one of my article, my traffic hits a new peak! I just featured a guest post yesterday on her blog.
GatesVP at Gates on “Stuff” : Whoa! when you have a guy like this commenting on your blog, it is like having a guest writer every time! I rarely saw someone writing good and thoughful comments like this. Gates, I thank you for being such a great commenter on my blog! I enjoy every line you write 😀
CR at CustomersRevenge.com : I really enjoy debating with people in general. It is always so much fun and I meet someone who enjoys it as I do! Thx CR for bringing you point of view.
What is coming for the next year?
I would like to bring my blog to another level. I wish I could see 10,000 visits on a steady basis by next year. I am well aware that it will require more effort but I think I can do it. After all, a year ago, I was barely average 4 visits a day! I will continue my post on my Smith Manoeuvre and surely make updates on my $1,500 project. Hopefully, my English writing skill will improve to where I want it to be!
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