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Looking back at 2007

by Ryan Guina

I started Cash Money Life in March of 2007. I started it because I enjoyed reading personal finance blogs and I thought I might have something to offer to the community. So, I purchased a domain and hosting, and jumped in with both feet. In the past 9 months, I have learned a lot about personal finance, blogging, networking, advertising, running a part time business, and more importantly, I have made some great friends.

A Special Thanks

This site would be nothing without everyone who reads it and especially those who contribute to the discussions with comments and other feedback. I believe I have learned as much from my readers as they have from me. Thank you all!

I would like to extend a gracious thanks to those who have helped me along the way: I could not have done this on my own, and I have learned a lot from many people on this journey.

Jim, from Blueprint For Financial Prosperity helped me with quite a few questions I had early on and wrote a great article about what it takes to make it as a financial blogger. Without the info from that article, or help from Jim and others, I would not have made this blog. Thanks, Jim!

I have also recently joined the M-Network, which is a group of 10 financial bloggers. I have learned a lot from everyone in this group and I look forward to working together with each of them in the coming year. I count each of the M-Network members as a personal friend, and I heartily recommend their blogs as a great source of financial information.

In addition to the members of the M-Network and Jim, I have also been helped and inspired along the way by other bloggers including (but not limited to) MBH from Mighty Bargain Hunter, Lazy Man from Lazy Man and Money, JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly, Frugal Trader from Million Dollar Journey, Jeremy from Gen X Finance, Steve from Brip Blap, Jonathan from My Money Blog, and many others along the way. Thanks for everything, and if I have left anyone out I sincerely apologize.

For more great personal finance blogs, I recommend each of the blogs in my blogroll, located on the right sidebar. I read each of these sites regularly and fully recommend them.

Traffic and Growth

My blog started out like most blogs - little to no traffic. It took this site 7 months to reach 10,000 visitors, and in each of the last two months this site I exceeded 10,000 visitors (over 16,000 in December). So far just over 42,000 visitors have come to Cash Money Life and visited over 73,000 different pages. It took 7 months to reach over 100 subscribers, and there are currently around 350. This recent growth has amazed and humbled me, and I thank each of you who stops by every day. I also thank each blogger who has referred visitors my way – this recent growth would not have been possible without the assistance of many others. :)

Top Referring Sites

These are the Top 10 all-time referring sites to Cash Money Life (not counting the first couple months, for which I don’t have records). Thank you very much for sending folks my way! :)

Top 10 from December, 2007: I like to post the highest referring sites from each month as well, and here are the Top 10 12 referring sites from December (there was a 3 way tie for 10th place!):

Top Commentators

I recently installed a plugin that will allow me to track the people who most often leave comments on this site. I truly appreciate everyone who contributes to the conversation!

The people who most often left comments in 2007 are:

Again, Thank you…

I realize the success of this site cannot happen in a vacuum, and I appreciate everyone who participates. I look forward to 2008, and will write another article today in which I make some goals for my blog. I will post some financial goals on the 2nd. Happy New Year – I wish everyone a successful and prosperous year! :)


Published or updated March 20, 2014.
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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lynnae @ beingfrugal.net

Always happy to refer! You have a great blog, and I can’t wait to see what 2008 has in store for you!

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2 Pinyo

Great wrap up Ryan. Welcome on board and I look forward to working with you too, my friend.

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3 Millionaire Money Habits

That sounds like some impresive stats to me. Congrats on the progress thus far!

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4 Ryan

Thanks, Lynnae! I wish the best for you and your blog as well! :)

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5 Laura

I enjoyed reading your blog last year (haha…). My only regret was that I didn’t start sooner. I look forward to seeing what you have this year.

:)

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6 paidtwice

Whew, I just squeaked in there! :)

Congrats and welcome to a new exciting year!

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7 Ryan

Thanks, everyone. Like I said, I didn’t do this in a vacuum. The success of this site is attributable to the success of the entire personal finance blogging community. :)

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8 Mrs. Micah

Happy New Year, Ryan. It’s great you have such a supportive community, :)

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9 Dividends4Life

Here’s hoping you have a joyous and prosperous 2008; and your site continues to positively surprise you!

Best Wishes,
D4L

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10 Money Blue Book

Good luck in 2008! Let’s hope we can all hit your goals for the new year!
-Raymond

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11 Emily

Your blog is pretty cool. I’ve no doubt you’ll enjoy a popular 2008. BTW, really amazing growth this year!

Happy New Year!

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12 SingleGuyMoney

Glad to send traffic your way. I really like to your blog.

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13 FourPillars

Congrats on all your success. I’m pretty new to your blog but I like it.

Mike

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14 Early Retirement Extreme

I remember Lazy man also saying that it took him 7 months before his blog took off. I suspect there is some kind of critical mass effect going on. I’m aiming for 30 subscribers for the first month. I just need 3 more before Sunday, come on guys ;O)

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15 Ryan

Hello ERE,

7 months was the key for me. I have heard that it can take some time before Google will recognize newer sites as often as they do larger sites, and there may be some value to that statement, I am not sure. But, I do know it takes a long time to build up a substantial set of archives and build networks, which help your site get noticed more often. There are other ways such as being incredibly talented and getting noticed early on by sites that can drive a lot of traffic your way. For the rest of us, it takes a lot of hard work but mostly, TIME. Thanks for the comment, and I wish you the best of luck with your site! :)

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16 Brip Blap

Ryan, congratulations. You have a great site and anyone who reads my blog knows that you’ve been a tremendous help to my blog as well, which is impressive – you’ve devoted a lot of your time to helping out your fellow bloggers and I certainly appreciate that. You deserve big kudos for a successful year! Mazel tov! :)

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17 Ryan

Hi Steve (Brip Blap), Thanks. I’ve been helped out by a lot of bloggers myself. No one succeeds in a vacuum – especially in the blogging world! Congrats on the success of your blog as well, and the best of luck and fortune to you and your family this year!

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