July 2016 Second Month Blog Report

Blog ReportTime flew by and I’m excited to issue a second monthly blog report! A lot of things happened in July and since my last blog update. It’s been rewarding and even tiring at times but the thought that I’m helping just one person out in the internet world with their finances keeps me going as I am passionate about finance. I also want to be transparent as much as possible with my blog so here goes.

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Here are some of the things I learned:

#1. Passion is Needed for Blogging

I am obsessed with personal finance. I would score my obsession to be at 110 out of 100 when I started this website. However, there’s only so much personal finance that I can write. After writing ~20 posts at an average of 1000+ words, commenting on other blogs after coming home from work, and spending a lot of time on the weekends trying to tweak and make my blog better, it can get tiring. 

The only thing that’s keeping me going is the fact that I like personal finance. 

#2. Goals for Guidance is Essential

Without writing down my goals and making them public, it would be hard to know what direction that I’m going towards. Goals are absolutely essential if I want to make my site to be a successful one and I detail whether I met goals that I set last month.

Some of the goals that I had:

  1. Reach 800 page views in July – FAIL
  2. Join the Yakezie Challenge  – FAIL
  3. Get on Modest Money – PASS

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I failed goal #1 as I reached only 643 views in July. I was foolish in thinking that my first day view will continue on every day till the end of the month, but that cannot be the case. I’m a little behind in writing this blog update so this month’s progress is included in the screenshot below. I wanted to set a goal of 1500 views in August because I wanted to do close to 2.5x my views in July but I’ve met and exceeded my goal in August because of my post being generously featured on Rockstarfinance. Time for a new goal!

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I also failed goal #2 because I didn’t get a chance to get on the Yakezie challenge. I’ve been too preoccupied with trying to write posts and comment on other blogs to get to know them and see other people’s perspectives. This is an excuse that I don’t want to use and will set this goal again for August.

I passed goal #3 because I got on Modest Money! I think I was even behind some blogs that weren’t even active for a year when I first got on the list but now I’ve moved up the ranks to be below #500 as of the time of writing this post. My SEO score really could use some work and I’m going to learn about it more extensively as time passes.


Goals for August

Goal #1. Reach 5,250 views in August

As a result of being featured on Rockstar finance, I so far reached 4,552 views in August. I can’t thank J Money enough for being given the opportunity to be featured. I’m a little scared in that I won’t be able to replicate the success next month, but I want to cross one bridge at a time.

Goal #2 Reach 3,750 followers on Twitter.

Stefan at the Millennial Budget had a fantastic guide on how to use Twitter. As a millennial, I should have been already familiar with Twitter but I haven’t set up an account until June of this year. Better late than never right?! Before I read his guide, I had about 300 followers if I remember correctly. Now I have ~1,850 as of the time of writing this post. Stefan is a fantastic blogger who’s willing to help out others and has a lot of great content on his website. Shoot him a note and follow his blog!

Goal #3 Consistently Write 2x a Week

I finally found a schedule that I think works for me. I want to post every Wednesday and Saturday as I think those days have the best schedule for me to write and crank out posts. I’ve slipped in July where I only wrote once in a given week so I want to make sure that I am improving. I want to raise this number in the upcoming months but this is where I will start.

Goal #4 Join the Yakezie Challenge!

I slipped on this goal as well but I shouldn’t be slipping on goals that I set out for myself. This month, I will finally join the challenge and grow my blog accordingly. Can’t fail a second time around right?

Goal #5 be below #425 on Modest Money

Right now, I am #448th blog in Modest Money. I attribute that to increasing my social media following and will continue to do better on social media. Next month is when I’ll learn other attributes of the blog and learning one thing new a month and learning them well I think is a great goal when it comes to blogging.


I’ve met and interacted with a ton of friendly people as a result of starting this blog. I learned a ton of things blogging and have a lot of work to do. It has been difficult to focus on my blog while still working a full time job but that’s no excuse because a lot of bloggers that I interact with work a lot more hours than me in their job and have a family.

I’ve failed 2 out of 3 goals I set for myself in July but can’t let that hold me back from moving forward. Can’t be lazy as I know hard work gets rewarded while laziness does not!

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Readers, do you like my blog reports? Are there any other information that you would like for me to add? Let me know in the comments below!

Finance Solver

I grew my net worth to $40,000 as a college student through hard work, discipline, and a little bit of luck. I graduated college in 2016 and will be starting to plan for my retirement once I start working.I am planning on reaching financial independence by my early 30's and I will document my moments of inspiration all the way to desperation here.

My goal is to enable your success in personal finance so that you can realize the American dream. The first step is starting today!

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32 thoughts on “July 2016 Second Month Blog Report

  1. Looks like a great month is coming up for you! Congrats on Rockstar Finance I have yet to be able to get on them 🙁 but hopefully soon!

    Appreciate the shout out. Stay consistent and build out your social media platforms and you will achieve the goals 🙂

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thanks Stefan, appreciate it. J Money was just too kind when he decided to feature one of my posts. I know that you will be able to get your content on there sooner or later!

      No problem, thank you for the post, my blog wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for you!

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thanks Francesca! This post was featured on Rockstar Finance! I need to change a couple of my theme settings, I can hardly see the hyperlinks on my blog post. Modest Money is a website where they collect the top finance blogs and rank them based on Traffic, SEO, and Social Media! In the right side of my blog below “As Featured on RockStar Finance” badge is my blog # out of all of the blogs that are out there. Here’s a link if you wanted to submit it to be ranked! http://www.modestmoney.com/top-finance-blogs I’ve been more cognizant of what I need to accomplish for my blog as a result of being ranked 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your blog report, it is always interesting to see how other people are doing so I can benchmark myself. I started my blog about a month ago and from my estimation, you are killing it!

    Congratulations and continued success!

    • Finance Solver says:

      No problem, I like being transparent as much as possible cause other bloggers have been transparent as much as possible! I also love reading blog updates as well, and thank you! Just trying my best and hoping for the best. Onwards and upwards!

  3. Getting on Rockstar Finance so soon is a great achievement – nice job! It’s given your August views a huge boost, very impressive.

    One of the key things with blogging is not to do too much of what you don’t enjoy – blogging is always meant to be fun, enjoyable and perhaps one day our way to FIRE. If it gets tiresome, you won’t want to do it as much!

    Your goals for next month are awesome, good luck with them.


    • Finance Solver says:

      Thanks DDU! I’ve definitely been so fortunate to have been featured on rockstar finance, can’t thank J money enough!

      I agree, I have to enjoy what I do and the fact that I enjoy personal finance is the only thing that’s been making me go on.
      Thank you! Now I have to work to make sure that I meet them all!

  4. Nice job getting on Rockstar Finance. I’ve been trying to get featured there a long-time. I guess J$ doesn’t like me ;-). I agree with you on blogging, it does take a lot of time especially when starting out. You’re doing the right thing though. I built my traffic and followers by visiting and commenting on tens of thousands of blogs. It takes time but it’s worth it. Best of luck.

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thanks IH! I actually had no idea how fortunate I was until I actually got featured. I can’t thank J Money enough and that’s the thing I love about blogging, people are so friendly. I’m willing to put in the time and work into this blog because it’s been so rewarding and I love personal finance! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I love that you flat out say that you failed at a few goals. The lessons learned and written goals will no doubt lead to an extremely successful blog. Your mission for helping at least one person with their finances is wonderful. Your post about achieving a 5 figure net worth in college is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to following your progress! 🙂

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thanks for stopping by Kelsey! I want to say my failures as well as my success with this blog. In the end, I can only hope that my efforts pan out to right a wrong with the consumerist lifestyle that America markets so very well. Thank you! It took a lot of hard work but I’m glad to have gone through with the experience. It was almost a “rite of passage” to learning the value of hard work, you could say.

  6. I can completely relate to how you feel! My passion for finance drives me but also being part of the PF community motivates me to save more and achieve my money goals faster! I love interacting with other bloggers. I’ll have to check out your Twitter! I have a small Twitter following and want to increase it (I also read Stefan’s post on Twitter – great stuff!)

    • Finance Solver says:

      I agree, everyone in the PF community already has so much to offer because they are killing it in personal finance and I already learned so much from them already. I’m so glad I started this website. Please do! I just followed you and feel free to reach out if I can be of any help.

  7. Sounds like you’ve made some great progress so far FS. Glad to see you’re continuing to pursue some additional goals and I’m sure you’ll hit all of them soon even if it’s not in the next month. Keep it up man!

    • Finance Solver says:

      Ah, trying to grind every day to make it happen has been rewarding and fun. Have to reach out to more goals because that’s the only way that I’ll learn and grow. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Congrats on the RockStar post. Awesome!!!

    Stick with it and keep enjoying it. Don’t get hung up on views, followers. Just write, have fun and keep getting out there with comments on other blogs. Thanks for checking us out also!! Much much appreciated.

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thank you!! I didn’t know how lucky I was until I’ve been told it was quite an achievement. Yep, have to try to enjoy blogging otherwise it will seem like just another job and I definitely don’t want that. No problem! I love interacting with other bloggers, such a friendly community 🙂

  9. That is an awesome report FS! I haven’t tried the Modest Money ranking because I never really saw myself totally in the PF blog world. But with so many things being linked to PF – it makes sense. I’ll have to check it out! Your work is excellent so far and the folks we’ve all interacted with are incredible!

    • As you know, I’ve been following your blog and I agree, a lot of the ideas you’ve said about making better decisions I think definitely applies to personal finance. Doesn’t hurt to try and see if he’ll accept!

      Thank you! Wanting to add value to my readers is what I want to do. Love the blogging community as well!

  10. I remember my first 9 months of running YAM – what a grind! But it never really stops. I did stop actively commenting on blogs (I still reciprocate comments) but there is always something more you can do when it comes to blogging. If your interest level truly is 110 out of 100, I think you are going to be just fine. Looking forward to seeing how things go for you this month!

    • Finance Solver says:

      It is really a lot of work but definitely rewarding and fun kind of work because I didn’t think I would love writing as much as I do. Writing about something that I enjoy definitely helped, onwards and upwards!

  11. Love the honesty with not hitting your goals and for stepping it up with your August goals. Writing twice a week is pretty impressive. I can only commit to about once a week. Plus I’m a slow writer 🙂 What’s your strategy for increasing your page views so quickly if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thank you! I want to write more but sometimes it gets hard balancing it with work and other priorities. I shouldn’t be making excuses, however! I spend a lot of time interacting with other bloggers by commenting on them. I get to learn a different perspective on PF. I also try to keep up with social media. This month, I got lucky because Rockstar Finance featured me. Feel free to reach out if you want to talk more!

  12. Nice job on your second report. Try not to get discouraged with the goals you missed. Writing does take a lot of time as you know so you just have to pace yourself, stay patient and focus on what you love.

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thanks Untemplater, it’s nice of you to stop by and comment! I’m trying not to and just trying to power through. Writing has been very rewarding and I’m trying to consistently meet my goals of writing 2x a week. I know financialsamurai.com writes 3x a week so I have no excuse!

  13. Nice job being featured on Rockstarfinance 🙂
    Traffic will come and go and not necessarily when you expect it, but overall, with the level of commitment you have, it should only go up 🙂
    Keep up with the good work!

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thanks TMM! I didn’t think it would get accepted and I had no idea how lucky I was to have it be accepted 🙂 I do have up and down days and the down days are kinda discouraging but I love that the community keeps me motivated!

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