Hello! Today’s post is going to be a little bit different as you can probably tell from the title. This is the 100th post published on Financially Fit & Fab! Yes, 100th post! It is crazy to think that there are 100 posts from 800-1500+ words educating millennials about personal finance. Honestly, when I first started Financially Fit & Fab February of 2016, I had no idea what the site would become. In this post, I am going to look back on the past 18 months and 100 posts. In addition, I will provide a preview of what is to come!
Before I even get started, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read Financially Fit & Fab! There is no way I would have gotten past even 20 posts if I didn’t receive awesome feedback from you. So whether this is the first post on the site that you have read or the 100th post, thank you! I appreciate you. Keep providing the site feedback. My ultimate goal is to help millennials succeed financially. Education is the first step to success.
Financially Fit & Fab is actually the third website that I started with the purpose of educating millennials. About 6 years ago, I started a site geared toward helping millennials cope with the “quarter-life crisis.” After that, I ran the site Naturally Fit and Fabulous for almost 3 years chronicling my heatless hair and weight loss journey. Although I enjoyed both of those sites, they were each more or less a hobby with no goals in mind (besides growing subscribers and social media followers).
For years, friends and co-workers would always ask me questions about money. They noticed how passionate and willing I was to help and encouraged me to start a site where I focused on money education. I am so glad that I decided to listen to them.
Snapshot of Accomplishments
It really has been an awesome year and a half. My word for 2017 was action. This year I tried to put things into high gear that I had started previously. Here are a few of the accomplishments of the site:
- Last summer I was asked to join the AOL Finance Collective. The AOL Finance Collective is a network of personal finance bloggers whose work is periodically featured on AOL. This was a great opportunity to reach a broader audience. Here are a few of the posts that were syndicated on AOL:
- 15+ Frugal Fall Date Ideas (that won’t break the bank)
- 3 Reasons you Should Skip Black Friday Shopping
- 8 Smart Financial Goals to Set in 2017
- Last October I was on the His & Her Money Podcast discussing 10 Costs of Homeownership that You Shouldn’t overlook. Click here to listen to that podcast recording.
- In February, I entered PitchFeast. PitchFeast is a crowd funding dinner where local entrepreneurs can pitch their businesses in order to find funding and business tools. I first heard about PitchFeast through a friend who won the competition for her non-for-profit, The Next IT Girl. Finally, I applied for PitchFeast. I was accepted and I won the competition!
- In June, I completed the requirements for the Certified Financial Education Instructors (CFEI) program. Basically, I have access to additional resources to help you become financially fit while staying fit. I had a few speaking opportunities during the Spring and am looking forward to continuing those.
- In the summer, I was interviewed for an article about how I raised my credit score, and the article ended up getting syndicated on a variety of sites like the USA Today!
Top 10 Posts by Traffic
For those of you that aren’t as familiar with websites, I can track the top posts on the site through google analytics. This helps me figure out what posts are working better than others. I decided to take a look at the top posts ever since the site was started back in February 2016. Those top 10 posts are as follows:
Those top 10 posts are as follows:
- 6 Bills You Need to Negotiate
- How MJ Paid Off Over $39k of Debt in 21 Months
- 10 Items you Should Slash form your Budget
- 3 Apps to Start Investing with $5 or Less
- How I Raised My Credit Score 150+ Points
- 10 Unique Ways to Make $250 This Month
- 8 Strategies to Pay Off Debt Fast
- Steps to Starting an Emergency Fund
- 9 Ways to Cut Your Budget (when there is nothing left to cut)
- How to Enjoy Christmas without Going Broke
I am pretty surprised as the posts that landed at the top. Of course, there are plenty of factors. For example, the number one traffic source of the site is Pinterest. Listicles or articles made up of lists tend to do much better on Pinterest. Other articles have done well on google based on the SEO.
I am so excited for the future of Financially Fit & Fab! Look forward to the same posts that you’re used to AND additional videos! This weekend I am teaming up with a local lifestyle blogger in order to produce a few videos about managing money as a family. Make sure you follow me on Youtube for alerts about those videos as they will be live during August.
Keep your eyes peeled as I am working on a new project in order to get more women involved in real estate investing.
Thank you again for following the ride thus far. I look forward to educating more millennials about finances for years to come!
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