One Year Blogging Anniversary Comments98 Comments

Happy Birthday Modest Money!!

Ok the actual 1 year blogging anniversary was January 30th, but since it’s my blog I’m going to celebrate on the weekend instead. Besides, by celebrating on Wednesday I’d have to write a midweek post myself which is a rarity lately. With so many great guest posts sent my way, I’d feel bad for taking their spot in the schedule.

I originally planned on doing some big giveaway to celebrate the occasion, but shouldn’t it be me getting the presents?? E-mail me for my address :) I figure I’ve been involved in more than my share of giveaways lately anyway.

The first year anniversary of your blog is one of those major milestones. Sticking with it this long shows some major dedication. Here’s a recap of the stats I’ve managed to build up in the first year:

Page Views: 284,054

Unique Visitors: 90,223

RSS Subscribers: 917

Twitter Followers: 6,604

Facebook Fans: 2,060

Google+ Friends: 528

Alexa Ranking: 32,648

Google PageRank: 4

mozRank: 5.62

Total Posts: 258

Total Comments: 11,295

Beyond some pretty stats, the best part of blogging is definitely connecting with so many great people. I’d love to list every blogger who has helped me out along the way, but there’s just too many to list. I’d manage to forget mentioning somebody. Thank you everyone. Hopefully I’ve managed to find ways to repay your favors. If not, you know where to reach me to bitch me out lol. That or you can track me down at FinCon13.

Of course this blog has benefited me in other ways too. It helped me land a sweet job doing website marketing for a finance company. It’s helped me gain valuable marketing experience. On a personal level it also opened up my eyes about my finances and really helped get me on the right track. It even helped me get over some depression issues and become a lot happier. Yeah you can this has been a pretty positive experience so far. And I haven’t even mentioned the money coming in each month.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, I highly recommend you take the plunge. Just make sure you don’t think of it as a solo activity. It largely depends on getting help from others and cooperating with fellow bloggers. The benefits are more than you can imagine. I just hope my next year of blogging is as satisfying as the first year.

Modest Money Around The Web

As usual I like to give thanks to the bloggers who mentioned me on their blogs in the past week. Some people wouldn’t bother linking back, but I’m truly appreciative of all their help. So I have no problem showing them a bit of love. Check out their blogs and see if anything catches your eye. If they link to Modest Money, they must have pretty good taste ;)

Link Love/Week in Review 1/25/13 on Budget And The Beach

Mr.CBB’s Personal Finance Weekly Reading List #4 Rob Ford In From The Cold, The Sandwich Generation on Canadian Budget Binder

Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #23-Raised By Wolves on Eyes On The Dollar

Fearless Men’s Weekly Rd-Up | A Man’s Credit Guest Post and $1K Giveaway on Fearless Men

Hit or Miss On My January Goals? on Life And My Finances

Stressed About Money? Just Forget It For A Weekend! on Money Bulldog

The Round Table – January 25, 2013 on Money Smart Guides

Friday Links – Week Three of Chaos on Prairie EcoThrifter

Friday recap, the city life and a root canal on Reach Financial Independence

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 1/25/2013 on Debt RoundUp

Frugal Friday: Blog Posts That Ruled This Week, I Hate Being Sick Edition on Frugal Rules

Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #28 on iHeart Budgets

Oh Saturday on Making Sense Of Cents

Finance Carnival For Young Adults- January 27 2013 on Master The Art Of Saving

Sublime Saturday Assemblage #45 on Master The Art Of Saving

Updates: January 20 – 26 on The Outlier Model

Weekend Reading and Blog Round-Up on Your Personal Finance Pro

How many of you have already reached 1 year in blogging? If not, when is your blog’s birthday? Are you happy with the progress so far?

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 1 Feb 2013
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98 thoughts on “One Year Blogging Anniversary

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Congrats on a year Jeremy! I am just a couple of weeks from six months myself and I would completely agree that it’s not a solo activity. If it was, then I would’ve given up a long time ago…Lol! Other than that, the side benefits are pretty nice too. :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Jeremy

      I always forget that your blog is that much newer than mine. It seems like you’ve been around a while with the progress you’ve made. It’s probably just a matter of time until you leapfrog me. Enjoy your weekend too.

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      1. John @ Fearless Men

        He’s leapfrogged us already. Our stats have doubled each month but we’re still a bit behind your numbers too. Congrats on making it a year!!! I actually thought you were around longer than that. Thanks for all the help too! Your blogger articles and other help has been pivotal to our success. Looking forward to 2013!

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        1. Jeremy

          Congrats on the rapidly improving stats John. I guess this is the John comment thread :) And no problem on all the help. I’m honored to help get a quality blog the exposure it deserves.

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        1. Jeremy

          Well since I’m sharing lots of that technical knowledge in my blogging tips posts, I’m not sure about that. You’re catching up pretty damn quick. Since I’m spending less time on my blog these days, I’m ripe for the overtaking.

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  2. TB at BlueCollarWorkman

    ONe year, huh? Pretty cool, man! That’s a freaking lot of RSS subscribers and quite the awesome alexa ranking — good work man! You’ve worked hard and it paid off. Happy birthday :-)

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks TB. I’m pretty happy with those numbers too. There’s no way I would’ve expected to achieve that by now when I first started out. I think it’s more to do with all the great bloggers that I’ve connected with rather than anything I did myself.

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  3. Bashir Ahmed

    Hi Jeremy,

    Happy anniversary of your blog. Great success you did hard work on your blog. Looking forward your awesome posts.

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    1. Jeremy

      I think it’s bound to be better since the first year required so much work to get to this point. Now it’s time to reap all those benefits and really take my blog to the next level.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thank you Mike. I guess 1 year does sound like a long time, but with blogging it can take quite a while to really make some headway. So I’m pretty satisfied with how far things have come.

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    1. Jeremy

      Well I think it helps that I’m not on my feet all day and biking to & from work. I don’t think I’d have much energy to blog after days like that. Plus I think I had the advantage with my existing technical knowledge when I started.

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  4. Girl Meets Debt

    Happy One Year Blogging Anniversary Modest Money ;)

    I have a feeling 2013 is going to be even bigger and better for your blog!

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks GMD! I think 2013 is going to be pretty exciting for a lot of reasons. Your blog seems to be off to a good start already. So I’m sure your 2013 will be great too.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yes it has been a busy year, especially those first 6 months or so. No problem about the help. I’m happy to help all of my supportive blogger friends.

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    1. Jeremy

      I’m sure the momentum will slow down a lot this year, but if I can continue to improve on all those stats I’ll be pretty happy. I admit some of those stats are impressive lol.

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  5. Jason @ WorkSaveLive

    Wow, Jeremy, those are some impressive numbers for the first year! Happy birthday MM! There is little doubt that you’re a master of networking and the success of MM shows that. You’ve made some tremendous progress and it’s been a lot of fun to watch. As always, thanks for all of the help you’ve given me!

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    1. Jeremy

      You’re doing an awesome job too Jason. I admit that the growth of your blog is pretty good motivation for me since I want to keep up. So I appreciate the help in that regards as well as all my content that you’ve helped promote.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks KK. I’ll try to keep up the good work, but a lot is in the hands of the guest writers these days considering how many guest posts I accept.

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  6. Chris @ Stumble Forward

    Congrats Jeremy. It’s so awesome to thing of how far you’ve come in a year. I wasn’t even close to these kinds of numbers my first year. I see your planning to attend FINCON 13 this year. I’m not sure if I’ll make it yet because of building the new house so we’ll have to see.

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    1. Jeremy

      I do recommend you try to make it to FinCon this year. I think it’ll be huge with how many finance blogs started early last year and are now starting to really blossom. I expect a whole lot of my blogger friends to be there.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yup, bring on year 2. I know if I keep up more of the same my blog will just continue to grow. Maybe I’ll even try to get more creative and really take things to the next level.

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    1. Jeremy

      It’s kinda hard for me to believe too. Things have progressed far beyond my expectations. It ended up being a huge advantage that I was blogging full time when I first started.

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  7. Liquid

    Happy one year blog anniversary. Those are some amazing stats \(^_^)/ I would say I’m pretty happy with my blogging journey so far. Enjoy the big game this weekend and drink some beer :D Personally I can’t wait to watch the commercials lol.

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    1. Jeremy

      I just wish there was a channel that would play the US commercials here in Canada. I guess they can’t pass up their own ad revenue though. I’m not sure if I’ll be drinking any beer since I’m starting to work with a personal trainer today. Might be best to take it seriously and eat better….at least for now anyway lol.

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  8. Lou Rodriguez

    Only a year? Seems like it’s been longer :) I hope you build your blog into a full-time thing that makes you money, helps people, and rewards your efforts! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks for the encouragement Lou. I had envisioned my blog eventually becoming a full time gig, but I’m not in a rush to make that move. For now I am quite happy getting full time income and having the blog money as a bonus. Online business can get a bit stressful when you are relying on inconsistent income to pay the bills.

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  9. Brian @ Luke1428

    Congrats on the anniversary! Sounds as though this experience has helped you personally which is really cool. It is interesting how writing and sharing with others helps to clear our mind and gives us new perspectives on what is really important in life.

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    1. Jeremy

      For sure, my previous experience with website marketing was huge. I went into this having a general sense of what needed to be done to get search engine traffic. Knowing ahead of time what a long term project it is really helped out. I do really like how blogging has helped me as a person. There are things that are more important than making some money.

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  10. Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank

    Thanks for taking the time to help me out Jeremy, as a new blogger I really appreciate it when someone more established takes the time to answer some simple questions and show you the ropes.

    Best of luck to you over the coming year.

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    1. Jeremy

      Ok now I feel all kinds of pressure as some role model lol. Don’t look up to me since everyone’s blogging journey is unique, but I don’t mind sharing some things I’ve learned so far.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thank you. Success is a matter of perspective, but I think my blog is doing pretty well so far. I know it’s not the approach a lot of other people would choose to take though.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yes there is a ton of benefit to helping people. Not everyone will return the favor, but usually people try to. So in the end it’s a win-win overall. Luckily I have the experience to be able to help a lot of people which works out well.

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  11. Mo' Money Mo' Houses

    Congrats Jeremy! I remember it was around this time last year or maybe in the spring I first found out about your blog, and I’m so glad we’re now blogging buddies and have both celebrated 1 year blogging! Cheers!

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    1. Jeremy

      It must’ve been in the spring since not too many people found my blog right away. It has been pretty cool connecting with so many great people, especially all of the local bloggers. Now that you’re back we’ll have to all meet up again soon. Hope you had fun on your vacation.

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    1. Jeremy

      For sure, it’s been extremely productive. It seems so long ago that I first started this blog and was putting in very long hours each day. It has all come a long way since then.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yes I am pretty proud of how well my blog has done so far. I may have had different expectations when I first started, but I sure I can’t complain of how it has ended up so far.

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    1. Jeremy

      Matching that performance will be a stretch since I originally started working full time on my blog and now I have a full time job again. Who knows though. Maybe with all of that early work the momentum will take over.

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  12. Listen Money Matters

    Jeremy, I’m amazed at your progress! I’m about 1.2 months in now and I’ve probably been doing more reading about blogging than actual blogging and from everything I can see, you’ve really outpaced most in the personal finance space. Not only that but you’re really humble about it and offer help pretty readily both on your blog and as a reasonably priced service. Can’t wait to see what year two looks like for you!

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    1. Jeremy

      Well I’m not surprised that I’d progress quicker than other finance bloggers since few of them have any kind of website marketing experience. It takes some time to learn the ropes and develop an efficient routine. As for being modest, how can I be anything but with a name like ‘modest money’ :)

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  13. My Money Design

    Dude, you’ve only been at this for one year?? It feels like you started your blog waaaaay back. I’m glad to know you and you’ve been a big help along the way. Great work and keep it up!

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    1. Jeremy

      It feels way back for me too. I’m glad I’ve been able to help you and bloggers out. Then when some of you guys get all famous I can leverage your popularity ;)

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  14. Catherine

    Whooo! An impressive first year too! Although new to the PF area I’m not at all new to blogging though this blog has been by FAR the most satisfying. I seriously love it. The PF community is like no other!
    I hope your second year is even better!!

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    1. Jeremy

      I didn’t realize you had doing blogging before plungedindebt. We’ll have to chat about that sometime. It does seem like the PF community is much more supportive than others. I’m sure in other niches things could get a lot more competitive.

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  15. Wise Dollar

    Congrats Jeremy, I’m not sure how I managed to miss this post earlier this week but Well Done! Thanks for your help with my blog as well! Jose

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  16. Jane Savers @ The Money Puzzle

    Happy anniversary. I started my blog in 2012 but I was doing everything wrong (google blogger and I are not friends) but since I moved to WordPress things have been much smoother so I count my official start date as January 2013.

    As a newcomer I am interested in you blog rankings. Do you follow them closely or do you just follow the viewership for your blog? Are the rankings important because they affect your advertising rates?

    My goal is to average 200 views each day by the end of March.

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    1. Jeremy

      I used to follow my various blog rankings rather closely…not search engine keyword rankings, but things like PageRank and Alexa Ranking. Those stats do affect ad pricing, but I also had incentive to build up those stats to impress potential employers. Those kinds of stats might not even be directly important to you, but they do give signs that you are doing the right things to build up your blog. Smart move to get off of blogger and onto wordpress.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Jim. I think it was a pretty good first year for my blog too. I think year two will be more coasting, but at the same time things should keep building up.

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