Voila! Our SmartMoneyGoal blog stepped into Year No.2 this month and the last year has been fantastic. I still remember being confused if a blog was worth my time and others.
How the journey started…
I was skeptical of my commitment (being lazy guy) to publish on a regular basis amidst my busy work schedule. I’m not a Financial planner now to offer my services and get potential contacts/clients for the Financial Planning Services from the blog. Not that there is any wrong in this approach. Many respectable bloggers follow above approach.
I’m surprised that I have managed to contribute decent enough content and maintain some publishing discipline.
There are hundreds of blogs out there for one reason or the other. The blog was just born out of the desire to get noticed and help friends, colleagues and relatives among others. As many would know from the About Me page, the other reason for starting the blog was to bridge the knowledge gap of readers who get exploited by financial institutions.
We believe we have taken the first step but a firm step in that direction. As readers become more aware, the exploitation is getting reduced in a phased manner.
The guiding principle…
There was one rule: Don’t sell or preach anything which you would not do yourself. We do not recommend anything which does not benefit readers.
We do not receive any money/commission/gifts from any product which we suggest on the blog either directly or indirectly. We will disclose all relevant details if anything is sponsored or paid for so that the readers can ascertain the motives themselves.
There are lot of emails being written to me and I’m simply overwhelmed with all the support received. Readers write asking for advice, congratulating, pointing some mistakes in the post and many more.
We thank you for all the support rendered. this is the only purpose that keeps the blog going now as I do not make any meaningful money out of the blog.
The readership, subscribers and traffic on the blog has grown very well.
Readers: 40,000 + every month
Pageviews: 1,00,000 +
Email Subscribers: 2100 +
Facebook Likes: 1240+ (almost first 500 likes were received from paid promotion on Facebook in the 3rd month which brought in many readers. Promotion not done anymore)
I consider all these overwhelming for the effort I put in.I hardly spend 10 hrs in a month on the blog and would love to spend more. I will strive to find more time for my passion for finance through this blog. I also currently have a satisfying day job which takes up most of my time…
What I would like to improve…
My writing and time dedicated for every post. Also I find there are few comments on the blog than I expected. Am I doing something wrong here.? Let me know. I receive hell a lot of emails but the interaction through comments section is rather low.
So comment and interact with fellow readers more is my request for you and area to improve for me..Let us see how it goes..
Some posts that I like..
You can see the most popular posts from the side bar on the right. But there are few posts which were not written in a hurry and I took good time to write. Ironically they are less popular…
So though they may not be popular in eyes of Google, I feel they’re worth reading. Even more than some popular posts on the blog. Here are few of them..
The goal for this year and beyond…
There is only one..No.Infact there are Three 🙂
1) To get better and consistent with the blog. I plan to write minimum two articles in a month.
2) To interact more with readers through Facebook, e-mail. If you had noticed, I’ve not done this at all. I prefer not to disturb people until there is something exciting. But it now has become to an extent that few readers complained I don’t interact enough or people forget they’ve subscribed to my blog as I hardly send any e-mail or FB post 🙂
3) Apart from spreading awareness, we feel the need to do bit more for the society. I earn enough to keep me happy. So this year there is a plan to monetize the blog a bit.
Every year, I pledge to donate 50% of the profits that may/will be generated from this blog to charity or creating financial awareness.
I’m yet to see if I can earn any money or profit from this blog. I spend nearly Rs 20000 each year for blog expenses, maintenance without earning anything so far.
I will get back to you by July 2016 with an update on how much we’ve managed to collect for charity. If I don’t do that, remind me or even send me some emails scolding 🙂 I hope I will be able to collect/earn a worthy amount and create a difference in a few people’s lives.
So that is it… I hope I didn’t bore you much.. I continue to seek your support in growing SmartMoneyGoal and make it better than what we were last year.. Share the posts, spread the love and keep coming back if you found us useful 🙂